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:

Google Docs
Genesis Framework
WordPress SEO plugin
Gravity Forms

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.


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

Find Katie and Seth:


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 #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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Why running a business blog is hard… when you’re still running a business

You may have noticed a lack of posting and podcasts recently. We’ve keenly noticed it, too.

In fact, we’ve particularly missed both writing for and interacting with this community here at EntreFamily.

It’s something that Ryan and I have increasingly grown to enjoy and value, since it can be so hard to find a tribe of others that really, really get you. (Which we feel that our readers here really do. Get us, that is.)

Back when we were in the planning stages of the EntreFamily website, we talked a lot about who we were, who we hoped our audience would be, what we thought we could offer them, and what our message would focus on.

Over and over in those conversations, we landed on these two points:

  1. We’re not gurus, experts, or anything of the sort. We might be a few steps or years ahead of some of our readers (and probably behind some of them as well). But we always wanted to be in the trenches with you all. Running the same race. Still on the journey. And sharing it all with you as we go.
  2. That meant that we needed to stay actively involved in our own business pursuits, aside from this site. We never want to become those people that only want to teach from a pedestal, while not living this stuff out in our actual day to day.
During our very last week of three months of travel... here we are freezing our tails off at Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland.

During our very last week of three months of travel… here we are freezing our tails off at Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland.

Which leads me to our absence…

We’ve been working, y’all.

Really hard.

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A couple weeks ago, we launched into a somewhat controversial topic, about the sentiment and phrase we commonly hear floating around the online world, “I want to bring my husband home.”

In Part 1, we started our initial conversation (and that’s just what this is – literally, an off-the-cuff, candid, recorded conversation between the two of us), so start there if you haven’t read that post yet, then continue on with this one.

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