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!!