Working Your Illness Into Your Side Hustle

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Nowadays ( <- wow I feel old typing that) it seems that most people don’t have just one job anymore. You’ve probably heard terms like: side hustle, gig economy, extra income, freelancing, etc. a lot more in recent years. A lot of people are taking more control over their lives and their finances through doing more things.

A lot of people, like myself, work a normal full time job and spend a good chunk of their spare time doing other things that earn money. Other people have built whole careers on these independent projects. These things range from freelance writing, editing, coding, graphic design, etc to taking surveys, mystery shopping, operating a money-making blog (not all blogs make money) or even mining Bitcoin.

People who live with chronic illnesses often have opportunities to earn money related to their conditions. Continue reading

Asking Questions and Giving Feedback

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You know how whenever your computer is acting up, the moment the IT guy comes to take a look at it, it starts working perfectly?

That’s kind of what it feels like when I go to the doctor. I know everything that’s going on, specifically what’s going wrong, and when I get into the appointment, it seems to fly right out of my head. Which is why the best thing I’ve done for my appointments is keep a running list of questions and thoughts on my phone to discuss at the appointment.

Asking questions and providing feedback are two critical parts of being an engaged patient. Continue reading

8 Ways Donate to a Cause without Spending a Cent

This post is sponsored by Op4G, the research partner that lets you use your opinion for good. They’ve established a research community for people with diabetes to have a voice in future diabetes treatment developments, make a little extra cash and support nonprofit organizations. Sign up to be part of the community.

Pretty much everyone I know has a cause, or two (or more!) that they support. Most causes require resources to be successful, but sometimes our wallets don’t allow for us to support them with donations, or with donations as large as we’d like.

But never fear!

There are ways to support your favorite causes without pulling out your wallet.

Here are 8 easy ones: Continue reading

How to give a good birthday gift

This post is sponsored by UnCommonGoods. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

With the holidays behind us, gift giving may have gotten pushed to the back of your mind. But not mine! Most people have Valentine’s Day coming up to think about a great gift for their special someone, but for me I’ve got birthdays on the brain.

Brad’s birthday is in February and two weeks later is my birthday.

So… how do you give a good birthday gift? First you find a source, UncommonGoods has a lot of great birthday gifts, I’ll help you find just the right one. Aside from having really cool stuff, they have a lot of heart, UncommonGoods aims to have a positive impact, they offer handmade, recycled and organic products and make it easy to give back, check out their mission to learn more.

There are a few things that make a gift a good pick for another person, here’s they are: Continue reading

Glasses {Sponsored}

I got my first pair of glasses when I was in 6th grade with the instructions to wear them in class to see the board better. I was not a fan of my glasses and did not wear them as much as I should have.

Throughout the years, I got better about wearing my glasses to take notes in class because I was thankfully more serious about my grades than my style. Last year, the news hit. I needed to have full-time vision correction so Brad and I went shopping for glasses and I quickly set an appointment for a contact fitting.

Even though I consider myself a contact wearer, I still wear my glasses at least once a week and often more. I don’t want to have a “glasses day” and regret needing to go out in public, so I need to like my glasses. I found out that part of liking my own glasses is just getting used to them by wearing them. I also learned that trying to get glasses the hide on my face was not the best style for me. So I went for a bold frame and can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve received on them or overall (think “You look nice today”) when I’ve been wearing them.

hate the process of shopping for glasses in a store. It’s pretty gross if you think about it… those sample frames have been on how many other faces? Ewww. Of course the price tags on most frames are less than attractive. Buying eyeglasses online would be convenient and germ free.

When GlassesUSA.com contacted me about writing this sponsored post, I did my research and was impressed! The first thing I noticed were the prices, followed by how easy it was to narrow down exactly which eyeglasses you want. Affordable and easy are good things in my book. Continue reading