Work Bitch Diaries – Day 1

Title may be a bit aggressive but, it is not meant to be offensive although, the name of my blog should say it all. This is really a platform for me and, you to ask each other questions, motivate and, help get through the work day. Sometimes you just need a little extra boost of support and, this is exactly that!

I made a facebook group awhile ago called, ” The Entrepreneur Life.” I made it kind of as an extended blog but, also a platform where we could help each other. I also, have a page for my blog, That’s A Bang Out Of Order and, one to promote products I’m selling on Amazon called, Ethical & Handmade Children’s Toys @ethicallyinclined . I like the idea that you all would be able to reach me and, vice versa through another platform. You can also, tweet me @thatsabang and, on instagram @thatsabangsfitme. I have about five instagrams because they all focus on different platforms. I will have everything listed below.


Okay, now that we have that all out of the way I wanted to chat a little bit about working at home. I think I have beaten this subject down quite a bit in past blog posts. I have posted about scheduling etc.. but, working at home is challenging and, I like to talk to you all about it as much as possible. There is a bit of a stigma on social media that working from home is so easy and, you constantly have time to do everything. Just like a 9-5 job, I too need to put in work hours during the week and, it can tend to get insane. I will find myself working on my laptop for five to six hours at a time and, I wonder what happened to the day. Or, I am listing items all day, working on social media posts, scheduling social media/blog/youtube videos, editing a video and, the work is literally endless. I could work 24 hours a day for a month and, still not be where I want to be business wise. All of these things tend to scatter in my head and, some days I struggle with which one to begin with. Although, they are all businesses they are still semi-creative and, you really need to be in the right mindset. Today I am blogging because I woke up and, that is exactly what I wanted to. It is almost like craving a type of food you have to have it and, really want it. Working tends to take priority over everything. Yes, I have been known to be a bit of a workaholic. The phrase, “The struggle is real,” is not really wrong it just depends on what struggle you are talking about. May looks like it is going to be two weeks of filming hopefully, two-three videos a day and, then the next two weeks of editing. Working on 4 blog posts three days a week and, working out. I have a month to get it together before I start applying to work as a waitress to prepare for Hawaii expenses. It is a bit stressful but, it is kind of exciting that everything is so up in the air. How do you all handle working from home? Are you able to balance your everyday life with your work life? Do you schedule everything out or go with the flow?

This week has been a bit odd for me I feel like I have been slacking pretty hard which, never happens. It’s funny, I’m not really slacking I’m just not working the forty plus hours a week that I have been putting in. If I am hanging out with friends, family or, doing something besides working I feel a bit guilty. I know it takes five years to grow a successful business and, I have three that I am trying to grow plus, a social media following. I really need to be present everyday for my businesses succeed but, I also, don’t want to neglect myself or, others in my life. And, little things like laundry or cleaning; or, big things like my health and, fitness. Sitting at a desk for 5-8 hours a day does not help my health or, fitness. I have been working out like crazy which, I will talk about in a fitness post. I try to go on walks or, take a break from the laptop because it literally sucks up my time. These next couple of weeks are going to be super busy however, that is my favorite part of my businesses. I love putting in the work to help them grow and, really paying attention to what I can do better and, rework my business model. Come visit me on my Facebook group or, Instagram so, we can help each other on our work bitch weeks!

Have an enlightening and, adventurous day,

allie

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How Am I juggling All My Jobs

 

Before, I start out with scheduling and, everything I do not by any means have this all figured out. I am constantly evaluating what I can do to be more efficient and, how I am really going to get everything done. I have weeks were I get so much done an, others where I just can’t seem to get out of my own way.  If you work at home I’m sure you go through the same struggle you have a bunch of laundry to do or, a room to clean but, you prioritize your business or vice versa. It’s almost like a double edged sword because, until your business is becoming an extremely profitable one you, spend any free time on it if, you are like me. So, you don’t actually allocate enough time for simple things like cleaning etc.. Lately, I have learned to balance it better and, wake up earlier. If, I want to be successful I need to put time into each business and, not neglect any of the businesses. Right now, I have my Amazon Business, eBay, Poshmark, Blog, YouTube Channel an, Freelancing jobs. I mean one of them is going to get neglected and, it happens more often then I’ like to admit.  I have found that scheduling is the best way to prevent any neglect from the business to happen. One mistake I make daily is that I try to fit each business in on one day. Instead, I need to dedicate one day a week for each or, one in the morning and, one in the evening. This is my third blog post that I am writing today and, I woke up around 7:00 a.m. it’s almost 1 p.m. It sometimes takes me awhile to write my posts especially if I want to post great and, informative content for you all to read; and, of course that is the only type of content that I want post. I need to write about fourteen articles a week so, I am always two weeks ahead of myself. It is not always easy to come up with fourteen well written articles without burning yourself out.  What I have done is researched questions people are asking and, then I will make up a bunch of drafts that I need to complete in the next couple of weeks. This way I am not constantly searching for content to write. For most bloggers that are writing for their audience they base their posts on what is going on that week. I try to have a good mix of both

 

Tips From The Brain Of An Amazon FBA Seller

I would say being an Amazon FBA Seller is anything but, basic.  The perks of owning your own business also, comes with lots of headaches as well as, investing a fair share of your money. This is not said to discourage you but, you may be putting in forty hour weeks plus and, getting pennies if anything. Most sellers have a full time job while they are building up their Amazon business. Not having a full time job while building my Amazon business was a huge mistake on my part. Unless you have $50,000 you can invest right away and, not be hurt financially by investing this money you have some serious things to consider. If you are living on your own I strongly recommend staying at your job and, keep Amazon as a side hustle. Unfortunately, we all need money to survive and, this becomes a problem when you are starting a business that you will not make profit off of quickly. This is said for most businesses, it takes five years to actually see a profit. I am on my third year and, oh boy, is that accurate. I need many side hustles like Freelancing to make money and, most of my money gets invested back in Amazon. Frustration does not even describe how you feel when you watch all your money go back into your business and, you are silently crying on the inside. On one hand you know you are feeding your business to help you in the future and, on the other hand it’s like where did all my money go. You will 100% question yourself and, don’t expect friends and, family to be supportive at first they will think you’re literally sitting around doing nothing all day. Especially, as an FBA seller when you ship out your boxes to Amazon they won’t see your hustle all the time and, you’re working mainly from home so, defiantly keep that in mind. The mental questioning really gets to you at some points but, that’s when you realize you are building a business and, it’s not easy. If building a business was easy everyone would be doing it instead, of working for other people. You will need mental clarity so, I suggest going to the gym, local coffee shop, moving outside to work on your porch , lots of music, watching a show while working and, walks. I try to get out of the house daily because you will go stir crazy.. The re-seller community is amazing on instagram and, they are a constant score of encouragement and, tips. The amount of gold they drop everyday on instagram is amazing!

Okay, onto the actual Amazon business. You need to get approved to sell on Amazon and, you will automatically be approved to sell books but, you must look up categories in the help and, ask for approval. They are cracking down on Amazon sometimes you have to pay to be approved for a certain category and, you most likely will not be able to sell brands like Nike which,  you would have to have gotten grandfathered into. Yes, this is a pain in the ass and, can really mess with you especially if you have clothing or, shoes you are trying to sell of a really popular name brand. Clothes & Shoes must be new if, you want to sell use clothing head over to ebay or, Poshmark because Amazon would probably kick you off and, you’d need to wait six months to get back on. Amazon will not hesitate to ban you if, you try to sell a restricted item etc. so, you need to make sure you are unrestricted before you even try to sell in a category other than books. Oh, and you are restricted from selling collectible books you have to get unrestricted in this category or, you books will be sitting collecting dust. You have to get unrestricted in DVDs, VHS, etc.. yup, they restrict you in basically everything. And, for most of these items you must have wholesale invoice they don’t except store receipts so yea, you may be restricted for awhile until you have a solid wholesaler that you purchase from.  Being an FBA seller is challenging but, can be worth it especially with ROI for books!

Things I forgot to consider when pricing my items are the fees that I will be taking on when selling this specific item. You have the fee for Amazon about $49.95/mo. Scanpower $69.95/mo. if you use it regularly every month I have been having to pay $0 which, means I need to get more books haha ( Insert monkey with hands over the eyes), $228 for AsellerTool/6months, the shipping fee for the items and, the percentage Amazon takes plus, the cost of the item. Yeah, it is a bit much and, can be a bit frustrating to have all these fees you are paying for. You also, need the scanners to actually figure how much the cost of the item is; see this link for a detailed explanation

( http://thatsabang.com/?p=511    ). This is why it has taken me three years to kind of catch up with my business because in equipment I’ve spent over $1,044 in equipment. To some people that is not a lot of money to me that took awhile to pay off plus, ink, paper, printer ( I recently got a new one a laser printer) and, the labels for the dymo label printer ( thank goodness this does not need ink!). Now take the fees that you pay for the year $599.4 (Amazon), $839.40 ( ScanPower), ASellertool ( $456) = $1,894.8 a year in just fees. This does not include the whammy of the storage fee that you get hit with if you items are over 365 days old I think this happens twice a year. You really have to keep up with this because you could spend even more money keeping your inventory at Amazon instead of sending it back to you. Unfortunately, this hit me kind of hard this year and, everytime UPS came with boxes and, boxes of books my heart sank and, I had mini panic attacks ( I still live with my parents for the time being and, they were not pleased to have the boxes in their house but, I don’t think they realized how displeased I was to have to pay to ship books/items sent back to me haha). This is why I emphasize knowing what categories you can sell in because sometimes they just hit you with sorry, you are now restricted in that category, ( learn from my mistakes!).  I will also, go into how important rank is in a minute so, hold on. You need to keep all these fees in mind when you’re pricing your item but, you also have to keep your pricing competitive.

Some FBA Sellers will make you very, very angry because the book could be worth $40 and, they’ll have it for $10. This happens so much it’s incredible how annoying some of the sellers are and, I don’t understand because they are barely making any money if any. Price wisely as, you don’t want to piss off other sellers but, you also, don’t want to price too high. Here is what I would normally do for very good or, good the new price would get slashed in half and, that’s how much I would price it at. If it’s ex-library or, acceptable condition I divide the price by 3. I will give you an example below because it sounds more complicated than it is.

Okay, so here is an example of a book that I have and, this is where you wil get 100% frustrated. This ranking is extremely good at over 800,000. That means for every 800,00 books purchased this book sells. The lower the rank the better! Now, you see that new the price is around $74 and, normally I would price my book used good or used very good at about $35. But, instead we have sellers who don’t understand the value of the book and, they priced it in the $9-$11 range. I don’t know who they think they are helping but, it’s not themselves… Right now, to make any money off of a book the lowest you can have it at is $10 becuase the fees went up as they do every year. Here is a prime example of how you should not price your books as a FBA Seller. FBA Seller’s are paying a fee for a reason; there are storage fees but, it’s also, to have Amazon Prime ( Two Day free shipping), available to your sellers. You can also, look at camel,camel,camel to see how often the item or book sells and, the range of prices they sell for. Okay, now into rank.. Oh my, rank can be a big problem because you want the lowest rank possible for a quick turnover. But, on the other hand you can luck out and, get a high ranking book that sells in a couple of months.. Ranking gives me a headache because I do gamble sometimes for books that I will make a large profit on and, the ranking is very high. In my experience it is not worth it look for low ranks because you want the fastest turn over as possible especially, when you are just starting out. Do not ignore the rank! Yes, when you are at a book sale you have to be able to look at the rank and, calculation of how much you will make off of the book in a matter of seconds. Most sellers know what their criteria is and, have their scanners set to beep if the book meets these standards. I personally don’t do this because I may miss a book that I can make a quick buck off of. It’s really up to the seller as, it is their preference.

I hope this helps you kind of get an idea what is like to be an FBA Seller and, I will be posting more so, stay tuned for those posts.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

 

Just Start Scanning

Hello Loves,

If you haven’t read my article on scanners to buy books and, other items I will put a link below. But, for those of you that have read it this article is about what you want to scan. Before we begin I am not an expert but, I will save you some wasted time and, money!

So, what should you scan?

  • Textbooks, when it is textbook season you will have books literally flying off the shelves remember to take in account how much it will cost to ship the book, the cost of the book and, you want the ranking to be as low as possible 50 or less if they even have that to around 1.5 million. The lower the more frequent it will sell. Make sure the textbook is worth selling but, if it is congrats!
  • Everyone has their niche art books, history etc.. we like foreign it sells pretty well! Take the same advice into play when fining the right ones to sell on Amazon.
  • Non-fiction the same rules apply

Find out what works best for your company make sure you go in with a bit of a business plan. Your scanner is your best friend and, you may make a few mistakes but, that’s the fun of it; because once you score a big sale you will be addicted! Scan away, list, ship and, let the sales begin!

Find out what you will need to bring with you to the book sale in the next article. If you have more questions leave them below in the comments.

Have an enlightening and adventures day,

Allison Vota

The Entrepreneur Life

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It is so late I really need to got to bed but, I wanted to share with you where I am at for all my businesses in 2017. I just started selling on ebay and, my goal is to have about 300 items listed every week in 2017 which, is going to be a challenge but, one I am ready to work very hard for. My ebay isn’t getting too much attention but, with hard work, more listings and, learning I am hoping to increase my watchers to at least 20 for now but, I hope to have them in the hundreds or thousands by the end of 2017. Poshmark has been moving like a snail and, I am trying to work from a new angle but, I am not sure why I haven’t been getting many bites even with my ongoing promotion. Poshmark has been a bit of an enigma that I am determined to solve. Amazon continues to grow and, I must feed it inventory every week or I can kiss my chances of making $3,000 a week goodbye. I understand how many products I need to sell in order to make close to a certain amount of money. I am still figuring out Amazon and, we are by no means making money off of it at the moment but, that is because I don’t have thousands of dollars to invest in Amazon. I am starting to focus back up on my blog and, trying to make money off of that because I think it is entirely possible. I have different topics I will be focusing on in order to gain more followers and, companies that want to run ads on my blog. YouTube although, I am absolutely in love with making videos I do not think I will be able to make money off of my channel but, I will continue to produce videos because I do have 51 fabulous followers and, I just enjoy it so much! Yes, there is more… I am continuing to do Freelance jobs because I need to make money and, enjoy writing for the companies. Freelance is really where I am bringing money in and, my plan is to make about $1,000 a month with Freelance which will require a lot of work. I think I covered everything haha… I really do work very hard and, I know it will pay off in the long run. It does deprive me a bit of a social life but, it is hard to have a social life without making money right? It is funny with all of these jobs I always here why don’t you get a part time job…. Well, although, I may not be making enough money to live on at the moment if I continue to work extremely hard it will pay off. I would not do will in a 9-5 job I am a creative person, explorer, boundary pusher who is an entrepreneur. This is my life welcome to it…

Allie

 

 

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Amazon Raises FBA Fees

Ciao Tutti,

Amazon just released there fee changes for 2017 and, Amazon FBA sellers are freaking out… Now, it does change a few things when it comes to selling as an FBA seller but, they change their fees every year. Amazon is trying to weed out the FBA sellers that aren’t committed to really selling on Amazon and, honestly I couldn’t be happier. Although, I am not that thrilled about the fees which, I don’t think any seller is, it just changes how I will be selling on Amazon. Instead of having lower priced books I will have to stay within $10-$15 at the lowest instead of $6-$8 at my lowest. For some reason this is not registering for other sellers and, they are fed up with Amazon claiming they will go switch to ebay. I have been doing quite a bit of research and, ebay is not a bad place to sell although, I haven’t done enough research to really sell on ebay. I have tried to sell on ebay and, it was a bit of a bust so, research is necessary to sell at least for me. I also, need a niche when selling on ebay. It is a good idea not put all your money into one item or one place it should be spread out in case it does not work out. I have been only selling on Amazon FBA for two years seriously. I have a business plan set up for each year which, tells me how much I need to purchase of each category and, how much money I will need each month to do so. With not having a large amount it is quite difficult to accomplish but, I will talk about how I semi-support myself while trying to build up my Amazon sales in another blog post.   So, my strategy this year will be slightly different more expensive books for full price book sale, half price will be a little cheaper and, box day will be $10 books instead of $5-$8 books. Adjusting with the price change that happens every year is important especially with gas changes etc. Just like we have to adjust to the economy so do our businesses. So, if you are an FBA seller take a breath and, adjust as needed just like every year especially if you want to continue on with your business.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

Boss Lady

Hello Loves,

You all know I have been chatting with you about my many business ventures and, how to really make money blogging. I am still in the learning stages but, I am putting my heart and soul into every venture that I set out to take on. I have learned that I so need to make a calendar for myself and, schedule out posts throughout the month, when I’m shipping out products for Amazon; YouTube Videos to be shot, Freelance jobs, Pet Sitting… You’d think I’d be rolling in the dough from all these jobs.. I have invested quite a bit of my own money into my Amazon business and, in order for it to reach the amount of sales I want it to reach I need 600-1,000 books a month and, somehow only spend $300 a month. I mean, it is possibly but, that is an extra $300 a month I need to come up with. Yikes, so much money going out and, not much coming in. But, just as I had said in a previous post we need to invest in our” health” just like in this case I need to invest in my future. I am already thinking about my 401K, Investments, Retirement, and future projects to invest in. I take all of these things extremely seriously and, moving into my mid twenties I want to be in a comfortable position. At 25 years old I don’t want to be living pay check to pay check which is why I am putting the time in now. I was able to save enough money to invest in my first two businesses, learn from them and, then able to invest in my Amazon business today. Researching and, learning are super important when it comes to Amazon and, all of my other business ventures. Recently I was watching a YouTube video on a man my age who is making $10,000,000 a year with Amazon and, consulting. He said he got $50,000 in investment for his Amazon and, it just grew expediently. To turn $50,000 investment into millions of dollars is not only impressive, it is smart. Now being only 22 years old I have zero collateral to be able to get this kind of money for an investment. I thought I would start out smaller with my goal but, to make it really happen and, blow my goals away, I will need to implement what I learned. Right now I am trying to get as many Freelance jobs as possible within my field and, try to make an extra $1,000 a month. With the $1,000 a month I would set aside $400 books, $40 phone, $30 gym, $200 NZ trip, $100 groceries, $200 savings, $30 spending money. You may think $1,000 isn’t much money but, to me it is amazing because it keeps my business and, life going. If you noticed I don’t have apartment expenses and, that is because  I am still living with my parents I also, do not own a car. I am in the middle of studying for permit/license yes, I realize I am old and, should have all of that already there is a short story to go along with that but, basically time got away from me. I have been putting time in to study for the permit so I’m hoping by the end of December I will be good to go to take the test. Once I have a license and, car it will open up more expenses but, it will also, give me the ability to travel to book sales and, be able to dog walk etc… But, back to the point you have to make this all happen for yourself and, so do I. My goal is to be solely reliant on myself and, nobody else. Like one of my favorite quotes says, “Your attention please , no one is coming to save you. This life of yours is 100% your responsibility.”

It is so true, you are responsible for you and looking out for yourself. 20 years down the road you don’t want to regret not giving yourself a solid platform for yourself. I am still planning on doing a woofing trip to New Zealand because I’m young and, I want to travel! Skys the limits because the only one in the way is yourself so, take control of you and, build a cushion for yourself, become a boss lady or gentlemen.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

 

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Making $300,000 Blogging?

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Making Sense Of Cents is a blog that is showing up all over Pinterest every-time I am looking for more ways to make money blogging. I am no expert and, have a lot to learn when it comes to blogging. But, I am wondering how she makes so much money within a year? she does have people working for her so, I can see how that would start to make you quite a bit of money. She also, knows all about affiliate links… I was amazed at how many companies have affiliate links and, I have signed up for a few including BlueHost. This is to test if I start making money blogging or, if the affiliate links do nothing. She as big goals set for herself as, I do but, she is really seeing them work out in front of her eyes. Her monthly incomes can range from $30,000 plus, I mean, who wouldn’t want to start a blog with the potential to make quite a bit of dough. I obviously haven’t had a blog for three years to get paid because I haven’t made any money off of my blog as of yet. I just love writing to you all and, conversing about interesting topics. But, I thought it’s time to have your hard work earn you some income. I just signed up for her 7 day email of how to make money on blogging. Just like my other blog posts say, I will be testing this method to see if it works. I will do a monthly income update as well as, an update when it comes to all these extra programs that I am trying. My goal within 6 months is to make $6,000 at $1,000 a month lets see if that is doable before I spitting off large goals like $20,000 a month and, $100,000 a year. As, I promised I am working on my blog everyday bringing you all fresh insight. I know there have been a few questions about how I started blogging what hosts I am using etc.. I will do a separate blog post although, I am not am expert I will try to help you all as much as possible because if blogging is your passion I welcome you! I have loved blogging over the past three almost four years and, could not think about going a day without it! If you want to ask questions about blogging which will help me so much here are the platforms you can contact me on:

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Goal- Make $1,000/Month Blogging

Update you all every month with a report on how much I have made

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Make sure you comment on one of my social media platforms asking all your questions about blogging! I will answer as many questions as possible in one or more posts.

Well I hope you all are enjoying learning about extra ways to make money as much as I am! It is exciting!!

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

 

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Business Shenanigans Day 1

Hello Loves,

Today I am chatting about my business trip and what happened the first day. It was chalk full of shenanigans now, I have a better idea of how to use my PDA and, what I need for it. Road trips to P.A. are always fun, it is a short distance, and usually pretty scenery once you get off of the highway. We landed at Bird-in-Hand ready to get to our room and jump in the pool. I always try to find places to stay that have a pool because, well, I’m a pool junkie. I like to swim as much as I can and, when I was younger if there was a pool I was in it and swimming around for hours. The way I feel when swimming is almost indescribable, I just love it. Well, we walked into the hotel to check in and, of course nothing can go smoothly, it turns out that we weren’t booked to stay in the hotel but, rather in the motel. If we weren’t paying $96 something a night I wouldn’t have been as upset but, since we were I was. I was absolutely not staying in a motel for $96/night if that was the case I would have booked a motel for $50-$60/night. We had booked through Expedia and, they IMG_3363booked us in the motel not the hotel. Apparently if you book through Expedia they can put you anywhere without you know where you are being placed. I was not aware of this when I was booking the trip and, of course was shocked when I got there to find out we were not staying in the same place ( I was not impressed at all.) After about two hours on the phone with Expedia we ended up paying an extra $70 to stay in the hotel. There was a major difference between the rooms and, I was not staying in the motel for that kind of price. We still have to speak to Expedia to at least get the extra $70 we spent back. When you have specific money set aside for this type of a business trip $70 can be a big hit on your wallet. We settled in the room, pool and, went to Panera for dinner. It can be difficult to eat as a vegan in Lancaster, PA but, I ha a much easier time, this trip. While at Panera I had a moment of sheer panic because I had left my laptop in my dads car which was at home in N.J. huge mistake on my part and, I immediately lost my appetite mid spoonful of black bean soup ( which is delicious and, one of my favorite vegan dishes to get from Panera). My dad ended up meeting us halfway, thank god, and we retrieved the laptop and splashed into the pool when we got back. Why was the laptop so important? Well, what you don’t know is that I have been trying to download aseller tool onto my PDA so I could use the PDA for the book sale and no longer use my phone. Asellertool is hella-expensive and, I wanted to get full use out of it. Now, to get the PDA to work I needed a scout which plugs into the top of the PDA ($250-$300 piece) I also, needed to have a compact flash that is 2-4GB which I didn’t know until the second time I talked to aseller. Then I needed a converter to plug the SD card to install the aseller tool unto the PDA but, we’lll get to that tomorrow. So, the laptop was crucial to get the asellertool onto the compactflash and, then onto the PDA. If you followed all that you defiantly get props because it was confusing even when I finally understood what I needed. So, I should mention that I had purchased the compact flashes on Amazon but, they weren’t arriving until the next day.. yeah.. So, because there was an option to download directly onto the PDA I tried that and the download was like an hour altogether. Now it is late like 10:3-11p.m. and, I have a book sale at 7a.m. the next day. I end up staying up until 3a.m. trying to get this to download and, it kept giving me an error. Or first day in Bird in Hand did not go as planned at all and, I’ll leave off that I woke up exhausted the next day. Stay tuned for the continuation of the business trip story.
Have an enlightening and adventurous day,
allie

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I joined a gym?

Yes,

Hello loves, I have joined a gym but, not because of the gym equipment but, mainly because of the pool!! I will be starting my training to try to get my swimming back to where it should be. Today on my vlog I talked about moving my channel toward fitness and, ethical fashion. On my new YouTube Channel “Forever Seeking Wanderlust” I will be posting travel vlogs and ethical fashion videos. If you are a follower of allie vLuv don’t worry I will still be posting vlogs, hauls, makeup, and vegan videos. Back to the gym, well, I had enough with not being physically fit. I have a few knee problems and, Reflex Nerve dystrophy so, I want to ease back into really getting in shape. I used to be on the swim team when I was younger and, just swim a lot in general. I will start with getting back into swimmer shape and, work on my technic. Once I have been able to get myself to a solid 20-30 minute swim I will start to incorporate a challenge that I would to put on the YouTube Channel. I was watching a YouTube Channel I will link a video down below, and, he was doing 40 hours of working for the week. It gave me he idea of pushing myself to do 3 hour challenge and 1 hour every other week to build up resistance. I will have to be careful of running because of my knees I will have to build up fast walking/jog to a run. Once I have established a jog, longer swim I can start the 3 hour 2 week challenge and keep building that up until I reach my 40 hour goal. I realize that it will take me about a month to get myself back in semi-swimming ready. I also, want to be able to bike to the gym over this summer which will be amazing when that happens. The visual of riding my bike to the gym is inspirational in my mind and, I can not wait for that vision to come to life. What we manifest, we put out to the universe what we want and, in return the universe usually gives us what we would like. We have to want it, think about, pray about it (if you are religious), write about it, and act on it. Your positive acts, thoughts, and feeling will be contagious; it is the kind of contagion that I wish would spread throughout the world. I am very excited to peacefully transition into a healthier/fitter lifestyle. As I start to lose weight it will be captured on all of my videos. I plan on eating vegan, of course, but, I will either be fruitarian or rawtill4. I will be learning what my body fuels on best when working out more and, how much I will need to bring with me. I am thinking i will be incorporating more medjol dates, smoothies, bananas, and of course my favorites melons!! I just bought a cap for my hair so I can swim with ease, I already own a one piece bathing suit, and goggles. I know that bathing suit isn’t going to be so flattering but, in my mind I have gotten over myself and, focus on where I need to get my body in order to be healthier and, have a happier life. Are you all excited to follow me on my journey, what are some post you would like to see, do you want me to do a weekly diary of how I am doing what I eat and, how I am coping with this new workout schedule. I am a little nervous, determined, excited, and motivated lets get it! This journey is amazing….

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie