Why You Should Travel

As my husband and I prepare to go to Costa Rica in two days (thanks to Hotel Rio Celeste Hideaway) I have thought a lot about traveling and the excitement it brings me. I believe there are so many lessons you can learn from traveling – whether that’s overseas, or even to different cities within your own region. There is something about experiencing new places that has the ability to change you as a person.

I remember the first time I left the country as a little girl. I went to different parts in Mexico and I was beyond fascinated with the culture. Mexican “siestas” were the neatest thing to me. I had never seen anything like it before. Businesses close in the middle of the day and no one is working. The whole city seems to be taking a nap. It was truly fascinating.

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Like I said before, you don’t have to travel far to experience a different culture. I grew up in the suburbs of Utah and in high school I moved to a small town. These two places were entirely different by the things people did for fun, the way they dressed, and the way they acted – it was all new to me. Being among these two cultures within my own state changed my mindset and views.

The world seems to be so closed minded. I think the 2016 Presidential election was evidence of that. People are overly opinionated and hostile that they even resort to rioting. I truly believe traveling has the ability to fix this this problem. Once you experience a different way of living you realize that there are several ways to look at at life and perhaps your way isn’t always the best. You discern that people grew up differently and thus they may never see eye to eye. Having this understanding dilutes aggression.

If there’s one hope I have for anyone who desires to travel it’s that you become open to new ideas, cultures, people, and experiences. This alone allows the capability to do a lot of good in the world.

How do “YouTubers” Make Money?

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When you were little, when someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up, did you say “YouTuber”! Well if you know anything about the lifestyle and money that these online “celebrities” make you might have to rethink your current occupation.

According to people.com the 9 highest paid

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YouTubers in 2015 made between 2.5 million dollars and 12 million dollars. The amount of followers/subscribers ranged between 5 million and 40 million. Themes of profiles can be anything but are most commonly gaming, make up tutorials, fashion, or traveling.  How do they make all that money though?

There are 2 sources of income for YouTubers. Firstly, that of the company that you are promoting and the general rule of thumb is to charge around $10,000 per 100,000 views. Secondly youtube has Google AdSense software with their videos so every view (usually constituted as someone watching 30 seconds or…

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How To Get More Instagram Followers

One thing I am constantly asked is, “how do you have so many followers on Instagram?” After most recently accomplishing my goal of 50 thousand followers I have decided to share some light to those of you who love Instagram as much as I do.

For starters I absolutely LOVE social media and Instagram is one of my favorite platforms. I never dreamed in a million years that companies would be interested in sending free items in exchange for posts or even payment. It is such a neat way to network and an even neater way to meet thousands of people. Here I’ve listed 3 tips on how to grow your Instagram account.

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Post Frequently

Social media is a funny thing. It is so easy to become captivated and fascinated with others lives. This is why it is so important to post frequently. You want to build an audience who is anticipating your next post simply because they want to know what you’re doing in life and what you’re up to that day. We feel like we know people we’ve never met through social media. Posting frequently allows you and your followers to create a bond through each post because you feel like you’re getting to know each other more and more. Yet don’t over do it. You don’t want to annoy your followers with multiple posts a day. I usually post once a day  3-5 days a week.

Use Multiple Social Media Platforms

When my Instagram began growing I was doing other things to engage my followers such as blogging and YouTube. For example, if you have a Twitter account you can send people to your Instagram. Or from your YouTube account you can send people to your Blog. Using multiple social media platforms is a great way to network internally and promote your name through different accounts.

You Are Your Brand

This is important to remember. About a year ago I stopped focusing on Instagram and my posts became miscellaneous and inconsistent. There was no “brand” or rhythm to my posts. This was detrimental to my Instagram account and cost me thousands of followers. However in the last 6 months or so I’ve made the necessary changes and tried to be more consistent throughout my posts. This has created more engagement and growing within my profile. It is important that your followers know what they’re going to get when they come to your profile. A confused person is never interested.

I am no social media expert and I am still learning as I go. I feel as though I am still in the beginning of my journey and that there are tweaks and changes that I am making and will continue to make along the way. These are just a few tips I applied at the beginning of my journey that I thought I would share for those of you who too love social media as much as I do.

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How To Graduate College Debt Free

I remember being 10 years old and sitting on the edge of my bed trying to figure out how I was going to pay for college. A college degree has always been important to me. From a young age I understood how expensive college could be. However as an adult I see this issue time and time again. I work with adults who are twice my age and still making payments on student loans. I mean what’s the point of going to college when you’re going to be paying for it for the next 25 years! So I made the decision I was going to get a college degree and that I was going to graduate debt free.

I come from a very middle class family and I never qualified for financial aid until my senior year which meant I needed to find a way to pay for college. I always felt the responsibility to pay for my own degree and not delegate that duty to my parents.18157516_10210786489876005_3871609044131142556_n

In May 2016 I was able to graduate with a bachelor’s degree with absolutely no debt and over $10,000 saved in the bank. For any of you who think college is expensive and impossible to pay for I’m here to share with you some ways that make it entirely affordable regardless of your grades and whether or not you qualify for a pell grant.

Junior Colleges Are An Option

As a little girl I had dreams of going to Harvard, Stanford, and other ivy league schools. I was able to get good grades in high school and even graduated with a 3.9 GPA. However, when I got a somewhat low score on the ACT I soon realized that ivy league schools were going to cost a fortunate, that is if I could even get in. Unfortunately my low ACT score left me with little scholarship opportunities so I chose to go to a junior college which in turn was one of the best decisions of my life. I received an academic scholarship because the size of the competition applying was nothing compared to the bigger schools. Not only were the classes more of a 1 on 1 basis with the professor, but I was able to finish a 2 year degree in 1 year due to the smaller and more individualized atmosphere.

After 1 year of school in a junior college I graduated with two associates degrees and was offered an academic scholarship to a division one school where I later graduated. Once you have an associates degree under your belt, colleges no longer look at your ACT test scores. In fact you can graduate high school with a 1.5 GPA and if you do well at a junior college you can still receive a full ride academic scholarship to a bigger school. So bad grades and test scores in high school? Don’t worry! Not only are junior colleges cheaper but they can set you up for success when applying for transfer scholarships to bigger universities.

Get a Good Summer Job

I know what you’re thinking, “I don’t have a degree so how do I get a good a job?” The truth is there are loads of high paying jobs that do not require a degree. When I was desperately trying to find a way to pay for the upcoming school semester I came across a friend who was a wildland firefighter and suggested the opportunity to me. While it took some humility to pack up my dresses and high heals for the summer, I found this job to be very rewarding financially. The work was hard but the pay was high and the hours were good. I sometimes worked 16 hour days for 1-2 weeks straight. It was a hard job but when fall rolled around I was able to pay my housing and fees up front and still have money left in the bank.

Take Online Classes

My junior year of college I was broke just like many other college students. I didn’t qualify for financial aid and I couldn’t afford to live on my own. I made the decision to move home for a year and do classes online. Many schools offer tons of classes online. I ended up taking 16 credits a semester and working 3/4 time. Living at home and taking online classes isn’t a bad option! I didn’t pay rent or groceries and I was able to save a lot of money in preparation for my senior year in college. Online classes also give you the ability to be flexible. Thus you can work full time and still attend college full time.

Get a Job While Attending College

I have a friend who was taught to take out student and personal loans to be able to afford college. She was taught she shouldn’t work through school so that she could achieve good grades. This logic makes absolutely no sense to me for a few reasons. First of all you’re going to graduate college and be thrown into 10-15 years of debt. Graduating college isn’t going to be a fresh start; it’s going to be the beginning of paying more bills than are necessary. Secondly there is no reason why you can’t work and get good grades. My freshman year I was working 30 hour work weeks while taking 20 college credits and graduated with a 3.9 GPA that year. Of course this lifestyle requires sacrifices; less of a social life, spending weekends doing homework, and not attending college parties, but this allowed me to be able to afford college and put me on the path of no debt. Don’t use getting good grades as an excuse to not work. We are millennials and we have been trained to multi task since the day we received our first flip phone.

Affording college isn’t easy. It’s a time of learning and growing. However if you are able to graduate without student loans and debt this allows for less stress and a financially more stable course as you continue your career path. I understand not everyone has the same circumstances as I do and maybe some cannot live at home while attending college. If this is the case there are other ways to afford school. Looking into the military is always a good option seeing as they will pay for your education. Avoiding college debt has been one of the best decisions I made. It’s not entirely easy but it is entirely possible.