Hi there! I’m Jessica Lee. I am married to my wonderful husband Richard and we have a houseful of “kids”. Fur kids that is! We decided early on in our marriage that we really didn’t have an urge to have children of our own and so we set on the path of welcoming animals into our home that could use a loving forever home. We have 3 dogs, 3 cats, 3 ferrets and 2 bearded dragons.
Besides having a passion for animals, for as long as I can remember, I have always had an entrepreneurial side and have constantly tried to find ways to earn an extra income throughout both my teenage and adult years. When I was 18, I used to sell decoupaged light switches on eBay. This was probably my first experience in earning a little extra money on my own, although that was more a labor of love than anything, it was a great learning experience.
Since then I have dabbled in a lot of different internet marketing ventures, from web design, selling domain names, writing kindle books, marketing for small business owners, Etsy, and many other things. All of this made it so I was able to quit my full-time job working for a very popular bank as a collections agent in 2013. This was the most exciting as well as stressful decision I have ever made. The last 3 years have had a lot of ups and downs since I quit my job. We have made some great decisions and some not so great decisions. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I have a lot of experience in internet marketing and earning money online, a lot of experience in making stupid financial decisions and turning it around, and I have always had a passion for writing, finances and helping people.
Gingeraled is Born
I think the first thought people may be thinking is “why is your blog named Gingeraled?” It sounds like an appropriate name for a cooking blog…cooking is definitely not my forte. The name literally came to me while going over our finances. We had been earning a really great income when I quit my job, and that led to quite a few, not so smart expensive purchases. As fate would have it, unforeseen circumstances made my income dip quite significantly, which resulted in having very little wiggle room…if any some months.
This caused me to go into quite a depression. I felt sick most days and it’s very hard to motivate yourself to work from home when you are feeling like this. I basically just had to fake it until I made it. I have always wanted to start a blog, but for some reason, I have never had the motivation to do it. It has been constantly on my mind over the last year and even more so the last few months. I think it’s finally time to start. Better late than never 😉
Anyways…back to the name 🙂 With all of this stress, I was constantly feeling nauseous and sick to my stomach. I was sitting in front of my laptop trying to figure out how to make the money stretch to the end of the month, drinking a Ginger Ale to calm my nausea and then it hit me…Gingeraled…that was how I felt at that moment. Somehow, Gingeraled seemed to be an appropriate word to describe my constant stress, nausea and worry over our current predicament…and the name stuck. My goal is to work my butt off to get our finances back under wraps, so I never feel “Gingeraled” again.
This blog is meant to be an avenue for me to focus on improving my writing, teaching people how to earn money online, how to save money, how to get out of debt and also other great household tips that have helped me along this ever changing journey to creating a simple and stress free life…as stress free as possible anyways 😉