Money Making Me :: What I Learned from Money Making Mom (And a Few Other Fun Tidbits About Me)

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money making meI finished reading Crystal Paine’s new book, Money Making Mom a while back, and it got me thinking about the many different things I’ve done to make money over the years.  I’ve pretty much always had some kind of job, ever since I was around 15.

Just for a little fun, here’s a rundown of the jobs I’ve had through the years:

(If you’re like “Um… why is she telling me all this?” just scroll on down for the book review!)

Age 15 – Children’s gymnastics teacher (1 or 2 years) – This was a natural fit for me, since I had taken gymnastics at this gym since I was four! I’m pretty sure I did this job mostly for fun.  I taught the Mommy and Me toddler class and a class for 4 and 5 year olds I think.

Age 16 – Babysitter (a few years) – What teenage girl doesn’t babysit? Not so sure I would have trusted me to babysit… Makes me think twice about who I would call to keep my kids. Lol.

Age 17 – National Cheerleaders Association Cheer Camp Instructor (6 summers during my college years) – Okay, so this was a super cool job. I got paid to travel all over the southeast and teach high school cheerleading camps at universities and high schools. It really was fun!

Age 19 – High School Cheerleading Coach (3 years) at Faith Christian School. I really loved working with the girls on the cheer team, and I learned so much by doing it.  My love for working with them is what inspired me to eventually become a teacher.

Age 19 – Cheerleading Competition and Tryout Judge (sporadically).  Noticing a theme here?  Yep. You know those shirts that said “Cheerleading (or hockey, or football, etc) is life. The rest is just details…?”  That was me back in the day.

Age 20 – Mailboxes, Etc (about a year). I did a lot of different things there, especially packaging and processing items to be shipped.  The Christmas season was absolutely insane! We literally packed and shipped so many gifts across the country that when I laid down to sleep at night all I could see was taping boxes, taping boxes, taping boxes….. I then I dreamed about it.

Age 20 – GSCC Library Staff (a few months).  I pretty much just reorganized books on the shelves from what I can remember.  A little bit boring… which is why I took a pay cut to work full time at Mailboxes, Etc. to my dad’s dismay. 🙂

Age 21 – Gap Sales Associate (2 and a half years in college). Okay, so I really loved this job. It was the perfect job for a college girl. I loved the awesome discounts on clothes that I got, and I also loved working around all the customers and helping them find outfits and gifts.  Should NOT have opened up that GapCard account though… but that’s another story for another day. 😉

Age 21 – Worship Leader (about 10 years).  What can I say?  Praise and worship is a passion of mine, and it was an honor to serve in the position of worship leader for several years.  I met so many wonderful people, and had so many beautiful experiences with the Lord during these years.

Age 22 – Jacksonville State University Graduate Assistant (a year and a half while in Grad School).  I was only a few years older than most of the students I taught and tutored in their freshman math classes, so this was an eye opening experience that proved very beneficial, as it also opened doors for me to teach at the college as a faculty member several years later.

Age 22 – Math tutor (sporadically through the years). I really like tutoring math.  I still do it from time to time now, and I love getting to help students right where they are.  I love it when I really see that they are “getting it” and improving their understanding.

Age 23 – AIDT Technical Writer/Curriculum Developer (about 7 months following Grad School).  This was a pretty cool job. AIDT is the training center for the Honda plant in Lincoln, Alabama where they make most of the Odysseys and Pilots.  I did lots of writing for training materials and other projects, and even got to work inside the plant sometimes and see things in action. (Don’t forget your steel-toed shoes, ladies!)

Age 25 – Jacksonville State University Math Instructor (8 years on faculty, baby! Woop woop!). This was my “career job.”  The one I went to school for 6 years to get! I really enjoyed teaching math, and maybe I’ll go back to it one day when my kids are grown.  I worked with some wonderful people, too.

Age 30 – Mary Kay Rep (umm… 2 months?). This was really fun, but it wasn’t for me. I loved the makeup though!

Age 32 – At-Home Wife/Mom/Homeschooler (2 and a half years so far!). My dream job! It’s not easy (some days are downright HARD), but it’s worth every minute of it.  I’m so thankful that God’s grace empowers me to embrace this season and make the most of it, because my kids won’t always be this little!

Now that I’m not working (haha….cue the sarcastic laughs from stay-at-home mamas everywhere) I’m working harder than I did when I was working! 🙂  It’s a better fit for me and my family though, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Even though I don’t work full time anymore, there are often times when I’d like to bring in some extra income to help with expenses in an area. I was blessed to be able to read an advance copy of Money Making Mom for review, and I really learned a lot from it.

There are two things that have stuck with me the most from the book:

  1. Failure is not a necessarily a bad thing.  I can learn from my failures as well as my successes.  It’s better to try something new and fail than never try at all.  I can look back on the past year and remember a couple of different ventures that I would consider “failures,” but instead of being frustrated at wasted time, I can just learn from my mistakes and go a different route in the future.
  2. In trying something new to make money, I need to be sure it’s something I’m {at least somewhat} passionate about.  If there’s a passion behind what I’m doing, when it gets hard and the hours get long and I don’t see any traction {yet}, the passion could see me through to the finish line.

Anybody remember last summer when I tried my hand at posting fashion deals on the blog? Lots of other bloggers have been successful at this (including Crystal Paine), so it was worth a try I thought.  The book helped me see why it had failed: It was not something I was passionate about, and I quickly burned out. Even though the idea was a flop, it wasn’t a complete loss because it helped me refine my focus and figure out what I truly am passionate about: encouraging you in motherhood and your relationship with the Lord!  

If you are considering what you might could do to earn some extra money or if you desperately need more income, I would encourage you to pick up a copy of Money Making Mom by Crystal Paine. Whether you want to start an at-home business, dream of opening a brick-and-mortar store one day, or just want to make a little extra cash on the side, Crystal shares valuable insights about different job paths that you might not even consider.  She interviewed countless entrepreneurs and moms who do a wide variety of different jobs, and put together the knowledge of all these different people for the book.

To get more information about the book or to purchase your copy, visit today! (I won’t receive any compensation from your purchase, I just like recommending books that might help you!)

Blessings, and may the Lord’s grace empower you to embrace today to the fullest.

Love, Tasha


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Tasha Medellin is a head-over-heels-in-love wife and not-so-perfect mother of three who loves spending time outdoors, curling up with a good book, and simply basking in the riches of God's glorious grace.

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