I know what you’re thinking.  My monthly income update is late…again.  I’m sorry.  I’ll try harder next month.  Maybe.

May was another decent month, although I wish my earnings were slightly higher.  The problem is, I’ve hit somewhat of a plateau in terms of how much I can earn.  If I want to earn more from my freelance writing jobs, I need to either raise my rates or pursue more writing jobs.  Neither option sounds like a good one.  I’m currently trying to convince my website to earn more money as well, but you simply cannot force these things.  They have to happen over time.

Cash Money Update

Anyway, let’s get back to the topic at hand.  The total amount of cash money I grossed as a self-employed goddess in May was……*drumroll, please*


This total includes all of the money that I made from my various streams of income:

  • Credit Card Sales
  • Consulting
  • Freelance writing
  • Affiliate advertising
  • Ghost Writing

Please remember that I make the majority of my income from a variety of freelance writing jobs, not my blog.  If you’re interested in learning how to get freelance writing jobs, please check out this post:

How To Get Freelance Writing Jobs 

Other than my earnings plateau, my online endeavors have been going quite well.  Our other website is also growing and starting to gain some search engine traffic, which is pretty darn exciting.  Club Thrifty turned two this past May and I couldn’t be happier with how things are going.  I know that if I just keep moving forward and focusing on new goals, awesome things will happen!

Life Updates

the girls newIn other news, my youngest daughter turned three this past weekend.  She is pretty excited to be three, but insists on telling people that she’s five.  She’s also super stubborn and unwilling to become 100 percent potty-trained.  It’s making me crazy!  I love having kids and I know what I signed up for, but I am so sick of buying diapers.  Enough.

It’s hard to believe that my oldest will go to kindergarten later this year.  Our schedule is going to change slightly but I love that I’ll be able to take her to school and pick her up, or at least drop her off at the bus.  It’s true that being self-employed can be tricky and risky, but the freedom I’ve gained has been absolutely amazing for our family.  There was a time when I would’ve had to hire someone to take her to school and pick her up, or at least watch her before and after school.  Working at home isn’t perfect, but it does allow at least one of us to be available for the kids and their activities.

On a personal note, I’m having trouble staying motivated.  I love summertime and it usually makes me feel full of energy, but this year has been different.  It’s 10:00 a.m. as I write this and I could literally get back in bed right now and sleep all day.  I don’t know why I get in these moods, but I really wish I could snap out of it.  I have so many things to do and I hate forcing myself to do them!

pabbyI think I’m slightly depressed about my dog, Pablo the freeloading genius.  He got attacked by some kind of animal over the weekend and hasn’t been himself.  We’re not really sure what happened, but he has several bite marks and scratches, as well as some bruising on his stomach.  He was so sad this weekend that he wouldn’t even eat hotdogs.  I think he’s on the mend, but he would appreciate any positive thoughts he can get.

Make sure to check out a few of my latest posts about travel-hacking:

Travel Rewards 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Credit Card Rewards

Travel Hack Your Way To Disney World with the U.S. Airways Premier Card

That’s all that’s going on with me.  What’s going on with you?  How do you stay motivated when you’re feeling tired and lazy?