What up! I’m just chillin’ in the Dallas Love Field airport waiting to board for our flight to LAX. Even though I took a couple of days off of work just a month ago, I feel like I just barely made it to today. Over the next week, we’ll be hanging out with my family at Disneyland for free! (Sponsored by credit card companies, of course). I’ve been super busy all week trying to get all my writing for the week done so we can enjoy the week work-free, so I’m just going to write about a few things that I’ve been thinking about lately.
My Dream Job Update
Last week I wrote about how I was recently turned down for my dream job. It was a really frustrating and depressing experience, but even during the process of interviewing and completing writing assignments, I gained two new clients. One of those clients liked me so much that they doubled the number of articles they wanted from me each week and now they’re even paying me more.
As exciting as that is, it’s even more exciting because I now officially earn more money from my freelancing than I do my day job. What what! 🙂 What’s even cooler is that last December, I set a goal to be self-employed by the end of the year. Technically, I won’t actually reach that goal because of some things that have been out of our control this year (my wife stopped working because of some health issues), but the whole point behind the goal was to be able to earn enough from freelancing that I could replace my income.
Circle of Control
That leads me to my next point. I may end up writing a whole post on this, but I’ve learned a lot lately about the important of understanding what I can and can’t control, and then focusing all my energy on what I can. I work with some people who freak out about just about everything you could possibly think of (Hello Ebola!), but when all the dust settles, they realize that there really was nothing to freak out about in the first place–and even if there was, freaking out isn’t going to solve anything.
A couple of months ago, I sort of started freaking out about our debt. But after a couple of weeks, I realized that fretting over it wasn’t going to actually get rid of any of it, so I started thinking of ways to pay it off more quickly. I’m happy to say that we were able to put an extra $100 toward our debt this month through the ways we thought up. And let me tell you, it’s so much more exciting to accomplish something I can control than waste my energy worrying about it. Same thing goes for my freelancing. I can’t control that I didn’t fit what the company was looking for, but I’m able to control how hard I work to get clients who do like what I do.
That’s all I’ve got for you this morning…just a quick one. Have a delicious rest of your week! I know I will 🙂