Guest Post – The Bullet Journal Saved My Lifestyle

Jack Hill is hands-down one of the most productive people I’ve ever met and a Day Job veteran who’s worked a bigger variety of jobs than even I have. The two of us spent a lot of time in grad school trying to make sense of how the writing life worked in the 21st century.  Check out his website or follow him on Twitter @xjackhill. … Continue reading Guest Post – The Bullet Journal Saved My Lifestyle »

Guest Post – Josh Bresslin: Corrections Officer/Writer

Josh and I met through a local reading series, and I was struck by how completely he was able to change his entire life to better focus on his creative work.  He’s written one novel already and working on a second, and you can find him on Twitter @Josh_Bresslin or at his website, joshbresslin.com.   Six months ago, I was working a county government job … Continue reading Guest Post – Josh Bresslin: Corrections Officer/Writer »

Every Job I’ve Ever Had, Part III

So this is the end of my three-part series spelling out my entire work history.  In Part 1 I covered my early years learning about work, and in Part 2 I moved on to post-college struggles to both scrounge up some money and get out of New Hampshire.   Goat and Horse Farm Worker Pay: $20/feeding (about 1-1.5 hours) I got back from Japan with … Continue reading Every Job I’ve Ever Had, Part III »

Every Job I’ve Ever Had Part II

This week I’m continuing my list of every job I’ve ever worked with my first four years after college.  If you missed the high school and undergrad years, check out Part I here.   Lake Protection Internship Pay: $11/hour This was the first post-college job I applied for while still a senior, the first one I interviewed for, and the first one I got—fortunate for … Continue reading Every Job I’ve Ever Had Part II »

Schedule Books and To-Do Lists Are Awesome

Staying focused is important—and hard.  My biggest faults in this area are procrastinating, getting distracted during worktime, and taking on too much and getting overwhelmed (especially when I’m supposed to be writing). Case in point: I probably should have started this entry an hour ago. As I’ve talked about before, structured Day Jobs make it easier to get things done because they provide goals, timelines, … Continue reading Schedule Books and To-Do Lists Are Awesome »

Why I Went to Grad School (and didn’t stay for more)

I get asked this question a lot. When I applied to grad school, I was at a crossroads (wanted to become a writer but wasn’t sure how) and had a Day Job I needed to get out of since I wasn’t yet at the point where I thought of it as a Day Job.  Years before, someone had suggested grad school as the main path … Continue reading Why I Went to Grad School (and didn’t stay for more) »

Set Your Own Goals, Not Somebody Else’s

When you’re a kid, life’s easy because you don’t have to make any scary, life-changing decisions.  Mom and Dad buy the food, decide where you’re going to live, take care of Christmas, and send you off to school.  All of your goals are clearly laid out, and until age 18, they pretty much look like this:   Finish Grade 1 Repeat Step 1 for Grades … Continue reading Set Your Own Goals, Not Somebody Else’s »

What I Learned From Working 70-Hour Weeks for Two Months

Writing about overtime hours last week reminded me of last spring when I took on the challenge of working 70 hours a week, every week, between three different jobs.  It was pretty intense. How did this happen, you ask?  Since there wasn’t much to do at my regular Day Job working at the research greenhouse, I sought out a work from home opportunity (a.k.a. my … Continue reading What I Learned From Working 70-Hour Weeks for Two Months »

Paul Hanson Clark Interview Part II: Cookies, Capitalist Voodoo, and the Work-Art Balance

This is Part 2 of my interview with poet, artist, and part-time cookiemaker Paul Hanson Clark, so you can check out Part 1 here.   But I Also Have a Day Job: So to make your life work and still do your art, you have to go to your web editing job during the day and make the doughs in the afternoon. Paul Hanson Clark: … Continue reading Paul Hanson Clark Interview Part II: Cookies, Capitalist Voodoo, and the Work-Art Balance »

How Much Time Do You Spend Commuting???

I used to commute.  A lot. Back when I started my first office job, I was driving 23 miles to work and back, which took 35 minutes AND since I used a busy commuter route I had to get to work 20 minutes early or waste even more time sitting in traffic.  I listened to a lot of music during that time, though, to the … Continue reading How Much Time Do You Spend Commuting??? »

6 Paths Creative People Take to Earn Money

So back in my Day Job Basics Guide I wrote about the difference between Day Jobs and Real Jobs, but in real life the spectrum’s a bit more complicated.  I’m a big fan of being honest with yourself about how your job fulfills your goals and passions, since knowing one way or the other helps you organize your goals and make positive changes. Ways that … Continue reading 6 Paths Creative People Take to Earn Money »

I Paid Off My Student Loans!

…well, most of them anyway.  Last week I cashed out a good chunk of savings to pay off one of my final two student loans, a financial move that cut my monthly payment by two-thirds (!!).  That basically equates to a ton more financial flexibility each month (i.e., more cash for whatever I want). The biggest reason for the payoff, though, was to ease the … Continue reading I Paid Off My Student Loans! »