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Two Weeks of Roundup and the Sunshine Blogger Award

August 7, 2015
2 weeks of roundup and the sunshine blogger award

Sorry for the crickets around here lately! The past few weeks have been rough, in good and bad ways.

The bad of the past few weeks is that my husband is on night shift for work right now, and I have been struggling with some pretty intense insomnia. I have a hard time going to sleep when my mind is racing about his being on the streets at night. It’s my worst nightmare that I will wake up to find out that something terrible has happened to him. It’s also rough to finally fall asleep at 3 AM when your almost 18 month old wakes up at 5 AM every day. I’m definitely looking forward to his teen years when I have to convince him to get out of bed by noon!

The good is that two new clients hired me as a freelance blogger for their websites! New clients are fantastic, but I have definitely been feeling the growing pains of a time management reshuffle.

I am now just one client short of my first financial goal I set for my writing. It is so exciting to see my hard work paying off and my freelance business starting to take off! If you want to learn how to get paid to write for blogs, take a look at my friend Cat’s newest course. I would now be able to pay off the cost of her program in one month with my income from writing online.

Even though I haven’t been the best about posting on my own blog for the past few weeks, I promise I haven’t been a complete slacker!  Here are a few of my posts from around the web and posts from others that I think you should read too.

My posts around the web:

15 Ways to Improve Your Finances by the end of 2015 on The Financial Gym

5 Budget Friendly Ways to Embrace Your Inner Bookworm on Shoeaholic No More

Are You Financially Prepared for a Natural Disaster on Retire by 40

Budget Friendly Ways to Get Ready for Back to School on Shoeaholic No More

Time is Money: Do You Budget Your Time Effectively? On Young Adult Money  

Protect Your Finances in Your First Year of Homeownership on Young Adult Money

My favorite posts by others:

Investing in Your 20s and How to Avoid the Ramen Noodle Dilemma on Good Financial Cents  

6 Crucial Money Lessons I learned from My Father in Law on Budget Blonde

Amazon Completely Changed How You Can Share Your Prime Benefits on Debt Roundup

What to Do if You Lose Your Job on Frugal Rules

How to Get to Inbox Zero in Less Than an Hour on Embracing Simple

No Comment? On The Barefoot Minimalist

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you to Kayla at Shoeaholic No More for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I love these pay it forward blogger awards. They are a fun way to show your appreciation for other writers in the blogging community while learning something new about them. Here’s how it works:

The Rules:

1. Thank the person that nominated you

2. Answer the questions from the person that nominated you

3. Nominate some other bloggers for this award

4. Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you have nominated

5. Notify the bloggers you have nominated.

Here are the questions that Kayla selected and my answers:

1. What is your dream job? Pretend that money isn’t a factor.

My dream job would be to make a living as an organic farmer. I want to live on a completely self-sustaining property, and I want to raise livestock. I would run my own Community Supported Agriculture program as well as having seasonal “you-pick” produce on my property.

2. What would you do if you won $1million?

This will be a boring answer, but I would pay off my debts and the debts of my parents and in-laws. Anything left would be set aside for my kids’ college funds and lastly to buy property to build a berm home. 

3. If you could be any animal, what would you be?

I would be a falcon. They are fierce and powerful birds who get to see the world from a unique perspective.

4. If you could have any superpower, what power would you have?

My superpower of choice would probably be telekinesis. I like the idea of being able to move things with just my mind. Doing the dishes without lifting a finger? Perfection.

5. What is your favorite food?

My favorite foods are holubsti (Ukranian stuffed cabbage rolls) and lakvar pierogi (a sweet prune dumpling).

Here are my nominees for the Sunshine Blogger Award:

I would like to nominate these four lovely ladies whose blogs are fun to read, informative, and entertaining. Thanks for the great content!

Kay @ The Barefoot Minimalist

Christina @ Embracing Simple Sorry to add another one, Christina! 😉  

Kirsten @ Indebted and in Debt

Mrs. Crackin’ the Whip @ Crackin the Whip on Wasteful Spending   

Here are my questions for you:

1. Where in the world would you love to move to, if money wasn’t a factor?

2. What made you decide to start blogging?

3. What do you see yourself doing in ten years?

4. What is your favorite comfort food?

5. What is your greatest fear?

I’m looking forward to reading your answers!

Hopefully I will get back on track next week with writing for my own blog. I have to remember to write for fun sometimes too! Have a great weekend, everyone!

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8 Comments

  • Reply Kayla @ Shoeaholicnomore August 7, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Great answers Kristi! I wish I could do dishes with just a flick of my hand too – that’s the worst household chore by far!
    Kayla @ Shoeaholicnomore recently posted…Zero Balance Budget Yourself To Financial FreedomMy Profile

  • Reply DC @ Young Adult Money August 8, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Congrats on the new writing clients! It’s been great having you at YAM and has freed up a ton of time for me to work on other things I’ve been putting off. Sorry to hear about the insomnia. Definitely doesn’t sound fun. How often does your husband’s shifts change?
    DC @ Young Adult Money recently posted…Protect Your Finances in Your First Year of HomeownershipMy Profile

    • Reply moderatemuseblog August 10, 2015 at 10:03 am

      Thanks, David! It’s pretty exciting to be taking on more contract writing work. I love it!

      His department changes shifts every 4 weeks, so every other month he’s on nights.

  • Reply Mrs. Crackin' the Whip August 10, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Thanks so much for the nomination Kristi! Congrats on your freelancing success! Insomnia sucks. I know if I can’t sleep I get stressed and agitated thinking how I have to be up in the morning. And the longer I can’t sleep the more stressed and agitated I get. It’s vicious.
    Mrs. Crackin’ the Whip recently posted…The Crackin’s July Balance SheetMy Profile

    • Reply moderatemuseblog August 10, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Thank you for creating and sharing awesome posts. Keep em’ coming! =]

  • Reply kay ~ the barefoot minimalist August 10, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Wow, that’s so sweet of you! Thank you and I look forward to reading more of your site. You definitely lead a VERY interesting life, that’s for sure! Thanks again! :)
    kay ~ the barefoot minimalist recently posted…The Road To Prosperity ThinkingMy Profile

    • Reply moderatemuseblog August 10, 2015 at 10:03 am

      No, thank you, Kay! I’m excited for your new site launch! Keep the great posts coming!

  • Reply Joe August 12, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Great job getting new clients. It sounds pretty tough to have insomnia with a small child around. Hope your husband get off the night shift soon. Keep at it. :)
    Joe recently posted…5 Fantastic Benefits of Early RetirementMy Profile

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