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Friday, 4 April 2014


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This week I'd like to introduce you to Melissa from a Prudent Life.

A Quick Introduction: 

Melissa George is the owner/blogger behind A Prudent Life. When she isn’t plotting to take over the blogging world, you can probably find her being a crazy fan at a University of Tulsa football or basketball game.   She also loves spending a quiet night at home hanging out with her German Shepherd Maddie, her husband, and a glass of wine.  

You can read more here.

How long have you been blogging? 

Technically, my first post was in August 2013. I didn’t tell anyone about it or start posting more than once a week until December 2013 though, so it was a slow start the first couple months.

Why did you decide to start blogging? 

I had a great job and THE BEST boss & co-workers, but something major was still missing. I had no passion or desire to stay in my industry long term. As long as I could remember, I wanted to have my own business, but could never nail down exactly what that business would be. One day out of the blue, I started thinking about how I could incorporate so many things I love into a blog. I wrote several posts and bought my domain name, but never published anything. Two years later, my domain was expiring and I was faced with a decision. Let it go, or renew it and actually do something with it. I prayed about it and had a great moment of peace that now was the time.  Six months later, I know jumping into the blogging world was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I love it so much!

How did you pick your blog name? 

I knew I wanted to be self-hosted from the beginning and have a simple .com name.  I started with some words that described how I strive to live my life. When I read the definition for prudent, the first description was “wise in handling practical matters; exercising good judgment or common sense”. I loved it because even though it doesn’t sound exciting, being wise in day to day matters is a big key to achieving very exciting dreams.

The first word combination I tried using the word prudent was A Prudent Life and I got so excited when the .com was available!

What is your favourite post and why? 

Sometimes I’m like a little kid and whatever is in front of me that day is my favorite. It’s so hard to pick! I’m still pretty excited about the reveal of my craft room/guest room combo. It’s the first time I’ve really planned out the function & design of a whole room instead of starting with shopping. I passed on things I loved because they didn’t fit the plan. (Here is the link)

organized craft room/guest room combo

If you were deserted on an island, what three things could you not live without?

Hmm, on a day to day basis NOT on a island, my cell phone would be number one. But in the island fantasy, I think I’d make it an electronic free zone.

1)     Magazine Subscriptions – If it’s all in one bullet, I can get multiple mag’s counted as “one” thing right? Magazines make me so happy. And as much as I try to save trees and love the electronic versions, it’s just not the same joy as opening the mailbox and getting the print version. Or buying it at the store. No matter how many I have at home, I LUST after them at the store. I seriously can’t get enough of them.

2)    A Taco/ Margarita Truck – Mexican food is my favorite & what would an island be without margaritas? Of course my truck is a very magical truck that restocks itself.

3)    Sunglasses – I always have my sunglasses handy. My eyes water a lot if I’m outside without them, and inside they make an awesome headband to keep my hair out of my face. I have to specially remember NOT to put them on my head if we are going out somewhere fancier.

If I had all the money in the world I would….? 

I’ve always wanted to be a philanthropist! I would LOVE using it to help others achieve their dreams and just blessing random people. 

Although I would also totally buy a huge lake cabin….and beach house….and maybe a mountain lodge? Oh how fun it would be to decorate all those new spaces.

D.I.Y or hire out? 

80% DIY, 20% hire out! I love the cost savings & personal touch of DIYing as much as possible. However, sometimes it is worth paying for the expertise and time savings.
What has been your biggest challenge in blogging so far?  

Letting go of perfection and the need to know EVERYTHING right now. Each week, if not each day, I figure out something new to add to my blogging knowledge. I don’t anticipate that changing anytime soon. Instead of letting what I don’t know stress me out, I’ve realized that it is all part of the learning process. I do my best each week, and things that were hard become natural over time.

My biggest ongoing challenge has been balancing my time, both overall life/blog and within the blog. There are so many important social media channels and I don’t want to just promote myself & leave. It takes a lot of time to stay up on all of them and be engaged. Sometimes I get too focused on social media and don’t block out time to actually step back and brainstorm the future of my blog and what steps I need to be taking on the back end.

What excites you the most about blogging? 

The creativity and brilliance of other bloggers blows my mind and pushes me to be better every day. It is so great to be a part of a community that is fun to support, and SO supportive. Also, I love that no two days as a blogger will ever be the same. I get bored quickly, but with blogging there is always something new to conquer.
Any advice for newbie bloggers? 

Yes! Find a group of blogs similar to your own in age and size. Don’t be afraid to email other bloggers to start a new friendship. Support the heck out of each other. Growing is less painful when you do it together and can learn from each other. Blogging is not a world where you benefit from being selfish. Did you find a great opportunity? Share it with you group.

For bloggers intending to monetize, I would also say to treat your blog like a business. For me, this meant budgeting to attend blogging conferences this year. My first conference is SNAP April 24-26th and I had no idea how many opportunities it would bring BEFORE the conference even happened. For example, there is a private Facebook group for attendees. It is a huge wealth of knowledge! The conference has even shared several sponsored post opportunities just to attendees. I’m also going to Haven in July. 

The good news is that there are a TON of conferences around the country, so you may be able to find one a drivable distance. Making a budget item for the blog to save up for a 2015 conference is a great step to take in growing your business.

If you would like to follow Melissa, here is her Social Media:

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I'm with you Melissa I like to feel magazines in my hands too, digital is not the same.  I love Melissa's kitchen (here's the link). It's kind of what I see when I picture my own finished kitchen.  If you want to see more of Melissa's projects,  then head on over to a Prudent Life. Tell her I sent ya. ;)

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