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Wednesday

27

July 2016

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How I’ve Changed After 1 Year of Self Employment

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Have you ever wanted to be your own boss? Kayla outlines everything that's changed for her over the past year of self-employment. What questions do you have about being your own boss?Last year, I was getting ready to walk out the door at my full-time job for the last time.

I was experiencing a rainbow of emotions as I packed up my office and put everything into my car to go home. I felt everything from excitement and joy, to complete and utter fear.

Over the next few days, I spent my days having the highest highs and lowest lows I’d ever experienced in my life.

I went from “This feels like a vacation. I hope I never have to go back to work at a “real job”!” to “Is it too late to get my job back?” all in the same day.

Nearly every afternoon for the first week of self employment I cried and worried that I wouldn’t make it.

I have a lot of pride and I knew having to go back and look for a traditional job again would feel like the biggest defeat. Even if no one said so, I would feel shame and embarrassment for having failed at running my own business.

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Wednesday

20

July 2016

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How to Jump Start Your Debt Payoff

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Drowning in debt? Here's how you can jump start on your debt payoff today!

When you finally reach that breaking point where you realize how deep you are in debt, it’s natural to want to jump start your debt payoff.

When you are in that dark place, one of two things usually happens. Either you are depressed and think you’ll never be debt free, or you decide to take action to change your situation ASAP.

I hope everyone takes the second approach, but that’s not always what happens. If it is though, finding some ways to get quick wins at paying off your debt is important.

Quick wins with deb make your feel good about yourself and your efforts. They motivate you to keep going.

If you are at you breaking point with debt, here’s how you can jump start your debt payoff.

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Wednesday

13

July 2016

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Online Income: $7,242 in June 2016

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One of my best months for freelancing, in June I made over $7,000! How did I do it working from home? Check out my sources of income here.After a couple months of income decreases, I’m happy to report that my income for June was back up again.

Irregular income is just a part of running a business. It can be stressful at times, but I wouldn’t trade the other freedoms of running my online business for a steady paycheck again.

As I said last month, even though my income is variable, I actually have more job security with my online business than I had when I was working a traditional full-time job with a predictable paycheck.

Here’s a look at how my business did in June.

In June 2016 I earned $7,242.20 with my online business. Here’s how:

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Monday

11

July 2016

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How to Refresh Your Summer Wardrobe

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Looking to spruce up your summer wardrobe? Here are some tips to refresh your summer wardrobe!Do you get the “itch” to refresh your summer wardrobe? Inevitably, I get the shopping bug every summer.

As much as I try to limit my shopping now, I know I’m never going to be one that’s able to successfully complete year-long (or longer) shopping bans. These types of all-or-nothing situations are not good for me. Whenever I try to deny myself of something completely, I end up in a binge and then I’m right back where I started again.

This has been proven by my two attempts at shopping bans, and whenever I try to cut out certain foods in my diet. I’m just not an all-or-nothing person.

Instead, I’ve found that with shopping and with food, it’s best if I allow myself to have the “bad” things in moderation.

That said, I’ve been having intense shopping “cravings” lately and I know it’s because I’ve been pretty darn good about not doing much shopping this year. I have gotten a few things, like some jeans that fit and a couple of shirts for my work from home wardrobe, but I’ve limited my shopping.

When I decided to spruce up my summer wardrobe with a few new pieces of clothing this year, I knew I needed to be careful about how much I spent and how many items I bought.

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Thursday

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July 2016

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June 2016 Results

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June 2016 Budget ResultsJune. Is it bad to say that I almost don’t even remember June? It went by in such a flash that I’m having a hard time remembering anything significant that went on last month.

Luckily I can look back at my budget and see that everything went as planned, at least for the most part.

After living off my stash of household goods, that I secured with coupons before I started living on a strict budget, I have finally started to run out of several things all at once. This means that the last couple of months I’ve started budgeting more money for household expenses, for things outside of groceries. This means things like tissues, paper towels, toilet paper, dish soap, etc.

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Tuesday

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July 2016

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July 2016 Budget Plan

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July Budget PlanAs you all probably heard, I decided to get a roommate to help with my budget and to make better use of my home.

My home is just too big for one person, so I was either going to start looking for a smaller home so I could save money and make better use of my space, or start looking for a roommate. I didn’t want to take in just anyone as my roommate because I value my privacy and I don’t have a completely separate “apartment” for a roommate to live in, so I knew it would have to be someone I know and trust. This is why I decided to take in my brother as my roommate.

He will be paying rent and part of the utilities, but that isn’t reflected in my July budget plan. I decided to use his first month’s rent this month to make a couple of much-needed repairs to my home’s HVAC system. He also isn’t chipping in on this month’s utility bills since they are from usage in June, before he started officially living here. So next month, my budget will look quite a bit different from how it looks this month.

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Wednesday

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June 2016

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Why I Decided To Get a Roommate

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I decided to get a roommate to help with financial costs, but a roommate can provide other benefits as well.I’ve always wanted to rent out a room in my home to earn some extra money and help offset the cost of my mortgage. But I’ve always been hesitant to do so because I really value my privacy, especially now that I work from home so I’m here ALL.THE.TIME!

That said, I nearly took in a renter last summer, but it didn’t end up working out.

As the year progressed I  began to think more and more about starting to look for a different house in my area to move into. I love my house and I finally have it almost the way I want it when it comes to personalization and improvements, but it’s way bigger than what I need. I don’t really need a 4 bedroom house while living alone. In fact, I hardly ever use my basement. I wouldn’t go down there at all except my washer and dryer are down there.

When I mentioned this to my friends and family, they agreed that it might make sense to start watching the market to find a house better suited to my needs, especially since this time around there would  be no urgency to my need to move, so I could choose a home that really fit everything I need and want. But instead of doing that, I decided to get a roommate.

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