I am working for my husband's release from Corporate America. He works and lives in Arlington, Virginia during the week (near Washington, D.C.), and every Friday at 7PM, he drives five hours south to our small family farm in Graham, North Carolina.
I enjoy the honeymoon benefit of his weekend visits, but I want him home full-time.
A year after being laid off at Microsoft, I landed a contract job writing Army proposals and that work is ending. I plan to aim high. I don't want to earn only enough writing income to replace my own corporate salary -- I want to earn enough so that my husband can stay home and tend our vineyard, too. (See DivinityVines.com)
Ours is a very bootstrap operation -- we (he, mostly) do the work ourselves, and we'll harvest our first crop of grapes this fall.
Let's see -- a goal is supposed to have a target date...
OK, then, shooting in the dark (assuredly not the scientific way to set a goal), I'd like to be earning 200K writing and speaking by my birthday, October 1, 2011.
Ouch. Maybe that's not a goal. That sounds more like wishful thinking. Well, I'll put some numbers behind it and, if I can't stomach shooting that high, I will revise my target income downward.
Here's to your own target practice as you aim to make the income you need to work for yourself full-time. (See How to Make Money While You Look for a Job)
Donna D. Buskirk
One American Writer