How To Rent Out Your Guest Room On Airbnb (And Make An Extra $1,000/Month)

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I have said it before (just last week, I believe!) and i will say it again: motherhood is one of the busiest, most challenging, yet most rewarding things you will ever do...

...and not only is it all of the above, but it is also pretty freaking expensive, seeing as though kids like to outgrow their clothes every week, eat multiple times a day, and eventually have the gaul to leave you to pursue their future at college.

Speaking of college, did you know that as of this publication, the average cost of school per year is $10,000+, which will only go up more and more by the time our kids and grandkids are ready to go? 

Now that I have got myself both worked up and freaked out, you are probably wondering why I am going off on this irrelevant tangent... well, one of the reasons I wanted to work on the side while staying home with the boys was to put more money into both their savings/college accounts and ours, and I know that I am not the only one, which is why I am constantly on the prowl for potential money-making ideas for busy moms like you. 

Enter Airbnb.

For anyone unfamiliar with the company, Airbnb "uniquely leverages technology to economically empower millions of people around the world to unlock and monetize their spaces, passions and talents to become hospitality entrepreneurs." 

In other words, your spare bedroom becomes a hotel of sorts and you take home the cash.

Obviously, this approach to making extra money is unconventional and not for everyone, but if renting out your spare room, home (if/when you are out of town), or second home sounds like a financial path you would be willing to explore, read on: 

How does renting your space on Airbnb work?

I'm so glad you asked! The first step in the process is to create or log-in to your account, in which you describe your space and location, and receive an instant estimate on how much Airbnb thinks you can earn by consistently renting it out.

Airbnb’s estimate if I rented out our entire house consistently.

Airbnb’s estimate if I rented out our entire house consistently.

Estimate for renting our guest room.

Estimate for renting our guest room.

Obviously, this is just an estimate and at the end of the day, you get to name your own price (also remember that Airbnb does take a 3% cut), but keep in mind that it's a competitive market, so you will want/need to price it fairly.

Once you have your Airbnb account set up, it is time to get even more in-depth about both yourself and your space, which is where you get a chance to tell potential guests a little bit about you (their host), build trust, and then explain the space even more in depth, including amenities, (towels, internet), perks (in-room snacks, breakfast in the morning), and nearby activities/attractions.

One of the great things about using a platform like Airbnb is that you have complete control over how often you rent, so if there is a particular time that does not work for having guests, you can simply block it out on your calendar! Another bonus? You can have as little or as much interaction with your guests as you would like, making this the perfect side gig for introverts and extroverts alike.

Now that you know the basics of renting your space on Airbnb, here are a few do’s and don’ts for getting the most out of your listing.

For visuals sake, the following are pictures of our downstairs guest room… if any of you reading this have an eye for design, please give me your tips for sprucing up this space!

Do: Make the space as clean and comfortable as possible

Whether you hire a professional cleaner or do the deep cleaning yourself, it is vital that your space be spick and span, as it may reflect on both you and your Airbnb rating! (You would hate to walk into a hotel room to find used sheets, dust, and an un-vacuumed floor, so don’t expect that to fly with your guests.)

Don’t: Make the space a shrine to you or your family

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As you can see, we display A LOT of old family photos on the guest room dresser, which is obviously fine when our parents visit, but may not be the best when Airbnb guests are using the space!

Do: Spruce up your space

Not the greatest shots/angles of our guest bathroom, but bear with me!

Not the greatest shots/angles of our guest bathroom, but bear with me!

A pretty shower curtain. Some art deco prints. A colorful bedspread. These little touches can add so much to a room (and are really affordable, if you look around!), and can make your guest’s experience all the more enjoyable!

Do: Add extra amenities

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As I previously mentioned, extra amenities are always a good thing in the world of Airbnb, so get creative with it! One idea: Our basement (where the guest bed and bathroom are located) has a really nice theater room, so I would advertise that as one of the perks of staying at our home.

As you can see, renting your space on Airbnb is a great way to make extra cash, so if you are comfortable with hosting, I highly recommend you look into it! (If one of your reservations is safety — as it would be with me — check out what Airbnb does to keep you, your home, and your guests safe.)

Now I want to hear from you: Would (or have) you host on Airbnb? Let me know in the comments!

How to Rent Your Room on Airbnb

Mom Boss Interview: Lesley Higgins, Contract Background Investigator

You guys are going to LOVE today's mom boss, as she is not only an amazing wife and mom, but has a fascinating background in politics and quite possibly the most exciting remote job I have ever heard of!

Lesley is a fellow Denver girl (who I have yet to meet in real life -- my aunt actually told me all about her and then we officially "met" via a work-from-home mom Facebook group) who is currently working as a Contract Background Investigator, which -- yes -- is as cool as it sounds! 

I know you are skipping through my blabbing to get to the good stuff, so without further ado, here is Lesley:

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Lesley, please tell us a little bit about yourself and your fascinating background... you used to work in politics, correct?

I still work in politics and somewhat consider it my bread and butter. On a monthly basis, it makes up around 50% to 90% of my income. I do is financial compliance, vetting and opposition research for political committees (campaigns or PACs), with a little social media and website updates peppered in here and there. 

Fast forward to when you had your sweet son: Did you still work outside of the home or did you begin to transition to more remote work? 

My son was born in 2013 and I actually haven’t worked full time in an office since 2008. I have had a handful of jobs where I have spent part of my time in an office, but not since the end of 2012. The ground work was well laid before he came along. 

Before meeting my husband and deciding to bring our minion into the world, the freedom of being remote first allowed me to be what I called a “fake professional runner.” Since I was only going into the office part time, I was able to fit adequate training to qualify for and compete at the 2008 Olympic Trials in the 3000m steeplechase. I missed qualifying for the 2012 trials by half a second, but had some solid personal achievements between 2008 and 2012, including a mile personal best and three weeks of racing in Europe. 

At the end of 2012, we decided to have our son. At that time I was fully remote. I was also in a major dry spell with campaigns following the end of the 2012 election cycle, so I decided that was a good time to follow a suggestion from a colleague, who was also the CEO of a company that conducts background checks for the federal government. He had been urging me to do this as a supplement to an athlete’s lifestyle for awhile, but I was nervous about a job that required calling strangers and knocking on doors. However, at the time I was a little desperate and did not want to return to office life, so I decided to take the plunge.  

You are now working as a freelance background investigator, which sounds like the coolest job ever! What exactly do you do and what does your day-to-day entail?

Conducting background checks for the federal government is a fully remote job because rather than sending one investigator around the country to investigate one person, they have thousands of investigators covering the entire country, each taking elements of the investigation. By elements I mean record checks in places a subject has previously lived or references they provided that live around the country. There is also a lengthy interview of the individual going through the background check. 

Background investigations now fluctuate between my side-hustle and my main-hustle. The most I have worked as an investigator is a 65 hour week, which was terrible and clearly full-time. However, we moved from NYC to Colorado at the end of 2016 and now things are more reasonably paced. I currently average around 15 hours per week of background investigation work.

My days involve four different parts of the background investigation process: phone calls, interviews, writing and administrative tasks. I receive cases through a computer system, call the subject of the investigation or their references, interview them and then write it up. The administrative stuff mostly involves organizing notes and shipping my materials to the contracting company that I work for.

Subject interviews are basically recapping the last 10 years of their life and discussing their finances, foreign ties and past criminal activity. This process has played out pretty dramatically in the public eye thanks to Jared Kushner.

Examples of people I interview are employees at defense contractors like Lockheed Martin, federal employees at agencies like the TSA, ICE, CBP and the DEA, and the military.

How does one become a background investigator? Is it something you recommend for other stay-at-home moms? 

If you go on Indeed.com and search far “background investigator” several options come up. The first will likely be KeyPoint, which is where I started. Far someone with no experience, that might be a good place to start, as they hire inexperienced investigators en mass. Other companies you might see are CSRA, ISN, CACI and SCIS. Those last 4 are smaller and are more likely to want experienced investigators. However, they will hire new investigators where there is need and are worth looking into if a job posting comes up. You can also go straight to all those websites and search for Background Investigator jobs. I am currently with ISN and they are a fantastic company. I highly recommend ISN and CSRA as the first place to look.

After getting hired, you go through the same background investigation process that you will be performing once you get cleared. It’s not a fast process, but it’s faster for investigators than it is for many other government positions, because they are always in need of more investigators. The background check took around 4 months for me to get through from filling out my paperwork to being notified of my adjudication. I then had 5 weeks of unpaid training, including three weeks of classroom training. This is definitely not a job for a parents who needs to start making money, like, next week. 

Training varies by company and things have also changed since I went through the process. Classroom training out-of-state can now be as short as just one week. For me, I was lucky that I was going through all of the training while I was still childless. For someone who is already a parent, going through training definitely requires a supportive spouse and/or supportive family for the time training out of state and for financial support during that first five weeks (which will still be unpaid).

One thing I should clarify, though, is that this industry hires both full-time employees and contractors. I am a contractor, which allows me a tremendous amount of flexibility in how much I work, but it’s also why my training was unpaid (I did receive comped travel and a per diem). For full-time employees of the company, they start getting paid when they start training. 

Once the barriers of getting hired, getting cleared and getting trained are cleared, it’s a fantastic job for a parent who wants to work from home. 

I should add that there are also non-investigator positions with these companies that allow you to fully work from home. There are reviewer positions and jobs that focus on records that are obtained by fax or phone only, as well as supervisory positions that don’t go out in the field. 

Give us a little glimpse into your day: I know from experience that every day with a 4-year-old is different, but what does your typical schedule consist of?

I wake up around 6 am, without an alarm. I think my body might permanently be on east coast time. 

I try to make the first thing I do every day involve some sort of writing. If I have investigation reports to write up, I do that. If I don’t, then I will try to work on my own side hustle blog, lesleyhiggins.com

My son wakes up around 7:30-8 am and at that time I usually drop what I am working on and switch into mom mode. I make him breakfast (a bagel) and prepare his lunch for school (usually leftover mac & cheese). During this the I also have to log onto a secure computer system to create a record of any material I am planning on removing from my home that day. This includes notes, filled out security forms and my credentials.

I take my kid to school at 9 am. He currently attends four half-days per week and my husband picks him up from school.

After dropping my kid off, my day varies quite a bit. If it is a day that I have scheduled an interview, I will drive to that meeting, which I usually schedule for 10 or 11 am. These interviews might be at their office, a library, or the airport. These interviews usually take between one to two hours. Reference interviews are much shorter and take 15 to 30 minutes. If I don’t have any interviews scheduled, I will head to the library to write up any pending reports, or head home to make phone calls. 

After an interview I usually find a place to run nearby. Because of this, I am always happy to accept case work close to the foothills so I can hit the trails. If I don’t have any interviews scheduled, I will run near the library or my son’s school before diving into work.

By 3 pm I usually have to take over parenting again, as my husband is a high school track coach and has to get to practice. Our son is finally old enough to not be annoying, though, so if something comes up, our son can go to track practice with my husband. I do my best to not schedule interviews alter 3 pm, but sometimes it's unavoidable. Part of my job is working around other people’s schedules, especially of it's a reference. 

On the weekends, if I am going to get any report writing done, it’s usually during that 6 am to 8 am window when no one else is awake yet. After that, my weekends are filled with my son’s activities and hanging out with my family. Conducting interviews on the weekends is incredibly rare. 

What opportunities has this job given you and your family (whether it be meeting new people, travel, etc.)?

For me, flexibility is king. I haven’t had to request a vacation day in over a decade. I am currently on a flight to NYC with my 4 year old for a three day weekend and I didn’t have to ask anyone’s permission. I can do track workouts in the middle of the day and take my kid to the pool during the summer. We hardly ever have to arrange childcare. 

I always like to end these interviews with a fun question, so can you share a favorite memory that stands out from working as a background investigator?

I have met some pretty interesting people through the course of this job.  I have interviewed a former US Attorney General and one almost US Attorney General. I have chatted on the phone with a former FBI director while standing an my in-law's porch. The first reference I ever interviewed was an actor that was on the show Dexter. I also interviewed a Law and Order star as an reference. One of the more interesting situations I have encountered was a guy who few his plane to work several days per week. He worked in Manhattan. 

Lesley is amazing, right?! To follow Lesley's adventures, be sure to check out her website

Mom Boss Interview: Laurel Ludwicki from Young Living

Funny story about today's mom boss interviewee...

Back in 2012, I started a cooking/lifestyle blog that turned into a family update blog that turned into a lonely blog that hasn't been updated since August (I really, really need to update all of Gabe's info... my poor second baby). Anyway, back when it was a cooking/lifestyle blog, I made some good blogging friends, including the lovely Laurel, who was pregnant/gave birth a few weeks after we had our Jackson. 

Fast forward FOUR YEARS and I get a message on IG from Laurel checking in and re-introducing herself!! So, so cool! Anyway, we got to talking and I found out that Laurel is a Young Living Independent Distributor, which -- aside from Usborne -- is the only MLM I will buy (Thieves Cleaner and Stress Away = life), so I was so excited to introduce her and her business to you all! 

Without further ado, meet Laurel:

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I always like to start these interviews off by finding out more about you and your background, so can you give us a little blurb about who you are and what you did before getting married and having your two beautiful children?

I have been a restaurant gal for most of my adult life. A flexible schedule and lots of interaction with my customers has always appealed to me. I loved being able to go to work, do my job and then not take any stress or responsibility home with me. It made the work - life balance manageable for me. I have worked for the same major brewery for the last 10 years, dabbling in many different departments. I tried my hand at marketing, educating, and managing, where I had the opportunity to take an 8 week long personal development course! Strangely enough, it made me realize that I didn’t want to work 40+ hours a week, late nights away from my (future) babies to just get by. I wanted something I could be proud of, something I could feel passionate about and challenged by, which led me to wanting to start my own business of some sort! 

Have you always been a stay-at-home mom or was there ever a time you worked out of the house?

Once our son came into the picture, I cut way back on my hours at the brewery. I had wanted to be a mama for so long, I couldn’t handle paying someone else to raise him. Luckily, my husband is a chef so our schedules are relatively flexible and we could move things around to have minimal childcare. Once our daughter arrived, my Young Living business was starting to make a major impact on our finances, and now I work 1-2 days a week out of the house, more for socialization and a break! It has made me appreciate that adult time and interaction a lot more, but I still miss my babies like crazy! 

With all of the direct sales companies out there, what about Young Living did you find the most appealing?

I never intended to grow a Young Living business when I got a Premium Starter Kit (the best way to get going). I just thought I was supporting a friend in her business, I wanted a better diffuser than the cruddy one I had from Whole Foods, and I wanted to see if oils would actually do everything I’d heard they could. 

As with most network marketing businesses, I got plugged into some Facebook groups right away and was blown away by the supportive and thriving community. People of all walks of life helping each other with daily issues we all face and business tools that were smart and not too salesy or in your face. Then I saw the Income Disclosure statement: https://static.youngliving.com/en-US/IMAGES/incomedisclosurestatement_image_us.jpg

And I realized there was a huge potential for this business to have a substantial financial impact on my family. A few things I love about YL as a business: 

  • don’t have to carry inventory. The majority of sales go through the website and involved helping people get their own accounts. From time to time, I’ll sell some oils or products in person but I don’t stock any for that specific reason. 
  • a culture and core values that align with my own. I’ve always been natural minded, and sought out ways to keep myself and my family well that are low impact on our bodies and the earth. The sustainability and community visions of YL are incredible and make me feel like I’m in the right place. 
  • the ability to build a business my way and in the time I have available. We don’t have sales quotas or required volume (other than approx $100/ month to qualify for ranks, which is easy to spend on products we use daily) Our team has a ‘share, don’t sell’ motto, which makes it easy to grown a business! I share what and how I use my YL products and go from there! 
  • The product line! Oh my gosh  I had no idea YL had more than just oils. It is easy to spend the $100 a month when I can grab household staples like Household Cleaner, laundry detergent, personal care products, makeup, supplements and even food! The company is transparent and conscientious in its ingredients, so I feel confident using them for our whole family and knowing we aren’t being inadvertently harmed.  

What has working with Young Living done for you and your family? Do you think it has given you opportunities you may not have had otherwise?

Definitely. I’ve stepped into a leadership and education role that I’ve always wanted, deep down. I feel much more confident in who I am as a person, so I feel much better equipped to serve others. It has allowed me to afford the things I want for my family, while allowing me to work from home and actually raise my children.

When you're a mom working from home, no two days are alike, but if you had to describe a "normal" day in your life, how does it look? How many hours a day/week do you dedicate to your business?

A normal day, HA! As you know, we try to have schedules for our kiddos, it helps their day go smoother if they know what to except! 

I always tell my team this business is built in 5 minute increments, because some days that’s all I can manage! I am starting to have my sitter come once a week for a few hours so I can work from home and actually focus. 

Here is a loose look at what a typical day may look like for me. 

7am ish - kids wake up. We make coffee and they have some snacks and water while I check the virtual office and catch up on group messages. I like to write a task list of 3-5 things I need to do for my business and team. Having it written down help me ensure it will get done! 

9am - take Henryk (4) to preschool and come back home. 

10:30am Give Annika a bottle and put down for a nap. 

10:31 - 12:30pm - shower, speed clean my house and then bust out as much work as possible. Things like follow up with interested friends, craft educational posts for my team, live videos, create and edit classes, pack giveaways, share business advice with my team, take and edit product photos, and so many other tasks that need accomplishing! 

12:31 - 1ish - feed Annika lunch and create social media post about what YL products I’m using that day and why! 

1-4pm: hang out with the kids. Go to a park, hike, build things at home, watch and movie and cuddle... I try to make a window of time during the day where I can be present with them and not distracted by my phone. I use it CONSTANTLY to stay connected. 

4ish - start making dinner for the family. Sometimes I’ll play a personal development podcast or listen to a tedtalk while I prep to keep my mind engaged. Hubby comes home around this time (YAY!) 

6:30 - Annika bath and bedtime routine 

7:15 - Henryk bath and bedtime routine 

8pm - kids in bed, wine in hand! I try to spend a few nights a week hanging with my hubby technology free, but I often run FB classes at 8pm! If I have projects to do, I’ll bang those or after bedtime! 

Even though it may not seem like much, I probably spend 1-2 hours a day on business stuff, sometimes more if I have a class running. I sneak in 5-10 minute work sessions where I can, checking messages, answering questions, helping where needed! 

What is your favorite way to market your business? Do you find one social media channel to be more effective than another?

I like using Facebook and Instagram, simply because that’s where I’m most active. It’s easy to reach a large amount of people for free, and create a culture they want to be involved in. 

I also LOVE to get together in person and teach! One on ones, groups, make & takes, whatever! Classes are VERY effective for growing your business, so people can actually smell and try the oils or other products and experience how to use them before diving in. 

What is the best part of working from home? 

Making my own schedule of course! I love not having to take a sick day if my babies are down, I love being able to call a sitter randomly for a date, and I love being able to make spontaneous plans! Working from home means my family is deeply woven into my brand and my business. H is always making guest appearances in my videos and it’s become something people love and expect. It also shows them that I’m just a normal mama and if I can make it work, they can too!  I love that I can have a real life with my family and raise them how I want. 

Do you have a favorite YL memory? 

Oh man, so many! A fave would probably be our Silver Retreat trip I qualified for last fall. Myself, James and some other women on our team stormed Utah and visited one of YL’s farms, ate some amazing food and just spent some quality time getting pampered and being poured into. I love YLs dedication to help their leaders develop to become impactful in all aspects of their life, not just for the company. 

To get in touch with Laurel, visit her website or Instagram.

Mom Boss Interview: Olivia Reiman from SimplyOli

It's another Wednesday, which makes it a great time to introduce you to another amazing mamma who is kicking butt and taking names in both her family and business life! 

Meet Olivia: An amazing wife, mamma, and business-savvy woman who is using her platform to change the world! To give you a little glimpse of her story, here is a snippet from the bio on her website, SimplyOli:

When I was 13 my bipolar disorder reared its head hard, and my world got very dark, very fast. I lost love for my passions, love for myself, my family, and love for life in general. I abused myself mentally, physically, and tried to end my life more than once. I truly didn't think it would end especially after being diagnosed with mild schizophrenia. Attempts at therapy and various medications never seemed to provide a long term solution for me personally.

I'm sharing with you my story, which led me to who I am today. I'm sharing with you my jewelry, because it's become my therapy just as nature has. I'm sharing with you my lessons learned, not to help you avoid yours, but so you can see the value in harder times. And I'm sharing with you my daily life, my family, my world, so that you can see with your own two eyes that happiness doesn't look perfect - it looks however you need it to.

You can read much more of Olivia's story here (which I highly recommend you do!), but in the meantime, here is what she had to tell us about herself and SimplyOli:

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Olivia, your story is seriously incredible! Can you tell our readers a little bit about your life and what lead you to create SimplyOli?

Aww thank you! So yeah, I'm a wife to my super inspiring husband Jim, a mom to two beautiful little girls - Piper (4 years old) and Paige (1 year old), and a pet mom to 2 dogs, and 3 reptiles. Life as it is right now basically is a typical stay at home mom life - I take care of the kiddos, am exploring homeschooling, cook meals, and I keep the house as tidy as possible (which someday's isn't tidy at all haha). Of course in the mix of all of that I run my business full time from home. SimplyOli really started because I became a mom. When Piper turned 1 I realized I wasn't feeling fulfilled and I needed a creative outlet. I had always planned on working in the corporate world and never really thought I would become a stay at home mom. So my work ethic got a little restless, I started playing with some metal stamping, then discovered resin, treated it as a business right away and the rest is history.

What are the different facets of SimplyOli? Unlike most blogs/websites (like mine!), you do not just do one thing, but many! I know that for me, writing and creating is therapeutic... is it the same with you?

Oh, it is most definitely a form of therapy for me! My curiosity paired with my love to just create whatever interests me definitely lead me down an interesting road. So SimplyOli started as pop culture spoon key chains with a little bit of nature jewelry (which has completely flipped), but now I have life vlogs, self help blogs, and short form podcast to help shift women to a more positive perspective within themselves and life. Things kind of went from just jewelry, to more of my life, to sharing my story and helping others in as many ways as I can. Each thing I do speaks to the same message but in it's own way, which is something I didn't plan intentionally but really love.

You are so warm and honest on SimplyOli; what has the reception been? Have you received a lot of feedback from readers?

Everyone has been absolutely amazing and so incredibly kind! I appreciate so much when people take the time to share what something I've said or made has meant to them. It also means the world when they feel comfortable enough to share their own personal experiences and stories with me and we can connect and have a discussion on topics that I know can be a little harder to share.

What are your tips for moms out there looking to begin their own blog/website?

Where should they begin? My tips would be:
1. Start out with something you love or are interested in (I had no idea what I was doing with resin but I had an interest and ran with it).
2. Don't get overwhelmed with what platform to use, just find a place to start and focus more on connecting on a real level with people.
3. Don't wait for validation. Being a mom is just one title you hold and it doesn't define who you are or what you can do with your life.
4. Do what works for you. Especially as moms we might think that we have to hire a sitter in order to work, or that if we can't be productive in business and keep the house clean in the same day that we're not doing a good job. Some days are wife, kid, and house heavy for me, and other days I'm crushing my work to do list but the house is a mess. There's no one way to do it so be okay with being flexible.

Has SimplyOli opened any doors that you weren’t expecting (whether it be financial, new friends, etc.)?

Oh yes! I've met some of my closest friends through starting this. It's also allowed me to be a part of big events and projects that have a special place in my heart, and showed me that really I am capable of doing anything I set my mind to. Being able to help contribute financially is a bonus, but to be perfectly honest is something that can fluctuate and takes time to make more stable. But if you're only doing it for money then you're doing it wrong.

Tell us a little bit about podcasting: what inspired you to start one? What goes into making an episode?

I love listening to podcasts. I have a wireless bluetooth headset that I pop in my ear and no matter what I'm doing (work or kid related) I can listen and be inspired and educated by so many different people. I want to provide that to others and it ended up just not fitting well with my YouTube content. Everything I do has an essence of chaos and craziness to it and I love that the podcast removes all of that and is just me sharing what I've lived and what I know without any interruption and comes from a very peaceful place. The best part is that the podcast is the easiest piece of the SimplyOli pie! I write out an idea when it hits me (which typically becomes the title) and a one sentence description of the premise for the episode. Then at night when the kids are in bed I grab my inexpensive iPhone lavalier mic clipped to a small tripod, sit on the floor of my ridiculously messy closet and start chatting away. I do one listen through and edit out any long gaps where I had to think, then I convert it to an audio file and upload. Pretty simple!

Can you walk us through a day in your shoes? I’m sure there is never a dull moment with your two cute kiddos!

Oh never a dull moment! I just had to take a break from writing to let them use my body as a mini slide for a while haha! So our schedule is definitely not typical and is different every day, but works for us right now. We all wake up sometime around 10am-12pm, we have breakfast and spend time together. I look at my to do list for the day and see what I can do that doesn't need my full attention away from the kids or is a quicker task, and I basically squeeze in what I can while playing with them. Around 5 we go out for a walk and to the park. The girls unwind/nap when we get home and I'll squeeze in work that needs a little more attention. Then around 10-11pm we have dinner the girls go to bed an hour or two after that and I work on things like jewelry, writing, or podcasts that need more undivided attention. Around 2:30am I wrap up, make the next days to do list, and go to sleep around 3 - 3:30. Wherever I can I squeeze in meditation, yoga, reading, listening to podcasts throughout the day. It's all about finding balance with family, work, and self in each day.

Can you give us a little glimpse of what’s to come for your site? I think I saw something about courses coming soon...

Yes! I have plans to offer a resin course to help others avoid all of the trial and error I went through when first working with resin so that they can just enjoy it as a creative outlet as I do now! I also plan on offering a course to help shift women towards a more positive perspective in themselves and in life. I have another big project on the horizon that I haven't announced just yet so keep an eye out for that in the coming months. I'm just so excited to offer more things apart from jewelry that are geared towards helping others.

So amazing, right? To get in touch with Olivia, visit her website, Facebook, and Instagram.