My Resolution for 2014!

Hi blogging world! I started this blog in 2011 just as a personal goal and to also familiarize myself with WordPress for my career. I was a Social Media Manager for a major movie studio in Los Angeles. (Insert awesome job and Hollywood experience here). In the 9 months of consistently blogging I had 500+ Facebook fans and over 45,000 views. I was at a good pace and started hosting mini ads on my site (I apologize if they bother you– what’s a girl to do?!) Most of the content I was posting was girly stuff from Pinterest and people liked it for the most part. Being a female in her 20’s I think it’s safe to say that you evolve and grow every year.

Radio silence happened in 2013 and I did not write any blog posts. I stopped blogging because I didn’t have “time.” Such a LAME excuse, I know! I also went through a huge career change and moved to the east coast to regroup on some things. Quarter life crisis you could say.

However things have started off very bright for 2014. I recently came back from a 15 day vacation from St. Barths, Anguilla, and St. Maarten. I got stuck in San Juan for 5 days due to the below freezing cold weather! I shouldn’t complain because I got a free flight from Jet blue and didn’t have to feel the cold weather. I was literally yachting and partying with billionaires of the world. Think of that show on E! “Below Deck.” I witnessed ginormous, expensive bottles of champagne being sprayed and people raking the sand on the beach for Persian families. It was not real life but a crazy experience to say the least.

On the trip we talked about our NYE resolutions which made me think about blogging again (and becoming a spin instructor). Sooo my 2014 New Years resolution is to blog more often and more about content that’s true to who I am as a person. I also changed the subtitle of my blog to: “I blog about stuff I buy, content I like and things I do.” I also just downloaded the WordPress mobile app which makes it so much easier to blog! I highly suggest downloading it ūüôā

Enjoy!!

Here’s a few pics from vaycay as well! And yes that’s P Diddys boat!

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The Happiest People In The World Spend Their Money

People can feel trapped by their careers–whether it’s because they’re earning too little, are waiting for a big payout, or have grown accustomed to a certain lifestyle. Laura Vanderkam’s new book,¬†All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending, offers a new approach to finances for a modern, more flexible reality.

Work, life, and money are intertwined intimately, and yet they‚Äôre rarely addressed together. As the traditional boundaries that used to define ‚Äúwork‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúlife‚ÄĚ disappear, the conventional beliefs related to money must also evolve.

This is the message of Laura Vanderkam’s new book, All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending (Portfolio, 2012). By taking on outdated money beliefs, Vanderkam offers a new approach to finances for a modern, more flexible reality. Some of the changes she advocates include:

Be more mindful about what your money could buy. Make purchases that improve your happiness.  For many, that means spending on experiences, not things.  Using the example of the money we have traditionally paid for expensive engagement rings and weddings, Vanderkam calculates how many trips, periodic bouquets of flowers, date nights, babysitters, and hours of housecleaning that money could buy over the years.  These are services and experiences that, in the long run, could bring more enjoyment to a couple than a big ring and wedding.

Challenge the big house, big yard, two car “American dream.”¬† Vanderkam points out that these purchases often come with a longer commute by car, more responsibilities for lawn care, and housekeeping.¬† Studies show that none of these activities increase happiness.

Don‚Äôt just scrimp and save. Find ways to increase your earnings.¬† Yes, the increased flexibility in work and careers can be scary and unsettling, but it also provides new, exciting opportunities to make more money.¬† Vanderkam calls it the ‚Äú1099 mindset.‚Ä̬† Even if you have a more traditional job, think about work the way freelancers or contract workers–people who get 1099s–do. If you are a teacher, tutor. If you‚Äôre interested in a topic, start a blog that you monetize. Be creative.

Rethink retirement. In other words, don‚Äôt expect to ever retire.¬† Instead, embrace a second or ‚Äúencore‚ÄĚ career.

Yes, work and life have transformed over the past two decades. With All the Money in the World, Laura Vanderkam is shows us that we have to update and evolve that way we think about money as well.  In addition to the book, you can connect with Vanderkam on her blog, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

What do you think?  How have you found yourself rethinking the way to approach and manage money as your work and career have become less traditional and more flexible?

Source: Fast Company BY FC EXPERT BLOGGER CALI WILLIAMS YOST


Trippy.com A New Way to Travel

Attention to all my¬†jet setting, social savvy¬†friends!!! Iphone user… EVEN BETTER!

Trippy.com is the coolest, newest, and most innovative companies in the market today. Traveling just got ten times easier and more efficient than everРall by just asking your friends!

First, go to Trippy.com or download the app from your Iphone, then log-in with your Facebook Account. Ask your friends for recommendations, trip plans, popular places, and so much more! It’s SUPER simple to use and it only makes your traveling experience¬†better.

We all have friends across the country who travel across the world… so why not share your traveling experiences?! For example, my friend Jessica ate at this really amazing resturant in Hawaii 6 months ago, so she could recommend that same exact place when I go.

I can’t tell you how many times I have had friends or acquaintances come¬†to Los Angeles with a Facebook message about what they should do while they are traveling around¬†Southern California… I’m a great tour guide, but only to a certain extent! When you see how Trippy.com operates you will be addicted!

Check out their Trailer above¬†so that you understand exactly what I’m talking about! (And yes, this rediculous house in the opening scene is only a few blocks away from whereI live in Manhattach Beach, CA)¬†So download the app today and start traveling! The world is your playground, get moving!