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*sneeze sneeze sneeze*
Wow, it sure is dusty over here!
But really. Hi, hello, how are you? It’s been a while!
Jumping right to the chase: I haven’t actually been out of the blogging sphere during this hiatus—if you follow me (to the point of practically stalking, because I’ve been a little too subtle about it for any “normal” follower to catch on), I’ve been very active somewhere else.
I meant to tell you ages ago, I really did, though it became something of an unconscious decision to hold off until the big stuff came rolling out.
And let me tell you, that big stuff is rolling out.
Like, right now.
But let’s back up and start at the beginning.
Back in April, I was feeling a little more than a little lost—I summed my current life up to one big “Things are going great, but…” My career was flourishing, but I felt a lot of inner conflict. My relationship was great, but I was lonely for girls’ friendship. I was budgeting like a boss, but still living paycheck to paycheck. I had just completed a 30 Day Healthy Living Challenge that helped me lose 18 pounds, but I had difficulty maintaining that healthy lifestyle afterward. Overall, little felt like enough to get to where I wanted in my life—there seemed this gigantic gap between where I was and where I knew I had the potential to be.
(I told you we were backing up—way, way up.)
It had been a few weeks since I very quickly learned network marketing was not for me (although in all sincerity, if you have what it takes then seriously pursue it—pyramid schemes are a thing of the past and there really are legit companies that can bring you success). I loved the products (like the 30 day cleanse) and being involved with my girl friends (who I no longer worked with at the agency), but the actual selling and networking was beyond out of my comfort zone. And not the inspirational quote kind of “out of your comfort zone,” but the super anxious, dreading, why-the-heck-am-I-doing-this out of my comfort zone.
Long story short, I was in a funk. So one evening I was scrolling through one of my favorite Facebook blogging groups and saw a message that immediately caught my attention. A blogger was looking for success-driven, millennial women to join her team and take the brand to the next level by growing a strong community, offering diverse/relatable/funny/witty content (think You Are A Badass tone). As I read what kind of team members she was looking for, I became more and more excited. I checked off every box! Established in my career. Belief in the Law of Attraction and manifestation. Knowledge of the blog world with social media, web platforms, marketing, graphics, etc. Quirky, personable, fun (hey, I like to think I’m that most of the time). Enthusiastic to communicate without a filter and connect with my audience. Long-term commitment to make it a career, not just a side gig.
It instantly brought fresh life and reignited my passion to contribute to something bigger than myself, create and provide value while accomplishing work I positively love, while surrounding myself with an incredible team… I probably seemed like a bit of a maniac when I first contacted Erin with my over-enthusiasm and run-on sentences. I was honestly afraid that if I didn’t send her a message explaining why I was best qualified to join the team (aka a cover letter) as quickly as possible, I would miss this opportunity. My fingers literally flew across the keyboard as I first messaged her.
What is Sweet Success Society?
Together, we are 5 ladies dedicated to growing and connecting an awesome community of modern millennial woman. Each of us has our own areas of expertise, in which we share real advice and honest reflections about pursuing passions, building successful careers and businesses, taking care of our mind, body, and soul, getting smart about finances and adulting in general, and simply being a woman in today’s society.
We offer a Free Resource Library and private girls-only Facebook Group, and we just launched The Society that provides members access to mindset, business, and self-care ebooks, videos, coaching, optimal social media strategies, habit-building challenge, and so much more.
It’s exciting. It’s rejuvenating. It’s already had a beautiful influence on my life as I rediscover my passion and purpose to make positive, lasting change. And it’s only the beginning. Because I’ll say this: There’s a million things to do and so much to learn when jumping into a new business venture. (I know, it’s a shocking revelation.)
But it all starts somewhere, and I invite you to join this community by:
- Becoming a member of our private ladies-only Facebook group
- Visiting the Sweet Success Society website
- Following along on social media (Instagram | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Bloglovin’)
- Accessing the Free Resource Library (lots o’ downloads, includes the 1-page sneak peek of my Ultimate Hashtag Library with 600+ optimized hashtags sorted by category, popularity, and reach for full Instagram potential. This sneak peek includes one of our favorite, most popular categories—lifestyle hashtags!)
- Subscribing to our weekly newsletter with all sorts of updates, resources, and words of encouragement
- Becoming an affiliate for The Society (only accepting 100!)
- Signing up to join The Society
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Serious #SquadGoal, ‘amirite?
This introduction of the Sweet Success Society is only the tip of the iceberg, my friends. Expect to see references to it start popping up on my social media, this blog, and especially in conversations with me. See, it’s one thing to have a new business venture and brand to grow and nurture… it’s a whole other level to transform the side-gig mindset to one focused on business.
This isn’t a hobby or a fun project (well, it is fun but work with me here)—this is truly the start of my career in the blogging business. And it’s not easy to, for lack of a better word, train my mind into going full force with the business mindset—but I’m in the process, day by day. The transition point really started just the other week, when I finally treated myself to a floating desk purchase. Now I have a home office space set up under the stairs of our new house, dubbed my HP Headquarters. Under the stairs, HP… get it?? Baha I crack myself up.
So what about Lex Be Livin?
Hence forth, this is my personal blog. Anything meant to be educational and informative will now pretty much only be posted on Sweet Success Society. Over there, you won’t hear me refer Jake by name, discuss my weekend plans, or share the latest wine adventures that go along with living in Northern California. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of personality in the posts—just not that sort, especially since it’s a much bigger audience and I want to be respectful to those near and dear to me.
With that said, I’m really excited about the casual direction I feel liberated to take with this blog now. No matter how much I told myself otherwise or batted my blogging voice away, I frequently felt like I needed to be careful about what to post and how to strategize every little detail because—after all—at the end of the day, I hoped to monetize it and turn it into my real career. By holding onto that concept, I became timid and uncreative on my own blog… which is the very last thing I wanted. I could easily go on and on about all of those feelings (fellow bloggers, ya feel me?), but I’ll leave it at that because this is all about the solution.
Lex Be Livin = personal blog to utilize as a platform for carefree life updates, pictures of my dog, and discussions of how awesome Game of Thrones is (among other irrelevant but awesome things).
Sweet Success Society = professional blog with amazing team to work with, cultivate an inspiring community, and develop as a brand.