We had the good fortune of connecting with Chelsea Plummer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chelsea, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve always loved cooking and finally wanted to do something with it. I knew I didn’t want to work in a restaurant and I often joked with my friends that I wanted to be a stay-at-home dog mom blogger, so I quit my job and went for it!
What should our readers know about your business?
On my food blog, Mae’s Menu, I share recipes for active families. What sets me apart is that I’m constantly striving to meet my readers in the way that they want to be met. If they request new features, I find out how to make them happen. If they are interested in a certain type of recipe, I go about creating it. It’s definitely a two-way relationship. I’ve got to where I am today by staying committed to my goals and consistency working every day to achieve them. Success doesn’t happen overnight and we can’t control the outcomes, but we can control the work that we put into them. Blogging is a long-game business, so there have definitely been days where it has been and is hard. Things are always changing and Google is always adjusting their algorithms. But, because of this I never get bored, and I’m learning to have faith in the process and to trust myself. Daily affirmations, surrounding myself with an incredible support system, and reading and listening to business books and podcasts always helps. I also have a great group of blogger friends. We talk through issues, share what’s working for us, and support each other, too. Meeting with them has been key! Lessons I’ve learned are to ask for help, be patient, and go with your gut!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in Fort Collins, so in a normal world I would take my friend some of the breweries in town (FunkWerks, Odell, Black Bottle to name a few), up to hike at Horsetooth, and out to Rocky Mountain National Park to drive Trail Ridge Road. I’d also like my friend to get together with my local friends for a happy hour and enjoy a late summer night dinner on the deck. There’s nothing like enjoying time, food, and drinks together on a summer evening in the comfort of your own backyard!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband, Chris. He’s always believed in me — sometimes more than I have — and supported and reminded me of what I’m capable of when I’m doubting it.
Other: Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/maesmenu
Photo of me: Kat Wickstrom Photography