Monthly Archives: May 2014

Two Year Blog-iversary!

In honor of my 2nd full year of blogging, I’m dedicating this post to Pink and Rick, the dogs that got this whole thing started.

Two years ago, I started writing about how much I hated my two dogs.  Now, I can’t think of living with out these crazy beasts.  Weird how things change, right?  Maybe someday I’ll love vegetables that much.  Since it’s my blog-iversary and the dogs haven’t made very many appearances lately, I thought I’d let you know what they’ve been up to.

1.  Creeping on College Chicks.

We took a road trip to our college town.  As SOON as we got to campus, Rick and Pink jumped up and started checking out the football stadium, the buildings, and the college girls.  The girls liked them a lot too, I heard, “look at those dogs!”  as I slouched down into my seat out of embarrassment.

photo 2Eating Sushi!

I tried to take a manly fisherman picture of my husband.  You know, husband + dog + fish = masculine amazingness.  However, Rick decided to try and eat the fish.  Who knew dogs like sushi?!

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Trying to Get Skinny.

Rick must be watching his weight, because I found him in an epic battle with this Diet Coke bottle a few weeks ago.  Chunky dog lovers, have no fear, he’s still as “fluffy” as ever.photo 3

 

Acting like teenagers

We were trying to be nice, so we let them inside one night to lay on the kitchen floor.  They were happy and smiling– until we wouldn’t let them watch Animal Planet.   photo 2

Being Freaking Crazy.

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Fighting like cats and dogs

I know what you’re thinking, “Where is Pink in all these pictures?”  He’s usually off acting like a cat and moodily sulking around.  Here’s a glimpse of the elusive Pink.

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Being Adorable.

No matter how crazy they get, I still think they’re the cutest dogs in the world.  Isn’t that what all dog owners say?

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Why Humans Aren’t Made of Metal

My husband’s grandfather died last week.  We spent the week crying and laughing.  I didn’t know his grandfather very well, but watching my husband and his family grieve, made me cry.  Then, hearing the amazing stories they told about him, made me laugh.  Here are four things I learned about Jared’s grandfather:

1.  He is part of the last generation to know the great depression.  When he was little, he rode to California in a bob-truck with six other families to find work.

2.  He was one of 13 brothers and sisters.  Two of his sisters came to the funeral, and they were the most energetic 80 year olds I’ve ever met.  They totally stayed up later than me.

3.  He was called “Sonny Boy” his whole life.  Since we live in the South and I call older people Mr. and Mrs, I called him, “Mr. Sonny Boy.”  This always made me smile.

4.  He was loved.  By many.

Mr Sonny Boy and Jared

I cried watching how his death affected my husband and his family.  They cried, and because they were hurting, I cried.  This year has been rough for us.  I’ve thought about pain a lot.  As humans, we feel pain.  Not just ‘I cut myself, and it hurts’ pain.  But, we also feel ‘something terrible happened, and it hurts my heart’ pain.  When we emotionally hurt, we feel it physically.  Your heart feels heavier, your shoulders slump, your eyes start to water, your breath gets shorter– eventually all these come together and you start weeping and shaking.  As your entire body sobs it also releases the hurt you are physically feeling.  You sob until slowly your body stops shaking, your breathing evens out, and your eyes dry up.  Then — eventually– you stand up and you go forward.

All this pain made me wish one thing: we were made of metal.

Wouldn’t that be great? Our human skin is pretty week.  It tears and rips.  If we were made of metal, we wouldn’t physically have to feel anything.  Instead of flimsy skin and watery eyes, we could be made of a sheet of thin metal.  Nothing could get past our shell.  Nothing would make us cry.  Nothing could hurt us.  We wouldn’t have scraped knees, or broken bones.  When we started to rust, we could just go to a mechanic and get a tune up.  Wouldn’t that be amazing?

Instead of doctors and nurses our world would be filled with welders and machinists.  We would go get our car’s oil changed, and we could oil up our squeaky joints at the same time.  It would be wonderful not to have to feel pain– emotional or physical.

I was thinking about this at the funeral.  I was picturing everyone around me as indestructible tin people.  My mind wanders to stuff like this constantly.

After the service, I saw tears in my husband’s eyes.  He was crying for his grandfather– Mr. Sonny Boy– who helped raise him.  The man who took him to his farm, and taught him to love plants, soil, and — candy.  The man who picked him up from the bus after school and walked him to his house.  The man who loved him.

Hoping to comort my husband, I hugged him.  It was the only thing I could think of that would help.  As I hugged him, I realized I couldn’t do that if we were made of metal.  It would be cold. It would be noisy– sounding like two cars crashing into each other.   So, I guess I’m glad we’re not made of metal, because we can feel hugs, and warmth, and love– but some days we have to feel pain too.

 

4 Reasons You Need a Side Hustle!

One of My Bucket List Items for this year is to make $1000 a month outside my “regular” job.  I plan to do this by working some side hustles–any job outside of your main job qualifies as a side hustle, for example: mowing yards, freelance writing, selling your dogs… you get the point.

For the first three months of the year I ignored my side hustle goal.  I had no idea where to start.  In April, I figured I should start trying something– anything.  So far my progress has been slow.  But, it hasn’t been non-existent!  Since lots of bloggers publish how much money they make from their side hustles, I thought it might help me stay motivated to keep track of my side hustle income on this blog.  So, once a month, I’ll update you on how it’s going.

Before you check out how much I earned in April, I have to let you know something that totally surprised me.  It’s super hard to tell you how much I earned.  Payment takes a lot of time to “clear” from some online business.  To keep it simple, I’m just going to count “earned” money as money in my bank account–I’ll put what money is still outstanding by the side.

April Side Hustle Earnings

Writing for other websites: $57.06

Fiverr: $0 — I actually earned $4.oo, but it hasn’t cleared the bank yet.

Total:   $57.06 Amount needed to reach $1,000:  $942.94

Even though I didn’t get anywhere close to my goal, I’m pretty happy with my progress.  Even bloggers who make over $10,000 a month had to start somewhere, right?

Here’s 4 reasons you should think about getting a side hustle (even if you don’t need more money):

1.  It will make you better at your “real job”:

Since I’ve been messing around with blogs/graphics/videos for so long, I’m way better at my regular job.  I constantly use things I’ve done here or on other websites to help me create projects at work.  For example, I’m working on a manual at my “real job” right now.  I’m using the same software on the manual that I used to make my My Yearly Bucket List Book.  I only know how to use the software because I did it here first.

2.  It will make you more confident:

Want to know a secret?  I get really scared to post ANYTHING on this blog.  Sometimes I’ll write a post, and it will take me an entire week to hit “publish.”  Weird, right?  As I’ve started to write and design for other websites, I’ve gotten a little more confident.

Nothing will make you more confident then seeing your skills make money in the marketplace.  I just joined fiverr.com, it’s a marketplace that sells $5.00 services.  I uploaded a “gig”(my $5 service) and the next morning someone bought it!  Cha-ching!  Here’s a link to the gig I created!  Now, you’re probably thinking, “Kelsie, you silly dog lady, that’s not even enough to cover your time!”  Well, you’re right.  Like anything, this will take time to grow.  And, selling something made me feel like a million bucks!  Doesn’t that count?

3.  It will be fun:

IF you’re going to invest your time on a side hustle, you’re going to do something you like.  You’ll have a great time, and you’ll feel fulfilled because you’re following your dreams.  What’s more fun than that?!

4.  You can make extra money!

Okay, I know I said these reasons weren’t about money, but you should never believe me.  We’re trying to pay off our house, remember?  While it will probably take me a while to build my side hustles, the extra dollars help.  You can make a few extra dollars, too.  If you want a side hustle, but you don’t know what to do, here’s a list of 75 side hustles you should check out!

 

Do you do anything on the side? Do you think it’s worth it

I hope you have the best week ever,

Kelsie