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[ad] Today I am dreaming of Christmas parties. Anyone else? We’re only halfway through the month and we’ve already had more family gatherings than I can count with so many more to go. And Christmas parties in the Bartlett household means photos…lots of photos. But I just didn't feel very photo-ready thanks to my grays (and yes, I had A LOT of grays). So I picked up @zotosprofessional hair color at @sallybeauty and these days I'm feeling gorgeous, confident, and ready to take on the holiday photos. Today on the blog, I'm sharing how I get myself photo-ready as well as what I plan to wear to this year's Christmas party! #MyAgeBeautiful #sponsored #linkinbio
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[ad] Today I am dreaming...

I've been a bit MIA lately. Why you may ask? Well, because I've been half on the struggle bus and half working on a rather large project that I've had in draft mode for far too long. And I am SO excited about it. I literally woke up the other day and decided THAT was the day I'd get started on it and I've been hooked on it ever since. If you're a mom in Southern Maine, you won't want to miss this! So be sure to sign up for our email list via the link in my bio so you can be one of the first to know what's going on.
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I've been a bit MIA...

Well, it's officially the day Zack and I have been looking forward to for a couple of years now. While we've already unofficially been "moved on" from military life for a couple of months now, today it's official that Zack is no longer an Active Duty Marine and I am no longer a military spouse. The first big chapter of his adult life and our life together has officially ended. It's scary almost when you've been living with all the stability of a lifestyle for so long. A stable job, stable income, health benefits, a home. It's been a challenging couple of months as we get more settled here in Maine and figure out the next step for our little family. But I know we have so much to look forward to in the next year and it's refreshing to know we have the opportunity to start over. I am so proud of this guy and I can't wait to see what the next chapter of our life has in store for us. •
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Well, it's officially the day...

This mama is on the struggle bus today. This morning I spent over an hour searching for Allie's sippy cup of milk only to find it in the shower...where I looked 5+ times considering that's where she was playing while I got ready for the day. I then got the incorrect order from Dunkin and to make that even worse, it was pumpkin flavored...and if you know me, you know I cannot stand anything pumpkin flavored so I couldn't even suck it up and drink it (shoutout to @mwhited8195 for bringing me the correct drink order!). Nap time wasn't any better. A solid 40 minutes of crying before Allie finally went down...then she woke up 30 minutes later 🙄 And now I'm scrambling to get everything on my to-do list done so we can officially launch Blogmas tomorrow 😬 It's been a morning and I'm about ready for my own nap at this point. But at least it's Friday? 🤷🏻‍♀️😂
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This mama is on the...

It's yet another snow day here in Maine. The last winter I spent here was in 2015 and we maybe had three snow storms all winter. This year, we've had 3-5 just in the last couple of weeks 🙄 I'm already homesick for beautiful and warm North Carolina summers 😔 anyone else here who hates winter? If you need us, Allie and I will be curled up inside with some movies and a never-ending to-do list. #bloggerlife •
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It's yet another snow day...

Blogmas starts in T-5 days! I've been working so hard on producing awesome Blogmas content these past couple of months so I'm super excited to finally start sharing it with you all this weekend. Today on the blog I'm sharing a quick breakdown of Blogmas 2018, what you can look forward to on Mainely Keating, and 25 blog post ideas for those of you who want to participate in Blogmas as well! You can find the link to the full blog post in my bio! •
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Blog + Life Updates

Blog + Life Updates | Keating & Co.

Happy Tuesday!! How are you all doing today? I hope you had an amazing weekend. Life was super crazy around here as I moved out of my friend’s house and into my mother-in-law’s house. It’s so strange, but exciting that we’re starting to prepare for Zack’s homecoming already. Seriously though, where did the time go?! Didn’t he just leave yesterday?! Anyways, I moved into his mom’s house on Friday and then his mom is actually moving into another house in a couple weeks so we spent Saturday and Sunday painting the new place. Monday was spent catching up on all the things I should have done over the weekend. So it’s been a busy past few days around here.

I’m now completely sidetracked from the main purpose of this entire post. I’ve had a ton of stuff on my mind lately when it comes to the future of this blog and my career path and after discussing it with a few people in my life, I think I’ve finally got it all sorted out in my brain. And of course, I’d love to share it all with you! Keating & Co is definitely not going anywhere, but I do have plans to grow and expand A LOT in the near future. Since I’m wanting this to be my primary full-time job, I’ve been slowly putting together my blog business plan. The number one question that I have to answer in a business plan is ‘what is the purpose of your business?’ or ‘what does your business offer to others?’. This has been a super challenging question for me and until 4am on Friday morning, I had no idea how to answer it. But after a ton of thought, I’ve decided that I really just want to help people.

Back in February, I opened up about my depression and anxiety and how it affects my marriage, my business, and everything else in my life. I was completely amazed by the amount of love and support I had gotten from that post. It made me so happy to know that I wasn’t alone in how I was feeling and that others were struggling with the same things I did. This post also resulted in a lot of emails from readers who thanked me for sharing it and I even got many questions on how it’s possible that I ran a blog and got good grades all while feeling this way every single day. And honestly, I wasn’t exactly sure how I managed to make it work in my favor. But I did (and still do).

When Zack left last summer, I was hit with the worst depression I’ve had in years and it became very important to me to find new ways to work on it and get better. I didn’t want to be depressed and full of anxiety all the time. So I started working on myself and focusing on my own mental health and today I’m feeling stronger and better than ever. Of course I still deal with these issues in my every day life, but I’m better able to handle it than I used to. I am so proud of the fact that I’ve created my dream life in my business regardless of what I struggle with mentally. I worked hard to get here and I so badly want others to be able to do the same. I want to inspire millennial bloggers and online business owners to create a well-balanced lifestyle and business that they’re in love with just like I did without limitations. I want others to know this life is possible even with those challenges some of us may face.

Ultimately, I see this blog making the transition from a ‘blog’ to an actual ‘website’ (OR a whole separate website will be created because honestly, I just love talking to you all so I wouldn’t want to lose that). I want it to be focused on mental health, physical health, relationships, blogging/entrepreneurship and all things lifestyle. I want it to be the go to place for online business owners who are needing a dose of inspiration or some help in a specific area of their life. It’ll help others create a life that’s balanced and a business and lifestyle that they love.

At some point, I want to offer actual products. I you all to have access to e-courses, worksheets, and e-books on self-improvement and mental health as well as blogging and business tools. I want you all to have the tools you need in order to build a great lifestyle and overcome those issues you may be facing in the process. I want to empower and motivate you so that you too can take on anything life throws at you.

The mental health portion of this idea is going to expand A LOT over the next few years. This goes beyond this blog and honestly, I’m still debating on how exactly I want to go about it all. But what I do know is that I want to team up with my stepmom and create a mental health program. I don’t necessarily want to be a therapist (or at least that’s not the current plan), but I do want to be able to offer conferences, workshops and mental health retreats for people who suffer from mental health issues. Just like with my blog, I want to be able to bring people together and empower others to live a fuller life. I want equip them with the tools they need to be successful in their businesses or their life in general. Not only that, but I want them to be surrounded with others who are experiencing the same challenges so that they have that extra support that they need.

I’m debating on doing my master’s degree in psychology or mental health counseling or something along those lines and then going on to get my PhD, but the school part of all this is still up in the air at the moment (I just graduated so I’m not exactly wanting to think about the next step right now. I’ll give myself a few months to think about it first).

I am SO unbelievably excited to finally have my thoughts and ideas organized in a way that makes sense. I pretty much write for a living, yet I’m horrible with explaining and wording things. I know, it makes a TON of sense. But I’m working on it. I can’t wait to get my business plan completely put together so that I can move forward with all these exciting changes. Of course I put all this together just two months before Zack is coming home and life is about to get crazy, but hopefully I can have all of this squared away by the end of the year. My fingers are crossed so stay tuned for more updates!

What changes would you like to see me make around here? I’d love your feedback!!

XOXO
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