The Biggest Blog Post of My Life

Let me start at the beginning. Not at the beginning of this blog. Not even at the beginning of this decade. I’ll start at the beginning of my career. Why? Because this is a journey that has been tragic and difficult, exhilarating and amazing. I want to start at the beginning, because I want you to see yourself in this post. I want you to come with me, because I want you to write a post like this yourself someday, too. (Oh, God, I’m crying already.)

When I graduated from college, I was living out of my truck in Colorado. I had no home, no savings, and was making about $75 a week. I was desperately depressed, 50 pounds overweight, and had just broken up with my college sweetheart who I was deeply in love with at the time.

I knew I was going nowhere. Then my heart said, “Move back to Arizona, where your college community is.” I dismissed it. But my heart persisted. I kept telling myself, “No, wait until the end of the summer, when you can save up money and get a place to live”.

My heart persisted. I gave in July 10th. I had $80 to my name. It cost me $50 in gas to get there. My first morning in Arizona, I went to eat at the Salvation Army. I decided I would never do that again (yeah, the food was just as bad as the hit to my pride!!). I went to the State Unemployment Office. I figured they would think I was nuts – my only work experience was as a waitress and as a whitewater rafting guide. I thought I was nuts – what the hell was I doing here with $30 bucks in my pocket, with no place to go, and no job prospects?

But that morning, I experienced a miracle that forever changed life.

The woman at the desk was nice. In fact, she was downright genuinely caring. I told her my story, and she went to the other side of the office. She came back with a piece of paper.

Then she said to me, “The Girl Scouts of America just lost a counselor at their summer camp two days ago. They have an urgent job opening which will pay you a weekly stipend, and they will also provide you room and board. Pending an interview, you can start tomorrow.” I got the job – and the roof over my head.

That experience taught me the most important life lesson I have ever learned – to listen to my heart.

  • I listened to my heart when I started my first business as a single mom in my parents basement.
  • I listened to my heart when I almost divorced my alcoholic husband, which was the catalyst to his recovery.
  • And I listened to my heart when I quit my job last year to start this site, even though we would have to live off of our 401K to make ends meet until it started making money.

Today, I get to share my good news with you, which has been the culmination of this entire journey of listening to my heart into one of the biggest announcements of my career to date.

As of May 1, I will be launching a new blog called Inspired Business Growth with Entrepreneur.com as part of their new site for Women Entrepreneurs. I will be writing alongside four eight other extremely accomplished women as we discuss business building, entrepreneurship, work life balance, side businesses, and business after the age of 55. I’ll post a link to the actual blog any day now (it’s still a little dusty from construction!).

At this point, I want to acknowledge and thank each and every one of you. A successful blog isn’t a successful person – it is a successful community of smart people who know how to add to the conversation with great insights, great questions, and great blogs in their own right. An extra special shout out goes to Darren Rowse and Liz Strauss, who not only have been my own inspiration and virtual mentors, but were also extremely helpful in helping me navigate through the process of bringing this project to fruition.

eMoms at Home wouldn’t be what it is without you, and I look forward to continuing to contribute to your success with both of these blogs as you have to mine! Thank you!

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Wendy

    Thanks for sharing your brave story with us, it takes braveness to listen to your heart.

    Looking forward to Entrepreneur.com (as business person of the female gender – female business blogger and female business novel writer) always looking for new entrepreneurial topics ;-)

  2. Phil Gerbyshak says

    Way to go Wendy! I’m VERY proud of you, and excited for you. You go girl! A more deserving person can not be found! Here’s to your continued successes!

  3. Wendy Piersall says

    Gosh – thanks again everyone! I’m in a seminar all weekend with really sketchy internet connectivity – so every time I do get online, I come here to see all these comments and it means the world to me!! :D

  4. says

    I think that is a great story. I am a guy (hence my name) :) but I still feel it is great to see women find success with online businesses. I have been involved in the industry for the last year trying to help many single and stay at home moms try to create an income so they can spend more time with their family. Hopefully you will be able to give a lot to many women out there as you already have.

  5. Dar says

    Wendy, congratulations! I read your heartwarming story (I first read about it at Liz Strauss’ site.) Thanks for being so willing to share it. I’ve passed the link on to my readers as well. Keep up the great job!

  6. says

    Nothing could make me happier than to hear this beautiful story and your next blog gig…AMAZING. You will continue to inspire and uplift an even WIDER audience, I’m so happy for you. Start Up Princess will be following your posts and linking lots, promise! :)

  7. says

    Wendy I found this blog via Darren Rowse and so glad that I did. What an inspiration you are and truly wish you the best for this new adventure that you are entering.

  8. says

    I’m another one of the late ones to the party, Wendy, but I wanted to chime in with my own congratulations. This is a great story and you deserve great things. You really are an inspiration. Good luck!

  9. says

    Wendy,

    Congratulations! I love this story. I have to write about this at ww-success.com. In fact, if you are open to doing an interview that would be great. If you are interested please drop me a note at info @ ww-sucess.com

    David

  10. says

    I’m poppin’ in late – but …

    ****CONGRATUALTIONS, WENDY!!!****

    You truly are an inspiration, to so many of us! Thank you so much, for always sharing your journey with us!

  11. says

    Wendy,

    This is awesome news! I’ve been reading your blog posts for quite awhile and it’s so neat to see your progress. Looking forward to meeting you in Chicago.

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