Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Just What I Needed- The $100 Start Up

I pulled into the driveway after a long and hard day. Waiting for my Boy Child to open the gate, I just hoped he'd hurry. I was exhausted- both physically and mentally.

It had been one of those days when all the little things that cost money started adding up into a big ugly pile in my lap. I may be a master frugalista, but life still requires cash, and sometimes you need a little more than others. This summer had a lineup of things-from fun stuff like camping trips to the necessary and big stuff like a newer reliable car to get my family around- all of which would require more cash.

Being an industrious kind of gal, I perused the local job boards. Ugh. It was awful. Have you looked at employment sites lately? In the area I live, the lack of suitable jobs for me was totally discouraging, but not as much as the micro salary range of the jobs I did see.

While lamenting my dismal prospects, Boy Child came up and showed me the hole he had worn in his shoes, and Girl Child let me know that she had outgrown her swimsuit. It continued like this with things raining down- dental visits, vet visits, some wonderful opportunities that were great deals- some just things we'd just need to deal with whether we liked it or not- but all requiring me to think about how to round up money.

Driving home, I was thinking about how miserable I would be in some of the jobs that were available, and wondered how I'd live on one. It was a scary and overwhelming thought, and wasn't helping me with my dilemma at all.

So, when Boy Child found a box at the gate, I perked up and ripped it open before we even got to the house.

Don't you just love when things show up in life exactly when you need them?

It was a brand new copy of Chris Guillebeau's new book- The $100 Startup. The subtitle was like a message just for me- "Reinvent the way you make a living, do what you love, and create a new future." 

I'm only a few pages into it so far, and a full review will come later, but I can already see that this is just the inspirational kind of thinking I needed. Rather than resorting to soul sucking and poorly paying work, I'm brainstorming ways to use my creative talents to come up with something else. Whoohooo!

I have no problem crediting a higher power here- Thank God I got this book right now, before my mind spiraled into gloomy and dark visions of minimum wage and crummy apartments in the hood. (Yes...I know...that's a bit dramatic, but that's how I tend to be.)

If you're not familiar with Guillebeau, you simply must check out his Art of Non-Conformity. He's a go getter with a fabulous outlook on life, who actually inspired my kids and I to tackle our plan to explore all 50 states before the oldest is 18. I can't wait to see what ideas come out of this book.

I'd also love to hear what creative and fun ways other people are coming up with to fund their life adventures. Inspiration is contagious and I certainly would love to catch and spread more of it. So....any ideas to share?


  1. I just finished The $100 Startup a week ago. I was one of the lucky ones that signed up to get a free copy. It's so inspiring. I have his other book, too.
    I've decided to take my dressing for your body type blog and write a few instructional e-books. ( So far it's just a lot of fun "work".
    I hope you find as much inspiration in the book as I did!

  2. Awesome! That's great that you are taking ACTION!
    I'll look forward to checking out your project. Good luck with it!
    I'm totally finding inspiration and have lots of ideas. I love the idea evaluator to help decide where to focus energy first.
    This weekend I decided to list some of my photography on Etsy-

  3. Your Etsy shop looks great. I wish you the best of luck with it.

  4. I'm doing Etsy as well, but with vintage clothing! I love it. So much fun. Easy part time
    that DOES make money while I write ( which doesn't make much money right now. ) :) www.
    Saw your blog via C Hope Clark site! Way to go!

  5. Thanks Liz and Heather!
    It looks like you're very successful with your Perennial Past shop Heather. That's great! I also toyed with selling vintage a few years ago, and it was so very much fun. I just didn't have the time to concentrate on growing, but I found myself so many awesome pieces while doing my "business shopping."
    So many great's so hard for me to focus on where to put my energy!


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