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It’s taken months of dreaming, brainstorming, planning, and effort, but I’m SO excited to announce that my brand-new site, YourBloggingMentor.com is live!
Why I Started YourBloggingMentor.com
This new blog is a something I’ve been contemplating starting for the past few years. Many people have come and begged for me to write more about how to make a part-time or full-time income from blogging and I really wanted to share practical tips, advice, and strategies I’ve learned and am learning from 12+ years of blogging.
However, I wasn’t in a position to start something new when I had so many other irons in the fire. So I set the idea aside for a long time.
But last year, during my Year of Rest, after I had said no to so many, many things, I started asking myself, “What do I want to say yes to? What really sparks joy for me? What do I want to spend the next 10-20 years of my life online doing?”
I knew without a doubt that I wanted to help other women share their stories and wisdom through blogging. I have a passion for helping women live out their fullest potential and I also have a passion for blogging, marketing, and online business strategy.
Creating YourBloggingMentor.com was the perfect fit for melding both of those passions of mine into a product that will (hopefully!) inspire thousands of women in the months and years to come.
My goal in creating this site is ultimately to not only give people the tools, steps, and strategies to make a part-time or full-time income from blogging, but to encourage people to build a life and business that matters and brings joy and blessing to your life.
To read more about why I started YourBloggingMentor.com, read my post over there on Why I Started This Blog.
What You Can Expect from YourBloggingMentor.com
Here are a few of the posts I’ve already posted, to give you an idea of what the content will be like:
- The 3 Most Important Things to Do After You Start a Blog
- Why I Think You Should Break the Blogging Rules
- When You Feel Like Quitting: 4 Questions to Ask
We’ve also been working really hard behind the scenes the past two months on a HUGE project connected with YourBloggingMentor.com. We’re going to be launching a series of $37 courses for beginners on specific topics related to blogging and social media and monetizing your blog.
My goal is that these will give you the formulas, steps, and tools you need to set up your blog for success all at a price that you can afford when you are just working on getting your blog up and off the ground.
Look for our very first course launch in the next week!
Sign Up to Join Me on the Journey!
If you are interested in blogging, are currently a blogger, or are thinking of starting a blog, I’d love to have you come over and check out YourBloggingMentor.com. While you’re there, be sure to sign up to get my free cheat sheet: 10 Ways to Make $100 From Blogging.
Have you ever wished you had one easy all-in-one program that would alert you to the absolute BEST deals online — including cash back rebates, coupon codes, price comparisons, and alternative brand options — while you shop?
(Price.com also offers an app that you can install on your phone or device if you do most of your shopping on your phone or device instead of your computer.)
If you’ve heard of the Kayak website for travel deals, Price.com compares themselves to that site. They are like the Kayak of retail shopping.
The owner of Price.com created this solution for shoppers after experiencing frustration over losing $800 on the purchase of a sofa for his home. His goal was to create a seamless shopping experience that ensures you never again miss a better deal.
Price.com’s technology checks thousands of sites to provide all the shopping options — including the best prices, used goods, coupons, similar product recommendations, cash back rewards, and much more. Price helps consumers make the BEST purchasing decision when they shop online.
The best part? It’s totally effortless!
Here’s how it works:
- Install the extension here. (They also have an app you can download to your phone or device, if you usually shop online from your phone or device.)
- Start shopping and browsing products online as you normally would.
- Click the “Price It” button next to a product whenever you’d like to see a price comparison. (Note: Not all websites offer the Price It button capabilities, but most large retail sites do.) A list of buying options will pop up — including new and used items, plus similar product recommendations that might save you money.
- If there’s a lower price on another website, you can be taken to that store’s site with one click!
- In addition, on the Price pop-up window in your browser, you can also click on the coupon icon for all of the current site coupons.
- If you see a deal on an item that you’re interested in, but you’d like to save it for later, simply click the heart button to make it a favorite item. You can check back on your favorited items by clicking on the heart icon any time you’d like!
- You’ll also receive notifications if the price drops on any of your favorited items, which you can find under the bell-shaped icon.
- In addition to all of these savings, you’ll be notified of cash back opportunities on websites, which you can choose to activate.
As an added bonus, all of the shopping you do through Price.com earns you points that you can redeem for gift cards to your favorite stores! Plus, you can earn up to 50 points for every friend you refer who downloads the Price.com app or Chrome extension.
It’s that simple! Just download, click, and save! And then, earn gift cards for online shopping that you are already planning to do! How’s that for a great deal?
Have you tried the Price.com extension before? I’d love to hear about your experiences with it, how it has worked for you, and how much you’ve saved by using it!
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We need to have an honest conversation here. Because there’s a big problem I’ve been noticing over the past few years. It’s causing all sorts of financial issues, marriage tension, and stress.
It’s a big problem, but there is a pretty simple solution. And I want to get up on my soapbox today and talk to you about this problem. Because it’s high time we not only acknowledge the problem, but we talk about a solution.
What’s the problem, you ask?
It’s this: people have a negative view of the word budget.
Like, it’s all fun and games until I bring up the word “budget” and then everyone looks at me like I suddenly grew horns and contracted cooties.
Y’all, the word budget is not a bad word.
It’s not an inappropriate word.
It’s not even a negative word.
It’s a POSITIVE word.
And the sooner we can start believing that, living from that belief, and celebrating the amazing-ness that is a budget, the sooner we’ll start experiencing more financial success, more unity in our marriage, and so much less stress.
As someone who has lived and breathed by a written budget over 14+ years of marriage, I’m a living testament to that.
A budget is not something that will make your life miserable. It’s not a ball and chains. It’s not bondage. It’s not a straight jacket.
It’s not any of the negative, icky things you’ve pre-determined that it is. In fact, it’s the opposite of negative… if you choose to view it that way.
Here are just a few reasons I believe that a budget is a very positive thing:
A budget is a powerful weapon. It is your best hope for getting out of debt. It is your strongest tool for being able to make financial traction. A budget helps you to know where to spend your money and where not to spend your money. Instead of having to stress over where to spend your money, a budget will direct you to exactly how you should spend your money.
A budget is a marriage unifier. Sitting down and creating a budget together forces you to learn to communicate and get more on the same page financially — and probably in other areas of your marriage. It will likely open the door to many conversations about a variety of subjects and will give you the opportunity to have discussions you might have no even known that you needed to have!
A budget reduces fights in our marriage. I’m a natural saver and Jesse is a natural spender and we are so different in so many ways. We have had to work hard to not let our differences break us apart. Creating and following a budget helps us to learn to work together better and to compromise in a healthy way. And ultimately, it removes so much tension that could come from our spender/saver relationship because we’ve already pre-determined how much money we feel is good to have in each spending category.
A budget makes decision-making easier. If you usually struggle to make decisions, a budget can simplify your decision-making process by helping you to know quickly whether or not something is a wise purchase for you right now. It will save you time and it will eliminate post-purchase regret!
A budget is a gift to your life. The clarity that creating and following a budget will give you will bring so much added fulfillment and purpose to your life. Plus, if you’re a person who likes to spend money, a blow category in your budget can give you just the breathing room you need to be able to spend money for fun — without the guilt!
A budget brings so much freedom. If you often stress over purchases and wonder whether you really have the money to make a certain purchase, you need a budget. A budget gives you the peace of mind to know that you have enough money to cover your expenditures for the month and that when you go to the store and spend money from your grocery category, you’re not eating into your ability to pay your electricity bill this month.
A budget is a roadmap for success. When you create a budget, it challenges you to think longterm where you want to be financially. It allows you to set goals — to pay off debt, to save up to pay cash for something, to slowly change your financial position — and then serves as a guide to help you achieve those goals.
I look back over the past 14 years of our marriage and can point to our decision to follow a budget as one of the biggest keys to so much less stress, tension, and the thing that has brought so much more peace, calmness, and joy into our life.
Which is why I just can’t understand why anyone would think negatively about a budget. Because, for us, it’s been the best thing ever and I can’t recommend it highly enough!
The solution to this big problem is simple: stop viewing a budget as a negative thing and start celebrating all its positive attributes. It might be a slow process of reshaping your viewpoint and shifting your belief system. But it can be done… little by little, day by day.
I challenge you to put the effort to change your perspective on budgeting from a negative thing to a positive thing. Your perspective can change everything — including your success at budgeting.
And when you can set up and follow a budget + experience the freedom and joy that can come from it, you could very well completely change your life and the lives of your family and your future grandchildren and great-grandchildren!
How has a budget positively impacted your life? I’d love to hear! Share in the comments.