My husband and I are entrepreneurial people. We start websites and we start businesses and we love it. No, that’s too bold. We don’t love it, we just prefer it. There’s a certain feeling you get when you know that every penny you bring in is actually yours. Knowing that there is no one higher up than you that is profiting from your hard work. But there’s stress, there’s no health insurance, and there’s not much stability.

We’ve been working for ourselves since 2003, and we’ve had a lot of ups and downs. We were irresponsible with our money and our credit. We were young and immature all those years ago. We squandered much of our success. We were hit hard by the economic downturn and have been humbled. We’ve struggled to build ourselves back up and out of the hole we had dug. We did it, though. We finally did it.

We paid every last bit of debt we had. We’re debt-free. That means we are finally able to save money! Real, actual amounts of money. When we realized we had a good chunk, instead of celebrating being 50% towards a down payment on a house, we invested the money in our business. It makes sense, really. The business generated by our revamping will hopefully replace that investment and get us the rest of the way quicker. It will ensure than we will be safe and comfortable when we purchase that house.

It does make sense, but that didn’t make it any easier. Watching that money pour from our account and into the project made my heart ache and my stomach quiver. Our house just slipped a little farther away, and it scared me. But we did it. It’s done. And next week we will be officially operating with new equipment and under a new name, spruced up and modern. It’s terrifying, but so exciting.

Here’s hoping we invested properly. If we did, we’ve just made a huge step in the right direction. Our lives will be better, and we’ll be so much closer to our dreams.

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