Interview With Meg Collins, Founder of Lucie’s List

Lucie’s List just reached over 28,000 Subscribers!  Lucie’s List is a survival guide to new moms.  This is an exclusive interview with Meg Collins, Founder of Lucie’s List. Learn how she did it and get her advice on what you MUST do in order to succeed in the the world of mommy blogging.

Melinda: Do you need to be a writer before starting a blog?  Please tell us a bit about your background and Lucie’s List.

Meg: Absolutely not, I’m an industrial engineer and then I got my MBA.  I’ve had many different lives!  I went to Georgia Tech where you don’t really take many writing classes.  It helps to be able to put sentences together and to tell a good story.  I’m a terrible writer, I just write in a very informal tone.  I think that if you can relate to people, you can make it informal.  You’re not writing a thesis.  Good editing is the key.

I started doing Lucie’s List for fun!  Back then, I was broke and gearing for my first baby, I did everything badly!  I formed a mommy group, I copied down all the best practices and started writing about it.  Anyone can do it.  Even engineers!

Melinda: What is your long term vision?

Meg: Lucie’s List is bigger than I could have ever hopped for.  We have built such a great community for women.  I want Lucie’s List to be a resource for new moms who have no idea what they’re doing.  Moms have a great sense of humor and want to get the low down on information.  I talk a lot about maternal health, taking care of yourself emotionally and physically.  Being able to hold someone’s hand through that difficult period is really important.  A lot of us don’t live near our family or friends, so to be able to provide comfort and confidence to new moms, it’s a really great gift.  Secondly, I’m really getting into publishing!  I published a non-fiction book recently.  I learned a lot and would like to enable others to publish as well. I think everybody has a story to tell and everybody is relevant and resourceful through their own experience.

Melinda: What’s your advice for moms who want to start blogging?

Meg: Know what your goal is for the blog.  What are you trying to accomplish?  Some people like to blog just to share as a memoir.  If that’s your purpose, then you can do that tomorrow and sign up for WordPress.  But if you want to syndicate, you really have to look inside yourself and decide what you have to offer.  It’s actually very difficult to make money as a blogger.  You have to figure out your goal and your runway.  If you’re not making money, a lot of people quit.  It’s tough, not easy at all.  In fact, you loose money!

Melinda: What are the 3 MUST DO’s to succeed:

Meg:

1. Figure out your goal

2. Define the audience you’re trying to reach.  There are all kinds of forums and websites where you can find your audience.  If you don’t know, it’s an uphill battle.   You need to define the people you’re trying to reach in order to speak to them directly.

3. Be patient, it really takes a long time to see any results.  This guy Bill Belew was showing graphs at the last blog conference and demonstrated that it actually takes 8-9 months to show traction.  So if you have stopped at month 7, you never would have known what could have happened.

*For bloggers, you have to blog consistently (or you’ll never see that vertical of traction), frequently and be persistent.  Don’t give up or you’ll never see the vertical piece of the curve

Melinda: I see bloggers who blog about minutiae… yet they are so popular.  Why is that?

Meg: That doesn’t happen very often, you have to be very funny like the Bloggess.  Or have a brand behind you and have followers already.  You have to make sure people care about what you have to say.

Me:  Thank you Meg for your honesty!  Again, we are so proud of you!  If you’d like to connect with her, feel free to place a comment or question below!

Meg: Can I add something?

Everybody has a story to tell.  If it’s writing a book, I think the market is wide open using the tools that are available right now.  If women want to make income, they can become an expert and talk about it.  It’s an open field right now!

Andrea Galbreath on how YOU can Transform Yourself to a Happier New You

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We have a special treat for you!  I am personally introducing you all to Andrea Galbreath who has giving you fitness tips and advice every Tuesday here on Aspirely!

Please tell us your story.

I am a transformation specialist because I transformed myself from someone who was very unhappy and unhealthy to someone who’s very happy and now the healthiest in my life.

I was 200 pounds, size 18 and on high blood pressure medicine.  I just knew I needed to change.  So now I feel great and fabulously happy!

What was your final straw that inspired you to take action?

I was around 31, my blood pressure creeping up, didn’t feel good about myself, didn’t like the way I looked, I felt tired all the time and emotionally, I felt like something was missing.  I didn’t know what it was that I wanted by I knew what I didn’t want.  And I didn’t want to feel like that.  So I decided to fix it.  I started by exercising and eating right.

What are you vision for IGIG Wellness?

My passion and goal is to get people healthy.  Everybody can create their own healthy lifestyle that fits and real.  I am a busy mom of 3, I am the care taker for my elderly grandfather, my nephew lives with me and my husband.  I know that it’s hard to make time.  But that is essential.  Now that I am healthy and happy, I’m more present with my kids and family.  I can now really make a difference with them.  That is the best thing I ever did for my family was to get myself healthy.

What is the key element to transformation success?

Other than commitment, I’d say for a women or mother, it would be to not feel guilty for taking time out of the day to exercise.  For me, I took one hour per day of concentrated effort of getting myself healthy.  It was tough to tell my friends that I’m going to exercise instead of lunching with them.  That was really tough, but my true friends understood and they were supportive.

 

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Get Answers to the Top 5 Most Common Financial Questions Women Ask!

5 common financial questions from Women

 

Introduction:

Lisa Sakai is a Registered Representative with Signature Resources in Irvine, California. She helps people in the areas of personal finance and Retirement Savings, Business Succession Strategies, Estate Conservation strategies, and Investment Management. Lisa focuses her attention on helping women take charge of their finances.

  1. What is the first step in starting to save?

The first step would be to put together a budget. You can do this yourself or with a professional. Knowing how much you are bringing in every month versus how much you are spending is important to finding ways to save. It’s just like when we count calories. We are amazed at what we eat during the day when we are tracking it. It is the same for a budget. Its eye opening to see what we spend our money on and where one can cut back. At that point, you can make changes to where you are spending money. This way you may be able to put some money away in savings.

  1. My husband takes care of this. Can’t I just let him handle it?

You can, but you may be uninformed of what you have, where it is, and how to access it when you need to. As women, we don’t let our husband’s control what we wear, who we talk to, or what we eat. However, we let them control our future if we let them handle the books by themselves. They can be making financial decisions you might not agree with. They can be hiding things from you. Also, ask yourself, what will you do if something happens to him? If he has an accident and can’t help you find what you need, what will you do? If you are starting a divorce process, do you even know what you have in order to split it equally? In my experience, men want to have you be a part of this process. Take him up on it and be involved in the financial strength of your family.

  1. We live paycheck to paycheck as is. Is thinking about my future really important right now? Can’t I just take care of it later?

How often have you said that you are going to start a new diet, exercise program, start reading more? How often has that fallen through the cracks? Why would this be any different? The budget is the first step in seeing where you might be overspending and where you can save. Put together an emergency fund. Three to six months of expenses. Then at that point you can start thinking about financial goals. If you take the time, it can be a lot easier than expected and give you the tools to step away from living paycheck to paycheck.

  1. After we have a budget and an emergency fund, what would be the next step?

The next step would be to determine what your financial goals are. Sitting down with your spouse and seeing what is important to you. Ask yourself all of the tough questions. If I died, what would happen? Am I ok with that outcome? What age do I want to retire? Do I have enough money to retire when I want to? Do we want to buy a house? Do we want to invest? What would happen if we were injured, sick, or disabled and couldn’t work? These are all not questions that people enjoy thinking about, but if you don’t, you have to be prepared for the consequences.

  1. It seems so overwhelming. Can we get help?

Absolutely. There are professionals out there who have the experience to help you and many of them will provide some complimentary services. Be sure to ask if they do or do not. While working with a professional, don’t be afraid to ask questions. This is your financial life, not theirs, and just like you shouldn’t rely on your husband to take care of this all, you shouldn’t rely on a professional to run everything while you lose control. However, choose someone you trust.

 

Our First Interview! Learn How and Why Naomi Milante started her own company!

In summary:

Introducing Naomi Milante – Founder for GIVEvolution.com and OurTop5HotList.com!

Naomi: GIVEvolution.com is a giving platform, we are changing the the way we are giving using our mobile phones.   GIVEvolution for weddings is launching on Dec 1st!  OurTop5HotList is a digital wedding and event guide for professionals in the wedding industry.

Melinda: It’s a beautiful look book!

Naomi: It’s been a lot of fun. We collaborate with a lot of professionals in the wedding industry to inspire brides and professionals alike.

Melinda: She’s been doing this now for 2.5 yrs.  Let’s talk about the beginning of your journey.  How did you get started and what motivated you?

Naomi: I was getting married myself and was looking for a gift registry.  That’s how the entrepreneurial within me got started. Once you find a passion, you just get determined and just keep pushing and pushing. I always think about The Little Engine that Could, it’s a great book and message. If you have a real deep passion for something, you’ll really go to the end.  Nothing will stop you!

Melinda: Once you got motivated, how did you know what to do first? What did you do first?

Naomi: I came up with the idea and started to write out exactly what I needed to do. I had to find people to help me because it’s a technology platform.  Most mobile platform developers then were not ready for the platform I wanted to build. Smart phones two years ago wasn’t as popular as it is today.  I needed to find a way since tech is a new industry for me. I did it through relationships that I’ve built. It’s really trial and error.

Melinda: Is there one woman that really supported you and pushed you to the next level?

Naomi: Yes, my friend Felina, who’s the Founder of Hera Hub, it’s a work space for women in San Diego. I met her through an event and we’ve been really good friends ever since.  She’s always supportive of me and challenges me to “think big”!   I’m able to call her when times are difficult and she’ll encourage, support and reassure me that I can do it.  I really appreciate her, she’s been such a supporter and believer in everything I’ve done.  She also always give me resources whenever I need.

I love it when others ask you how they can help you without asking for something in return. You’ll find that everybody is looking out for themselves in this entrepreneurial world.

Melinda: Aspirely is aspiring to do just that, getting women to collaborate and support each other to get “unstuck” through advice, action or suggestions.

Naomi: What you’re doing is amazing, women are support and collaborating with each other because they want to help.  Even words, or when someone just believe in you, is huge! There’s people do NOT want to believe in you.

Melinda: What’s your advice for women who may want to start a side business?

Naomi: Go for it and go all in! You have to believe in what you’re doing and commit. You’ll have challenges and obstacles. In the end, you’ll accomplish something for you and feel good. A lot of us don’t always do things we want to do. Do it and NOT be afraid.

Melinda: Naomi is also a mother of 2, she’s so amazing!

Best wishes Naomi!

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