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Can it be done? What’s that, you ask? How can a family of four survive on one income in this world that deceives us by making us believe that two incomes is necessary? Of course, we know that anything is possible, right? Do you really believe that phrase? I’ll be honest. I never used to believe it. After all, how do we afford even a mortgage payment on only a single income? Take a look into our solution.
This is step one. The Mister and I have created a list of things we feel are necessary and a list of wants. That’s the easy part. Letting go of the items on our ‘wants’ list was a little more challenging. However, after downsizing a couple of times, we have realized that less is more. This is also in reference to our housing. We once had 4,000 square feet to spread out in, accompanied by five acres. Necessary? Not at all. Our smaller home is what we’ve made it. It is full of love and memories, and yes, closeness. Lots of it. We realized we don’t need all the stuff we had accumulated in years passed. We have focused our priorities on what means the most to us.
Once we realized that time is a fleeting thing, here one moment and gone the next, we were able to better see that our wants really meant nothing compared to quality time spent with our two darlings. His job allows him to only have to work 4 days a week, so each weekend allows us 3 days, versus the typical two. This is wonderful and adds to the quality time we can spend together as a family. Our time together is so much more valuable than any money he’d be making by working another day or two each week.
There’s always a catch, isn’t there? There always seems to be some sort of trade-off when you make a big life change. One income. That’s the catch here. In our case, it allows me to teach our kiddos from home. This has been one of the greatest blessing in my life. The kids and I spend more time reading, observing, experimenting, and making memories than we otherwise would have. It’s wonderful to be home with them, witnessing their learning. (I intend to write more about this at a later date while I compare public schools to the learning that goes on at home in a home school setting.) But one income? Yes.
We’re letting go. It’s amazing the freeing feeling that ensues when we realize that too much stuff is just bogging us down. Have you felt that way? Do you ever just look around and wonder why you have this item or that product? We have eliminated the need for those questions in our home, and it’s wonderful! Less really is more. We’ve released all the excess, and it’s making it possible for me to be at home.
I can’t settle for it. I can’t just give in to living on one income if I have options to reverse it and it works for our family. What? You’re confused now, aren’t you? You thought I was so happy to be at home and live off of one income. I am! Don’t get me wrong. Please don’t misunderstand my stance here. It is a challenge, to be sure. I love challenges, especially when someone tells me that I cannot do something; I will do everything in my power to make it happen. (Maybe that’s why I’m not worried about having only one income!) Hear me out. I am stubborn. Not just a little stubborn. Very. It’s in my blood (thank you, Dad). Why just settle? I can’t do that! I want to find a way to allow our family to travel. I want to take our littles to some amazing places. I want to be able to fly them to visit family and not have to drive 22 hours like we’re used to doing now. Is that wrong? If it is an option, then I need to take full advantage of any opportunity that allows for it.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting more for your family. Being able to fly to places is on our ‘wants’ list, along with travel. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be able to find a creative way to fund those things. It’s not selfish. It’s not for ME, it’s for THEM. Everything I do revolves around and for THEM. That’s what parenting is all about. I realized that the second I witnessed my daughter take her first breath. It became further solidified when I heard my son’s first cries. Parenthood changes you, friends, and it changed me significantly.
For them. For all of us. I started this mission a couple of months ago. After we decided this was our new path, I looked, no scoured the internet for ways to make money from some sort of side gig. Do you know what I found? I found a lot. A lot of garbage, that’s what. It was one website after blog after link and people wanting money from me. How was I ever going to find something? I wasn’t. I wasted a lot of time and had nothing to show for it. Just as I was about to give up, I found some hope. An intervention? An answer?
One small voice told me to keep reading from the website I was on. It was seriously the last one I was going to read. I had succumbed to defeat. But wait! I kept on and something somewhere deep down was urging me to keep on reading. I did. What happened next became my new journey, and I couldn’t be more thankful. I was led to a place that I never knew I was looking for. It was a place I never even knew existed.
I found this online platform called Wealthy Affiliate. I am in love. I have written all about it here, and about what I learned in my first few days. I won’t go into it all right now, but I want to take you to another post that shares some success stories HERE. You are more than welcome to check it out. I don’t want to hide it. It has given me high hopes of a bright future to earn passive income that will allow our family to do things that we have only dreamed of. Wealthy Affiliate has taught me what I know about affiliate marketing, blogging, and participating in THE BEST online community I have ever witnessed. The sky is the limit, and I’m not just saying that. My small successes thus far have already proven that.
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Yeah, it’s definitely possible to live on one income in a world pressuring us to have two. It isn’t necessary, though! I have a desire to take my family to places we’ve never even thought about. I want to give my littles opportunities beyond their wildest imaginations. These are wants, but I want to make them happen. Even if you have a full-time job, this side gig could still enable you to earn passive income and have a little extra to live off from! But be careful. You could eventually end up loving Wealthy Affiliate, become really successful, and work from wherever in the world you’d like. Check it out. The initial membership is FREE! You can learn all I’ve learned in this short time and provide the future for your family! If you have questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. What extra things would you do with your family if you created some passive income? I wanna hear about it!