In February 2015, I officially quit my full-time job as a preschool teacher to pursue blogging full-time. At the time, I had been blogging off an on for a couple years and it had been super challenging for me to balance it on top of my full-time job, school and all the challenges of military life. My blog was getting less than 100 page views a MONTH (no joke, you guys) and I was making $0 from it. Typical beginner blogger. I knew it was time for a change when I found myself typing up blog posts while my students slept or carrying a notebook around with me everywhere I went to jot down any ideas I had throughout my work day. Most of the time, I was mentally checked out at work. My brain was in a completely different place and really, it just wasn’t fair to my coworkers. I had huge dreams for where I wanted my blog to go and I knew that if I wanted to make my blog my full-time job, then I needed to make some changes in my life. My full-time job had to go. So I quit.
This was a huge risk on my part. I’ve never been the type to continue a job I don’t like or have no interest in (although I really did love my classroom). It’s the one aspect of my life that I’m completely spontaneous in. Sometimes, it works in my favor and other times, I’m left broke and unemployed. It’s really a toss up. I think this is why a lot of people choose not to leave their full-time jobs to pursue something that’s so up in the air. It’s terrifying, not to mention slightly irresponsible and a bit crazy. But I like crazy. And I knew it was time to move on and start something of my own.
My first order of business was growing my blog following. That summer I had grown my social media following a bit and my average monthly page views were finally in the thousands. I was incredibly pleased with this, but I wasn’t at a point where I was making money yet. In fact, I was making NOTHING. I didn’t earn my first dollar until that July (about five months later), but even then, it was next to nothing compared to what I wanted to be making. When Zack went overseas, I decided that was my time to really focus on it and get serious about turning my blog into an actual business. The only other distraction I had was finishing my bachelor’s degree so it was the perfect time for some growth.
From September 2015 to February 2016, I had quadrupled my average monthly page views and had turned my blog into my full-time job. Just a year after quitting my 9-5, I had a job I was completely passionate about and loved doing. BUT, I still wasn’t making the amount of money I wanted to be making and as of last month, I’ve decided to completely switch gears and change my monetization methods. Sometimes, change is necessary in order to grow and develop as a blogger and an online business owner. I’m now in the process of growing even more and making Keating & Co bigger and better than ever.
Owning my own company has always been the ultimate goal for me. I always dreamt of being able to have the time to raise our children and being able to be present for all of their accomplishments as well as for Zack’s. I want to take a mental health day when needed without having to ask permission. I want to be able to take my work with me on the go if we want to go home to visit our family and friends instead of telling them we can’t make it due to work obligations. I want that flexibility. I want to be present in my own life and not spend it tied down to a 9-5 job that I’m not in love with. And now I can.
I am a firm believer of doing what you love. If you love it and are passionate about it, then you’ll find a way to make it work regardless of what else you have going on in your life or what obstacles you have to overcome to make it happen. I am so proud of myself for everything I’ve overcome to turn my blog into my business. It hasn’t been an easy process, but quitting my full-time job was worth it. It gave me the opportunity to focus all of my time and energy to doing something I love. Rather than having to type up blog posts while my students slept, I was able to lock myself away in my office for a few hours to write without distractions. I finally had the time and energy to dedicate to all my blogging tasks without losing too much sleep at night. And because I very much wanted and needed my own income, it motivated me even more to work hard at making my business succeed.
I now have a job that I absolutely love and am passionate about. I have the opportunity to be present in my own life and the freedom to create my own schedule and work whenever and wherever I feel like it. If you dream of doing something more with your life and working for yourself, then why not do it? What’s stopping you from having a life that you’re truly happy about?