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Podcast #19: Why More Money Won’t Motivate You (with Seth & Katie of WellnessMama.com)

The best businesses are about more than just business. That couldn’t be truer than for Katie and Seth of WellnessMama.com, who joined us for today’s podcast.

When you meet another EntreFamily that’s really rocking their business, you have no choice but to get nosy, ask questions and find out what they’re doing right.

And what they’re doing may surprise you… it’s not so much about the money or the numbers or the specific strategies they’re employing (although yes, there’s all of that) but it’s what’s behind the business strategy that makes the most difference.

I don’t want to give too much away so I’ll let you join us and listen in as Katie and Seth share their story of how they got going, and how they plan to keep moving forward based on their values and vision.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • What led Katie into studying nutrition and how that experience became the catalyst to create WellnessMama.com
  • About Katie and Seth’s entrepreneurial “aha moment,” when making a living from the blog became a tangible reality
  • How an entrepreneur’s motivation shapes the success or failure of the business
  • Why Katie continues to write: “It’s never been about making money.” ~Katie
  • Strategies for creating, maintaining, and enhancing connections with your customer community.
  • The simple, driving philosophy behind Seth and Katie’s business ventures
  • How to let go, reevaluate, streamline, and stop obsessing over every detail.
  • Their favorite tools to stay organized and keep up with an ever-growing blog.
It was only fitting to include a photo of Katie in a Cincinnati Reds hat. :)

It was only fitting to include a photo of Katie in a Cincinnati Reds hat. 🙂

Resources from this podcast:

WordPress
Google Docs
1Password
Genesis Framework
WordPress SEO plugin
Gravity Forms
Dropbox
Skype
Evernote
Asana
Slack
Signal

That quote: “Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week.” -Lori Greiner

Their website has recently gotten a beautiful update, but here's a little glimpse of the whole Wellness family, minus the newest addition.

Their website has recently gotten a beautiful update, but here’s a little glimpse of the whole Wellness family, minus the newest addition.

Quotable:

“Entrepreneurship and creating businesses and creating value is the way that things become better in the world.” -Seth

Find Katie and Seth:

WellnessMama.com

WellnessMama on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Pinterest

 

Go ahead and listen by clicking on the play button right here at the top of the post.

Or, listen directly through iTunes or Stitcher!

Thanks for joining us for today’s podcast!

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10 Tips for Working With Your Spouse (and Not Driving Each Other Insane): We're constantly asked "How on earth do you work with your spouse?", and the simple fact of the matter is that we do and most of the time, we love it.

Podcast # 18: 10 Tips for Working With Your Spouse (and Not Driving Each Other Insane)

Turns out we’re older than we think. When we got married 12 and a half years ago, it was right before digital photos became the norm.

As a result, part of my Christmas gift for Ryan this year involved spending hours digging through four albums worth of 4×6 prints of our wedding photos so I could scan them (300 photos… one at a time) and turn them into JPG files to create a proper album.

An awful lot has changed since this fresh-faced, innocent couple walked into their garden reception as newlyweds, but a lot of things have stayed the same, including the fact that we love to be together and work as a team.

Although we frequently get comments to the effect of “How on earth do you work with your spouse? I’d go crazy!!!“, the simple fact of the matter is that we do and not only is it possible, but most of the time, we love it.

In today’s podcast, we share 10 keys for working with your spouse that we’ve learned over the past 6+ years of collaborating on multiple businesses. We know that working together isn’t for every married couple, but it’s also been an incredibly rewarding journey for us and one that we would gladly recommend to others.

And hopefully these tips will add a little more joy and a lot less crazy to your working relationship. So grab your spouse and give it a listen.

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Podcast #17: How we traveled the world for a year with four kids

When we planned our “big trip” a few years back, we didn’t quite know what a topic of conversation or interest it would be. Every once in a while we mention it casually, how we traveled for a year around the world with our four kids, forgetting that we’re dropping a bit of a bomb on the unsuspecting listener.

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Kepler and Johanna pause and pose amidst the ancient temples of Cambodia.

Although in many ways it feels sort of normal to us now, our trip of a lifetime was anything but normal.

In reality, spending 54 weeks on the road, backpacking literally around the globe, touching down in 32 countries, with four kids aged 8 and under is pretty phenomenal. We’re frequently reminded what a genuine gift our travels have been and we’re so grateful for this experience that we were able to share as a family.

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Riding through Switzerland’s mountains by train.

It’s difficult to boil down such a momentous year to a 50 minute podcast, though we did our darnedest.

At the very least, we hope this podcast gives you a solid overview of what it was we did and why, as well as answer some of your questions about how we made it happen, especially financially (that’s always the biggie, right?).

eating ice cream in cambodia

Hiking through jungles and up ruins requires a whole lot of ice cream.

And if you have more specific questions about how we travel, tips for particular challenges, or anything else you can think of, let us know in the comments. We’d love to try to answer them in future posts or podcasts!

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Our cutie pies in Jodphur, India (while Abbie wears the remnants of Rwandan braids in her hair).

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Podcast #16: Loving your business and your spouse (with Antony and Emily Bartlett)

Every once in a while, you meet other entrepreneurs with whom you just click.

That’s how it was when we met Emily and Antony Bartlett at a blogging mastermind retreat last fall. Together with five other EntreFamilies (and a whopping total of 24 kids), we all got vulnerable about what we’re currently working on in our businesses, what excites us, where we’re stuck, what we’re loving, and what we could use help with.

It was a pretty phenomenal time, and getting to know this amazing couple was definitely a highlight. Like us, they primarily work together on a shared business (though Emily does have a couple other irons in the fire).

Like us, they live this truly unconventional, sometimes exhausting, often exhilarating, quirky entrepreneurial lifestyle. And like us, they love it.

In fact, that was one of my favorite take-aways from this podcast… their genuine joy in how they run their business together, and how much of a passion project that business is.

For all the people who tell us “Oh, I could never work with my spouse“, can I just say how refreshing it was to talk to a couple who has differences in working styles, and don’t always see eye to eye on everything, but at the end of the day can say they love what they do together?

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You’re going to walk away inspired, both from their enthusiasm coupled with their honesty, along with wise insights into what makes it all work so well for them.

So grab those running shoes, that basket of laundry, or get the kids in the minivan, because the EntreFamily podcast is back. Oh yes, it is. Enjoy.

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Podcast # 15: The transition from job to full-time entrepreneurs – how one family did it (with Kris & Katie Kimball)

For many of our listeners, the question isn’t “how do we make our entrepreneurial family schedule work?”, but rather it’s “how do we take the leap and get to that place of being a full-time EntreFamily?

Today’s podcast guests know full well the amount of hard work, planning, preparation and guts that it takes to make the transition from relying on a job to going it all on your own.

I specifically wanted to catch up with Kris and Katie now, rather than 6 months or a year from now, when they’ve figured things out a little better and the uncertainty of those early months have faded in their minds. I wanted to hear from them while they’re still in the trenches, just figuring it out, and while it’s all still new and fresh and challenging and exciting at the same time.

That’s exactly what we got. They’re less than 6 months in to their journey since Kris quit his full-time gig and they decided to really make a go of this. They were honest and real about what it’s looked like for them – the good as well as the hard.

I think it will be particularly helpful to those of you just considering making the change or walking through those early months of it yourself, so let’s jump in to our conversation with Kris and Katie Kimball!

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