author of 'The Million Dollar Blog' Book Natasha Courtenay-Smith

Natasha is the author of the Million Dollar Blog

Welcome to the latest instalment of Wonderful Women, featuring brilliant author, digital strategist & entrepreneur Natasha Courtenay-Smith.

Her clients include celebrities, small business owners, bloggers and charities and she is also the author of the fabulous new blogging best seller The Million Dollar Blog

The Million Dollar Blog is a must-read for all bloggers, budding and established and includes an in-depth interviews with the biggest bloggers in the world. I am beyond touched to be interviewed inside and to be quoted on the cover!

'The Million Dollar Blog' Book By Natasha Courtenay-Smith

I’m also excited to announce that I have 5 copies of this fab book to giveaway! You can enter at the bottom of this post, but first over to Natasha…Go be inspired, people!

Describe a typical day for you?

Getting woken up at 6.15am by my 3 year old walking past the bedroom door and going to the loo. She normally goes back to bed but I’m always on high alert in case I hear her creeping downstairs.

Depending on what she’s doing, I’ll drag myself out of bed and get her breakfast. I’ve been trying (and failing) to do yoga in the mornings to a Youtube video. I really want to be a ‘yoga type’ person because for me this always seems to go hand in hand with a great figure and calm mind. I have good intentions, but I’m struggling to make it a habit.

Once the kids are at school, I either work from home (from a ‘Shoffice’ in my garden – always a dream to have one but the reality is cats running across the roof all day long) or I go into town for meetings.

I try to be home for when the kids get home. The reality is I work hard and long hours, but I tell myself at least if I’m doing it from home I don’t have to feel too guilty!

Evening routine which is same as for all mums, homework, bath, laying out school uniform, emails and then perhaps an hour of a crime drama – and then bed. I’m not very rock and roll!

What do you feel are your biggest achievements?

Work-wise, right now, it has to be my book ‘The Million Dollar Blog’, although over the years that would include things like selling my previous company and winning Women in Business Awards. All that aside, my children, obviously!! The fact I’ve kept them alive!

It’s such a strange thing, when I wanted to become a mum, I just had the feeling of wanting a baby. I’d never really considered I’d end up with an 8 year old football mad-boy into hip hop dancing!

What’s in your handbag?

I used to constantly open my handbag in work situations and pull out dummies! Thankfully we are past the dummy stage now so that no longer happens. Usually the three things on my check list that I never leave the house without double checking they are there: wallet, phone, keys. And my notebook, which contains ever changing ‘to do’ lists.

And then various kiddie bits like football cards and bits of plastic from inside Kinder eggs or the front of the children’s magazines I always say yes to buying.

What are your ambitions in life?

I’m quite ambitious actually. I want to grow my business, help a ton of people realise their business dreams and understand how to follow their dreams, write more books. I figure if I can do all this then I’ll be able to earn great money, spend summers in Ibiza and winters in LA (I’ve never been to either!) and to be able to buy my kids houses so they don’t have to go through the tedium and impossibility of saving for a deposit.

What advice would you give your pre-baby self, that you now know, having had children?

To really really REALLY enjoy all those lie ins and carefree days spent just floating aimlessly around feeling slightly bored and not sure what to do with myself before eventually deciding perhaps to meet up on a whim with someone in town and then stay out all night drinking! They really do end when you have kids!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Argh! I’ll be 44 then. Hopefully I will have cracked this yoga thing and got rid of my mum tum.

Finally, happiness is…

It’s a cliche but it is to do with our kids. I’m like all mums, on my phone, distracted, doing 10 things at once. On the rare moments I remember to be present, and fully focused on my kids, or listening to them laughing, I always tell myself ‘this is a great feeling so cherish this moment.’ That’s easier said than done though – sorry kids!

For more information on Natasha head to her website or follow her on Twitter.  Go buy the book!

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48 Responses

  1. Nicole Frances

    This looks motivational, inspiring & a great read. It has fantastic reviews and I would love love LOVE to have a read!

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  2. Michaela Smith

    Great interview! Would love to read this book as I would love to learn more about the fascinating world of bloggers as I inspire to blog myself one day 🙂

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  3. Kay Broomfield

    I think this would be really interesting as I also work in the industry so be good to hear from another professional’s perspective.

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  4. jackie beckett

    I am now 65 and just retired i would love to blog about my days what i use, what i do but keep drawing back from it i think this book would inspire me

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  5. Rebecca Powell

    I’m really interested in blogging and this looks like a really good read

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  6. Laura Kevlin

    I’d love to be a blogger or at least work in Social Media in some way – think this would be a fascinating read!

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  7. Melissa Lee

    She’s such an inspiration and I would love to get some tips about blogging

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  8. Margaret Gallagher

    Perfect to inspire and help me create a fabulous blog all of my own

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  9. Kat

    Well, even though my little one is only 1 and I don’t have a million dollar blog ?, I can relate so much! I was laughing the other day about going out for drinks and finding TWO dummies in my bag. Must be prepared at all times! Would love to win because the book sounds fab and obvs I’m a massive Honest Mum fan and now a Natasha Courtenay-Smith fan, too! ?
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  10. Rachel In Real Life

    I really want to try and take my own blog to the level from which I can earn an income, even a small one but I can’t afford any of the courses that I see on offer. I think I mainly need a confidence boost!

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  11. Mary Duncan

    This would be fabulous inspiration for me, I am learning everything I can before I start my own blog.

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  12. Hayley Elvin

    I would love to read the book and gain inspiration about starting back up after having kids. I’d love to work from home.

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  13. Alix Smith

    I’m hoping to qualify as a qualified hypnotherapist in the next couple of years & when i’m ready to get my business up and running i’d really like to have a blog on my website – this book looks fab & would love to see what tips there are.

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    • Alix Smith

      meant to say Clinical hypnotherapist, not qualified hypnotherapist – oops!

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  14. Leila Benhamida

    Really looking into blogging. It will be wonderful to have an insight. Thanks for hosting.

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  15. Beky Austerberry

    I am always hoping for inspiration and motivation and this book sounds like it delivers on that front.

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  16. Maria Dhillon

    I have been recently getting into blogging and feel this would be a great book for myself as a beginner

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  17. Heather Brannan

    I would love to read the book! I’m inspired by all of the many blogs I read and I know feel the courage to start one of my own! Here’s to blogging in 2017!

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  18. Emma

    Some great responses to the questions and so would love to read the book, especially as I am still learning this blogging thing!
    Emma recently posted…Surviving a Beach Holiday with KidsMy Profile

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  19. Tracy Nixon

    Looks an intersting read and enjoyed your interview with this inspirational lady thank you!

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