As always, I love hearing more about all of you.
Answer the questions below (skip any if you would like) and lets all get to know each other a little bit better.
1. What's your name, and what do you do for a living?
Well, I'll start off with an easy question. In case you didn't know, my name is Michelle. For some reason, people don't think that's my real name, but it is! Even though I started off “anonymously” blogging, I always used my real name.
I am currently a full-time freelancer.
I have been freelancing for a few years now, but I just recently switched to only freelancing in October of 2013 when I left my day job to pursue this full-time. I provide a wide range of services. These include: managing my own websites (I have several); managing websites for others; staff writing; social media management; and more.
2. Do you want to follow your passion? If so, what is your passion?
This is my passion. I really enjoy what I do and I'm still happy that I left my day job to do this full-time. I don't ever see myself going back and working for someone else again! 🙂
Read Pursuing What I Love or What Brings in the (Stable) Money if you are interested in hearing more about this topic.
3. How much debt do you have?
My student loans are completely paid off (thanks to side hustling), but we do still have a mortgage.
We are not trying to pay it off quickly though because we do plan on buying a home within the next 2 years. I believe our mortgage right now sits at around $112,000. We live in St. Louis where housing is very cheap.
4. Where do you want to live? Do you live in your dream location?
Right now, we live in St. Louis. Around one year ago, we were looking to sell our current house and buy a second one in the St. Louis area, but we decided to stop.
While we do love the St. Louis area, we have been thinking a lot about moving to a different state.
At first, we were thinking about moving to Florida (Florida is still at the top of our list), but now we are really interested in Colorado. We went on a 2 week road trip and saw a lot of Colorado, and it made us really interested in moving to the state. There are just so many amazing outdoorsy things to do there and the weather is wonderful.
What's your favorite town in Colorado? If any of you live there, where would you recommend?
We want a place with a nice view, a place that is safe, good schools in the area (we do plan on having children in the future), and somewhat nice weather. We'd prefer it to not be 30 or 40 degrees in the summer time! 🙂
5. What are your summer vacation plans?
We have done a good amount of traveling so far this summer. We went to Colorado for two weeks in June, and we just got back from an 8 day cruise to the Caribbean in July.
Wes is going on a week long hike with a friend on the Colorado Trail (they're not doing the whole trail as it's around 500 miles), but they do plan on doing as much of it as they can.
Then, we are going to Belize to meet with a potential client of mine in the next few weeks.
Lastly, we have FinCon which is in the middle of September in New Orleans. Wes is coming with me because he is in the beginning stages of creating his own website. I am excited to share his blogging journey with all of you and I can't wait to share his website.
I'm loving all of the traveling that we have on our calendar for the next few months. We will be quite active. However, I am a homebody and I usually get home sick haha!
6. Would you rather have a part-time job or a side hustle?
The other day I published an article about why I started a side hustle over a part-time job. Different people have their own preferences, but for me, I am happy that I started a side hustle.
My side hustle eventually led to me freelancing online full-time, and I am now having the best time of my life. I wouldn't change a thing!
Read my article on my other blog Why I’d Rather Have A Side Hustle Than A Part-Time Job.
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