Our move was a huge step of faith for us. Dave had not been formally accepted into the program yet, so there were a lot of unknowns, both in terms of his program and of our finances. How would we pay for his tuition that was not covered by his sponsorship until he was accepted? How much would he get as a stipend from his employer? How were we going to cover our living expenses when we now have doubled our family size? Where will we be able to bring in some extra cash?
We have been working hard to settle in and are so close. Dave's program is coming together and he will formally start his program in January, although he is already working very hard on classes. His professors and others helped him to find the best way for him to be able to take the classes and minimize the cost to him. This has helped us tremendously! He also was very fortunate to land a good and interesting job before classes even started.
But there was still a need for more. I'd been struggling to figure out what I could possibly do to make a difference, when I came across a wonderful opportunity to join the launch team for Crystal Paine's new book Money Making Mom. It releases on November 3, but I have spent the last month reading through a pre-release copy of the book. And let me tell you, it has filled me with hope, ideas, inspiration and knowledge to be able to start making a difference in my family's life.
In her book, Crystal walks you step by step through how to come up with fresh ideas, how to find your passion and skills, and how to start setting up a business and avoid some of the pitfalls that others have experienced along the way. She encourages you to face your fears and step out. She gives you ideas on how to keep growing as a person. She highlights many women in so many different types of business, so it is easy to see that there is no one right answer.
More important then helping you to lay the foundation for a strong business, Crystal helps you to understand that being able to give back in some way is central to your ability to thrive in your work and your life. She reminds us over and over again that you must know why you are doing what you are if you want to be able to stick with it, even when it is hard. Part of her mission statement is "Live simply so others may simply live." Later in the book she states, "I've found that every time I give in a way that requires sacrifice, I'm so very blessed in the end. And it inspires me to let go even more and live with arms stretched out wide." I have been so inspired to think of creative ways that I can reach out to others because of reading this book.
I don't have a plan mapped out for myself yet. I still have a lot to figure out. But I know that I have the tools now to start making those plans. And I have the courage to start making those plans. I loved what Crystal had to say, "Keep dreaming, keep setting goals, and keep breaking them down into bite-sized pieces. Keep moving forward, even if you feel like you're going at a snail's pace." Because honestly, that is exactly where I am right now.
If this is something you are interested in getting, I highly encourage you to order a copy of the book now. If you are someone interested in learning how to follow your passions and earn money while doing that, I highly encourage you to get the book. You do not need to be a mom to benefit from this book. Crystal has some lovely bonuses available to those who pre-order the book. You can check them out at http://moneymakingmombook.com/.