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Meet Trailblazer Elizabeth Preble

Today we’d like to introduce you to Elizabeth Preble.

Elizabeth, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Three years ago, I was laid off from my non-profit job due to a department restructure. I was eight months pregnant with my third child and decided that I no longer wanted to go back to a conventional job once the baby was born. After the baby was born, I took the time to consider what I wanted to do. I knew that being a stay-at-home mom, although noble, was not all I wanted out of life. I wanted to be a career woman and didn’t want to put my life on hold while raising my children.

I looked into self-employment and decided that blogging was a great fit for my life. It offered flexibility and unlimited potential. The best part? I am not able to be laid off, terminated, or fired from this job. Blogging allows you to get out exactly what you put in.

I chose sustainable living as my niche because it so easily describes how I strive to live my life. I’m a DIY addict, I love upcycling, making food from scratch, growing a garden, hunting, and fishing, which are all aspects of sustainable living. The subject matter made sense and it’s slowly starting to take off!

I am currently making part-time income, which mirrors the amount of work I’m able to dedicate to my blog. I am working with a couple of brands and getting into furniture renovation as well. It is amazing to take a trashed piece of furniture and give the piece a second chance.

My husband and I also live and flip homes, meaning we buy homes and renovate them while living in them for a few years. We are currently flipping our second home and it’s such a joy to watch the home go from tired to transformed! All the hard work we have put in the last three years if beginning to pay off. I am so excited to see how far the blog and home-flipping business will be in another three years.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
This journey has taken longer than I had anticipated. I thought I would be making a full-time income in 6-8 months. Although that’s possible, I suffered a miscarriage at the beginning of my blogging journey. I then battled a rough, high-risk pregnancy with my fourth and final child. I was able to keep the blog alive during that time, but I didn’t make nearly as much progress as I would have liked.

The biggest piece of advice I would give other young women starting a blog or other business is to keep working towards your goals. The timeline may change, but the goal will eventually be reached or exceeded as long as you keep striving towards it. I haven’t reached my goal yet (full-time income), but I know it’s in my future as things begin to progress with my blog. I’m very excited about what the future holds.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about The Semi-Crunchy Mama – Sustainable Living Blog – what should we know?
My blog is all about sustainable living, focusing on non-toxic, organic and green living. This includes making your own non-toxic cleaners, planting and growing your own fruits and vegetables, upcycling and refurbishing furniture, cooking from scratch and so much more! The catch is that I’m doing all of this while living in the suburbs! I also pride myself on providing my children with a very healthy, outdoor-focused life. They help me with gardening, cooking, cleaning, sewing, and other projects around the home. I love sharing my eco-friendly life with my readers. Hopefully, I’m helping others by sharing my journey.

I’m most proud of the fact that I can provide useful tips to help people live healthier, more sustainable and environmentally friendly lives. I can show them that they don’t need to do over-the-top things in order to live more sustainably. Not only are my tips helpful for the environment, but sustainable living is also wallet friendly!

I feel that what sets me apart is that I’m doing all of this in suburbia. I don’t have tons of land or tons of money. I am slowly building a sustainable life, one part of my life at a time and showing others it’s possible to live their life this way as well.

So much of the media coverage is focused on the challenges facing women today, but what about the opportunities? Do you feel there are any opportunities that women are particularly well positioned for?
Blogging is a business model built by women for women! Of course, there are male bloggers, but I find that blogging in a woman dominated, it’s basically online marketing which women accomplish with ease. Mom bloggers, food bloggers, fashion bloggers, etc., all give women the opportunity to work from home, with flexible schedules and make an income for which the sky is the limit. Online media influencers have the opportunity to make massive incomes while traveling, raising a family, living off-grid, in other countries, you name it! It’s truly an amazing world where women can be as successful as they choose.

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Michelle Dudley Photography, Haley Hardin West Photography

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1 Comment

  1. Tina Jacobson

    May 1, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    I am so proud of you Elizabeth!! Loved being part of your young life and watching you grow in motherhood it is so inspiring!!

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