What I’ve Learned From Blogging

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Blogging is not always an easy task, but it has definitely been rewarding for me. I am so thankful for all of the things that I have learned along the way. Here's to the people who have stuck along side me through all of my writing and what I have learned from it.

I am coming up on starting this blog just about 8 months ago now for this blog, but it was about a year ago that I started really working on a travel blog! My goal was to build a travel blog and roam the world, but I quickly found out that I am more of a homebody. I love traveling, but I also love my home. There are a ton of travel bloggers out there, but it didn’t work out for me. I even wrote an explanation why it didn’t work for me. My goal is still to do a ton of traveling, but I love having a home. I love this blog because finances are so much more my personality. I have been a budget-er since I started working. My goal is to actually make this blog by business.

I find myself doing at least one or two things for it every single day. In fact, I used to spend the entire day in front of my computer working on getting stuff done. I spent a good part of my vacation getting back into the swing of these after coming back from 2 1/2 weeks of military training. I have not been very consistent, but I am now making a continual effort to do better from here on out!

Why You Should NOT Start Your Debt Free Journey

I have read every big debt free journey blog out there. Maybe not every single one, but I have read a lot. I spend countless hours every week going through Pinterest finance pins to schedule on my Tailwind! I spend so much of my very little free time on other blogs reading their stories. Using their lives to encourage myself to keep going. I get up early (some mornings) and work on my blog. Days that I have a longer break in between the two jobs are spent looking through Pinterest. I get off after 12 hour days and focus on knocking out content for my own blog.

They all tell you how great it feels to be debt free! They list a million reasons why you need to start your debt free journey right that moment. I talk about how absolutely great it is to be able to pay off $1,500 of debt in one month. Because it is, it feels amazing. They tell you that you just need to give up these 5 certain items and you will be debt free in no time.

Heck. I’m a blogger. I do this. But we all know that isn’t how it works. I started my debt free journey in January and blogging about it at about the same time. I knew if I put my goals out there, there would be no reason for me not to complete them.

I have been on my debt free journey for about 6 months now. It has been an interesting experience, but well worth it. Here are the reasons not to start your journey!

But there are soo many things bloggers don’t talk about.

What the bloggers don’t tell you is that while on your debt free journey, you will miss doing cool things with your friends and family sometimes. You will sit in the office with your “sad” lunch while you watch everyone else leaving together to go grab some great food. You may end up working through your lunch because you are the only one left in the office. Because you probably have two jobs now, you may eat more meals in your car or at your desk than you do at the dinner table. And most of those meals will probably be chicken, rice, and beans. 70% of my meals are eaten at my desk, standing up in my kitchen moments before I walk out the door, or at red lights while driving to work. And most of them consist of a meat and a container of rice or pasta.