Dream chasing is a precarious thing when you channel your inner Evel Knievel and take the equivalent of a flaming motorcycle leap over an ocean full of hybrid piranasharks – because that’s what it feels like when you get creative with how to pay the bills.
I did this on January 1, 2015 when after months of (exciting) labor, Hiya Tootsie! was finally born in all her ass kicking, dream making glory.
Previously, I spent nine years in full-time ministry. For six of those years, I worked to rehabilitate women in the porn industry and men addicted to porn, educate the public on the exceedingly prevalent sexual, physical, mental, and emotional violence and trauma on and off set, law makers on the unregulated workplace, and health officials on the rampant disease inherent to the industry. I also spent a lot of time working with women dealing with substance addictions and mental illness, and as an ordained chaplain, was a spiritual mentor to everyone I encountered along the way.
During these nine years, I worked under various nonprofits where I raised my own mini salary to pay the bills, so doing out-of-the-box work to earn out-of-the-box income is nothing new to me. This lifestyle is admittedly less than stable and in a very real way is like having a second full-time job just to ensure the funds will come in. But the trade off is that I get to live on my own terms, do work that matters to me and creates change in other people’s lives, and have complete freedom over my time. Basically, I get to be Boss. Yes ma’am!
When the effects from my previous career became way too much to handle (oh hey tramarama!), I called it quits and decided to try something brand new.
I have my degree in Pro Writing so blogging seemed like a no-brainer – especially after I learned that it’s possible to make a living with it. I love writing and adding value to people’s lives, and because I’m an ENFP and get high off of ideas and new experiences, thought, “Yes! Writing! And why not create helpful things to sell and try my hand at business too? I know nothing about business, but who cares! I could be an entrepreneur! Why not? Hooray! New! Fun! Happy! Woohoo!”
The thing about starting a business of course is that the money does not flow like milk and honey from the get. That’s just what people tell you when they’re trying to sell you something.Realistically, it takes at least a couple years to earn a sustainable living. So right now, I hustle, learn, diversify, slowly build, enjoy the ride, and try, try, try.
I knew this adventure would be challenging, so I planned early on to get creative, remain celebratory that there are totally ways to make it work, and went all in. I take freelance editing gigs here and there when I can find them, pray my head off, and rely on out-of-the-box means that look a whole lot like a village of likeminded people getting behind a vision.
I’m an all or nothing chick, so when I found out about Patreon, I basically felt like the Heavens opened up and the angels themselves began serenading me by name.