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If I am being transparent with you, which is how I always prefer to be, I love this space: the women involved, the content we produce, the people that I have connected with since it launched - and I am grateful, beyond grateful for the opportunity. But, this is not all I do.
Since introducing The Fold I have taken side job after side job to provide for my family and keep the publication afloat. This is my reality, and I have no complaints. But, this often means conference calls while getting ready for my current full-time consulting role and late nights at a crowded, messy desk.
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"Set a humble table and eat beautiful simple food. Nothing has to be fancy. When you make yourself comfortable, your guests will feel comfortable."
I knew starting this site was going to be an investment, one that I was happy to make. However, it is not one that currently pays my bills, this is, of course, the long-term goal.
When Quickbooks asked me to share all that I have learned since starting to use their product a few months ago, my answer is very different than I anticipated, considering the currently hectic circumstances: I feel relieved.
Relieved to have multiple desks to report to, depending on the day and the project. Relieved to know that my mileage and expenses are being tracked, since I now have to report these under various accounts. Relieved to have some organization behind-the-financial-scenes of my life, especially when there is little organization happening in the real one. Relieved to know I've achieved my goal of streamlining my finances from various income sources to a place where I can confidently say I know what is being spent, where it was spent and when.
Finally, I am relieved to honestly say The Fold will be here for the love of the mission, regardless of the location of the messy, imperfect desk where it is produced.