Making Money and Self Discovery

Well blow my glass and call me a bong, It’s been a long time hasn’t it? No, it hasn’t. I’ve been writing way too many blog posts, I’m pretty sure it’s only been a day or two max. This has definitely become habit at this point. It’s part of my Vladimir Routine.

I have to say I very much appreciate anyone who reads this blog. Sometimes I get lost in the writing of it all and forget this is even being read. It’s up to almost 500 email subscribers, which is pretty cool. I don’t know what’s going to happen with it, I can’t say I have any real goals or visions for the blog. It’s just something I enjoy doing and it helps me clear my head.

I do miss having a long-term writing project and I would also like to make some money to travel more and plan for a future or whatever, so I’m most likely going to shift into putting my energy into some other projects. It would be cool to make money off the blog but that doesn’t seem realistic. I’ve had about 100,000 views on this thing and have a donation form on the bottom of every post and nobody has ever used it. 0 for 100,000 isn’t a great conversion rate.

Not ideal, as they say. Not… ideal. I’ve never expected to make any money off this and that’s not why I do it, so it doesn’t bother me, but I’m at the point in my life where I’m starting to think more about my future and what that looks like. I want a family, I want to travel a lot, I want to experience the world. I’m confident I’ll make good money in comedy but it’s most likely going to be at least a few years before that happens, so I’ll have to hustle in the meantime.

I’m not going to sacrifice my morals, my freedom, or my soul for money. I’d rather be poor than any of that and you’ll catch me dead before you catch me working in sales. I make enough money right now to support myself but I work way too hard to just get by. I’m working 35 hours a week, doing comedy 5 nights a week, and write at least three hours a day on average. And I love my life. I love my job, I love comedy, I love writing. I don’t want to be doing anything else.

I’m not going to abandon any of the things I’m doing, but I’m definitely wanting to make some adjustments in order to maximize my efforts. Honestly, I haven’t had much motivation to make a lot of money up to this point in my life. When I was a kid I had dreams of being rich but when I became an adult and went through some difficult times my priorities changed; I’ve sought out a more spiritual journey in my 20’s, trying to find fulfillment, peace, and purpose.

I’m so glad I went that route. I wouldn’t change a single thing. I’m also very fortunate to have been able to explore this path. I know a lot of people aren’t so lucky and have to spend most of their 20’s simply fighting to make ends meet.

A lot of people have their lives pass them by before they ever get a chance to really understand themselves and their place in the universe. Most of us have heard the phrase, “mid-life crisis.” It’s definitely real, and all too common. We graduate high school, go to college, get a full-time job, start a family, and 20 years later the kids have moved out and we realize we never took the time to figure ourselves out. So we break down at 50 because we think about all the things we wanted to do but never tried, every opportunity that passed us by, who we wanted to be but never explored…

It’s never too late to start the journey of self-mastery, but it can be awfully painful when you realize the journey could have been started 30 years ago.

So, I’m very thankful I started the journey early because it never ends. There’s always more to learn, more to improve upon, and more to discover. I’m incredibly grateful to be in a better place than I’ve ever been in my life. I understand myself in ways I never could have imagine ten years ago and am pursuing my potential destiny every day. Sometimes I’m still aloof, selfish, or weak, but that just leaves more room for growth.

Anyways, I’m feeling very grateful. So thank you to everyone who is reading this or has read anything I’ve posted in the past. I love writing as much as anything. I could write all day, and sometimes I do. So thank you for reading the good, the bad, and the ugly; the nonsense and the sense. It never ends.

Jason Brendel
Jason Brendel

Jason Brendel is an author, poet, and comedian living in Austin, Texas. Navigate the buttons below to follow him on social media, make a donation, or purchase his collection of laugh-out-loud poetry on Amazon.

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