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How This Mom Of Four Balances Business, Career & Motherhood



How This Mom Of Four Balances Business, Career & Motherhood

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In business, without the right mindset, it’s almost impossible to succeed. Understanding how to balance your life with your business is one of the hardest things an entrepreneur must learn.


Luckily for influencer, fitness coach and entrepreneur Maria More, the right mindset was never a problem and balancing all her endeavors seems to come naturally to her. 

The mother of four is not only a radio personality on The Ricky Smiley Morning Show, but she’s also the founder of MPowered Fitness, a wellness program geared to women that provides sustainable strategies rooted in self-care and a cardio coach on FitRadio. 

She is the true definition of a Renaissance woman. The inspirational, goal-oriented, self-starter is also a property owner and a wife. 

During our latest episode of ‘The Mindset of an Entrepreneur’ we sit down with Maria More as she discusses her definition of success and how exploring her interests as a child led to her current businesses. During the interview, she explained that confidence comes from taking steps toward achieving your goals and talked about the challenges she faced due to self-doubt while comparing herself to others. 

Did I mention she also owns an apparel line called Self Love Is So Gangster?  

Maria More is truly a motivation to anyone who has an interest in running a business while balancing and juggling a career and a family. 

Despite being busy with multiple businesses and running a household, More prioritizes productivity and quality time with family. She and her husband often share positive experiences supporting their children’s interests, all while bringing excitement to life while continuing to grow her businesses.  

Below we dive into the mind of an entrepreneur who was able to turn a $99 course into $33,000 in sales within a month, turning a $99 course into $33,000 in sales within a month. Her name is Maria More and here’s your chance to learn from one of the best.

Maria More

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What was life like before all of the success? 

Life before success? So I was like two. No, I’m just joking lol. Success really is subjective. I think that you’re successful when you’re pursuing something that brings you genuine joy, and I’ve been doing that for a long time. I don’t always look at success as an accolade or title or an amount of money, but success is really moving in alignment with your purpose. So I can’t even remember what it was like before being, quote-unquote, successful because I feel like I’ve always been on this path, this pursuit of aligning myself with my purpose, even as a child.

What gave you the courage to pursue entrepreneurship after already having so much success on radio?

What gave me the courage to start the first business? Man well, I would say the first business I started would be my fitness business. And I really didn’t need courage because it was me doing something that I enjoyed. I became a dance fitness instructor. I love to dance. And I was joking the other day that once I acquire a new skill, I’m always like, now this needs to turn into a check. So I’m real big on whatever talent or skill that you have the ability also to monetize it. And so that was like the first taste of it. I always tell people that confidence comes from completion and taking those little steps towards achieving a goal to become an entrepreneur.  Whatever dream or goal you have for yourself, the more steps you take, the more confident you become and the more likely you are to be successful at it.

 What were some of the challenges you faced when starting MPowered Fitness?

 I think most of my challenges had to do with moments of self-doubt because especially in this age of social media, you see so many people doing fitness, so many people no matter what business you’re in or you’re trying to pursue, you have so many examples of people doing it. So it’s really important that you stay in your lane, stay focused on what you’re trying to do, because when you’re looking at other people, you can think, oh, well, maybe I need to do that. And then you get your eye off the ball. Because you get distracted by what other people are doing, it can be detrimental to the goal that you’re trying to pursue.

So for me, I think that would be what I would say was my biggest challenge, is overcoming self-doubt and not comparing myself. But once I got over that hurdle, it was all green lights.

How do you balance your own fitness goals and routines with the demands of running a business? 

It’s interesting because a lot of people get into entrepreneurship because they’re not satisfied with their full-time job, right? And so they kind of look at entrepreneurship as an escape. But I think that there are so many lessons that you can learn inside of a nine-to-five that will make you a successful entrepreneur. Once you become an entrepreneur, and I think any person who owns a business can agree to this, is that you’re going to have some of those same challenges. You’re going to have disgruntled customers, you’re going to have projects that have a certain deadline. So you have to take those experiences with you inside your business. You have to apply them inside of your business. So that was like, one of the greatest benefits to me. That was a perspective that I took going into starting my business. And because I was in the entertainment business, being in front of people, hosting events, talking on the mic, and having to be in this space where my personality was at the forefront, it was easy for me to kind of parlay that into being a good fitness coach. Really understanding people and listening, determining what their needs were and catering a program to help them meet their goals. So lots of parallels there.

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What was one of the most memorable moments from your business journey?

One of my fondest memories is of a woman in Chicago who eventually lost 100 pounds. But I remember when she was at about the 65 to 70-pound weight loss mark and she was obese and she was a mom of two sons and she wasn’t living a healthy lifestyle prior to doing my program. One of the most touching moments was not necessarily her before and after because she was melting, she was shrinking, clothes were falling off. But she shared with me a picture that her son drew at school and her son had to draw three things that his mom enjoyed doing. The first picture was of his mom preparing a salad in the kitchen. The second picture was his mom running on a treadmill. And the third picture was his mom spending time with him and his brother. That just touched me so much, because she not only lost weight and got healthier and looked amazing on the outside, but she really embraced the lifestyle changes and she encouraged and motivated the people around her, and she made an impact on her kids. Like her kids get to see that living healthy is important to my mom, and this is how my mom is changing because of it.

I really think impact and purpose should always be at the forefront because when those are in place, I feel like everything else falls in line. The success comes, and the money comes. But just seeing that people’s lives are changed and knowing that I had a role in it, that’s the most fulfilling thing for me.

So, is impact always kind of in the back of your mind? How can you maximize sort of the impact of you the entrepreneur, but also just spreading that positive message and getting people fit? 

Oh, yeah, impact is always at the forefront. When I think about my fitness program and even like my apparel line, the sales, and helping people lose weight, it always excites me when people say stuff like, well, tell me about how you started your t-shirt line, or I lost a lot of weight, maybe I can be a fitness coach. I had one girl who became a yoga instructor and one girl who got her personal training certification, and she took the experience from the Empowered Fitness Program and became an entrepreneur. She started a business off of that.

Talk to me about your clothing brand. What does “Self Love Is So Gangster” mean to you? 

Oh, man, yeah, you got one business and then an idea kind of springboards off of that business. And so ‘Self Love Is So Gangster’ came from basically those Sunday Success sessions. I had so many women in my fitness program, so I’ve had over 3000 women go through my wellness program and inside of that program because women were losing weight and were so fitness-minded. I would have shirts like, not only self-love is so gangster but I had one that said, chasing goals is my cardio and smart chick and fit chick, and I love my body. So I would just randomly think of all of these slogans to put on t-shirts and tank tops, and I would sell them inside of the group to the women in my group. And then I came up with ‘Self Love Is So Gangster.’

And everybody was like, oh, that is so dope. And I said, well, what if I sell this outside of the group? And lo and behold, one day I was on Instagram, and I saw an ad for a $99 Facebook ads course, I took the course, learned how to do Facebook ads, and just started going crazy selling ‘Self Love Is So Gangster.’ And I’ll never forget maybe about eight months after that, I took that course. In one month, I had $33,000 in sales. One month.

What does that feel like?

Crazy. I was like, who am I? Who am I? I remember a time when I would give somebody a whole year of my life for that much money. And I’m just like, why didn’t anybody tell me that this was what the entrepreneur life was like? But it’s really when you apply yourself. I think the most gratifying thing was like, I took something I invested $99 in and I turned it to $33,000. And I was really proud of myself that I just took the knowledge that I acquired and turned it into that. And I was really proud that people liked the apparel and they were tagging me in it and they were sharing it with their friends. I got a lot of sales from the Facebook ads, but also a lot just from organic promotions, too.

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With so many career ventures, how do you still find time to be a mom? (Mother of four, two children diagnosed with autism, 5k awareness) 

It’s interesting when I tell people everything that I do, they say, well, you’re very busy. But most people who have nine-to-five jobs work for 8 hours a day. So if I’m doing one thing for 2 hours, another thing for 3 hours, another thing for 45 minutes, I mean, it really does add up to about an eight-hour workday. So it’s about me being more productive and utilizing my time wisely. And so that’s what I’ve had to learn in my entrepreneur journey is just to be really selective with what I say yes to. And I’m still learning to say no and to be better at that, to work in a distraction-free environment so that I can focus better and get stuff done quicker so that I’m always prioritizing my family and I can get it all done.

What are some of the most rewarding aspects of being a mom, and how do you incorporate these experiences into your content or business? 

Man, my family is amazing. I mean, I don’t even know where to start. We’re really close. We spend a lot of time together. I’m fortunate that all of my kids are still under the same roof as me. My oldest son kind of went back and forth with college, and that’s okay. He’s at the house, and he’s in the house with us. But we just have a great relationship. My favorite moment of the day is when we’re all just in the same room together. So I have three sons and one daughter. I just love to see them grow. I love to see my kids experience a lot of the things that I didn’t get to experience.  I’m not talking about it from a privileged perspective, but just from the mindset of just exploring and trying new things and not having the pressure of living up to my expectations. I’m really big on supporting my kids’ dreams. My oldest son, a lot of kids these days are really interested in Japanese culture and anime and all that. And I’m like, you are a black man. Like, what is going on? But that’s what he’s into. I respect and honor his interests. I encourage him to explore the things that excite him. And when I think about being a mom and what I wish I would have had in my mother, I try to be that for my kids. And then my husband’s amazing. He’s my biggest cheerleader. In my early days, when I was hustling my T-shirts, he would always be there at the little pop-ups and the little vending spots. He would be pulling people over to my table, helping me sell T-shirts and stuff. Sometimes the kids will be posted up behind my table, drawing and coloring. And so we do a lot of stuff together as a family. We’re really close.

Your website says “I’m addicted to growth.” What does growth look like from here on out? 

I think that growth is change, and it’s introducing yourself to new things. And to me, that’s what makes life exciting. That’s what makes life something to look forward to. And so when I say I’m addicted to growth, that’s what I mean by that. We were on the radio today and were talking about how they’re about to induct three toys into the Toy Hall of Fame. So everybody’s on there talking about their favorite toy from back in the day. We’re talking about Stretch Armstrong and the little army toys. We’re talking about Barbies. And I was talking about the Rubik’s Cube, how I used to peel the stickers off when I couldn’t get all of the colors right on each side. And you think about all of it, like Monopoly and all of those really fun games.

And the really cool thing about that is when were talking about the toys, it was like the spirit of nostalgia over everyone, and everybody’s energy changed immediately. Everybody was really excited and happy, and they had this kid-like energy. And when I talk about being addicted to growth, I’m talking about that kid-like energy, just having something exciting to look forward to every day, pursuing new things, being open-minded, knowing that whenever you reach a ceiling, you have to turn that into a floor. Because growth is an infinite process. And so that’s what makes me excited about every day, every new day. And it’s not just a new experience inside my business, it’s a new experience with my kids, who I’m going to meet.

What advice would you give to young entrepreneurs who have a dream or a vision for a business? 

Don’t wait to be ready. Like, do it now, do it when you’re not known. I think just in entrepreneurship and everything outside of that, even when people talk about having kids, they’re waiting to have enough money, they’re waiting to have the right job, they’re waiting to live in a certain kind of house. Sometimes that journey to be successful requires you to go before you think that you’re ready. When I started my fitness program, when people were hitting me up, asking me did I have a wellness program, had I waited till I built a website and I did all the branding and I did all of these other things, I might not have had all of those women come to me that first month.

And so when I started that business, I gave myself the grace and the room to grow along the way. And so it’s okay to start before you think you’re ready. There’s another quote that says, you don’t have to be great to get started, but you do have to get started to be great. It’s not my quote, I forgot who said it. But I’ve always thought that quote was so powerful. So yeah, whenever I have an idea, I’m like, oh, here comes a new check. I’m just going to roll with it and I’m going to figure it out.

MPowered Fitness

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Why be a business owner? Why is that important to you?

Why be a business owner? So that you can control your destiny. You can control your narrative. I share this a lot of times. Like, when I was laid off in 2008, that’s probably one of the best things that could have ever happened to me, because when you’re working for someone, you can get comfortable. You can just kind of settle in. You can be like, Well, I’m okay with this. And it’s so crazy that when I only had a nine to five, I really would open my check, like, expecting it to be different, and I’m like, It’s the same check.

But the cool thing about owning a business is that if you want to make a certain amount of money or you want to learn a certain amount, you can really apply yourself and do it. It’s so gratifying, not just from the monetary side. It’s a very fulfilling thing to do, especially if you’re pursuing a business that’s aligned with an interest or a passion that you have. 

Do you have a favorite saying or mantra that you live by or something important to you? And if so, what is it? And why did you choose that? 

Self-love is so gangster. Just dope to love yourself. That’s the stylish thing to do. That’s the trendy thing. It’s beyond the trend. I think that is a timeless statement. Self-love is so gangster, and that’s really where it came from. When you put yourself first, a lot of people say, oh, my kids are first, or My spouse is first. But people learn to love you and treat you by watching how you treat and love yourself. So you’re going to have to love on me. You’re going to have to give me a hug. You’re going to have to make eye contact with me. You’re going to have to respect me. You’re going to have to feel like you’re surrounded by good energy because that’s what I’m emitting. That’s what I’m showing you. People treat you. It’s a reflection of how you treat yourself.


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12 Proven Methods to Make Money Blogging in 2024



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Make money bloggingThis is a contributed article.

The world of blogging continues to thrive in 2024, offering a compelling avenue for creative minds to share their knowledge, build an audience, and even turn their passion into profit. Whether you’re a seasoned blogger or just starting, there are numerous effective strategies to monetize your blog and achieve financial success. Here, we delve into 12 proven methods to make money blogging in 2024:

1. Embrace Niche Expertise:

Standing out in the vast blogosphere requires focus. Carving a niche allows you to cater to a specific audience with targeted content. This not only builds a loyal following but also positions you as an authority in your chosen field. Whether it’s gardening techniques, travel hacking tips, or the intricacies of cryptocurrency, delve deep into a subject you’re passionate and knowledgeable about. Targeted audiences are more receptive to monetization efforts, making them ideal for success.

2. Content is King (and Queen):

High-quality content remains the cornerstone of any successful blog. In 2024, readers crave informative, engaging, and well-written content that solves their problems, answers their questions, or entertains them. Invest time in crafting valuable blog posts, articles, or videos that resonate with your target audience.

  • Focus on evergreen content: Create content that remains relevant for a long time, attracting consistent traffic and boosting your earning potential.
  • Incorporate multimedia: Spice up your content with captivating images, infographics, or even videos to enhance reader engagement and improve SEO.
  • Maintain consistency: Develop a regular publishing schedule to build anticipation and keep your audience coming back for more.

3. The Power of SEO:

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) ensures your blog ranks high in search engine results for relevant keywords. This increases organic traffic, the lifeblood of any monetization strategy.

  • Keyword research: Use keyword research tools to identify terms your target audience searches for. Strategically incorporate these keywords into your content naturally.
  • Technical SEO: Optimize your blog’s loading speed, mobile responsiveness, and overall technical aspects to improve search engine ranking.
  • Backlink building: Encourage other websites to link back to your content, boosting your blog’s authority in the eyes of search engines.

4. Monetization Magic: Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing allows you to earn commissions by promoting other companies’ products or services. When a reader clicks on your affiliate link and makes a purchase, you get a commission.

  • Choose relevant affiliates: Promote products or services that align with your niche and resonate with your audience.
  • Transparency is key: Disclose your affiliate relationships clearly to your readers and build trust.
  • Integrate strategically: Don’t just bombard readers with links. Weave affiliate promotions naturally into your content, highlighting the value proposition.

5. Display Advertising: A Classic Approach

Display advertising involves placing banner ads, text ads, or other visual elements on your blog. When a reader clicks on an ad, you earn revenue.

  • Choose reputable ad networks: Partner with established ad networks that offer competitive rates and relevant ads for your audience.
  • Strategic ad placement: Place ads thoughtfully, avoiding an overwhelming experience for readers.
  • Track your performance: Monitor ad clicks and conversions to measure the effectiveness of your ad placements and optimize for better results.

6. Offer Premium Content:

Providing exclusive, in-depth content behind a paywall can generate additional income. This could be premium blog posts, ebooks, online courses, or webinars.

  • Deliver exceptional value: Ensure your premium content offers significant value that justifies the price tag.
  • Multiple pricing options: Consider offering tiered subscription plans to cater to different audience needs and budgets.
  • Promote effectively: Highlight the benefits of your premium content and encourage readers to subscribe.

7. Coaching and Consulting:

Leverage your expertise by offering coaching or consulting services related to your niche. Readers who find your content valuable may be interested in personalized guidance.

  • Position yourself as an expert: Showcase your qualifications, experience, and client testimonials to build trust and establish your credibility.
  • Offer free consultations: Provide a limited free consultation to potential clients, allowing them to experience your expertise firsthand.
  • Develop clear packages: Outline different coaching or consulting packages with varying time commitments and pricing structures.

8. The Power of Community: Online Events and Webinars

Host online events or webinars related to your niche. These events offer valuable content while also providing an opportunity to promote other monetization avenues.

  • Interactive and engaging: Structure your online events to be interactive with polls, Q&A sessions, or live chats. Click here to learn more about image marketing with Q&A sessions and live chats.

9. Embrace the Power of Email Marketing:

Building an email list allows you to foster stronger relationships with your audience and promote your content and offerings directly.

  • Offer valuable incentives: Encourage readers to subscribe by offering exclusive content, discounts, or early access to new products.
  • Segmentation is key: Segment your email list based on reader interests to send targeted campaigns that resonate more effectively.
  • Regular communication: Maintain consistent communication with your subscribers through engaging newsletters or updates.

10. Sell Your Own Products:

Take your expertise to the next level by creating and selling your own products. This could be physical merchandise, digital downloads, or even printables related to your niche.

  • Identify audience needs: Develop products that address the specific needs and desires of your target audience.
  • High-quality offerings: Invest in creating high-quality products that offer exceptional value and user experience.
  • Utilize multiple platforms: Sell your products through your blog, online marketplaces, or even social media platforms.

11. Sponsorships and Brand Collaborations:

Partner with brands or businesses relevant to your niche for sponsored content or collaborations. This can be a lucrative way to leverage your audience and generate income.

  • Maintain editorial control: While working with sponsors, ensure you retain editorial control to maintain your blog’s authenticity and audience trust.
  • Disclosures are essential: Clearly disclose sponsored content to readers, upholding transparency and ethical practices.
  • Align with your niche: Partner with brands that complement your content and resonate with your audience.

12. Freelancing and Paid Writing Opportunities:

Your blog can serve as a springboard for freelance writing opportunities. Showcase your writing skills and expertise through your blog content, attracting potential clients.

  • Target relevant publications: Identify online publications, websites, or magazines related to your niche and pitch your writing services.
  • High-quality samples: Include high-quality blog posts from your site as writing samples when pitching to potential clients.
  • Develop strong writing skills: Continuously hone your writing skills and stay updated on current trends in your niche to deliver exceptional work.


Building a successful blog that generates income requires dedication, strategic planning, and high-quality content. In today’s digital age, there are numerous opportunities to make money online through blogging. By utilizing a combination of methods such as affiliate marketing, sponsored content, and selling digital products or services, you can leverage your blog’s potential and achieve financial success.

Remember, consistency in posting, engaging with your audience, and staying adaptable to trends are key to thriving in the ever-evolving blogosphere. Embrace new strategies, refine your approaches, and always keep your readers at the forefront of your content creation journey. With dedication and the right approach, your blog has the potential to become a valuable source of income and a platform for sharing your knowledge and passion with the world, making money online while doing what you love.

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Snapchat Explores New Messaging Retention Feature: A Game-Changer or Risky Move?




Snapchat Explores New Messaging Retention Feature: A Game-Changer or Risky Move?

In a recent announcement, Snapchat revealed a groundbreaking update that challenges its traditional design ethos. The platform is experimenting with an option that allows users to defy the 24-hour auto-delete rule, a feature synonymous with Snapchat’s ephemeral messaging model.

The proposed change aims to introduce a “Never delete” option in messaging retention settings, aligning Snapchat more closely with conventional messaging apps. While this move may blur Snapchat’s distinctive selling point, Snap appears convinced of its necessity.

According to Snap, the decision stems from user feedback and a commitment to innovation based on user needs. The company aims to provide greater flexibility and control over conversations, catering to the preferences of its community.

Currently undergoing trials in select markets, the new feature empowers users to adjust retention settings on a conversation-by-conversation basis. Flexibility remains paramount, with participants able to modify settings within chats and receive in-chat notifications to ensure transparency.

Snapchat underscores that the default auto-delete feature will persist, reinforcing its design philosophy centered on ephemerality. However, with the app gaining traction as a primary messaging platform, the option offers users a means to preserve longer chat histories.

The update marks a pivotal moment for Snapchat, renowned for its disappearing message premise, especially popular among younger demographics. Retaining this focus has been pivotal to Snapchat’s identity, but the shift suggests a broader strategy aimed at diversifying its user base.

This strategy may appeal particularly to older demographics, potentially extending Snapchat’s relevance as users age. By emulating features of conventional messaging platforms, Snapchat seeks to enhance its appeal and broaden its reach.

Yet, the introduction of message retention poses questions about Snapchat’s uniqueness. While addressing user demands, the risk of diluting Snapchat’s distinctiveness looms large.

As Snapchat ventures into uncharted territory, the outcome of this experiment remains uncertain. Will message retention propel Snapchat to new heights, or will it compromise the platform’s uniqueness?

Only time will tell.

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Catering to specific audience boosts your business, says accountant turned coach



Catering to specific audience boosts your business, says accountant turned coach

While it is tempting to try to appeal to a broad audience, the founder of alcohol-free coaching service Just the Tonic, Sandra Parker, believes the best thing you can do for your business is focus on your niche. Here’s how she did just that.

When running a business, reaching out to as many clients as possible can be tempting. But it also risks making your marketing “too generic,” warns Sandra Parker, the founder of Just The Tonic Coaching.

“From the very start of my business, I knew exactly who I could help and who I couldn’t,” Parker told My Biggest Lessons.

Parker struggled with alcohol dependence as a young professional. Today, her business targets high-achieving individuals who face challenges similar to those she had early in her career.

“I understand their frustrations, I understand their fears, and I understand their coping mechanisms and the stories they’re telling themselves,” Parker said. “Because of that, I’m able to market very effectively, to speak in a language that they understand, and am able to reach them.” 

“I believe that it’s really important that you know exactly who your customer or your client is, and you target them, and you resist the temptation to make your marketing too generic to try and reach everyone,” she explained.

“If you speak specifically to your target clients, you will reach them, and I believe that’s the way that you’re going to be more successful.

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