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April 2016



Life is Short: Do What Makes You Happy

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Life is too short to be unhappy! What are you doing to make yourself happier?We have all heard the old adage, “If you do what makes you happy, you won’t work a day in your life,” and yet more than half of all working Americans are unsatisfied with their job, according to The Conference Board Job Satisfaction survey.

Why is this? Why don’t people do what makes them happy? I’m no expert on money and happiness, but the most likely answer is that people do what brings in the enough money to pay the bills. When you have mouths to feed and have to have a way to put a roof over your head, you take whatever job you can find, without due regard to happiness.

We all think we have the rest of our lives to pursue what makes us happy. Especially when we’re in our 20s and 30s, we feel like we have our whole lives ahead of us. What’s another year or two in a job that makes us miserable, as long as we’re paying the bills?

The average life expectancy for American citizens is 78.8 years old, meaning most healthy Americans can reasonably look for to a long life in which to pursue their dreams and do what makes them happy in the long run. That being said, the hard truth is that cancer, unintentional injuries (i.e. car accidents for example), and other diseases make up the bulk of the mortality rate in this country.

You never know what life is going to spring on you, and you never know how long you have to live your life.

Life is short, do what makes you happy. Even if you don’t have a way to get paid for what makes you happy, find time to devote to the things and activities that bring you joy. (more…)



March 2016



10 Signs You’re Ready to Be Your Own Boss

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Ready to make the leap to being your own boss? These 10 signs (#6 was my reason!) are why I've never looked back from working for myself!

Most of you probably know that last year, Kayla took a leap by quitting her traditional full-time job with a bank so that she could become her own boss, work her own hours, and start her own business. I too started my own freelance business, and honestly, I don’t ever want to look back.

There is something immensely freeing, empowering, and thrilling about creating your own work, earning your own money, and being your own boss. With no one telling you what to do, when to do it, or how to do it, you can start living your life on your own terms again.

Arguably the most thrilling aspect of becoming your own boss is the unlimited income potential. You’re only limited by your time, energy, and drive to earn as much as you want.

Kayla and I didn’t always know that we wanted to be our bosses, though. It was a process that took time, and we had to recognize the signs that we were ready to be our own bosses. The process definitely doesn’t happen overnight, and you have to be willing to take a few risks once you recognize that you are ready to take that leap.

The following ten signs will help you to recognize when you might be ready to take that leap, drop your traditional job, and become your own boss. (more…)



March 2016



5 Easy Ways to Lower Your Utility Bills

Written by , Posted in Money & Finances

These 5 ways to lower your utility bill are so helpful! Check out #2 - that's my favorite way to reduce my utility bills!

Growing up with frugal parents, living life as a frugal adult comes pretty easy for me. I was also really lucky to meet my frugal match in life. My husband and I both agree that we would rather live as frugally as possible so that we can put our money towards the things that we love, like taking trips together as a family.

The problem with living frugally, however, is that eventually you hit a frugal roadblock. You reach a point where you feel like there is literally nothing else to cut back on to save money. We reached that point when we realized how astonishingly high our energy and utility bills were every month. Between power, water, and waste we were spending over $500 a month. For a family of two adults and two tiny kids, that’s insane.

After doing some research on ways to cut back our energy use, we decided to make a string of small changes that, in the end, have saved us thousands of dollars over the course of the last several years.

If you want to save even more money every month, check out these five easy ways to lower your utility bills. (more…)



February 2016



No Time for a Side Hustle? Think Again!

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Think you don't have enough time to start your own side hustle? Think again!

A few years ago, I was stressed out with bills, overwhelmed with my kids and life in general, and feeling an abject lack of passion in my life. I had no real creative or personal outlet and no career prospects to speak of. I was very much in the throes of being a stay at home mom.

My good friend, Cat Alford, posted on Facebook that she was offering a course called “Get Paid to Write for Blogs”. Cat’s course taught me how to become a paid writer for websites. Now I’m still a stay at home mom, but I’m also a writer. I have a career, enough money to pay the bills, and a creative outlet that definitely helps me to let off some steam.

Until Cat’s course, I had never even heard the term “side hustle”, but now I proclaim the importance of having a side hustle to anyone who will listen.

I’m not going to lie. Carving out time for a side hustle is hard. When I first started out, I had to go through a big learning curve to figure out how and when to make time for myself and my career. With an (at the time) four-year-old and 4-month-old, time was hard to come by. I made it work, though, and so can you.

Think you don’t have enough time for a side hustle? Here are a few ways that you can forcefully carve out time in your busy schedule and make a side hustle a priority. (more…)



February 2016



10 Reasons to Spring Clean before Spring

Written by , Posted in Decluttering & Organization

While I know cleaning isn't everyone's favorite topic, there are important reasons to spring clean before spring! Here's how to get started.

You wouldn’t know it by the snow on the ground and the frigidly cold temperatures in many of the states, but spring is on its way. As we draw closer to the end of February, we can start looking forward to warmer temperatures, the sunshine, and fresh flowers again.

One way many people welcome spring is by deep cleaning away all of dust and filth that accumulates in the long winter months when fresh air and wide open windows aren’t an option.

I’m here to dispel the notion that you can only spring clean in spring. In fact, I think that more people would benefit from deep cleaning their houses at least once a season.

Don’t wait for the ground to thaw before working on your “spring cleaning.” For all the skeptics out there, here’s a list of ten compelling reasons to spring clean before spring. (more…)