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March 2014

How Working for Free Has Paid Off

March 31, 2014

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If you read a lot of personal finance blogs, you’re probably familiar with the term “side hustle”. A side hustle is simply a way to make extra money outside of your regular 9-5 job.¬†Most personal finance bloggers consider their sites their side hustles; they write, build a following, put up ads and/or sponsored content, get paid to guest post, etc. And there are a few bloggers who bring in some serious dough. (I’m talking thousands of dollars each month – you go, friends!)

I can’t really explain why, but I’ve never seen Blonde on a Budget as my side hustle. In fact, I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I’ve made exactly $0 from this site. Call me crazy, silly or stupid, but I just can’t talk myself into putting ads up. When I was still paying down my debt, I hated the idea of anyone coming here and seeing an ad for a credit card or any other financial product that I didn’t use personally. “I can’t be a hypocrite!” Once I hit 100,000 pageviews/month, I started to question that decision – especially when some of my best blogging friends told me how much I could be making – but I have yet to change my stance.

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TGIF: So Long, Blue Skies. Hello, Toronto!

March 28, 2014

cabarete toronto

I can’t even begin to describe how perfect that week in Cabarete was. Some days, we were up at 7am for an early morning surf session or yoga class, followed by smoothies and breakfast on the beach. Other days, we slept in until 9am (or noon) and lazed by the pool. We also went horseback riding one day, danced until 2:30am a few nights, ate some good food and met some incredible people. I didn’t realize how much I needed a vacation (even if it was a workcation), until it was over…

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My Perfect Day (in 5 Years)

March 24, 2014

palm trees cabarete

Over the last few days, my boss, co-workers and I have had some great talks about what we want our futures to look like – both in our careers and personal lives. We’ve listed the places we all want to travel, where we want to live, whether or not we want to get married, have kids, etc. And when I saw E’s post, I started thinking about how I wanted to spend my days.

Have you ever thought about what you want your life to look like in 1, 3, 5 or 10 years? Beyond any goals or milestones you want to achieve, what do you want your daily life to look like?

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