My name is Ann Marie and I'm a mom with two children. After spending decades in California, I now live with my husband, our kids and our two cats just outside of Austin, Texas.
This blog started it in 2007 the year my daughter was born, to write about food, health, and feeding families.
I named my blog Cheeseslave because I love cheese. Also because I am a believer that traditional food is the healthiest food you can feed your family.
I went on to build the blog into a blog network, in the healthy living space, Village Green Network.
We grew that organization to 1,000 blogs and $1.3 million in revenue in its fifth year.
I learned about making money online by doing it. I never took any investment money — the whole thing was bootstrapped and started off a coffee table.
My blog network was destroyed in 2014… keep reading to find out what happened.
Hell Yeah or Hell No
In the words of Helen Keller, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
My blog is about living life to the fullest and taking risks to follow your dreams, even if it means doing things unconventionally and not listening to what everyone else says you should do.
Even if it means losing all your money and having everyone turn against you… yes, that happened to me.
In 2014, the blog network I built from scratch was attacked and destroyed.
I learned that running a million dollar company is all about making decisions. You have to learn to make decisions quickly and be willing to fail. Because it is through your mistakes that you learn.
Decision making and risk taking is about learning to trust your gut. One of my favorite quotes of all time is from Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby who sold the company for $22 million.
He said making decisions is easy… “Everything is either a hell yeah or a hell no. And if it's not a hell yeah, it's a hell no.”
Life goes by fast and one day it's over. You don't want to be lying there at the end of your life, thinking yeah, I never did much of anything. Maybe your life is boring. Maybe you're broke. Maybe you're miserable.
It might just be because you haven't taken enough risks.
Or maybe you're miserable and depressed and broke because you took a lot of risks and you just haven't recovered yet. Respect (fist bump)!
Give it a little time. When you take risks, you often fail, and then you're miserable for a while, but then in time you rebound and you're a better person for it.
I've been there, done that, got the t-shirt. And YES! I am stronger and happier having gone through it.
But most people I know who are miserable/depressed/broke, it's because they haven't taken enough risks and are just wallowing in mediocrity (the safety zone).
If you are reading this blog, maybe you want more out of your life. I hope I can inspire you.
What's With the Politics?
I've started writing a lot about politics here on my blog since 2020.
I have been very vocal about how I see things, despite the intense negative backlash from friends, family members and my followers.I don't do things because other people think I should. Although I do care what people think, I always try to do what's right.
I was born on the 4th of July for a reason. I'm on a mission for God — to fight for our country and for our planet.
I spent all of 2020 fighting on the front lines of the digital battlefield (the information war). As of March 2021, I am now hiding all of my political content.
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Thank You for Following Me & Supporting Me
I'm very grateful I have this precious opportunity to work from home building a business I love and raise my children. I am really loving this joyful time in my life.
I'm also very grateful to all my readers and followers. You are my extended community of risk takers and truth tellers that I cherish very, very much.
Thank you so much to each and every one of you for reading and commenting and sharing.
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