This Blogger Giveaway is my way of celebrating, YOU! You, the blogger. You the reader. You, the one who helped my dream come true!
I’ve always been a writer. I wrote on napkins. I wrote on my hand. I even wrote on toilet paper while I… Okay, TMI! I sometimes wrote in journals. For as long as I could remember, I’ve had the soul of a writer. For my friends in the field of getting people’s heads straight, I’m sorry that you didn’t make that fortune you likely would have made with me as a client! I had my own kind of therapy. I wrote. I cried. I laughed. I burned it. Yea, I used to burn everything! It was symbolic to me. It was closure, anytime I went through a difficult time in life. Writing allowed me to be my own best friend. It taught me almost everything I know about myself. It wasn’t my job. It certainly wasn’t my career. It wasn’t even a dream, really. It was just what I did.
You all know that saying , “you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone…” I went through that with my writing. For a time, I was too busy to write and I was probably crazy that entire time! I started writing again for my own personal reasons. There I was, stumbling through life, in the same way most of us do. Then – OMG!!! Unexpected Triplets? Really!
That’s how 24/7 Modern Mom™ came to life. When I met my husband and we became a family, it was just the 2 of us. We had a couple kids and then it was the 4 of us. The unexpected trio came along and it was the 7 of us! My life changed literally and figuratively. I became 24/7 Modern Mom™ the moment I found out I was expecting triplets. I started signing up with that name on Social Media accounts everywhere. At some point, I felt a twinge of guilt. The name seemed fitting for so many moms out there that I knew I had to share it. I wanted a site for all of us. Time went by. Time went by. More time went by. And – nothing! I did nothing! I wrote for other people. I even got paid to write for other people. I was even writing a few weekly columns. I wasn’t following my heart. I wasn’t following my passion.
It was never the right time.
In a combo-moment of insanity and clarity, I knew what I had to do. I was going to launch my 24/7 Modern Mom™ site for all of us! Whoa, baby! The timing was awful. All my life I’ve heard the saying, “Timing Is Everything.” YES – It is! What if sometimes that is supposed to mean we should be taking advantage of our time because we are running out of it? I hate to say it like that, but it’s true. I promise you that the timing of unexpected triplets was during one of the hardest times in my life. Look how that turned out!!!! They are here. I’m here. You are here. None of that would have happened if I’d waited for that right time to have another child. An unexpected pregnancy was perfect!
Some say, people are most afraid of success. I believe that. We make every excuse about why our dreams won’t come true. We make up so many that we convince ourselves to squash those dreams altogether.
When I was in my early twenties, I was told I might never be able to have children. I have five without any intervention besides God and Fate! All of these lessons taught me something that I want to share with YOU:
Sometimes, a dream is so destined to come true that it holds onto us long after we have let go of it. ~ Alicia Gonzalez
I always wanted to be a writer. I wanted to do it as my hobby. I wanted to do it as my career. I never wanted to stop. Ever. But I wasn’t a writer. Why? I didn’t think of myself like that because I wasn’t ready to love me like that. I wasn’t ready to say, I AM. How can we BE something when we refuse to say I AM?
Forget all that mess. I like me. I love me. I deserve to follow my heart. I deserve to pursue my passion. I can do it! So in honor of that combo-moment of insanity and clarity, I launched my site on Valentine’s Day. It was symbolic.
Whatever you’ve been putting off doing, lying to yourself about, making excuses about, stop! Like YOU. Love YOU! Take an insane leap of faith in YOU! Time isn’t in your way. It’s on your side, in the sense that it is running out, everyday. Time wants you to make that move you’ve been pretending to contemplate. If you are afraid, EMBRACE THE FEAR. It will give you tremendous energy.
So this contest is in honor of YOU, because YOU and I are so much alike. We are people with dreams and fears, just trying to reconcile that into balance. Kayti Designs was by side the day I launched this site, head still in the sand, and no idea of what was to come. I am so grateful that she is sponsoring this AMAZING GIVEAWAY! Now – are you ready? Set? Go!
ONE GRAND PRIZE INCLUDES ALL OF THIS:
AND – THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER ALSO GET THIS:
THE RUNNER UP PRIZE GETS THIS FABULOUS PACKAGE:
AND BECAUSE WE LOVE YOU – 22 OTHER PEOPLE ARE ALSO GETTING FABULOUS PRIZES!!!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!!!
This is an awesome giveaway. I’ve been blogging for 5 years but these are prizes I would love!
I am so excited to be partnering with #247ModernMom for this giveaway! I hope everyone is as excited as we are to give away some AWESOME AWESOME prizes to help you make YOUR dream come too! And on a personal note, Alicia I am damn proud of you. XO!
I would LOVE to win this! What an awesome giveaway!! My blog need any help it can get and winning this would really take things to the next level! Saw this posted on Mom It Forward Facebook page! Thanks for hosting this!!
Congrats on your anniversary and this is a great contest.
What a beautiful story and inspiration to us all. I am not a blogger but love learning all aspects of being great at things I do. This is a awesome contest. I invented a utensil and would love to spread the word to as many people out there. Thank you! From aka @Empanadafork
I found you on Twitter originally. I absolutely love your blog. I enjoy your style of writing, it flows so beautifully and transports me into your world. So it’s not difficult to imagine how most of what you write about me resonates perfectly as a mother. My children are now grown and have given me grandchildren. I miss them being children everyday which is why your words touch my heart and soul. Thank you for finally realizing your blogging goals. I also have found myself exactly in the same circle you mentioned you were in (should I, could I, maybe I will). Then I make the smart (in my eyes) decision that I’ll let the dream go. Fast forward every 2-3 years; I was certain I let go of this, why am I once again overly thinking of writing and crafting.
So I quickly slapped together a blog and at first had quit a few follows…but I let it go, nothing was clicking. So I’ve spent the last year learning all about blogging. Now I’m ready to go forward. I’ve got the cutest slogan I had printed on the reverse of my business cards. And I’ve tons of blog ideas and know when too post, when not to, learned how to get the followers. Thanks to Google+ and other bloggers. And thank you for sponsoring this contest. My wish for the New Year is that every one wins exactly what they need! Good luck to everyone! Since I’m on a Galaxy Note II, I had to tweet and as to Pinterest different but out will be done. If I run into any problems with tweeting ole pinning on Pinterest, post it.
Thank you again for the wonderful way you’re starting our New Year. Good Bless.
Your site looks like it has tons of great content, BUT, I read yesterday that sites with too much non-content stuff ‘above the fold’ will not do well in search: https://plus.google.com/+MarkTraphagen/posts/YqkaHaper3n
and I think your site may need redesigned.