Friday, January 23, 2015

Surviving Financially in the Modern Age

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  I think everyone can agree that the world is changing. Nothing makes it more noticeable than your mother telling you that with one, sometimes two jobs, she could have made a decent living when she was at your place in life. And nowadays, more often than not, one has to have three. Just to get out on their own. People are finding it harder and harder to make things work, much less do the things they want.

  I think that is a big reason why so many people are trying to find other ways to make a living. Bring in alternate means of income. People have been turning to ebay, etsy--blogging, affiliate marketing, network marketing.  More and more people are using creative means online just to make their extra cash, even to make it their fulltime job. It's an old saying that necessity is the mother of invention. Seeing what people come up with to make their goals possible is incredible. It's a changing world--it's clear that it's fast becoming very different to what was 20 years ago. Already is.

  Looking at the way things are, one needs to assess what they truly want from life, and make a decision on how they need to adjust to meet those goals. It'll take growth, experimentation, and guts--a lot of guts. And flexibility. But that's the adventure of it. Discovering what's possible is certainly a ride. And the successes along the way certainly give you a big smile at the end of the day. A taste of triumph, until you look around and realize that you've actually made it.

  My goal is build up my base so that I can travel, write, and pay for film school. I'm working in network marketing and am so grateful for the community of other independent people striving for financial freedom from the ease of their own home, so they have the time to do what they love--the thing in which they'll give something back to the world.

  I write, have been published; I have my own jewelry shop, Transcendence Designs; and I'm part of the team with Ipas2 and EmpowerNetwork. These things together, I am confident that I will meet my goals by the end of next year. Perhaps even this year!  (I like to leave a good margin).

  I want to encourage you to do the same. Take your life and livelihood into your own hands. Claim your independence and work toward your goals. Freedom comes to those who fight for it. Who wants to stay in the rut of the everyday, slaving for a few bucks an hour, when other things are possible?

  Others are traveling. Others are supporting their family with these new ways. They're giving up having a boss and a minimum wage for freedom and the time to do what matters to them.

  What will you choose?

  I'll be writing more about the different ways people are using to meet their goals, and share what I learn!

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  ~Elora


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Journey of Discovery ~ The Traveler's Message

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"   In the end she went with a grande iced passion tea and headed for the lower floor.

Shortly after she was standing in between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, having just come through Neiman Marcus after feverishly walking away from a cute little red purse. Now that would have gone very nicely in her closet. It was her bank account that didn't fit.

Boo.

Mari paused in the middle, adjusting her high heel. The back was digging into her skin, pinching the side. Some tall, thin girls came walking past, in fedora hats and dangling earrings. The one in the middle was naturally tall—but greatly accentuated by the ridiculously high heels she was wearing. Mari hated to think of what her feet must be feeling. The girls slowed a bit, looking at her with mildly disgusted faces.

What? Scrunch up your faces at me! Mari thought, dropping her heel back down and straightening. The girls were murmuring, and an idea sparked in Mari's head.

“Y'all having a nice day?” she asked, trying to sound confident and distinguished.

They made a face, pausing momentarily.

What, you don't know English? “I would like to complement you on your very modern, street-chic style. Quite nice.” Mari stepped to them, and they were looking at her as if she was growing another set of ears. “I'm Melissa Gorden, the editor of Transcend magazine. You three might have some potential for a shoot, I think.” She looked them over carefully as their expressions began to change, unsure whether to take her seriously. “Well, at any rate, here is my card.” She handed the really tall girl the card. “You girls have a nice day.” She turned and walked away from them, a smile breaking over her face as she tried not to burst out laughing.

The tall girl was looking at the pic of grinning girls on the card, then flipping it over to see the words, Smile. It might improve face appeal.

Mari had saved that from a joke Viv had played on someone. Never thought she'd really use it. Mari finally let out a laugh that echoed up the pathway. "


Yesterday I was talking about the joy of life being a strong element in my book, and how I was marveling that I didn't take my own advice all the time. One can hold up an ideal, yet still forget it. I was marveling because I'm so tenacious in pursuing my goals, and holding onto positivity, that I think I get caught up in sort of delirium, forgetting the reality of the present as I get lost in ideas. So lost in the toil for what I want to accomplish.

In my book, (so far the title is My Trail Over Stars and Sand--not really sure about it) Mari is just like any young woman trying to make things work with a low-paying job, as she battles in increasing feeling of lost discontent. The feeling that she has missed something, and its been missing for a long time. She's headed to nowhere. I think so many people in general can relate to that, but especially the present generation. So much so that it has created a trend of living outside the box--not just thinking outside the box, taking on a new lifestyle. So many people travel nowadays. They're finding a way of stepping out into the unknown, seeing where it takes them. Trying the unconventional. Acting as pioneers of our new age.

My Trail Over Stars and Sand captures that. At least that is my intention. I pour my own love of how I see the world, its possibilities, its hope--its beauty--into Mari's story. She doesn't just rediscover herself. It doesn't even end there--life is ongoing, and her story is one of change. Of the discovery of how beautiful the world really is, and how travel opens our eyes to that. Through so many different people. You open your eyes, your heart--you will discover others in a way that is new, is precious. And in many ways, wash away that chronic sense of loneliness that is often prevalent in people. Mari is her own pioneer. It is her desperation that pushes her to make that first step outside her apartment door, the fear that she will always be stuck in the same rut, like a tape caught on a snag. Sometimes the worst nightmares are the ones that just are a maze set on repeat, with no sense of logic or meaning. They're just filled with an eternal feeling of confusion, and a sense of your own unraveling mind.

I like to think that stories of other travelers (for we're all travelers in this life, aren't we?) are some of greatest sources of inspiration out there. Often enough, they reflect the ideal of being open to others. (With common sense, of course). They are more attuned to other people, a sense of global unity that so many others don't have. I hope to do that with my story. And I can't wait to finish it. I included this excerpt today because it's one of the funniest. I loved writing it.

I'll be posting more of my novel. It is my goal to have it finished by mid next year. Still have a lot of researching to do. Lot of stories to hear, and stories to create. I hope you enjoyed it.



~Elora





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Monday, January 19, 2015

Life Coming At You ~ Perhaps We All Need a Nanu-Nanu Reminder

  I was practicing guitar today, just enjoying the sun and warmth as I reflected on some things. When I'm out in the sun, life just seems more tangible, things more possible. I'm sure it has a lot to do with the fact that I'm an outdoors-in-the-sun girl. I was thinking about how one can become so disconnected with that feeling of just living, while pursuing goals relentlessly through the day. And when the moments come and you realize how that feeling has gone away--been gone for a long time, perhaps--it makes you miss it. Talk about a Peter Pan revelation, realizing you've turned into the business/world-obsessed adult.

  Yesterday I started watching Mork and Mindy on Hulu--they have only some of the episodes apparently, but ever since I read the Robin Williams edition of Time magazine last year, I've wanted to see it. I immediately fell in love--the incredible, simple energy and love of life in the show just got to me. Robin Williams has always embodied a sort of love to me, and being able to watch episodes one after another of portraying that--that larger than life, enjoyment of life and love, wow. It's what I adore about William's movie Hook. It has been a childhood favorite, and will always be a favorite. But even with all the energy and goofiness I exhibit at a times, I think that I've still disconnected a bit. It's a blessing that we have people who make us wake up, whether it comes through a song, a movie--a bizarre show.

  What's funny is that I write about this all the time. It's a theme in my novel. For someone who thinks about it often enough, you'd think I'd be better off.

  It'd be good if I went and played in the sun more often. And perhaps greeted the neighbors by saying "Nanu-Nanu". I'm sure that'd be memorable. I think it'd be one of those simple things that would never get old. ;)

  I think that'd make us laugh. 


  ~Elora




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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Live with Style ~ Interview with Megan, the Savvy Fashionista Behind Lush to Blush

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  Here's the interview with Megan from Lush to Blush! Megan is the blogger an creator of behind her blog, sharing her favorite things, her love of fashion, and diy's. She is the cofounder of Adorn Media, a full-service marketing firm specializing in fashion, beauty and lifestyle for both brands and tastemakers. She's a terrific example of businesswomen making a living doing what they love!

  Enjoy the interview! I was unable to get ahold of some photos to use, but rest assured her photos are definitely something to see! Megan's styles are just simply stunning.


Hello Megan! It was a pleasant surprise to discover your blog. I think it's interesting that you wear many hats--not just in a fashion sense, but in a literal sense. What got you started? How are you enjoying it?

Ha! Thank you! It's so funny that you made that observation. I never thought of it like that before, but it's very true! I love every minute of a typical day. Working for myself is the only way I think I'll be able to live from now on. I got started through writing and my major in college (editing, writing & media). I was lucky enough to have some incredible professors who really saw much more in me than I saw in myself. 


I bet it can be a challenge at times. How do you keep up with it all?

It can definitely be a challenge. I'm constantly behind on emails because I get countless piles of them every day. My work is very much intertwined with my life. I'm working from the moment I wake up until usually around midnight or 1am. 


You sometimes share DIY projects. Which are your favorites? I really liked some of your nail designs. I seem to be noticing nail designs more often now.

Thanks! Unfortunately, I haven't had enough time to do any DIYs lately, but I do share recipes sometimes. My favorite recent recipe would have to be my Tuscan Bean & Kale Soup. It's so perfect for fall and winter!


As I said in my message, I really like your style! Is is something that is natural to you? Something that you just grew up with? Or did you come to it through trial and error? I really love some of your outifts--like the one in the Red Lipstick and Chanel post, with the striped shirt, pink coat, dark hat, and black Chanel purse. Really a stunner! Very French. ;)

Thank you so much! It's something that definitely came naturally to me. At age 2 I stopped allowing my mother to dress me and I just HAD to match my underwear to my outfit every day. And even though it makes no sense, I still do it today! 
 
 
What is your personal favorite outfit combination on any given day? For a night out?

For a typical day, I love jeans, a comfy oversized top, booties, some jewelry and a hat. Always a hat.
For night, it would probably be the same. A night out for me would just be a simple dinner and maybe a movie or something like that. I passed my party girl phase in college! 


What is your favorite piece right now? In that one post, you gushed about the Chanel purse. And I remember that lovely dark-plum colored hat. (It IS lovely!) Any others?

Since it's winter, I am loving my big cozy sweaters. I think my favorite has to be my Free People turtleneck.


What's new with Lush and Blush? Any upcoming giveaways or events?

I do have giveaways often, so definitely look out for that, but in 2015, I really want to start making videos! Hopefully I can stick to that goal. 


What's your plan for the next year?

I am really horrible at making plans, but I do have some goals that include making videos and growing my Instagram following.



  Thanks for stopping by, Megan! I really enjoyed getting to know you. Looking forward to seeing more on your blog! Keep up the beautiful work!
 
  I greatly suggest that y'all go follow Megan's blog!


  ~Elora


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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Quad Cities Illinois Trip ~ Walnut Grove Historical Preservation Part 2

  Here is the second part of my visit to Walnut Grove! I'm thinking that there will be one more post after this one to show the rest of the pictures from this trip. Had my battery not ran out, I would have taken more--and had I remembered that I had a spare in my purse I definitely would have! The ways in which we inconvenience ourselves, when it can simply be avoided. We are funny people.

  Hope you enjoy the pictures! After I'm done with the Walnut Grove pics, then all that remains of the Quad Cities trip is our last morning, and the trip home! I can't believe it's taken me this long to get the posts up. ;) If you'd like to take a trip there, here's a the info from the Quad Cities site. If you've missed my first Walnut Grove post, you can read it here.

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Love the details!


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I thought this was really interesting! I wanted to ask how it worked, but didn't get the chance.

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Nice view into the woods. Tranquil.

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The bank. This one was really interesting! Had thoughts of western tales/robberies running through my head. And how they'd carry it out. ;)


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Every time I saw a register--anything with buttons--I desperately wanted to push them. I'm funny like that.

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What's this thing do? Hmmm....

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I pictured a scene from Anne of Avonlea when i saw this. Not the same, but she put a letter through a grating, and this just made me think of it.

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Oooh...safe room. Or is it? :D

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That is one funky lookin'--safe?


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One of my top favorite pics of the whole trip! Isn't it picturesque?

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   Hope you enjoyed them all! Please comment below, would love to hear what you think! More Quad Cities post will be coming, and some interviews with Megan from Lush to Blush, Alex from Lone Wolfe, and Amanda from A Dangerous Business! So keep an eye out for that. They find a way to integrate what they are passionate about into an online business, inspire others with their stories. And, I must say Megan does it with some real style.

I enjoy my life. I think I have a very good life. And I think I'm very satisfied with the direction of my career and just my lifestyle and everything like that. So I wouldn't change a single thing.
Macaulay Culkin


  ~Elora


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Friday, January 16, 2015

My Top 5 Favorite Travel Blogs

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  As y'all know, I love to travel whenever I get the chance. I've been following blogs, interviewing travelers, reading books--I pursue travel like the mythical white stag. The symbol of coming adventure. Today, though, I realized that I've never shared about my favorite travel blogs! There's so many, but I'm going to begin with my top five. There's so many to share, so many people getting out there, who I'm a fan of.

  This is in no way a paid or arranged promotion--this is just me sharing my genuine favs. These are the sites I visit the most, glean the most from. They're well worth the following, so make sure you do that!

Hippie In Heels


  Definitely my favorite. I've interviewed Rachel before, and I comment almost daily on her blog. She shares her tips and adventures of living in India. She has her "This is India!" series focusing on the crazy moments that sometimes pop up, as things tend to do, providing a glimpse into what it's like living there. Her posts never run out of fun. She also has a series featuring other bloggers, and one featuring local boutiques. Check her out here


Nomadic Matt


  Nomadic Matt is actually the first blog, I think, that I ever started following seriously. His tips are so in-depth, tried, and proven that he's the first person I'd suggest to anyone wanting to learn from someone who travels everywhere constantly. Matt runs tours, puts out books and materials of his tips and experiences of making travel possible, and blogs with general topics on what it's like to be a full-time traveler. I bought the first edition of his How to Travel the World on $50 a Day last year, and I highly recommend it--although I've heard that recently he's come out with an updated version. Go check that out--I would definitely recommend it for your shelf, and for consistent reference.



Janice MacLeod


  I've been following Janice ever since I saw her featured on Etsy in the Quit Your Day Job series. She scrimped and saved while working at her corporate job to take a 2 year European vacation, and it never ended. She has settled in Paris, made a handsome Frenchman her husband, and made her new job her "Paris Letters" business, where she paints scenes of Parisian life with a little letter included in a portion of it. They are so creative, and lovely! I was fascinated by the idea. She shares many posts about random, interesting things she encounters in her daily life in Paris, beautiful architecture, and updates. Just today she shared a post about someone else who had chosen to travel and live in his van, to pay off his student loans. I've put the book, Walden On Wheels, on my wish list.

  Janice's own book, Paris Letters, tells the story of her decision to save for her vacation, how she accomplished it, and the series of events that brought her to the point where she met her eventual husband, chose to stay in Paris, and established her business. It was a very fun read, and I was so excited when she announced it's printing that I pre-ordered it, and read it within a couple days once I got it. It's happily on my shelf.



Young Adventuress
 


  I discovered Liz from Young Adventuress shorted after I discovered Bloglovin', and in browsed travel blogs I came across her post on her trip to Hobbiton, the area in MataMata, New Zealand where the set for The Shire was built, for the The Hobbit movies. The site had been used on the previous movies Lord of teh Rings, but the set was removed. Since the second trilogy the set has been preserved, and open to visitors. As a fellow fan, I was of course enthusiastic about that post!
  Liz has lived in Spain (moving there when she decided to study abroad), and now in New Zealand. She shares many adventures like learning to sail a ship with a crew (that was a TON of fun watching!), her misadventures, things she's learned along the way, and new goals. It's always a party over there!



A Dangerous Business



  I'm actually in the process of interviewing Amanda from A Dangerous Business! Really excited about that. Amanda has been showing how to make travel more possible for yourself, even if you do have roots, and can't just pick up and travel at a moment's notice. I like her perspective--she thinks in terms of buckling down and figuring out a way, and making it possible, because usually somehow it is! She provides a lot of posts and topics on different ways she does this, as well as sharing some pretty hilarious stories from time to time. One of her latest is one where she mentioned she's friends with Liz from Young Adventuress, and how her outdoorsy New Zealand pal dragged her into a hike that she insisted she was not fit for. Her post on getting through it was pretty amusing, including her proving to herself that she could actually do it. Even though it hurt.
  Amanda also provides courses on how to run a travel blog, and work with other brands. I'm always certain that I'm in for something new and funny when I read a post of hers.


  Well, that compiles my list of top fav travel blogs! Hope you find this fun and helpful, and I really suggest that you follow all these amazing people. They are a great example as to what is truly possible, a lifestyle that is full of fun and opportunities.

  Soon you'll be seeing my interview with Amanda, so keep an eye out for that!


  ~Elora



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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Choosing Freedom ~ In the Way We Pursue Our Goals


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 I totally agree with something I've read today. Fear is a paralytic. I'm often asked why I don't just get unnerved about the things I turn my hand to. My philosophy is not to waste fear on things that are just a part of your road to success. You can worry about all those "what ifs", but they're going to drain energy away from things that are important to making your endeavors a success. Worry soon turns to something that freezes aspects of you that needs to be free to brainstorm, to reach out to positive possibilities. And when we hold on to a worry it can turn into a sort of bitterness. Who wants bitterness to poison what started out as a passion?

  We need to be able to have the strength to think in terms of creative progress, in positive growth. We need to have the vision to understand what we want, brainstorm the tools to help us get it, secure against flaws in our plans, and have the fortitude to understand that you might hit a snag, perhaps even a scary one--but no one who strives for greatness allows these to get in the way of their determination. How else would we succeed?

  It doesn't mean I don't have those moments where I'm pricked with self-doubt, or concern that I'm not doing things properly (no matter how much research I do) and that it'll bite me in the butt down the road. But that's the thing. There are moments, not my entire time, given to concern. Majority of my time is given to being proactive, constantly reaching out, learning, connecting with others.

  What would you rather do? I want to enjoy being in business for myself. I enjoy designing and selling jewelry inspired by my love of travel, and different times. I love writing. I love sharing a message of possibilities, and helping others to have faith in their own vision. I wouldn't want anything to get in the way of me taking it as far is it can go.



It serves as blinders to what may be just a 
few steps down the road for you. 
The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, 
your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you 
to walk down an even brighter path. 
Transforming fear into freedom - how great is that?"


~ Soledad O'Brien


  Amen to that! Something else I read and would like to share is an article with simple statements on remembering our own self worth, written by Farah Gray. He's a motivational speaker that I came across through a friend's page, and I've been enjoying his posts a lot. Here's the link!

http://www.farrahgray.com/know-your-worth-dont-give-discounts/

I'm soon going to be featuring some other bloggers/businesswomen who have made good on their goals! I'm so looking forward to introducing you to them.


  Here's to your own vision, and endeavors! 

  ~Elora


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