How to Have a Good Day, Every Day

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One of many colorful murals in San Miguel

One thing I love about San Miguel de Allende is how everyone walks everywhere. I leave my Airbnb apartment at about 10am this morning with two main objectives: 1) to find the cute little coffee shop I’d seen during my wandering over the weekend and 2) to pick up my ticket for the jazz festival(!) this weekend.

It’s a cool morning, about 65 degrees, but the sun is rising to warm the day. I hear dogs barking as I walk up Jose Maria de Arevalo, passing the street market and deli, a tortilleria and the panaderia on the corner that makes the best apple-cinnamon muffins for just 8 pesos or about 60 cents each.

The sidewalks here are very narrow, so you’re either squeezing past a bunch of people or stepping down to walk on the cobblestones, large and uneven under your feet. I step up and down, up and down, dozens of times.

The calles are still wet from being cleaned by various shopkeepers and residents. There is very little litter here.

I walk down Avenida de Guadalupe and up Insurgentes, past several florerias lined with colorful bouquets and carnicerias with their cases of beef and chicken and ham.

I walk across Canal, the buildings bright yellow with the sun, cobblestones turning copper in the light. People look up as they pass by with a polite “hola” or “buenos dias,” walking dogs, carrying children, running errands for the day.

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Travel Diary: My First 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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I’m in Mexico! I flew from Atlanta (ATL) to Leon, Guanajuato (BJX) and then took what should have been a 90 minute cab ride to San Miguel de Allende, but turned out to be a 2.5 hour adventure out here in these cobblestone streets because we could not find my casa! My cab driver was really nice about it though, so it wasn’t that bad. We decided our motto would be, “Si se puede!” LOL.

My Airbnb apartment was well worth the drive, with fresh flowers and fruit waiting for me. Everything was exactly as pictured in the listing and the wireless internet is working great so far!

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Be Who You Really Are: Happy Black Woman Goes to Mexico!

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“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

A year ago, I made the leap to live in one of my ideal locations by moving to Honolulu, Hawaii. I was feeling excited and nervous about the direction my life was going to take. I had no idea how long I was going to stay, but I got lucky and found a great place I could rent from month-to-month so that I could leave whenever I wanted.

Since then, I’ve grown so much personally and professionally.

But most of all…

I’ve learned how incredibly important it is to be who I really am.

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Travel Diary: How to Spend 2 Weeks in San Diego

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Even though I’ve been living in Hawaii, I have flown back to the mainland about once a month to either host or attend events, so I thought it would be fun to share one of my new favorite cities out west. I’ve been in California for the past 2 weeks, exploring all the different parts of this San Diego. On this trip, I’ve been in La Jolla, Mission Bay, Mission Beach, Gaslamp, Seaport District and Little Italy. I can’t believe it was my first time going to the beach in California! It’s not Hawaii, but it’s close enough :)

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Travel Diary: Weekend in Maui

It’s been a loooong time since I’ve done a travel diary post! This diary is from earlier this year, on a weekend trip to Maui, Hawaii.

Hotels are super expensive in Maui, so I had to search high and low to find a semi-affordable place to stay for the weekend. Kaiholo Hale in Paia was perfect!

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I had to rent a car and the views were awesome driving around the island. Even though it had been raining off and on all weekend in Maui, I still had a relaxing walk at Ali’i Lavender Farm, then picked strawberries for the first time at Kula Country Farms.

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VIDEO: 2 Simple Steps to Creating a Location-Independent Business

Location Independent Business VidDo you dream of being able to live and work from anywhere in the world but just can’t figure out how to do that with your current job?

If so, it may be time for you to create a location-independent business so that you can live life on your own terms.

A “location-independent business” is a business that can be run VIRTUALLY, which is what allows you to manage it from anywhere in the world. Watch the video below for my two simple steps to help you get started.

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Minimalism 101: How to Live With Less So You Can Have More Freedom

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My minimalist bedroom

I’ve been living a minimalist lifestyle since 2011 and it’s worked really well for me and the goals I have for my life. In a nutshell, minimalism is all about living with less – maintaining only what you need and not much else. While this lifestyle is certainly not for everyone, I receive a lot of questions from women in our community who want to learn how to live this way so that they can achieve their big goals.

Minimalism is an attractive lifestyle for many because it can help you:

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How to Take a Vacation (Without Feeling Guilty About It)

Happy African American Woman Dancing on Beach One thing I hear a lot from the hard-working women in our community is how difficult it is to take a vacation. Many of us already work long hours at work or in our business, yet for some reason have trouble taking a break! If it’s been years since you’ve given yourself the gift of a proper vacation, read on for some tips to help you step away from the laptop or plot your much-needed escape from the cubicle.

Schedule Time Off from Work Far in Advance

The best way to ensure you take your vacation time is to sit down at the beginning of the year and map out the times you already know you want off. It might be useful to think in terms of seasons. Plan to take some time off during the spring, summer, winter, etc. For instance, no matter where I worked, I always took off from my job for a few days every spring so that I could attend the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville. And for the last 3 years in my business, I’ve taken off at least one full month for vacation at some point during the year for travel!

Most people want to spend extended time with their families during various holidays, so you can plan around those as well. If you’re taking time off from your business, block off time in your calendar for the dates you want to get your R&R. If you’re taking time off from your job, make sure you submit your leave request as FAR in advance as possible so your supervisor can approve it in a timely manner. That way, you can work together to make arrangements for other staff or an assistant to cover your responsibilities and take care of clients during your time away, if necessary.

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Travel Diary: 4 Ways to Enjoy Honolulu on a Budget

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Sunset at Ala Moana Beach Park!

I’ve been in Hawaii (on the island of Oahu) for about a month now, and I wanted to share a quick video I made a few weeks ago as I was starting my morning here in Honolulu! This is a little of what my day looks like right now, from where I’m living to where I go to get work done.

While it’s relatively expensive to live here, I’ve learned a lot about how to enjoy this tropical paradise without spending a ton of money all the time. Some of the best ways to enjoy Honolulu on a budget are to secure affordable accommodations, fill up on cheap local eats, use low-cost transportation and enjoy inexpensive entertainment. Here is my short list of options for each!

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10 Things That Happen When You Decide to Get Rid Of All Your Stuff and Move to Hawaii

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On the left is when I bought my car 6 years ago. On the right is me last weekend, on the day I sold it!

In just a few days, I’ll finally be making the big move I’ve been talking about for months. This weekend, I’ll be getting on a plane to Honolulu, Hawaii (on the island of Oahu) with nothing but a backpack, a carry-on suitcase and a whole lot of trust in the universe that now is the right time. In many ways, relocating to Hawaii feels like the final stage of my journey to become location-independent. After two years of downsizing, traveling, building my business and experimenting with different living situations, I’ve achieved the possibility of being able to live and work from anywhere in the world. Something tells me that this move is only the beginning of another year of personal and professional adventure!

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared. But I’m feeling the fear and moving anyway. Here are a few other things that have happened ever since I made the choice to move to my ideal location. If you decide to embark on your own big move, you might experience some of them, too.

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