Today we’d like to introduce you to Janine G.
Janine, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Before becoming a stay-at-home mom and blogger, I worked in a healthcare management position for almost a decade. For years, I’d played around with the idea of blogging and attempted starting one a few times.
I started out by researching and reading everything online I could find about blogging. At first, I was hesitant to start a blog because it was a completely new field from the kind of work I was used to. I didn’t have a background that would help me in my blogging career. But my drive and excitement to start my blog outweighed my fears. I finally became serious about blogging a few years ago, and I’ve come to realize now that the hardest part of my journey so far was to just get started.
I’ve come a long way since I started my blog. I’m so glad I started when I did because I can look back now and already see how far I’ve come. I’ve learned so much and have started seeing some success. So, I’m excited to see where my business goes because there are so many more people I want to help, goals I want to reach, and things I want to accomplish.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I love being a blogger and running my own online business. I get to be creative and fulfill my passion for helping others. I’m proud of myself for taking a risk and starting something new outside of my comfort zone. Being able to carve your own path is extremely exciting, satisfying and rewarding.
Getting started took me a while because there is so much info out there that it can be overwhelming. You think, “Where do I begin? How will I ever get there?” I remember seeing super-successful blogs and feeling like I was light years away from that. But I reminded myself that everyone started out at some point. I was also realistic and knew that going into blogging I would certainly encounter struggles and obstacles along the way. But I was determined not to quit or give up when things got challenging.
My biggest struggle when getting started was not being tech savvy. I’m not a millenial and didn’t use a computer regularly until almost high school. This made learning everything from scratch about blogging and learning each social media platform even more challenging. I’ve had to be patient with myself in taking the time to learn each thing slowly, realizing in time it all adds up. I’m constantly learning, reading, and trying new things. I’ve joined several Facebook blogger groups where you can connect with other bloggers for help and support. And I’ve even hired a web designer/developer to help me with the technical side of my website.
I’ve had to be smart about my time management in order to be successful. I’ve had to stay super focused: working late nights, early mornings, and using most of my free time to make it work. Working from home while juggling my stay-at-home mom responsibilities hasn’t been easy. I’ve found it helpful setting “office hours” where I’m working and my husband entertains the kids.
Starting out, I also didn’t know anyone personally that was a blogger or even a writer. None of my family or friends were bloggers, so it was challenging starting this new venture and navigating it alone. Therefore, you need to find people who support your dream.
My mom helps by proofreading all my articles before they’re published. My stepdad is happy to share posts on social media for me. And my husband has been a tremendous support. He deserves just as much credit as I do for any success I have with my business. He has believed in me and taken my business seriously from the beginning. He helps with ideas for blog posts and social media, and he pitches in with household chores and watches the kids while I work. And he does this in addition to his own full-time job. So if you have a partner, and especially if you have children, they need to be on the same page or it would be much more difficult to succeed.
I make sure to celebrate every “win” or success. And to stay motivated I often read inspirational quotes and motivational books.
My advice to those just starting their journey would be that since getting started is the hardest part, stick with it and don’t give up, find those who love and support you, and enjoy the journey! Best of luck to all of you!
We’d love to hear more about Meatballmom.
Meatballmom is my motherhood & lifestyle blog. I blog about motherhood topics like what to pack in your hospital bag, how to fly alone with a baby as well as potty-training tips. I also share recipes, toddler food ideas, fashion/fitness/style ideas. My goal is to make the lives of other moms easier, healthier and happier. I love being a mom and anything I can share from my experiences to help others or make their day better is a big motivation.
I’m proud of the fun, positive, and encouraging message of my brand. My honesty, integrity, and compassion for others are some of my best qualities.
My position in management helped sharpen my leadership skills. Those skills combined with my joyful spirit, work ethic, and determination to never give up are what will set me apart from the rest. There’s much more to come from Meatballmom!
What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
I’d tell young women just starting out their career to look to the inspiring women in their lives for inspiration. I’m fortunate to have been surrounded by inspiring women my whole life. They’ve all helped make me the woman I am today.
My Mom has been the most inspiring woman in my life. Not only was she the first woman in her family to graduate college, but she became a widow when my father died at 35 years old, leaving her with a 7-year old (me), 5-year-old, and 2-year-old. My mom taught me not to crumble in the face of adversity. She was dealt with some of life’s toughest circumstances and still raised me and my siblings with unwavering strength and grace. And despite our circumstances, I had a happy childhood. She showed me that it’s possible to not just ‘survive’ terrible circumstances, but you can thrive despite your challenges. She showed us unending love, support, and encouragement in anything we did. She was always there for me (still is) and instilled a confidence in me to know I can do anything. My mom continues inspiring me now that I’m a parent myself. I now have a whole new appreciation for all she endured and was able to accomplish as a single parent.
My grandmother, Rosalie, was one of the kindest people I’ve ever known. She thought the best of everyone and never talked poorly about others. She saw the good in everyone and was happy for others’ successes. My grandmother was one of my biggest cheerleaders and a best friend. Like my mother, she knew what was most important in life–her faith and the love of her family and friends.
My Pure Barre family (the teachers and the other women I take classes with), inspire me to continue to put myself and my health as a priority. They are busy women and moms who make time to workout and support each other both personally and professionally. It’s an uplifting community that encourages each person to challenge themselves to work hard and be the best we can be.
And finally, my fellow mom bloggers inspire me to reach for the stars and realize the sky’s the limit. They balance families and unconventional blogging careers. They pave the paths for their own dreams and businesses while raising families. I’m inspired by their energy and passion and am happy and honored to be part of their community.
I also recommend working hard, always continue learning and figuring out how you can grow and be better, and keeping yourself flexible and open to new opportunities.
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Janine G. – Meatballmom