Blogger Update: Plan To Change Your Plan

Plan To Change Your Plan

As a natural-born planner, the hardest thing for me to do is veer off course of a well thought out plan. But guess what? Life happens! Things are always going to come up that you didn’t plan for. A lot of unnecessary anxiety can be completely bypassed by going in the with right mindset. Plan to change your plans!

Working my way into the blogosphere has been uphill climb (I still have a LONG way to go), and the plan I have now is completely different from what I started with. When I jumped into this world head-first I never imagined, nor could have imagined, the roadblocks I would hit.

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The Struggle Is Real: Traveler’s Guilt

GLAMTREKKER Costa Rica PoolWhether you travel to vacation, write about it or photograph it, you may experience some form of traveler’s guilt some day. This can rear its ugly head in many ways – from worrying about work, to feeling like you should have brought the kids, or in my case, feeling like I should be adventuring instead of relaxing. (Hey! Even travel bloggers need some R&R sometimes!) Here are a few helpful tips to tame that rambunctious guilty voice in your head.

First off, lighten up lady (or gent)! Sorry to break it to you, but you’re not that important. I know it’s hard to swallow, but you’re not. The world will indeed go on while you relax on the beach sipping piña coladas in Mexico. You’ll be amazed at how self-sufficient people can be when their crutch (you) isn’t available to answer all the questions. Whether it’s your assistant, your boss, or your babysitter – they’ll figure it out. Plus, who wants to pay for those international phone calls anyway? If it a real emergency they’ll find a way to contact you, so relax!

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Stop Being Photo-Shy & Let Your Freak Flag Fly!

The first time I used a selfie stick was at Grand Canyon, Arizona.

The first time I used a selfie stick was at Grand Canyon, Arizona.

For some people taking recreational photos and selfies isn’t a difficult thing – just point and shoot, right? When I first embarked on my Instagram and blogging adventure it never occurred to me that I might feel awkward taking pictures.

When you start taking photos for a purpose, and not just for fun, you realize that sometimes you need to do some pretty weird things to get the best shot. Keep in mind that your picture is competing against millions of others for likes and comments, so it has to be great!

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5-Steps to Your Dream Job

Dusk in Naples, Florida

Dusk in Naples, Florida

There are so many people who have no idea what they want to do with their lives – no idea what would make them happy and no idea what career path to go down. I know, I was one of them. I also know that a 5-Step plan to your dream job sounds insane and impossible, but I promise it’s not.

It’s 100% do-able if you can dedicate an hour or two of your time to create this plan. This isn’t an overnight miracle, but if motivation is your issue then this plan will pave a manageable path towards living a life that you love. We certainly don’t all aspire to be accountants or shift-workers, right? #lifegoals

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Nicole Vs. WordPress

I almost posted a photo of me wanting to pull my hair out with this post. That wouldn’t be very glam of me now would it? But as promised, I’m going to delve into the pros and cons of WordPress that I’ve experienced so far. I’m by no means an expert (quite the opposite), but it wasn’t easy to find information this basic, so I thought I should share. Let me preface this post by saying that I’m very happy that I chose WordPress.

After reading a slew of blogs about blogging it was pretty clear that  WordPress is the best platform to use across the board. I’m sure there are plenty of people who prefer other platforms, but my research suggests that WordPress is the way to go without a doubt. I’m not here to try to sell you on WordPress, but if you do a quick search on Google you can see for yourself.

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Saving Made Simple: My 3-Step Plan

Cash MoneyMy lust to travel the world and write about it isn’t new. I’ve dreamed of returning to Europe for years after getting a taste on week-long family trips in 2000 and 2001. Frankly, it never seemed possible. Between needing to renew my passport, convincing my family it wasn’t a horrible idea, and needing to save a ridiculous amount of money, I was starting to think it would never happen. Heck, it still might not work out how I want it to! But, you’ll never know unless you try.

So, you’ve decided you’re 100% willing to take a chance? What do you have to lose, right? I don’t think everyone should quit their job to travel, but if it’s something you want to do with every fiber of your being, then by all means, try to make it work! The next thing you need to do is start saving that money honey.

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If You Write It, They Will Come

Note-Taking Blog Post

Over the past few weeks I’ve discovered that anyone can become a workaholic when you love what you’re doing.

Researching this blog and travel adventure has given me life again. I find myself in an almost OCD-like frenzy plugging away on my keyboard at all hours, and I like it. No, I love it. I’m excited. I’m excited for the research, I’m excited for the blogging, I’m excited for the travel. I’m excited for it all.

In this whirlwind of a week I discovered that I’ve created 7 lists on OneDrive. Suddenly it dawned on me that these lists could easily be turned into blog posts; everything from budget lists, to trip plans, to types of backpacks. That is one of the points of a blog, right? To compile all the information for the readers, so they don’t have to do it themselves? Yaas!

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My 1st 2nd Step

image1(1)The reason I called this post the 1st 2nd step is simple. The first step is deciding to make the career change. The 2nd step (but the first physical step) is putting things in motion. In this case, research!

I made a promise to myself that I will spend the next year of my life planning the start of my new career. A year might seem like a long time, and it is. All good things take time, and planning a huge career change requires start-up money and a solid plan. If it takes me the whole year that’s fine, if it doesn’t and I get to my goal early, then I’ll happily depart abroad ahead of schedule.

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