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How FinCon Changed My Life

October 2, 2015
FinCon15, Friends, and Finances

FinCon15, Friends, and Finances

As many of you other wonderful bloggers already know, the financial media conference, FinCon15, took place in Charlotte, VA from September 17-21. I was blessed enough to be able to attend. The conference was incredible, I met incredible people, and I left with a huge fire lit underneath me to get cracking on my freelance writing, as well as my own blog.

My mentor at the conference, Ryan Rhoten, gave me some unbelievable tips and advice for how to create a better brand for myself, take myself seriously, and help others to take me seriously as well.

I know what you’re thinking! That was two weeks ago! Where on earth have you been for the better part of month?

Working my tail off

The (awesome) problem is that I came back with several new clients, and my work load has essentially tripled. I have not had adequate sleep since I got back from the conference, let alone time to do any sort of writing for my own blog (I know, Ryan, I know! I’m working on it, I promise!)

I had mentioned to a new friend from the conference that most of my content creation goes towards onto other websites, and I never seem to have enough time or creative juices left over for my own writing. He summed it up perfectly, “The Cobbler’s children have no shoes.”

It’s a problem that a lot of freelance writers struggle with. I know that I need to find time to write for my own blog, and eventually I will. First I need to find my new groove with all of my new clients though. I know that I will probably not become a three post a week blogger until at least the beginning of next year, but I am completely alright with that.

Bypassing goals and Changing my life

Because of meeting other bloggers and new clients at FinCon, I have surpassed my original goal of earning a steady $500 in freelance writing income. By the end of October, I will come close to double that goal.

This change is absolutely monumental for my family. Not only will I be able to pay off my debt that I incurred to go to FinCon, within the next three months, but I will be able to start the New Year by increasing my family’s income by 25%. Every single penny I earn, as a work at home mom freelance writer, will be going towards paying off our chains of debt. I truly believe that I will be able to reach our main financial goal of becoming completely debt free by the end of 2016.

It’s an amazing feeling to be finally be able to contribute to the family income, pay off debt, and work towards goals in a productive way.

Learning how to get paid to write for blogs, and taking myself seriously enough to go to FinCon to find clients, have monumentally changed my life and the quality of life for my family.

I am so excited to see where I’ll be, both personally and professionally, this time next year.

Have you recently met any personal goals? What are you most excited for as the year draws to a close?

Blog and life updates, Family Finances, Police wife life

Financial Leap of Faith and FinCon15

September 14, 2015
Financial leap of faith and FinCon15

14 months ago, to say that my husband and I were “struggling to make ends meet” would have been a gross understatement.

My husband was working 40 hours a week at his full time job as well as working the reserves one weekend a month. I was providing childcare during the week to try to help pay the bills. I even started a small craft business. It wasn’t enough. Working more wasn’t an option. I had newborn, and we were already working as hard as we could.

My husband was already working as a police officer, but he was being paid the same rate as he was making as a security guard before he finished the police academy, which was pennies. He wasn’t earning what he was worth, and his superiors kept coming up with a lot of empty promises for his actual police rate pay (which never came).

Facing foreclosure

We were facing foreclosure. The food that we put on our table came from the garden and government assistance food checks from WIC. Too many dinners were rice with vegetables that I grew. We were one or two weeks shy of my husband re-enlisting as an active duty member of the military and having myself and our two kids move in with my parents for a while. It was a dark place, emotionally and financially, that we never thought we would have to come to.

My husband took a financial leap of faith and started looking anywhere and everywhere for a new job. He had just achieved his goal of finishing the police academy, and he was done with his term of field training, but he was willing to go back to selling motorcycles or joining the military again, just to make ends meet. We both hoped that he could find a job for a different city working as a police officer.

One town with an open position seemed like our only hope. As my husband got further along in the hiring process, first passing the physical and written tests, the back ground check, and then the home check, we had more and more hope that this position was the answer to our prayers. He wasn’t even guaranteed the job yet, but we started packing boxes.

Our financial leap of faith 

I don’t like to talk too much about my faith online, but I wouldn’t be able to explain this story without it. I had a quiet peace in my heart about this potential position. After a lot of prayer, we both felt the need to pursue this job with alacrity and ready our home for sale or new renters.  We took another financial leap of faith, and we moved to the new town before he was even offered the job. There weren’t many homes for rent, and we found the perfect house for our needs which was within our budget. We had to pounce, or we would have lost it.

Anyone looking in from the outside would have seen our decision as brash, financially irresponsible, and foolish. Our extended family thought we were insane. But I knew in my heart that it was the right decision. This was a high risk, high reward situation, and we were willing to take the gamble. Since we were already facing the loss of everything, we literally had nothing to lose. We even had a renter lined up. Our good friend wanted to rent our house for herself and her three kids. I couldn’t have imagined anyone better as a renter.

Our financial leap of faith paid off. Two weeks after we moved into the new rental house, he was offered the job.

Since that financial gamble, we have had 13 months of financial security, money for rent, and food for the table. We have met new friends that are more like family, and we are happier than we have ever been. We still have a lot of debt, but we are working hard to pay it off and be free once and for all from that awful time of our lives. Our financial leap of faith paid back in dividends. We couldn’t have imagined a better outcome.

A new financial leap of faith

I took my own financial leap of faith in March of this year, when I took a course to learn how to get paid to write for blogs. That course was worth the investment. Cat, the instructor of the course, is both my friend and mentor. She helped me to reach the level of success with writing that I now have. I even paid taxes on my earnings for the first time yesterday. Nobody likes paying taxes, but that was a great feeling.  

I love writing from home, and I love working as a contract writer and freelance blogger. I am ready to take my business to the next level though, so with Cat’s experience and advice, I am taking another gigantic, financial leap of faith. I took on $1500 dollars of debt so that I can attend FinCon15.

FinCon15

This Wednesday, I will be driving to Charlotte, North Carolina for the four day conference. My dear friend designed and ordered 500 business cards for me to distribute, and I already have a few potential client meetings lined up. I am ready to work harder than I ever have before to meet new clients, make connections, and get my name known in the financial writing world.

I have never been more nervous for anything in my life, but I have the same kind of peace in my heart about this conference as I did when we moved without a guarantee of a job for my husband. The experience we had by flinging ourselves into the financial unknown, and surviving to tell the tale has made me more willing to take risks for the reward. I have faith in myself that I will be able to pay back my debt quickly. I made $450 dollars last month writing from home. Even if I don’t win a single new client at this conference, I will be able to pay the debt off relatively quickly. I see FinCon15 as a good debt, not unlike taking out a loan for school. 

I am ready to hustle hard, work harder, and make my own career dreams come true. I’m ready to take the financial writing world by storm.

What is the biggest leap of faith that you have ever taken? Was it in pursuit of your personal goals or your financial goals?

Blog and life updates, Family Finances, Motherhood

Employment Boundaries and Knowing Your Value

September 4, 2015
employment boundaries

Do you believe that money can buy you happiness? To a certain extent I believe that it does. Money certainly makes things easier. I would be more than willing to endure some unpleasant positions to make more money for my family. If someone told me that I could make 3 million dollars by shoveling out manure pits for the next three years, I would definitely do it. Most people probably would.

What if the same person offered you only $30,000 to shovel manure for the next three years? Unless you were homeless, unemployed, and starving the answer would most likely be a resounding NO. That level of physical discomfort just isn’t worth the meager paycheck. Everyone has their employment boundaries. They know when a project is worth the value or not for their time and effort involved.

This past week I learned what limits are and employment boundaries are as a writer. I did something that, three months ago, seemed inconceivable. I turned down a writing client for the first time.

After learning how to get paid to write for blogs, I have been hustling to find new clients, start new projects, and bring in more income for my family so that we can pay off debt. I’m willing to put in the time and the hours writing for free, doing guest posts, or getting paid low compensation to build up my name, my business, and my writing portfolio. Like Mark Twain is remembered for saying, “Write without pay until somebody offers pay.”

Until this week, my motto has been “any money for writing is good money for writing.” After contacting a potential client and writing a sample article, I was seriously low-balled in return for a writing project. I don’t want to get into the details, but let me just say that the time was not going to be worth the effort or the money. Compensation was going to be less than minimum wage. Significantly less. I turned down the client, letting them know that my time is worth more than they were offering, but thanks for the opportunity.

A project like the one in question would have made me crazy, the quality of my work would have been terrible, and my family would have suffered with me working so much…all for pennies. Although I am still a new writer, I know what my value is, and I know what my employment boundaries are.

I am so glad that I was able to say no. I love working from home as a contract writer, because I get to choose which projects I take on, meaning I enjoy my work and I get to be home with my kids.

I enjoy my work as a writer, and I enjoy my work as a mom. Any job that would make me unhappy with both of those positions is a job I have no desire or willingness to take. I know what my goals are as a writer, I know what my employment boundaries are, and I will only take on projects that will help me reach those goals.

What are your employment boundaries? Do you know what your bottom line amount is for the value of your work?

If one advances confidently in the direction

Before you go, here’s a roundup of some of my recent posts around the web:

Careers that Offer Student Loan Forgiveness

3 Fool-Proof Ways to Avoid Buyer’s Remorse While Shopping Online

10 Great Alternative Christmas Gift Ideas

3 Reasons Millennials Should Invest in Dividend Stocks

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Put Off Your Bucket List until Retirement

Why Paying Off Debt is Like Losing Weight

 

Also check out these great posts by other bloggers

Why You Shouldn’t Let Your Spouse’s Career Hold You Back

10 Ways to Get Yourself Out of a Funky Mood

How to Check the Real Savings on Amazon Gold Box Deals

Life After Debt…Remembering Your “Why”

5 Simple Ways to Get Your Productivity Back

 

Have a great weekend!

Blog and life updates, Motherhood

Reasons I love Raising a Type A Kid

August 21, 2015
Reasons I love raising a type A kid

Our daughter will be 5 years old soon, and she already has the stubbornness of myself and the single-mindedness of her dad. When she gets it in her head that she wants something or wants to do something, good luck trying to dissuade her otherwise. She can be competitive, ambitious, impatient, aggressive, and fast talking. In short, she has all of the attributes of a type A personality.

My husband is also Type A, and our daughter is basically his mini-me. She not only looks like him, but she acts like him too. So between the two of them, there are quite a few power struggles in our house. I have to laugh, because many of the things that frustrate my husband when dealing with our 4 year old are really just miniature versions of himself.

Sometimes I would love to have her be less competitive, less ambitious, more patient, less-aggressive, and a little bit quieter. I honestly wouldn’t change her for the world, though. As much as it can be a pain to have a strong-willed child, there are several reasons why I love raising a type A kid.

Continue Reading…

Blog and life updates, Family Finances

Frugal Florida Vacation

August 19, 2015
Castillo de San Marcos

Last week my family and I were able to spend the week vacationing in Florida to visit my husband’s parents. We don’t have a lot of excess cash flow, so our vacation needed to be pretty well planned out to include mostly free or cheap activities.

By going to historic sites, national parks, and doing free outdoor activities, we were able to have an amazing vacation without having to shell out a ton of money. We had a fantastic time, but the best part of our vacation was that we didn’t go over budget. It really helped that we were staying with family, and we were able to eat at home for about half of our meals.

North Florida tends to be overlooked by vacationers because of the big ticket attractions like Disney World, Universal Studios, and Downtown Disney etc. If you are willing to look beyond Orlando though, you can have an amazing, frugal Florida vacation.

Monday: Amelia Island, Fernandina, FL

Fort Clinch

Fort Clinch

View from the top of Fort Clinch

View from the top of Fort Clinch

 

We started our vacation with a trip to see Fort Clinch which is just a few miles down the road from where my husband’s family lives. It was $6.00 for our vehicle to enter the park and $2.00 per person to see the inside of the actual fort. After exploring the endless tunnels of the fort and walking along the top of the walls, we went wading in the water along the beach to look for shark teeth.

Fort Clinch State Park was a lot of fun. The tunnels and walls of the fort were really cool to explore, and the view was amazing. I would definitely recommend a trip to see it if you ever visit North Florida. If you add in the cost of 4 popsicles to cool down and a post card to send to friends, we spent a grand total of $22.00 for the day.

Tuesday: St. Augustine, Florida

Castillo de San Marcos

Castillo de San Marcos

 

I have been wanting to visit St. Augustine for years, and I am so excited that I was finally able to make the trip. We started out at the Castillo de San Marcos. Since my husband is in the military, we had free admission for our family to go into the monument. The history was haunting, the architecture was amazing, and the view from the top wall was breathtaking.

From there we went for a walk down St. George Street, adjacent to the Colonial Quarter, which is across the street a ways from the Castillo de San Marcos. We stopped inside of the Spanish Bakery for an empanada for lunch. We also stopped in Whetstone Chocolates for gelato and smoothies.

On our walk back to the car, we found a great playground called Park Project Swing for the kids to get out some energy before traveling again. This park was hands down one of the most fantastic parks I have ever taken my kids to.

From there we headed over to the Alligator Farm Zoological Park to get up close and personal with the alligators. The Alligator Farm was expensive, but my father in law treated us to the experience. The kids had a great time seeing all of the animals and feeding the alligators.

Although the Alligator Farm cost about $75 for the five of us, we personally only spent about $30 for the entire day in St. Augustine.

gatorland

Alligator Farm Zoological Park

Wednesday: Fernandina Beach day and picnic lunch

We parked at Peter’s Point Park to have a day at the beach. Parking is free there, and you have access to bathrooms, showers, and picnic tables. You can even drive your vehicle down onto the beach if you want to. We brought a packed lunch and enjoyed a day playing in the sand and swimming in the ocean.

Total amount spent for the whole day was $8, because we stopped at a drive through to get drinks on the way home.

Thursday: Jacksonville, FL

Pretty fountains outside of M.O.S.H.

Pretty fountains outside of M.O.S.H.

Hands On Children’s Museum: Our kids seemed to have fun, but this was a waste of money. I wish we had read more reviews before going. It was in a not so nice part of town. We actually killed a cockroach while the kids were playing there, and the equipment felt run down and dirty. Some of the play equipment was actually falling apart. I would steer anyone away from visiting here.

Museum of Science and History (M.O.S.H.): This museum was fantastic. It had dinosaurs, science, natural history, the history of Florida, a native plants garden, and an indoor play area. Our kids loved it, and so did we.

Between the Hands on Children’s Museum which was $20 wasted, the M.O.S.H which was $24, and lunch while out, we spent about $60 for the whole day.

Friday: DeLeon Springs, Florida

Make your own pancakes at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill Pancake House

Make your own pancakes at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant

Friday was one of my favorite days of our trip. We spent about half of the day at De Leon Springs State Park where we first ate breakfast at the converted Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant on site at the park. Each table has its own built-in griddle to cook your own pancakes made from stone-ground flours. After breakfast we went swimming in the natural spring on site. It was freezing but so much fun.

Our grand total for the outing was $6 for parking, and $5 per person for pancakes.

Saturday: St. Mary’s, GA and the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

We started out our Saturday by going to the local farmer’s market in St. Mary’s, where we spent about $20 on local honey, fresh peaches, and a hand-made ninja turtle hat for our daughter.

Okefenokee

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

From there we went to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge to go on a boat tour of the swamp. It was terrifying to be literally feet away from alligators in the wild. You don’t typically imagine swamps as being a beautiful place, but It was surprisingly breathtaking. There were endless “water prairies” covered in lily-pads and water lilies. The Spanish moss draped down over all of the trees, and big graceful water birds took flight over the water. It was quiet, serene, and beautiful. If you ever get a chance to visit, ask for Steve as your tour guide. He did a fantastic job of giving us an entertaining and informative tour.

The boat tour costs $19.95 per adult, but children 5 and under are free. This was another excursion that my in-laws wanted to foot the bill for. I am so grateful that they took us out to see the park, because we all had a lot of fun.

Our frugal Florida vacation grand total: $450

Our frugal Florida vacation grand total includes the cost of driving and all activities. $450 isn’t too bad for a week long vacation for a family of four. We had such a great time visiting all of the parks and seeing the sites. It goes to show that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to have a great time on vacation. The less hectic and more scenic options can be just as much fun as the big tourist sites.

Have you ever been to North Florida? What are your favorite inexpensive things to do while on vacation?

Blog and life updates

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!

Blog and life updates

Weekend Motivation

July 17, 2015
Excellence is the result of caring more

This past week, I traveled up to my hometown to attend a baby shower on Saturday for a long-time friend. The kids and I stayed for the week so that we could visit with another friend who would later be coming in from out of town, as well visiting with family. We also got to go to the Air and Space Museum with my parents while we were up that way. Seeing the space shuttle and all of the unique aircraft was a lot of fun. If you are ever in the DC area, it’s well worth the trip.

It’s always nice to get away from the daily routine, reconnect with old friends, and spend quality time with family. Having a vacation always helps to press the reset button on my motivation. I feel rejuvenated and ready to take on anything that life throws at me. 

I had such a lovely time visiting with childhood friends and seeing family, but it is definitely great to be home again. 

As part of my weekly roundup, here are a few of my articles from the past week:

3 Misconceptions of Millennials 

10 Frugal Activities to Beat the Heat 

10 Budget Friendly Family Outings 

 

These are some great posts that I really enjoyed by other bloggers. You should check them out too. 

Why I’ve Lived Without a TV for 4 Years 

Reclaimed: How Old Wood Can Make Your Home Look New Again 

How to Find Legitimate Work From Home Opportunities 

How Are You Investing in Yourself?

 

I hope that you too enjoyed your week, and I hope you have a weekend filled with excellence! 

 

Blog and life updates, Police wife life

Friday’s Roundup

July 10, 2015
Never too young to side hustle

Thank goodness for small blessings! This week was much better than last week. We’re still fighting with the warranty company, but hopefully the issues will soon be resolved and we can live a life uninterrupted by maintenance and repair technicians. One can only hope, right? Even if they don’t get resolved in the next week, it doesn’t really matter. For a whole week my mantra will be “not my circus, not my monkeys” because I am out of town, and I won’t have to deal with anything concerning the warranty company.

Yesterday, the kids and I traveled up to my parents’ house. We are going to visit family and friends for a week while my LEO husband works, works some more, and has Navy reserve duty. I’m really looking forward to meeting up with some long-time friends and reconnecting. I’m also planning on getting a haircut while I’m here and have access to free, built-in babysitters (a.k.a. my parents). Hopefully, I can then sucker my soon to be brother in law, who sidelines as a photographer,  to take some pictures of me that I can use for my “about me” page.

Since moving my site from WordPress to HostGator, I have been fiddling around with different plugins and widgets and basically trying to really make the site my own. Running your own webpage is both exciting and challenging! You don’t realize how much you don’t know about something until you need to understand and utilize it. I may end up taking a basic coding or programming course on Udemy just so that I can have a better grasp of my site’s functionality.

Besides getting my new site up and running, I have been really branching out and pitching to new clients. I was rejected by a big name blog, but the editor actually responded to my email. That particular site doesn’t always respond when you pitch to them, so I count that as a win.  I am going to write and pitch, write and pitch until I pester the poor woman enough that maybe she’ll publish my post just to get rid of me.

My life hasn’t been all rejection. My very first weekly contributor post went live this morning on Young Adult Money. I am so excited to be part of David’s team!

Besides my post on Young Adult Money, here are few of my recent articles.

Adopting the Minimalist Lifestyle: Drop the Digital Clutter

5 Reasons to Encourage Your Child to Donate to Charity

Does it Cost $250,000 to Raise a Child?

I have learned so much about freelance blogging in such a short time. I really wouldn’t be where I am with my website if it wasn’t for Cat Alford’s guidance and mentorship. If you want to learn how to sideline as a freelance blogger too, sign up to take her course, Get Paid to Write for Blogs. I really can’t rave enough about how much I learned from Cat’s course on blogging.

Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend everyone!

 

Blog and life updates, Budget, Family Finances, Motherhood, Self Suffiency

Learn How to Get Paid to Write for Blogs

July 7, 2015
How to Get Paid to Write for Blogs

This post is a part of the Get Paid to Write for Blogs Course Launch! Get Paid to Write for Blogs is a brand new course created by Cat Alford of Budget Blonde. Cat makes a full time income from writing for blogs and her course will teach you how to do the same.

Six months ago I saw an advertisement on my Facebook news feed for a course on how to get paid to write for blogs. After discussing the cost, both my husband and I knew that it was something that I needed to do. I had been feeling stagnant at home without professional aspirations and without any sort of creative outlet. Knowing that taking the course would be an investment in my future, I took the plunge and paid for the first month of the course.

Taking that first step was exactly what I needed to feel like I was grabbing life by the horns again. Creating a website from scratch, deciding on content, and putting myself out there has helped me to grow in unimaginable ways. I have a platform for telling my stories, sharing my knowledge, and inspiring others.

Six months ago I was a mom and a wife. Today, I am a mom, a wife, a blogger, a freelance writer, and a woman who has professional aspirations again. I am making money while getting to stay home with my kids! It’s a win-win scenario. Learning from Cat how to get paid to write for blogs was the greatest investment I could have made for my future.

Here are 12 reasons you should learn how to get paid to write for blogs:

1. No previous experience necessary

People of all backgrounds can learn what it takes to become a paid blogger. Taking a course on freelance writing will teach you everything you need to know to get started and to become a successful paid blogger.

2. Work in your pajamas

Who doesn’t love earning money while wearing yoga pants? Some of my best writing is done late at night, in the comfort of my jammies.

3. Blogging is a creative outlet

As a mom especially, I tend to put my needs on the backburner while I take care of my family. Committing to becoming a paid writer has forced me to set aside time for myself and my career. As if that wasn’t enough, blogging serves as an outlet for all of my unused creative energy, because I’m able to pursue my interests and passions through writing.

4. Location flexibility

Anywhere that you have access to Wi-Fi, you can get paid to write for blogs. You can work at the local library, the coffee shop, sitting in airports, or even on the beach. You can side hustle as a paid blogger from anywhere in the world.

5. Extra Income

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a little bit of extra money to save for vacations, pay down debts, put aside money for your kids’ college funds, and to build a nest egg for retirement? Extra income earned from being a paid blogger will help you achieve whatever financial goals you set for yourself and your family.

6. Create Your Own Workload

Paid bloggers set their own writing hours, so you can work as often or as little as you choose. Depending on what your writing and financial goals are, you could write just two articles per month, or you could continue taking on clients and writing jobs until your schedule is full.

7. Schedule Flexibility

Researching for and writing articles does not have to happen on a typical 9-5 business hours schedule. You can work whenever you want to or have the time. Some people make blogging their full-time job and others just write at nights and on the weekends.

8. Learn new skills

Six months ago I knew nothing about website management, SEO, pitching to clients, or affiliate marketing. An entire world of knowledge opened up to me through learning what it takes to become a paid blogger.

9. It will help provide new opportunities

Sometimes a bad credit score is the only thing holding you back from applying for the job of your dreams, getting approved on a loan for a home, or getting the bank assistance you need to start a business. Extra income from your writing for blogs will help you pay down debts and improve your credit score, giving you a second chance to fulfill your dreams.

10. Make new friends

Bloggers form a very close-knit community. By joining in as a fellow side hustling blogger, you will make great and lasting friendships with like-minded people.

11. Have a backup plan

Extra income from becoming a paid blogger can help you build up an emergency savings fund. You could also utilize blogging as a safety net career to fall back on if you were to lose your regular full-time job.

12. You’ll Have a Support Network

Life is unpredictable at the best of times. It’s even more so when you have kids. Fortunately, the freelance blogging community is filled with parents who understand that sickness, ER visits, and broken bones are par for the course. Your online community will be there to get you through family emergencies by covering your deadlines. Then, when you’re able, you’ll be there to help someone else out as well.

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Blog and life updates

Make the Most of Every Moment

June 29, 2015
time is fleeting

Because of some sad family news, I only have a short post today, but I will hopefully have a much longer post up on Wednesday. If you have visited my site before, you’ll notice that it got a makeover. This past weekend, Grayson from Debt Roundup helped me make the switch to a self-hosted website! I was terrified about the switch, because my tech skills are pretty lacking, but I am really excited about the opportunities I now have for customization. I will have so much more flexibility with tools and plugins, and I won’t be limited by WordPress anymore. I am diving head first into this new stage of blogging. It definitely helps that I know that I can always email Grayson if I run into trouble.

Life really likes to whip you around like you’re on a roller coaster. Just as I was getting excited about making the switch to self-hosting and some other amazing opportunities headed my way, I found out that my dad’s dad was in the hospital, severely ill. Over the course of a few weeks, his condition deteriorated and he was transferred into hospice care with failing kidneys. My dad was able to make it up to the Buffalo area where my grandparents live to say goodbye on my Grandfather’s last day, but he died this past Friday morning.

I don’t know much about the man that raised my dad, but I know that my dad is the most amazing man on the planet, so he must have done a few things right. My grandfather was never famous, rich, or successful by society’s standards, but he lived a long life and left a huge family behind. He worked hard to provide for his wife and eight kids to the best of his ability. He taught my dad carpentry, masonry, and craftsman skills, the level of which just don’t exist anymore. He passed on a gift to my dad, whose gifts will be passed down to my kids. I know that whenever I did venture north to visit family, he always seemed genuinely happy to see me.

The wake is today, and the funeral is tomorrow. It takes 10 hours to get there from where I live, and there is no way that I can make it there with two young kids and two dogs to be with my dad as he mourns his dad’s passing. My heart is aching that I will never really get closure to say goodbye to the man that raised my dad into the amazing man that he is. Distance and circumstance were such that I never got to have a real relationship with my grandfather growing up. Even so, death has a funny way of creeping in and causing sorrow, even when you weren’t terribly close with the person. I appreciate the man that he was, the man that he raised, and the legacy that he left. I mourn him for my dad’s sake as well as my own. My heart is aching, not only for the loss of my grandfather, but also for my dad as he comes to terms with his dad’s passing.

A death in the family especially helps you to refocus your priorities. I want my biggest priorities in life to be a life well-lived and a family filled with love and laughter. Today, to honor my dad and my grandfather, I am spending a special family day together with my husband, who has a rare day off, and with our two kids to get out on a family hike. The best way to remember and honor the ones that you love is to keep on living a full and vibrant life. Your loved ones want you to make the most of every moment. I intend to do just that.