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Life Lately: Settling into My New Life in Oregon

I’ll start this off by giving you a short summary of the last few years: This time four years ago, I was living in China. Three years ago, I was living in a lonely apartment in DC and in a long distance relationship. Two years ago, I was a new Canadian resident, living in a big house on a lake. Last year, I left that relationship and put myself back together in Hawaii. This year, I’m settling into my new life in Oregon. It feels strange piecing the last four years of my life into four short sentences, because there’s so much that fits into those four years — life lessons, memories, huge milestones, moments I’ll never forget, good and bad, love and loss, travel, experiences and so much more. It feels odd stumping it all down to a tiny paragraph, but I’m saving the good stuff for my book 😉 Where Am I Now? When I left Hawaii, I didn’t have a plan. I just knew I’d be traveling for a while. Well, for nearly 5 …

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Heading East | Snow in September, Dinosaurs and John Mayer’s House

My Great American Road Trip is heading east! In a little less than a week’s time, I made it from Oregon, to Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Iowa, to Missouri where I’ll be for a week! It was a crazy few days. I saw snow in September, a man walking a dinosaur, and drove through John Mayer’s home in Paradise Valley (which was a DREAM come true). Here’s some bits and pieces of what I saw on my journey back east! Check out the rest of my Travel posts to catch up! 🚙 Leaving Portland was a wild ride. When I first crossed into Oregon, I felt in my heart that I was going to make it my home right then and there. But as time went on, I flew to Nashville for business, I had some conversations with the Big Guy upstairs, and had many heart-to-hearts with myself in the shower, and then felt that maybe it’s not time to settle down yet. So onward and upward. A traveler’s life for me (for …

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Life Lately: Heart Update & Life on the Road

Although I’ve been posting lots of travel photos showing my life on the road, it’s been some time since my last “life lately.” In short: Life has been pretty grand lately. But, here’s what I’ve been up to, where my heart has been, and what’s next for me. 😊 I went to Nashville for a quick one-day trip On a Monday, I hopped on a plane at 5am. I spent the day in Nashville for a meeting, then boarded a plane back to Oregon. It was the quickest trip I’ve ever been on, but I also learned so much. In between the rushing around, I got to see Nashville in all its grit and glory and met some incredible people. I’ve done over 250 bible studies. When I was doing my bible study the other night, my app told me that I’ve completed over 250 programs! Since I’ve been traveling and in-between places, I don’t always get to attend a church service. So instead, I do my own daily bible studies on my own. And …

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How to Get Paid for Freelance Writing

I’ve been a freelance writer for a while, but only recently started to earn substantial money from my work. Freelance writing is an extremely competitive market, but it’s not totally impossible to make money—or a career— out of it. I have a few resources for blogging and business, working from home and book writing, but I really wanted to compile a list of sites to help you get paid for freelance writing. Happy writing! 👍🏼 Sites that pay you for your writing Babble Pay: This Disney company pays up to $150 per article Topic: Family, parenting, lifestyle The Penny Hoarder Pay: Up to $75 per article Topic: Money, investing, debt, careers Cracked Pay: Up to $250 per article Topic: Comedy, pop culture, personal experiences Paste Magazine Pay: ~$50 per article (in the form of feature profiles, essays, reviews) Topic: Music, TV, video games A List Apart Pay: $200 per article Topic: Web development, web design, tech Dorkly Pay: ~$75 per article Topic: Video games, anime, pop culture Entrepreneur Pay: $1/word Topic: Business, entrepreneurial Confrontation Magazine Pay: Up to $200 per article Topic: Short stories, poetry, nonfiction Affiliate sites for …

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An Ode to a Home (pt. II)

The sun feels different in Hawaii. It’s hot, but not excruciating – it’s more like a hug, a warm embrace. The breeze wraps around your face like a soft shawl. The birds sing melodies only the islands can understand. I have moved away from Hawaii many times in my life, but I have always been drawn back – it’s as though I am magnetic and the islands are only attracted to my type of metal. So when I was struggling last year, I knew that the islands would heal me. Being back here, where everything is familiar, where the sunshine has healing powers and the waters wash every bit of negativity away, I knew I would be okay. In the last 8 months that I have been back, I have been transformed inside and out. I came to Hawaii seeking comfort, refuge, clarity, and support. I left with so much more. As I type this on the plane, watching the islands grow smaller and smaller from my window seat, I’m reflecting on everything this place …

Life Lately: Two more weeks left in Hawaii

The title of this post makes me cringe. If you read my last life update, I had two MONTHS left in Hawaii. Time is really escaping me! It’s hilarious too, because I had this entire elaborate plan of posts to write, but I have no time to write them. I’ve been so, so busy lately. Here’s what I’ve been up to… Packing, packing, and more packing. The last few weeks have been full of running to Home Depot to buy more boxes, paper cuts, lots of dust and heavy lifting, garage sales, and rediscovering old photos, trinkets and memories. The movers came and took everything, and next week all the furniture will be gone. I purchased my one-way plane ticket. Now it’s REAL! Any guesses where my destination will be? 👀 I started writing again! (Not on this typewriter, because inefficient and I gave it away to a kid at the garage sale, but you get the point). I finally started writing my book way, way back in January (oh, God), but it got put …

Springtime | A time for embracing change

There’s something I love about all seasons. Summer for all the fond memories and sense of nostalgia it holds. Autumn for the drastic change from lush greenery to oranges, browns and reds. The way it brings together warmth and coldness. Winter for the way it exposes the earth, strips the trees of its leaves and the world of its color – yet at the same time, brings so much cheer and coziness and familiarity. And Spring, the time of year when things come back to life, flowers bloom, creatures (and people) emerge from their winter hibernations, and change is embraced with open hearts. The first phase of Spring is a time when plants begin to defrost, shed themselves of the winter cold and emerge from their dreariness. In the second phase, they begin to grow, their roots take hold and they grow, grow, grow. In the third phase, their leaves reach up toward the sun and embrace warmth, embrace change. And then one morning, seemingly out of nowhere, a flower appears. Beautiful, vibrant and full …

5 Steps to Help You Finally Get Started On Your Book!

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been wanting to write a book for a long time. In fact, I actually found my 6th grade yearbook, and I wrote that I wanted to be an author as my “dream job”! However, it’s been 14 years since then, and I still haven’t written anything. Why? It’s simple. It’s hard to get started. And if you’ve ever thought you wanted to write a book, you know first-hand how hard it is. But I have awesome news: I finally started! And here are 5 things that have helped get my butt in gear. ⚡️ 1. Dig deep into your passion Ask yourself why you want to write a book. What’s weighing on your heart? What story do you want to tell? Don’t write a book to sell. Write a book to write. Once you figure out exactly what you want to write, everything else will almost fall into place. 2. Nail down your genre, topic and style This one is a bit trickier, and I’m still working on this myself. But before you …