• Dana Ellington

Has It Been a Month Already?

This is for those of you wondering how life has been for me since I quit the day gig to go full time as an author. My official last day was April 2nd. It's been over 30 days, here's what I've been up to.



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Welp, I'm going to start with the reality checks that rolled in those first few days (*ahem*):

  • Started having minor car issues as in a sensor is starting to go out which activates the 'check engine light' randomly; the touch screen on my dash display doesn't work anymore; the back-up camera display works intermittently; the sun roof 'vent' setting doesn't work so opening the sun roof to vent could leave the roof open for leakage; one of the tires seems to be developing a slow leak.

  • Because I didn't get all the information regarding early distribution of my retirement account (which I did in order to pay off the majority of my debt prior to quitting the job), and I wasn't as on top of things when it came to past tax debt my (now ex) husband and I accumulated, this year, it appears I owe over seven grand in federal and state taxes.


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Yeah...that last one hit hard. Hit hard enough that I began to second guess all of my life's decisions. I had a few other little hits ($200+ health insurance payments now for one) but those above were the biggies as they happened within the first ten days of my last day at work - and that last paycheck wasn't going to cover ANY of it.


In the midst of all that though, I settled into a daily routine that has produced:

  • a morning routine that includes meditation, exercise, and a healthy breakfast. Three big components of my life that I've struggled to incorporate into my adult life

  • a writing routine that's going to have me on track to finish ALL four of the books I've been putting off for the past six years

  • freedom to work around my insomnia, which has decreased dramatically by the way. In my before life, if I'd had only a couple of hours of sleep the night before, that next day at work would see me struggling to do the little things, but now, when I wake during the wee hours of the night, I don't fight to go back to sleep, I get up and do some writing, or I read, then when I feel sleepy again, I go back to bed unbothered that an alarm is going to off in just a few minutes. Subsequently, during the day, when I find myself exhausted by two o'clock in the afternoon, I take an hour nap. When I wake up, I'm refreshed and ready to get back to work.

When I think about the money, yes, I stress a bit. But not enough to want to go back to a 'traditional' job. I've fallen for all the entrepreneurial tropes - setting my own schedule, being productive to my standards, any money I earn goes into my bank account; I can't be fired for sleeping on the job and the break room is stocked with all the food I want to eat, no worrying about co-workers helping themselves to MY lunch either. It's most awesome.


I've given myself until the end of Q2 to make a real run at making some money. Ninety days isn't that long in the grand scheme of things. We're also talking about taking a 13-year old "business" from just a smidge over maybe three grand in revenue total over the last 13 years to bringing in up to five grand a month. It sounds (and sometimes feels) impossible.


Here's where being me comes in handy. That impossible feeling doesn't stop me from doing what I want to do. I'm weird that way.


So yeah, things look a bit daunting right now but I'm excited to be on my way. I invite you to subscribe - either here on the website or HERE on my YouTube channel - so you can roll with me as I make my way.


For a visual edition of this blog post, click HERE :-).


As always, thank you for stopping by.

Sending love & inspiration,

Dana

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