2 Years at WA - Whooaaaa Lets Take a Look at What I've Accomplished
Two years ago, my son was just recovering from some medical issues related to his heart. For some reason, at 10 years old, his heart rate went down to 30 BPM and he had gotten very lethargic.
I didn't know what to do but to take him to doctors, but no doctors had answers. We got lots of x-rays, but nothing gave clear diagnostics. The structure of his heart was fine. His thyroid was operating fine, and many other things doctors tried wasn't working. I remember panicking about how many medical bills were piling up and not knowing:
- How much they were
- When they'd stop piling
- Or, what I'd do about them
That situation with the heart issue went on for about 4 months before I went to a chiropractor who solved the problem with a few adjustments. Thank God!
I remember thinking about what skills I had that could benefit my family and get us out of that scary financial situation. Doctors in the US will see you and slam you with thousands of dollars in bills months later, and you have no way of predicting the amounts!
At the time, my husband and I were both working in his construction startup, but I didn't really feel like that was the best use of my skills. I was mostly going to Home Depot and other hardware stores picking up supplies, taking them to the workers, going door to door to drum up business, and attending local events to attract customers.
I was working, but I felt that there was more I wanted to do, and something closer to my life purpose.
Going backwards a Little
I had already published 15 books and I had a blog I'd been writing on for awhile. I had made royalty income that had reached $300/mo before, so I knew I could make more if I had more knowledge about internet marketing.
Maybe I should've been on birth control considering how scared I was about the medical bills, but I wasn't. Hahahaha. And...
I got pregnant.
I decided to quit working with my husband and start my own business when I was pregnant with baby #2. My first pregnancy was high risk. In fact, I was in the hospital for 4 months because of pre-term labor. As a result, I was very nervous during the second pregnancy.
I didn't want to carry heavy supplies and put the baby at risk, so my husband and I agreed, I probably shouldn't be working so much in the business--this freed up time for me to reconsider what I SHOULD be doing. I did some freelance marketing work: ghostwriting, designing graphics, and putting marketing strategies in motion.
I decided I really love helping startup businesses with marketing. I also decided I really love blogging. I just didn't know how to get the passive components of blogging and the active components of working with startups to work in a way I felt comfortable.
I don't know why, but I was super scared of spending money on my business! I was okay with spending lots of money on construction tools and supplies, but when it came to online business, it seemed so convoluted and uncharted that I was scared to spend money on it. Despite my fears, I remember being up late one night talking to my husband about my next steps.
He was a little skeptical, but he wanted to reciprocate the support I had shown him in his startup, so he said "If you think this is what you need to do, do it". I took what he said and signed up for Wealthy Affiliate and another course the same night. Hahahaha.
I'm glad I did!
My Media Kit
Today, when I got my 2 year dedication badge, I decided to make a media kit that gives a small picture of what I've been able to accomplish since joining Wealthy Affiliate, and hopefully, you all are okay with me sharing it with you.
I haven't given this out to anyone. This is just to share my accomplishments with you all here, so don't take my collaboration fees as a gold standard (although they sound pretty nice, right?). Hahaha.
My Accomplishments over the Last Two Years
I think it's pretty cool that I've been able to:
- Grow my website to 27,000 pageviews/mo
- Grow my Youtube channel to 954 subscribers
- Grow my Pinterest to 870 subscribers
- Grow my email list above 1000 subscribers
- Get 41 sales away from the Wealthy Affiliate Vegas trip
- Interviewed several 6-7-figure internet entrepreneurs
- And, grow my income in a new way because I hadn't earned $1 with affiliate marketing before and now, I'm making $2k+ monthly
Whooooaaaaa! I feel like I've accomplished alot. I know it's possible to accomplish more, but I'm happy with what I've done.
Obstacles I've had while Building my Business
Over the last two years while all this has been going on, I've also been a mom of two: a 3-year old and a 12-year old, and a wife. I've also been learning about life outside of the military: discovering insurance, deciding on what healthcare providers my family may need, and so on. My husband's business is very demanding, so I'm the primary caretaker of the kids and the home.
My son has been in the hospital 5 or 6 times over the last 6 months, and I've maintained my productivity: even posting from the hospital and shooting videos while in parking lots.
I know how tough it can be because I've had my share of hard knocks, but if you love it and you want it bad enough, you'll commit and make it happen. This business is the most flexible I've found because you can leverage time you spent last year and it can work for you today. My old Youtube videos and blog posts are still working for me! It's withstood my peaks and valleys in productivity and I've still seen growth.
I know that as my skills continue to develop, things will continue to get better.
My Words for You
If you are starting out or you've been at it for awhile, it's important to appreciate your journey and your milestones. Race yourself.
If you stay focused on other people's journey, you can miss your direction and undermine your accomplishments. I've done this. I've seen Youtube channels that grow to 100k in the 1st year and I can look at mine with disappointment, but when I add context and remember my skills, my obstacles, and how far I've come, I can say "Tiffany, you did the best you could with what you had....well done". Don't forget to encourage yourself and celebrate your wins.
Now, 2 years is down for me and I don't plan on retiring anytime soon. My career here is just getting started! Thanks to Kyle, Carson, Jay, and this entire community for your tips, advice, training, support, and hospitality!
You've helped me to grow so much and I'm grateful. Can we do this for 2+ more years (maybe 15-20+)? Hahahaha.
Want more from Me?
If you'd like to learn more about my journey or things I've learned along the way, you might enjoy my video training. I've published income and traffic reports in video case studies as well as training on topics like High Ticket Sales, Website Structure, Business Planning, and more. You can check out my training here.