Today marks three years since I first started this blog. It’s crazy to think that I’ve been at it this long. Looking at my stats, I see that there have been 727 blog posts and over 5,000 comments made on the site. I feel lucky to have made it this far and to have had your participation along the way. I’m especially encouraged that I’m still motivated and have more to learn and share. If you’re new here, I’d encourage you to dig into the archives for some of the older articles you may have missed.
If you’re a long time reader, all I ask from you is that you continue to show up and read the articles that interest you. And if you see something a friend or family member might like, please share it with them.
Given that it’s my blog-o-versary, I thought it might be a good time to let you know that I recently left my full time job. I did this partially because I have hopes to make this blog my primary source of income. I wanted to see what would happen if I put my full time effort into it. So far it’s gone well.
I’ve kept this under wraps for a few weeks for a few reasons. One is that I’m not quite sure how this will work out financially. Mrs. PT (a stay-at-home Mom) and I would like to have more kids and given the state of private health insurance in Texas, we’d essentially have to pay full price (>$15K) for each kid. I’m not sure I’m ready to leave the friendly confines of group health insurance for good. The blog income is enough to cover our normal budget, but not those hefty baby bills. We don’t want to dip into savings or put a hold on other goals. That means I’ll likely be looking for another full-time gig this summer. We’ll see.
In the mean time, I’ve been increasing my income by doing some blog design and consulting, as well as participating in this tax season with the family CPA practice.
Over the next week or so I plan on sharing my thoughts on getting individual health insurance, leaving the corporate world, working from home, and in general, how heading out on your own affects the finances. I appreciate your continued support with comments and questions. They are what keep me going.
If you’re considering a similar move, you should read my post Self-Employment: A Year Later.