Learning to Hustle, Binge Watching Shows, & A Little Life Update

This post is sponsored by USA Network but the content & opinions expressed here are my own.


I hustle pretty hard. You know this about me. If you've been following along the last few months, you might've seen my income report increase from $478 in January to $1,100 in May. I'm consistently improving, learning, making changes, & doing whatever it takes to create interesting content & engage with readers. Grow as you go, that's what I like to say!

In case you didn't read the news, I'm quitting my corporate job! I'm going to focus on my blog, creating great content, being active on social media, enhancing my blogging & social media coaching business, & gaining a small handful of freelance clients.

Although I wonder about how everything will go, I have to remember that the path to success takes courage. It's not easy. But I'm ready to experience it first-hand & grow as a person, business owner, entrepreneur!


I'm currently binge watching the first season of Queen of the South on Netflix because Season 2 premieres June 8 10/9c on USA Network. Fred & I watched the whole thing in like three days. I literally was captivated within the first minute. You'll see what I mean.

I mentioned on Facebook that I was watching Queen of the South for this campaign & my friends were watching it too! Here's what one friend had to say:

"I really enjoyed this show I've been waiting for season 2 for months!" then she added, "You are gonna be on the edge of your seat the closer you get to the last few episodes."


Teresa Mendoza is a strong character with some pretty amazing survival instincts. Queen of the South Season 2 let's you see Teresa come into her own as she starts to recognize her power & potential, much like my own transition from the corporate world to the land of entrepreneurship. We get to witness her rise to become ultimate queenpin!


Without giving too much of the show away, the new season revolves around the drug cartel underworld & focuses on Teresa's relationship with Camila Vargas, her mentor & formidable foe. Loyalties are tested. Love becomes a vulnerability. Moral compromises must be made. By the end of the season, we'll come to realize that there can only be one queen. Yikes! I know I'll be at the edge of my seat.


As a female entrepreneur, I can relate to the feelings, the struggles, the issues these women have as they're trying to expand their business. It's not simple. But the best moments in life usually aren't easy, are they? Cheers to becoming a badass businesswoman!


In fact, I just spent the last few days working my butt off to complete some campaigns, send emails, plan for coaching sessions, & simply be my best business self. I planned everything out, created to do lists, & executed tasks as necessary. I feel super accomplished!


Stay tuned for some upcoming collaborations! One is with a beer brand & one is with an ice cream brand. I also have two press trips coming soon: one to Torrance, California & another to Reno, Nevada. I'm going all over the place & that's how I like it. And I love that it's all considered business!


If you need some inspiration, don't forget to watch Queen of the South June 8 10/9c on USA Network or binge watch Season 1 on Netflix like I did. I'm ready to slay my every day. Are you? :]


* Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by USA Network. As always, all opinions are 100% mine aka Carmen's. Learn more about my disclosure. :]

38 comments

  1. I'm always binge watching Netflix! Definitely one of my fave things to do!

    Briana
    http://beyoutifulbrunette.blogspot.com/

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  2. I admire you so much. I've read all of your blogging tips and everything, and I just really admire how you improved your blogging and how far you've come in a short time. Congrats on quitting your job to become a fulltime blogger! That sounds so liberating and exciting!

    ~Andrea Tiffany~
    aglimpseofglam.blogspot.com

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  3. I loved reading this. As a new blogger, I'm really inspired by your courage and it is true that the best moments in life are brought on by hard work and compromises.

    www.underaytedray.co.uk

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  4. I just finished Queen of the South and I love it! I didn't know it comes back next week so, now I'm so excited!

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  5. This inspires me. I need this kind of story that shows courage, hard work and success.

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  6. Sounds like your taking a big leap! Good for you for putting everything into your passions! I meant to binge watch some of my favorite shows over the weekend but time got away from me!

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  7. This is one of my favorite series.

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  8. Good luck hun, I'm sure everything will be perfect. It's very inspiring!

    xo
    www.carinavardie.com

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  9. So lucky to make your blog a career. I still don't make enough to quit my fulltime job so I hustle even more with trying to make it on the side.

    Meghan | beyondbasicblog.com

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  10. Congratulations on quitting your corporate job! I am hustling to make my blog my career. I did things backwards though. I left my career a few years ago and found blogging a year into being off. It was a good thing I had money saved up!

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  11. One of my favorite shows to binge watch on USA is Law & Order: SVU :)

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  12. love the photos :) and congratulations for making your dreams slowly coming true. Becoming your own boss will be amazing for you. I wish you all the best with it.

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  13. Congrats on making the jump to having a full time blogging career! You will do great!

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  14. Congrats for leaving the corporate world behind! I think about that everyday but just too afraid to do it haha. So good on you! I've been hearing great things about this show, I think it's time to binge-watch.

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  15. I don't get caught up in any primetime or Netflix dramas very often. I get sucked in easy! Congrats on your improvements and bigger paychecks!!!

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  16. It's so refreshing to hear from someone so passionate! I've wanted to do the same but sometimes fear still holds me back... you're right about courage being a MUST!

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  17. that is so awesome that you are taking the blogging plunge!!!

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  18. Congrats on quitting your job to focus on your business time. That is so exciting. I haven't watched this show yet but I might have to check it out. Summer is the perfect time to binge since so many of my favorite shows are on break.

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  19. Lara Carla von Linsowe-WilsonJune 19, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Love how empowering your post is! Would love it if you could read mine as well :).

    http://www.coffeetocosmos.com/blog/queenof-faking-it-till-i-make-it

    xoxo,
    Lara
    www.coffeetocosmos.com

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  20. It's been so nice to do my own thing! :]

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  21. Yep, it's been 4 weeks now & I can't believe it! :]

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  22. Thanks for reading, Gail. Remember: doubt kills more dreams than failure ever did. :]

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  23. Definitely easy to get sucked in - binge watched the whole first season! Hehe. :]

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  24. It's certainly a frightening task but I'm so so so glad I did it. Thanks for reading! :]

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  25. Thank you, Lena! I'm loving every moment of it. :]

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  26. Yesss, I love Law & Order: SVU too. The older episodes are my fave. :]

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  27. Woohoo, gotta work that hustle! Saving money is a bonus for sure; I made sure to have a little cash cushion too. :]

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  28. It's taken a lot of work & effort to get here - 6 years in the making!! :]

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  29. Thanks Betzy! Glad you liked it. :]

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  30. A big leap indeed. It's been incredibly fulfilling so far. :]

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  31. That's awesome! Yes, new episodes are out weekly now. :]

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  32. So glad to give you a little inspiration, Ray. Thanks for reading. :]

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  33. Thanks so much for binge reading the blog. I love hearing that my blogging/social media series is helpful! I certainly feel liberated. I love it! :]

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