Day 2 is upon us and I've already sparked discussion, debate and questions of integrity! SWEET.
First off, here's a confession: I'd hoped to be able to kick off 2010 with a bit of a sweetener, since I had some uncashed cheques left around and Christmas cash that I've yet to receined from a relative or two. I figured – hey – why not make this a little easier on myself to start with? But then I thought about it and came to a realization – any of that money is technically money that I didn't earn in 2010! It was all "earned" in one way or another by the end of last year.
Which leaves me at a big fat 0 so far for this year. But hey. It's more fair that way. So just to let you know – I do have some ethics 🙂
Fortunately, though, I may have a few jobs lined up for January, so all is not lost! Hopefully one will see funds come in by the end of this week.
Upon sending out the news of the blog from one of my gmail accounts, I got a few replies from friends – a mix of encouragement, concern and advice. I'll (anonymously) cover a few of the items here just in case anyone else might be thinking about these things, but just don't wish to voice it:
good luck casey – my plan is to follow your blog and then steal any money making ideas that you seem to have…..
I'm totally cool with anyone else being inspired by this blog and going off to do similar things of their own – I'm all about self-empowerment, and if people are better for it, then hurrah 🙂
buy yourself that mac book pro pronto. don't keep defering that dream. further rationale, you could make money off whatever you produce on the pro.
Yes and true. And worry not – I'm pretty sure that the MacBook Pro will be the least of my worries over the coming years 😉 As well, sure – I can totally use the sweet operating system of the Pro to make awesome stuff, but at the end of the day, it's just a tool, right? I can make awesome stuff using this Toshiba Satellite in the meantime, too! (Well, I hope so, at least.)
Is your girlfriend helping to pay for either of those trips? split costs my friend.
That's the plan at the moment, yes – but she does have a house to pay for, so if I can help by taking the lion's share, then I'll help by taking the lion's share. I just figure it's the right thing to do.
with more money comes more responsibility. you are fortunate to be where you are now, … what you're making is not a bad figure at all. Careful with making money a goal, it tends to supersede all the other small things in life that are more meaningful than amassing money. besides, not having enough money just forces you to prioritize.
SO true. My focus of this exercise is not to simply make extra money and have that be the sole focus – I'm actually trying to expand my horizons in the ways in which one can make money and just try to have a good time while doing so 🙂 I hope to actually take advantage of more opportunities this year than last 🙂
you don't need to make an extra 20G. Europe will run you 6 grand (you're travelling cheap remember) depending on how long you're going for. the aussie aussie aussie (oy,oy,oy) trip will run you 5G..and the engagement ring 10G. okay, so 20G about, but you can save half of that on your current income. So you only need to make another 10G net. So, that's 30G gross.
Granted, I can see how that budget would work, but there're other things to consider – taxes on extra income, if Sarah can't save up enough for the trips for whatever reason, travel insurance, unexpected costs… I think that $20K is a decent figure to estimate for whatever might happen by the end of this year 🙂
In other news, today I officially made my first dollar of the 2010 20K challenge 😀 Thank you Luke for your support – your $1 earned you hearing about my story and a mention in the blog for being the first supporter! Woo hoo!
There may be some more coming in later in the week, but I'll keep y'all posted on it 🙂
2010 20K Running Total: $1.00