Crystal is a long-time (in internet years) friend. We met on Twitter, oh, 7ish years ago maybe? She wore 3-week-old Silas in a sling at our tiny town park on her first visit. He’s six now. We’ve shared meals and our children have crunched crackers on each others carpet. I started working for her a few hours a week almost 6 years ago, right as Money Saving Mom was blossoming beyond what she could handle on her own.
Crystal is an enthusiastic cheerleader, a dreamer, and one of the most determined and hard-working women I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. She is obnoxiously generous, and this book is basically a blueprint of how to make a full-time income from home, based on her own experiences and successes. She’s handing us the formula to a full-time income from home, and you know what?
Money Making Mom makes me freak out a little as I frantically scribble notes and jot down fleeting ideas. “Everyone is doing more than I am! I’m not doing enough! Wiping bottoms, sweeping floors, cheering at my kids’ sporting events, and digging toddlers out of the toilet is NOT getting my family any farther ahead financially! I need to blog more! I need to teach more essential oils classes! I need to make the time, rearrange the schedule, pay for help, post more to Facebook, read more business books, and make more money! Right this very minute! If I don’t I’ll be completely left behind! All the good ideas will be taken. All the people will already know about essential oils and I won’t have anyone on my team. All the blog posts will be written by other people! It will be too late, because now everyone’s read the book!”
Yep. There you have it. My brain.
Oh, you, too? You have the skills and the ideas, but you are in a season ripe with important responsibilities? You’ve collected the know-how for success, but you also know that the bathtub isn’t going to clean itself and hiring out isn’t an option right now? You committed to raising your little children and being present, only you didn’t realize just how many children there would be to raise? You push your giggling preschooler on the swing and your mind wanders, wondering if you are doing enough?
Don’t lose focus, Mama. Crystal’s heart for you is to do what you can with what you have. To bust down the walls of your comfort zone and dream big without losing sight of the joy and blessings right in front of you. Work hard, but know this:
You are doing enough.
YOU ARE enough.
Making money from home amid the already full everyday is an amazing opportunity. I know, because I’m doing it and I have been on various monetary levels with a few different streams of income since I left my teaching job 11 years and 4 children ago. It is a gift to be able to work from home, full or part-time, contributing to the family income.
The trick is to make sure that gift doesn’t turn into a burden. A longing for more. A taunting, insisting that you could do more and be more without the weight of what’s right in front of you. If only…
When you read Money Making Mom, thrill at the possibilities. Delight in the opportunity to work from home. Embrace the wonder that is the internet and the ability to earn an income from it. Learn, plan, and experiment between the responsibilities of the day. Rearrange tasks and barter babysitting to create work-time quiet.
Read the information while nursing the baby. Take notes while stirring the soup. Schedule Facebook posts in the 20 minutes after you get the children to sleep and before you pass out. Write your next blog post outline while stalled in the school pickup line. Share your excitement and fire up your productivity in the fringe hours.
But don’t be consumed. Don’t sacrifice your sanity while losing sight of the beautiful chaos right in front of you. You can’t do all the things. You just can’t. And that’s okay.
Don’t throw sand on the fire of your dreams, but don’t allow the fire of unreached dreams to burn up the joy of today. Those dreams will come in time.
You are a gift. You are important. Do what you are called to do, even if your tasks don’t have dollar signs attached to them.
You are enough.