Extra Money and Home Project Dreams


I have finally completed my kitchen remodel project after three years (I always find it best to live in a space for a while before you go changing things). One may ask (and some have asked) why it has taken me soooo long. I don’t do debt. It is just not a good look for me personally. Growing up below the poverty line, watching those around me living from check to check, not having a roof over my head, and having only one meal a day scared me like nobody’s business. So, I have become a financially savvy women living way below my means. I am also not afraid of the side hustle. Obtaining a masters in social work has given me a wide variety of skills, and opened up many employers’ doors and learning opportunities. So, as you take on new projects and new career opportunities to fund those projects, feel free to ask yourself these questions:

  • What excites you? If you’re clear about your passion, spend some exploring it.
  • Take time to validate that your dream job is actually your dream job. I recently came across this post and was like “talk about an ah ha moment!” I shared it with everyone in my circle, now I share it with you.
  • Be open to change and serendipitous events. When you are open to change, you increase your potential; to discover a new path, see things from a different perspective.
  • Remember to be retrospective. Consider the turning points in your past as a place where you want to go next. Taking jobs over the years has been like a great connect the dots puzzle for me.
  • Be calculated about your transition. Do you want to quit your day job, or would you like working part time or volunteering? Knowing how valuable your free time is will help you decide how ferociously you should go after a side hustle or a personal goal.
  • What you bring to the table is up to you. Your attitude and expectations will factor into this equation. Whenever I take on an extra job, I ask myself why I am doing this. What’s my end game? My answers have always fallen into a few categories: hours toward licensure, continuing educational credits, professional growth, and money (new flooring, island, counters, and paint).
  • Keep moving forward. The path to your dream job doesn’t end when you obtain it. New developments may change your interest and passion. It’s important to ask what’s next and also know it’s okay to live in your current space for a while.

Have you found a job that gives you the lifestyle you want? How did you get there?

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6 Responses to Extra Money and Home Project Dreams

  1. I LOVE that quote


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  2. jml297 says:

    Thanks for an interesting and thoughtful post. It made me think about where I am, and how far I have come in the last 3-4 years to be in a place where I find my work challenging but mostly rewarding, and I have been working hard at finding ways to make the time and space for the creativity which makes me feel alive. It will remain a work in progress, but I like your point about how you can be okay with where you are now, even if it isn’t idyllic. Thanks for sharing.

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    • msw blog says:

      I am glad you found a moment of reflection in my post. I too found one, as writing this took me back to an older post about contentment and an exercise on self. I am also glad to hear your job is challenging and rewarding. I personally find those to pieces to be huge on the path to the “dream job”, while allowing you to be creative. Thank you for reading.

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  3. Kevin says:

    Great post! I feel the same way about the remodeling and going into debt for no reason. I’d rather save up and pay as I go for remodel projects.

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