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I’m Going to Earn My Vacation

I don’t think I really mentioned the fact that I booked yet another 7 day cruise for Mr. BFS and I in December.  Carnival Cruises sent us an offer we really couldn’t refuse.  We booked an interior cabin mid-ship with the “king” bed option instead of the upper and lower bunks for $840 total for the both of us including travel insurance.  WOW!

Earning My Fun

You may have noticed that we do something pretty big pretty frequently – cruises, Board Game Geek Convention, Comicpalooza, Lonestar Game Fest, weekend trips with friends, etc.  Well, I’m happy to be able to say that I’m going to really be earning the events coming up!

I’m literally sleeping at other people’s homes more than my own from July-August thanks to a strong pet sitting season.

Cute Australian Shepherds
I’m living with these two adorable Australian Shepherds right now. These babies are why I was so surprised when that other Aussie mix actually bit me! These girls are more likely to accidentally scratch me when they go in for hugs, LOL.

My husband and I are working our butts off with puppies, kitties, and bearded dragons.  For the end of July and most of August, we have more than 10 pet sitting visits to fit in every day (like 3 visits to two different homes each day plus some once-a-day dog walking and cat check-ins).

We’re making more with pet sitting than we are online in the most recent months.  Yay for at least one business that is strong during the summer!!!

This will slow down when school starts up again, but that is thankfully when the online ad contacts come back from vacations too.  I think I finally have a good balance of two jobs that complement each other.  Yay!

Enjoying the Crazy

Having so much work is fun and exhausting.  I usually don’t do many overnight jobs anymore, but a few of my regulars all have been traveling around the same times.  That has led to this specific crazy.  But I am relishing the time with all of the cute pets, and I also am really looking forward to the special times when we actually get away.  My next big thing is the Financial Blogger Conference 2015 in September.  It should be awesome and maybe I’ll get some rest…doesn’t sound like me though…

How do you handle crazy work schedules? Do you plan vacations in advance to look forward to?

FYI:  I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year.  I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $70,000-$90,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home.  If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!).  Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!
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4 thoughts on “I’m Going to Earn My Vacation

  1. Squee! Another cruise! And it sounds like you got a steal on it.

    With all the upheaval around here the past few years, I can’t remember the last time we had anything like a vacation. We did spend a weekend at an SCA event back in January.

    With MrH’s business, we either have a lot of money coming in and no time to turn around, or time on our hands, but not much money coming in. The only thing I can offer is to make sure to build in at least a little breathing room when things are crazy, and remember that it won’t last forever.

    Good luck with all the cuties, and don’t forget to breathe!

  2. Southwest is having a crazy good sale right now, so we just booked tickets to go to Phoenix ($120/person) and Denver ($180/person) from Houston. Neither trip was planned, but hard to pass up. We normally wouldn’t do that, but we have friends and family in both locations (that we stay with). So our only expense is air travel, car rental, food, and activities.
    Currently at work I have the option to work overtime, so I am going to take advantage of that to pay for the flights and other expenses.

  3. I love planning vacations and looking forward to them. I’m a huge planner and I make sure every detail is covered long before we leave for our trips. The next one for me and my fiancee is in September to Disney World – our favorite place!

  4. Wow, I envy that cruise ship tour! I wish to be on one! Anyway, I’ve recently booked for a tour in Kuala Lumpur and Semarang this October and I’m excited because this will be my first Asian tour!

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