In April of 2008, I graduated from college. At the time I was dating a lovely girl I had met at the college, and together we decided to move out to North Vancouver to live and work for a year. We weren't sure what direction life was taking us, individually or as a couple. As April of 2009 approaches I am still living in North Vancouver, but now I'm engaged. My fiance and I are planning on getting married in August of this year (only about 5 months away), and staying in North Vancouver. A lot of big changes are going to come over the next few months. I'm going to stop living with roommates and start living with a wife. I am going to combine my finances with another human being. I am going to start creating a home.
All of this makes me think about what I'm doing with my life. When I entered college I actually thought I was going to graduate to become a youth pastor. Now I'm not sure I'll even use my Biblical Studies degree. Instead, I'm currently working as a meter reader for BC Hydro. It's a decent job, I work 8-3:30, am responsible for only myself, and get to stay in shape walking around all day. While it doesn't exactly provide me with a sense of fulfillment or purpose, it pays the bills. It's just not what I want to do for the rest of my life.
One of my dreams that has begun to form over the past year is finding a way to work for myself. There's something about owning your own business, setting your own hours or deciding your own future that really intrigues me. So I started doing some research, looking for what I might be able to do in order to create for myself a dream life and a dream job. There are precious few options, when one is not as talented or as gifted as others. I know that in the past people have appreciated my skill for writing, so I decided to check out what opportunities my writing and the internet might offer me.
After a fair few nights of research, examining all the ways the internet wants to scam stay-at-home mothers, I settled on a website called Associated Content. Over the next few months I will be writing articles for the website, hoping to generate page views and an incredibly pathetic income. I will not be jumping in headfirst, this is something that I will work on with extra time that I have. I don't want to become unemployed again any time soon.
This blog will then serve two purposes. For one, it will record and track my attempt to make money online, from stage one. Secondly, over the next month I will be posting a few of the things that I've learned over the last few months about money, personal finance, and how to create a life worth living. I will be posting at least three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so check back frequently for updates. My hope is that I will benefit by being able to write more frequently, teach myself about writing/blogging, and win The Great Blog Off. I also hope that you, the reader, will benefit by learning something about how you can create a life worth living also.