Hello you. Welcome to The Goodness Squad.
My name is Misty Marsh and I thought I’d take just a minute before jumping into the actual episode to tell you the story of The Goodness Squad and introduce myself.
You were Designed For Goodness
Have you ever designed something, maybe you designed a room for a new baby or the place setting for a holiday meal with your family? Or maybe a beautiful printable quote? What was your intent in designing it? Did you hope that it would be useless and have no benefit? Probably not. Did you hope it would bring goodness into someone’s life?
Well, God designed you. I believe He designed you for goodness. I can imagine Him thinking of your incredible potential, all the good you would accomplish, as He carefully created you.
You have a unique set of talents and gifts and passions, also known as your superpower that allows you to touch others in a way only you can. I believe God wants you to use that superpower for goodness – He designed you for goodness.
According to President Kimball, Latter-day Saint women will be seen as distinct and different in happy ways in the last days. We are living in those days and the world is shifting toward more digital and virtual interaction. In these last days, you can be seen as distinct and different and have a profound impact on our worldwide community, right from your own home. The world needs you. Because no one else can make the impact you can make.
What is The Goodness Squad?
The Goodness Squad is a group of women who embrace three things.
- They believe and embrace that God designed them for goodness.
- They feel like God wants them to use their talents and gifts online
- They believe, like Helen Keller, that alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much.
If that describes you, then welcome! This community of like-minded women cannot wait to meet you.
Succeeding online, especially in a way that brings income and spreads light is no easy task. We need other women who get that, who understand that part of us. We need encouragement, friendship, and reassurance. When we’re discouraged, we need each other’s faith, fortitude, confidence and feedback. So come join the goodness squad.
You can do that at TheGoodnessSquad.com/join.
Who is Misty Marsh?
So what makes me qualified to create this podcast and teach you how to be successful online? Well, this is my fourth online business since 2008. But before I get into that, you should know that I’m the mother of four kids. They were all born within about three years of each other, twin boys and then two girls 18 months apart – all while my husband was in law school. So yes, late 2007 to early 2011 were some mind-numbing, sleep-deprived years.
It was during that time that I started my first online business. We needed money and I needed something to ground me and to help me keep my sanity. While we didn’t lose any money with my first business, which I named Frugalicious, I sadly didn’t gain much either. I think our total profit over that 18 months or so was around $100, but I didn’t give up.
I morphed that couponing blog into a blog about food storage and eventually wrote books and e-courses on all things emergency preparedness. That business allowed us to build our dream home, enjoy incredible family vacations, pay off car loans, give generously, and more. I sold it in early 2018.
the mom who hustled
But that isn’t the whole story. The real story is much more complicated. I lived for the hustle. It’s crazy how fast the weeks, months, even years passed without me even realizing it. Sometimes I still wonder if I wasted my kids’ childhood by working all the time.
Sure, I was physically involved with my kids, but mentally I was somewhere else. Thinking of the next social media post or the emails I had yet to answer, you know, anything at all but the adorable kids in front of me who just wanted to play hide and seek. Instead, they watched one more episode of Baby Einstein or Dinosaur Train, and then one more again.
I took marketing courses, copywriting courses, social media courses. I even took a course on how to create a course. I joined blogging Facebook groups. I researched web design. I researched the psychology of selling and learned how to write an e-book. I learned about web hosting and file storage. I tried all sorts of tools until I found my favorites. I dug deep and I learned a lot that helped my business succeed financially. I was helping people all over the world to be more prepared.
But I was a burnt-out workaholic, running myself ragged to make my business profitable. My mind and body needed a break and I needed to prioritize and focus my efforts in all areas of my life. I felt like I could be awesome with my business or with my house or my family. But never all three at the same time.
I kept thinking, if only I could work a little bit harder, or just finish this one project, it would finally settle and be easier to manage. We’d have that passive income that everyone talks about.
I eventually sunk into a pretty deep depression. Honestly, I wanted to quit. I asked God if I could. I fasted. I went to the temple. The answer was a firm and clear: No.
God forced me to work through many of those issues. He needed me to learn to say no more and yes to only the things that really mattered. I learned to set limits and boundaries on my work time. God came first. I learned to relinquish control to him and to not do everything myself.
I wasn’t perfect. I still fought mom guilt on occasion, but I learned to seek God’s guidance and wisdom above my own.
My turning point
Once I figured it out and felt fairly, not perfectly, but fairly balanced, I got the distinct impression in late 2017 that I was to sell that business and I did. It was sold by March of 2018. I dabbled in web design for a year, just 5-10 hours a week.
But over the summer of 2019, I took lots of long walks and I realized, or maybe God taught me, that he had tutored me for nine years. He had taught me how to be successful online without sacrificing my home-centered focus. He gave me a gift: a unique set of skills, experience and talents. He wanted me to use them to make you more profitable online in ways that spread light to others with a business that brings you income and joy, but without requiring you to sacrifice your home-centered focus.