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This is a post that has not-a-thang to do with Pinterest.

I recently listened to Rachel Hollis’s book. Girl, Wash Your Face, on my recent road trip to my Brother’s in New Hampshire. You guys, if you haven’t read/listened to this book, you need to, right now. Drop what you are doing and get it.

If you have been following me from day 1, you know my blog started out as Motherhood blog and in no way shape or form did I plan on turning it into a business. Sure, in the back of my mind I dreamed of making it into something big, but that was a dream. It wasn’t until six months into my “blogging” career (if you want to call it that) that I decided I was going to change direction, and write about what I know, marketing.

I thought to myself, “every one of these big-time bloggers had to start somewhere.” They had to start from the bottom and work their way to the top. So why couldn’t I do the same?

Well, to be completely honest I was totally and completely terrified. I didn’t have much money to invest in my blog, and I truthfully thought, “who the heck would want to listen to my advice?” What if no one read my content? What if no one bought my course? What if I failed miserably and wasted months of time and money and effort and tears. What if.

Thankfully, I didn’t let my “what ifs” stop me.

I went for it. And guys, let me tell you it has not been easy. I am going to repeat that, it has not in any way, shape or form, been easy. 

If any blogger out there is telling you it’s easy peasy to start blogging and make a bazillion dollars right off the bat, they are lying to you. If you want to turn your blog into a business, it will take more work than you can ever imagine. And then some.

But you want to know what? It’s so worth it. If you had told me two years ago, I would be asked to speak at an online Pinterest conference and labeled as “one of the worlds top 10 Pinterest experts.” I would have laughed in your face. If you had told me two years ago that I would get 100’s of emails a week asking me for Pinterest advice and tips and just venting about how hard blogging can be, I would have thought you were crazy.

If you had told me two years ago that I would turn my blog into a full-time business, with thousands of awesome loyal followers, women, and men all with the same goal, to write. To write about what they are passionate about, to take their small Etsy shop and turn it into a big business, or to use their blogs to make extra income to help build their child’s college fund. I would have stared at you with my blank “you crazy,” face. (My kids see that face more than they would like to.)

If you had told me, they would follow ME and MY blog, I would have questioned your sanity.

But guess what? They do. And it’s amazing. And you want to know what?

It’s been SO DAMN HARD.

I am the type of person who is VERY hard on myself. A downfall of my personality that I try and work on daily. Want to know what has probably been the hardest part of this journey? Other than trying to balance my business with being a solo mom 90% of the time and staying home with both my kids. Online negativity.

I see so many posts about it, and I know first hand how hard it is NOT to take it personally. Out of the 100’s of amazing reviews and emails I receive about how my course has helped someone. I have had received three not-so-nice emails. Three. Three emails, that I still to this day think about. Three emails that made me sit on the floor next to my laptop and cry. Three emails that made me question, “should I be doing this?”

Now I know you are probably thinking, “Megan, three emails is nothing.” I get that. But the bad words stick so much more than the good.

And this is where Rachel’s book opened my eyes. I think I needed to hear every single word she spoke in that book. Nothing is easy. Nothing. My 5-year plan is to turn Love Family Health into a BIG business. I want employees that see my vision as clearly as I see theirs. This is a dream that I WILL accomplish. And I wake up every single morning with that dream on the horizon.

I know it’s going to be hard as hell. Heck, trying to run my blog now is hard as hell. But the fact that I started on my own and took it from nothing to what is it now is SO freeeking rewarding you guys.

So, if you are just starting, or you have been blogging for years but feel like you aren’t making any headway, KEEP GOING. I’m begging you to keep trying. And yes, you may keep failing, but eventually, you won’t. If something doesn’t work, try something else. I can’t tell you how many times I have failed. MISERABLY. And still, do.

And you want to know what I did with those three not so nice emails? I used them. To make my blog and my courses EVEN BETTER. So thank you negative nancy’s. You have helped me to be a better blogger AND businesswoman. And for that I am grateful. And you want to know what? I may get more negative emails, and I have to be okay with that. Because I have to be ok knowing that as much as I want to, I can’t make everyone happy, and that’s ok.

You’re in charge of your future. YOU. So make it exactly how you want it to be.

Okay, enough with my sappy post. I wanted to write this to say thank you. Thank you to those who have followed me from day one, who have walked with me on this journey and have supported me every step of the way! You are amazing!

xo Megan