My new (to me) 2009 VW Rabbit.
Hello friends! It seems I’ve been away forever, but in reality it hasn’t been THAT long. I just don’t want to be one of those bloggers that stops and starts all the time. Consistency is important to me.
So why the break? Well, quite honestly I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed…and somewhat panicked.
Let’s take this past week…my car died last Saturday when I went over to my friend’s house for dinner. To make what could easily be a long story short, my old car was pretty much toast, and I ended up having to buy a new (used) car. If you want to read more about how all that went down, click over to my personal finance blog, Budget and the Beach.
So now I have an extra category in my budget: a car payment. Boooooo!
Many of you know I’m a freelancer, and my main gig is video editing, followed by income I make from side hustles like blogging, coaching beach volleyball, and other random tasks. While December and January were incredible income-wise, February has been abysmal, and usually Q1 is almost always consistent and profitable, so basically I get nervous…really nervous.
It makes me start thinking about what my priorities are and where I want to be headed in life, and one big dilemma I’m having involves this blog.
You see (I know other bloggers know what I’m talking about) serious blogging takes up A LOT OF TIME…and this is my SECOND blog. My first baby will always be my personal finance blog, and even that is eating up TONS of my time.
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The difference with that blog is I’m actually making income with ads and sponsored posts. With this one, it’s still a somewhat glorified hobby, with maaaaybe some potential to make income, but it seems more likely that with healthy lifestyle blogs you get more freebies instead of ad/sponsored post income? Anyone want to weigh in on that?
So my big dilemma is, do I continue spending hours on this blog and hope it grows into a site that generates income, or do I focus my time and attention elsewhere, which will bring in income sooner? One thing I know for sure is, I can’t add more hours to my day. Or I could go further into the night with work, but I know my personality and I’d go insane if I don’t have some work/life balance.
I’m currently in a mastermind group with other personal finance bloggers that meets on Google Hangout about every other week, so I’m hoping they can help talk me through what my best move is.
Another thing currently on my mind is whether or not I should stay in LA, or move somewhere with a less expensive cost of living. Austin and Denver are still on my short list. I did have Portland and Boulder on that list, but I think I ruled them both out based on some criteria important to me. At least I will be able to check out Denver for a couple days before my trip to Iceland starts just under two weeks from now. Eeeek!
Speaking of that trips and other trips, I haven’t even had time to research my trip to Denver/Iceland very much. I won’t be in Iceland very long (really three days), but I have a feeling I’m going to be winging it…something that is very much out of my comfort zone.
I’m also canceling any plans to go to Austin in April. With my new car payment and not-so-great income in February, I feel it would be financially irresponsible. That, and one of the main reasons I was going there was to run a race, and my calf/shin is STILL not healed.
So that brings me to the next item on my brain: my leg. I still haven’t gone to the doctor to have it checked out because at the very least it’s not getting worse. In fact, usually it feels better if I’m moving it around all day, but sadly I’m still not able to run, even on the beach.
I DID play six games of beach volleyball last weekend, and it actually felt better as the games went on…but the next day? Ouch.
My plan right now is to wait until after the trip to Iceland and see where things are. One step at a time, right?
In the meantime I’ve still been going to my friend’s boutique studio for the promotional deal I got, but that ends very soon. It’s been great strength training, but man do I miss my cardio. I have done some swimming and bike riding, so that’s been helpful, but I do miss my runs.
The last monkey that’s been riding on my back has been taxes. As a freelancer, getting all my paperwork ready for my accountant has always been somewhat of a nightmare. That’s also been eating up a lot of my time, but I only have one minor thing left to add up, and then my tax appointment is next Friday, so I’ll be happy to have that done…although I think I’m going to owe…A LOT! Fingers crossed I’m wrong.
Sorry for such a long post. My goal for March is to try and set up a schedule, which will involve waking up a bit earlier to manage my blog tasks…at least until I decide what my priorities should be.
Are any of you healthy lifestyle bloggers earning money from your sites? Want to weigh in on anything else I wrote? Thoughts? Opinions?