We were living a pretty above average life, I was a stay at home mom to two amazing kids and my husband worked as a driller; which brought in a very good salary but at a pretty big sacrifice. Where we lived in Alberta, Canada it was pretty normal to have a spouse working up North on the oil rigs. It was a sacrifice many families made to be able to afford a nice lifestyle. But his being gone for weeks at a time was taking a significant toll on our kids, they started to get really upset that daddy was going away.
My educational and work background was Business and Marketing, and as much as I enjoyed being a stay at home mom, I had started to become a bit antsy. I wanted to do a bit more, to use my creativity and have a bit of cash to show for it. I did some major soul searching and after a ton of research and some trial and error I decided to start a YouTube channel around my sons interest in Thomas the train.
I started with a basic little camcorder we had at home and my 7 year old MacBook. I taught myself the basics of YouTube, iMovie editing, and designing thumbnails. Our first few videos were pretty bad! But I stuck with it even though everyone around me thought it was pretty ridiculous. And soon enough the money started to trickle in, and then about 6 months after I had started I had a $3,ooo month! But I was exhausted! Success always comes with a price tag, on top of being a stay at home mom, who was solo parenting for weeks at a time, I was staying up till 1-2am every day to get the editing done for our video. I was aggressively trying to post a video every single day, and it was a lot of work!
My husband was also suffering from pretty bad burnout from work, plus he was really struggling with being away from the kids. It had worn him down so much, he was somewhat of an emotional mess. Since our little YouTube channel was slowly bringing in a small income, we had agreed to make a real go at it. Just try and grow our channel as much as possible to see if we can actually make a living out of it. My husband took some video editing and film courses, and he slowly started to take over many of the tasks so that my workload was easier to manage. We started working together to make our channel grow.
It took months of ups and downs, of learning as we go and figuring out what works. Finally a few months later we had reached 20,000 subscribers and Fisher Price contacted us to offer us some free Thomas and Friends toys in exchange for a video review. We were ecstatic! This was a defining moment that made us feel like we were on the right track, it helped fuel our fire to keep going.
This is when we realized that yes this is a business we can do as a family, this is the solution we had been looking for to keep our family together. It was our first step to building the dream life we keep dreaming of! We still have a ton to learn, and a ton of growing to do but we are so excited to be on this amazing journey!
Have you started a journey that everyone seems to think is a little bit crazy? Or do you dream of a life that does not match up to the "American Dream?" I would love to hear from other dreamers and doers like us, who have decided to chase happiness over conventional living!
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