I'm taking two weeks off from working for the first time since I quit my job in 2007.
I have been working for myself since then entirely earning my income from my online adventures.
Since I was 19 years old, though, I have been in debt.
Being in constant debt becomes a way of life and taking a break just doesn't feel possible when you're always playing catch up, living paycheck to paycheck even when you're paying yourself.
So I've never taken a break.
Not a true break.
I've gone on holidays but I worked during every single one, almost as much as I would have worked at home.
And here I am, emailing you, on the first day of my first break.
But I am not calling this work. I'm calling this my connection to my friends and I do have a bit of help to request in this email, too....
Help? Do you meal prep?
Today I am cleaning out the kitchen and trying to figure out what foods to make for meal prep.
I'm vegan, so I'm obviously looking for plant-based meals.
My best guess on what to do right now is to:
- Clean out my kitchen and see what I have to work with.
- Look for / think up recipes based on what I have available.
- Plan out five days of breakfast, lunch and dinner based on what I figure out to make.
- Buy the groceries I don't have.
- Make the meals.
I'm looking to make balanced meals and I'm looking to lose weight. I am at the point where my goal amount to lose is 80lbs. I hope to lose that by end of year next year.
If you have any tips or advice for me I'd sure appreciate hearing them!
I can't even source help on Facebook anymore because I've left social media. I suppose that's definitely a negative to leaving. I would totally make a Facebook post normally asking for advice.
Instead I'm going with google and asking YOU - my awesome subscriber friend :)
Actually I've left Facebook & Instagram...
In my last email I did say I've left social media.
I should probably be more accurate with that.
I've left Facebook & Instagram, specifically.
I find those two the most invasive to my life and attention.
I'm still using Pinterest and YouTube, I'm on LinkedIn but never use it, same with Twitter (never use it anyway).
I'm pretty annoyed with the blog articles I find on Pinterest. They're so loaded with ads I can barely read the content and sometimes can't tell what's content and what's ad.
When I bought Party Plan Divas it was loaded with those ads from the previous owner. I took them off. They were making $200/month but now the site makes $2000/month selling digital products. It seems to me annoying your readers isn't worth 1/10th of the profit you can make from selling via email marketing.
Anyway - I'm off Facebook and Instagram.
I've had some concerns about whether I'll lose business by not being on those two platforms but I really don't see it making any kind of noticeable difference to my income.
I'm almost positive my focus has IMMEDIATELY increased. I did so much work for the client Brand Takeover I worked on all last week. I was hyper-focused like I know I can do and when I'm like that I can do five weeks worth of work in one week. THAT kind of benefit of not being distracted by social is going to make up for any small losses of business I might experience.
Speaking of Money... I've changed my life and money
I told you I'm taking two weeks off.
I told you I never felt like I could do that because I've ALWAYS been in debt.
I didn't mention, however, why I'm NOW feeling like I CAN take that time off.
On Oct. 5th I made up a plan to change my money.
I had been playing a video game on Xbox called SIMS. My little sim character was growing flowers and veggies and selling them. Her money was going up and up.
So I thought "Dang! If my SIMS character is living a better life than me that's not right. If she can do this, I can do this!"
Then I made a book I called: "My Money as a Game".
I decided to make my money like a score. So I choose to track my net worth, that was the score.
Every day I did the calculation to figure out my score. I wrote the debts and any money I have and of course my assets.
Our house is an asset with equity and I have Party Plan Divas as an asset, too.
Just having this written down every day really motivated me to think about ways to earn more, faster.
At first I even just sold stuff around the house on Facebook marketplace, when I didn't have many ideas.
Then I thought to sell a website (Promoting Direct Sales), then to sell off my previous brand, Laptop Lifestyle YOUniversity.
So today I sit with over $10,000 in debts paid off and net worth increased by over $14,000 in a little over two months.
It feels surreal. I've been struggling with money since I was 19 years old. It just seemed I was stuck in the same pattern for good.
But I decided I had to be my own hero. I was at a point where I could have asked for help. I could have gotten a consolidation loan or rolled debt into the mortgage, etc. I just have had that pattern repeat over and over for 25 years. I knew I had to do something different and so I decided to dig myself out.
Eventually I'll write a good thorough blog post on this but for today I wanted to send out a summary as we come into the end of the year, in case it helps.
I'm so glad I made the book. Just every day I track and I look and I think "what next thing can I do"? It's really worked for me. I share in case it's something that might really work for you, too.
Cheers. Talk soon!