Entrepreneurship & Inspiration

I’m Not “Living the Dream,” and Here’s Why

by Drew on February 11, 2015 29 comments

Last week, I posted a status on my Facebook page about “Why I’m not Living the Dream,” and it turned out to be the most popular post I’ve ever shared.  It has 169 likes, 20 comments and 5 shares.  

So, I decided to write this blog post to elaborate a bit more on my point. 

If one more person tells me, “You’re living the dream,” then I’m going to go insane.

Ladies and Gentleman~ I’m not living “the dream!  I’ve simply created a lifestyle based off the thing I love doing most – traveling the world.  I did this by taking advantage of several opportunities that’ve come my way.

You can do it too if you want.  I’m a regular person just like you are.  It’s pretty easy to live like this if you set your mind towards it.

But most people choose not to, and then send me emails wishing that they could live my life.  I’m sick of it.

Immediately after I graduated from college, I made a move that 99.9% of my friends didn’t make. I took a job teaching English in South Korea.

Why did none of my friends do this?

– They thought it was too risky
– They had fear of the unknown
– The didn’t know anything about Asia
– They were too scared to live alone in a foreign country
– They were worried about language barriers
– They were forced to step out of their comfort zone
– They were scared to neglect getting a “real job” like society told them
– They thought that it will set them back from pursuing their dreams, instead of thinking that it would help them achieve their dreams

Notice a pattern here?

Moving to Korea to teach English was the best decision of my life.

It has enabled me the lifestyle that I live, which is traveling around the world full-time.  Since I graduated from college in May 2013, I have been to 23 new countries – essentially FOR FREE.  My job provides me enough money to fully fund my travels and rage in Seoul every weekend. I even have a bit of money saved in the bank for shits and giggles.

But I realize that not everyone has the same opportunities that I had.  Not everyone is able to teach English if they don’t meet the basic requirements of being a native speaker, having a bachelors degree from a 4-year university, and obtaining a TEFL certificate.

And that’s OK!  Don’t worry if you don’t have this opportunity, because you can still live a lifestyle of travel.

How can you do that?

Look for opportunities to live and work abroad. They are everywhere.

Off the top of my head, I can think of about these jobs that you can find overseas.
– bartender
– freelancer
– hotels & hostels
– cruise ships
– tour guide
– restaurants

Better yet, start a career in a field that lets you work from anywhere in the world with a wifi connection.  It’s called being a digital nomad and it’s becoming a new standard for millenials. Here are some ideas:

– travel blogger
– SEO expert
– freelancer
– writer/editor
– stock trader
– or maybe your current company has branch overseas?

It took me just one year of full-time blogging to make enough money to travel the world indefinitely.

With hard work, passion and dedication, you can easily do this too.  It’s not difficult;  it’s just risky to drop everything and leave home.  But I am happy to help you make decisions along the way. (contact me here.)

Traveling is easy.

People always tell me, “How on earth do you travel so much?”  “How is it possible?”

Well I have good news for you!  Traveling today is the easiest that it’s been in the history of the world.

With the power of the internet, you can easily plan your tips yourself and find out any information about your destination on blogs and travel sites. There are literally millions of resources all over the web.   Our parents never had anything remotely close to this freedom.

And guess what? Flights today are as cheap as they’ve been in history. Did you know that you can fly to Europe from Boston for $99?  Do you know that Air Asia has a promotion where you can fly unlimited around South East Asia for one month for under $200?

Over the last year, I have flown from Singapore to Malaysia for $23, Korea to Japan for $44 and Bali to Sydney to $120.  How’s that for affordability?

The book that inspired me that I can work and travwl from my computer is called The Four Hour Workweek.  Tim Ferriss is the leader of a new age movement of digital nomads and his master techniques will teach you how to live and work online from any location. I highly recommend it to everyone.

So the bottom line of this post is that it’s pretty easy to do what I do.  And to be honest with you, I’m surprised that more people don’t do it too.

Why am I the only one out of my friends that lives like this?  Why do people keep emailing me every day, telling me how jealous they are of my lifestyle?

I am very upset that more of you don’t take the initiative to live life based on what your heart is set on.  I am truly sick and tired of hearing your excuses.

Because I can assume several things about you due to the fact that you’re reading this right now:
– you own a computer or a smart phone (probably both)
– you have access to the internet, which 2/3rds of the world doesn’t have
– you have a passion or desire for traveling like myself
– you have an education (likely of a higher degree)
– you own a passport
– you are determined to make something out of your life

You’re privileged.  I’m privileged.  Let’s make the most of our opportunities and let’s live life like we were meant to live it.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.  Live like it.

I’m more than happy to answer your questions and give you suggestions along your way. Please don’t hesitate to contact me anytime!

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15 Reasons Why You Should Travel in 2015

by Drew on December 18, 2014 10 comments

Woah, hold the phone… It’s 2015. 

T-w-e-n-t-y  F-i-f-t-e-e-n.

Doesn’t that have a certain ring to it? 

This is the year to travel.  

The time is now to break out of your comfort zone and experience life the way you’ve always wanted to.

Everyone is tired of hearing your excuses for why you can’t travel- including myself.  They’re getting old, and so are you. 

Do you realize what’s happening with the world around us? Things are becoming more and more connected everyday.  Every minute. Every second.  

We now use Snap Chat to see live events around the world, we use Uber to quickly find a ride, we use Instagram to keep friends updated on our lives, we use Kayak to instantly book flights, and we use Airbnb to meet locals around the world.  

If I said that exact sentence to you a few years ago, you’d look at me like I was crazy.  

These worldwide trends are inevitable, yet awesome.  Come ride the wave.  Buckle your seat belt, because things are happening much faster than you realize.  Time is your most valuable asset.   

The future has already come knocking on your door.  So go answer it.  Go explore. 

Now, I’ll provide you with 15 Reasons Why You Should Travel in 2015.  Get inspired!

1. Plane tickets are as cheap right now than ever before

2. Meet locals by staying at their house with Airbnb or Couchsurfing

2. Many countries are opening up to tourism- like Bangladesh and Burma 

3. Use the internet and read blogs to easily plan your trip 

4. Brag to your friends on Social Media

5. Make epic videos on your GoPro 4+ or video camera 

6.  Start a travel blog and share your experiences with the world

7. Wifi is becoming more widespread, making it easier than ever to get online

8. Become a digital nomad, or start a business overseas 

9. Learn a new language that you’ve always wanted to learn

10. Use your iPhone 6 (or Samsung Galaxy) as your best travel companion

11.  Take a moment to appreciate the good things in life

12. Discover new opportunities that you never knew existed

13. Get different perspectives on places, other than what you’ve seen on the news

14. Create lifelong memories that you can look back on

15. Because you’re turning one year older, and there is no better time to see the world than right fucking now. 

So, what are you waiting for?  

Please help me spread the message by sharing this article with all of your friends who you want to travel with in 2015.   🙂

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10 Business Skills I’ve Learned From 1 Year of Blogging

by Drew on November 13, 2014 4 comments

Travel blogging has changed my life in more incredible ways that I ever imagined. What started off in September ’13 as a place to document some of my travel experiences, has turned into nearly a full-time job that I love doing everyday.

Generally speaking, there are many benefits to running your own travel blog. In my mind, some of the most notable perks are:
– having a convenient place to document your memories

– keeping your friends and family updated on your life
– being able to constantly work on a project
– connecting with likeminded people from all over the world
– showing thousands of people the beautiful world from my perspective

This list is just the first 5 things that popped into my mind when thinking about the overall benefits to a travel blog. However, from a business perspective, I’ve learned more skills than any of my business classes taught me at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

And I am talking about real-life, applicable skills that I plan to use in my future ventures. Through methods of trial and error, and picking the brains of other travel bloggers, I can proudly say that my skills are growing sharper by the day.

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Believe it or not, Professional Bloggers (i.e. people who blog for a living) are indeed entrepreneurs themselves.  For many entrepreneurs, like myself, blogging is just the stepping stones to our future success.

So, how is blogging and starting your own company similar? 

Both managing a blog and starting a business involve lots of hard work, the ability to build something from scratch, time management, networking with people, dedication, staying organized, marketing yourself, pitching your idea to others, and more. Both are full-time jobs. The only difference is that blogging is much less lucrative and scalable when it comes to making money, but the start-up costs are close to nothing. 

Well, why doesn’t everyone start a blog if it’s so easy and the benefits are that good?

The hardest part about blogging is the start.

Most people are simply overwhelmed by the complexities of running their own website. From choosing a domain, to learning how to use WordPress, and finding content to write about, these are the things that will hold people back. Also to be honest with you, blogging can be pretty time consuming, but you can decide how much effort to put into it.

After you start a blog, you’ll quickly see that the learning curve is massive. I had no idea what I was doing when I wrote my first post. But I quickly taught myself everything and went from zero social media followers to 10K in less than 7 months. These days, my blog receives tens of thousands of page views every month.

Please understand that I’m not telling you this information to show-off. But rather, I am sharing my experiences and showing you how it’s entirely possible for you to do the exact same thing as I am doing.

Therefore, I encourage each and every one of you to start a blog. It doesn’t have to be about travel. It can be about anything that you’re passionate about (sports, fashion, food, life, religion, tech, finance, dogs, hamburgers, lamps, African elephants, etc.) If you need help along the way, then please contact me and I’ll be happy to share my advice with you.

And just think about it, the worst case scenario is that you’ll have an awesome platform to document all your cool life experiences and look back on them when you’re older.

If you want more inspiration on starting a blog, then check out this awesome article

For the remainder of this post, I will share with you the 10 most important business skills that I’ve picked up from blogging. I hope these give you some inspiration 😀

1. Becoming a Social Media Expert

Without a doubt, learning how to professionally use social media is the #1 skill that I’ve learned from my blogging journey thus far. And I strongly believe that it’s one of the most applicable skills to know in today’s world, because it relates to almost every business on the planet.

One year ago, I was clueless about the impact of social media. Today, I consider myself a social media expert, with 16K+ fans and rapidly growing across the 5 major networks. Through blogging, you will figure out which strategies work best, and learn how to implement them to market yourself to the world.

If you are looking for some tips, then check out my article on how I got 10K followers in <7 months.

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2. Developing Writing Skills

Here’s a fact for you: The most you practice anything, the better you’ll get.

In high school and college, I always received horrible grades in my writing classes. Writing papers was always something that I dreaded, and frankly, I really sucked at it.

However, my rebirth came from the creation of my blog (without me knowing it). Now, I can write about things that I am passionate about; topics that I can’t wait to share with the world! And after pumping out 200+ articles over the last 365 days, my writing skills are becoming sharper and more natural by each post.

3. Being Creative

Creativeness is something that I always struggled with as a kid. However, through designing my website, writing unique pieces and thinking of ways to market myself, I now feel more creative and confident.

My creative skills are also relevant in editing travel videos and taking sweet photos everywhere I go. These are things that I never imagined doing just a year ago, but now the creative opportunities are endless.

4. Building websites

I always thought that building websites was a pain in the ass. Like seriously, who would want to put in the countless time and effort into coding a site?

WRONG!

That is all nonsense. WordPress makes it extremely easy to build a website from scratch without any knowledge about coding. In fact, I find WordPress to be more user-friendly than the iPhone. I literally taught myself everything from scratch by watchng youtube videos and reading tutorials. You can learn the basics of WordPress in a few hours, and then you’ll figure the rest out with time.

How is this valuable? Because whichever business I start in the future, I will need a website. Now, I have the knowledge to understand the process.

5. Hiring People Overseas

The most inspiring book I’ve ever read was the 4 Hour Work Week. Tim Ferris, the author and leader of a new-age movement, introduced me into a world of location independent entrepreneurs. These are people who run their own businesses online, and they are free to live, travel and work from any destination in the world.

The main tactic that I learned from Tim’s book was how to outsource your work overseas. Are you aware that you can get a personal assistant to do ANY task for you (filter your emails, build your twitter account, promote your business, build a website, go shopping for you, etc) for as cheap as $3 an hour? I have worked with several virtual assistants in the Philippines to help me build and market my social media networks. All of my experiences have been great and valuable. I never thought that I’d be hiring people to work for me at 22 years old.

Check out Odesk, Elance and Fiverr to find people willing to work for you.

6. Networking

I can confidently say that I’ve networked with tens of thousands of likeminded travelers, travel bloggers, and companies around the world. I’ve connected with people via Twitter, Facebook, Email, Blog Posts and Skype Calls. In one way or another, most top travel bloggers, and travel agencies know who I am or what my blog is all about.

Networking is clearly an important business skill, as it is applicable to any business in any industry. You never know which person can be a potential contact or business partner in the future- and that person might just be a random Twitter Followers.

As they say, “it’s all about who you know,” and that list of people is growing every single day.

7. Professionalism

While blogging is a fun hobby, there are aspects of professionalism that’re important to maintain. When I pitch myself to collaborate with travel companies, I must be organized and professional.  After all, If these companies are going to partner with me, they want to make sure that I can get my work done.

Of course, when I write random posts about traveling, I can use slang words and do whatever I want. But when it comes to business, I have learned to mean business.

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8. Time management

Blogging, taken seriously, is a big time consumer. Just ask any professional blogger and they will tell you how much time they spend working on their site, wiring posts, and building their audience everyday. I spend about 5 hours everyday doing it.

It’s very easy to get distracted- especially in this day in age with people checking their Facebook every 5 minutes and deciding which Instagram photo to post (I am guilty of this, too).

However, I have learned to set apart certain times of my day to only focus on different aspects of blogging. For example, I always write articles in the morning hours (from 8-10AM) because that’s when my brain is the most creative. After I write, I spend the afternoon networking with people and perfecting my site.

Learning how to manage your time is one of the biggest factors to being an efficient blogger.

9. Marketing Myself in General

Here is another fact: You can write the best content in the world, but it’s useless if nobody sees it.

The main reason why I started my blog is to influence people around the world by inspiring them to travel. But how do I find these people? I can assure you that they don’t just come knocking on my door…

I have to search for them. I have to expose myself to my target market in as many creative ways as possible. This is what marketing is all about: spreading the word, getting noticed, and making people interested in your product/service.

Social Media is not the only thing that I do to market myself.   I optimize my blog by using keywords and I implement SEO skills (Search Engine Optimization) to rank highly on Google searches. In addition, I frequently post guest articles on many travel sites and blogs (U.S. News, Huff Post, Expedia to name a few). This exposes my name to an entire new pool of people.

10. Learning how to Pitch Yourself

I studied Entrepreneurship in college, and the most useful thing that I learned was how to pitch myself and/or your business.

But none of these skills were activated until I actually went out there and did it. I’ve pitched myself to hundreds of travel companies and other blogs for partnerships, guest posts, and other business opportunities. I have dozens of template emails in a private Google Doc that I continuously edit to make perfect.

In the end, if you can’t pitch yourself, then how are you going to grow and get the things that you want?

Please note that this list is not complete, but it’s just the first 10 skills that came to my mind. I hope you are inspired and realize how valuable blogs can be. I really cannot stress the importance of starting a blog for your life and career.

Start now so you can learn these skills and reap the benefits for your future 🙂

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My Friends Are Buying Cars, While I’m Buying Plane Tickets

by Drew on October 21, 2014 9 comments

*This is intended to be a motivational blog post.  I created this title to peak your interest.*

To begin straightforwardly, my main point is this: If you really want to travel, then it’s entirely possible by taking advantage of your opportunities and spending your money wisely. 

The #1 question I get from people is: “How do you afford to travel so much?”

My answer is always: I don’t spend money on useless shit.

If you really want to travel, then you can do it by cutting back on buying things that you never use.  How important is that extra pair of shoes, those shiny new tires for your car or that $60 steak dinner? What about that new watch that you want?  Ask yourself: are these necessities for your life?

If you answer yes to these questions, then that’s great because you can absolutely choose the way that you want to live your life.  But if so, then don’t send me emails and complain everyday that you can’t afford to travel (or do the things in life that you want to pursue).

I’m not rich.

I’m just a wise money spender and I take advantage of opportunities when they arise.

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Which opportunities?

In college, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Prague, so I took it.  And it was amazing. During that semester , I visited 20+ countries in Europe which included a 4-week backpacking trip after my program ended.  I stayed in cheap hostels, lived off street food and learned how to budget myself.  

Immediately after I graduated college, I took advantage of another opportunity which was teaching English in South Korea, where I’m still living today. The only requirements for this job were holding a passport from an English speaking country, having an bachelors degree from a 4-year University, and obtaining my TEFL Certificate to be eligible to teach.  I did all of those things, and came to Korea with an open mind and a positive attitude.  As I write this, I’ve been here for almost a year-and-a-half, and my lifestyle has been amazing.  My job is very easy and I make a good salary with even better benefits.

Exactly how good is my salary & benefits?  

Well, over the last year, I’ve been able to travel to 14 new Asian counties, party my ass off in Seoul every weekend, and eat out at Korean BBQ restaurants 3 nights a week.  I don’t pay a penny for my rent, and I have minimal other living expenses (my gas bill is $7/month).  Oh, and also save a bit of money as well 😉 Contact me if you want more info about teaching English in Korea.

But don’t worry or be discouraged if you don’t have the same opportunities as I did.  In fact, you probably won’t.  And I definitely won’t have the same opportunities that you have (or will have).  Everyone’s life follows a different path.  Not everyone’s native language is English, not everyone was able to study abroad at University, and surely not everyone has the opportunity to teach English in Asia.   Everyone has their own story to tell.  

However, I am 100% certain that many opportunities will come your way, so will you take advantage of them?  Sometimes you have to dig up those opportunities, because not everything will come knocking on your door.   Sometimes it requires you to step out of your comfort zone, be big and bold, and network with as many people as you can to find openings.  

So, if your heart desires to travel the world (like mine does), but don’t know where to start, then I’ll be happy to help you start and give you as many resources as I have.

For some quick inspiration, check out Turner Barr’s blog called Around the World in 80 Jobs, where you can get some good ideas to find jobs abroad while funding your travels. 

But the big question still remains, are you willing to take the risk? Are you willing to leave everything behind and book a one-way flight overseas?  

The #1 thing that holds people back is FEAR. 

– “I work 100 hours a week, I have no time to travel”
– “I have $50,000 college debt to pay off”
– “I just broke my left arm and I am wearing a cast”

The excuses are endless. And frankly, if you’re reading this post right now, then I can already assume a few things about yourself:

– you own a computer or a smartphone (probably both)
– you have access to the internet, which 2/3rds of the world doesn’t have
– you are obsessed with traveling (or have a strong desire to travel) like myself
– you probably have an education of a higher degree
– you own a passport
– you are making something out of your life

Do you realize how privileged we are?  There should really be no excuses to do what you want when looking at the big picture. 

I live a very simple life.  I don’t own a car.  Hence, I don’t have to pay for gas.  I never go shopping because I have all the clothes I need.  I rarely spend more than $10USD on any meal.  

Basically, ALL of my life expenses fall under these 3 categories.
food (daily meals)
party (beer, liquor, taxis to clubs, cover charges, etc.)
travel (plane tickets, train tickets, hostels, tourist attractions, etc.)

Ok, so maybe I occasionally need to buy medicine, or a new badminton racquet (yes, I frequently play badminton in Korea)… But you get the picture. I am able to travel freely because I don’t waste my money on useless shit.

Now, I will dedicate the rest of this post to how inexpensive travel can be and give you some opportunities to travel and work abroad (some of these I already mentioned above):

1. Teach English overseas

You don’t have to be from an English speaking country to teach English.  Only if you are looking to sign a contract, then you need to be.  If you are fluent (or nearly fluent) in English, then you can find freelance gigs all over the world.  I know for a fact that you can find jobs here in Korea, and I know of some non-native English speakers teaching in South East Asian countries as well.

If you want more info about teaching English (specifically in Korea), then contact me and I will answer your questions! 

2. Look for alternative jobs overseas

If you don’t want to teach English, then here are some more popular jobs that you can do overseas:

– Build skills to do freelance work online
– Start a blog and learn how to monetize it to many $$
– Work on a cruise ship
– Work at a hostel
– Become a tour guide or instructor for your passion (rock climbing, scuba diving, etc.)
– Learn how to bartend, and work at a bar or restaurant

3. Volunteer at WWOOF

WWOOF is an organization that connects people who want to live and learn on organic farms with people who are looking for volunteer help.  You can volunteer at WWOOF in most countries around the world.  WWOOF offers you food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles.  All you must pay for is your flight, and then you can live and enjoy life for free! 

4. Save $ by not buying useless stuff

I talked about this for the entire first half of this blog post.  Seriously, if you want to travel, then don’t buy useless shit.  Save that money for plane tickets. Period. 

5. See if your company has branches overseas

If you are already working a corporate job, then check if they have branches overseas!  You never know, if you pitch yourself the right way to your boss, then you may be able to live in a foreign country and work the same job.

For more inspiration, take a look at the stories and blogs of Robert Schrader and Jodi Ettenberg, who both left the corporate worlds and became full-time travelers.

Thanks for reading!  If you have something else to add, then please comment below 😀

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How I Got 10K Real Followers in <7 Months

by Drew on September 22, 2014 127 comments

Version 2 of this post is now live on the blog! It’s called “How I Got 35K Followers in the Last 4 Months”  Also, I’ve been having enormous success with marketing myself on Snapchat lately. Check out my post called “Snapchat 101: How to Market Yourself & Your Brand” for advice. 

*This post is written as a guide to how I obtained 10 Thousand Real Followers across the 5 major social media outlets in less than 7 months.  I will spill all of my strategies that I’ve used for each social media: Pinterest, Google Plus, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  This article is intended to be a resource for other bloggers and businesses who are looking to quickly build their social media following and network among people within your target market.

By now, I think every blogger, business and service knows the importance of a strong social media presence.   In today’s world, social media has emerged as arguably the most important way to build a positive reputation and interact with your audience.  In turn, establishing a positive reputation will ultimately lead to more sales.

As I am writing this (Sept 2014), my blog just turned 1 years old. For the first 5 months after I launched my site, I was virtually absent on Social Media. I only posted things to my personal Facebook Page, which barely even got noticed. Additionally, during my first 5 months of blogging, I didn’t have a Facebook fan page, I didn’t know what Google Plus or Pinterest was, and my Twitter account had a measly 50 followers. The only social network that I used was Instagram, where I only had about 200 followers (just my immediate friends). I had no idea what I was doing.

Fast-forward 7 months time, and I just hit the 10K follower mark across the 5 major social media platforms.  Each and every follower was obtained organically- meaning I haven’t spent a dollar to buy “fake followers.” In addition, I have a nice balance of followers across the 5 networks, as opposed to one being more popular than another.

By the numbers, my current follower count as of 9/20/2014 is:
1. Twitter– 3,039 followers
2. Instagram– 2,267 followers
3. Google Plus– 2,131 followers
4. Pinterest– 2,121 followers
5. Facebook– 514 followers

How did I go from ZERO to 10 Thousand in 7 months?

I have been using specific strategies for each social network, from which I learned by reading books (Check out Jab Jab Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk), surfing through blogs, and picking the brains of other travel bloggers.

I wrote this post for all bloggers, businesses, and others who wish to gain a strong following on social media.   Specifically, this post is for those (travel) bloggers who are just getting started and who are overwhelmed by the complexity of social media.  After reading my tactics presented in this article, I am confident that you will get a following of at least 10K real-life people in less than 7 months.  These are my proven methods that actually work.  Once you understand how to apply these strategies, it shouldn’t take you more than 1 hour of work per day to see your followers skyrocket.

*Please note that this is a very long blog post. If you only need assistance on a specific social network, then just skip down until you find it!*

1. Pinterest

search-1I believe that Pinterest has the most potential to gain recognition and drive traffic to your blog/business.  That’s why it is the first on this list.   Today, Pinterest is currently my #2 traffic driver to my blog, behind organic Google searches. I cannot stress the importance of how much Pinterest can help grow your blog or business audience. If you’re not on it, then you should probably stop reading right now and open an account on Pinterest.com before you proceed.

Just lets these statistics do the talking…

Quick Stats (as of March 2014)
– launched in March 2010
– 70 million active users 
– 80% women, 20% men
– Pinterest drives more revenue to ecommerce sites than any other social share
– in Jan 2014, Pinterest overtook Facebook in terms of revenue per visit
– Call to action pins increase engagement by 80%
– The average user has a household income of over $100,000
– The main demographic is between ages 25-35
– Users spend 4.5 more time on Pinterest than Linkedin

Terminology:

Boards– these are very similar to pin boards that you have on your wall, but each board has a specific topic. You can add photos that are relevant to each board, which you find anywhere online or elsewhere Pinterest. For example, you can have a board called “My favorite beaches,” where you pin photos of all your favorite beaches to that board.

Group Boards– these are boards that are open to the public, so anyone can pin their pictures to that board. There are group boards in just about every topic, and some are more popular than others.

Pin– you “pin” photos to your boards. A “pin” can be considered a photo that you put on your board (noun), or you can also use “pin” as a verb.   So, the act of putting a pin on a board is called “pinning.” Sounds confusing, but it’s really easy once you get the hang of it.

Repin– when someone likes a pin they see, they can “repin” it to one of their boards

Like– just like any other “like” button, this just shows that you like the pin

Comment– self explanatory, just commenting and showing appreciation for other people’s pins.

My strategies:

1. Pin 1 photo per day to 10 different “group boards”

Posting photos to group boards in your niche is the most critical way to grow your following on Pinterest.   That being said, you have to do some work and see out the best and most popular group boards, and request to be joined. Each board has different ways of joining, but the owner will usually write how to join under the description of the board.

Seek out 10 active boards (the more followers on the board is better) and post 1 photo a day on it.  Try to mix up the photos that you pin on each board (i.e. don’t pin the exact same photo to each board).  By doing this, your pictures will be exposed to all of the followers of each specific board.  Don’t post more than 1 photo per day, because then many people will think you are spamming… And nobody likes spam.

I have a folder on my desktop labeled “Pinterest Photos,” with about 60-70 of my best travel photos that I will only post on Pinterest.  Most of them are edited to bring out the colors and make them more appealing.   Then, I’ll just pull images from there to post on each group board.  I find this method to work the best! 

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Some of my group boards

MAKE SURE TO:
– add your URL in the “edit pin” section. This is very important, so people will be redirected to your blog when they click on the photo
– Use good photos. Always pin Vertical over horizontal, and use as many colors as you can. Also, putting big words on the photo draws people’s attention as well. I use Canva.com to make my photos. It’s free and extremely easy to use.
– Post at the right time. The most popular time to post on Pinterest is from 7-10PM EST, so try to aim around then.

*To stay organized, I recommend creating a spreadsheet on Google Drive to record which photos that you posted on which specific group boards.   Then, monitor the spreadsheet every 24 hours and record how many “likes” and “repins” each photo got (within that 24 hour period), and you can see which photos have the most success!  It sounds like a lot of work, but it’s really easy once you get the hang of it 🙂

2. Comment on 10 “popular” Pins per day 

Go to the search bar at the top and type in one key word. If you have a travel blog, then type in words like “travel, trip, adventure, explore, wanderlust, world, nature, etc..” Then, all of the most popular pins of that hashtag will appear.  Once you’ve selected 10 popular pins, then just repin, comment, and like them.  If you comment on a photo with 1,500 repins, then your comment is bound to be seen by at least a few hundred people, directly sending them to your account. Make your comments witty and memorable!

3. Follow 50 new people per day in your target market

Pinterest doesn’t have a limit to how many people you can follow (at the moment). While this may change in the future, you should take advantage of it right now and follow 50 people per day in your target market! You can find people by looking at the followers of notable people in your market.

For example, I will find popular travel bloggers and search their followers, so I can discover more travelers and travel bloggers.   Then I will follow 50 people, but I will make sure to only follow active users (i.e. I won’t follow people with  5 followers).  You’ll be surprised by how many people will follow you back!

4. Create nice personal boards on your own page

Making your page look nice is very important. It can be the deciding factor if someone will follow you or not.

My biggest suggestion is having a nice profile photo, description, and making your boards memorable. Also, take some time pinning photos to your top boards, so it looks like they are active and draws people to follow them.  On your Pinterest home page, the top row of 4 boards are the most seen (just like the first few searches on google), so make them the best! You really want to show off!

Take a look at my personal Pinterest page!

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My Pinterest Home Page

2. Google Plus

search-2In my eyes, Google Plus is the second most untapped social media, and it has great potential to boost your traffic numbers.   Given that this platform is run and managed by Google, it can be directly related to boosting your SEO traffic on Google.   I have only been using it for about 4 months, and I have over 2.1K followers and over 1.6 MILLION views on my G+ profile… If I can do that in 4 short months, then you can too!

Before I begin with my strategies, make sure you’ve taken the time to complete your G+ profile by making it look neat and professional. Fill out all the “About Me” page, add nice photos, and especially talk about your blog or business. After all, who is going to follow you if your profile looks horrible?

Let’s look at the facts (as of June 2014)
– Launched in November 2011

– 2nd largest social networking site in the world, behind Facebook
– Has 350 million monthly active users
– Google Plus app is 4th most popular in the world
– 1.5 billion photos uploaded every week
– 600,000 people join everyday
– best display of photos for any social network
– The +1 button is clicked 5 billion times a day

Terminology:

Circles– Circles are a way that you organize your contacts. For example, I have circles for travelers, friends, family, and acquaintances. You can share different content with different circles.

Communities– these are groups, similar to Pinterest “group boards” or Facebook groups. They bring people together who share similar interests. You can easily join a group by clicking “join this group.”

Plus 1– a plus 1 (+1) is the exact same thing as a Facebook “like” or a twitter “favorite.”

Sharing– You can choose to share someone else’s post publicly or to a specific circle

Hangouts– these are a conference held in real-time. It’s like Skype, but up to 10 people can join in and the connection speed is notably better.

My strategies

1. Post 1 image per day in 10-15 communities related to your niche

This is the best way to build your following and gain a positive reputation on Google Plus.   G+ has an amazing platform for displaying photos- maybe the best out of all the social networks.  

Become a member of as many Travel-related “communities” as you can.  A communities is the same thing as a group board on Pinterest… Basically, it’s a public place where people can share pictures and interesting things they find online.   Once you are a member of a board, then post 1 image per day to that community from your travels.  Do this for 10-15 communities everyday.  Try to change up the photos that you use for each board, so nobody will think you are spamming G+ with the same photo.  

Doing this will grow your followers because people will find your awesome photos and follow you. Be careful about posting links to your blog, because some communities will think it is spam. Just do it sparingly. Also, don’t post more than 1 photo per day to any board because people will also think you are spamming.

Which images should you post?

I generally post all of my best travel photos, which I also pull from a folder on my desktop labeled “Google Plus Photos” that has about 40-5o images in it.    In the caption section, I will usually write a simple sentence and include 3-5 hashtags.  

For example:  “A beautiful shot of Nyhavn Street in #Copenhagen #Denmark from last summer. #travel #europe”

Also, whenever I launch a new blog post, I design a call-to-action image on Canva.  Once again, I highly recommend using this website because it’s free and easy to use! 

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Some Communities That I’ve Joined

2. Follow LOTS of random travelers, bloggers, & people in your niche to your circles

Google + is nice because it doesn’t show how many people you are following… It only displays the amount of followers you have. This is important, because you won’t lose credibility for following too many people (unlike Twitter).

Don’t go too crazy though, because then Google + will suspend your account or think you are spamming everyone. But I usually follow between 50-100 people per day by adding them to one of my circles. And many of these return the favor and follow me back!

*Note that “following” and “adding people to your circles” is the same thing. 

How do you find which people to follow?

I look under the most popular travel posts which have the most +1’s (look under the “explore” tab on the home page and type in a keyword like “travel”). Then, I click on the top right arrow of the photo and click on “view photo activity” and I can see all the people who have commented and liked the photo. I then will add these people to my circles!

Once you’ve added people in your circles, then they can see everything you post on your profile! It’s a win-win if you ask me 😉

3. Post 1 image a day to your own account

This is where I get the most activity on my G+ account. I will post 1 image per day from my travels, with a link to one specific blog post. I usually get well over 100 +1’s and dozens of comments from random people. If your photo is really good with lots of activity, then G+ will promote it to a bigger audience!

For example, one of my travel pics of Thailand was popular, and it got promoted into the “travel” hashtag. When I woke up the next morning, this photo had over a THOUSAND +1’s, 200 comments and 30 shares. It also had a link to my blog on that post, so can you image how much traffic that one post gave me?  Get creative, and you’ll see the results.

Lastly, make sure to upload PICTURES not just LINKS of your blog posts! These get more activity. 

4. Use the “explore” tab to find and comment on 10 pics per day

The explore tab is key. You can find it on your home page on right side of the bar at the top. Click on it, and you can explore any hashtag on G+.

I always explore hashtags like “travel” “nature” “asia” “trip” etc, to see the most popular photos.   After you seek out 10 popular photos (make sure they have at least 100 +1s), then simply write a comment on it. It can be cheesy like “I really love this photo, thanks for sharing!”

The point of doing this is because many eyes will see your comment, and a small fraction of them will click on your page. Once they click on your page, many times they will follow you! Try to make your comments interesting to draw people’s attention.

5. Use Proper Hashtags

You probably know this from other social media networks like Twitter, but hashtags are important and they do play a key role. I try to use 4-8 relevant hash tags for every photo I upload on G+.   Like I mentioned before, sometimes G+ will recognize one of your popular photos and they will promote it. This has happened to me several times, where I’ve received thousands of likes and hundreds of comments on one photo! Make sure to use key hashtags that are related to your photo or blog post. Some hashtags that I frequently use are “travel” “asia” Europe” “nature” “blog” “wanderlust” “Thailand” for example.

Take a look at my Google Plus account! 

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Home Page of my G+ Account

3. Instagram

search-1 5.08.19 PMI’m assuming that most of you reading this have an Instagram account, because of its rapid expansion over the last few years. In my opinion, the platform is better than Facebook because you can keep up with others without any advertisements and distractions.  It’s only photos.

But have you used Instagram to your advantage?

If done correctly, Instagram is a great tool to raise awareness for your blog or company. Even though you won’t drive as much traffic from Instagram (because you can’t post any clickable URL links), it’s a nice place to network with other people in your industry.  

I am going to skip the terminology, because it’s pretty simple. Just post photos, like photos, comment, and use hashtags.

Instagram by the numbers (as of July 2014)
– Launched October 2010
– 200 million monthly active users 
– 70% of users login at least once per day
– Percentage year over growth for the Instagram App is 66%
– 60 million photos posted per day
– 1.3 BILLION likes per day (~9,000 likes per second)
– On average, you get 1 comment every 33 likes

My strategies

1. Post 1 amazing photo every 24 hours

It’s very important to be active on Instagram, but not too active. Everyone hates people who spam with 10 photos in a row. I know I can’t stand people like that.

So, choose your best (most applicable) photo, and post ONE time every 24 hours. No more and no less than 24 hours.  The timing is the most important part to this, because you want the maximum people to see your photo. Rule of thumb is that the most popular time to post on Instagram is between 3-8PM EST, but everyone’s audience is different.  I recommend experimenting with a few times and seeing which gets the most activity.

Also, make sure to add 7-10 applicable hashtags.  This will get your photo noticed by random people, who are likely to click the “follow” button on your page!

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Some of my Instagram Pics

2. Search for others in your target market, and comment and “like” their photos

Just like I talked about in Pinterest and Google Plus, it’s critical that you seek out people in your niche and comment on their photos.   Commenting is much more important that liking, because comments are seen by everyone and it’s more personal. It’s one of the best ways to reach out to random people in your niche, who otherwise wouldn’t have discovered you.

How do you find others?

Look under the explore tab and type in any relevant hashtags to get a live feed of posts under that tag. For example, I always look under “travel” or “trip, wanderlust, adventure, globe, etc…” Then, I will like and comment on as many photos as I can!

You can also seek people by looking at the followers/following of notable people in your industry (just like Pinterest).

*Beware that Instagram DOES have strict policies on following and commenting, and they will block your account if they are suspicious of you spamming people. I’m not exactly sure how the algorithm works, but experiment around and see what they will let you do. I usually get a message saying “Your account is frozen for 2 hours, blah blah blah.” Experiment around and see how much you can do before they temporarily block your account.

3. Go back and add hashtags at critical times

Instagram is the most important social network for using hashtags. More than Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google Plus (by a long shot).

Why?

Because you are allowed to go back to all your old photos and comment with 10-20 MORE hashtags!  There is no limit to hashtags! By doing this, your photo will jump back up to the top when people search under that hashtag name. This gives your photos a lot more recognition.

Look at this website to find which hashtags are most popular in your niche!

4. Find big accounts (over 10K followers) and ask them to repost your photos

I just started doing this, and it has worked incredibly well. Find popular Instagram accounts in your niche, and ask them to feature your photo with a link to your account in the description. I have been featured on some accounts with 25K followers, and I woke up one morning with 50 new followers.   I can only imagine if National Geographic or the Travel Channel featured one of my pics… then I’d get thousands of new followers instantly.

Check out my Instagram account! 

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My Instagram Homepage

 

4. Twitter

search 5.08.19 PMLet’s face it, Twitter has changed the world.

Any breaking news story is widespread within seconds, and any celebrity can spill their thoughts to millions of people with the click of a button.  It’s quite fascinating if you ask me. Twitter is more powerful than any other social network when it comes to rapidly spreading information.  And whether you are for it or against it, you must come to realize that the world is becoming more connected with every tweet.  

If you’re not using twitter to network and market yourself and your business, then you are making a massive mistake.

Amazing Twitter facts (as of August 2014):
– 1 billion registered users
– 100 million daily active users
– Percentage of world leaders who have Twitter is 80%
– 68 million tweets per day

My strategies

1. Tweet about 10 times per day (spread out in intervals)

Twitter moves at a rapid pace. The average lifespan of a single tweet is about ~15 minutes.   So, you want to be as active as you can.

But, never tweet back to back because that pisses people off, and many people will unfollow you for spamming them. There are several free program that you can use to schedule your tweets like HootSuite and Future Tweets.   I recommend tweeting every 2 hours if you can.

2. Get on Triberr

I just joined Triberr a month ago, and it has done wonders for me!

In a nutshell, Triberr will grow your blogs readership because you can connect with likeminded bloggers who support each other. Join a “tribe” in your niche, and every time you post an article to your blog, people in your tribe have the option to retweet your article to all of their followers.  

So now, every time I post a new article, I have a reach of over 4 million followers (because now I am connected with all of my tribes followers). It’s sort of confusing at first to understand, but it’s easy to get the hang of, and you will definitely get more views.

My most recent article “50 Lessons I’ve Learned From 50 Countries” was retweeted out by over 40 people (all travel bloggers).  That brought so many new visits to my blog! Also, you are allowed and encouraged to retweet other people’s posts, which make your tweets more diverse (so you aren’t only tweeting your articles).

So, not only are important people in your niche tweeting out your articles, but your own personal Twitter following will grow faster than ever! 

Triberr is free, fun and effective- so get your ass on it!

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My Triberr Page

3. Share 50% your own content, 50% others

I like to share about half my own content, and half others. I have found this ration to work the best for me. People appreciate when you share others work, and general current events in your industry. But of course, don’t hesitate to post your amazing work as well! Just make sure to keep this healthy ratio.

4. Tweet @ 30 new people per day and follow them

This is perhaps the most effective way to network in your niche. Search under related hashtags to find people, or find a notable person and look under his/her “followers.”

Once you find worthy people to network with, simply tweet a simple message @ them like:

“Hey @____, I love your blog and following your travels. Keep up the good work!”

“Hey @____, I was just in Bali and I used your amazing advice on your blog.  Just want to say thanks :)”

“Hi @_____, just want to say that your work is incredible, and your advice has really helped me out. Thank you!”

“Hey @_______, you are such an inspiration to me and I appreciate all your work. Would you mind checking out my blog and offering any advice?”

…Something along those lines.. Just spark their interest, follow them, and they will most likely follow you back 😀

Side note: Don’t reach out to people who have (for example) 100,000 followers, and are only following 50 people back. Look for people who have a nice balance following-to-follower ratio!

5. Take advantage of Trending Hashtags

Look up trending hashtags and see what people are currently talking about! Then, figure out how to apply this to your blog/business/industry. Try to be as witty as possible, and that will attract people and direct them to your account.

For example, if the #worldcup hashtag is trending, then say “In honor of the #worldcup, in Brazil, check out my article all about tourism in #Brazil!” Just imagine how many eyes will cross that tweet, and hopefully a small fraction of them will follow you.

6. Unfollow people that don’t follow you back

There is an amazing free resource called Unfollow.ferrastudios.com, where you can find out who isn’t following you back and then instantly unfollow them! I like to do this every month or so to clean up my account.

7. Use 3 hashtags per tweet

As you already know, hashtags are a great way for your tweets to get noticed. Use appropriate ones, and you can market to a larger audience!

Take a look at my Twitter Account! 

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Homepage Twitter Screen

 

5. Facebook

searchOh Facebook, how I love you and hate you.

To be honest, Facebook marketing is my least skilled out of the 5 social media platforms, and that’s why it is last on this list. For some reason, I have a hard time getting likes on my page, and it’s quite frustrating. Maybe it’s because I started my fan page late in the game, or because Facebook’s algorithms seem to change on a daily basis.

As of lately, I have been getting more activity on my page, so I am slowly picking up steam. Hopefully it will continue to grow as time goes on.

If you want to see a much better guide to Facebook than this one, check out my friend Sabina’s Facebook Guide on her blog, Girl vs. Globe, where she talks in depth about the strategies that she used to get her first 1K followers!  

 In any regard, I will do my best to explain the strategies for how I use Facebook.

Fun Facebook facts! (as of June 2014)
– Established in 2004
– 1.28 billion monthly active users
– 4.5 billion likes per day (67% from 2 years ago)
– 800 million people login daily
– Most common age demographic is 25-34 years old
– Highest traffic occurs mid-week between 1-3PM
– Average time per visit is 20 minutes
– 1 in 5 page views on the internet are on Facebook (in USA)

My strategies

1. Invite all your friends to like your page

This is the obvious starting point to get likes for your page. Invite every single person in your network. These are your personal friends and family members, who are likely more than happy to support your blog or business!

2. Upload 2-3 photos per day

At first, I only uploaded 1 photo per day. But I quickly found out that posting 2-3 per day is will increase your activity. This is because the people who are most active on your pics will see your stuff more often than others who are quiet. This is how the Facebook algorithm works these days, but you can use it to your advantage because your fans will be engaged more than ever with your content!

A few notes when posting photos:
Always upload a photo (not just a link), and then manually add the link to your blog post or URL.. This is proven to have a much higher response rate
– Make nice photos using Canva!
– Post between 1-3PM for the local time (wherever most of your audience lives)
– After you post, click the “highlight” option and tag yourself in the photo!

3. Seek out big Facebook groups and ask them to post your articles

I just started doing this, and it’s proving to be a great tactic to boost your followers. Do your homework and find Facebook groups with large following (over 20K fans) and see if they will post your article, with a link to your blog!

4. Boost Posts that have lots of activity

Your posts that have the most comments and likes have the most potential to go viral in your network (and hopefully on the internet). So, any time you have a post that particularly does well, boost it! I usually only spend $5USD to post my post (you can spend a lot more if you have the budget), and it reaches an audience 10-20 times more than it already has reached.   It’s a great way to spread your content.

5. Join Facebook Groups

Joining FB groups in your niche is a smart way to get exposure to your audience and target market. Engage with them, comment on the things they say, and just get your name recognized. You’ll begin to see more random people that are following your stuff!

In my case, I have joined groups like Awesome Bloggers, Travel Bloggers, We Travel We Blog and more. It has been a great resource for me! Not only am I connecting with likeminded people, but I can also post any questions that I have and I always get detailed responses from experienced people.

6. “Like” and comment other pages, and they will do the same!

Just like every other social media, engage with others in your niche and they will return the favor. This is the oldest trick in the books !

7. Add a Call for Action!

The call for action is very important. Simply ask people to “comment your thoughts” or “share this post with your friends.” The more activity (likes, comments and shares) that you get, means that your post will be seen by a larger audience. Smart tactics!

Check out my Facebook Page, and don’t be afraid to “like” it 😉

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My Facebook Home Page

Final Thoughts

I know that social media can be very intimidating to handle, especially when there is constant changes to the competitive marketplace.   I still get overwhelmed sometimes.

My biggest piece of advice is to attack these platforms one-by-one. Start by opening up a Pinterest, and spend time learning and building it for a week until you are comfortable with the process. Then, do the same for Google Plus or whatever social networks you need help with.

How much time will it take you to do all of this? To get 10K followers in 7 months?

For me, I have spent about 1-1.5 hours everyday to post and build all my social media accounts.   Once again, try to start slow until you get the hang of it, and then you will be able to accomplish more with less time.  Trust me, after just a few weeks, you’ll be able to accomplish twice as much in 1 hour than you could before.  

OR…

Outsource your work!

Hire a personal assistant from the Philippines for as little as $3/hour. I have hired a few hard-working, honest and reliable Filipinos, who have worked on my social media accounts everyday.   Good places to find people are on Odesk, Elance or take my friend Nate Ginsburg’s class called Outsourcing for Solopreneurs.  Nate is an expert at hiring virtual assistants and his advice is the best on the web.  If you type in the discount code “travel,” then you can buy the course for $20 (instead of $100)!  I have taken this class and I can personally recommend his useful strategies and advice.  

I am confident that each and every one of you can obtain 10K followers in less than 5 months, given that you already have my proven tactics.  It took me 7 months because I was trying to figure out which methods worked and which didn’t.  Now, you have the strategies at your fingertips so use them to your advantage! 

What to do next?

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And don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

Thanks for reading! 

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Live Your Life, and do it NOW

by Drew on July 15, 2014 7 comments

Are you ready for a little daily motivation?

Live your life, and do it now.

Live in the moment.

Not for tomorrow, or for your future, but for this second of this day.  Right now. 

It’s now or never to accomplish what you want to do.

Forget about the past. You can’t change it. Whatever happened in your life until now has shaped you into the person that you are today, and it has prepared you for your future. Regardless if it has been an easy or rough ride, don’t let your past get in the way of the present. 

Find out what makes you happy, then do it. And do it again.

Why am I teaching English in Korea right now?

Because I’m doing exactly what I want to be doing.  Because it makes me happy. 

In 2013, when I was graduating from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, all of my friends were scrambling to turn in their resumes to get their precious job interviews.  Meanwhile, I knew that I was going to move to Korea, so I had a relaxed piece of mind.  I wasn’t worried or stressed out at all. 

If you’re currently unhappy with your 9-5 job, then why not quit and do something else?  If you’re not satisfied with your living situation, then why not move out into a better place?  Why delay the problem and be stressed?  There are no excuses to not be doing what you want to be doing. You only get one life to live, that’s it.

Would you rather look back at your life one day and say, “Damn, I wish I had traveled more… I wish I had approached that sexy girl at the bar… or I wish that I had gone skydiving in Switzerland…”

Or, would you rather be able to say, “Wow, I had one hell of a time… I’m so happy that I went bungee jumping in New Zealand.. That Full Moon Party in Thailand was fucking awesome!”

It’s your choice.

Your life is going to be just as easy, or just as difficult as you decide it is going to be.

Learn to relax, learn to accept, learn to flow. You will be surprised by what you can accomplish.

Have courage.

Do what YOU want to do.  

Not what your friend wants you to do, what your parents want, or what your great Aunt Sherry wants you to do.  Do the things that YOU want to be doing.  



One of my favorite quotes of all-time is also the simplest quote of all time:

The quote is “You do you” It’s simple and straight to the point. 

I don’t care about what anyone else says that I should be doing.  After all, it’s my life, so shouldn’t I have the choice of what to make with it?

Haters are always going to hate. No matter what.  Don’t let that mess with your brain, and instead, use it as motivation do be something better. 

As I’m writing this, I just bought a plane ticket to Australia because I want to go there and visit my best friends during my summer vacation. Before Australia, I will be traveling to Taipei and Bali.  I can’t tell you how excited I am!  Nothing is holding me back.

The last point I want to make is this:

Never get jealous of anyone.

Not your friends, not that famous person, not that sexy girl/guy, not that CEO billionaire.

Why?

Because, as cliché as it sounds, everything always – ALWAYS – will work out in the end. No matter what issues you are dealing with right now, they will eventually settle down and find a resolution in the long run. This exactly why you should never be stressed. What’s the point? Why waste your time?



Think about this: it’s a miracle that you exist. It’s a miracle that I exist. Life is perfect. Literally perfect.

The earth is the only planet that can sustain life. The sun rises every single morning. Animals survive everyday by eating the food chain.  The oceans provide the earth with enough water to perfectly survive. It just works. 

How does that make you feel? Powerful? Insignificant? Less stressed?

It makes me feel happy and motivated to make something out of my life.

So, I’m going to continue doing what makes me happy. Traveling the world, meeting awesome people, eating the best Asian food, partying my ass off every weekend, doing Taekwondo everyday, working on my travel blog, and learning Korean.

I am 100% sure that things will work itself out in the long run, and I will live the happiest life that I can possible live. 

I hope that this motivates you to do the same…

Why did I write this post?

Because lately, I’ve seen too many people (including people that I know), who live negative lives.

I have seen time and time again people with so much pessimism and stress that it has completely taken over their emotions.  I’m sorry if you are one of these people, but I encourage you to look ahead at all the positives that life has in store for you.  It’s never too late to turn it around 🙂

Lastly, I apologize for repeating myself about 20 times in this post, but it’s necessary to get the point across.

Are you motivated?

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