Hello Everyone! I hope you’re doing well. Last Monday I made the decision to stay home from my Call Center job amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We do not have a remote option for my department and I am left to figure it out as I go. It’s made me realize that I desperately needed a vacation and disgusted with the fact, that as an American, we have been brainwashed to accept the conditions we work under. They could always be worse, yes, but not by much. I had to choose either my health or to work and make money during the Pandemic, and while I don’t regret my decision, I find it funny how employees break their backs for employers and once adversity strikes, employers are typically unwilling to do the same. I could go on about the mess of the situation my company has put me in but honestly, I’m glad. I’ve been thinking of quitting for the longest time now and this just might be the straw that broke the camels back.
As far as my plan, I don’t really have one. I’ve played around with a couple ideas in my lifetime and this really is the first time I get to decide who I want to become. The last year and 10 months I’ve coasted along, going out and simply enjoying life while hating my job. I’ve been waiting for a promotion that never came, and a pay raise that wasn’t enough. The Pandemic is essentially hitting the reset button for me. This blog, at the moment, is my main source of income. I do some freelance customer service here and there, but I typically don’t make more than enough to cover a cup of coffee (not that I’ll be getting one for a long while). I spend about $100 a year for this blog and it’s been a dream of mine to make money from this hobby. Rare? Yes. Impossible? No. As much as I’d love to ramp up production of content, I am only one Man. I write and edit all my content and that takes time that I typically don’t have to invest.
My main expense currently is my student loans. A degree in Management with an option in International business was not cheap. $34,000 that could have been used to invest, currently being spent on an education that has seemingly been not worth the cost. That said, I’m happy to say my student loans in the last year alone have been paid down to $14,000. My goal for the year was to have the loans entirely paid off and I’m still holding myself to that. I’ve made a concentrated effort and put myself in a good spot. To help with this major expense, I am going to have a $3 a post payment method (you can do multiple payments per post if inclined) that is completely optional. This money will go directly to my Paypal. There will be a link in every post and I will be taking feedback in regards to payment methods. I will also be publishing my poetry book (no ETA yet) and will charge $5 per copy, so expect a post on that when it becomes available. Beyond this, when the Pandemic ends, I hope to be in a better position to ultimately begin a career in Freelance.
Thanks for reading! Expect more content in the coming months. I’m still in the planning phases currently but I’m expecting to write more update posts to keep everyone in the loop as I begin to venture outside of this blog with my writing. Hopefully the next post will have a link to a published book, in the meantime, your support means the world to me. Stay safe everyone and wash those hands!
Help Mike pay off his student loans!
Hi All, Any support would be greatly appreciated! Student loans at the time of posting are $14,588.56. I will update everyone periodically as progress is made and hopefully we can get this paid down by the end of the year!