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Support Make It Happen: The Young Mommy Guide To Creating A Career by The Young Mommy Life

Being a young parent has created its challenges and struggles. There are many days when I just want to throw the rag in and call it quits. I wonder if all my hard work will ever really pay off.

Enter blogger Tara from The Young Mommy Life.
I “met” Tara last year when I first began Mommy Glow. I didn’t really know where my voice fit in the virtual world. When I came across her and her site, I was like wow. Here is a young woman, a young mom, who is out there hustling, making moves, and creating a forum for other young parents to talk about the experiences us young parents encounter.
Tara has become not only my friend, but my personal cheerleader as well. She’s not someone asking me how I’m doing to be nice. She asks because she truly cares and wants to help in whatever way she can. She’s always been there for me, to help support me in my times of need. To help listen to me when I need to vent. All the way from Ohio she is a vital member of my support system.

And now I want to be there for Tara, and her recently published e-book called: Make It Happen: The Young Mommy Guide To Creating A Career You Crave available on Amazon for $5.99. I am so inspired by Tara’s go-getter attitude and her continuous positivity. She is a real inspiration to young mommies everywhere.

I was able to ask Tara more about Make It Happen and why this is a must read for all young parents, and below is what she had to say:

I decided to write a book about career and money first (as opposed to the “sexier” topics of relationships, body image and all that) because a good chunk of our day-to-day life revolves around money. For a lot of us, being a stay-at-home mom isn’t really an option – even if that’s what we long to do. So we go to work to support our families the best way we know how. Our jobs may not pay that much or we might just really feel like our job is sucking the soul right out of us. But we don’t want to complain because that job is putting food in our babies’ mouth. Right? 

I wanted to tell other young parents what I’ve learned over the past couple years – that we own our future. Too often we feel like we’re scrambling, playing catch-up, but the truth is, we’ve got just the right combination of factors – youth, motivation, drive, the new digital age that allows us to contact anyone anywhere – that makes success more than just a strong possibility for us. 

We CAN have a career that is of our making that allows us to pay the bills and then some, that gives us a daily dose of happiness. If it sounds like poppycock to you, let me just say: I’m living it now. Other moms I know are either there or well on their way. 

In the book, I help you find your passion, learn to budget so you make the most of the money you earn, and give you 20 ideas for side hustles you can start TODAY for little or no money. Once we get financially empowered, it makes all the big decisions – where we live, what we eat, where our kids go to school – so much easier to make. I hope once people finish reading, they’re ready to make that next step in their career – whether it’s reaching out to someone they admire or setting up their own website/portfolio (I cover both items in the book).

I’m proud to know Tara, and uber proud of her publishing her 1st e-book Make It Happen. I plan to read it this weekend, and hope you all take the time to download the e-book and write a review.

Let’s show her some support!


Interview with Nicole Lynn Lewis

I came across Nicole Lynn Lewis’s site last year, and ever since then I’ve been a huge fan of hers. Shes a mother, author, wife, businesswoman, public speaker, and former teen mom. She inspires me and continues to pay it forward everyday. 

Below is a part of my interview with Nicole:

I think you have to turn setbacks into challenges. Don’t let them stop you in your tracks. Look at the problem and try to think of a solution. You can either accept your situation or you can decide that you want more for yourself and work your way out of it. It’s going to be difficult and embarrassing at times and people are going to doubt you, but if you are able to turn your story into a testimony, the rewards are great. Not only do you change the course of your life, but you inspire others, and that’s an amazing feeling. It’s special. 

Head over to The Pushback and read my entire interview with Nicole!


MA Alliance Teen Pregnancy Prevention PSA Contest!

I am so thrilled to be part of the MA Alliance community serving as a member of their Teen Parent Policy Advisory Board (TPPAB) and contributing blogger on their blog, The Pushback. The mission of The Pushback is to push back against all that ignorance, bitterness, and prejudice and show what young parenthood really looks like.” One of the areas myself and other bloggers have talked about are the lack of quality PSA’s [public service announcements] aimed at preventing teen pregnancy. Who can forget the disastrous Pause Before You Play PSA with Bristol Palin & The Situation. 
So when I heard about the Alliance’s PSA contest, I was PSYCHED! Details below:
In preparation for the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy on May 4, 2011, they are holding their 1st Annual Teen Pregnancy Prevention PSA Contest!  Create your own ad on why and/or how we should work to prevent teen pregnancy. Drawing on personal experience is encouraged!
The winners will receive (drumroll, please…) 1st Place: $100 gift certifcate to! (2nd Place will get $50, 3rd Place will get $30).
Here are the rules:
  1. Your PSA should be accurate. If you cite statistics, you should be able to let us know where you got them from and be confident that they are correct.
  2. Your PSA should not diminish the capabilities, potential, or hard work of those that do become young parents.
  3. No scare tactics, please!  Young people deserve better.
  4. We believe young people have the right to information about their sexual health and how to prevent pregnancy.  PSAs that focus exclusively on abstinence are discouraged (though focusing on abstinence in part is totally fine!)
  5. We want PSAs generated by youth and young adults!  We’re defining that as under age 25.  If you work in a group, at least 1/2 the group should be under age 25.
So, get your creative ideas flowing! Print ads, images, and videos are all accepted.  You can send them to Gretchen by April 28.  Submissions will be posted here and readers will have the chance to vote on them the week of May 2, with winners announced the following week.
If you could create the ideal Teen Pregnancy Prevention PSA what would it look like? What would it need to connect with teens?
I’m excited to get my creative hat on this weekend creating my PSA! I encourage all of you to submit and/or pass on to friends who you think would be interested!
Happy Friday!