Today we’d like to introduce you to Tina Meeks.
Tina, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started my blog on a whim last January. It’s actually something that friends and family had been urging me to do for years, but I always thought it was this big huge thing that I didn’t have time for. Turns out that I was making it more difficult in my head than it actually was. Having an outlet to share my thoughts and experiences, on my terms, is one of the most liberating things I’ve done for myself in a while.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
One of my biggest challenges was truly finding my niche, which is motherhood with small doses of lifestyle. There are so many different niches that you’ll think you can just write about anything. Nope. The market is a bit saturated so you have to find what sets you apart from all of the other bloggers, while at the same focusing on topics that are interesting. My second biggest challenge was finding balance between my family life and the amount of time I commit to blogging/social media. It’s so easy to lose track of time when scrolling on Instagram or Facebook. I have to be very intentional about the amount of time I give to those apps. I also have to be mindful about how often I have my camera out so that I can still be in the moment with my babies.
My advice to anyone who would like to start a blog or become an influencer is to just start. Don’t worry about whether or not you’ll have an audience, if you’re rooted in your purpose the audience will come. Don’t worry about having the most beautiful website ever because you can make changes as you fine tune your blogging style. Your blogging journey is what you make of it. I agonized about starting a blog for almost four years before actually doing it. Now that I’ve just celebrated my one year anniversary, my only regret is that I didn’t start sooner!
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Her Life Sparkles – what should we know?
My goal for Her Life Sparkles is to inspire other millennial women to be a light to others, regardless of the everyday challenges that life may bring. Ultimately I want to create a community for women where we encourage one another to break the mold of perfection that’s unrealistically placed on us as wives and mothers. So many of us stress ourselves out trying to live up to expectations of people that we don’t even know. I am far from perfect but I know that I am the perfect woman for my family. I want to inspire other wives and mothers to carry themselves with that type of confidence everyday.
Family photo on green couch is via Lauren from Harbor Grace Photography