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Repeat after me: It’s up to me to live the life I’ve imagined.
I’ve never had a “real” job. I know that sounds crazy since I’m trying to do everything I can to pay off my student debt asap, but it’s true.
Actually I’ve never had a permanent 9-5 job. And honestly, I don’t want one. That means I don’t get paid vacation time, benefits from an employer or even a 401k or even maternity leave. And I’ve never had that stuff provided to me. And I’m ok with that.
But it does mean that I have the ability to take vacations as I see fit without fighting coworkers to get days off first. It means that I can take a nap in the middle of the day. And I never have to take on work I don’t want to do. Though it’s got it’s own challenges, I’m fortunate enough to earn an income at home with my toddler by my side.
On the flip side, it means sometimes chasing paychecks, never knowing when the next gig will come by and having to constantly promote myself. But still I wouldn’t change it for the world. I’ve worked a temporary position as a a ghostwriter for a few months that was the typical 9-5 schedule and it only confirmed what I already knew. That I want no part of that life. Of course, I’m not knocking those who enjoy the traditional desk job, but it’s just not for me. I love having a diversified resume resulting in diversified income.
So what do I do exactly? I’m freelance writer/journalist and fitness instructor. That is my career. Additionally, I work sporadically at the front desk of a gym and work as a brand ambassador to help pay off my student loan debt. And can you believe my husband doesn’t have a “real job” either? He’s a pro cameraman, editor and producer specializing in events and live action. Other than we he edits footage, he’s rarely behind a desk and picks up gigs as they appear.
Despite neither of us having full-time jobs, and steady paychecks that are a consistent amount we manage to live and provide a happy home for ourselves and Little Prince. Here’s what we do to make it work: