I’m In Hawaii

I know I have been talking about wwoofing for months on my blog, but I finally made it! I have been here for 23 days. I landed in O’ahu on the 30th of September, with no expectations, a small amount of money, one backpack, and the hope to having an amazing experience. Life is funny that way, you always end up where you want to be if you manifest it, and visualize yourself in the place you seek. Although, it has had its challenges, I am so happy. I think you may be able to tell by the gleam in my eyes for every picture I post. I will certainly be posting some pictures throughout this blog, no worries loves. I don’t know if I’ve ever genuinely been this happy before in my life, it’s like I didn’t know what I missing until I finally found it.

It really started back in the summer of eighth grade with a list, and a C.D. My parents had brought back this C.D. “The Love Songs Of Hawaii,” when I was seven, and I somehow ended up with it in my C.D. collection. I would say fate played a major role, or just the events that lead up to me coming to Hawaii. Along with that C.D. was I believe, “The Nutcracker, and Mozart.” I was very big into classical music while I was reading in eighth grade; it may seem like a strange choice, but it was calming, and great background music for a summer night of diving into a good read. Like all soon to be high schoolers, I had to choose a book to complete for my summer reading. This book, actually became my favorite book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. For some reason, I really resonated with the book, and it’s almost like I went through the journey with the characters of the book. I got the book by accident, it was called, Homecoming. I thought it was going to be about a high school homecoming dance, or something to that effect. Haha, I still chuckle at myself, because it’s the best mistake I have ever made. Homecoming, was a tale of children who were abandoned by their mom, and they have to make it to their aunts house on their own. My life doesn’t resemble this story, but it spoke to me, with every turn of the page my eyes engulfed every word. While reading this book, I listened to, “The Love Songs Of Hawaii,” I have such fond memories of me listening to this C.D., and reading this novel. It took me a month to read Homecoming; it was the largest novel I had read at the time, but I was determined to finish it. I am still not the fastest reader, but if I love a book, I tend to gobble it up! What can I say, I love to read…

I still have the C.D. , which I recently found, and put on my iPod before making my way to Hawaii. I guess this has been years in the making, unbeknownest to me. It took us about a year to plan this trip, including saving money, contacting farms, and finding where we wanted to go. For some reason I felt a calling to Hawaii, and now I know why. So far it has been an incredible journey, teaching me something new almost everyday. I will write more in depth about how I saved money, what it took to get here ( contacting farms), how to pack for wwoof in Hawaii, what food we buy, some easy vegan recipes with one burner ( no stove, or oven), how I’ve felt since I’ve been here, the work I am doing, and some tips I think you could benefit from. I will also talk about where we live, and my exercise routine. I will try to post at least 2-3 times per week, but bare with me, as I am already working 3-5 hour days four to five days a week, writing for a magazine, trying to get outside/ to the beach, hike, and explore. I, also want to start vlogging, I brought only my phone with me, because lugging around a camera was not an option, my backpack is even too much, but I’ll get there. I hope you enjoy traveling with me.

Mahalo,

Allie

 

 

The Truth About Blogging

Hello Loves,

I thought I’d chat with you all on blogging and, what it really takes. I am still not making money off of blogging which, is partly due to my lack of posts. If you have never blogged in your life then you may not understand the demand that comes with blogging. You must have a boatload of posts ready to be launched every month. This isn’t to scare you or overwhelm you but, this is just the clear facts. A blog is a lot of work and, the benefits may not be seen for years.

 

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You also, have to dedicate your time to have at least seven posts ready a week. Most blogs will have two to three posts a day. That is 21 posts a weeks and 84 posts a month. Lets say it takes about two hours to write a blog post, add photos, add links and, make your cover photo that means an average blogger would need to devote 42 hours a week to their blog if they are posting 21 times a week. Don’t know if you caught that but, that is 2 hours over a normal 9-5 job… So, if anyone ever tells you that blogging isn’t a real job, that is a laughable statement. Okay, lets say you have those 42 hours now you have to add research, marketing and social media. Add about 10 to 15 more hours to that.


Well blogging may not be as easy as it looks.. Most blogs have people that write for them so, sometimes the original blogger isn’t even writing any content. I personally don’t want anyone else writing on my blog because I made it for a reason. Not having people create content for you is probably not the best business move because I can easily get burnt out or, not be able to turn over enough content. Although, I want to make money off of my blog I don’t want to lose the voice I have on the blog. The reason I created the blog was for a creative outlet. I am learning so much from reading other blogs and just, dedicating more time to creating content.

How Bloggers Make Their Money:

~Affiliate Links

~ Ads

~ Sponsored Posts

~ Other Jobs

Why Did I Start Blogging:

For The love of writing and hoping others would enjoy my voice through my posts

Has It Been Difficult To Blog:

I would say it hasn’t been easy there are may things you need to research, discover and, test. You are running your own business and, there is a lot of time that goes into and, so far no reward money wise.

What Does A Blog Entail:

  • Lots and lots of good/interesting content
  • a few niche posts- mixed in with
  • Ads
  • Affilate Links
  • Loads Of Time
  • A Schedule To Write
  • A Schedule To Promote Your Blog Posts
  • An engaging Audience
  • Passion for What You’re Doing
  • Patience For Not Succeeding Right Away
  • Basics- Interenet, Picmonkey, Pictures, Some To Take Pictures Of You, Some Money

What Makes Blogging Challenging:

  1. Not Always Creative: If you are a writer you understand that you do not always feel the creative juices flowing. This is not the best if you need to devote two specific days to write a post. That usually equals writers block and, that can get very frustrating to have to walk away from blogging because you are not in the creative head space.
  2. Content: Coming up with content can be a bit of a challenge especially if you haven’t scheduled out what you want to write about. Be warned that going into writing a blog post without an idea can be pure genius or create a large headache.
  3. Time: Because this isn’t my full time job it’s hard to poor in the hours needed for the blog. Sometimes I feel like I am neglecting my blog and, I have to, to remind myself my other jobs need my attention because unfortunately, you need money to survive. My pet sitting jobs really allow me a lot of time to blog but, I also, need to create time to dedicate to the pets, workout, shower, eat. Sometimes I can neglect what I need because I’m so focused on my blog. It eats up so much time. I have been blogging since 8 a.m. this morning and, it is currently 1:34 p.m. I’m only on my third post of the day. I did take the dog out a few times and, shower. But, I would say I’ve been writing for a solid five hours. Like I said you need to have a lot of time if you are the only one creating content.
  4. Needing Money: I’ve mentioned a few times now that I need money to survive and, blogging doesn’t provide me with any. This can be extremely frustrating especially if I have poured my heart into a blog post.

Goals:

  1. Create seven blog posts a week- eventually get to 21 blog posts a week
  2. Give my readers awesome content
  3. Be helpful to the reader and, give them a few posts with information that they can use in their everyday life
  4. Write lots of travel blog while in Hawaii
  5. 500 Followers/Readers
  6. Make Money From The Blog That Will Allow Me To Dedicate More Time To The Blog
  7. Eventually Make A Living From Blogging So That Pet Sitting Money Will Be My Spending Money
  8. Sponsored Posts- That Would Also, benefit my readers

I hope you enjoyed some truth behind blogging. Please let me know if you start a blog I’d love to read one of your posts. Let me know in the comments if there is something specific you’d like me to talk about I’d be happy to write a post about it.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

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Airbnb: This is my favorite way to travel. While in Italy we saved so much money using Airbnb and stayed in an amzing apartment. Airbnb is much cheaper than a hotel and, you can filter what you need for your trip. You can get an entire house or, a room in a house. It’s customized to your needs.

How Most Bloggers Go From Making $0 To Making Some Cash As A Blog : Blogging can be a very challenging experience and, I have been working very hard to understand what I need to go from $0 to $50,000 plus a year. I’ve learned a lot has to do with affilate links and, marketing. It can get a bit confusing all you can do is research and, continue to learn.

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Get It At The Goodwill Bins

Most Days we are strapped for cash and, it is no wonder because their is an ad popping up every 2 seconds showing us what next great product we can try. If you are like me, going toward a minimalist approach, zero waste and, consumer conscious lifestyle then, you will not be spending your hard earned money on useless junk. The reason I called this post “Get It At The Goodwill Bins,” was not that you should necessarily shop there but, that you become conscious about what you are bringing into your home. What do you actually need and, want your house to look like? Evaluate, take the time to think about each item you bring into your home, do you love it and, is it a sustainable piece that will last you twenty or more years. Now, when I shop I look for quality over quantity. I am aware of the waste we are producing, the slave labor for our fast fashion products and, the cheap quality.  Right now I am fortunate enough to live with my parents but, when I do move out I want my home to be my sanctuary. Do you walk into your home happy and, excited to be there or, do you walk in upset at all the clutter. I have that right now actually, one of the shelves broke in my room right before I went on vacation and, the shelving held a lot of things! Now that mixed with dirty and clean laundry, it is a bit overwhelming… But, I have a schedule set today and, that is one of the things I plan on accomplishing. Planning to take a day or, weekend and, tackle all the items that make you unhappy and, you want to toss is important. You can sell them or donate them but, the point is that you get rid of it. Make a list of items that you actually need not want but, need. How long is your list, is their a way to get these things that you need that you will feel happy buying? Personally, if I need something like a new pair of jeans that actually fit( not the ones you have tucked away in your closet when you lose those extra ten pounds, toss them they are a negative and, a reminder of something you haven’t accomplished yet) instead save up $80 for those ethical jeans that are eco-friendly, animal friendly and, sustainable. If you are investing $80 in jeans divide that by how long they will last, five or ten years, you are spending $16/year for five years for long lasting jeans, what a steal! If you are a jean wearer three pairs should last you a solid 10 years if you wash them the correct way. This is just an example of getting something that is quality over quantity. It is much easier to have your house hold reek of love, and, happiness with items you enjoy looking at. If I were to get a house/apartment etc.. I would probably fill my kitchen with items from etsy. I love buying from small businesses and, there are so many dishes that I have loved over the years. Instead of going to the dollar store or, thrift store and, getting mismatched items save up an, get one plate at a time if you have to. If the dishes at the thrift store bring you happiness pick them up. The point is to not overwhelm yourself with unnecessary clutter and, fill up you life with what you will enjoy. I have been cleaning and, getting rid of clutter an, items that I don’t use and, I don’t miss them.

Tips

  • Get rid of clutter and items you don’t love
  • Take one day to tackle one room
  • make a list of what you need
  • get sustainable items that will last for years
  • Resell on ebay, Moms on a budget, Craigs list etc..
  • Repeat until you have gone through every room
  • I hope you are happy when you walk into each room and, some items have a memory or, story to go with them

I haven’t read the whole Marie Kondo book but, I have taken some of her ideas such as, your item should bring you joy when you pick up. I still have more to go through but, I have picked up items that don’t bring me joy an, I have gotten rid of two bags. It also, awakens my mind to only purchase an item if I need it and, to get sustainable and, long lasting items. I always listen to positive and, uplifting music when I’m cleaning because it gives me a burst of energy.


Zero Waste Items That Are A Must

Hello Loves,

I have been testing out having some zero waste products and, how to reuse some products. I have not become 100% zero waste yet but, I am working my way toward that way of living. I have a mix of items I have found super useful when slowly transitioning to a zero waste friendly lifestyle. If you have more tips for me let me know in the comments below.

  1. Essential Oils: I use them for everything! I don’t use perfume or, body spray I traded them for healthy essentials oils that do not have anything extra in them. It can be used to make your cleaner smell fantastic. Oh, and, I put tea tree oil in my shampoo to help with dry scalp. Each oil can be used in a different way if you make your own soaps and, lotions. Tea tree oil just happens to be what I use a lot because it is prevents bacteria and, has an extreme amount of health benefits.
  2. White Vinegar & Baking Soda: You can clean basically anything with white vinegar and baking soda. I am switching over all of my harmful/chemical products to chemical free, cheap and, effective homemade.
  3. Don’t throw Away Those Orange Peels: Oranges are not only yummy to eat and, drink but, they are great to make cleaning products with. That is when the vinegar comes in handy! I have a jar of vinegar and, orange peels get ready to become natural cleaners. You can also, compost the orange peels so, either way you are using the entire orange; now that is the kin of stuff I like to see all the time and, not waste.
  4. Mesh Bags: I recently got these they are for you to put your produce in. No more plastic bags you, don’t need them and, it is such a waste. Let’s save our landfills. If you are good at forgetting things always keep them in your purse which, is what I do. I never forget them and, always feel great when I take them out to put my produce in.
  5. Bulk Nuts: I buy most items in bulk and, I make sure to buy my cashews in bulk. I am trying not to consume too much almond milk because of how much water is needed. I want to start making my own cashew milk because it is my favorite and, it looks pretty easy to make! I also, buy medjool dates in bulk, charcoal, and, arrowroot powder. My goal is to make almost everything myself.
  6. Soap Nuts: If you have never heard of these hold the phone! It can be used as laundry detergent, dish washing, all purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, shampoo, body & face wash, insect/mosquito repellent, shampoo for pets, cleaning jewelry and, you can even wash your car! It is absolutely amazing cleaner and, you can add some essential oils to it as well.
  7. Food Planning: Yes, this is a given but, most of America including me has wasted or, thrown out food that went bad. This is a problem I want to 100% eliminate from happening. If you make a least and, have one day where you dedicate to making your meals for the week you will be so much happier that your waste of food was eliminated. Do not forget to utilize your freezer, if you are making man items like soup etc. it can get to be too much and, if you make enough you can save some for the next week. It is a win, win!

I hope you all enjoyed getting some info on products that are a must for me! I have a few things to test that I just received so, don’t worry I have plenty more videos coming your way!

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

Amazon Lending A Helping Hand

Ciao Tutti,

If you aren’t already sucked into the Facebook vortex of videos and, shopping on Amazon then you must not be on the internet that often. Today has been a day of a multitude of news and, just when you think you have writers block there is always something popping up in the hope you will write about it. This video deserves as much attention as it can get! Monika is a co-owner of a women’s shoe company that she develop in America. She came to America to concur her dream and, she did. While walking down the street she saw a homeless man with a sign saying, ” I need shoes.” When she went back he was no longer there and, that is when she came up with the give back box idea. She is now working with be companies such as, Amazon that are teaming up to send these boxes to charities. the great thing is that you do not have to pay anything you are merely donating clothing, shoes, items you no longer need! You get a free shipping label and, off they go. When you receive an Amazon box you usually chuck it in the trash, after taking out what your purchased. Well, that is not helping our landfills and, when you send your give back box to the charity of your choice, they will recycle all of there boxes. It is great that you will be giving back and, no longer be polluting our world! I would say, it is a win, win! This holiday season when you receive new items of clothing etc. take time to look through your wardrobe and, see if any older pieces could use a new home.

https://www.givebackbox.com/story

Have an enlightening and, adventurous day,

allie

Is Zero Waste Worth It?

Hello Loves,

I have been trying to do a lot of zero waste research and, I think I have gotten distracted almost every-time. I am sure you all understand how much time it takes to put a lot of research into a certain category… It took me months to learn about veganism and, I am still learning. I was wondering to myself is it worth my time to study this subject and, finding if it completely do able for my lifestyle. My answer is yes and, no. Although, the environment is number one I would say the majority of the people dwelling on our earth could careless. This makes it difficult to become zero waste. I know it is far from impossible but, I feel I would have to have my own house to really give zero waste a 100% go. I am still going to role with it bit by bit but, just like becoming vegan it is going to take awhile to understand it fully and, adjusting. When I decide I am going to commit to something I really go in head first so, I will not do that just yet but, when I do eventually have my own apartment, house, van what ever I decide to live in I would like to try this set up of 100% zero waste and, see where it gets me. Like I have said in previous zero waste post I do still want to support vegan companies so, I do not think I will ever fully be at 100% but, if I can work my way up to 25% and, go from there it will only benefit my environment. There are a few concepts of living that I will be discussing this week. First I will watch a few more YouTube videos and, post before I talk about them but, I would like to try different ways of living. Trying new “things” is important to me and, going beyond my comfort zone is something I have tired to embrace more in life. If I am never uncomfortable or not learning then I will never grow and, understand what form of living I would like to lead for the rest of my life. Three blog posts about different ways of living should be coming at you this week. Don’t forget to check out my new YouTube Video below!

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie