I was going through old photos earlier this week and discovered this photo — it’s of my husband and I and our daughter Kathrynne in the early years of our marriage. My husband was in law school, I was trying to help us stay afloat and stay out of debt by making money online, and we were both trying to figure this parenting thing out.
Those years were simple, but stressful. We didn’t have any extra money so that kept life very, very simple. And sometimes we miss those days.
But at the same time, life was stressful because we never knew how we were going to manage to pay our bills each month. We ate a lot of beans, we stayed home a lot, and we prayed a lot!
I look back on those years and realize that we learned so much and grew so much as a result of them. It was hard. It was stretching. But we learned to be creative, to be content, and to think outside the box. And it was those character traits that laid the foundation for the successful businesses that we have today.
I loved getting to reminisce on those years in my new book, Money-Making Mom. I share some of the stories from when I was a child and the lessons my parents taught me, as well as the lessons my husband and I learned early on when we were first starting an online business.
We didn’t have a clue. We made so many mistakes. And we look back and wonder, “What were we thinking??”
But little bit by little bit, we started to discover a few things that worked. We’d make $1 here and $3 there. And then $10 here and $20 there.
The little trickles became a stream that became a river that became a rushing torrent.
All because we didn’t give up. We kept going when it felt discouraging. We kept pressing on through mistake after mistake. And we kept learning and growing.
And I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity to share more in-depth than I ever have before in my new book, Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference.
This book is for you if you are:
- Struggling with getting a business off the ground.
- Wishing you could find a mentor to hold your hand.
- Wondering whether there’s a way for you to earn more
- Hoping to find better work-life balance
- Or wanting to use your gifts to make a difference
It’s the manual I wish I had had when I started my very first online business 10 years ago. It’s practical, inspirational, and relatable.
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- Make Over Your Calendar: 7 Day Online Course—a comprehensive course to teach you how to simplify, streamline, and organize your daily schedule & to-do’s.
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To get your bonuses, order a copy of the book here and then go here and fill out the form to get your free bonuses!
So what are you waiting for? Go order your book here — and grab your free bonuses while you can! They are only available until November 2.
And I hope that you have an amazing story in 5 or 10 years from now as a result of reading this book! I can’t wait to hear it and I’ll be cheering you all the way!
I’ll be anticipating its arrival at our library. My husband just lost his job so we are both on the search for ways to make money. With 2 kids and 12 nieces/nephews we definitely need to find a way at least to get through the season. Any suggestions?
I have faith that it will all work out for the better though.
Seriously you have not aged one bit!
Crystal Paine says
aw, you are too sweet!
Is there a way to obtain your make over your calendar course without ordering the book? Working from home is not the direction God is directing me in right now but I so could use some this and help with goals and lists. It’s funny because I’ve been meaning to ask you for examples of how and what you do to organize your goals and cleaning and lists and then I saw this and said Yay!!!!
Crystal Paine says
Yes! We’ll have it available for sale beginning in January!
Thank you!!! Can’t wait!!! I need help! LOL
Sarah @The Teacher's Wife says
We are living lean these days, but I can already see how it is teaching us some wonderful life lessons and causing us to think outside the box to bring in more money. I just preordered the book last night with some leftover birthday money. My bday was in March and I’m so glad I didn’t run out and spend it all b/c it allowed me to get a copy right away! Thanks for all your inspiration and encouragement!
During those years when you had no extra money what did you do about Christmas? Not only in your house but parents, sisters, nephews?
Crystal Paine says
Here’s a post I did for Dave Ramsey’s site where I shared about Christmas during those years: https://www.daveramsey.com/blog/bleak-to-bountiful-christmases
Yes, you are right. It’s certainly a learning and stretching time, and a good time to learn contentment. That’s what I try to keep in mind. Oh, I would absolutely love to read your book someday as it sounds so good and practical, but we’re in our own “beans and rice years” right now, so I guess it’ll have to wait. Thanks so much for taking the time to write it tho and your encouragement to keep pushing on through tough days.
Crystal Paine says
I’d love to send you a copy. Email me your mailing address: crystal @ moneysavingmom.com
You are lovely Crystal. God bless you and your family 🙂
We’ve lived through some pretty tough times financially as well. I wouldn’t trade those years either. Such valuable lessons learned and personality shaping that just wouldn’t have happened otherwise!