Earnings of a 17 year old

Summer break. Seven or eight weeks that are promised to be sunny and hot, exciting and memorable. But here I am, sitting behind my laptop next to a window through which I can see thick rain drops falling off of leaves. The weather hasn’t been summer-ish here in the Netherlands, meaning that I unfortunately can’t go out and swim all and every day.

So, besides being creative I have decided to be as productive as possible. Ever since I was little I wanted to make money. I’d make these little magazines filled with offers of my services, such as downloading a Nintendo DS game for someone or cleaning their room. Mom didn’t think it was such a good idea to earn money from my siblings their chores, so I had to drop it.

But now, at the age of 17, I’m allowed to do a lot more. I’ve been doing these advertisement sites on which you can get a few cents by clicking on a button, but it hasn’t exactly been paying off. After more than a year I have almost reached 12,50 euros…

And on August 2015 I started getting actually paid. I started with my account on Redbubble, as I may or may not have told you about more than a thousand times. Every single time I would get a notification that I had earned three euros, I would get so excited. The earnings kept going up and up, especially each year around Christmas, but my current sales are getting lower and lower. Therefor I’ve decided to concentrate on making new designs this summer.

Since the start of summer I also have a job. A real life, summer job kinda thing. About twenty hours a week I’m in a clothing store for pregnant ladies and young newborns. I’m behind the cash register and although I’m getting paid terrible, the job isn’t as bad. I’m just glad that I have something to do this summer and I’m getting paid for it.

Then, also, I have an account of Fiverr. This is such a useful site if you need to get things done and you don’t want to spend too much money to get a logo designed or something. I personally have been translating documents a few times now, and although it takes up so much time and I get less than what would be the minimum wage, I’m happy to earn something from it.

And yet, with these types of income and my weekly pocket money I’m struggling to safe money for later. I’m also selling some old stuff like lamps and books, but I need to find a way to earn more money and safe it better.

Any tips would be extremely appreciated!

 

We were born to shine

I don’t want to live a life in which the government has already planned out my entire future- Study once High School is over, work until I’m old and then die as if my life has been fulfilled. How can a life be beautiful and succeeded if it hasn’t left behind anything except from a family name?

I can’t stand the idea of growing up, eventually dying without helping along to a different world. Not for me, but for the million others that will come after me. I want to be useful, I don’t want to get locked up in some silly office for 30 years.

Though I have dreams, like studying and travelling, I barely can see myself living in the same old home for 20 years while being married and having kids. Then you wake up almost every single day to do the same riddle of making breakfast, leaving to work, returning, going to bed and wake up the next day.

Isn’t that boring, I always want to ask other people including my parents. They don’t seem to want a different life, they seem to appreciate what they have.

Recently I saw a video of really old people who said they had fulfilled their lives and they were done with it. They wanted to die because they didn’t find their life worthy anymore. Some male figure said something along the lines of: ‘You wake up around 8, you eat breakfast and then you wait for time to pass. Nine o’clock, ten o’clock, eleven, twelve… And then, once you reach the evening you are too tired so you go to bed early. The next day you wake up, thinking: Oh, darn. I’m still alive.”’

I understand them, I would see myself feeling the same way if I had such a boring life too but I don’t understand what is so different about their life compared to an adult’s life. You wake up, you do what you do and you go to bed.

Sure, the ideal life I would love to have is quite extreme in all ways; Oh please let me wake up in a hotel most of the days, in all sorts of countries and capitals. Let me travel the world while continuing with the hobbies I have. Let me relax and let me explore. Let me learn about the world and let me share my knowledge with as many people as possible.

If I turn super old and I haven’t fulfilled my life the way I wanted it to be, I’d be so disappointed. I don’t want the standard life, but there is not much I can do about it; Travelling costs money, education costs money. Everything costs money and the only way to, legally, get money is to work.

Ugh, just a little rant. Sorry for not uploading as recently. I’m not in the mood.

LONDON 2016

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Yes, another trip is added. I know I travel a lot, definitely for my age. I’m not even 16 and I already visited so many beautiful places. My sister will turn 18 next year, and my dad brought us to the idea of going to London for a few days next year. If you know me well, you know I’ve wanted to go to London since I was like 9. It’s not that far away, but it just seems so beautiful…

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