This is a guest post from Tracy at Simple Living Country Gal (Tracy is one of my best blog friends and I am so excited to have her share her post with me today!)
If you are a sentimental parent, parting with anything that has to do with your child can be quite traumatic. From their first sliver (um, don’t ask) to their first prom you want to cherish every single moment forever.
When my boys first began going to school I would save every piece of paper they brought home. I would oooh and aaah at each colored picture and lovingly place it in a large plastic tote I had for each set up for each of them.
I remember one day going into my attic to find my oldest son had 4 large totes FULL of school papers and he had yet to enter high school! It was then I realized I had a problem and needed to pare things down before they got completely out of control.read more
Have you tried to work from home and found it … hard / confusing / not possible?
We might all dream of the “be your own boss” lifestyle, but I gotta admit – there’s a certain ease to clocking in and clocking out. When you’re your own boss, there’s a little more to it than that.
You can quit your job today, and wake up at home tomorrow ready to “work”. But that doesn’t mean you’ll succeed at it.
In fact, statistically, I’d have to say you’re probably likely to fail. Otherwise, why isn’t everyone doing it?! If you’re wanting to work from home but don’t know where to start or what it takes to do it successfully – determining to do these things going in will make it far easier!
(These are things that I didn’t quite have figured out the first few times I thought about working from home. They have made ALL the difference for me this time!)read more
There are seasons where you just can’t be as present in your life as you’d like to be.
I’m experiencing one of these seasons now. There are probably some women out there who, 8 weeks postpartum, are on top of the world. They’re back at work. Their houses are spotless. They are wearing (clean) clothes. Maybe they have slept in the past week or two.
I am not these women.
Don’t get me wrong. I am savoring this season of my life. Perhaps I’m not relaxed or even content, but I am thrilled to bits with my baby and I know that his itty-bitty-ness will expire. I need to make him my priority and make all the memories I can with my limited, exhausted brain power.read more
Living paycheck to paycheck sucks
How many times have you said (or heard someone else say) – that you couldn’t buy the whatever-you-want until Friday, because Friday is payday?
I heard it twice this week, and I don’t talk to a lot of people. And it really made me think. And it made me want to write this post.
There is an epidemic of people living paycheck to paycheck. Well, I’m using the term “living” sort of loosely here. Living paycheck to paycheck is more like surviving than living. Are you one of these people?
The good news is that if you ARE one of these people, you can stop. It just takes a little effort.
10 steps to stop living paycheck to paycheck
1) Add up allllll of your debt. Let’s get this out of the way right now. If any amount of your income is going towards debt repayment (other than a mortgage), that should become priority number one. Use your debt as a motivator if possible.
2) Identify where your money is going. Specifically, identify where “essentials” money is going and where your “extra” money is going. To know where your “essentials” money is going, add up all of your “essential” bills (rent or mortgage, power/heat/water, food, transportation, medical insurance, debt repayment etc.) To know where your “extra” money is going, spend as normal for the month, and either put all of your purchases on your debit card, or if you use cash, write it down. At the end of one month, assess where your money went for that month.read more
I have almost totally ignored my blog for exactly one month as of Christmas day (so for more like 6 weeks as of the time this is posted)!
This will be short, because my blogging time is short.
And oh my, this is an income report I am excited about. NOT because I made a ton of money or had wicked awesome page views. I made less money and had over 40k fewer page views than I did in November. But guys. This past month has been the definition of passive income.
I saw a little bit of that in the last week of November, but watching a whole month of passive income roll in has been pretty … amazing.
If this is the first time you’re here (thanks for stopping by!) you should know that I started this blog when I found out I was pregnant (March 2016) to try and make an income so I could stay at home with the baby. For 8 months I spent every waking minute that I wasn’t at work learning to blog and giving it my all… without any real concrete evidence that it could pay off.read more