There's no way I can possibly write this post in one post....and I'm sure as we get further into this process I will continue to write and update on what has worked for us and what hasn't in the financial planning of such a huge life and career decision. At a time when we once thought I'd be going back to work, Bob is leaving his job to work full time with me...on the blog. I've said it before and I'll say it again..it's freaking scary!


Those are the eight words Bob just texted me.  This whole idea of Bob leaving his full time job to work with me full time is getting closer and closer to becoming a reality. And I'm feeling all the feels.

We're both feeling super excited and passionate and hopeful and confident about what we can do with Silhouette School if we put our manpower together. But that doesn't make it any less scary.

This whole blogger "career" thing already confuses people and makes them cock their heads like "you make money with that?"  Not that I really care what anyone else thinks, but I understand, in a way, why they question it.  Blogging is a brand new space in the working world. It's so non-traditional. It's so "secretive" in way - even amongst bloggers who've been at it for awhile.

There are still very few 'rules' and standards.  Full time pro bloggers are paving the way right now...we're making all the rules and busting all the questions as we go. Sometimes we don't even know what we're doing.  Things are changing so fast especially in the social media world that at times you're basically flying by the seat of your pants...thinking of new ways to optimize and monetize all these different opportunities.

That's basically where a lot of the scariness comes from - where will we be in 3 years?....5 years? Even one year? I tend to think, that as I've done over the last 8 years when I left the newsrooms to become a SAHM, one thing leads to another and another and another and before you know it your husband is 90-ish percent sure he's going to put in his notice leaving behind a six figure income to work with you with all intentions of more than making up the loss by the end of the year.

Right now I'm at the top of my game in my niche. The opportunities keep on coming and I don't see any type of end in sight - I don't even see the horizon. That's what pushing us forward with this decision - the huge opportunity we see right there in front of us if only we put all those questions behind us and just go for it.
This question of What Would Bob Do if he left his job in Corporate America at a company where he's spent the last 8 or 9 years...is obviously a big one. Clearly I'm getting it done now. But I'm not getting it all done and that's where Bob comes in.



The idea behind having Bob work fulltime on the blog and online business is that not only would it free me up to write more books - which is where the bulk of the income is generated - but it would also give us time and resources to develop in spaces and places I just simply don't have time for - and likely never will.

So like I said in the last post blogging is real and I'm a full time blogger. When I say 'full time' I mean I feel like I never stop working. I guess that's what happens when you love what you do.


I write books. I write blog posts. I write tutorials. I socialize on social media. I do videos. I answer emails...a lot of email.  I answer comments on comments on comments. I manage accounts. I manage clients. I manage book deals. I manage two children who are about to be out of school for the summer. Most importantly or impressively, perhaps, I manage to get it all done.
we're at a crossroads. for months we've casually - and half jokingly - thrown around the idea that he could work for with me. the last few days though have been intense. we've taken a good, hard look at the possibility that we could actually do this as a couple. we could be a blogging couple making our living - a good living - working online. it's scary you guys. it's really freaking scary.

we're talking about my husband. my prom date. the father of my children. my partner in crime for the last 17 years leaving a six figure income, health benefits and a 401k. we're talking about him walking away to become my business partner. my business is based on a blog.

it sounds freaking crazy. even to me. it's scary. let me tell you it's scary. but i know the potential. i've gone from making a few cents a day to buying a car in cash with one month's earnings from the blog. i mean i am sure bob remembers the time - not all that long along, maybe six or seven years back, i stood in our kitchen in our townhouse in baltimore giddy over making .17 in a day. you think i'm kidding. i'm not. you have to start somewhere.full time blogging is real thing. not just like a passing thing - like a real career.  it's a new career that a lot of people still look at me like 'huh?' you're a blogger.  yeah i know the look well. real well. but yeah....it's real and let me tell you it's so real my husband is considering leaving his job to make my business a family business.

did i mention we have two kids who we're saving to put through college. yeah...it's scary