Upwork = Fucking Awesome

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First off, there are no affiliate links in this post.  I’m just super stoked about this amazing platform.

Second, Upwork is fucking  awesome!  Let me repeat, UPWORK IS FUCKING AWESOME!!!

If you have sensitive ears, err eyes, you probably want to stop reading now, if you haven’t done so already.  I used to be fairly loose with my language around here, but lately I’ve been keeping it professional.  Not today.  This post warrants the emphasis.

Why am I so excited?  I’ll get there, but let me back up first. Continue reading

My First Day As A Freelancer

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So I finished my first freelancing gig yesterday.  And no, I wasn’t selling pumpkins.  It was a small job and didn’t pay much, but I think it was a good start.  It was also kind of fun.  More importantly, though, it was my first step in building a new life without a steady paycheck doing work that I want to do.

What was this job, you ask?

Let me back up a few steps first.  A couple weeks ago, I found a company that offered professional editing services to non-native English speakers worldwide. Continue reading

Financial Impacts of Moving

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Last glimpse of our empty Texas house

The prevailing theme of this blog over the last few months has revolved around our recent move from the US to the UK.  Huge life changes like this often come with massive financial impacts.

Fortunately for us, the actual move itself was free.  Packing and shipping our household goods, airfare to London, and temporary lodging were all paid by the US Government.  After all, they were the ones responsible for our move.  For our family of five, I’d estimate the value of these services exceeded $15,000.

However, before moving we needed to sell our house along with many of our other possessions. Continue reading

The Dark Ages or the Age of Enlightenment: Five Weeks Without TV and Internet

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Those of you who have been following us for a while know that for the last three months we’ve been in the midst of a huge move overseas.  As part of a military permanent change of station, or PCS, we have been reassigned from a stateside base in Texas to a Royal Air Force base in the UK.  Here’s a quick timeline to refresh your memory and get our new readers up to speed. Continue reading

Recapping Our First Week in England

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We’ve made it through our first week in England… and what a week it’s been!  Between traveling, finding a place to live, and figuring out how to get around mixed in with a few work responsibilities, we’ve been nonstop.

It took about 20 hours from the time we left the house in San Antonio until we arrived at temporary lodging on our new base.  The bulk of this time was a nine hour flight from Dallas to London.  The in-flight entertainment options were lacking, so thank goodness for the free drinks.  A couple glasses of wine and Mrs. DTG was out!

At the end of the day, we were all completely exhausted.  Fortunately, the kids did awesome which made our lives a lot easier and less stressful.

Every day we’re getting more and more comfortable Continue reading