Lydia Brown has had a long career as a counselor and advocate for those with substance abuse and alcohol abuse issue and those affected by it.
Lydia holds a Masters degree in Psychology and several certifications that help her to fulfill her varied roles in this arena. She is also a Business Building Coach who enjoys working with those who struggle with but desire to have an online home business. Lydia blogs at Addiction Treatment News where she shares news on alcohol and addiction treatment and related community and government issues.
How did you get into blogging? What made you choose this path?
I have always loved to write. I’ve written short stories since being in grade school. When I decided to start an online business, out of all the options that were presented to me by my coaches, working from home blogging seemed to be the best method for me. While it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be I loved it and have been blogging since 2010.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started your business?
The importance of networking with others. When I started to study Napoleon Hill I realized how much growth I was missing by not masterminding with others. By nature I am a loner. I thought it would be easy to hide behind the computer and be in my own little world as I built my fortune. Success did not come until I started connecting with others. That has been one of the blessings of networking online.
As a result of being a part of the PAC community I have been blessed to participate in amazing projects.
Marquita Herald who is also a member of PAC invited me to contribute my story to her book, “Women Breaking Barriers.” Another member Dr. Erica Goodstone recently asked me to be interviewed for her upcoming May Virtual Summit, “Healing Recovery Retreat.”
Networking can help you grow your business and lead you to meet the most interesting and loving people from around the world.
What I have loved most about it is that the awesome people I have connected with. It has allowed me to see we are more alike than different. I learned that the limitations that held me captive were not unique to me. That realization gave me power!
What is your most proud blog related achievement? How did it affect you and/or your business?
The day I got my first opt in. It still brings a smile to my face. It took me so long to accomplish that. To be honest, part of the reason was being lazy and hard headed. I didn’t listen when I was taught to create a lead magnet. When I did, after a few tweaks based on guidance from associates and coaches, I started to see my list grow. That was the start of earning money online. Once I proved to myself “heck yeah I can do this” my daily work habits and attitude changed. Then I was able to show others how to duplicate by starting my Business Building Coaching Program.
Please share a blog post that you want to highlight? Why did you choose this one?
I chose Jersey Girl a Recovering Addicts Interview because this young woman’s story is why I worked in the field of alcohol and addiction for over 20 yrs. It is why I blog about this topic. Those who don’t leave before the miracle give hope to others. So many die from this disease!
Jersey Girl’s story doesn’t have a happily ever after ending yet but because of her faith she is placing her recovery first and praying that what she desires will come by the grace of God.
How do you manage time to run your business efficiently?
As a caregiver for my mom I am at the most challenging time ever to stick to a schedule blogging and using social media. Now more than ever using automation has helped me be consistent. My daily schedule is based on my mom’s condition that day so tools like Post Planner for auto sharing, Aweber for mail marketing and using Feedly with Buffer to curate and share content allow me to not get overwhelmed. My favorite is also my editorial calendar.
What aspects of your business do you want to learn more about?
Copywriting and the art of persuasion writing. As I said I love to write but developing the skill to capture and hold others attention is something that I want to master.
When you aren’t working, what do you like to do for fun?
I love going on cruises to the Caribbean. To relax I enjoy reading spy novels. Unfortunately my favorite authors, Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy, are deceased but there are a couple of their books I haven’t read. My favorite book is the Life Recovery Bible (affiliate link). This Bible includes the 12 Steps to Recovery. If I need clarity on a bible passage I can reference the Step that goes with it and vice versa.
What else do you want us to know about you?
I am married to my soul mate and living in Virginia with my mom and our two loving pooches. Our pooches are Scooter, a Border Collie, and Cheyenne, a Boxer/Pit Bull. I would like people to know that next to the delivery of my two children the greatest gift God has given me is the ability to take care of my very ill mom. It has given us the opportunity to grow into the relationship I have always wished we had. I know many people don’t get that second chance. I am honored that God thought us worthy!
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