$3,053.70 in 90 Days – My little online business that could

It’s hard, man.

I wanted to keep a journal of how my business is growing so I can look back at it and know the little things is what got me to the big thing. Also, so I can help others to the same.

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Starting an online business is not fricking easy.

There’s more hard work than money.

Get that. Read it again.

There is more effort involved than money, bay bay!clap emoji

Well in the beginning anyway, they (successful ultra-rich entrepreneurs) say it gets easier as you progress. And I am really looking forward to the day, I can say bye bye to my (actually pretty awesome) corporate job.

However, for now, it’s time to grind.

I have struggled (AND STILL STRUGGLE) with procrastination every single effing day. Sometimes there will be days that I waste and I do NOTEENG! Not a damn thing.

How I play nice with procrastination:

The way I coax procrastinating Grace to work, is convince her to do one little thing. Just post a picture on the Facebook page. Just edit the first paragraph of that document…and it usually leads me to doing more work.

But sometimes, I just stop there, I just stop at the little thing, and guess what? I don’t feel bad or ashamed…because hey, I did some thing.

What business are you in?

It’s actually not fancy or sexy or anything…it’s actually quite BOWRING! I sell e-study guides to students who are taking a standardized test.

Yeah…that’s it.

But pretty damn profitable.

People are begging for my stuff and begging for more study guides and tutoring and all the things.

It’s overwhelming to keep up with everything but I literally know there are hundreds of thousands of dollars waiting for me on the other. God, it’s fucking palpable. The money is there looking at me, tapping her foot, winking at me, “we’re waiting for you.”

How did you get people to your site?

I followed ZTL principles on guest posting…and get this: I’ve only guest posted on two websites…that’s it!

That’s the only marketing I’ve done for this product. The need is really there so I really attribute it that factor but students really need a solid study guide that helps them pass this standardized test. I can only imagine when I actually put forth real effort in marketing the product, what it will look like for my business…because honestly, I do nothing in regards to marketing.

I wrote those two articles about one to two months ago and haven’t done anything since, yet sales roll in every day.

Did you really make that much money in 90 days?

Well, fine, it was 99 days but 90 sounds better on the title, GAWD!

But in that regard, I also have to tell when this all started: 6 FUCKING YEARS AGO! LOL! Yes, berry sad.

Seriously, I first had this idea in 2011, and sold a few study guides and then just stopped because it became overwhelming and I panicked.

I panicked for being too good, too successful, too rich. What if I have to pay a lot of taxes? What if someone sues me? What if life isn’t any better on the other side? What if I’m rich and sad? What if? What if?! WHAT IF?!

6 years later, I’m back on the train and pushing every goddamn day…pushing against these thoughts. Every day. Every day I’m saying, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.

And sometimes I can’t…but then the next day arrives.

What now?

I hate writing but I need to buck up and write more guest articles and YouTube tutorials for my students. I plan to double the monthly income by the end of the year.

There’s also a lot of background noise going on like talks of my company’s jobs moving to India so I also need to focus on securing my job here, even if it’s with another company.

Yet, it serves as a wonderful and beautiful reminder that we’re all so dispensable.

So make yourself indispensable for other people.

Provide value others can’t, in the way and method only YOU can.

Don’t do things others can do.

Don’t just follow directions, anybody can do that.

Create! Make something! And let it pull you to where you’re meant to be!

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Loving you is one of my greatest experiences

Almost 2 years ago, Dainelle and I planted a plant together on Valentine’s Day. Over the course of that time, I forgot to water the plant until one day it completely dried up and became yellow dry straws of what it used to be.
Last weekend, I finally decided to go to my apt, which I don’t frequent very often, and just clean the whole place.
I started sweeping a corner of the living room where there’s a table and the plant I never threw out, even though it dried up and died.
But then, I crouch down and take a closer look.
Somehow…somehow…in this hot ass apartment where the AC is rarely turned on, in this lonely apt that is barely visited, this plant…has SOMEHOW revived. Replanted. Resurrected!
It has been probably 9 months since I’ve looked at this plant, let alone watered it!
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Yet, somehow this stubborn little plant has regrown from nothing.
Wow. Oh wow universe. I see you.
Sometimes it’s hard. This is hard. “Us” is hard. Sometimes I want to dig in my heels and be right and just run away… But somehow, I always come back to that knowingness that I’m supposed to be here now. Here with you. I know it. I’ve never been so confident. I just know.
Those things which are meant to be will prosper despite all odds.
Who knows what the future holds, but whatever may come, I know we can’t get to the other side, we can’t transform, we can’t become who we’re meant to be, without going through each other first. I hope we find each other on the other side but if we don’t, I know how magical and divine our #truelove has been and will always be.

Loving Grace

Today for breakfast I had: avocado on toast, and an egg

Snack: an m&m cookie, a chocolate chip cookie, a small Cheetoh’s bag, and a Jolly Rancher lollipop

… I waited too long to have the snack before lunch and indulged.

Lunch: soup; kale, sweet potato, coconut milk, ground pork

Snack: Popsicle

Dinner: Smoothie; almond milk, strawberries, raspberries, peanut butter, protein powder

Taylor Swift is A Genius

Are you tired of people saying that?

Don’t be. Just read this clever and illustrative story!

And the hours pass by,
Now I just wanna be alone,
But your close friends always seem to know
When there’s something really wrong,
So they follow me down the hall,
And there in the bathroom,
I try not to fall apart,
And the sinking feeling starts,
As I say hopelessly,
“He said he’d be here.”

And it was like slow motion,
Standing there in my party dress,
In red lipstick,
With no one to impress,
And they’re all standing around me singing
“Happy birthday to you”,
But there was one thing missing,
And that was the moment I knew.

You called me later,
And said, “I’m sorry, I didn’t make it, ”
And I said, “I’m sorry too, ”
And that was the moment I knew.

YOU’VE GOT IT ALL HERE! DRAMA, ANTICIPATION, GLAMOUR, ROMANCE, AND A BREAK UP.

I *feel* it. Don’t you?

What Parents Say About Me

zOMG so VIPKID just got this new feature where I can see Parent feedback and the reviews are raving about moi!

I’m basically an awesome teacher.

It feels really good to read these. When they first told us they were (finally) releasing the feedback from parents, I was nervous about my score.

But that’s a good sign; it means I care!

Here it goes:

Alli te va:

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$601 for the month of January 2017 – teaching online VIPKIDs

SO yeah I gots paid $601 for last month. (It would have been $622 but I had to cancel a class, and I had two teacher no shows, one of which was my completely fault…)

But I know that’s great and all and I’m thankful and all BUT…

BUT…

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I am so SO frickin frustrated because of my Teacher No Show. I was teaching back to back lessons from 530a through 730a (each class is 25 minutes long) and I was 4 minutes late to my 730a and they canceled it, called me a no show, and deducted $10 from my pay.

ARGHGHHH!

Hurts my heart. It really does. Like a physical ache in my HEART. Especially when you wake up so early and that $10 deduction is essentially an hour of pay (without bonuses).

It hurts the soul. I want to kick somebody. I want to kick all these messy papers on the floor near my foot…but I don’t want to clean it up, humph, so I won’t. I guess.

But alas, we must be mature adults.

I have learned so many hard lessons with this Teacher No Show $10 deduction per class shenanigan. I have to get better about keeping my classes right at 25 minutes and not a minute over so I have time to leave feedback and still have a minute or so leftover before my next class.

Hard, expensive lessons on time management indeed.

But it won’t happen to me again. OKAY! I got dis.

Shiiiiiietttt!

So far for February month I have $274 so far. I’m hoping by the end of the month I will get closer to $700.

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July 2017 will be a good month. I will be finished paying the $3,000 I owe my momma for school tuition.

In August 2017, I hope to finish paying off the other $3,000 I owe my father.

And in October 2017, I hope to have enough saved to buy a cute lil home in Third Ward Houston or a nice, ample sized home in Southwest Houston. You know what they say, location, location, location.

And guys, I am not just HOPING I am doing.

Deep sigh.

Big sigh.

Heavy sigh

Patience, sensei, patience

Love always,

Grace G.

Body Love

Dear Body Love,

It’s me Grace. Your goddess. I really do love you so much body. I love you so much. I wish you knew how much I appreciate you and am grateful for you. I am grateful you only take me to the doctor once year and fight off all the bad guys.

I say I love you, but do I really? I find it so hard to feed you the good stuff. The stuff you need. The stuff for us. For our future.

I do love you, body. It’s just…so…hard. I have no motivation to eat healthy or exercise. The same trite statement every body else says to their body. And I am doing the same to you.

I am eating my prepped meals…mostly. What can I do to do better by you?

Here are my plans: I will join Zumba again. Body, you are worth the long drive and the money. You are worth it. I will also start with small sugar goals.

For example, today my only goal is not to have any sugar. Just today. Let’s start small. We can do it, body, can’t we? We can.

I think about you a lot. And I know you can do it. We can do it. We are important.

We are brilliant. We are whole. We are complete.

“Our body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” -Buddha

But how do I wake up?

Love,
Grace

Just Another Day

So I will be posting my February earnings from VIPKID in the next couple of weeks. They pay every 15th of the month.

I want to make sure I include the monthly bonuses in the screenshots I”ll be showing so you can see what my total cash pay out is.

The month of January will have earnings around $600. There was a lull in the last week of January and the first week of February because of the Chinese New Year.

But classes are ramping up so not really a big deal.

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On another note, it’s also a very slow period at work. I asked to leave early but was DENIED. REJECTED.

Sigh.

I guess you can’t really have it all…when you’re working for da man.

Just another body to fill a chair.

 

Tía Grace

One of my BFFs is having a girl. I am so FRICKIN excited. I want to cry again and I want to be held and hugged tightly.

Hehehe. I’m not the pregnant one doe but I maybe, kinda, sorta, most likely, possibly, absolutely, definitely have baby fever.

Good thing, I have a girlfriend. Bwahahaha.

Best birth control EVER.

Anyhooo, look at this magical goodness and prepare to die. Death by cuteness overload:

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Look at it!

Look at it!!

Did you look at that cute piece of flowerful cloth?

Wahhhh. So cute. *sniff, sniff*

I told my mom and now she won’t stop calling me tía Grace.

Te digo.

I see you job in the horizon of mine.

Oh em double dizzle Gee.

Remember that dream job I was talking about? The job I am applying for? The one closer into the kind of career I want?!

GUESS WHO IS SPEAKING WITH THE DIRECTOR NEXT WEEK?

Me.

Das who.

I’ll keep you posted. Cross your fingers I get a job offer!

This is exactly what I need to happen in order to get closer and closer to paying off every penny of the $35,000 I owe in student loans.

I’m going to do it.

And like my mom says, as long as you have salud. Anything is possible.

Even if I don’t get the $$ job offer I want, sure, it will take longer to pay off my debts, but you know what?

You gotta crawl before you can walk and you gotta walk before you can run.

All I can think of is how to get off this monkey debt off my shoulder! I mean back..you know what I mean, dammit!

This is one step closer.

Wish me luck, interwebz.

Love always,

Grace G.

P.S. I told my mom the news and she gave me great, sage, advice, only moms can give:

“Señor redentor ave mari sin pecado.”

Um, um, right, right. That’s right! You got it mom! I’m with you. In the name of the good Lort and Virgin Mary without Sin.

Te digo.

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