Hey Yall! How did 2015 treat you? I hope you were able to achieve your goals this year. I have! And I'm very proud of my accomplishments! 2015 was the year to get me ready to become a full-time entrepreneur! Yes folks, I have left my job right before Christmas, and my blog is now solely my income, besides Mr. M's income. But don't worry, I planned things out and saved an huge chunk of my money for rainy days.
Working for yourself is a risk, but I'm willing to take it because I want to be my own boss and follow my own rules, plus I want to spend more time with my girls. My girls have wanted me to participate in their school functions a lot more and join them for lunch. I'm so glad I'm able to do all of this now.
But I will admit, I'm scared. Afraid of failing, even though I've been blogging since 2008. I have never worked for myself without having an outside job for backup just in case blogging doesn't work out for me. I'll need to be hustling harder now. No more sitting back feeling comfortable, time to take the leap out of my comfort zone. Comfort zones lead to nowhere.
2015 for ProductReviewMom.com has been the year of travel. I remember telling Mr. M a long time ago that I want our family to start traveling, seeing the world and create memories together. I wanted to have this blog be the place to get family travel ideas and ways of saving money on travel. I've noticed that there isn't a lot of African American family travel represented, so I wanted to showcase that here on my blog as well as on my social networks.
And boy, did my family and I do a lot of traveling! We traveled almost every single month! I showed all the good and also the bad. Not every trip was perfect, we learned about what went wrong, so we can make it better for next time.
So you're probably wondering, what was my favorite place I traveled to this year?
This year, the family and I visited a lot of beaches, so it's no surprise that my favorite trip is a beach location. *Drum Roll Please*
My favorite place I traveled to this year was Myrtle Beach!!!!!! My family and I have still been talking about it and making plans to go back again soon and we will for our annual End of the Year trip. Before I visited Myrtle Beach, I thought it would be just a regular ol' beach town, but I was wrong; Myrtle Beach has so many different attractions, restaurants, entertainment that the whole family would enjoy. You got to be there over a week to take it all in.
What are my plans for 2016?
My goal is to continue to keep learning about the ever-evolving blogosphere. Even though I been in this blogging game for years, I still have a lot to learn. I'll be giving blog conferences another try and start networking more with other bloggers and brands face to face.
I still want to continue traveling while blogging about my experiences. Travel posts seem to do the best here on my blog, and I'm happy y'all been enjoying what I love so much.
I have been debating on should I start doing videos since I'll have a lot more time on my hands. I do not know a thing about editing videos, so I was thinking about vlogging while I'm out, creating spare of the moment videos. Or maybe just haul videos since you know how I like to shop! What do you think?
I'll still be reviewing products, sharing ways to make extra money from home, local Atlanta events, and gift ideas.
2016 is looking like an exciting year since I'm embarking on a new journey. I hope you all travel along with me!
Before I go, I must give shoutouts to my blogging boos that have been so supportive throughout my blogging journey, I can't thank them enough! I love these ladies! Please make sure you stop by their blogs and show them lots of love!