I've been trying to, anyways! I was doing the 5 minute free write selfie contest but only had to post it on the contest comments, not a whole post about it. That exhausted me, LOL. I made it 8 days and today is the ninth and I just missed the deadline by 7 minutes. Oh well, Im sick of taking selfies. These past few days Ive been working on my connections, meeting with people for potential collaborations and trying to just be OK with the flow of things. Been trying to remember that its OK to be social and make friends along the way too, not just for business purposes.

That sounds like a good thing to become OK with.

Yeah, I’m not a big fan of taking selfies either. I also do quite see how they connect to freewrites;)

its hard though! Sometimes I feel like if I'm not working towards making money, I'm wasting time. I don't want to be in the infancy state of business forever. But Ive also realized that if I put too much pressure on myself to complete a ton of shit in one day, I just shut down and get nothing done.

Do you know how much money you need to live the lifestyle you want? A lot of people recommend figuring that out before you do anything else. I’ve never tried, but I think it makes a lot of sense. I’m not sure if there’s a formula or a cheat sheet to make completing the task easier, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about trying for a while now and haven’t. It seems like if you had a ballpark figure to aim toward, you could supplement yourself now with some of your savings and have a clear goal to shoot for. I would think that might lessen your money anxiety.

A million dollars a year? HAHAH. That's hard to say, really. I've always made whatever salary I was making work for me, and still be able to save money while I was at it. I bought my apartment when I was only making $28,000 a year and they should not have given me a mortgage, LOL, but its what I wanted. I've always had caviar tastes but regardless of how much extra funds I have at the moment, never wanted to spend my money on what I really want. that me being realistic to my situation? Punishing myself secretly by not allowing myself to have the "best"? Or am I just getting to be an adult where I realize that spending $1000 on a purse is not a good idea no matter what my bank account looks like? I actually dont think I need a lot to survive, or even thrive. Cover my bills and I'm happy. The one thing I would want to do more of that costs money is travel. Ironic isnt it, when I had a job and plenty of money I never had the time, and now that I have the time....I'm afraid to spend the money!

I am going to give this some serious thought though - work out how much I need for bills, how much savings I'd like to put away for the year and how much "fun" money I really need at the moment. That should give me at least a ball park figure to shoot for every month. And maybe not even the entire thing in sales - if I know I am dipping into savings for a certain percentage each month that might also help me relax about how often I have to tap into it.

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