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Monday, November 28, 2016

Soulapalooza: My Journey Into Gaining Clarity About Business and Life


Soulapalooza 2016

Going from a warm weather paradise to another warm weather state doesn’t feel like much of a change, but when you’re traveling thousands of miles from one coast to the other, you’ll accept it as a nice change of scenery.

Stepping off the plane at Orlando International Airport, I was expecting to be greeted with a nice handshake of humidity, but just like November in San Diego, Orlando is not that much different in terms of weather. I began to doubt that the only sweater I had packed would be enough.

This was my first red eye flight on an unfamiliar airline (Frontier), but they were one of the airlines that offered a non-stop from San Diego to Orlando at a very budget-friendly price. Thanks to the travel angels, I scored a seat with an empty seat next to me, so I was able to stretch out and snooze on the 4.5 hour flight.

Despite being foggy-brained from lack of sleep, I managed to get into the car rental for this 6 day vacation and make it to our hotel where I crashed for a few hours. I didn’t come to Orlando for the typical magical visit to Disney World, Universal Orlando, or the other myriad of theme parks that attract thousands of people each day to this wonderland.

I came for clarity.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

#ShopSmall on Small Business Saturday: Tips For Businesses

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and showing gratitude for all the business support that I have received throughout the years, I want to thank American Express for creating Small Business Saturday and acknowledging those of us who went after our dreams of becoming entrepreneurs.

When we think of this upcoming holiday weekend, we’re constantly reminded of Black Friday or Cyber Monday when all the big retail stores fight to get you to shop with them. However, between all that big box chaos is Small Business Saturday, a day in which I invite you to think about the small businesses in your local community or the online entrepreneurs *ahem* who also work hard to provide products and services suited to your needs.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

How Curiosity Can Make You More Creative


There is no other avenue to cultivating creative work aside from impassioned curiosity.
--FAISAL HOQUE

I have a theory about cats.

Have you ever wondered how cats just seem so content sitting around most of the day?

I never used to be a cat person, but I have grown to appreciate them because they are so curious. When I was staying with my cousin during my recent trip to Canada, his cat wandered into my room and proceeded to stick his head into my travel tote. Sydney snooped around for a couple minutes and then jumped up on the window sill to just stare out the window for what seemed like eons.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

My Ultimate Bucket List of Things to Do In Europe



As a lover of all things design including art, architecture, home decor, and especially fashion, I’ve been stalking the Instagram stories of various fashion bloggers and editors this past month, following their adventures throughout Europe and living vicariously through them. Every year during September the fashion world does a whirlwind trip starting in New York for fashion week and continuing on to London, Milan, and ending in Paris.

Then I thought, It’s time for me to go on a whirlwind European trip of my own! So here I am putting together my bucket list of things to do in Europe when it comes time for my adventure. I figured I would write it down and also blog about it to help me visualize it in more vivid detail.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Holy Grail of Content Marketing



There is so much NOISE in the world today. Everyone has a voice and has the freedom to say whatever they want to say. Granted, there are things that shouldn’t be said, but what I love about blogging and social media is that it allows people to be heard.

But are people going to actually hear or even listen what you have to say? Do you want to be that person who inspires...ignites...and creates change for the good? Or do you want to keep creating mediocre content that just gets lost in the shuffle? Think about it. There are probably tons of yottabytes (yes, that’s a real thing) of information produced each day. How will you get your business noticed?