This post is coming straight from my heart this morning. .
I want to talk about how I am learning that it’s okay for me to try and make money and still stay home. For some reason, over the years, I have decided that trying to run a home business wasn’t being fair to my family. If I was to try and do that, it would mean that they would be neglected. Oh how my mind has changed recently.
I am going to let you in on a little secret that I have experienced just by doing something different these past nine days. I have intentionally been getting up between 5:00-6:00 in the morning to make time for things that are important to me that I don’t have time to do in my regular daily schedule of homeschooling, appointments, field trips, cooking, and taking care of my home responsibilities. It has been life changing. I started a course called Make Over Your Mornings by Crystal Paine at Money Saving Mom and she has been coaching me through how to get my life more organized and how to fit in what I am passionate about.
Over the course of the last couple weeks, I have discovered that I am passionate about my oils. I have been passionate about my oils for a long time but I have never thought of actually turning that into a business that would help support my family. Y’all, these oils are changing peoples’ lives and I don’t mean by just making money from selling them. So I am not going to be afraid to tell people about my oils anymore. If I have something that I think can help you in an area of your life, I’m going to share it with you.
I am passionate about homesteading and learning the skills that are required for that lifestyle. That’s why I started a blog. I want to help people to know that there are alternative ways of living and not being caught up in what the majority of society says is “normal.” I want to hang on to our grandparents’ ways of preserving, hunting, and making things from scratch.
I am passionate about writing and telling y’all what is going on in my life and giving you tips on things that I do to help me around here. That can be anything from getting out of debt, making homemade rolls, or what I use to mop my floors that doesn’t contain nasty chemicals.
I am embracing my weirdness for the first time in my life. I am realizing that, perhaps, God has a mission for me and I can use the online world to point people to Him all while helping people to live a more sustainable, self-sufficient life. Do I have this whole homesteading, essential oil, homeschooling, hippie life figured out? Heck to the no! I am learning more everyday!
The point of all this is to say that, yes, I have ads on my blog (which I have struggled with in the past but not anymore), yes, I am going to tell you about essential oils, because I love them, and, yes, I use affiliate links on my Facebook Page to tell you about products I want or love. Yes, I am going to try and make money for my family from these links and ads and oils. We have goals and dreams to accomplish during this lifetime and so do you! How can we achieve those if we don’t have money? Money isn’t evil, it’s a tool that should be used to God’s glory. You shouldn’t love it or hoard it, but you shouldn’t be afraid of making it either.
I have learned that by being passionate about something and trying to earn money for my family while staying home makes me happier person. When I can wake up in the morning, get into God’s word, and make time for things I am passionate about, I feel renewed and excited about facing the day. I feel like I have a purpose and a passion. Obviously, my first priorities in life have nothing to do with blogging, oils, or money. My first priorities are God, my family, and my responsibilities around the home. Crystal’s course has taught me how to keep those things first and still have time to add on what makes my heart beat a little faster and what gets me excited.
So I am asking you give support to the mom who wants to add more income to her family and still wants to stay home with her children. Share our blog posts and Facebook pages. Tell others about our home businesses, whether it’s oils, thirty-one, Pampered Chef, etc. Host parties in your homes for us and help us to get our business up and running. We are all more than just moms. Motherhood is such a privilege and I wouldn’t change it for anything but I still want to have those passions that put a little bounce in my step and get me out of bed at 5:00 am.