Solo Travel is Not for Me

Wanderlust is taking over many. I support it. I encourage it. See the world! Explore your home country! Knock yourselves out. Before I dig into why solo travel is not for me, let me explain my travel background. I’m an Army Brat. I grew up outside of the USA and in 4 different states. Due to my dad’s MOS we did not move as frequently as other Army families. However, we were still away from family and road trips were always on the schedule. College, I didn’t take trips other than the 2 mandatory Teaching Fellows’ trips and a visit to my family in Puerto Rico. I preferred to go home to Virginia to my Granny and Pop-Pop on Spring Break. The years following college, I had a few road trips to Charlotte and NY with my BFF, theater tour (cast total 4), cruise with 4 friends, and 1 road trip to NY with another friend. The rest of my travel has been alone and some of the travel happening in between what I listed was alone. My Navy career has lead me overseas twice. Traveling to Central Asia alone is long and extra long. You read that correctly.

 

Alrighty now that I have all that out of the way, listen, solo travel is not for me. Don’t get me wrong, group travel is not either. I don’t need 7 people with me. What bothers me about solo travel is the loneliness. There’s nothing exciting to me about exploring a foreign country alone. Heck, I don’t want to explore the USA alone. I know some people who adore solo travel, but when they talk about their previous travel, they did a lot of group trips. Or they’re the type of people who simply love to do things by themselves. Welp, I’m kinda tired of hanging out with myself. It’s been me, myself, and I for years and I’m getting on my own nerves.

 

I have seen travel bloggers that hype up solo travel. They market it as some spiritual epiphany having type venture. Listen, I meditate daily, I’m good on the epiphanies. They say you can find yourself. Listen, I’m not lost. I know where I am physically and mentally 24-7 365/66. I never lost my groove so I don’t need to go find it. Nobody dumped me so I don’t need a cut my hair and cry in the ocean type trip. Nobody fired me so I don’t need any eat, pray, love adventures. Mid-life crisis? Nah, not having that either. Tired and annoyed by years of group travel? Never experienced that. Yeah, solo travel, that shit is for the birds.

 

The long flights and drives don’t make solo travel any easier.  I’m not a huge fan of talking to strangers domestic or international travel. Navigating unknown territory alone is not fun for me. Sure, I feel accomplished when I get to use my gift of being a polyglot in training, but it’s a wee overwhelming. And nothing more nerve wracking than hearing an announcement in French or Arabic, translating what bit I can understand, and waiting anxiously for the English announcement. It would be nice to have a travel buddy sharing the anxiety with me.

 

I did get invited on another cruise with a group of military women I know. It’s a family and friends trip, but I can’t justify paying the price and there’s no casino on the ship and no special amenities that I can’t get on another cruiseline for a lower price. And I damn sure can’t justify inviting a friend who would have to pay airfare to get to Florida on top of the cost of the cruise. But I want to go on another cruise! See why I don’t do groups? LOL!  

 

As of right now the next trip I’m working on is Christmas 2019 with my best friend. Both of us have had our fill of family Christmases. I have NEVER missed a Christmas with my family, but other people in the family have missed Christmas. It’s my turn to say, “Merry Christmas” from a distance. I love to travel and perhaps in my former life I was a nomad of some sorts. I don’t know. All I know is that this world is massive and experiences, like food, are meant to be shared. I don’t foresee myself taking leisure trips alone. This is not an open casting call for a travel buddy cuz I am picky and remember what I said about strangers? Yeah, a lot of you reading this are strangers. You get in line for a group networking event, I’ll see you there.If we have mutual friends or have met before then we can chat about it.

 

What are you thoughts on solo travel?

Global Domains International 2018

Global Domains International has hosted this website for 3 years; maybe longer. This is not my first time with Global Domains International (GDI). Years ago I was a member and per usual, I had NO clue what I was doing as an affiliate. So GDI quickly became another layer in my pile of things I’d quit. Fast forward sometime and I get reintroduced to GDI. I became a member, figured out what the hell I was doing, and started this blog as well as making some money with the affiliate program.

What is Global Domains International? In short, it’s a company that allows you to buy a domain and build a website. I’m more comfortable building with WordPress because I’ve been using it for several years. GDI lets me create websites using WordPress, create email address for those sites, plus I can be an affiliate of GDI. I’ll get to that in a second.

Oh what the hell, let’s get to the affiliate part now. Who doesn’t want to chat about making money? Before I get into that understand that I spent more time putting together this site than I did working GDI as an affiliate. I’m currently putting in more time to work the affiliate side of the company. 

Becoming an affiliate is simple and there is a lot of promotional material in the back office. You’re also given over 7 websites to help you promote. The international in the company’s name is not arbitrary. This is truly an international company. You’re paid directly to your PayPal account or a check. Heads up, you have to fill out tax forms and other information. Global Domains International is a real company and they will hold you accountable. 

How much can you get paid? Use the Global Domains International income calculator to play with numbers: TRY IT NOW

Did those numbers look good to you? They look great to me and I ran fairly low numbers.

Before I continue, this blog is hosted on GDI. Yessir, I’ve been a customer of GDI longer than I’ve been an active affiliate. Personally, I like using WordPress and GDI offers a WordPress blogging platform as well as another.

Alright, back to the money. You played with the numbers and found an income that made your mouth water. AWESOME! Getting started as an affiliate for GDI is simple. They have a 7-day FREE trial and then afterwards it’s only $10/mo.

There is also bonus money for completing the new affiliate training. Cha-CHING! 

In your back-office, you’ll also find training on how to promote GDI online or offline. They provide you with step by step instructions and materials that you will need. 

Enough of my yapping, check out Global Domains International for yourself

Reasons to Visit Atlanta

Reasons to visit Atlanta. Hmmmm…. honestly I’ve not had many reasons to visit this city. I had heard tales of this city from my eldest god sister who had gone to Freaknik, but had yet to go. My first trip was 1996. We were traveling from NC to AL to visit my dad; he was stationed at Ft. McClellan.  My sister and I were too young to help with driving so mom had to do it all. We passed through ATL and mom made sure we were awake. She slowed down enough to keep the speed limit while still giving us a glimpse of the setup for the 1996 Olympics. Then that Army Wife put the pedal to the metal and didn’t stop until Alabama. 

I didn’t see the city again until around 2008, I came face to face with the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. WHAT IN THE FRESH HELL? I was traveling from NC to FL in order to visit my parents. The family I was a nanny for had hooked me up with a buddy pass and luckily I was able to get into first class seating. I should write another blog post about my adventures in this airport. Something always happens. Anyhoo, ATL and I met again in 2011. I was auditioning for the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). I had a great audition then went out to dinner with my HS friend. We ate at Frank Ski’s it was decent. Nothing to rave about. 

The airport and I met some more between 2011 and 2017. Thankfully, my most recent encounter, I was too tired from coming back from Bahrain to even realize if something was annoying. Even standing in the long line waiting for my bag to get checked and holding a lady’s 6 month old baby while her formula was inspected didn’t bother me. The baby smelled like lavender. Heck, I wasn’t even bothered by having to carry ALL my bags from the baggage claim to be checked again for the rest of my journey home.

Alrighty, November 2017, I was in Atlanta for The Fearless Reloaded Conference and stayed at the W Midtown. I was able to hang out with my same friend again. Shout out to my girl Tiffany! jAnd yeah that’s about it. Say all this to say, Atlanta is just one of those cities that doesn’t call my name and I’m usually there for the airport and business. I’ve been telling myself that I would start making it a travel spot due to the Orlando airport and ATL airport being hubs; flights are cheap. Anyone who knows me knows that food is life. As long as I’m fed and had an enjoyable eating experience the entire trip can go to hell in a hand basket and I’m good. 

The gawds and gawdesses must have heard my silent prayers.  A retweet comes acros my TL from a young lady who says she is going on a date with a married man and wanted restaurant recommendations. And she wanted intimate spots without all the hype and flare. This spoke to my soul as someone who likes to eat in peace. While others judged for her dining reasons and company, I scurried down the rabbit hole of her mentions in search of recommendations. This is what I found:

 

  • Rays on the River (Get at table in the back room. Go through the curtain down the stairs and face the river.)
  • Henry’s
  • Park Tavern
  • The Canoe
  • Eco
  • STK
  • Marcel
  • Umi (opt for the private room to maintain privacy)
  • Hal’s
  • Aria
  • Restaurant Eugene
  • The Optimist
  • Copeland’s 
  • Watershed
  • The Sun Dial (apparently it’s busy but the atmosphere keeps people focused on their business and not yours)
  • Six Feet Under (Be not turned off by the name. It’s dim on the roof for an added layer of discretion)
  • Cafe Intermezzo (Go after 10pm)
  • Marcel (opt for the late menu)
  • King + Duke (go to the patio)
  • Dantanna’s (Dim lighting and cigar smoking if that’s your thing)
  • Agave
  • Urban Licks
  • No. 246
  • Eav Thai and Sushi
  • City Winery
  • Pashcal’s
  • Negril’s Village
  • Scales 925
  • St Regis (The guy who tweeted this says he takes all his girls who have boyfriends there. He’s yet to be caught.)
  • Manuel’s Tavern

Bon appetite y’all!

 

Midnight Epiphanies

I wish I was the type person whose best ideas came to them at 2pm. Instead, I’m the type whose best ideas accost me at midnight and if I’m lucky 3am. These ideas aren’t the outlandish ones like, “If I build a slide in my house that drops me off in the kitchen, how can I get back upstairs without having to use the stairs?” Oh, how I wish those were the ideas. Nope, my ancestors decide to bless me with epiphanies and structured business ideas during the wee hours of the morning. Personally, I think it’s their way of testing my ability to jot down a few notes then go to bed versus my old habit of staying up until the project was completed. At times that meant I would stay up for over 24 hours straight.

 

I am not ashamed that I’m an entrepreneur, digital marketer, affiliate marketer, actress, writer, dancer, singer, teacher, and professional napper. I wanted one spot to showcase all of this and have been scratching my head trying to figure out the best way to do it. The answer was in my face the entire time. USE THIS DAMN WEBSITE!

 

That’s exactly what came to me. This site has been underused and I’ve been tussling with how to blend everything together. I want to share my story and keep readers up to date. A few years ago I made the decision to put my acting and modeling career on hold. There is a stereotype of actors always being broke and riding the struggle bus; the starving artist. I don’t want to be that and I don’t have to be that. I know how to make money online. I’ve been doing it on a small level for a few years. And now I’m getting out of my own way to share these experiences with all of you.

 

Yes, the site is under construction. Yes, I will still be posting and sharing content. Yes, I welcome you to share and comment on posts. Yes, I hope that one day a brilliant idea will come to me at a reasonable hour until then midnight epiphanies it shall be.

 

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I Miss Competing

I miss competing. I miss the preparation. I miss the clothes and the jewelry. Yup, I was a pageant girl. I loved the glitz and the glam. For some strange reason, I felt home on the stage in this element. It was comparable to acting only difference is that I didn’t have a script. It’s been years since I competed in anything. Do I remember how? Of course I do, that was silly of me. 

 

I’m debating competing in the WBFF Commercial Model competition this summer. And by debating, I mean my mind will be made up probably by the time I publish this blog. This will be a lot of work on my behalf to get in shape. I don’t half step. I’ll keep you posted. Just follow me on Instagram http://www.instagram.com/angnaomi 

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Fault And Responsibility: Lessons From Ariane Simone And Will Smith

Will Smith has joined Instagram and I’m not disappointed. He posts funny videos, cool pictures of his travels, and gives mini motivational talks. One of his posts was about the difference between fault and responsibility. His words immediately sent me back to when Ariane Simone was on Facebook Live a year ago telling the story of her encounter with a rat while dining outdoors at a restaurant. And I mean a rat like NIMH not a snitch. She goes into explaining how although it wasn’t the waiter’s fault that a rat had scurried across her feet, but the restaurant still needed to take responsibility and rectify the situation. Pause. Please note that even though she was outdoors, rats shouldn’t be drawn to the venue and at first sight of rat the venue needs to make sure Nicodemus and the other rats of NIMH don’t come closer.

Anyway, many things in life may not be our fault directly however the responsibility to do something may be ours. We can apply this to life, business, and relationships. Example, it may not be your fault that your subordinate is late to work, but it’s your responsibility to figure out why someone under your watch can’t get to work on time. Otherwise, their tardiness becomes a reflection of your leadership skills. 

In my personal life, I can see how several things may not have been my fault, but the responsibility to handle the situation was mine. Reflecting on past events I can see how I did not take responsibility. While I didn’t place the blame on the others I didn’t turn the spotlight on myself to figure out how I could do better with what I had been given. What transpired afterwards is all my fault. Now I have the blame and the responsibility. 

As it pertains to business I feel the same way. And as a business woman, the fault AND the responsibility can be mine depending on the situation. Do you know how many times it was my fault that a website was working? Several times and I had to take the responsibility too. 

If we take an objective look at our lives we can see the difference between fault and responsibility. We can see retrospectively when things were our fault or our responsibility. How did we react? Now that we know the difference how can we be better? Think about it.

New Updates

Physically, I’ve been present, but mentally I have been somewhere else. Life was continuing on and I felt 2-3 steps behind. Christmas vacation and the first few weeks of the new year gave me ample time to be observant. Through these observations I realized I missed myself. I am a creative person who writes, dances, sings, choreographs, acts, and plays piano. Honestly, I don’t remember the last time I did any of those things for myself. I think the last theater show I did was “Big Fish”. My poetry books haven’t left their place on my shelf in several months.

My focus has been… I’m not sure where it has been. I have not seen the fruits of my labor yet I’ve been laboring. I’m not sure what *clicked* over the past few weeks. Changes are being made that are for the better. This blog is the first thing to change. I’m not quitting any of my affiliate marketing and I’m still a part of WiFi Wealth. I LOVE making money online. However, I KNOW I can be making more money without feeling like I’m “working”.

This blog will be my place to share more insights with you about working online and why I’m doing it. You’ll get to see pictures from past theater performances and modeling jobs. After all, I am working online so that i can have freedom to take more acting and modeling jobs. You’ll also have a Vlog from me too! My YouTube channel will be packed with more videos.

My excitement is back. I’m happy about changing this blog. You’ll have the chance to learn how to make money online too. I’m not stingy with knowledge.

Bookmark this site and get ready to have some fun!

I’ve Always Wanted A Job

I’ve always wanted a job. I wanted to clock in and clock out. Of course this job was going to either be a mermaid or a circus performer, but still it was a job. I fell for the go to college and get a job lie; hook, line, and sinker. Deep in my gut, I knew it was too good to be true. Still, I went to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro on the NC Teaching Fellows Scholarship plus a little money from my debutante with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Looking back on my college years, I can say that all 4 were superficial. I was there because it was socially acceptable and what I was told I should do. I found activities to do in school to occupy my time. I didn’t get too involved with things around campus. And graduation day felt like someone had opened the gate and told me to run and never come back.

So, I started looking for a job. I didn’t care what kind of job as long as it paid. Internally, I was battling with what I truly wanted to do versus what my parents drilled into my head. For several years, I found myself spiraling and bouncing from job to job. I felt inadequate. I felt stupid. I felt embarrassed. But I’m an actress. I put on a smile and bounced around like life was fine. I even enrolled in graduate school at one point. What the hell was I thinking?

I could live in the land of Should’ve, Would’ve, Could’ve. Living in the present is a much better place. Wanting a job opened the doors for all types of foolishness. I wasn’t specific in what I wanted. I didn’t know what I wanted. I just wanted to work. I just wanted a JOB.

Fast forward to the present day. Yes, there are a few moments in which I wish things went differently. I wish I could tell a story about having a college sweetheart, having an internship, being involved in student government, or landing a dream job after college. Truth is, I don’t have those stories. What I do have are experiences that have opened a much bigger door for me: Entrepreneurship.

All of the ups and downs, job hopping, and random gigs introduced me to a myriad of people. These people opened my eyes to see that I had gained skills that my peers had not and probably will never gain. They helped me understand that entrepreneurship is a pathway with endless possibilities and I should pursue it.

Here I am at 33 years old, shaking off the last bit of the dust from my 20s. I’m ready to start my own company. I’m ready to have more than just a job. I’m ready to step into being MYSELF with no regrets.

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 5 Ways To Generate Low Cost Website Traffic

There is one hard and fast rule in generating income for your website: A steady flow of website traffic. If no one goes to your site, it hardly bares a chance of generating an income. Many sites have tried and failed in doing so, and these results to the sites demise. It takes money to maintain an income generating site; it also takes money to make money.

BUT, it doesn’t take a whole caboodle of cash to generate website traffic for your site.

Ever wonder how does big hit sites drive traffic top their site? Most of them are spending tons of money to drive the traffic to their sites, investing in many advertising campaigns and different forms of marketing schemes and gimmickries. This is all worthwhile because, well, they are what they are now, high earning, big hitting websites.

You don’t have to do this if you don’t really have their resources. There are many ways to generate low cost website traffic without having to spend what you don’t have or can’t afford. Many people have banked on high cost methods and have ended up losing their shirt over it.

Here I present to you the Top five ways to generate low cost website traffic that could help your site a whole lot. Even if you only get a small percentage of successful visitors in to client ratio it still works especially if you get a high number of website traffic.

Exchange Links

This is a sure and proven method. Rarely would you see a site where there is no link to another site. Many webmasters are willing to exchange links with one another so that they could produce more public awareness about their sites. You’ll soon see and feel the sudden upsurge of the traffic coming in to your site from other sites.

A major prerequisite in exchanging links with other sites is having the same niche or content as the other site. They should share a common subject so that there is continuity in the providing of service and information to what interests your target traffic.

Exchanging links also boosts your chances of getting a high ranking in search engine results. It is common knowledge that search engines ranks high sites that have inbound and outbound theme-related links. With a good ranking position in the search engines, you will generate more traffic in your website without the high costs.

Traffic Exchange

This is like exchanging links but on a different higher level. This may cost a bit more than exchanging or trading links but could be made cheaper because you get to earn credits. You can use those credits when viewing others traffic, while you earn credits when someone views yours.

Traffic exchange services are the viewing of another’s site or page. This is done vice versa where a site can use your sites contents and so can you to his or her site. You both benefit from each others efforts to generate traffic. The other sites visitors can go to your pages and know more about your site as well as theirs. Once again the public awareness of your sites existence is boosted.

Write and Submit Articles

There are many e-zines and online encyclopedias in the internet which provides free space for articles to be submitted. If you want to save costs, you can do the articles yourself. There are many freelance writers who are willing to write for you for a small fee, but to save money, it is wise to do those articles yourself.

Write articles that are themed along with the niche of your site. Write something that you have expertise on so that when they read it, they can feel your knowledge about the subject and will be eager to go to your site. Write articles that produce tips and guidelines to the subject or niche your site has.

Include a resource box at the end of your article that can link them to your site. Write a little about yourself and your site. If you provide a light, information-laden and interesting article, they will go to your site for more.

Make a Newsletter.

This may sound like hard work because of all the articles you may need to use to build a newsletter but on the contrary, this is not so. There are many writers and sites that are willing to provide free articles as long as they can get their name in on your newsletter. This will also provide free advertising for them as well.

As your newsletter gets pass around, you can widen your public awareness and build an opt-in list that can regularly visit your site.

Join Online Communities and Forums

This only requires your time and nothing else. You can share your knowledge and expertise with many online communities as well as your website. You can get free advertising when you go to forums that have the same subject or niche with your site.

Share your two cents and let them see how knowledgeable you are with the subject. As you build your reputation, you also build the reputation of your site, making it a reputable and honest business that could be frequented and trusted by many people.

Advantages to Making Your Own YouTube Videos

Are you a fan of YouTube? If you enjoy watching free videos online, from a number of different genres, you may be a huge fan of YouTube. Although many internet users only watch videos on YouTube, there are many who also post their own YouTube videos. If you have never done so before, you may be wondering whether or not you really should. To determine whether or not you should make and upload your own videos to the YouTube website, you will want to examine the advantages or the plus sides to doing so.

Perhaps, the biggest advantage to making your own YouTube videos is that your videos can be just about whatever you want them to be. Popular videos on YouTube right now include comedy skits, video blogs, how-to videos, and music videos from up and coming artists. Whether you want to make a video blog of yourself or if you and your friends want to just have fun with a video camera, you can do so.

Of course, when making a YouTube video you will want to use your best judgment. Although YouTube accepts videos on a wide variety of different subjects, you will want to proceed with caution. You should always be cautious of online predators; therefore, you will want to be cautious about divulging too much information about yourself. You might not necessarily think about it, but you also want to make sure that you don’t record and post anything illegal on YouTube. It has been said that YouTube regularly works with law enforcement to help solve crimes. That just goes to show that you never really who is watching your videos or what the consequences for posting them might be.

Another one of the many advantages or pros to making your own YouTube videos is that it is relatively easy to do. Of course, you will need to have a video recording device. What is nice is that there are a number of different recording devices that you can use. For instance, many cell phones now come equipped with video recording capabilities. In addition to cell phones, you should also be able to use traditional camcorders or webcams. For the best quality YouTube video, you will want to have a movie editing software program. Movie editing software programs will not only give you the ability to preview your videos, before uploading them to YouTube, but you should also be able to edit them, if you would like to remove something and so on.

Once you made one of your videos and uploaded it onto your computer, you will find that getting your video uploaded to YouTube’s website is just as easy. In fact, that is another one of the many advantages to making your own YouTube videos. Just like actually making the video itself, uploading a YouTube video is as easy at it can be. If you have never uploaded a video to YouTube before, you should be able to do, with ease. The YouTube uploading learning curve is so easy that you if you continue to make videos for the YouTube website you will be uploading them and sharing them with the internet community in no time at all.

Another benefit of making your own videos and uploading them to YouTube comes after the fact. After you have uploaded your videos to YouTube and they are available for viewing, anyone with an internet connection can visit the YouTube website to view your videos. This means that just one of you videos may be seen by thousands of people! In fact, if those viewers are registered members of YouTube they can rate your YouTube videos or even leave comments for you. This feature is nice because it gives you positive and sometimes even negative feedback; feedback that can be taken into consideration if and when you choose to make any more YouTube videos.

As you can see, there are a number of pros or advantages to making your own videos to share on YouTube. As you likely know, there are also a number of disadvantages to doing so as well, including safety. However, as long as you display caution when making a YouTube video or when talking with other YouTube members, your YouTube video making experience should be a positive one.

 

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