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Yes, I Am A Full-Time Blogger {Blogging As A Business}

August 6, 2014

And then there’s the blog. I’m not going to pretend like I don’t have aspirations for it. I love this little space of mine and I love being a part of the blogging world. I do not anticipate blogging ever becoming a full-time gig, but food props can get expensive so the pocket change I make from ads helps to pay for those. I do, however see it as a platform to many different opportunities that will hopefully present themselves along my journey. I do NOT blog for the money. Blogging is my release, it’s what I look forward to at the end of the day and has connected me to unbelievably inspiring and talented friends around the world. I could not be more grateful to every single one of you who shows up here everyday. ” -December 2013 from “If Not Now, When?”

This quote was written 8 months ago but quite honestly it feels like I wrote it in a different century. I had just quit my steady full-time job as a research assistant, had lined up a part-time gig working for a start-up snack company called Kewaza and was hoping the fill in the blanks with whatever life planned to throw at me. Emphasis on “hope”. It did not occur to me that blogging could ever become a full-time job. I made marginal income from ads (we’re talking less than $5 a day) that made it impossible to ever live off of it unless I found a way to turn THM into a profitable business.

I definitely enjoyed working with Kewaza and learned a lot about the food industry in a very short period of time. I also learned that I am not interested in selling a physical product, a concept I had toyed with for a little while (Maven’s Bakery died a quick death…sorry!). At the same time I came to realize that blogging was how I wanted to spend my free-time. So instead of looking for another part-time job which might bring in more steady income, I decided to treat blogging like one. I set up a content calendar, I researched ways to improve my social media and audience reach and eventually started to see some success. So much so that I no longer had time to commit to Kewaza and I decided to bite the bullet and take on THM as a full-time job.

And yes, I was and still am terrified.

In many ways my story is unfolding alongside this blog. This is pretty evident in the number of times my “About Me” page has changed (I wish I had saved the older versions!). I want a place where I can chronicle this journey and have you guys be along for the ride. After all, THM would be nothing without you! I also hope that my own leap of faith can inspire you to take the plunge in your own life whether it be in turning your blog into a business or in an entirely different industry.

I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined that I would one day be running my own business, let alone that business being my blog. I knew from the day I started blogging that I had found my passion. I discovered a creative side to myself which I never knew existed. I found something that challenged me but didn’t discourage me and eventually I found myself a job I love.

Those of you who know me from outside the blogging world are almost always shocked by what I do. There’s the fact that I don’t have the most conventional job on the market, and then there’s the whole “Davs I thought you were a psych major who planned to go to medical school and knows nothing about business”? So did I.

It’s true, I’ve never taken a business course in my life. I have no experience with starting a business nor did I expect I ever would, but here I am running a successful (albeit small!) business. If I’ve learned anything in my very short time blogging “professionally” it’s that if you feel passionate about something you are unstoppable. I have and I am certain I will continue to make mistakes. But I learn from them and try to do better the next time.

So far so good.

photographingI would love to hear what you guys want to see as part of this series! The pros? The cons? How I earn money? Let me know!

What is your dream job? Would you consider yourself an entrepreneur?

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  • Reply
    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    August 6, 2014 at 5:14 am

    That is the beauty of a blog…you can go back and read posts which conveyed one message and boom….look at you now.

    I’m so glad ‘Davida’s Delights’ didn’t work out. Mainly because that is one twat of a name. I think I’m still searching for that ‘dream’ job…but moving to the northern hemisphere is big on the agenda.

    As for this series, maybe the people that inspire you….like epic stunners from Australia.
    Arman @ thebigmansworld recently posted…Weekend Beach Eating

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      GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth
      August 6, 2014 at 7:28 am

      Arman, I just had to say, your use of the word twat kills me every time. I literally laugh out loud every time I read it in one of your comments.
      Also, you need to post a video so I can hear you say it in your actual voice- not the one I have made up for you in my brain haha
      p.s. am I the only one who does that? Makes up voices for other bloggers? 😕
      GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth recently posted…5 Healthy Living Myths you need to stop believing

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        Davida Kugelmass
        August 8, 2014 at 7:08 pm

        He sounds like DW from Arthur. I’ll record him for you Giselle 😉

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      Amy @ Long Drive Journey
      August 6, 2014 at 8:38 am

      Hey watch what you call ‘twatty’ – I came up with that name jerk!

      I will accept kangaroo as an apology.
      Amy @ Long Drive Journey recently posted…Love the Questions

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      Lucie@FitSwissChick
      August 6, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      Your dream job is here. Cracking eggs and hunting chicken.
      Lucie@FitSwissChick recently posted…What I Ate Wednesday and an important question

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      personal manslave to THM is clearly your calling. Would be nowhere without my Aussie gbf. Love ya long time!

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    Cat
    August 6, 2014 at 6:08 am

    I massively admire anyone doing what they love – it takes some guts as it’s usually not the easiest (or highest paying!) way to live! I went freelance (design) last year and haven’t looked back, despite how shaky some months feel.

    I also love how blogs grow and develop, just like a person – and it’s awesome to be able to admit when things need to take a different direction.

    PS if you do want a look back into the history of your blog (or anyone else’s!) how’s this for a creep out: http://web.archive.org/web/20130320195220/https://www.thehealthymaven.com/p/about-me.html
    Cat recently posted…(WIAW) What I Ate Wednesday #46: Mancunian Eats

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Woah that’s crazy! Thanks for the link 🙂 Life is meant to be lived to the fullest, and sometimes that means taking a big risk even if it can be terrifying at times!

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    Pip {Cherries & Chisme}
    August 6, 2014 at 6:49 am

    It’s so amazing to read about someone doing something they are so passionate about, especially if it goes against the grain and isn’t what people expected of them – kudos to you!
    My dream job…still working on the specifics but something involving travel, languages and women’s rights (I’m about to start a masters in human rights)…hopefully there’s something out there just for me! Haha keep on dreaming big 🙂
    Pip {Cherries & Chisme} recently posted…Whole 30 Thoughts

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      If that job doesn’t already exist, carve it out! Dream big and don’t stop till you make it happen. I have faith in you 😉

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    Helen @ Scrummy Lane
    August 6, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Cool story, Davida. I definitely look forward to your updates. Of course I would like to hear how you earn money, but to be honest any tips you can throw our way will be welcomed!
    Best of luck in the coming months!
    Helen @ Scrummy Lane recently posted…The writing process blog tour

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      Thanks Helen! Will do. Working on a post for my fellow bloggies 😉

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    August 6, 2014 at 6:59 am

    I love that you’re able to turn your passion into a full-time job! I love blogging, but more as a hobby. I definitely love my full-time job in admission and don’t really see myself doing anything else in the near future.

    I think it’s so important to find something that makes you excited to get up every day and go to work, wherever that might be. Kudos for going for what you want!
    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food recently posted…Impromptu Date Night

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    August 6, 2014 at 7:10 am

    I remember that post. 🙂 It’s funny how life changes, but I’ve loved watching the way THM has grown and changed as you and your goals for it have grown and changed. As depressed as I am to hear that Maven’s Bakery is not in the works, maybe I’ll get lucky and in eight months you’ll be quoting that statement and announcing you’ve started accepting online baking orders.
    Kim @ BusyBod recently posted…Let’s catch up

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      Will bake for free legal advice! I called my dad today for help (he’s a lawyer) and I asked him if he would be my in-house lawyer and he told me I couldn’t afford him lol…soooooo free goodies for legal help?!

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    Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
    August 6, 2014 at 7:31 am

    I think that’s awesome, Davida! You’re an inspiration to so many people 🙂 And you’re so brave for jumping in and doing this full time! Congrats!
    Liz @ I Heart Vegetables recently posted…Parmesan Sweet Potato Chips

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    August 6, 2014 at 7:51 am

    I don’t even have words for how inspirational you are. With finishing up school in a week and trying to figure out the next steps, I have so much respect right now for people who follow their heart to a career that makes them happy. You really are a fabulous example of the power of passion and dedication – I hope I can find a career I love as much as you love the one you’ve carved out for yourself! <3
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles recently posted…WIAW: Not In My Kitchen.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      Thank you, lovely! I have faith you are going to do something crazy cool with your life. Can’t wait to watch it unfold!

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    Sarah @ SarahOhm.com
    August 6, 2014 at 8:19 am

    OMG girl I’m so proud of you and all you’ve done!! xoxoxoxoxo

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      I know I’ve said it before, but the day I sent you that email asking if you would design my blog was when it all began. I have you to thank for teaching me SO much. Lots of love girly. Let’s catch up over a drink soon please!

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    Lauren
    August 6, 2014 at 8:19 am

    You are a bloody inspiration girl. It takes balls and guts to do what you have done and I wish you every ounce of luck to continue your success doing what you love. My Dad always says, passion, enthusiasm and hard work = success and you have all of that 🙂
    My dream job – I am still not sure. But I know one of my dreams is to help heal people and in turn heal the world… Oh Hi there Lauren the big hippy – GUILTY 🙂
    Lauren recently posted…I’m Back, and With a Pledge

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      Thank you, lovely! One day I may even be cool enough to pull off saying “bloody” 😉 Your Dad is a wise man and I’m certain you inherited those genes! Dude such a hippy right here. There are illegal things that I cannot share on this public domain that would prove it…

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    August 6, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Very, very proud of you! I didn’t know that you weren’t doing the Kewaza thing anymore (hence my questions to you the other day), but i am not surprised. I STRONGLY believe that if you’re filling a need and you’re good at what you do, you can be successful. It’s something I struggle with personally with my own blog – I’m terrible at doing things “for fun” haha, but maybe blogging is a lesson in that for me. I’d love to hear about strategies that you’ve found for growing your following and any tips you want to share! I think that stuff is so interesting!
    Amy @ Long Drive Journey recently posted…Love the Questions

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      You my dear will certainly fill a need and be INCREDIBLE at what you do. I am referring to you being my person psychologist… lol kidding. I know you will do amazing things in this world! Happy to share everything I have learned. Much more to come! xoox

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    Jaclyn @ BumpSweat
    August 6, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Congratulations on making what you’re passionate about your ‘job’. I’d love to hear more about how you earn a full-time-job income and how you set up your editorial calendar. I could be so much more organized when it comes to my blog.
    Jaclyn @ BumpSweat recently posted…Pregnancy {Fitness} Myth-Busting: Keep Your Heart Rate Below 140 BPM

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      Ha it’s funny you say that because I am only now getting organized with blogging! Wish I had started earlier so I hope my lessons learned will be helpful to others. Will keep you posted!

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    Nikki @ will run for pizza
    August 6, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Your an inspiration to ME! I really hope I can follow in your footsteps and have blogging be MY full time job! I HATE my job!!! I was NEVER creative either, but once I started my blog (a YEAR ago already?!), I found out how much I LOVE writing and that I AM a tiny bit creative…I’d love to hear how you make money – that really is my next step, but not sure how to even START making money! OR growing my readers…They are growing, but it seems really slow.
    Nikki @ will run for pizza recently posted…Tuesday Tangents

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 7:17 pm

      Keep at it lady! Never give up on making your dreams come true. I know that sounds SO corny but it’s the truth. If you want it enough and work hard for it, anything is possible. Always here to answer your questions! Will have more info on how I was able to make this transition in the coming weeks!

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    Heather @ Run Like a G!
    August 6, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Congratulations on your “new” business!!!!! I wish you all the best with your blog!!!! 🙂
    Heather @ Run Like a G! recently posted…My Early Life Crisis

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    kaitlin @4loveofcarrots
    August 6, 2014 at 8:54 am

    I think it is soo fabulous that you have been able to turn your blog into your business! You are doing what you love and makes you happy and it shows in your writing!
    kaitlin @4loveofcarrots recently posted…Improving your gut health

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Thank you so much, lovely! Would be nowhere without this amazing community.

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    August 6, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Wahoo! Super happy for you, lady! 😀 And it’s freaking crazy, eh? I honestly never would have imagined that I’d actually be able to become a full-time blogger at some point, but lo and behold… it’s happening 😯 And I think what I love most about it is all the opportunities out there. Blogging is such great platform for wherever you want to take it… and that’s crazy exciting 😀
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    Shashi @ RunninSrilankan
    August 6, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I remember that comment well lady – but to discover “a creative side to (yourself) which (You) never knew existed” and to have found “something that challenged (You) but didn’t discourage (You) and eventually (finding) a job (You) love” is simply priceless! Kudos in a Big huge way for being able to make this into a full time gig!
    I would LOVE to know more – how you were able to generate enough income? if you do any online marketing thru companies?
    P.S….So proud of you!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Thank you, lovely! You are doing fabulous yourself! Will definitely be filling you guys in on how it’s going and where I am making my money from. Hope it can be helpful!

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    hayley @healthyregards
    August 6, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Would love to see how you earn money! As much as I love blogging it has taken a back seat because well its a hobby and I can’t spend all that much time on it between working a real job, training and being a normal 22 year old.
    hayley @healthyregards recently posted…My Vision and Goals.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      Totally get it. Blogging started taking up so much of my time that I had to make a decision on if I wanted to pull back or go full-force. Decided to take that leap of faith. I promise to keep you posted on how it’s going!

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    Kim
    August 6, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I love that you have evolved and gone with your passion and followed your heart – I think that is why you are a success – the business skills will come as you grow more and more!!!
    Kim recently posted…Some Tough Decisions

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    August 6, 2014 at 10:26 am

    This is all very interesting for me to read because I would absolutely love to blog full time. I can see my blog growing and each month I’m making more and more money off of it, but with three kids and a mortgage, it’s not realistic at this point. Maybe one day, though!!
    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl recently posted…Incredible Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes with cashew cream icing

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      I totally get it. And that is something that everyone needs to consider, what are your circumstances. I am lucky in that I don’t have a family to support so taking a huge leap of faith will not lead to horrible ramifications if I fail. It will all fall on me, and no one else. It was also the reason why I knew that now was the time to take a major risk. It’s definitely a big thing to consider!

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    Laura @FitMamaLove
    August 6, 2014 at 10:39 am

    I’d love to hear more about how you make a real income from it. My blog is my outlet, but with the amount of time I spend on it, I’d like to earn more than I do from it. As a SAHM of two kids, I want to keep it on the side, though. So blog full time with part-time hours.
    Laura @FitMamaLove recently posted…I’m a Better Parent With One Kid

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      Of course Laura! My blog is also my outlet, but when you spend so much time on a hobby it makes sense that you might want to earn some money from it! So I totally understand. Will hopefully have another post coming soon 🙂

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    Parita @ myinnershakti
    August 6, 2014 at 10:45 am

    You are a true inspiration! I am really proud of you for being gutsy and going after your dreams.

    Look forward to reading more about your journey. 🙂
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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      Aw thank you girly! Would be nowhere without this amazing community! Lots of love xo

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    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape
    August 6, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Well done Davida! Everyone deserves to do what they want to do, the first step is finding the courage to allow yourself to do it!
    I am going back to school in September to train to become a health coach – scared and excited at the same time! Then once the course is over I have to turn it into a business! Eeek!

    I echo what others have said above, would love to hear more on the ways you are making an income from your blog 🙂
    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape recently posted…Foodie Anniversary Dinner!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      You got this lady 😉 As long as you put 100% of yourself into making it happen, it will! It’s the fear that will motivate you, so channel it!

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    Archana @ The Perfect Zest
    August 6, 2014 at 11:05 am

    you are certainly fit for going pro ! You are creative and passionate… your posts almost always deliver “value:” – either as a new recipe of posts about your personal experiences or tips on blogging. You make a great fulltime blogger. Wish you a lot of success in this!
    While I am not looking for specifics, I do often wonder, what this sort of full time gig pays? Does it match up to a 6 figure job?
    I know I have always enjoyed reading blogs and I dabble in it a little – but I haven’t made the commitment of time to really grow it – and I wonder if I should.
    Archana @ The Perfect Zest recently posted…Jalapeño Greek Yogurt Dip with Cumin Pita Chips

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      You are too sweet Archana! Thank you SO much for your kind words. It sounds like lots of people are curious about the monetary side of things, and I totally understand why. Will definitely get started working on a post about this!

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    August 6, 2014 at 11:17 am

    sooo proud of you and its really inspiring to see how far you have come along. i do not see myself quitting a job to turn it into a full time gig just yet but thats generally the direction i want to take, even if its on a part time basis. I would love to hear more on your journey…
    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health recently posted…Moved from Blogger to WordPress

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      I have a feeling that your big re-design was just the start of something HUGE! So freaking excited for ya 🙂

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    August 6, 2014 at 11:24 am

    This makes me smile. I’m still a baby and I barely know anything about working, but I’ve seen enough people in my life that have jobs that make them successful yet miserable because they don’t actually love it. But then I see people like you who have unexpected jobs, but they’re totally successful because they’re doing so well AND they’re happy. You are so amazing and inspiring, and you are certainly “unstoppable.”
    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves recently posted…WIAW: Florida to New York

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      I have no doubts that you are going to do amazing things with your life that not only contributes to the world in a BIG WAY but will also make you so so happy. So honoured to watch it unfold!

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    Ashley
    August 6, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Good for you! That is so amazing. I would love to blog full time, or part time with some freelance graphic design mixed in, but I’m far too terrified to give up the security of my salary based income!! You inspire me though. Maybe someday I will have the guts!
    Ashley recently posted…blueberry power pancakes

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Trust me girlfraaand, it’s still terrifying! My poor bf has to deal with my freak-outs on the reg. But I get to do what I love every single day and that’s worth more to me than anything. But I get it! Hopefully one day you’ll join me in taking the plunge 🙂

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    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run
    August 6, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Congrats! Would you be willing to share more specifics about what are you main income sources from the blog?
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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      Sure thang girly! Will get working on it 🙂 Happy to help this community as much as I can!

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    August 6, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    You little entrepreneur you! I’m so glad I met you (skype will have to do till we can bond in real life) because I truly adore you as a blogger and friend. I think if we lived by each other we would literally sit around all day noshing on green pancakes and drinking wine and discussing blog deets. AKA it would be the best thing ever. I can’t wait to see where this all takes you girlfriend!!
    Alexis @ Hummusapien recently posted…What I Ate Wednesday

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      So like wanna come here for my bday? I’ll make the green pancakes. You just show up with your hot bod. And puhhhhhlease I cannot wait to see what this year has in store for you. Like before we know it you’re gonna be ruling the world!

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    GiGi Eats
    August 6, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    My dream job = THE QUEEN OF THE WORLD…… Okay, no. JUST KIDDING. Ah ha ha!
    GiGi Eats recently posted…What The Fudge?

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    Anna
    August 6, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    You’re so inspiring! I want to see anything and everything as part of this series… the pros, the cons, the finances. I’ve definitely found quite a few of your social media tips useful before, so I’d love to hear about your experience as it happens.
    Anna recently posted…Adirondacks Weekend

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      Aw thanks girly! Hopefully I’ll be able to cover it all!

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    GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth
    August 6, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    You know when you visit the registration page for some events there’s sometimes a document entitled: ‘How to convince your spouse/employer/parent/yourself’ to agree to let you go to this event?
    Can you do one of those for blogging? haha
    But seriously, it’s crazy how your life goals can change in the blink of an eye (or in just 8 short months)!
    Congrats on your success and I can’t wait to see where this journey takes you 😀
    GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth recently posted…Garlic Shrimp Pasta with Roasted Beets

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      omg this is the best idea ever. I wish there had been a camera in the room when I told my family I was quitting my job to work part-time at a food start-up and then to eventually blog full-time….It wasn’t pretty coming from the girl who was supposed to go to med school. You could have heard a pin drop! You may have inspired a post for me! Thanks girl 🙂

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        GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth
        August 9, 2014 at 8:47 pm

        I can imagine. As someone who is currently getting a Math degree at the University of Waterloo but wants nothing to do with math once I graduate, I get how bewildered -sometimes even angry- people (esp. family) can get when you share the direction you actually see your life going…
        Also, can’t wait to read that post when/if you write it!
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    Nora (A Clean Bake)
    August 6, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Ah, this is awesome! It’s amazing how quickly things can change for the better. Here’s to your success so far and I can’t wait to see what is in store for the next 8 months (and beyond)!
    Nora (A Clean Bake) recently posted…Gluten-Free Vanilla Layer Cake & Vegan Cherry Rose Frosting

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    Taylor @ greens & chocolate
    August 6, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Congrats!! So excited for you and this next phase in your career. I’d love to hear how you went from never thinking you’d be able to go full-time as a blogger to now…I’m where you were in December right now!
    Taylor @ greens & chocolate recently posted…blueberry oat breakfast bars

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      Keep at it Taylor! Hard work and determination is hard to compete with. Will definitely be touching on this subject. Hope I can pass what I’ve learned onto my fellow bloggies 🙂

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    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    August 6, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    This is very reminiscent of our conversation yesterday… 🙂
    Seriously, whenever I feel conflicted about blogging/this community I talk to you and you make it all better. It’s so so encouraging to know where you started from with THM and to see how far you’ve come. And to hear you say that you are still learning gives hope to the rest of us. (although hope is literally always on my side in tattoo form lol 😉 )
    Thank you for being an amazing blogger and more importantly a wonderful friend.
    Ang @ Nutty for Life recently posted…What I Ate In West Virginia

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      BABE! If I had functional tear ducts I would be crying hysterically right now. This comment made me SO happy. I am honoured to call you a friend and cannot wait to watch the amazing things you will do in your life. I’m always always here to chat but make sure you don’t forget about me when you’re a hot shot resto owner! At least comp me a free juice. LOVE YOU SO MUCH!

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    Joanna @ Living Mint Green
    August 6, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I get so excited when people talk about pursuing their dreams and passions. I like to think it’s why you and I connected – we’re similar people in the sense that ‘living an average life’ was NOT OKAY. At least for us.

    My entire life feels like a dream now and I’m beyond grateful. The hardest part was accepting it and letting life reveal itself to me rather than trying to control the outcome.

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    Lucie@FitSwissChick
    August 6, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Girl, I have no smart words on this – I simply admire you and I am so so impressed. Keep on talking I wanna hear EVERYTHING.
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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Careful what you wish for…the only gal who might be able to talk more than you is ME! Although 90% of the time it’s to myself…and I know you can relate lol

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    Heather @fitncookies
    August 6, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    This is very inspirational and I’m so excited for your journey! I would love to hear how you make money and such, as this is something I’ve considered. I am still trying to find ways to grow my blog and such. I can’t wait to hear how this goes for you. Great job!!
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    Megan (The Lyons' Share)
    August 6, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Congratulations on making your passion a reality! You are amazing!
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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      You my dear are amazing! Being surrounded by women like you who aren’t afraid to take the leap is inspiring to me. I wonder where we’ll be a year from now?! Ahhhh that’s crazy to think about!

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    Britt@MyOwnBalance
    August 6, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    So cool and congrats! You’ve found something that takes people a lifetime to find! You should definitely chronicle the nitty-gritty of how you transitioned. I’m so interested to learn more!
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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      Will do! It’s crazy to think about the convo we had in March and now you’re pregs (I guess you already were then!) and I’m blogging full-time. Life moves crazy fast! Here’s to hoping we can keep up with it!

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    Cassie
    August 6, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    You’re my inspiration!! I hope one day I can be a full-time blogger just like you. xoxo I’ll be thinking about you listening to your man Drake on my run tomorrow morning. xoxoxox
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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      Would be nothing without my besties 🙂 Seriously, you are the best friend and sound-board a girl could ask for! Stalking you was the best decision I ever made lol

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    Karey @ Nutty About Health
    August 6, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Congratulations on making your blog your full-time job!! I think that is so AWESOME!! I would love blogging & would love to make money off my blog, but I am only making a measly few bucks with ads. I just don’t know how to go about it… plus, when I’m in school it kinda cuts way back on my time commitment. Would love to hear more on how you make money! 🙂
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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Sounds good Karey! Will be following up soon. Don’t let the numbers discourage you though. Keep at it and it will pay-off!

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    Em @ Love A Latte
    August 7, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Congrats! That’s so awesome! I would totally be interested in how you make a living from blogging.
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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Sounds good Em! Will hopefully have some helpful info coming soon 🙂 Hope all is well with you and the babe. So soon!!!

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    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness
    August 7, 2014 at 10:59 am

    YAY for full time blogging and just being your awesome self!!!! Keep it up, don’t lose faith and if you ever have a moment of doubt just turn to this amazing community for support. we got ya 🙂
    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness recently posted…If Socrates Had Been A Blogger (Thinking Out Loud/ Top 8 List)

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    Brittany
    August 7, 2014 at 11:51 am

    This is so amazing to me, and I would love to hear it ALL! I think those that can make this blogging thing work for a full time gig are fantastic. Way to work it girl, your blog has evolved SO much.
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    Kelly - LEFT SIDE OF THE TABLE
    August 7, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    This is such a lovely read. I must say, how you right is always always genuine and you can tell it’s from the heart. This along with your fab recipes, has gotten you far my friend. Continue what you’re doing! We all are loving it!! Happy I found you online. You’re an inspiring blogger Miss Davida the Canadian blogger 🙂

    My dream career is to own a restaurant or food company. DEFINITELY want to work for myself. Just started to make some $$$ off the blog…like you very little in the beginning haha. Hopefully with hard work it will increase!
    Kelly – LEFT SIDE OF THE TABLE recently posted…Rustic Raspberry Pie

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      YOU my dear are incredible! I can SO see you owning a resto or food company. Can’t wait to see how your chef school unfolds! Keep at it, lovely and can’t wait to follow your journey 🙂

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    Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits
    August 7, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Girl, I’m so happy for you that you’re finally living your dream! You probably don’t need me to tell you this, but I’ve always LOVED your blog. Can’t wait to see what you’re doing next!

    Like you, I never EVER in a million years would have thought that I’d be a food blogger. I just always knew that I loved food! Here’s to being birds of the same feather!
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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      Lisa! You are such a sweetheart! Huge cheers! I feel so lucky to have the BEST co-workers 🙂

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    Mary Frances
    August 7, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Isn’t that incredible? That’s the beautiful part of blogging the stories within your blog posts – you can look back. I’m where you were eight months ago, like, I can SO relate to everything you wrote. Major props to you Davida! It is so exciting that you found something you love and want to do and it can actually earn you an income and be a business. I cannot wait to see what your blog posts look like in 8 months … it is gonna be good! 🙂
    Mary Frances recently posted…{Vegan and Gluten Free} Homemade Peanut Butter Snickers Bars

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      It’s funny cause I feel the same way about you! As soon as I found your blog I knew you were going to be huge! You have SUCH a bright future ahead and I’m honoured I get to be a part of it!

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    Alessandra // the foodie teen
    August 7, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I’m so, so happy for you! I’d love to see how you made the switch (financially speaking)!
    Alessandra // the foodie teen recently posted…double chocolate mug cake (egg-free, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, primal)

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    August 7, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    You go woman!!! I’m all about living passionately. Ever watch the movie Office Space? I imagine that so many people live their lives that like, robots at their jobs where they spend most of their days, passion-less and just kind of waiting for life to bite them in the ass and bring something amazing their way. The time is now! 🙂 I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur and have started to head down that path with health coaching, writing & blogging. My hubby just quit his full-time to start a business, so I think that as a couple we’re both entrepreneur- driven and crazed 🙂
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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      Nothing more thrilling and exciting that taking life by the balls (or energy bites LOL) and just going for it! Cannot wait to see where life takes ya 🙂

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    Miss Polkadot
    August 7, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Not to be all cliché but it really feels like it was just yesterday you quit the job that bored you, moved out from your parents and decided to step into the unknown. And now look at where you are: a popular blogger, self-published cookbook author, self-taught social media pro and I have an inkling there’s SO much more to come still. I wish I had the guts to go for my dreams like that but I guess it’s smarter I first figure out what exactly they entail. And keep being inspired by you in the meantime.
    Miss Polkadot recently posted…Small [talk], big [happiness impact]

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      Life is one serious mindf*ck…for lack of a better term 😉 Feeling grateful!

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    Diana @sosmallsostrong
    August 9, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Your story is so inspirational! I love that you’re always learning and changing, it proves you love what you do. I hope I could say the same for myself some day! 🙂
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    Nicole @ Squash on Squash
    August 9, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Hey! Just found your blog and read through a few posts- love it! I especially love this post because I feel as though I’m kind of going down the same path you did (not the full-time blogging), but rather the change from the college grad/med school plan, to business and marketing. I’ll definitely be checking back because your content is awesome!
    Oh, and also, love finding other Canadian bloggers too. Even if they’re from the East coast 😉
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    Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    August 10, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Alright I’m going to sound like a mother hen here for a moment, despite not being your mother, or any mother really or part of the bird family. I am so incredibly proud of you and here’s why. You followed your heart and your passion and you took a huge and scary risk, which has paid off immensely because you are open, honest and genuine. You go girl. You get two snaps and a Vodka Watermelonade from me.
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    Michele @ paleorunningmomma
    August 10, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    You are a big inspiration having made your blog a full time job! I honestly don’t know where my blog is going, but I do hope to be able to devote enough time to it to eventually make at least SOME money doing it! Thanks for writing this 🙂
    Michele @ paleorunningmomma recently posted…Easy Homemade Pork Breakfast Sausage

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    August 17, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    you have the gift.. the bloggin and food photography gift. Way to follow it friend! I’ve been blogging since 2009 and it’s a lot of work. But i don’t consider myself a true food blogger. Maybe some day.. i’ll keep reading you wonderful tips!
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    La Cuisine d'Helene
    November 19, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    I quit my job 10 yrs ago and started blogging for fun. I just become serious about it couple years ago when I realized that the box of pasta companies were sending me what not enough for the work I was doing. I don’t have ads anymore because I was making pennies with them. I work with companies and do ambassador programs and sponsored posts. I like it a lot. I can be creative in the kitchen, develop new recipes. That’s what I like to do and at the same time I have been home with my kids. They are over 20 now and they are thankful that I stayed with them. They know what I do but my friends and family don’t really get it.
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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 20, 2014 at 10:20 am

      Not a day goes by that I am not grateful for being able to run my blog as a business. Waking up everyday and getting to do what I love is a privilege I am so thankful for and I know in the future when I decide to start a family I will be even more so. We’re a lucky bunch 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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    Jessica
    May 7, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Ha ha! Beautiful step stool. Ours is one of those small plastic ones. Not only is it ugly, but it is easy for my kids to drag around the house to get into all sorts of things. Hopefully this one and all the trouble stays in the bathroom!
    I just spent the while day reading your blog and I love it! You’re so fun and talented! And your boys are delightful. 🙂
    I enjoyed seeing how you’re turning your house into a great place.

    Wonder where the sale guy got all those yardsticks from…probably years of collecting. They really scarce around here now. I know at one time they gave them out as advertising.
    I love it! Sharing it on Twitter! Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday!
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    Gordon
    May 7, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Ha ha! Beautiful step stool. Ours is one of those small plastic ones. Not only is it ugly, but it is easy for my kids to drag around the house to get into all sorts of things. Hopefully this one and all the trouble stays in the bathroom!
    I just spent the while day reading your blog and I love it! You’re so fun and talented! And your boys are delightful. 🙂
    I enjoyed seeing how you’re turning your house into a great place.

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    Marcus
    May 7, 2017 at 7:13 pm

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    Mine is the same, shows already downloaded with a date of July 9th. However the trick you shared, Sam is not working for me to resolve it.
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