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At the beginning of the year, I actually set goals. You can read about that process in this post here >>. I know it has been only a couple of weeks, but progress is being made. It has been encouraging to see the motivation that springs forward when you have goals that you are working toward. I do have one part to finish, and that is for my soap making, I want to make a separate set of goals. Ok, but, that’s not what this post is about, is it? 🙂
The first book in my reading adventure this year is “Money Making Mom” by Crystal Paine. Crystal runs the successful website, Money Saving Mom (www.moneysavingmom.com). The reason I chose this book is because I wanted to start off with a quick read that would hopefully give me valuable information that I could apply in short order. “Money Making Mom” came on my radar at just the right time as I am trying to get a plan in place once my back issues are all straightened out. I was not disappointed in the choice.
Money Saving Mom is a quick read clocking in at 10 chapters. You are first introduced to Crystal, and her background of growing up in a frugal home, and how that translated to her married life. The drive to be an entrepreneur started young. She also asks the question “what financial freedom means to you” to get you started on the path of figuring out where you want to go, as a mom/wife to earn money.
The next chapter, “What Makes You, You” was probably my favorite because it got more into the meat of, well, you. In order to be successful, you have to be better connected with what makes you tick. What are your strengths, talents, gifts, passions, and knowledge. I will say, though that this is something I have yet to find an author help with. What are my gifts? I don’t know, really. So, how does one go about finding out what they are? I mean, really, I think it is difficult to know what your talents and gifts are, objectively.
The book then moves on to discuss creating your own business, and what that means. Is working for yourself really a viable solution? If it is, what is your game plan going to look like? From there the book really helps you think about and consider a lot of different aspects that are crucial to building a successful business. There are many notes that I have taken, and I will be going back to review other information as well.
Overall, it is work taking the time to read the book from someone who has succeeded at building a very lucrative business. Crystal comes from a Christian, modest perspective which I agree with and appreciate.
The next book that I am reading is “Living Well, Spending Less” by Ruth Soukup.