As I was in the research phase of building this blog, I found more and more confirmation that what I suspected was true: many more women today are attempting to juggle some form of work with home and other responsibilities. And while the cultural ideal is still a happily married, 9-5 couple with their two adorable children, the reality is that today’s households are widely varied. Young women are marrying later, whether it is by choice or because “the one” is taking longer to show up than in previous decades. Families are choosing the number of children on many variables, resulting in households with 0 to 16 (and sometimes more) children. Many more children are growing up in single parent homes, and those parents are worn out just trying to figure out how to make it work. On top of all of that, the ideal of working 9-5, five days a week, is starting to be shunned by the Millennial generation. We want (or need) freedom and flexibility that the corporate world doesn’t provide. And thanks in part to the Great Recession, more and more people are looking for ways to increase their income from side jobs, or to become their own boss altogether. There is also a movement towards going back to a more green, from-the -earth, sustainable way of living. Many believe it will simplify our lives, increase our independence, reduce materialism, and save our environment from the many practices threatening its fragile state of existence.
In the face of all this, homemaking is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. We want to know how to fold those blasted fitted sheets, make our own bread, simplify routines, declutter and organize away the chaos, and create a home that is a retreat of peace and calm away from the crazed rush of the outside world.
But do we go back to the methods of our mothers and grandmothers? Do we turn our backs on the technologies and innovations of the 21st century for the slower, time-tested ways of our forbears? Or do we find a way to incorporate the two into a new, reimagined method of homemaking that embraces the best of both ways, moving us forward into a system that is useful for all of us, today? I say the latter. It is possible, and as I researched I grew more and more excited to see that others felt the same way, and were moving forward with those ideas.
This is the first installment of my Top Resources series which will provide you with inspiration, connections, and resources to those tools and ideas available now. Normally I would only post on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but since this is Launch Week, you get the first post now. Pretty awesome, yes?
- How She Does It – ebook by Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy
- This little ebook delivers on the inspiration for households with both parents working yet still managing the household effectively. There isn’t as much for the single parent or single girl, but still I recommend it as a good starting place to get those thought processes turning. http://www.amazon.com/How-She-Does-It-everywomans-ebook/dp/B00JDYCY80
- This girl, Sarah Peterson, is amazing. I discovered her blog only a few weeks ago, and I have loved absolutely everything she publishes. It is super helpful and clear. She offers a Free 14 Day Email Course to help you discover your perfect business idea. I cannot recommend it or her blog enough. http://unsettle.org/start-here/
- Unsettle + Etsy
- You see? This girl is so awesome, she even tells you how to be successful on Etsy. Enough said. Go read, be inspired, and do. http://unsettle.org/etsy/
- Free Blog School – By Regina
- If starting your own blog as a business is a goal, after Unsettle, I recommend checking out some of the courses offered at By Regina, particularly her Free Blog School. She has other courses which cost upwards of $200 (pretty standard) but also free resources and articles. I personally haven’t used all of her advice, but the Free Blog School is pretty spot on, and I’ve liked some of her other articles. http://byregina.com/free-blog-school/
- This site is like the motherlode of all things blogging. I don’t especially like the design or layout sometimes, but there is so much good stuff here. And the course I took when I was first dreaming up this blog was beyond amazing in giving me a concrete plan to put into action. It is very inexpensive, and has so many goodies that come along with it. Combine this class with Unsettle, and you will be poised for success, in my opinion. Not to mention, the class, normally $25, is once again marked down to $0.99. You have literally nothing to lose. http://blogelina.com/your-dream-blog-is-in-reach-2/
- A website devoted to helping you get going with Etsy (mainly) but also includes some WordPress & social media helpful information as well. I love how down-to-earth Melissa is, and I’m hoping to use this to start my own side hustle on Etsy.
- Creating Your First Online Blockbuster Product via CopyBlogger
- Blog post on making it happen whether or not you have a blog. I think this would work for various types of online business, not just current/future bloggers. http://www.copyblogger.com/create-online-products/
- How to get your Products Featured on Huge Publications via Unsettle Podcast
- Making Sense of Cents by Michelle
- Last but by no means least, is yet another blog I’ve discovered only recently but that has been amazingly useful. Put her right up there next to Unsettle, but for finance instead of breaking out of the 9-5 world. She has a section devoted entirely to making extra income, including blogging, becoming a virtual assistant, random side hustles, freelance writing, etc. http://www.makingsenseofcents.com/extra-income