As my two children grew, I knew I had to find something to keep me busy (and earn an income in the process!) after I was done homeschooling them. I’ve always wanted to work from home and I tried a few different MLM businesses to achieve that goal, but instead I learned I’m not a salesperson. I cannot convince someone to buy something they don’t need. I just can’t.
While taking Dave Ramsey’s FPU course, I remember him teaching, “Do what you love, and you‘ll never work a day in your life.” Though he didn’t coin the phrase, he’s who I remember when I think of it. I’ve always been a homebody and have never liked being tied to someone else’s schedule, so working my own business from home has been my desire for a very long time. (Yes, I’m a “P.”)
“Do what you love…” What am I passionate about? I’m passionate about so many things. I’m passionate about my God, the Bible, spiritual and physical nourishment, education, truth, beauty, serving, relationship, communication, stories, reading, writing, OMG!! How can I earn an income from any ONE of my passions without having to give up ANY of them in the process?
I’ve always loved to write and would love to write a book, so that’s always on the back burner. My attempts to write a book have revealed that I have so much to learn and it’s going to be a while before I’m able to pump one out.
I thoroughly enjoyed creating lessons for my kids based on how they learn and my unique perspective of the world, but could I write a curriculum and be paid for it? It’s in process, but again, it’ll take time.
I love to learn. Can I make money on learning? Mostly I love to research what I am interested in learning, so a job as a researcher wasn’t practical and would probably kill my love of researching. You probably know that the best way to learn is to teach and I just so happen to love to teach, too!
Combine all of those passions and you come up with something so perfect – blogging – I have to give it a try! I think blogging is the modern day equivalent of being a newspaper columnist. The biggest differences, though, are that you don’t have to wait for a newspaper to hire you and you get to write about whatever your heart desires.
You’ve heard it said that the one who loves you the most will tell you what you don’t want to hear, haven’t you? Well, I think that’s a big part of the reason nobody wants to hear what I have to say. For a lot of people, believing something for a lifetime and then learning that it could be wrong leaves them with the responsibility to research it further for themselves and then make changes in their life to reflect their new “right” way. That’s a lot of work, I know. I’ve made many changes throughout my life, but I’ve embraced them all because I’ve always been a seeker of the truth. Even now, I’m not so dogmatic about anything that I wouldn’t change it if new information led me to do so. All that combined with having so much to say, being an introvert, and getting the impression that nobody wants to hear it, makes blogging the perfect outlet for me! So here, for my benefit, and ideally yours too, I get to say what I want while not holding anybody captive to “listen” against their will. I’m gonna love this!! My great hope is that you will too. Romans 8:18-21