Many people choose a side hustle in hopes that one day it will be their main hustle. For me, I just don’t have that goal. My hope and dream for my future is to become a professor. My side hustle associated with that is being a GRE instructor for students undergoing summer research opportunities at my home institution. I mentor students at every opportunity that I get. I tutor minority children (ages 10 – 18, about) and show them what I want to do with my life.
My side hustles are being a Beachbody coach and selling my knitting. Neither of these is something I hope to make a full time job someday. However, when I think about my future and having children and a nice home and taking family vacations, the extra money these side hustles brings in can be put directly towards that. These are still two things that will make my future so much better, and more rewarding at that, but they will never be my main squeezes.
That being said, I recently read that you should work hard at what you want every single day. Obviously, I go to work Monday through Friday. But if I want my side hustles to be successful, I need to find time for them Monday through Friday as well. I also need to spend some extra time on them on the weekends because I am not working. So far, I think I am doing pretty well. I have a daily tracker in my bullet journal that allows me to mark these items off when I do them daily. I have updated my daily tracker for June compared to May to be more specific towards working at these goals. I am pretty excited for June, mostly because I think I will work harder with the satisfaction of filling in my boxes daily.
I have recently reached the very difficult decision of deciding not to make my coaching business a business priority. I have taken on a lot, even for my ever-busy self, and as a result, I need to make some decisions about my priorities and where my time goes. I will still workout daily because I feel amazing when I do, and because I feel like it is important to keep motivating people. I hear from people al of the time that I have motivated them to make fitness and health a priority again, and ultimately that is all I have ever wanted to do. So, although I am letting coaching be the thing that goes on the back burner for now, that does not mean that I do not care about health and fitness, it doesn’t mean that I won’t still be posting my workouts, stats, motivation, etc, but it does mean that my time and energy will be placed elsewhere.
I am incredibly fortunate to have the most supportive parents and extended family in the world. My parents have supported every crazy idea I have ever had, and encouraged me to pursue them. Most recently, I was telling my mother what I had put on my plate for the summer and she said, “good for you. You never do anything that you can’t handle.” She’s right, of course. She could have told me that I was in fact crazy, and that it would never work. She could have tried to talk me out of one or several of my ideas. Instead, she encouraged me. She even followed up with me in a later text and asked for more details about my endeavors. I don’t always see eye to eye with my parents- or anybody for that matter, and that is completely natural. However, I know that I will always have her in my corner, and that is all that matters.
So, on that note, here are some posts that you can be guaranteed to look forward to in the month of June!
My blog theme for June will be all about my side hustles- those things that I do that are 100% extra and voluntary, but that I hold so dear to my heart. Here’s a list of topics for June!
- What’s in my beach bag? My top anticipated books for summer
- What does a mentor do? A reflection on everything that I have learned from my mentors and as a mentor.
- Starting an online business in the social media age. Focused mostly on Etsy, with some knowledge from Beachbody
- Weave your story: What would your memoir say, and are you happy about that?
- Lessons my parents have taught me. In honor of Father’s Day and my belated realization that I owe my parents everything, this will be a tribute to them.
- Passion versus Talent: A showdown; what happens when something you are passionate about is something that you aren’t good at and vice versa?