You are about to learn some things you didn’t know about me plus…
1) Some funny and interesting corrections from the News-Press article I was in
2) How I’m earning a living and
3) An awesome action shot I took of somebody doing a CRAZY kiteboard jump.
There were some comments on the News-Press article that I appreciate being brought up but wanted to correct real quick.
It says that Andrea (the awesome woman that I’ve been with for the last five years) is preparing to become a yoga instructor. I guess this statement understandably led a reader to make the assumption that she is unemployed and does nothing but â€œprepare to be a yoga teacherâ€ when that is very far from the truth…
The reality is she works full time as a real estate paralegal and already is a yoga instructor – she teaches 2-3 classes of yoga per week and even finds the time to build and run her own web site. She works harder than 99% of people that I know.
And as for me, thankfully, nobody (including Andrea) has had to help me financially. You will find that out for yourself later as I share some of my online business adventures.
You should know that I am very grateful to be able to do what I’m doing, but I won’t let you believe that it was EASY for me to do it. It wasn’t, it still isn’t, and it has required for me to risk a lot while making some decisions that just seemed plain stupid at the time.
But I know that the long term pay off is worth it and I owe my last 15 months of being able to build my own small business full time to…
- Saving money while I was working full time because I knew I wanted to do this
- Getting rid of and being happy with way less stuff since 2007 (we haven’t been perfect, but hey)
- No more car payments since 2008 (yes we’ve been to the mechanic more than I wish, but it’s still made a huge difference… I think about going completely car-less a lot)
- Being able to read inspiring stories and interacting with people who are making a living online
It was September of 2009 when I left my job with $7,542 in the bank. I saved $314 per paycheck for a year. I was a man on a mission. The day I left my job was scary yet exciting because I knew what I wanted to do.
During the last year I’ve had moments where I’d become scared that I wasn’t going to make it. This led me to apply for 4 different jobs in â€œautomatic modeâ€ completely out of fear. But thanks to Andrea and my supportive friends and family who have reminded me, â€œlook at how close you are, just keep going,â€ I have stuck with my goals.
It’s been 15 months and my savings account has shrunk significantly since September 2009. But today I am able to pay for almost all of my living expenses through my web sites’ income (no clients or freelancing included). So yeah, my savings is still shrinking – but now it’s happening MUCH slower (a joke that hurts because it’s so true, haha).
Oh and one last thing about that News-Press article – my little brother doesn’t live with us yet, but he is part of the reason that we moved into this 600 square foot apartment last week. It has a second bedroom (with its own entrance) and he needed a place to stay so that he can move over here from another city. I’m super excited about being able to have him in my life again. Andrea’s PISSED though. (Just kidding).
So, on a happier/cool-life-moment note it’s been super windy here in Florida because we’ve had cold fronts coming out of the Gulf. Anytime it gets windy like this, the kiteboarders head out to the water and I love watching. Look at this awesome shot I got of one of them yesterday, pretty sweet, AYE?