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What I Want…

9 Mar

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Once again, I am taking today’s inspiration from Nikki over at the Grateful Sparrow. I just read her post about figuring out what you want out of life and just going for it. Between her post and J. Money’s insanely awesome advice at Budgets Are Sexy, I am realizing that my number one priority needs to be finding some financial stability.

Confession: I am not very good with money.

The problem is that I know how to make a budget, but sticking to it is difficult. I spend too much on unnecessary things like snacks. Rising gas prices have blown my gas budget all to hell. So, it’s time to regroup. Find some balance (does anyone else sense a recurring theme around here?)

The Plan: 

Make a new budget, a realistic one. Work with my wife to keep ourselves in check and be held accountable to that budget. Prioritize things like building a savings account and paying off some debt over unnecessary things that nickel and dime our budget, blowing holes in the side of our ship.

In other words, live up to my blog identity and make it work!  So this is the new plan. Now, I just need to implement, because we all know what they say about the best laid plans.

The saddest part of this whole story is that I work for myself. I can write as much (or as little) as I want. Its up to me to put the time, effort and energy into my career and make it pay off. Again, it’s about balance.

I am stronger than this girl who has been living paycheck to paycheck for many years, unable to get ahead. I’m smarter than that. So, I am taking control. From this point on, no more excuses.

It’s time to:

1. Pay bills on time
2. Pay myself vacation and sick time
3. Build an emergency and savings fund
4. Pay off debt
5. Find stable ground to begin rebuilding my credit.

I know none of this will be easy, but if I make it a priority in my life, it will happen. It can happen. It has to happen.

Wish me luck, I am going to need it.

Have any awesome financial advice? Please share.

I’m a People Person…

23 Jan

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This is me on any given work day…okay, that’s not actually me. I’m more likely to be found on my couch than sitting at a desk, but you get the general idea. I’m a freelance writer for Demand Studios. I spend my day writing and researching articles.

Most of the time, I enjoy my job. I have wanted to write since I was a little kid. Somewhere around college I figured out that I am not a fiction writer, as much as I have always dreamed of  writing the next Great American Novel. Instead, I spend my days writing about various home, garden, pet and craft topics. I enjoy working for Demand and I’ve recommended them to a few friends.

Still, this is not what I want to do forever. Not even a tiny bit. My whole life I thought I wanted to be a writer and now I’m kind of floundering. First of all, I crave more human interaction, instead of what’s written on my computer screen. Also, I need more  of a challenge.

My Dad and his girlfriend are firm believers in the fact that you have to love what you do to really want to do it. My brother, Dad and D have all found their passion in medicine. Somedays I feel like I am waiting for that ah-ha moment. The one where I suddenly figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

So, lately, I have been doing a lot of soul searching on the subject. Trying to figure out my next step. In college, I realized my favorite class was my Law class, and I have been leaning toward something in that field. I am thinking about taking paralegal courses. I even went so far as to take a career aptitude test…which revealed to me that…

I am a people person

In fact…this is what it said:

You are very gifted at dealing with other people.  Your compassion and empathy make you a natural for any careers that require nurturing and encouraging people on a daily basis. 

Given your strong ability to put yourself in others’ shoes coupled with your equally strong desire to help people, some possible career choices for you might include: nurse, psychologist, or teacher. 

Source: Sixwise.com

Well no wonder I am dissatisfied with my only interaction being between me and this computer screen. Thank you, internet quiz (of course I take this with a big grain of salt).

 I think I am going to give paralegal courses some more thought.

Any ideas? What do you want to be when you grow up?