My Big Decision ...
to leave the classroom was a difficult one.
I love to teach. And I love the students I teach.
But years of working (teaching) one and a half jobs at any given time while raising four children took its toll.
I was totally exhausted.
The good news was, my kids were grown.
So I had a little freedom to make some changes.
I read about how university professors retire and move into online teaching. Online teaching had become a huge industry and there was a big need for adjuncts. If you had at least a Masters degree, you could teach college level courses online.
I had years of teaching experience under my belt, a Masters and a doctorate. All I needed was the online training and experience. Surely someone would hire me to teach online.
So I got some online training and managed to land my first online position in a distance learning program at a reputable, accredited University. Then with that experience, I was able to find additional courses to teach.
Soon afterwards, I made the decision to work as an independent contractor. I positioned myself financially and saved some money.
Then, at the end of the school year in June, 2007, I quit my classroom teaching job.
It was Scary!
As an independent contractor, I teach a variety of online courses in chemistry and the life sciences. I also do some plant identification field work.
I really enjoy the flexibility I get from being my own boss. I get to move around and travel where ever there’s reliable internet access.
But teaching online has its drawbacks. For one thing, it can be a lot of work. You see, there’s no vacation time when you’re a contractor. When you don’t work, you don’t get paid. Besides, one day I will not have the energy to teach enough courses to earn a decent living.
And what about the other work I do; field plant identification? Well, that’s no picnic. It is fun spending time in nature. But battling ticks and fleas is getting old pretty quickly. I even caught Lime disease several years back. It gives me the creeps every time I think about those clinging ticks. It took me forever to recover.
Needless to say, I needed a Plan B.
My long term goal…which happens to be my dream...
to semi-retire at 55.
At fifty, I figured the two should be the same.
So, my goal is to semi-retire at 55. What does that mean to me, you might ask?
* being able to work from home.
* having the choice to teach only a few sections of my favorite courses.
* being able to travel to Liberia and other places to see the world.
* migrating with birds and butterflies to warm weather for the winters.
* going on missions trips to offer a helping hand.
* being able to afford both the time and the money to do all of the above.
* able to travel and visit my children and (future)grandchildren if they live far away.
But where will I find the time and the money to do all of that?
So I had a goal…to semi-retire at 55. I needed a plan. But I had to be logical. I knew two things for sure.
1) In order to have the flexibility to travel, I needed to remain self-employed.
2) in order to earn a living and travel, I had
to earn the bulk of my income online.
I was already teaching online.
Next, I needed to do something else online to supplement my income. I needed something I could semi-retire into doing in four years’ time, and enjoy doing for the rest of my life.
Sounds impossible? It’s not really.
I firmly believe that with God, all things are possible. And this is how I approach everything in my life.
Now, let me tell you how I am going to semi-retire at 55 and have the freedom to do all those things I talked about before!
Opportunity Came Knocking…
I set out to find a way to accomplish my goal (and dream) of retiring at 55. I spent many hours searching the web.
Finally one day I came across Site Build It. SBI (that’s short for Site Build It) said they could show me how to build a content-based website on any topic of my choice.
They could help me turn any passion, hobby, skill, or interest into a legitimate and lucrative online business.
Well, I had passions; I had hobbies; I had skills and interests, so I read on.
They said I didn’t need to have any computer programming skills or web design knowledge. SBI had an action guide that would show me everything I needed to know to build my website. All I had to do was follow it.
I didn’t have a business to promote or a product to sell. But that didn’t matter. All I needed to bring were motivation and my brain.
I decided to give SBI a trial. Learn how you too can
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If you’re like me and dream of retiring early,
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So the next question for me was…
What do I build a site about?
I often receive compliments about how delicious and DIFFERENT Liberian foods and desserts are. People call me up for recipes all the time.
So I thought, maybe I could build a site to share some of my secret recipes.
Where did I get my secret African recipes?
Let me back track a bit. African recipes are like folk tales. They are passed down orally from one generation to the next, among family and friends.
When Africans cook, we usually just throw everything in to a pot and season to taste as we go along.
Since traditional African recipes are not readily available in written form, we cook from the recipes in our heads.
Many of my African recipes have their roots in Liberia, where I grew up. I thoroughly enjoy playing around with ‘unwritten’ traditional African recipes.
I prepared African foods in my kitchen for my family for over twenty-five years. As I cooked, I personalized many secret recipes according to my preference…in my head.
Then my boys grew up and moved out. Next thing I knew, they were calling back home. They wanted to know how to make their favorite African dishes. So I started writing down my recipes. I began to take notes as I cooked.
African Recipes Secrets
Once I decided to build a site about African recipes, I organized my notes into recipes that could be easily followed. I called family members and collected additional family recipes.
Now I have many written African recipes available to share with you on African-recipes-secrets.com. I still have a lot of recipes in my head, but I am slowly getting them all down on paper.
So you see, my African recipes are indeed a one-of-a-kind secret. And now, thanks to Site Build It, I can share them with you.
My site is in the early building stages. I still have tons of recipes I’d like to share.
Main while, I am having fun building my site.
I am also making new friends with those just discovering the art of African cuisine through my site.
Solo Build It
I am already well on my way to making money with this site with the help of SBI. It can be done. So far, SBI has been true to their word and they’ve kept all their promises. So I fully expect to start earning money soon.
I will keep you posted on my progress. Main while, you can read all about
and how they can help make your dream come true.
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