Announcement: I’m Movin’ On Up!

Announcement: I'm Movin' On Up!

It’s quite clear that I’ve bitten off more than I can chew with my new-found travel blogger life merging with my day job. With that said, I’m excited to announce that I will finally be quitting my hotel job to become a full-time travel blogger!

My new adventure will include both International destinations and a full U.S. road trip. I also have a few new projects in the works to debut over the course of 2017 including consulting services, a travel store, and more!

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P.S. If you’re struggling with time management, make sure to check out my last post here!

Struggle Street: Time Management

Being a full time travel blogger is a lot more work than lounging in the pool all day. Not only am I traveling all the time, but I’m also writing blog posts, creating social media posts on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook, creating graphics for said social media channels, creating material for my consulting business, consulting budding bloggers and influencers, pitching to brands for my marketing business, doing all kinds of research – you catch my drift. I work about 105 hours and week and it still doesn’t seem like enough.

No matter what your job is, I’m sure you feel like you’re constantly pulled in a million different directions. Whether you’re a full time mom or a budding entrepreneur, here are few tips that have helped me keep it together and feel a functioning member of society.

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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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When It Rains, It Pours

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Well hello my darlings!

I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been M.I.A. the past few weeks, for which I sincerely apologize. Blogger-life without a functioning computer has been harder than anticipated – have you ever tried writing a blog post on an iPad? I legit (accidentally) deleted multiple posts thanks to some form of evil sorcery. No bueno.

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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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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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