Every month I am inspired by reading Michelle's income reports. Michelle blogs over at Making Sense of Cents and has been hitting around $100,000 (£79,000) a month from blogging and side hustles. She now travels full time and has built a wonderful life together with her husband. I recently interviewed Michelle to ask how earning $100,000 a month has changed her life, as well as how she deals with negativity.
Hi Michelle, thank you so much for your time today. In 2016 you hit some amazing income milestones, often earning around $100,000 per month. This amount of money is completely life changing! How has your life changed due to your success?
Thanks so much for having me and interviewing me today! Life has changed a lot, but it also still very much feels the same. That probably sounds odd, but it is so very true! Of course, things have changed such as the fact that we're making more money, we travel full-time, and so on, but I'm still very much the same frugal person.
I'm still all about finding ways to save money, making more money, spending as much time as I can outside, and more.
You and your husband now travel full time in a RV, what is your favourite thing about RV life?
We absolutely love seeing new places and making new friends. We've made several great friends since we started RVing and it's a great thing. And, of course, seeing new places and going on new adventures is always a lot of fun.
On the flip side, what are some of the challenges you face working whilst traveling, and how do you get over these?
The biggest challenge would have to be trying to separate work and life. Since I blog full-time, it's easy to ALWAYS be working. I still struggle with this, but I am doing better. One thing I am focusing more on is that I try to work as far ahead as I can, and this way I can take the days off so that I can explore. I am currently around 2 months ahead when it comes to blogging and it's a great feeling.
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It sounds as though you have the dream job now, especially since you can live the life you want. If you had to have a “normal” job, what would be your dream 9-5 job be?
Ha, I don't know if a 9-5 is for me anymore. If I had to work again it wouldn't be a normal 9-5 job – I would probably become a workamper and work at the campgrounds that I stay at. I've met some great people who just travel from national park to national park and work at them. Sounds so amazing to live at a national park! I would also probably do tons of things to make extra money too – that's the side hustler in me! 🙂
Being motivated when you work for yourself can be tricky – how do you motivate yourself and who inspires you?
To stay motivated, I like to think about how doing something or reaching a goal will make me feel in the end. It's all about the end goal!
Have you received any negative feedback? If so, how have you dealt with this?
I haven't really received too much negative feedback. Mainly, I think people are just confused by what exactly it is that I do. If something is super negative, then I'll just ignore it. I don't like to keep negativity in my life – it's a big rule of mine!
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Before I launched my course, I was so nervous to create it (as all course creators are) but now I know it's one of the best business and life decisions I have ever made. I have helped so many people with my course and it is such an amazing feeling.
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What are some of your goals (financial and non-financial) for 2017?
One business goal of mine is that I would like to create one more blogging-related product to sell in 2017. A non-financial goal is that I would like to learn how to sail next year. After we're done RVing, we plan on sailing full-time, so I have to figure out if it's for me or not first!
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