Welcome to my personal finance and lifestyle blog! I am sharing my mompreneur journey of finding ways to be a business minded stay at home mom. I hope to improve my finances, track my progress, and help other moms find their financial freedom too!
My name is Ashleigh and I am wife to Ryan, mom to Max, Abe, and Jake. I am starting this blog just weeks before Jake’s due date! I spent 10 years working in public education as an elementary school teacher and instructional coach. After my second son was born my husband and I decided that our family would best benefit from me being home. Since then I have been trying to find a way to make money on the side to provide for the little extras in life for our family while juggling the mom life and learning along the way.
Now 2 years into staying home with my boys, I am hoping to make a big impact on our finances through a diverse stream of income that I hope to track and share with you! Hopefully, this will help you in your journey of being financially free and a mompreneur pursuing the side hustle.
I graduated from college debt free with a degree in Political Science, and no plan for a job. Over the course of a year, I decided to go back to school and earn my master’s degree in elementary education where I racked up just over $10,000 in student debt.
My husband and I married one year after my first year as a teacher. We then moved several times, bought our first house, moved out of state, and then moved back just a year later. My husband’s career path was unstable at the time in 2008 due to the housing and market crisis (He worked for The Real Estate Book, at the time). We decided to sell our first home and rent until we were more stable in our careers. We’ve learned some valuable lessons about buying and selling our home. We are now homeowners again and have taken on a “fixer upper.” My husband is very talented and able to do much of the work on our house. It is a process of blood, sweat, and tears but now we are beginning to see the fruits of our labor!
Why start a blog in the middle of a kitchen remodel and 4 weeks from our 3rd child’s due date? I have wanted to create my own business for a long time. I am leaving my position as a part-time teacher at a mother’s day out program, and I am losing the little income I had to make those special extras happen for our family like sports, gymnastics, zoo passes, etc. I also have a strong desire to be a mompreneur and now is the time for me to diversify and get serious about my side hustle!
In my quest for finding a side gig, I have found amazing women who have created incredible businesses of their own. Their stories inspire me to keep working towards my goal of owning my own business. I also want to encourage you with their inspirational stories! Women who are finding success in working from home or starting their own business outside of the home, women who are learning to be moms along the journey, and keeping it real in our “picture-perfect pinterest” world.
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