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  • My family arrives here in Germany Saturday morning, so I've been working ahead so I can take next week off to spend time and be touristy with them. 🤗 Today, I'm working on Lesson Ten. It's the lesson you've all been waiting for: 4 Ways to Monetize your Creative Blog. Here's a preview and a huge part of what took my blog income over the six-figure mark.
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I call it "The $300 Money Mindset”. My blog BFF, Kimber (of @ThePinningMama and @EasyFamilyRecipes) was at a conference and texting me tidbits and nuggets of wisdom. This is the one that changed everything for me.
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Don't focus on growing a six-figure per year business. That's incredibly daunting and overwhelming.
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The tip Kimber shared with me: "All it takes to create a six-figure business is to find a way to make $300 per day."
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Let that sink in.
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Doesn't figuring out how to make $300 per day seem so much more doable than figuring out how to make $100,000+ per year? It sure did to me! .
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Now, let's take that $300 and work backwards. We need to break down exactly where that $300 a day is going to come from. And that's what we'll be doing in Lesson Ten, so stay tuned!
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#heartandhustle #smallbiz #mycreativebiz #creativeentrepeneur #savvybusinessowner
  • Happy weekend! 💕 I'm alternating between Spring Cleaning chores and writing Lesson Nine on Growing Your Instagram today. The blog post is already 3,000 words and I'm not done yet! 😮 💻 The lesson's title is: 15 Ways I Grew My Instagram by 515% in One Year. I'll be sharing the fifteen organic methods and strategies I used to grow (and continue to grow) my @bydawnnicole Instagram account to nearly 90k followers.
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What are you most hoping to learn from the lesson on IG? I want to make sure I covered everything you want to know!
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#creativeentrepeneur #mycreativebiz #creativelifehappylife #smallbiz #heartandhustle #bloggingtips #thebloglife
  • There's an eCard that says: "Success is doing what you love and making it a career, but I don't know who will pay me to drink wine while looking at Pinterest." 🤣
One of the best parts about blogging as a business is that Pinterest IS a part of your career...and it has a fabulous return on time investment. It's all about having a strategy. And I'm sharing mine in today's blogging course lesson. Link in profile to head over and read it!
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Did you know before this lesson that Pinterest isn't social media?
  • So...the day trip to the Colmar Easter Market was all fun and games (swipe for pics!) until we got back to our car. My youngest started puking and my car wouldn’t start. Tried to jump it. No go. So we got a fancy ride home from the tour bus. Well, almost home...as far as a bus that size can go in Germany. And then we walked. We finally just made it home. I’ll deal with my car tomorrow after a good night of sleep. There is truly a curse in which this stuff only happens when my husband is out of town. I hope you had a happy (and somewhat less eventful) Easter! 😂✝️💐
  • I booked a day trip to the Colmar Easter Market this weekend in France for my kiddos and myself. I’ve been looking at photos of the market online and I can’t wait. It looks so charming. 💐 I personally found Paris a bit overrated but I absolutely adore the smaller towns of France! 💕 This was a photo I snapped in Marseille on last year’s Spring Break. It is the sunniest and driest major city in France. Aaaand it rained on our one day there. 😂 The forecast is calling for rain again but that’s pretty standard here for this time of year. I’ve grown quite the collection of rain boots and hats since we moved to Europe! 🌂 Have you ever been to France? If no, what city would you most like to visit?
  • Monday is my hustle day. Which means I’m over-caffeinated, didn’t do my hair, and haven’t made my FitBit very happy. 😂 But I’m killing my work to do list. The latest blogging course lesson is up today! I’m sharing eight essential email marketing tips for bloggers. Don’t let the word marketing scare you. I’m super uncomfortable being sales-y and these are all things I actually do. Using email for your blog+ business can be life changing when it comes to your bottom line of you do it well. 🤑 Any questions?
  • Where's a yawning emoji when you need it? 😴 My kiddos caught a stomach bug, and someone was up puking nearly every two hours last night. I'm working from the couch today and currently on my third giant cup of coffee.
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I'm often asked what tips I have for finding a balance between work life and mom life. I guess I'd say my top advice is to simply to embrace that your work to-do list will rarely go as planned, especially with kids. Life happens, and when it does, it tends to throw a wrench in even the best-laid plans.
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 I write down my top three things to accomplish each day. If we have an off day, and I don't get all three done, I don't sweat it. I just move it to the next day. Working ahead on anything super important is critical, so that days like these aren't a considerable stress and I can focus on my most important job: being a mom.
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Finding balance is an ongoing process, and there isn’t a hard and fast rule for finding it. What creates balance for my family, may not work for yours.
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“Only Wonder Woman can do it all, and all at once. And she isn’t real.” -Debora L. Spar
  • Lesson five of the free blogging course went up on the blog yesterday. 💻 I shared 3 Easy SEO Tips for Beginners. This is one of my favorite lessons because SEO is one of the best ways to work smarter, not harder! Do you have any questions after reading the lesson? What are you going to start doing to up your SEO game?
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