Six years ago I took a little leap into the world of blogging. When I started I had NO IDEA what it would turn into, how it would affect my life and my family's, but gosh am I GRATEFUL that I stepped into the unknown and had the courage to show up to my first blogging event, print my first round of business cards (even though I felt kind of like a fraud — a business? Who was I kidding!) and keep finding deals and typing here day after day.
I recorded some thoughts after 6 years and shared our ultimate strategy for success here in the blog post below, but first I wanted to say THANK YOU with several giveaways that you'll see pop up in this post all week long. Check back each day because we're going to keep giving away something new every day this week until Friday when we (pinch me!) release another custom PMD and PMD Clean Pro with a half off code just in time for Mother's Day.Mint Arrow 6 Year Anniversary Giveaway: Amazon Mint Arrow 6 Year Anniversary Giveaway: PMD Mint Arrow 6 Year Anniversary Giveaway: Tubby Todd Mint Arrow 6 Year Anniversary Giveaway: Elemis
For the first couple years as a blogger, I kept questioning whether what I was doing was actually what God wanted me to do. I had grown up with the dream of being a stay-at-home mom, cooking beautiful meals and cheering from the sidelines at sports or dance or whatever my kids chose and man oh man was I unprepared for that first phase of motherhood when it was lonely and dark and I faced what felt like endless days of postpartum depression. Blogging pulled me out of that darkness. It gave me something to be excited about during naptime and early mornings and after the baby was in bed. It put a little spring in my step when I found a sale I was thrilled to share with my 10 friends who were reading at the time, and this gave me a place to share instead of texting everyone like I had been doing.
A couple years into my blogging career, I heard someone share the potential impact for good a room full of “influencers” could have if they would share their testimonies of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The lives we could all touch was in the millions. At that moment it all came together for me. I KNEW why God had given me this platform, and I knew it was to share goodness. It was to share my knowledge of a Savior and to share things that would help people. Not just help people find a bargain on designer jeans, but help them find more light in their lives. As soon as that clarity came, everything felt more right than it ever had and I wanted to follow that path no matter what the cost.
Following the path of talking about things that some people don't want to hear has for sure caused us to grow a little slower, be a little less popular, but I believe with all my heart that the ONLY reason we've been able to see so much success in our business is because of our willingness to share things like our testimonies of Jesus Christ, our story of finding hope and healing from addiction through the 12-steps of recovery, and now even being able to share the hearts of those who are willing to open up on our podcast Mint Arrow Messages. The podcast has been the thing we keep feeling more strongly about than anything else we're doing with our business and at this point, all I care about is doing what feels right.
We use that north star of “what feels right” to make all our decisions. Who we hire on our team, what projects we say yes or no to, how we balance our work and family life, what we share (and don't – there are some things we still keep inside!), even where we live and how we spend our time.
We try our best to acknowledge God in all the blessings we have because really we believe that ALL the good things we have come from Him. We give a portion of what we earn each month to those in need, we read scriptures and pray and above all just try to give our will to God and just listen to whatever He wants us to do. And that, my friends, is how we've found the life beyond what either Neil or I would have dreamed of for ourselves as far as success and happiness and joy. It has been through following Christ, asking what God wants us to do, and listening for the answers and trying our best to move our feet in that direction, that we've done anything resembling success.
I'm so thankful for Him. Thankful for you guys for being OUR PEOPLE. For reading and sharing and clicking links and leaving comments and being kind and loving and supportive. There is so so so much good left in this world and I'm so thankful to have an opportunity to spread a little more light from my corner to yours.