Maintaining Yourself Without Giving in to Other Blogger Pressure

Here’s the thing every new blogger needs to know about the blogging world: It is so mercurial you’re going to feel like you’re flying by the seat of your pants whether you’ve been blogging for 2 days or 10 years. We want you to know that and to repeat that to yourself...

Community: Is It Really That Important?

Is community really that important? Is the pope Catholic? (If your answer wasn't yes, shame on you. Go back to school.) That's what we used to ask in my family to rhetorical questions. It's not that I want to make you feel dumb for wondering if community is really...

Living The Work At Home Mom Life

Lately, the people in my personal life have been asking a lot of questions about what I do and when I'm going to go back to work, especially since my husband and I are nowhere near as financially stable as we were when I was working 70 hour weeks. Of course we are not...

Using Authenticity to Grow Your Brand

  As you dive deeper into the blogging and small business world, you’re going to realize that the most successful brands are the ones that are authentic. Duh. Authenticity is important in the Internet world where you can find at least dozens of people doing the same...

Curate Game Changing Content

So you wanna create content that's going to change the game of blogging and business in 2016 and blow you competitors out of the water? No problem, babe. I've got your six. I've compiled five awesome tips and tricks to help you stay not only above water in the...

How to Recognize Overwhelm Before Burning Out

Unless you pay attention to your cues and clues, burn out is inevitable no matter if it is in a relationship, business, school, passion project or another event. Your body and mind will always need to take a break when it gets overwhelmed and learning how to recognize...

July Goals & Intentions: Personal Development

To go with our monthly goal-setting sessions on Facebook, we decided to do a monthly link up of goals posts. This concept began when we were "just bloggers" and not entrepreneurs. Pam Hodges of Hodge Podge Moments and our resident accountability leader hosted a link...

The Best Coaching Options For You

Welcome back to Coaching Made Clear! This is Part 3: The Best Coaching Option for You. In the the first two posts of this series, we talked about what a coach does and understanding whether or not you need a coach. In this week’s post, I’m going to talk about a few...

How to Find Time for Me (Yes, You!)

Shield Sisters, we have a lot going on in lives. We’re women in business. We’re expressive, creative, and innovative individuals. We’re entrepreneurs running our own companies and our own households. But with all of the stuff we have to do each day, how can we carve...

The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Being an Entrepreneur

The life of an entrepreneur is not always ideal or picturesque. When I was younger and imagined working from home, I did not imagine what an uphill battle it would be. I’m not saying that I expected being an entrepreneur to be easy, but at the same time, it was a lot...

SSI January Book Club: Feisty and Fearless

We started 2017 with a great book geared toward empowering women to be leaders. In the wake of the Women's March and turmoil in America, we think it was an important read to show us that we can be leaders without the stigma society often puts on women leaders. We...

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Using Authenticity to Grow Your Brand

  As you dive deeper into the blogging and small business world, you’re going to realize that the most successful brands are the ones that are authentic. Duh. Authenticity is important in the Internet world where you can find at least dozens of people doing the same...

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Focusing Your Blog vs Niching Down

  First things first, let’s get the definition straight...What is a niche? In the blog and business world, a niche is what category you fall under. Many popular niches include fashion, beauty, wedding and business. Sometimes the big niches are broken into smaller...

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