I sit here and I'm just in complete awe at how my life went from peaceful, quiet, calm, and slow, to busy, loud, chaotic and somewhat hard to manage. My color coded calendar looks like someone shit skittles all over my computer screen. I regularly open my fridge, see wine sitting on the shelf and think about how I'd just love to sit on my couch and chug the whole bottle, no glass. I feel like I'm on my way to getting my introvert card revoked. And what the fuck is rest?! I don't even know what that means.
As I sit here and write this I feel myself getting a little hot and bothered. I miss the calm. I miss my quiet, peaceful house that is now filled with stranger's footsteps and the sound of a vacuum sucking up 10 lbs of dog hair every day. (I have zero carpet in my house and I use a vacuum on a daily basis. There's something wrong here!)
And this I think is why nature has become my happy place. Because my mind and soul gets to rest. I get to escape and disconnect from the world. And for a short moment, I get to sit. Write. Be. I am unreachable there. But only for a moment.
Sitting down to try and process everything that happened and everything I took away from quarter 2 is insanely difficult. But I'll do my best to catch you up to speed.
We became Airbnb hosts in April and rarely have our home to ourselves anymore.
I finished a 5 mile race without stopping even though I had never ran more than 2.5 miles straight.
I completed a 4 week business program.
I have attended more networking, community, and business events than I can even count.
I finally created my Meetup group as a way to build community with women here in Columbus, and am regularly hosting meetups.
I have shed quite a few frustration filled tears.
I thought about giving up, but decided, "Not Today."
As I sit underneath a tree amongst beautifully crafted topiary statues, I wonder what it is I can leave you with on this beautiful Friday afternoon.
I have two things for you coming out of quarter 2.
Don't let fear block your financial blessing.
Re-read that again. One more time please. Third times a charm? Or do you need to read it again? I'll wait...
I almost let the fear of strangers in my home keep me from listing our extra bedroom on Airbnb. I'm a petite woman and my husband frequently travels for work. I'm sure you can understand why I had reservations about this. But since I didn't have a steady paycheck coming in, I decided to finally let go of my fear and begrudgingly said we could try it out.
We were booked every single night in June and earned our mortgage payment that month. When we saw the calendar filling up, my husband looked at me and suggested making some alterations to our home to accommodate a second listing. He sacrificed his portion of the office and put my ass in a closet. Less than 30 days later, our former office turned bedroom was ready to go. We weren't at capacity this month yet made 150% of our mortgage, and are looking into building an additional apartment on our property. The Boone BnB Empire is hopefully expanding and I praise God for the 3 men that created this company. Beyond the actual dollars coming in, I have continued freedom and flexibility from something I almost stiff armed.
Maybe Airbnb isn't for you. Cool, I won't debate you. But there's a position you're too afraid to apply for. A business you're too scared to start that could replace your $50,000 salary with a 6 or 7 figure one. You know you should be investing in real estate, but risk makes you cringe. You're afraid to quit that job you hate because it scares the shit out of you to not have a steady paycheck. You think you'll be judged for starting that blog and sharing your voice with the world. You're settling for a mundane life because you're too afraid to go after your dreams. Fill in the blank with whatever it is that you're too afraid to take action on.
Throw that all the fuck away and go get your financial blessing and the life you deserve! It's on the other side of fear, just sitting there waiting for you!
and the second thing I want to tell you, is....
Honey! You better take advantage of FREE.
*3 finger snaps*
I'm not exactly sure why people don't value free stuff, free resources, and free advice. Maybe it's because they didn't struggle growing up, I don't know? But I remember wearing the bootleg 4 stripe sneakers from Payless while everyone else had real Adidas. I remember being in high school and having to rotate the same 2 pairs of spandex out during volleyball season - one pair for practice, one pair for games - because my mom couldn't afford more than that. And my first year of grad school I slept on an air mattress in the middle of my Dad's living room, only upgrading to a couch my second year.
I didn't grow up rich, so I highly value what's available to me for free or at low cost. I'm well aware that the 4 week program I completed, access to my business advisor(s) for as long as I need them, and the women's 6 month + mentoring program I'm in probably costs thousands of dollars. So yes, I did what I needed to do to get in, and yes I take it seriously.
I found out about this mentoring program 3 hours before it was scheduled to start. I didn't have approval to join and the next round isn't scheduled to begin again until February. I decided to go to a friend's birthday event 2 hours late and showed up to orientation, not knowing if the instructor would let me participate.
When my advisor looked at me and said "I don't want you to miss something you already had planned." I was puzzled. Why would I pass up this opportunity? It's not that often you come across a product or service that's free. You better take what you can get and you better not let an opportunity pass you by.
It's not easy confronting fears. It's not easy trying to move past discomfort. But every time I do, I find more and more joy on the other side. I get closer and closer to living the life I want to live. And I prove to myself that I can do the things that I've said I could never and would never be able to do. I only want the same for you.
My friends, what fears are you overcoming? What important lessons are you learning this year? Leave me a comment. I'd love to hear from you!
Until next time,