Thursday, August 21, 2014

Working For My Future

I am addicted to working. Not in a workaholic way, but in an "I hate to be sitting at home" way. I really do. I like to go out and do things, but I can't go out and do things when I don't have any money. Some people might say that you can still go and do things on a budget, and others might say that I make more than enough money to be able to do things.

The truth is, I do make more than enough money...if I lived anywhere other than sunny Southern California; if I didn't pay for college myself; if I didn't pay for my wedding myself. I'm okay with doing all of those. Everything I've paid for (besides when I mess up and get tickets), is an investment for my future. I might not be seeing any immediate financial return (like if I made a literal investment) but, these are all emotional investments.

I'm happy to have made them. I'm also happy to work. I am so lucky that I have so many opportunities to fund my dreams and so many opportunities to network and socialize with people.



I've been thinking about all of this because my work schedule is a little iffy after this week. I start back at schools next week, but my schedule didn't work out exactly as we had planned so I only am teaching two days a week. The other days I will be continuing work on my company's website database that we've been building all summer.

I believe I get to work from home those other days. Not having to drive 100 miles a day in traffic is exciting. What's even more exciting is that I can work at restaurants the other days. I bring up the topic of work (again, for the millionth time) because I was approached yesterday with two amazing opportunities.

One is through the grapevine - that Buffalo Wild Wings wants me back. Working as a server is amazing because I can work a 3 hour shift and make $100. I vote yes. At the same time, I love working at my Mexican restaurant and I have the potential to make more money there in the long run. Currently, I'm a host because there are no serving positions open. We're a small company. I'm thinking of working 2 days a week at Buffalo Wild Wings, 2-3 days at Mi Casa, 2 school days and the work from home stuff. I probably will not have a full day off of work for the next few months, unless I request it off.

Working this hard is important to me. Iman and I want to pay off our debt and be able to go on a few trips + buy a house in the next few years. I'm not sure when I will get pregnant, so I believe that now is the time to work like crazy. I only worked one job for the past year because planning a wedding is like working another job.

My other opportunity is going to be sort of cryptic because I believe I've found another calling of mine. I don't want to give too many details before I work out the nitty gritty, but I've figured out something that I am going to market through what I've learned in blogging. This idea comes up, because I have been given the opportunity to work with a teenager to start her blog. I have always worked with older bloggers - out of high school, and now I'm thinking why not work with younger kids? I do teach blogging in my schools, after all.

I am so excited. I also want to thank so many of my blog friends and real life friends for constantly motivating me to continue this little blog and to grow. I started it with such a big goal in mind and no idea how to reach that goal, and I now see so many doors opening up to me. Most notably, thank you to: My Papa Perry for paying for my webhosting & always fixing things for me (or getting your coworkers to fix them), my Iman for your endless support, Lauren and Krystal for reading my blog religiously because you guys love me (I get so excited whenever you say, "Oh yeah I saw on your blog today.."), AJ for being so excited about my stats and being filled with ideas...you seriously are THE BEST, Paulina and Jess for being the best blog besties this girl could ever ask for, Brittany and Cassi for your beautiful ideas to change the world and do good (and asking me questions so that I feel like I know what I'm doing), my other blog friends who constantly support me, my momma and bubsy for always wearing your warrior queen bracelets and doing whatever you can for me, Bryan for suggesting everyone wear the WQ bracelets at the wedding, Jimi for not batting an eyelid at the weird stuff I do to blog, the rest of my supportive family and friends, aaaand my amazing readers!! You all make me so happy and keep my heart happy and motivated to keep working on this little project of mine.

aand, here's a fun giveaway!! :) 

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68 comments:

  1. Congrats on the new opportunities!!! Very exciting. And thanks for a fun giveaway as well!

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  2. Love how much create you put into it! That's a great giveaway!

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  3. I would definitely be most excited about the ad space! I don't have a lot of room in my budget right now for that so how fun!

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  4. I'm excited for the new opportunities to you! I love your dedication to hard work. You go Glenn Coco. 4 for you Glenn Coco.

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  5. These new opportunities are so exciting!! :) I agree that it's good to work hard and travel as much as you can now.. bc you don't know how much life is going to change after kids. I didn't know you teach!

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  6. YAY to more working! You and I both know how much we both love working like crazy people!!!

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  7. Good for you for all the hard work! Your dedication is amazing.

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  8. Krista KetterhagenAugust 21, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    This is such a great post. I think sometimes we all get down and out about how much we work and what we are working for. You have dedicated so much to taking care of things now so you'll be able to raise kids and go on vacation and that's great! Loving your blogging with younger kids idea. So many kids need creative outlets!

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  9. I feel the same way. Being productive and going to work is way better than just sitting at home and doing nothing! Way to be a hard worker!

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  10. haha oh Nina, you make my heart smile so big! Thank you!!

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  11. hahaha, exactly! Now is the time!! I do teach :) For the past year - computer classes!

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  12. Thank you!! I definitely think that the kids will love it! I remember having a blog when I was 14

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  13. Thank you!! It is definitely important to have fun while being productive though!

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  14. So many great opportunities! I waited tables for a while after grad school. I couldn't find a job that paid me more money, when I could make over $100 an evening, how could I not?

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  15. whew! you're a busy girl!! make sure you get the sleep you need in order to keep up such a schedule! =)

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  16. You are so busy! But at least you love to work hard, not many people are like that!

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  17. Okay, I'm very excited for you. I can't wait to hear more about what's in the hopper.

    I totally agree with you on the serving. I'm considering doing it later this fall if my house doesn't sell soon.

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  18. Great idea! Sounds like it could be so helpful to so many kids!

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  19. Serving is SERIOUSLY such a trap because where else can you make $100 in a 3 hour shift??

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  20. Yes! Sleep is SUCH a hard thing for me. I'm trying to work on it :)

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  21. Sometimes I think that I can't be normal with how much I love it! I am always busy, but it always just makes me happy

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  22. It is such a great way to make money quick and then bounce out after a couple of months. I'm sure that stripping is better money wise, buuuut the downside is outrageous versus waiting tables. I can't wait to share my ideas with you. Seriously, I feeeeeeel like we're destined to be really good friends

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  23. This sounds great! I love working with kids too. It sounds like you might have found your calling!

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  24. Wow, I thought I loved work... you really love work and that is so awesome. I'm hoping once I finish my second degree I will be able to work a lot more.

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  25. Congratulations on your cryptic opportunity :D how fun to work with younger people and pass along your passion for blogging!

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  26. haha, eep, school and work is definitely difficult! Good luck on your second degree! I can't wait to go back to school, but I'm letting my husband pursue his dreams right now :)

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  27. Congrats on the new opportunity! I am on the path to new opportunities as well, so maybe I can follow your footsteps!?

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  28. songbirdsandbuttonsAugust 22, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Sounds like you have some amazing things right in front of you! Congrats! You totally deserve them - don't be afraid to take a chance!

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  29. I think your blogging opportunity sounds pretty great! Let's get more bloggers out here!

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  30. Congratulations on your blogging opp! Good luck with it.

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  31. It sounds like you have a ton of exciting opportunities coming your way - and a lot of decision making. Sending you lots of cyber hugs and support for the road ahead! You go, girl! I don't blame you for working hard. I have spent my whole life being unable to work and have everything done for me (loans, living off my parents, etc...) because of health problems. If I could work tons and store up money, I would, too! Working hard now will help you relax later. While I don't invest a lot of time working for money, during the school year all of my energy I can muster focuses on keeping a good GPA so I can get to grad school. It is stressful, and I have to neglect a lot of friendship opportunities, but in the long run it is worth it. Emotional investments. Investments in the future.

    You can do it all! I know you can. You've got a fantastic support system with you. You know how to go after what you want. And you try to find the gratitude in everything. Your future is bright. <3 Good luck!! <3

    So excited for you!
    xoxo,
    Katie
    http://welcometothewackadoodles.blogspot.com/

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  32. How exciting! I am a hard worker too, and it's something I value in others. Keep up the good work!

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  33. Keep it up lady! Love reading this!

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  34. I am definitely a workaholic, but only because I run my own business. If I didn't work as hard as I do, I wouldn't make enough money to get by! I can't believe how many jobs you work all at once, you're a rockstar!

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  35. I used to be a workaholic. I really love my work and I still get carried away but I try to be there more for my son. Especially because I'm single parent now.

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  36. I love this quote, it's so true. Can't wait to see what you're working on. :)

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  37. it's great you are following your heart ! wish all your dreams come true raewyn!

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  38. Good for you, Raewyn! I can't wait to see what this next adventure of yours is ;)

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  39. Thank you so much!! I'm gonna do it!! :)

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  40. Oh Katie, the soul sister description cannot be more true for you!! You are working your butt off at school and that is JUST as hard as working for money. I'm sorry your health issues keep you from working - but really education is the hardest your brain can work!

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  41. Thank you! I definitely value hard work, as well!!

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  42. Aww thank you! I would looove to run my own business! I know it is so much work

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  43. Yes, being there for your son is so important! I plan on working so hard now so that I can be there for my kids when I have them

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  44. Thank you!! I can't wait to share it :)

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  45. Thank you so much Amanda! I hope yours do, too!

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  46. Thank you! I can't wait to share :)

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  47. I'm really excited to see what your working on. It's great that you get that little bit of work at home time so you don't have to drive :-)

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  48. Thanks Sarah! It is definitely awesome that I don't have to drive so much!!

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  49. Thanks for the giveaway and I love that gif uptop

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  50. You have a lot going on. Looking forward to hearing more about the cryptic opportunity! Thanks for the giveaway too!

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  51. Good for you my dear! It sounds like life is treating you well these days, which is always good to hear ;) xoxo

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  52. You're welcome!! I do have a lot going on, but I like to keep busy like this!

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  53. Thank you! I am definitely working on making sure life treats me well!

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