Big Announcement! (+ Weekly Wishes)

Monday, September 30, 2013

I'm so excited to share with you all what has been driving be BADDY (is that a word) for the last couple of weeks.  See I've been wanting talk a WHOLE LOT MORE on business topics, but it just felt amiss sharing it on 91 Dash.  Not that readers wouldn't enjoy it, but it just seemed a little out of place.  The blogging tips I share are one thing, but when I'm talking about how to be a good communicator, or streamlining every day processes so that you can focus on projects - it just wasn't fitting in.  So today I'm announcing....
ChickCommander.com is my brand, spankin' new site to talk all things business.  I'll be talking about how to be a RAD OFFICE CHICK, giving reviews of different products related to business as well as my journey with creating an online side hustle income.  The site will have ads on them as well as affiliate links for items.  I intend to release some of my own products as well such as eBooks and services upon request.

You can follow Chick Commander on bloglovin, here.

Or check out my post on Communicating Like a Boss here.

My hope is to post quality articles at least once a week there, and I will be posting here 3-5 times per week.

I am still building out the site with all of its bells and whistles, so the design and layout may change as time allows.  So please, if you've enjoyed any of the business and blogging posts I've done, join me there through bloglovin' or your RSS feader.  Email updates to be available shortly.

This week I'll also be introducing a new series.  I'm not too sure what I'll be calling it, but it'll be based off  of my experience with taking care of my Dad while he had Cancer, and ultimately losing him to it.  I'm finally ready to be open about this topic and dig deep and my goal would be to write a memoir so that I can share it with those who may need it, as well as my children (when I actually have them).

Ok - moving on to other business!!



Last week I was completely MIA from all link ups.  But I'm back this week!  My wish is to learn how to juggle everything I need to do and want to do and really start to take that streamlining wiz I am at work, and bring that home!  I have no problem tearing up processes and restructuring them to fit my work ethic and to help me work smarter, not harder - and I'd like to really bring that home and incorporate that into my blogging.  I've already done that with my Sponsorship program which I'm planning to share with everyone here, at 91 Dash soon.  (OH yah, blogging tips will remain here, business will be at Chick Commander).
Lastly, I just wanted to say a BIG MAHALO to those who participated in the FALL reader survey, it really means alot!! And please please please, don't forget to comment - I really enjoy getting to know my readers and talking with them.
Ok so... all the participants were females dominantly in the 19-25 range.  That is pretty cool.  Mostly everyone that took the survey was from the USA except for one from Germany and one from France. HEY EUROPE!! Don't forget to come and say HI!!  All but two survey takers are bloggers.  Now.. most people enjoy the Lifestyle and Blogging related posts, other favorites (in order) include: Inspirational and Recipes, Business, Hawaii and Pop Culture.

Again - if you participated thank you so much.  This really helps me as far as the direction this blog is going - and thank you for sticking with me.  And a special big thank you, shout out to Erika for Chimerikal for letting me bounce things off of her :)

Have a Happy Monday!

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A (virtual) Hawaii Day Trip

Sunday, September 29, 2013

One of my favorite things to do is to play tourist.  I love love love it!!

In my first month of sponsoring I have had some amazing... bomb.com sponsors! And I just wanted to thank them: Stephanie, Victoria, Stacey, Erika, Allie, Kayli, Melyssa and Mal; by taking them on a virtual day trip to Hawaii.

LUCKY them!!  Haha.  And lucky you since you get to come along for the ride!

As with any good traveler, we're getting up at the crack of dawn - to the tune of 6am.  First stop?  Diamond Head.
 "I want to hike in Hawaii-- G and I are avid hikers here in Arizona and are dying to explore the green lush green lands of the islands." - Kayli from Kayli Wanders
See, not only does my friend Kayli love to explore the outdoors and hike, but she has super awesome tips on healthy vegan recipes and so I'm sure the girl got us covered with a healthy and delicious breakfast.  Or we could just head to one of the health bars in the area and pick up acai bowls.

After breaking a morning sweat at Diamond Head, we're heading to Waikiki Beach to take up some surf lessons with the beach boys at 8:30am.  
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"I would love to learn how to surf in Hawaii! That seems like the perfect place to try!"
- Erika from Chimerikal
As if Erika's reverse bucket list wasn't long enough, now she'll be adding VIRTUAL SURF SESSION to it?? No, but really!  This girl has done some crazy things, including losing one of her friends in Spain and being able to finally reunite in the comfort of a McDonalds!  The girl has epic stories to tell you, and this one will definitely be on the list!

Don't worry, the water play isn't over yet, next we're headed to Aloha Tower to go on a whale watching cruise at 11:30am.
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I would love to do some whale-watching! I'd of course enjoy the beaches and fruity drinks and fresh seafood! - Mal from Tiger Bunnie Jewelry

"Love that question but it's a bit difficult to answer with only ONE thing to do! I've never been to Hawaii but it looks so beautiful and it's definitely on my to-go list. If I ever visit, I would want to go whale-watching. I've never seen whales for real and I've read that you could do that fabulous activity in Hawaii. That would be awesome and a once in a lifetime experience."  - Mal from Lazy Boleyn

I would love to hang out on one of the lower decks of the boat with all of these amazing ladies while listening to one of Mal’s awesome playlists.  I love her musical taste and look forward to her playlists every week.  And I’m sure the lovely Stephanie would be able to whip us up some custom bracelets just for the occasion.  By the way, have you checked out her shop?? It is too adorable not to.  Go!  Go now – I mean after you read the whole post first ;).

Wow!  Those majestic humpback’s took my breath away, what about yours??  Next we’re going all the way out to the west side to snorkel and check out some of the beautiful fishes and animal life on the west coast of the island, and if we’re lucky enough – possibly find some beautiful seashells!!
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"When I was about nine years old, I visited Hawaii and went snorkeling with my family. I was the last to jump off the boat and into the ocean because even though I am an animal lover, I was terrified of what might be lurking below. Near the end or our trip I finally dove in and was mesmerized with the bright fish and even giant sea turtles floating by. I'd absolutely love to return to Hawaii one day and experience that all over again, this time without the fear. :)" - Melyssa from The Nectar Collective
"I think the one thing I would want to do in Hawaii is to see sea turtles! I've always loved ocean animals, and even though I've always lived near the beach, southern California just doesn't have a lot of cool ocean life. I would LOVE to get to go snorkeling and get up close to sea turtles." - Victoria from Poverty Luxe.
With Victoria being the frugal, awesome super cute girl that she is, shewould of course pack snacks (gluten free of course) to help a girl save adollar or two (or ten, since we’re in Hawaii)! And because I’m Monja obsessessed, I can only imaging the kind of trouble he would get into getting his little paws and nose went on the beach for the first time.  He’d probably eat a ton of sand too! (Don’t worry Melyssa, he’ll survive!!).

Last, but not least, after all that water play for the day, we’ll get cleaned up at the beach and then head inland to the mountains to take a sunset horseback ride from the beach to the mountain.
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"If I could do ONE thing in Hawaii it would be to go horseback riding on a volcanic mountain. My parents did it when they visited and I saw pictures and ever since then I have been dreaming about it!" - Stacey from Grace Believer
"When I was little, my family use to visit 'Secret Beach' in Kauai. After a hike down a mountainside, we would find ourselves on a beautiful lush beach, all to ourselves. I'd love to go back!" - Allie from Call Me Sassafras

Not only do I imagine seeing stunning views of the sun setting, but it would be an amazing time for reflection, something Stacey is so good at, or listening to an audio book from one of Allie's book suggestions, and an amazing way to end the day

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ATTENTION READERS!!

Thursday, September 26, 2013


Hey Everyone!!  Today is SURVEY THURSDAY!!  With all this restructuring going on in my head with my online presence, I felt it would be beneficial for me... AND YOU if my lovely, awesome amazing readers would take this short survey for me so that I can better serve you and keep you tuned in and plugged into this blog!!  It will only take a few, if not, one minute of your time and it would help out a great great great deal!!!!

Thank you for your help and support.  I appreciate you :)

xoxo,Aukele



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Problems with Being an Idea Guru

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


It's no secret that I am a self-proclaimed idea guru.  I have mentioned it quite a few times on this site and even on twitter.  I have helped random people come up with ideas on what to do for their blog and businesses, even developing business.  Sometimes these ideas are warranted and other times not, yet still well received.  I even offer advice to my blog friends on creating a more professional look on their blog when they ask or if I feel they are really in the dark and just need a light switch turned on!  Even if it means connecting two of my community members together so that they can benefit from each other.
I love to create ideas.  I enjoy mind-mapping the ideas, thinking about the process to making it become a reality, setting up a launch campaign, setting up the back of the house, so that the front can run smoothly and seamlessly.  There is only one problem - well two.

1) I have so many ideas for people and it bothers me that I cannot come up with ideas for myself.
The first step to acceptance is admitting, right?  I know that my "thing" is ideas, but there is a part in me that wishes I could just have one thing that I could pour my heart and soul into; evident by my three attempts with different shops on etsy.  I'd love to have a cute jewelry shop, coffee cozy shop, greeting card and stationery line or a graphic design company.

Constantly having ideas leads me to my second problem...

2) I get bored easily.
I am always jumping around with different pursuits and it is hard for me to do one thing for a long time.  I am a sprinter not a cross-country runner when it comes to business.  Becoming bored with what I'm doing makes me feel like there is another business I could create for myself.  In reality - there is just another business I can think up for someone else to help them out, because really my business is thinking up businesses!!!

This is the constant through everything - IDEAS and creating businesses out of them. I think I'll always wish to have some type of creative and fun shop like so many of my peers and mentors that I could just pour into, but reality (again) is that I get to dibble dabble in all types of fun projects with future clients of mine and help create other people's dreams and ideas into a business and most importantly a reality.

While there are some downfalls to being a self-proclaimed idea guru (in my eyes) - I do consider this a God-given talent that I am really thankful for.  Right now I am just trying to find that magic recipe to using it in the most efficient way possible.

PS:  If you want to pursue a passion or start up a business but not sure on what to do, I can help!!  Send me an email at 91dash@gmail.com.  Idea Generation and Foundation packages start at $30.


Do you have a qualm with your talents?   What are your thoughts on my issues with being an idea generator?  I'd love to hear your thoughts and comments.

xoxo, Aukele
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10 Things I'm Looking Forward To: Fall 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Playing with the dolphins the first time my best friend visited me in Hawaii.

Hola Dashing Superstars!!

Today we're talking 10 things that  I am looking forward to this season.

1. Cool Morning Walks
Not breaking in a sweat while walking my dog before heading to work would just be superb and I can't wait for it (by the way, this morning I was up before dawn, and was able to enjoy a nice, cool morning walk and i LOVED it).

2. Cooler Nights
Only God knows how hot it has been, specifically on weekends and nights when we're home!!  I cannot wait for the cool night breezes that pass through our tiny apartment in the fall.

3. Fall TV Shows
Netflix and Hulu usually supply our TV entertainment from May to Mid-September, and I cannot wait for the fall season to start!!  My top three shows are Hawaii 5-0, Grey's Anatomy and Bones.  I'm looking to add in a few others like Blacklist which was on point Monday night, but I like to start shows from the beginning so we'll have to consult Netflix or Hulu first.

4.Butternut Squash Soup
I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this soup!  It is best with creme fraiche, which is similar to sour cream and I believe I've seen it in grocery stores recently.  And then of course it needs to be topped with a handful of candied walnuts.  Yum!!! 

5. Warmer Clothes
Though most of you may not notice a change in seasons your first year in Hawaii - locals can definitely tell.  I'm looking forwarding to enjoying warmer clothes and maybe even a scarf or too without breaking a sweat.
6. Holiday Decorating
Everyone is gearing up for Halloween.  After that comes Thanksgiving and then my FAVORITE - CHRISTMAS!!  So I love Fall because it kicks it all off, but then it comes and goes before we know it :(.
7. Hot Coffee
Not that I'm a big coffee drinker, but the coffee I've been consuming since about April has all been ICED.  I'll be happy to warm up with a hot cup of coffee, or maybe Starbuck's Salted Caramel Mocha!!!  Yes, no PSL here baby :)
8. Thanksgiving Dinner
Need I say more?  My boyfriend and I take turns between family houses for the holidays and this year we'll be at my family's house this year - so I'm definitely excited for that. My favorite foods are stuffing, green bean casserole and the marshmallow tops from the yams!! Yes, I'm that girl!!  I also love day after turkey cranberry sandwiches with cream cheese.  Safeway got me hooked on those last year and I can't wait for them to bring it back!!  What are your favorite Thanksgiving foods?

9. CJ's Birthday
 My stepson is turning the big 10!!!  It will definitely be an exciting day.  Last year I threw him a carnival party complete with fun carnival games such as a donut eating contest, gummy bear search (in whipped cream), pinata and more.  We also had typical carnival fare food such as hot dogs, pizza, popcorn, cotton candy, candied apples and a traditional birthday cake.  So what do I have up my sleeve this year??? I HAVE NO IDEA!! Any suggestions???

10.  MY BEST FRIEND IS VISITING ME!!!
It has been way too long since she has gotten her booty down here to Hawaii - and I couldn't be more excited.  She will be staying with us over the Thanksgiving weekend.  This will be her fourth time to Hawaii so we'll probably be skipping over the tourist things she's done in the past and do some new things.
So those are the top ten things I'm looking forward to this season, what are you looking forward to???

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Weekend Love [+ SPONSOR LOVE]

Saturday, September 21, 2013

 
Oh hey girl... HEY!!!!  Woo Hoo its the weekend and I couldn't be more happier!! No, but for real.  I have some major work to do this weekend and I really can't wait to get started on it.  I am working on some new projects - and unlike this site being on blogger, these are on Wordpress.  HOLY CANOLI!  Wordpress is seriously NO JOKE.  I'm definitely on a learning curve.  I have definitely wanted to throw my computer against the wall, but I've kept "plugging in" and I slowly, but surely figuring out how it all works.

Moving on!!  Here are my fave winks of the leek links of the week (that has happened twice in me writing this post, so I left that one there, can you say tired??).
 
A Little Talk on Comfort +++
How to Save Money at Target (no crazy coupon lady shenanigans) +++
5 Ways to Make Anyone Feel Special +++
Girls Night Out (a style guide) +++
5 Design Resources for Bloggers +++ 
Nutritionist Q&A on a Vegan Lifestyle [+ a giveaway] +++  
Geeking Out: Harry Potter +++
5 Blog Post Ideas for your Business +++ 
10 Ideas for Square Photos +++
How to Make an Apple Icon +++
 

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I'm so excited to share some of my favorite bloggers in my blogging community (who also happen to be sponsors!!)  Three cheers to Melyssa and Mal!!!

 
Check Out: Newlyweds | Always, Sometimes, Never | 10 Facts About Me
You can follow Mal here: Bloglovin' | Twitter | Instagram
If you would like to be in one of these features, scoop up the Passionate Sponsor Program (PS: 15% off with CODE: FOLLOW)

xoxo, Aukele
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I'm Back From Mars!

Friday, September 20, 2013

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Hi Ladies! Oh - it's Friday already? Geez, this week just whizzed on by.  As you've probably hopefully noticed, I've been off the radar a little bit.  Lately I've been stuck in MARS.  Yah, no joke.

Let me explain...

Did you ladies know that men write blogs?  I've seen a few here and there, but this week I feel like I've been stuck in the Mars world of blogs.  Each site that I went to when researching business opportunities lead me to blogs written by men.  And let me tell you this - things are SO MUCH different there.  It is seriously a whole new world.  I learned a few things so far and am anxious to learn more.  

Finding all these new blogs (and none happen to be on bloglovin' lol), I found some commonalities among these blogs run by men and I'd like to share them with you!

1) They are about money from the get go.
It seems that there philosophy is, "Why waste time beating around the bush?"  They do not blog out of hobby and hope they can monetize it later.  They figure out the end purpose, and work their way back to the beginning from there.  They like to figure out what they can sell, then decide on th content that they can create to provide value for the products they are selling.

2) They are EXTREMELY helpful.
Compared to some of the business blogs I've read that are authored by women, they like to 1) tell you like it is; 2) give you concrete action steps (again, none of this beat around the bush shenanigans); 3) show you proof (it is in the pudding, right?)  These bloggers are some of the most transparent people I've seen online when it comes to breaking down how to do things online.

3) They are humble.
This is a subject I've been wanting to touch on for a while and I actually have a draft waiting to be edited, but from the blogs, videos and podcasts I've consumed (just in this week) - these guys are very humble, down to earth and approachable people, that really want to help others, holding nothing back.  One of the bloggers even went out of his way to convince a "negative nancy" that his business model wasn't scammy and explained it to her in depth - to which she retracted her comment on a forum and apologized for the judgement.  They are making six figure incomes a year and it doesn't get to their heads.  Most of them are living normal lives, driving normal cars and just genuinely trying to help people.

Now I know not all "business" type bloggers are as helpful as the community I found this week (who just happen to all be men thus far, with the exception of one woman who says something to the effect that she could have been a male) - but really it is just food for thought.  I see many bloggers who beat around the bush when giving advice and I understand that some people want to keep their secrets, secret.  If that is the case, then you probably shouldn't say anything at all, because the meat of the information will always be withheld - and that's what people are looking for, right?  Does that make sense?

Let me know in the comments below! Oh - and HAPPY ALOHA FRIDAY!!

xoxo, Aukele

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My True Desires

Wednesday, September 18, 2013



Before I start, let me just apologize right now.  This post will mostly be a non-edited post on my feelings and what’s been going on in my head lately.  So everything might not flow smoothly, nor have a rhyme or reason – and is completely out of character of my regular posts, but just bear with me! It’s only one post!!

Right now I'm definitely experiencing some growing pains.  Though – I’m not really going through pain.  I guess it is just the term I’m using, but really – in this moment, I’m finding myself.  These last few days I’ve really been digging deep within myself.  I have been trying to compartmentalize all of my thoughts, ideas, wants, wishes into an organized manner so that I can see the bigger pictures of what I want in life.

Quite honestly, I feel much better – getting this out.  The path that I started with my consulting business really started to become much bigger than I could handle – geez there is so much information out there on the interwebs (and so much to offer), but then I was able to bring it back down and define what it is that I want to offer.  So that’s great and everything.  There is a ton of work to be done prior so that it can run the way I want it to.  Though I should have a launch date so that I’m accountable to it, I don’t have one right now. What are you gonna do??

Next, I am dealing with my true desires.  I will never forget what the head professor of the Finance Department at HPU told me.  He told us that if we want to live a good life doing what we want to do, to find a way to make passive income.  His way definitely wouldn’t have been my path – as I can’t even remember what that is now; but it has been stuck in my brain since he’s said it and that is the path I’m pursuing right now.  I think I've finally figured it out (I'll let you know if I did!) how I'm going to do that.

And in character to my being a self-proclaimed idea guru – the idea I’m pursuing isn’t even one for me, it was an idea that I came up with for my boyfriend to do through a conversation a year or so ago.  Go figure.   

So my consulting type business take a little vacation while we get this other idea up and running (passively) so I can pursue my own entrepreneurial passions, which still is my consulting business and ultimately helping others.  Thing is, you can’t help people if you haven’t helped yourself, right?!

I can’t end this blog post without bringing it home to you and at least giving you something to ponder on, so tell me, what are you REALLY wanting out of this life?  Not your passions or your hobbies.  When it comes down to it all – what do you want to be doing??  I want to get out of debt and be set up financially, part of that through passive income.  I’m eager to hear from you what you want so leave a comment below!!

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Sponsor Spotlight: Poverty Luxe [+ a giveaway]

Monday, September 16, 2013

Boy do I have a special treat for all of you amazing readers today!  A while back I advertised my salt shop on Julie Ann Art, and through that sponsorship I was introduced to this amazing woman, Victoria, from Poverty Luxe.  I instantly fell in love with her blog.  She is a "broke" mom who really knows how to make a happy life for her family with very little and I am so honored to have her on my sidebar and be her friend. 
We decided to do a little Q&A and have a giveaway for you all at the end, so stay tuned ;)


1) Tell me a little bit about yourself (originally from, maybe some family background, what you and your husband do for a living, baby alice, the blog and shop):

My name is Victoria, I have a husband named James and a daughter named Alice. I was born and raised in the South Bay (beachy suburbs of Los Angeles) and for my whole life (except the 16 months after James and I got married that we lived in Prescott, Arizona) I've never lived more than 5 miles from the ocean. I feel like that is a really important detail because I also grew up REALLY poor, in a big family, and was home schooled, not exactly the typical beach, LA stereotype, but still pretty cool. 

James and I got married in September 2010 after about nine months of long-distance dating (I know, totally insane), and things have been crazy ever since. We lived in Prescott, Arizona for about a year, had a baby, and then a few months later started ALL OVER in California. That was a year and a half ago and things are just now getting back to "normal". 

Nowadays, James works as a carpenter, making hardwood floors for basketball courts and such, most of the time I stay home with Alice, but I also work very, very part time as a knitting instructor at Joann Fabrics, and Alice is currently in full-time terrible twos mode. We have a giant black cat named Artimus, and the four of us share a teeny tiny one bedroom apartment. We dont have a lot, but we're learning how to make it work. I write all about it on my blog, Poverty Luxe. Oh, and I make clothes and such out of recycled fabrics and sell them on etsy. 


2) Did you open your shop or blog first?  Why did you start the shop and blog?
The short answer is the blog first, then the shop. 

The long answer is that I actually started selling handmade clothes on etsy when I was 17, because I've always wanted to be an independent designer. But that shop was kind of crazy and all over the place, so after a few years I lost direction and inspiration. When Alice was born decided to take a long break so I could think about re-branding and starting over. The blog idea came about as a creative outlet to inspire and motivate me to start crafting again, but out of fear and laziness it took me almost a year to start writing. So, I officially started blogging in March of this year, and opened the shop up in July. 


3) Where do you get your fabric for products from the Poverty Luxe shop?
All of the fabrics that I use are vintage or recycled, most of it comes from thrift stores and estate sales, but sometimes I shop at "industrial salvage" fabric stores that sell misprint, dead stock, and mill-end type fabrics that would otherwise be thrown away. 

4) Poverty Luxe is such an intriguing name, how did you come up with it? 
A couple years ago I saw this video about a lady who had built this super efficient, minimalist house out of shipping containers, but most of the bathroom was taken up by a vintage claw-foot tub. She said her brother teased her about it and called her some spanish phrase that translated to "luxurious poor". The phrase really resonated with me because thats exactly how I grew up, broke, but a fancy kind of broke. 



Naturally, when I was telling my friend about how I wanted to start a lifestyle blog about all the things we do to make being poor a bit more enjoyable, I remembered this lady and her clawfoot tub in her shipping container house and after bouncing it back and forth with her for a while, I settled on Poverty Luxe.

5) What is your number one frugal tip?
Just one? Besides not buying things you dont need? Gosh. Here's the easiest one: Always, ALWAYS google for a coupon when shopping online. It takes literally one extra minute and nine out of ten times will save you some money. 

6) What is your number one marriage tip?
You have, have HAVE to work as a team. Any marriage, regardless of circumstances will fall apart quickly if you're living two separate lives. This doesnt mean you have to agree on everything, but both parties need to consider their spouses needs first and work together. 

7) How do you maintain your happiness while living the "poverty luxe" lifestyle?
Ha, honestly I complain about it a lot. But I do my best to focus on the things we do have, like our family and friends, and the luxuries that come with a simpler life. I mean, yeah, our car is old and we've never been on vacation, but we dont have any debt, I get to be home with Alice, and we can go to the beach whenever we want. We go our whole lives being told that the only way to be happy is to get a fancy degree and make a lot of money and buy a lot of stuff, when really, being poor can be kind of awesome. I guess thats all im trying to say here.

Thanks so much Victoria, I enjoyed it, as usual.  Seriously, didn't you just fall in love with her??  So because she is super awesome, and super amazing, she wants to give one of my readers (aren't you all lucky) a $40 credit to her shop!! How awesome is that?  Enter the giveaway below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

RULES:
1)  PovertyLuxe only ships to the US currently, so if you are international, shipping addresses must be in the US (or you may give it away as a Christmas present for a friend in the US)!

2)  Before the winner is contacted and announced, the winning entry and mandatory entries will be confirmed.

3)  You must be awesome, a lover of the handmade community and smile!

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Wishes & Gratitude

Sunday, September 15, 2013


Hey Beautiful People -

The weekend is drawing to a close, though it just started - boo hoo!  I hope you all are ready for another week!  Last week I wanted to help people - intentionally.  Though I wasn't as active on twitter as I had suggested I'd be, I was still able to be helpful.

Way's Aukele was helpful:
  • Collaborate with Allie on a special project (TBA).
  • Support some newer (than mine) blogs.
  • Help a co-worker with Microsoft Access (a database program).
  • Not to mention my nine-to-five is a service oriented job for the elderly. (that's cheating though, lol).
My goal this week is to work on a blogging collaboration that is scheduled for November & December.  I'm working with some amazing ladies and I need to push out some drafts for the piece I'm working on.  I have thought about it for a few weeks, but have pushed it to the back burner.  Now that I'm telling you all about it, I need to get on it - and get'r done.  Good luck Chuck!!

Lastly, I just wanted to close out this post with a little bit of GRAD-ITUDE!  By the way, did you know that today is National Gratitude Day?  Just ask Mozilla!  This week, I'm thankful for the blogging community that I'm apart of.  The friendships I've built and are buiding.  
 
This past Thursday I talked about friendships, and then on Friday Crystal talked about it as well.  All of that coupled with my INFJ personality - and it hit me like a ton of bricks that, right now, in this moment - these are my friendships.  
 
To be honest, hanging out, let alone talking with my real life (RL) friends is few and far in between.  What gets me is that I feel like I'm the only one always calling to say, "Whats up?  How are you? What's going on?"  It never seems to be reciprocated.  When a friend calls me, it is usually because they need help with something or have a question to ask.  How sad is that?  Even my boyfriend (lovingly) jokes that I don't have any friends.  
 
With that said, I'm thankful for each and every one of you, because at this point in my life, you are my constant!

What do you want to accomplish this week?  Is there anything you're thankful for this week??

PS: Link up with me for Weekly Wishes with Melyssa at The Nectar Collective on Monday.  Then on Wednesday, head over to Chimerikal to link up with Erika's Grad-itude link up!


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Weekend Love [+ SPONSOR LOVE]

Saturday, September 14, 2013


Woohoo! It's weekend time!! And this is 100th post!  I hope everyone had a fabulous week.  My week had its fair share of challenges - which were tackled and conquered.  Besides the nine to five, this lovely blog and my family - I've been able to progress with a business book that I've been reading lately!  I can envision myself living out my dreams soon and I'm so excited for it!  So today, I'm leaving you with some weekend reading featuring my awesome sponsors and some of my favorite reads from the past week.  Toodles canoodles!
 
Words to Live by +++
Ribbon Bracelets +++
An Open Letter to Pumpkin Spice +++ 
Casual Chic DIY outfit +++
Coconut Rice Balls +++
The FORBIDDEN blog post (or not?) +++
2 Years of Blogging +++
Stop living online and enjoy the real world+++
Save the Elephants! +++
Free Font Friday +++ 

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I'm so excited to share some of my favorite bloggers in my blogging community (who also happen to be sponsors!!)  Three cheers to Erika, Kayli and Allie!!!
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 Check Out: Hiking Through Lava Tubes | 19 Things I Hope to Learn By the Time I'm 20
Vegan Breakfast Toast


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 Check Out: Funky Mood? Not for Long | Completing My Biology Homework |
3 Weird Music Genres that aren't that Weird


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4 Reasons I Love Blogging

Thursday, September 12, 2013

 It is safe to say that life has changed for the better since I started blogging in January 2012.  I have found a hobby that doesn't cause a big mess in my tiny apartment.  I have found a hobby that can literally be done anywhere.  And I have found a hobby that can challenge and push my creative side.

For today's blogtember challenge with Jenni, I wanted to share four reasons why I love blogging (and how it has changed me) in hopes that some of my readers who haven't started blogs - start one today!

1) Friendships
Since May, when I really dug deep to find my blogging voice, I have been able to make some really great
blogging friends.  I am loving it.  I have to admit, I'm at the point in my life where everyone is settling down, focusing on their career, taking care of other priorities - which leads me to not hanging out with my real-life friends (not that I have many) hardly ever.  The friendships I've made through blogging are so worth it and have been such a blessing in my life.  I am excited to create stronger friendships online as I continue blogging!


2) Education
Whether you want to or not, you learn so much from blogging.  There is so much information to learn about whether it be html/css, photoshop/picmonkey, seo/analytics.  I mean the list goes on and there is so much to mention in this area.  Of course, you do not have to learn it all - but it is all there for you at your fingertips.  Who knows where this will take you if you really take a liking to it and dive all the way in - and all thanks to blogging, right?!

3) Opportunities
There are so many opportunities that can come your way through blogging.  Developing relationships with corporate brands, networking with online entrepreneurs, making money through affiliations, sponsorships, sponsored blog posts.  And the list goes on.  Not only can you come across opportunities from other businesses and bloggers, but you can also DEVELOP your own opportunities. You could jump on a really popular series you create and develop materials readers and your audience would actually want to buy! If it weren't for blogging, you probably would never had come across (or realized) those opportunities!
 
4) Personal Growth
Through blogging I have grown as a person.  I have learned the benefit to holding my tongue!  I have
learned how to deal with personalities that I usually do not associate myself with (if I don't have to).  I have exercised planning and time management skills.  I think the biggest growth that I have experienced through blogging is loving myself more, just as I am.  Prior to blogging - I had a struggle with it, but there is something about blogging that frees my spirit and let's the real me shine through.  That I'm most thankful for!

Are you a blogger?  How has blogging changed you?  If you're not a blogger, are you considering it and what is stopping you from starting?  Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Aukele
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