A few weeks ago, I took a first step in what I hope will be a sufficient income source when I begin my travels next year. In addition to that project, this website is under constant development as I continue to slowly learn SEO and monetization principles. However, this site is more for my own personal satisfaction than anything else. I fondly refer to it as my ‘making dreams reality’ journal.
I have another site that I am working on as well, but it will not debut for several months. It is related to something I have been doing in my off time for a while now and I am hoping to generate some income from that project. I am also reluctantly researching a couple of companies who will allow me to perform my work remotely. I haven’t decided for sure if I want to be tied down by this kind of work, but the regular paycheck, health insurance, continued retirement contributions, etc., are incentives I can’t ignore. Or can I?
My goal is to have several streams of income, as recommended by many full-time travelers who are not yet retirement age. I currently have 3 projects, including this site, and the possibility of a normal-ish job that I can perform remotely. While everything is at it’s beginning stages, I feel good about what I will be able to accomplish by the end of next summer when I leave. After a year on the road, I hope to have enough knowledge and success to perhaps write an eBook on the subject, based on my experience.
My normal 9-5 has been challenging lately. The job itself is not so bad, but some of the people, not so much. My old boss and my new boss are fantastic and supportive, thankfully. A lot of the problem is me, and I recognize that. I was not meant for a corporate environment. It does not suit my personality or my sense of reason. For those of you who understand or are into these things, I am an xNFP and HSP. So I have all the feels, all the time. grin People often mistake me as an extrovert because of my friendly gregarious nature, but that is not at all accurate. Extroverts are energized by being around other people and by social situations while introverts find those same situations drain their energy. I am definitely middle of the road on this, I can feel both depending on the day and/or the circumstance. I am an ambivert, though if forced to choose, I would slightly more relate to the INFP personality. With all that said, my new supervisor has found a way to help me, help myself, by accommodating a request to meet a need I just discovered I had. This should make my work environment, and daily work experience, much less mentally draining.
Things are going well in these early stages of planning. Savings got a sluggish start but that too is now going as planned and I feel pretty fantastic about how things are coming together! GO ME!