Writer friends, the McLoughlin household is healthy and happy and ready to head into Q2 2020 (April, May, and June) and I wish the same for you!
First quarter ended well, even though I was also homeschooling, running a household, and my husband was in Kuwait for 7 weeks of it. Hey, then let's throw in a pandemic on top of everything else, and I wore down all my pencil erasers getting rid of things on our calendar for the next couple of months. Oh, and right after my husband barely got out of Kuwait and back home on March 13, he went into full work-from-home mode alongside me. A challenge for sure!
I am still blessed to be able to work from home proofreading, blogging, writing articles, and writing books and to be able to do it in my sweatpants or swimsuit, out on the deck or at the dining room table, at my house or traveling with my kids and husband for his work to places like Wyoming, Arizona, Texas, Chicago, Florida, and more.
I like to share my income with you to show you that I am a real person with real challenges and successes. No, it is not a full-time income, but I am not aiming for that. I am thankful and grateful that my husband has a good job, and my main job is homeschooling. Words are my part-time job for now. When the kids are grown I foresee working more hours with my word career and helping to pay for travel and retirement. But that's at least 10 years away :-)
Before you wonder where all my money goes because I live a regular life, consider $1,200 spent on Catholic camp for husband/daughter (had to pay for him as a chaperone) combined with husband/teen sons going to a Catholic conference. Put that together with payments on braces for three kids, dental implant payments for me, paying off a credit card (woo hoo!), and keeping up with some other fun things we might want to do (drive-in!), my working really does contribute to the household expenses and "extras."
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