Earning Money

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I'm lucky, I'm in a situation that allows me to concentrate on my writing. From 9:30am (roughly) until about 3:15pm the day is mine (with a lunch break in the middle) and I can do as I choose. My boys are both at school, the Hubby works and I have the day to myself. I choose to write during these hours.



Blogging here at Morgan's Milieu keeps me fairly busy and I try to squeeze in time for my novel when I can. Generally my days are easy, I don't answer to anyone and I can be who I want to be. I realise I'm a very lucky lady to be in this position.

But.

The last time I earned money was more than 10 years ago when I worked as an Office Manager. The pay was not good but I went to work every day, tried hard and knew that my money was earned. When I fell pregnant with Big Prince I quit work to look after our newborn and decided to be a stay-at-home mum. If I'm honest it drove me mad, I was home alone with the baby all day and the Hubby didn't get home until late. I slowly began to lose myself behind the mask of being a new mum. 

When Little Prince came along I'd got used to being a mum and resigned myself to the fact that that's all I was. One day, after reading a blog post, I thought about writing a story and the exciting journey began. Over the past 10 years I've got used to being the one who didn't earn any money but I always thought I would contribute money eventually, even if it's only a small amount. I don't know if it's pride or ambition but I have always felt guilty for not bringing in any money.

Long ago I dreamed of being a high-earner, I thought I'd get a fabulous job and work hard. Having a family has changed my dreams and these days they're small. I'm blessed with a wonderful family, we have a lovely home and I have time for myself. My dream is to earn money doing what I love. The day I bring in money from my writing I will dance around this house all day.

Have you ever earned money doing what you loved?

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16 comments:

  1. I'm starting to earn money with blogging but it's so competitive and very busy! A lot of people don't know how much goes into it and how much time it takes to have a well done post. It's true, doing what you love doesn't always bring big bucks but if you are faithful and stick it out, it will come!


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    1. Well done you! You're right about it being busy, and how much effort goes into having a decent post.

      Thank you for popping by and commenting. xx

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  2. I'm starting to earn money as opposed to 'titbits' and it does feel rather good. I have never wanted a highly paid job or career. All I've ever wanted is to earn money as a writer-enough to live on with a little bit extra. I'm working on that :)
    Have faith and stick with it x

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    1. Good for you! You really deserve to make money writing, you're very talented. I'm working on it too and I know I'll get there eventually. xx

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  3. Making money from writing books is my dream! I have no idea how far away I am from that but I like to imagine that it's only around the corner. Do you include money from blogging as 'making money from writing'? i imagine you'll be doing that soon (if not already? I admit I have no idea how the monetary side of blogging works as I've never tried using my blog that way). I bet you'll get there but in the mean time it sounds like you have a wonderful life and if writing makes you happy and you're not under pressure to earn, I'd say just let yourself enjoy it. Being happy makes us better mums and once you've got kids I always think that's the most important thing. Never forget that by being a stay at home mum for the past ten years you have contributed to your family enormously! xxx

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    1. Thank you Maddy. Yes I do count money from blogging, after all blogging is writing, and I'm working towards it. I do love having the time to write, it's wonderful.
      Thank you for your kind words Maddy, I really appreciate it. xx

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  4. I'm certainly not earning enough to give up my day job just yet, but between blog stuff and book royalties I'll definitely have to submit a tax return for this year. I'm hoping the numbers increase so I can do this instead, it's so much more enjoyable than working for a corporate machine xx

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    1. That's great. I'm sure you'll be able to give up that corporate job in no time Renée. You are a talented writer and I love reading your blog. I don't get to read it as often as I'd like but the posts I do read are always heartfelt and well-written. Keep going and you'll get there. xx

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  5. It's great that you can concentrate on your writing, but I know what you mean about long ago work ambitions. You're never 'just a mum' though.

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    1. You're right about never being 'just a mum', I think I was young and naive at the time. I didn't know that I could be a mum and be other things too. Being a mum wasn't what defined me and I'm glad I realised that. xx

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  6. How lovely to be able to concentrate on writing during the day like that and I hope that you can make some money from it soon :-)

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    1. Thank you so much Louise, I do love being able to write while the house is quiet. xx

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  7. What a wonderful post Morgan! I often feel as if I'm not contributing to our family because I can no longer work. It's mostly hard on my ego though or at least that's what I have noticed in my personal thoughts about it all.

    Once upon a time I did earn money for doing what I love, writing. I was a journalist and columnist in the newspaper industry and I loved every second of it. I miss it horribly at times but have found that blogging makes me miss it less.

    I hope we can BOTH. find a way to earn money with our blogs in the very near future!

    Much love always,

    Lysa xx

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    1. Thank you Lysa, you're right about it being an ego thing. I totally agree.

      I always wondered what it would be like to be a journalist, I never trained or anything but thought it would be an exciting job. I can imagine how blogging makes you miss it less, especially if you treat your blog like a newspaper or magazine.

      I'm with you on that last point too. Here's to the both of us making money. *clink*

      Bless you Lysa, thank you so much for the lovely comment. xx

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  8. This is a lovely post. I don't like not earning any money and being dependent. One day, it'll happen for you xx

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    1. Thanks hun, like I said things are picking up lately. I'm not sure I'll ever earn a wage from it but building up slowly is okay by me. xx

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