You don't need to tell me. I know that this post has the potential to be a rather bloody boring one. And if you clicked on it then I'm sure it was more a case of "why the hell is Beth writing about taxes?" than "wow, that sounds jolly enjoyable". Don't worry, I don't blame you.
I promise though, when I jotted this idea down on my monthly blog brainstorm, there was more thought behind it than just telling you about the fact that Hurray! It's time to get my shit together and learn how to fill out tax returns and...erm that sort of stuff. Nor has this turned into the type of blog that gives you hints and tips on how to be a blogger (and, ipso facto, how to not get the tax man knocking on your door because you've been busy sweeping business matters under the Instagrammable rug).
The truth is, that me figuring out how to manage my money isn't just a matter of practicality. This is a manifestation exercise, my chums.
Over the past year, I'm excited to be able to say that I made a small income from blogging. Like, a very small income that allowed me to be a tad more generous at Christmas and re-invest a bit into my corner of the internet. I'll be filling out my tax return but it won't be very complex. Nor will I actually be paying any tax. From this moment on though, I'm vowing to take this stuff seriously. That means spreadsheets and everything! Not just for the sake of boring myself or making myself look proper professional, but as a promise that by this time next year I'll be making enough as a self-employed hunny that I'll have to take this stuff seriously.
This is my way of acting like my dreams have already come true so that the universe knows that I'm ready and waiting. It's a physical manifestation. Instead of me just saying "I'll be comfortably self-employed by this time next year" into the mirror every morning, I'll be making tangible changes. I'll be clearing some room in my life for that shift when it does come.
If you've read "You Are A Badass" by Jen Sincero, then you probably recognize this way of thinking: You've gotta act like you're already successful if you ever want to be. So, I'm acting like I'm already earning enough money to be paying taxes because that's where I want to be.
Now, I'm not suggesting that you all need to buy an e-book on taxes and start noting down your expenses, because if your goal isn't to be self-employed then that's probably not going to help you. But I thought I would share this strange revelation in the hopes that you can recognize in yourself a similar small way that you're resisting success. I mean seriously, who thought that taxes could play such a massive part in what I'm attracting?