It’s Hard to Call This Luck

lydia schoolThis morning I put my oldest daughter on the school bus for the very first time.  As the bus pulled away, my feelings instantly turned to a mixture of excitement and fear.  We visited the school last week and met her teacher, and I carefully filled her lunchbox with some of her favorite things.  But, what if she forgets where her classroom is?  Or, if she leaves her lunchbox on the school bus?

What happens if she falls on the playground or sits alone at lunch because no one will play with her? [Read more...]

Tips for Freelancers

moneycomputerAs most people know, I left my 9-5 job in April of 2013 to work as a web-based writer.  I was already writing quite a bit up to that point, but it was always a “side hustle” or a regular ol’ part-time job.  It was only last year when my part-time income finally surpassed what I was making at my full-time job.  Once that happened, I was finally able to break free from the chains of regular employment.  #SeeYouBye

Since then I’ve always met or exceeded my monthly income goal of $4,000, with most months earnings coming in somewhere between $5,000 and $6,000.  As someone who never dreamed I could work out of the comfort of my own home, I’m pretty happy with the way things have gone.  Being self-employed isn’t perfect, but it sure beats wearing a monkey suit and staring at the clock all day.  No thank you. [Read more...]

Do You Feel Comfortable Sharing Your Income?

oprahI had a lot of awkward conversations when I was pregnant, but there is one I simply cannot forget.  Let’s start with the back story, shall we? 

It was 2009, and I was 7 or 8 months pregnant and working as the Family Services Director at the locally-owned funeral home. We weren’t living a life of luxury by any means, but we were happy, healthy, and extremely excited about having our first child.  We were also bringing in about $90,000 per year, which is a huge chunk of cash for a small family living in the rural Midwest. [Read more...]

Cash Money: $5,615 in June Income and Blog Updates

pumpkin

My mom says this is a pumpkin. What do you think?

Good morning, party people!  I simply cannot believe that this year is more than halfway over.  Where has the time gone?  Seriously.

To be honest, we have been sooooooo lazy this summer.  Since Greg has been working a ton of overtime, me and the kids have mostly just hung around. Since it doesn’t cost anything at this point, I’ve mostly been taking the kids to the neighborhood pool so they can expend some energy and have fun with their friends. We also go on walks, ride bikes, and play in the back yard.  It’s been a fun and relaxing summer so far! [Read more...]

Cash Money: $6,650 in April Income and Blog Updates

DSCF3404Before I get started on my monthly income update, I want everyone to take a moment to look at the picture of my garage on the left.  That, my friends, is the garage of my dreams.  It’s clean.  It’s organized.  It’s the envy of the neighborhood.  Well, maybe not.  But it does look good, right?  It isn’t fancy, but it is functional.  I like it.

Having a big ol’ garage sale also made it possible to get rid of the boxes of junk and baby stuff that I no longer need.  I also made around $225 for my efforts.  Winning! [Read more...]

How to Deal with Online Criticism

trollsI’ve been writing my own blog for two years now, and it’s funny how things have changed since the beginning.  When I first started writing online, my only consistent reader was my mom.  As anyone would guess, she absolutely loved everything I had to say and agreed wholeheartedly.  But, as time went on and more people started reading, I began getting the occasional angry comment or criticism.  Fortunately, it has never been a big deal to me.  I mean, I’m not writing for The Atlantic or trying to win a Pulitzer Prize here, folks. I do have professional writing jobs, but most of my writing jobs are blog-style and unapologetically casual. [Read more...]