Hey there! I’m Laura – but I guess you’ve probably figured that out already from the site’s name.
I live in Pennsylvania with my husband, our 3 daughters and our golden retriever. Here’s my story…and I’m sticking to it 🙂
Just over 9 years ago, I started a work at home business with a “green” company. It was suggested to me by my mentor that should start a blog so that people could get to know me better. So I did.
In 2009, I started my first blog, Making It Happen Together, a mommy blog where I talked about my family and me.
I taught myself a lot about blogging: the good, the bad and the not so pretty. My fellow teammates in my work at home company wanted to learn how to start a blog. I quickly became the “go to” person within the company when it came to blogging advice.
I had this amazing blog and fast growing home business and so many people in the company wanted to know the ins and outs of what I was doing. I was then asked to host a weekly, sometimes bi-weekly, training for anyone in the company who wanted to learn about blogging, social media and advertising their business. I agreed to do it because I wanted others to succeed and to know that anyone can do what I was doing.
Then in the fall of 2010, we lost our home to a fire. I needed to focus on my family, so I took a break from my business and blogging. When I was ready to return, I struggled with returning to both. I felt burnt out from the whole network marketing ordeal and because I started my blog due to my business I felt like they went hand-in-hand.
For months I struggled with what I should do, but the cons started to outweigh the pros.
-I was spending way too much time of the phone. I was closing calls with potential business partners, closing my teams’ calls for them if they were new, hosting my trainings, attending training calls and coaching others.
-I was spending over $200 a month on phone and internet.
-I was missing school events because I was “working.”
-Even though I was my own boss, I was working a lot of hours. I needed to build my team plus I needed to help my teams’ teams. I was all about helping others succeed, but if I didn’t take the time to personally bring in people, I could lose my status with the company which meant that my pay could change.
I decided that the best decision for me and my family was for me to leave that company and the stress that came with it. BUT I knew that whatever I did next that I’d need to start bringing in the full-time income that we became accustom to. So I partnered with another company and was quickly able to earn the same amount of money that I did in my previous company.
After about 1 ½ years with that company, I got terribly sick and was unable to work. Then one day, when I was feeling alright, I decided to jump on my blog and give my readers an update on where I was and what was going on. It was a heartfelt and appreciative post. A few days after I hit submit on the post, I checked in on the blog and saw some amazing comments from my readers. I sat at my desk feeling so grateful for everyone’s kind and encouraging words that my readers had express during this difficult time.
It was then that I realized that blogging was where my heart was. I finally made the really big decision to leave my full-time home business. While I’ve met some amazing people through my journey and have had successes, I realized that I needed to follow my heart. And by following my heart, I realized that it was time for me to move onto bigger and better things. I knew that no matter what I did with the blog I didn’t want to lose my reason of why I started blogging in the first place: to connect with others and tell my story.
I haven’t lost that vision. Blogging is a passion. When you love what you do, things will just fall into place.
I left my home business and have never looked back. I love what I do and can’t image doing anything else.
A BIG thank you goes out to my husband, Matt, for always believing in me and everything that I do…no matter how crazy my ideas are.
So that’s my story, but here are some totally random things about me….
- I am afraid of bridges no matter what size….this fear started because of a dream I had.
- I’m a great online detective. Need something or someone found online? I can typically have it found within an hour. You can’t hide anything from me on the internet.
- I think that wine tastes like nail polish remover. Ick!
- I’ve never watched the movies Grease, Labyrinth, Sixteen Candles and a few other popular movies.
- I prefer writing with a pencil over a pen.
- I despise macaroni and cheese and I will NEVER eat it.
- I’ve never owned a pair of heels.
- I got married when I was 18. They said it wouldn’t last. Seventeen years later here we are. Still TOGETHER!
- I love the show Pretty Little Liars. I might need therapy when the show is completely over.
- My husband and I watch at least 2 Harry Potter movies per month. Sometimes it’s every other weekend.