5 years ago almost exactly I got laid off and officially became a full-time blogger. I remember it like it was yesterday because things like that completely change your life.
It also completely changes your mindset, so I thought it would be fun to share some of the ways the old me thought about life/money/business vs. the current me :) You know, cuz I’m so much wiser now…
(PS: Yes, that’s me up top. And yes, some things never change, much to the dismay of my wife.)
2010 me: I’m self-employed, bitches! Never going back to The Man!!
2015 me: I’m self-employed, that’s pretty cool. Sure, I’d work a 9-5 again if it made me happier.
2010 me: You’re only working 70 hours a week? Shiiiit… I work 90.
2015 me: You’re only working 20 hours a week? Niiiice… that’s where it’s at.
2010 me: I’m gonna take over the world and build a massive empire online! (*evil laugh*)
2015 me: I’m gonna focus on a couple sites and appreciate what I have! (*thanks God*)
2010 me: I love being my own boss, I can do anything!
2015 me: I love being my own boss, I can do anything! (As long as I make my readers happy and my clients happy and my advertisers happy and my partners happy and my wife happy and my kids happy)
2010 me: I can’t wait to sleep in and get online first thing in the morning
2015 me: I can’t wait to wake up early and enjoy the peace first thing in the morning
2010 me: I want to be a millionaire so bad!!! Money Money MONEY!!!
2015 me: I want financial freedom so bad! Freedom Freedom FREEDOM!!!
2010 me: I want to beat the market!
2015 me: I want to match the market
2010 me: Man, these cats are a lot of work to take care of
2015 me: Man, these kids are a lot of work to take care of
2010 me: Home ownership is where it’s at!
2015 me: Renting is where it’s at!
2010 me: Beer, frozen meals, ice cream
2015 me: Fruit, home-cooked meals, a beer
2010 me: iPhone, lottery tickets, cable
2010 me: How much stuff can I own?
2015 me: How little stuff can I own?
2010 me: Mansions are cool
2015 me: Tiny homes are cool
2010 me: What would happen to my blogs if I die?
2015 me: What would happen to my family if I die?
2010 me: Blessed to have found a career and community I love
2015 me: Blessed to have found a career and community I love :)
HERE’S TO FIVE MORE AWESOME YEARS WITH YOU GUYS!!! Thank you for your support!
(2020 me: That was fun!)
UPDATE: For those of you who asked if that pic was Photoshopped – nope! I went about my business like this for 24 hours just to see if I could do it… and I succeeded :)
Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!