I’m hoping you haven’t noticed, though I’m sure many of you have, but lately I’ve been pressed for time. Between working at my full-time job, working at my part-time job, doing my home business, cleaning the building of my full-time job, and doing my online freelancing, this blog has fallen down in my priority list a bit.
I still love blogging here and I’m going to make every effort to move it up the priority list while still balancing all my money-making activities. But, something had to give. It was getting to the point that all of my waking time was spent working on one project or another and I had zero time for myself or my family and friends unless I scheduled these activities days in advance and worked extra to be ahead of schedule so I could take the time off.
Then while I was taking some time off I felt guilty the whole time and couldn’t think of anything except what I could blog about next or what I should be doing instead of playing games or watching movies with my family and friends.
This is not how I wanted to be during my time “off”. I was never fully in the moment or disconnected from thinking about my debt and making more money.
So in an effort to give myself a little more time for these fun things and also for building my online business, I quit one of my other “side” jobs. After quickly thinking over the list of things I mentioned earlier, I quickly came to the conclusion that cleaning the office building where I already spend 40+ hours a week of my time is not something I wanted to continue.
It was still somewhat difficult to talk to my boss about quitting. After all the money from that side gig is good! The pay is pretty high compared to the few number of hours that you’re required to put in, but it was the job I disliked the most and was stressing me out at times.
Beginning January 1, I will no longer be cleaning the building. This will have an effect on my budget as I had previously included this income with the income from my full-time job to create my monthly budget.
I will be giving up between $400-500/month by giving up this side hustle. What this means is that I must make every effort to increase my online income and I will have to get back to watching my spending more carefully.
At the beginning of 2014 I was very diligent in not spending any extra above and beyond my full-time job’s income. Since then, I’ve gotten more lax. But now that I’m giving up some money, I’ve got to get it back under control.
I’m not sure yet how I’m going to present my budget to you all beginning in 2015, since I’ll be living on more than just the income from my full-time job. But I am open to suggestions on how to do this. Keep in mind that my side income from my part-time job, my home business, and my online freelancing will vary month-to-month, sometimes by a lot!
What I do know is that I will try my best to keep you all in the loop as I make changes to my finances and how information is presented. I’m trying hard to be as transparent as possible, so if you have questions, concerns, or would like more information about anything, please let me know! I want this blog to be helpful for you and me as I continue down my path toward becoming debt and clutter free!
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