On Balancing Life, Work, & a Baby (Plus My Vegas 2018)

Last Update: February 14, 2018

I don't think I was ready to have a child.

Well, let me clarify.

I don't think ANYONE is ever ready to have a child.

You can read every book in existence, attend every baby class, read every mom blog, and study until your brain can hold no more and you still won't be ready.

Nothing really prepares you for what comes after the baby arrives.

Enter Vincent...

Today, he's a cool little 8-month old dude with an independent personality and a big cheesy smile with 4 little teeth.

For a while though, he was a total time suck.

I'm talking, if at the end of the day, Amanda, Vin and I were still alive, I counted that day as a total success.

Needless to say, my business took a little bit of a hit. One that I am still recovering from today.

The thing is, there is no guide out there on how to raise your child and run a business.

Vin didn't come with an instruction manual.

Every day we learned something new and every day a little less time was spent focusing on my business.

Sprinkle in a little seasonal depression with a dash of sleep deprivation and it became easy to completely set my business aside.

Luckily, I was able to see the downturn and make some changes before shit really hit the fan. Today, I am refocused and back to work. Any more distractions could mean losing my business and everything I've worked so hard to achieve over the past 11 years.

I'm not going to let that happen.

I want to continue to stay at home, be a good dad to Vin, a good husband to Amanda, and a successful entrepreneur.

And that's why it's 6PM on Valentine's Day and I'm in the office writing a Wealthy Affiliate blog post.

Don't worry, Amanda understands.

Wealthy Affiliate & Vegas 2018

My trip was a little different this year.

Usually Amanda accompanies me and we get to spend the week partying with every one.

This year, she was at home with Vin and I spent most of my free time facetiming the two of them.

I was going through my phone to pull up some pictures from the trip for this post, but I only took two the entire time I was out there.

The panorama above.

And this picture below.

(Sorry Vitaliy)

All in all it was a good time, like always.

Kyle & Carson have reinforced my beliefs that Wealthy Affiliate IS the best platform to build an affiliate marketing business.

The value, thought, and consideration those two put into WA and its members cannot possibly fit into a blog post (and video ain't my thing).

The super affiliates are given sneak peeks into some of the projects that are being developed and I think you all will be pleasantly surprised with some of the upcoming releases.

The fact that these guys continue to improve their service year, after year, after year, and don't charge any extra for it is why I'm happy to continue to recommend WA.

I look forward to seeing how the rest of this year plays out.

It's going to be a good one.


PS. Yes, this blog post was a thinly veiled attempt to show off my kid.

He's adorable and I love him to pieces.

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accad Premium
I know you expected your baby and you prepared for it and always included as your inspiration in your business.

You said you have had a little challenge in your business but it's still having you sufficient income.

As if I am seeing that in the very stage of my site development, instead of growing in traffic the more it is going down or it's static.

Could you please share one hint that you have seen the number one traffic booster.
I-Pedro-I Premium Plus
Hey Steve,

Believe me, I know what you mean... no one is ever ready for a kid...

I had my first daughter in 2012 but since she was such a bad sleeper we delayed the 2nd way too much .... we just didn't have the courage to face it all over again...

Now Sara is 9 months old and she's an angel during the day... but during the night she is a lil devil.. keeps waking up more than 10 times per night totally wears one off ......

lack of sleep is a productivity and creativity natural killer...

Glad to have you back on track... you are a plus to this community

cheers m8 and hang on

they are totally worth it ;)
IveTriedThat Premium
Vin is finally getting on a regular sleep schedule and getting a 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep has been a God send. I forgot how it felt to wake up well rested.
lmridge Premium
Steve -

Vincent is really cute! You must have already had earned the Vegas trip before he distracted you from your business. :)

Congratulations on your Vegas trip, and to you and your wife on your first child.

You're right about them not coming with manuals, but they help you learn quickly.

I have decided to follow you, and it is my goal to make it to Vegas next year.

IveTriedThat Premium
He's certainly taught us quite a few things. A manual would have definitely been handy.
HowardJaros Premium
Congrats Steve! Yes, Vin is so cute!

You are an inspiration to many here in WA as you are one of the pioneers who has been here for quite a while.

Yes, I am in my RV office too, have been all day working on my new website and things inside the WA system. We all have to do what we have to, but love to do.

If we are passionate about what we are doing it is never called work!

Press on Sir! I look forward to meeting you in Vegas at an upcoming event!
IveTriedThat Premium
I look forward to that as well Howard! Thank you :)
TonyHamilton Premium Plus
Awesome Steve!

Vincent is adorable, congratulations on surviving the first 8 months of being a Dad.

It must have been great to have FaceTime available to see them while you were gone.

Years ago when I traveled across the Country for work, we didn't have FaceTime so I would talk with my Son Vance and the phone.

I stopped the traveling cross Country when he was 4 years old as it was too hard on both him and I. (I cried more than he did when I had to leave)

Thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures and also for sharing that WA is still an amazing place that keeps getting better.

In my 31 months here, I agree and look forward to witnessing the upcoming improvements and also to meeting many WA Friends in Las Vegas next year at the Super Affiliate Conference.

IveTriedThat Premium
I'm incredibly grateful that technology has advanced so far by the time we had Vin. Staying away from him for a whole week with no pictures or videos would have been torture.