After last week’s vlogfest, I thought it would be nice to kick off this week with a trip down memory lane!
In this week’s Deja Vuesday, we turn the clock back a year to when I was quite ambitious about earning money online. Also, my posting quality was much better and more consistent in those days, haha! Here’s A Man Imperfect:
Hello guys, it’s TheAndySan here with a significantly less emo-frasticle post.
I’m sorry if I alarmed you guys with my previous post; I was a bit angry that Eriopolis defeated my argument so soundly.
During my lunch, I discussed it with Cody. He asked why I didn’t just say that you should follow your passion. I thought I was getting that across without actually saying it, but I guess I was wrong. So here goes another rephrasing of my previous statement: In closing, I believe that you should pursue your passion or everything will become pointless.”
I have found that my passion is not working at Wal-Mart. Some people love to work there and have for many years. More power to them. However, it’s not what I want to do for a living.
Ever since I turned 18, I have become a restless soul searching for meaning in my life.
Consequently, I have gone through my fair share of jobs since then because I grew tired of them. Once I had learned the routines, the work days became more and more monotonous. It eventually bothers me so much that I end up quitting, and in ths economy, it’s getting harder and harder to pick up a new job right after you leave another one.
I still believe in what I said, and I’m still doing what I love to do. I’m still playing guitar, singing, watching anime, blogging, and vlogging. The only thing is is that I also work in order to pay my main expenses. I still want to get to the point where a job won’t be required for me to cover all of my expenses.
My goals in life at the moment are thus:
1. Make at least enough money from my websites to cover my monthly expenses.
This is a biggie. It’s the first step to becoming a business owner. In order for that to happen, my websites need to consistently generate at least $410 a month. Seems daunting, but I’m confident that it’ll be a very real possibility in the near future.
I’m still shooting for this goal. Why? For the simple fact that I can put my expenses on auto-pilot while I focus on more interesting things, or just lay around the house if I want to.
However, my expenses have gone up quite a bit from $410 a month since I’m living on my own now. They’re roughly $600 a month now, which is still not impossible to make online, but it’ll take me some time to do it.
2. Quit my job at Wal-Mart to work on my sites full-time.
Now that I’ll have enough income to at least not get kicked out of the house and to not have my Internets turned off, I can pursue working on my websites full-time without worry.
As I said before, once I’m able to consistently make enough money online, I’ll quit my job in order to persue it full-time. When I say consistently, I’m talking at least three months of being able to make enough money online to support myself, which in this case is around $600 a month.
3. As my income increases, make more sites to further increase it, but not too much to where I’m too busy with them to do anything.
The keys here are freedom and balance. This is my biggest goal when it comes to making money: make enough money to at least be able to comfortably support myself while having as much free time as possible. If I work too much, then I won’t be able to enjoy all the money that’s coming in. Conversely, if I work too little, then I won’t have enough money to support myself.
Although I said here that I would be making multiple websites, chances are that I won’t simply because it would be too much of a chore to not only create them, but to constantly manage and update them on a regular basis. I might use an e-commerce system already set up by someone if I were to sell things online, but I’ll try to keep things as closely tied to TheAndySan.com as I can.
4. When my income becomes large enough to comfortably support myself and still have a good amount left over, then I’ll begin to pay off my debts.
It might take me awhile or no time at all to pay off what I owe. This includes what I owe on ITT Tech, Sallie Mae, UU, my credit cards, my lawyer fees, and I think that’s it. I’ll definitely abide by the advice I got from John Nicasio and get a credit check either before or after to fully assess my debt.
I already got myself a free credit check thanks to PrePaid Legal, who helped me get the different kinds of credit scores, I needed – 3 credit scores & reports in total, which is the only good thing they’ve done for me. The results are bad of course, but not as bad as I had previously thought.
Working full-time online should net me enough money to not only pay my immediate expenses, but my large amount of debt as well.
5. Once ALL of my debt is paid off, I’ll apply for a credit card to boost my credit and save up to go back to college.
Since my debt will be all paid for, I want to raise my credit score even further by properly using a credit card. During this time, I’ll also save up to go back to college, this time at Bowling Green State University. Since I’ll have a MUCH better credit score this time around, I’ll be moAr eligible for loans and I’ll be able to get lower-interest loans if I need them.
Although I’ll be getting a credit card once I’m able to afford to pay on my debt, I won’t have to wait quite this long since I’ll be going to Owens Community College once I turn 24, which is when I’ll be considered financially independant from my parents and able to reap a varitable shit-ton of grants since they’ll look at what I make alone. Since I make less than $10,000 a year, I should be able to get loads of grants to help pay for college.
6. Go to college and still maintain the websites to generate money while I’m in college.
Because I will have balanced my workload in Goal #3, I shouldn’t worry about overdoing it while I’m at college. In the event that my grades begin to slip because I’m too busy updating my websites, then I’ll lower the update periods from daily to weekly while I’m in college and go from there.
As I said above, I’ll be going to Owens to take general courses at an easier price to swallow and to boost my GPA so that I’ll be accepted into BGSU within a year of attending Owens.
7. Once I graduate college with a BA in Japanese, apply to study abroad.
I might be able to do this while I’m still in college, but I dunno for sure. One of my big life goals is to not only visit another country, but to live in one, even for a short amount of time.
If I go to BGSU, I’ll definitely be able to live in Japan for at least a year as a student. After graduation, I’ll apply for the JET Programme to become an ALT or a CIR. If that doesn’t work, then I’ll fly out to Japan and look for a job as an English instructor.
8. Live in Japan for at least a year or two.
As I said before, I would love to live in another country. I’m really interested in Japan because they are on the forefront of technology. For example, although we have screen-savers on our cell phones now, the Japanese have had them since the late ’90s!!!1 Also, their music scene is out of this world! It would also be nice to meet Marty Friedman if he were taping a show or performing a concert.
When I do visit and end up living in Japan, you can count on me vlogging about it. Sure, there are a zillion j-vloggers out there ever since guys like TokyoCooney and Gimmeabreakman started vlogging about Japan, but I want to add my own take on things to the mix.
Of course, we all know how life can throw you a curve-ball that’ll pitch your plans out the window. Basically, these are my life goals until something in my life changes and makes me change my goals.
In closing, I would like to say that no one’s perfect (especially me, lol!) and that you must follow your passion without fear of failure. Because it’s better to fail doing what you love than failing to do what you love.
Good-night, and good-luck.
P.S: It’s been 40 days since www.theandysan.com has been up and 12 days since www.spicymelon.com has been up. I’m going to be retooling www.spicymelon.com so it might take a bit before I update it again.
Man, I love that quote of mine! “It’s better to fail doing what you love than failing to do what you love.” It’s just so awesome! I told you guys this time period was a creative high for me!!
Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this little blast from the past. I’m going to be rewatching Umisho before I go to work for the first time in awhile. I really loved it!
I’ll be seeing you guys later. Bye now!