Blogging Advice: Find Your Passion

For months, I’ve dreamt of getting this blog up and running. My thoughts are scattered. I don’t really have a specific niche. Sure, I have posts where I’m conducting product reviews, but they’re pretty cheesy posts. They’re definitely not high quality which is what I hope to work up to.

In addition to my product review posts, I want to blog about things are meaningful and will help people when they stumble onto my blog. I want you to stick around, subscribe to my emails and follow me on social media. But how?

What do I blog about?

I listen to many podcasts throughout the day. Sometimes I listen to true crime podcasts, religious and spirituality, personal finance podcasts (serious, 800 Credit Score Man is awesome), and podcasts about side hustles. Two of my faves are Side Hustle School and The Side Hustle Show. I love side hustles. I’m a single mom. I live paycheck to paycheck, but I’m trying to build my business and build my brand. I just haven’t had much time. I’m learning so much valuable information on how to reach customers and really make an impact. I’m a Virtual Assistant (VA), and I love that I am fortunate enough to be able to do that full-time. I also am drawn to blogging. I’m sure some of you (mainly my family members, ha) remember Lala Saves You Money and Win With Lala. I can’t link to them because they don’t exist anymore. I really enjoyed blogging about sweepstakes and deals. I still love saving money when I’m shopping. Now I have A Texas Mom, and what do I do with it? I can’t be all over the place because then I’ll never get traffic that wants to come back and read more!

I want to form a relationship with my readers, but how do I do that? I need to be blogging about something of value to you. I’ve heard and read more than once that you need to blog your passion. Share what you’re always talking about. There’s something we all talk about so much that we probably annoy other people who don’t feel the same way we do. When I sat back and thought about it, I become really passionate when I’m talking about the following:

  • Empowering people to reach their full potential- I truly believe that we all have a purpose. It’s not always easy figuring out what that purpose is, but I love building people up to realize that they can achieve whatever they dream of. It may take some time, and the journey certainly won’t be easy. But, it’s possible. Some people have been beat down their entire lives and made to feel like they’re not good enough, and that is really sad because the opinions of people should never weigh someone down so much that they never rise above mediocrity. Perhaps you’ve made some really bad mistakes in the past, and you can’t seem to move forward. What was done in the past can stay there. It doesn’t have to follow you into your future. I do believe that we all have a desire to move forward in life. It’s natural progression. We are all made for more.
  • Shopping- Hi. My name is Loreina, and I’m a Shopaholic. It’s true!! I love things new and old. I am a nostalgia collector. Or am I a nostalgic collector?? I’m one of those! I collect things that remind my of my childhood such as blue cornflower corningware, old Pyrex, and 80’s Tupperware. I also collect items with Apples on them, and one day I will own a complete set of Franciscan Apple Dishes. A girl can dream, right? My newest thing is 31-bags, and I’m sure that’s because my soul sister sells it. You can find her here at The Love-Lee Bag Lady if you want to join the group. 😉
  • Saving money- How can a shopaholic save money?? I am cheap aka: frugal. I struggled financially for years; even when I was married. It wasn’t until I was on my on with two little children depending on me that I realized something had to change. That’s when I discovered the world of couponing, meal planning, and never paying retail for anything. I cleaned up my credit (which I have since somewhat messed up again, but that’s another blog post. Relapse, blah). I bought a house. I did it all by budgeting and being conscious about what dollar I made was spent on. Sometimes I splurge. Who doesn’t? But saving money is definitely something I am passionate about. As much as I love shopping, I never make impulsive purchases, especially with large items, and I rarely purchase anything at retail price.  And I do believe that if you screw up and fall off the wagon, you can always get back on.
  • Side Hustles- Who knew there were so many side hustles? When I first decided I needed second income to make ends meet, I started researching things I could do from home. I have small children so working a job after my full-time dayjob was out of the question. It took a little searching, but I found several jobs that were great for making a little extra money and not having to leave your house! I worked for Appen for awhile as Social Media Evaluator. I got fired, but it was fun while it lasted. That’s when I stumbled into the world of mystery shopping! It did take time signing up for companies, signing up for jobs on weekends, and mapping my routes. I loved it!! I will actually be listing the companies that I have personally worked for in a post very soon. I then started working part-time as a VA and eventually, that took over. It doesn’t matter if you’re selling makeup, mowing lawns, or decorating t-shirts, with a little hard work and the right marketing, you can make it profitable! No excuses!

Hard Work

I really think the main point I want to get across when I share something that seems kind of out there is that while something may seem like hard work, it will pay off in the end. I understand there are certain circumstances, such as deteriorating health, that make it harder for you to do many different things. That’s understandable. I do think a majority of people have the capability to do more; they just don’t want to. Or, more often than not, they don’t realize they can! That goes back to me empowering people to reach their full potential.

It took me two years of working as a VA part-time before I was finally given opportunity to take it full time. Now, I can work wherever there’s a wi-fi signal. I make my own schedule. I work with some awesome people. I’m learning new things every single day. My business has the potential for growth. I also know that my blog won’t grow overnight, but I do hope to learn more about blogging and gaining traffic that it does grow, and I hope I start to blog about things that are more meaningful and do offer some value to you.

A Texas Mom

So who is A Texas Mom? I’m an empowering mama bear who loves to shop, save money, and WORK HARD! I think I’ve found my niche!! My next post will be about my Amazon Fire Stick. I’ve implemented small changes in our lives that really have helped save money each month. One of the biggest moves I’ve made thus far is cutting satellite. And guess what?? My children have survived. So far anyway. I think that’ll be something you’ll enjoy reading about especially if you’ve been considering cutting that cable cord or sacrificing that satellite. I couldn’t think of anything else that started with a “s” to do to a satellite. Stop the Satellite!! I’m cracking myself up.

If there’s anything you want to talk about or want me to dive further into, just let me know.  You can always comment below or reach me at loreina@atexasmom(dot)com.

Later ya’ll!

Huge Prayer Answered in 2017

2018

For the last two weeks, my Facebook newsfeed has been inundated with “2017, you suck” memes. They may not have said EXACTLY that but something similar. At first I thought, “Yeah, 2017…what an awful year!” But, then I really thought about it, and 2017 wasn’t so awful at all. There were some really hard times for me and my family in 2017. There are some things we’re still going through that are being taken into 2018, but I’m not going to let that define my entire year. I choose to focus on the good and to know that the hard times will not last.

First thing, my grandson was born in 2017. He’s perfect in every way. What is better than that?! Nothing!! I never thought I could love another human who didn’t come from me as much as I love my grandson. It’s such a special love, and he’s right there in my heart right beside my three kiddos.

Secondly, I’ve had several doors open for me in 2017. I’ve seen God working in my life, and it’s been awesome. For the past year or two, I’ve worked as a Virtual Assistant (VA) on the side. I’ve prayed for a couple of years to work from home, full-time. At the beginning of 2017, I was working a job where I was driving about 150 miles a day, and I was spending three hours a day in the car. When working from home just wasn’t happening, I shifted and I began praying that God lead me where He wants me. That’s how I would know where I’m supposed to be. I applied for many jobs, and I never got any calls for interviews. One afternoon, when reading the East Texas Pennysaver, old school classifieds that come in the mailbox once a week, I saw an ad for a local probation officer. I have about 10 years criminal justice experience and a 4-year degree so I applied, interviewed, and I got the job! My commute was more than cut in half. What a blessing right there! I live in a very rural area so it’s rare to find a decent paying job so close to home.  Being an administrative assistant is my passion, but I was content with the thought of working as a probation officer until I retire. Little did I know, God was working behind the scenes!

I picked up two steady, part-time, clients early last year. They are both wonderful people who run completely different businesses. I was enjoying working for both of them at night and on the weekends. I was a PO by day and a VA by night. One Saturday, one of my clients asked what it would take for me to go full-time as a VA. She told me she could only give me 20 hours a week to start because her business is newer, but it could increase as time goes on. I had to really think about it because I’m a single income family. My kids depend on me financially, and me only, so for me to leave the security of a government job would be something I’d really have to think and pray about. Two days later, I mentioned to my other client that I was considering becoming a VA full-time, and he said he could give me up to 40 hours if I wanted them. When I told him I was working with someone else as well, he said that we could start at 20, but 40 would remain on the table. I’m not one to make hasty decisions, but I could hear my Pastor’s voice from a previous message he had preached saying, “it’s not about seeing to believe, but sometimes you have to believe to see.” I turned in my resignation to probation, and I started my dream job. I work for myself as a VA, and hopefully by the end of this year, I’ll be running Do It All Virtual Assistant. I’m three months in and going strong! Once I get my website going, I have so many plans. I have a logo so far. But, I will not neglect or stop working for the two people I’m working for now until they kick me to the curb. 😉

During my short-time at probation, I met so many great people, and my co-workers have become my friends. I hope while I was there, I was able to impact a life or two. I loved the aspect of helping people, and I never really cared about that before when I worked in that field. That was a great experience. Now, every day when I wake up, I am so thankful that I’m at home and doing what I am most passionate about. I absolutely love the people I am blessed to work with on a daily basis. I’m learning so much. Because I remained steadfast and diligent in prayer and allowed God to direct my steps, He has given me one of the biggest gifts of all! Of course, my children and grandson are the biggest, but my dream job is pretty big!

So looking back, something that was weighing on my heart for years, came to pass in 2017. That really makes everything else seem so small. We’re always going to face trials and tough times. It’s ok to pray for more. It’s how we handle ourselves through the tough times that’s the real test. Philippians 4:6 reads, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” God doesn’t want us to be stressed out or to feel like our prayers will never be answered. Stay faithful. Do your part, and God will certainly do His! But, He will do it in His time. Not ours.

Goodbye 2017…you really weren’t that terrible. Hello 2018, let’s see what God has in store for me and my family this year!