2017: The Year of Side Hustles

I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions for 2017 and I never have in seriousness. I figure if I really want to and am ready to reach a goal, I won’t need to wait until the end of the year to get started. This year, even though I didn’t make a resolution, I am continuing the process of refocusing my life goals and taking consistent steps to achieve them.

I’ve recently become more serious about the idea of working remotely. Since I graduated from college in 2008, working at jobs where I am underpaid and overqualified has taken its toll. I grew up with the belief that going to college and getting a good job is just what people do and of course, I would do the same. That idea was abruptly shattered with the recession and it’s been a demoralizing struggle ever since.

Just the thought of being my own boss and having the freedom to work from anywhere makes me happy. To make it a reality, I’ve narrowed my best options down to three related side hustles that, hopefully, will become main hustles. (Multiple streams of income are a must these days.)

When I look back over random notes and planners from years ago, the common thread is writing and travel. Those old documents serve as an important reminder that that is where my passion lies and it hasn’t changed with time. I would be cheating myself if I didn’t wholeheartedly pursue these goals.  I’m finally focused and confident enough to put dedicated action behind my goal of working for myself.

On New Year’s Eve, with my two best friends and my boyfriend, we thought of things or people that we want to leave in the year 2016 and wrote them down on small pieces of paper to burn in the bonfire. On three of my pieces of paper I wrote self-doubt, self-sabotage, and selling myself short. Burning them in the fire was the easy part. Now comes the hard work of actually leaving these bad habits behind so my mind is free to focus on living the life I want.


3 thoughts on “2017: The Year of Side Hustles

  1. Hello Aisha,

    Are you still located in/near Baltimore? If so, check out my website and let me know if you would be available to meet sometime for coffee (my treat). I’d like to learn more about your writing and tell you about the Center for the Mixed Voice.

    Happy New Year and best wishes as you work toward the goals you’ve written about.


    Eve Austin Center for the Mixed Voice Baltimore

    Sent from my iPhone



    • Yes, I am still in Baltimore. It would be great to meet. I can send you my number privately so we can find a time. Thanks for reaching out to me and happy New Year to you as well.


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