I have had acid reflux for the past three days. A constant, nagging reminder of how stressed out I have allowed myself to become. I run a nonstop marathon Monday-Friday and every other Saturday. Adrenaline is racing through my body at a consistent pace from the time I wake up Monday morning until I go to sleep Friday evening.
I believe that everyone should have access to education. As a child growing up in a less than desirable socio-economic situation, I struggled with being cast aside and stereotyped. I feel that there is a strong belief in the educational system, and society for that matter, that all children who are poor, are going to be mentally and academically inferior to their middle and higher class peers.
Much to the disbelief of some of my teachers, I excelled at all that I did. I was in all the advanced reading groups, scored perfect on my MSA tests, and was repeatedly on the honor roll. I went on to graduate from college with a Masters’ of Teaching with a 4.0 GPA. I succeeded academically mainly on intrinsic motivation and the pride I felt when I accomplished one of my goals or received an A on one of my assignments.
There is a weird phenomenon in the lower class community where parents discourage their children, usually through guilt, from seeking a postsecondary education. Unfortunately, many children do not even think about going to college, because they do not want to deal with the stress associated with an unsupportive family.
I knew from an early age that the if I wanted to break the chains of poverty, I would have to walk the path I chose alone. I believe that experiencing the childhood I did, made me even more determined to make a name for myself. I was smart enough to know that education was the key to a better life. Unfortunately, the metaphorical prison of generational poverty can blur that belief for so many.
I believe that all children should have access to quality education and that support systems should be put into place if the structures are not available at home. I believe that gender, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status are labels given to identify characteristics of a person or a person's situation, and should never be reasons to obstruct the learning of an individual.
All children should have the right to a quality education. I believe this strongly enough to declare that education should be a fundamental human right. No child should ever lack the support system needed to rise above the oppressive conditions of destitution. Perhaps the adage is true; it does take a village to raise a child. If the parents are providing the support needed to encourage educational success, the community needs to step up as surrogate teachers and mentors.
Education is the key to ending oppression and generational poverty. Yet, so little is done to help those who need it most.
Excuses are the downfall of any good intention. Excuses are the reason that any well thought out plan can fail. I am the Queen of excuses, masterminding excuses to the point of rationalization. In the past, if I did not stick with a health plan that I had psyched myself up to follow, I made excuses.
There is no time. How can I go to the gym when I have limited time to sleep as it is? What's the point of working out if I cannot get a handle on my eating? I feel too tired to work out. I cannot afford to buy healthy food from the market. I don't want to go to the gym and look like a fat slob in front of all the fitness gurus there...
Excuse, after excuse, after excuse. But here's the secret to beating the never-ending cycle of excuses, and the secret is in the approach.
I could easily say that I will try to work out every day for at least 30 minutes. Then, I will probably get up as normal, rush around trying to get to work on time and grab the first thing I can find and eat it for breakfast.
Then, I will rush off to work, have a long day, and be too tired to even think about working out by the time I get home for the evening. My intentions were good, but I did not put the system in place to guarantee success.
The first component of success is creating an attainable and measurable goal. My goal is to live a healthy lifestyle, and as a result of this, I hope to look and feel better. To make this goal measurable, I chose to reduce the amount of sugar I ingest and lose a set amount of weight.
The second component is turning the elements of the goal into life rules. It is important to make those rules present tense. Below are a few examples of mine. You can read all of my rules in a previous post. By turning the elements into rules, they are easier to follow, and you are not relying solely on willpower. Trust me, it's psychological, and it works.
1. I do not eat past 6 pm.
2. I eat six small meals/snacks a day.
3. I workout every morning for 45 minutes.
4. I only eat junk food on special occasions.
5. I do not keep junk in the house.
The third step in achieving your goals, it to make the goal known. I am the type of person who is incredibly secretive. I often do not share ideas or goals with anybody other than myself. This means that the only person who can encourage me or hold me accountable is myself. That approach no longer works.
I am not saying that you should shout your goals from the rooftop, but you should confide in at least one or two people with whom you are in contact with on a regular basis.
The previous step comes with a disclaimer. You need to make sure the person you confide in, has your best interests in mind. When I started going to the gym, I informed my husband of my plans. Not only because he would have to make sure the baby did not wander off while I was gone, but also because I needed him to know that I was serious and, deep down, I needed to hear encouragement.
What I did not do, was tell my plans to everybody on my Facebook page. Sure, most of the people on my page are great, but it only takes one rude comment to make me question all of my progress. I do not need negative people in my life, and neither do you.
One of the hardest things you will ever do in life is to admit that something has to change. The second hardest thing you will ever do is the work required to change it. Goals are attainable if the right conditions are met. I am telling you this because I know firsthand. I used to hit the snooze button so many times that, more often than not, I was late for work. Now, I am up and at the gym three hours before work, every morning. I am there that early on the weekends as well. I know, if for just one minute, I hit that snooze button, I could revert to my old habits.
The amazing thing about change is that if you want it enough, you will move mountains to make it happen. I want my goals enough that come hell or high water; I will succeed. You will too. So, here's to making this year the year that you get one step closer to achieving your dream(s).
I am not going to start this essay with a negative comment toward the current generation of children. I am not here to question anybody's parenting styles, nor am I here to tell anybody what is right or wrong as far as raising a child is concerned. What I am here to do, is remind you that your child is a reflection of you.
Your child will mimic your actions and words. Your child will emulate your behaviors and attitudes. Your child will mimic your good, as well as your bad. Your child is a reflection of you. If you hold doors for people, your child will too. If you say "please" and "thank you," your child will too. Your child is a reflection of you.
If you curse and threaten, your child will curse and threaten. If you are rude to your elders, your child will be rude to theirs'. If you allow them to have everything they want, they will think they are entitled to everything. Your child is a reflection of you.
If you read books, your child will read them too. If you model a healthy lifestyle, your child will live one too. If you live a minimalist way of life, your child will appreciate the concept that less is more. Your child is a reflection of you.
Be the person you want your child to become. When you are no longer in this world, you will be remembered in the reflection of your child.
Anxiety, depression, sadness, anger, frustration, exhaustion. These are all terms I have heard from people who are not happy in with current employment. These feelings are understandable when an individual is working in a career in which he or she have limited control and power over schedules and decision making.
Unfortunately, unless you win the lottery or snag a very nice inheritance, you are going to have to have some form of income. Sure, you could live off the land, but you are still going to need some revenue source to cover expenses like medical care, vehicle registration, insurance, etc. It is almost impossible to live a real self-sufficient existence.
People who are unhappy with their careers have three choices. They can go out and find another job that can support their desired lifestyle; they can start their own company or find a freelancing job to give them more independence and control, or they can change their mindset and make their current job less stressful and more enjoyable.
Finding Another Job to Support Your Lifestyle
The key word to this option is support. You could easily go out and quit your high-stress, six-figure job to become a cashier at Walmart, but is the new income going to support the lifestyle you have created using the money from the high-paying job? Probably not.
So, you have two choices. You can find another high paying job, or you can downsize your lifestyle, so less money is needed to pay your bills and cover your expenses. If you are already stressed out and strapped for leisure and family time, maybe downsizing your lifestyle would make you happier than taking another stressful corporate job to maintain a high-class existence.
Becoming Your Own Boss
If you have had the opportunity to review my Freedom in Five plan, you would know that I am very much an advocate for working to build a business that can sustain your desired lifestyle, before you walk away from your stable means of income. Quitting your day job to start a business, is only going to be more stressful than your current situation. After all, the point of quitting your job is so that you are not living in a constant state of anxiety, stress, and exhaustion.
Here is where I am going to sound like I am contradicting myself, but if you want to have the freedom to work for yourself, you are going to need to work hard and maintain your current job and your business for a couple of years. Unless your start-up is an overnight success story, you are going to have to work in your spare time, to build up a business that is profitable enough to allow you to walk away from your career.
Reevaluating Your Views of Your Current Job
This choice is probably where many of you are going to disagree with me, and that is okay. Mental growth is significantly stimulated by debate, so consider our disagreements to be mentally rewarding. Here is the thing, if you hate your job and you are stuck (maybe you can't find another job to support your family, you are located in an area where jobs are not so readily available, or you are under a contract in which you financially and legally cannot afford to break), you are going to have to find a way to make the job less stressful. The best way to do that is to change your mindset.
If you go to work each day with a negative attitude, internally vocalizing your hatred for your job, then you are going to be miserable. If you have to drag yourself out of bed and are rushing around to make it to work on time, you have set the tone for the whole day, and guess what? You are going to be miserable. Try to find a way in which you can find something enjoyable or at least tolerable about your current career choice. You would be surprised how differently you view things when you have a more positive mindset.
Millions of Americans are not happy with their career choice. Unfortunately, unless you are already wealthy, or able to live like a nomad and hunt and gather, you probably are going to require some permanent source of income. As adults, we can choose to be miserable, or we can decide to make the best of what we have. If you are not in a position to change your job, become your own boss, or retire, the only option is sticking with your current gig. If you have to be there, why not make the best of it?
My weight loss journey has been one similar to a bus ride on a winding mountain road. I have had years where I have been living in the land of my goal weight and reaping the benefits of shopping in the junior sizes. I have had years where I was round enough to roll myself around. Unfortunately, I am currently hanging out in Rollie Pollie Ollie Land.
I have had great successes before with regards to my health and fitness. I decided in 2002 that I would never touch soda again (diet or regular), and I have not a single sip of one since. I can not get that control over any other aspect of my life. I recently came across an idea that was floating around online. The idea is simply to create goals and make rules to help you accomplish your goals.
Not all of my life goals are based on my desire to live a healthier lifestyle. In additional to focusing on my weight, I also need to be more focused on my work and more efficient with my time.
My goals can and will be achieved by adopting the following rules. When you create your own, the rules should be posted in the present tense to make them relevant at all times.
1. I do not eat past 6 pm. (If I intend to go to bed every evening around 9 pm, I do not want to go to sleep feeling bloated or worrying about acid reflux when I go horizontal. Cutting my eating time off by 6 pm will also reduce the number of calories I consume)
2. I get up at 5 am every morning. (There are many benefits to waking up earlier. One of the biggest benefits is having more time, which eliminates feeling anxious and rushed. Another advantage is that I finally have the time I need to dedicate at least 30 minutes to the gym in the morning. I can also cook a healthy breakfast and put effort into my appearance for the day.)
3. I do at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. (At some point in the recent months, I lost most of my desire to physically exert myself. I have gone from walking around and being up and on the move, to being content confined to a desk chair. This sedentary lifestyle is not one I want to continue. I will go to the gym every morning at 5 am, and play outside with my daughter when the weather is nice.
4. I do not eat junk food. (I know the whole idea of successful dieting lies in the thought of eating in moderation and not depriving one's self. I have never had luck eating anything in moderation and truth be told; I do not even like sweet foods. I just eat to eat. I never feel good physically or emotionally after throwing back a cupcake or cookie, so why I keep eating that junk is far more psychological than anything. So, I simply do not eat junk food. End of story.)
5. I do not leave work with a messy desk. (One of the quickest ways to stress me out, is to start my day with a messy, unorganized desk. Just like I do not like preparing my morning meal in a messy kitchen, I do not like starting my workload digging through papers. If I organize my documents as I go, I can do a quick wipe down of the desk and be out the door with no additional time spent organizing.)
6. I do not work for free. (To work is to sacrifice time that could be spent with family and friends, improving a skill, or reading books. My time is valuable, and any time that I am working, I do so with the knowledge that my time will equal compensation so that I can continue to spend time with my family and friends and experience the things I love. To work for free is admitting that my time is not valued and that I am giving the message that my loved ones are not my top priority.)
7. I follow a to-do list every day. (My brain's processing is often a cross between a leisurely afternoon stroll and a Daytona 500 race. At any given time, I could be trying to juggle a handful of tasks. I do not intentionally forget things. I forget dates; I forget meetings, I forget tasks. It is very easy for me to do nothing if I do not have the proper system in place to keep me guided and motivated. My daily to-do list has a list of items that I would like to accomplish on the given day. The details are specific and suggested time allotments are noted. If I think a project will take an hour and it takes me two, I need to evaluate if I could have used my time more efficiently, or if I underestimated the complexity of the task. This evaluation is vital in planning for time allotments of similar future tasks.
8. I only work on one day of the weekend. (The weekends are essential to replenishing energy and mental focus. No person should work a seven-day work week. The mind and body need to experience joy and rest. I am not advocating that one day a weekend be spent in bed watching hours of mindless television; instead, I am advocating for one day of joyous activity and time spent unplugged from the electronic chains in which hold us prisoners during the week. Put the computer away for a day. Leave the phone in a dresser drawer and go outside and sit in the sunlight or invite a friend out for coffee. We are slaves to our jobs way too many hours a week as it is.)
9. I do not take work home. (If I need to catch up on something, I come into work and complete the task on the one morning during the weekend I work. I do not take my work into my house. There is no job important enough to consume the 2-3 hours I get to spend with my family each night. If I do not finish something before I leave work, it can wait until the morning. My daughter is three and time moves far too quickly to miss out on her cuddles and laughter.
10. I end each day with a book. (A weird thing happened in the past few years, I switched from being an avid consumer of television to a bibliophile. Every night before bed, I snuggle under the blanket with my kindle paperwhite, and I read until my eyes can not stay open any longer. I read business books, fiction, self-help books, anything that strikes my interest at the time. When the lights are off, and the essential oil diffuser is filling my room with relaxing aromas, my mind can focus on every word, a level of concentration that could not be achieved in a well-lit, noisy area.)
One of the best things you can do for your mind and body is to create a list of rules to help you reach your goals. Your list can be much smaller than mine, or you can start it out with ten and build upon it each month. The important thing is not the number of rules you have, but the ability to follow the rules in which you create. Most of us follow posted speed limits and do not commit felonies, so why can't we follow the rules we impose on ourselves as well?
If you are an avid reader of my blog, I must apologize. I have been missing for the past few weeks. Rest assured, I have not abandoned you, in fact, I have been thinking about this blog and the readers of the blog each and every day. I have no intention of leaving the blogging world, and I promise that I was not off having an affair with another side hustle.
What I was doing during my absence, was something I feel that all of you should do at least once every few months. I took a step back from a couple of my regular "tasks" and allowed myself to have a little "me" time. Two weeks ago, I took a "me" day. I have a brain that feels like it needs to be going a mile a minute and I feel utterly useless if I am not using my time productively.
But, who defines what productivity is? I had major plans that day to focus on my blog, get some work done, and work until I felt accomplished. I was void of any distractions or time saboteur and I had a day to get done all of the items that have been hanging around on my To-Do list, way too long.
By the end of the day, not a single item was checked off the list. Instead of writing a week's worth of blog posts, I went to the coffee shop and grabbed a caramel coffee before heading across the parking lot to get a pedicure. Instead of working on my email marketing, I ended up at a massage parlor getting a massage that would hurt me so much; it weirdly felt good. Instead of writing letters to prospective clients, I took a nap.
My entire day of productivity was over before a single item could be checked off my list. I panicked that I had wasted a whole day, but then a wise woman told me that the purpose of a "me" day is not to worry about others, it is to focus on one's self.
I could not tell you the last time I spent an entire day alone with just my thoughts while getting pampered. In all honesty, I think the day was far more productive than it would have been if I would have set myself down at my desk and worked on my To-Do list. Spending the day with just my thoughts and no other mental obligations, allowed me to think up marketing and business-related ideas, I otherwise would not have had time to conjure up.
I encourage all of you to take a day or two and step away from the daily grind of marketing and business. It will feel at first that you are wasting all of your time, but I promise you, spending a day alone with your thoughts in an environment that you do not feel forced or obligated to work, will do wonders for your overall productivity.
There are so many different lifestyle choices you could choose to make. That's one of the beautiful things about America, anything that is not illegal is pretty much fair game for anybody willing to work toward it.
The concept of work has changed several times throughout the history of our country. The Industrial Revolution in America meant a time of unfair wages, abuse, dangerous working conditions, and child labor. Thanks to the Progressive Movement, people started to fight the wrongdoings of greedy businessmen.
Women worked in the forties to help support the war effort, taking in dangerous jobs to do their part while men fought to preserve our way of life.
Women stayed home during the fifties to care for the new generation of babies that exploded the United States' population after the war, and suburbs grew up around one income households.
What changed? Why are more than a majority of children growing up in homes where both parents work full-time positions outside of the home? The answer could be many things, but the two main reasons are 1. The need for two incomes to live, perhaps outside of our means or 2. Two incomes are required to earn a livable wage in an area that may be experiencing long-term economic distress.
We are going to focus on the first option because the first alternative is the most easily controlled or changed. Somewhere along the timeline of the last handful of decades, consumerism took control of our lives and our "needs" and "wants" entangled.
No longer did we need shelter to protect us, but we needed a big house to feel satisfied. No longer did we need a car to run errands and travel to and from work, but we needed a second or even third one to keep parked in our garage. How else do you justify the purchase of the 3400 SQ foot home with a three car garage?
No longer did we need a landline phone located in a central location in the home, we needed every individual in the house to have personal phones to carry around at all times. No longer could we survive sitting around the living room television as a family, we needed to put televisions in every bedroom, the man-cave, the living room, and the kitchen.
No longer did we need running water to keep clean, but we needed it for our dishwashers, washing machines, ice makers, hot tubs, and swimming pools.
Families could potentially survive on one income, but many are not willing to sacrifice the comforts that modern consumerism brings us.
We have debts. Some of our debts are considered good debts, mortgages and investment properties are examples of what are commonly considered good debts. The truth is, the only good debt is the nonexistent debt.
Think about how much money you pay out a month on your debt. Now, imagine what you could do with that money if you were not married to those monthly payments. Now, imagine what you could do with your time if you did not have to work all the hours to pay for those debts.
For most families, work is the means to make payments on that of which we could otherwise not afford. What could you do with your family, your life, your dreams, if your time was truly yours?
Adequateism is not a sales pitch; there is nothing it could sell you to make your life more content. True contentment comes from within, a result of emotions that cannot be controlled solely by external forces.
There are many "ism" movements aimed at helping individuals find contentment. Those actions are usually centered around specific aspects of our lives. Feminism seeks to raise women above the decades of oppression., while Minimalism is a movement to declutter our homes and rid ourselves of belongings that do not directly add value to our lives.
Adequateism is different; it is living in a way that allows you to reach full contentment by looking at all aspects of your life, health, lifestyle, attitudes, relationships, financial, and so on.
Exercise is important for everyone, but hours of exercise a day is not needed for everyone to achieve optimal health. Thirty minutes to an hour a day is adequate for most. Two thousand calories may be a general guideline for caloric intake, but maybe your body can achieve optimal functioning on 1,500 calories a day, or maybe you need 2,500. Do you ever need 5,000? Highly doubtful.
You recently got married and only plan on having two children. You and your new spouse currently live in a five bedroom home, with a less than desirable mortgage payment. Do you need all that room for potentially four people? A much smaller house would be adequate, especially since children are not in your near future.
You currently work 60 hours a week at a job that you are not entirely thrilled to work. You have a chance at a promotion that would increase your income and the number of hours you would be at the office. At the current income, you can pay all of your bills and still have a little money left over. Do you take the promotion? If your current job is adequate in paying your bills and maintaining your lifestyle, or you already feel you miss out on too much by working too much, why would you want to?
Relationships are also important factors in our daily lives the "isms" often leave out. Emotional contentment can not be reached if emotions are compromised by toxic relationships. If you have a friend, who is always complaining, questioning all of your decisions, or just sucking your life from you, walk away. This is particularly the case when social media contact is causing you to stress. Delete the app and move on with your life.
Adequateism is not preaching that everyone should be mediocre and not set goals to achieve. Instead, it is a movement to maximize happiness. If living a simple life and not spending your every minute working to make money to pay for things you could live without, then mediocrity may not be a bad choice.
The message is simple; it is okay to live a life that is adequate for your family. Money is not the key to contentment. In fact, money is the driving force behind many of the decisions we make and often, those decisions do not even lead us remotely close to contentment.
The most important thing about adequateism is to understand that it does not promote one lifestyle over the other. There is no wrong or right way to live to find contentment. One of the things we need to learn to do is not listen to the judgments and make sure that we are not casting out judgments either.
We will never tell you to walk through your house and throw all of your items into a donation box. We will never tell you to go to your Facebook account and unfriend 99% of your friends' list. We will never tell you to quit your job and homestead in Montana. Unless these are suggestions that would lead you to a life of pure contentment. You are the only one who knows what would lead you to contented bliss; we are just here to help you find the key to your happiness.
Somewhere in the last decade and a half of my life, I developed a thinking that no matter what is already filling my schedule, it is never enough. I currently work a very busy schedule. Every Monday and Wednesday, I work my first job from 8:30 am -4:00 pm and my evening job from 4:30pm-7:30 pm. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Friday, I work from 8:30am-4:30 pm. I work every other Saturday from approximately 8:30am-2:00 pm. During the weekdays, I teach classes, run a county-wide online course, run a school-wide online class for teachers to receive graduate credit, and run a school-wide teacher-student mentoring program.
I try to visit my family on the weekends I do not work, and try to find time during the week to keep the house clean. Every Tuesday, I run my daughter to her ice skating lesson, and on Thursdays, she goes to gymnastics. Even after all this, I still feel like I could be doing more. I wake up at 5 am each morning and work on writing for an hour. Sometimes, the writing is replaced by working on marketing and promoting my personal site. I have hardly any time for exercising, or at least that is the lie that I have created to make me feel less guilty about the fact that I never commit to an exercise routine.
I have always been busy. I have had semesters in college where I have worked a full-time job, a part-time job, and taken a course overload of 21 credits. I have had semesters where I have traveled an hour each way to my student-teaching site, had evening classes, and still worked a full-time and part-time job. I always took pride in the crazy schedules that I kept, but the cost of those schedules usually came at the expense of not being able to maintain a healthy social life.
Social media became the answer to my inability to find time to socialize. I did not need to go out and spend hours talking to people in person; I could hold on-going conversations with people online between classes, or on breaks from work. To this day. I still do not have a solid circle of friends who meet up in person on a regular basis.
What I am trying to say is that if you are doing what you feel is in your best interest, your schedule is adequate. Even though I know that my schedule is clearly over my line of adequateism, I cannot shake the feeling that I need to add more to my plate, but I know that adding any more on the plate would make it crash to the floor and shatter into a million pieces.
Life is not a competition. We do not have to compete to see who can fill their schedules up with the most brag-worthy commitments. We do not have to put our children in every program imaginable to show them off. I have my daughter enrolled in ice skating and gymnastics. At this point, she is only doing those as recreational sports. My husband and I are adamant about letting her have fun and not forcing her to compete if she does not want to. We are hoping she finds the sports fun and continues to do them to maintain a healthy lifestyle, going to weekly classes is adequate. If she has a real talent and it grows into something more serious than a recreational activity, then we'll cross that bridge when we get there. For now, we are teaching her that committing to the classes each week and having fun, is the perfect example of Adequateism in her life.
Some of us get an adrenaline rush from running from task to task and checking as much as we can off of a To-Do List, but how content are we? If we ever wanted to sit down and read a book, would we be able to or have we packed our schedules so tight that there is no wiggle room for hobbies and interests.
Downtime is often misconstrued as laziness, and that idea could not be any further from the truth.
I do not know if I am the only one who feels this way, but I can tell you that when I start to get stressed out, I start to dislike the tasks in which I have committed. When I start hating the jobs, I start having negative thoughts which lead to a poor attitude. My poor attitude can quickly turn into negative actions, as I do what is necessary to complete the task, and not what I am capable of doing. If I have the right balance of work and activities that are adequate for my contentment, my work quality does not suffer, and my attitude remains positive.
Adequateism for me is finding a balance with my schedule that allows me to remove the possibility of continuous negative thought and quality-deducing actions. It is finding the way in which I can feed the need to maintain a busy life while balancing all of the commitments in a manner that optimizes my time, creates time for family and hobbies, and decreases the occurrence of negative thoughts and chronic stress.
Recently I decided to do something unthinkable in this business. I decided to offer a service and not expect a set amount of payment in return. When I posted my idea yesterday, I had a few business colleagues text me and tell me I was crazy. “How do you ever expect to be compensated for your time allowing people to pick their own prices?” “What happens if people decide not to donate any money at all?”
Then, they decide not to donate any money. I still offer my services and the world still spins.
I could easily set a price for my services and cater to a targeted market. But, I would be limiting the number of people who could benefit from editing and content writing services. A small business, struggling to make a profit, should not be expected to pay out the same amount of money as a corporation making billions of dollars.
Why should the corporations have access to services that could increase traffic and income, but the companies who need it, do not?
Where would we be without the motivation, determination, and hard work ethic of those who seek to run small businesses or be self-employed? Where would we be if large multi-billion dollar corporations controlled all aspects of our economy? What if we were all corporate drones, forced to go to work each day to a job that makes us sick from stress?
The beautiful thing about America is that we have the freedom to choose which path our career takes. There is nobody forcing any of us into a career, or forcing us to stay in one that we do not like. It could be argued that bills and loans are forcing us to stay where we are, but that is not true. Paychecks will pay the bills regardless who signs them.
Last night, I launched the portion of the website that I feel will be a fantastic tool for individuals who want to start working on their path to freedom. As a full-time blogger, I can attest that writing and editing a website can be a time-consuming process, especially while working a full-time career and building a business.
The new feature on my site allows individuals to submit requests for content or submit content that needs edited. What’s so special about that?
The work can be requested or submitted at the price the client feels is acceptable. If an individual is starting out and has a very small budget to begin building their content, or editing their writing, they can submit a small donation. If they cannot afford to donate, then that’s okay too. Work will not be denied based on inability to give.
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Stephanie Poling is a working mother and wife in Western Maryland. She currently works full-time in the education field and spends her free-time with her soon to be three-year-old daughter, Sophia. Stephanie, or Steph as she prefers to be called, loves to read and write and is currently working on doing whatever it takes to be her own boss. Stephanie holds a B.S. in History, a B.S. in Social Studies, and an MAT in Secondary Education. She is a few credits shy of an MBA, taken graduate courses in Psychology, and has started a doctoral degree in Education. She is a life-long learner and constantly looking for more ways to jeopardize her time and stimulate her overactive brain.