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I am constantly amazed and inspired by stories of people just like you and me who take the initiative to change their lives and follow their dreams. Day 6 of the Suitcase Entrepreneur 30 Day Blog Challenge focuses on case studies of those who transitioned to living life on their own terms. I encourage you to read more and if you haven’t joined the challenge already it’s not too late! Today’s writing prompt is:

What are my three priorities for the next 30 days that will move me closer towards living life on my own terms?

  1. Get to work! I would like my business to be solely online, a virtual resource accessible to anyone,Take Ownership anywhere. That being said over the next 30 days I need to work on writing a business plan, identifying the services I want to focus on and completing my website. I must admit I’ve struggled a bit with what services I would like to offer. Obviously I love social media marketing and defining a plan for content marketing. My strengths lie in planning and time-management, however I want to pass on what I have learned and empower my clients to reach their goals.
  2. Challenge myself! I think my biggest competition is myself and through the 30 Day Blog Challenge I have set a goal to write every single day for 30 days. This is a huge goal for me because when I first started my blog I did not have a focus, I wrote every month or so and this year I made a resolution to blog more. (It’s working!) I’m also challenging myself to run a half-marathon before the end of the year since fitness energizes me and helps me stay motivated. I’m not a runner by any means but I think discipline and training will help in other areas of life.
  3. Test it out! What I need to do next is plan an international trip, it’s time to go, my traveling feet are itching and I’m ready to explore. I’m working towards spending two weeks in New Zealand in Winter 2014, hoping from spot to stop every couple of days, meeting new friends and enjoying an indescribable experience. I plan to blog often and keep my virtual business with me along the way.
    Writing these priorities out and sharing them makes my goals a reality. Now that I’ve shared with the world now I have to focus on these dreams and make them a reality.

What are 3 priorities you need to make a reality? Share in the comments below or if you end up blogging leaving a link!

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Hello Bloggers, Readers, Entrepreneurs and Inspiration Searchers! Today’s topic is business and travel:

What’s your definition of freedom in business and adventure in life?

When I was traveling the coast of Ireland I wanted to do nothing more than set up a desk on the side of the road, pull out my laptop and write for days on end. The beauty of nature inspires me to write, create and bring new ideas into action. It can be hard being creative with the same old day in, day out schedule, and traveling certainly forces me to be more creative, think outside the box and provide solutions for unique problems.Travel

I think we were all born with a desire to acquire knowledge and learn new things. Each and every one of us is up for a challenge whether it means getting active in your immediate community or exploring foreign countries for months at a time. I think the more we learn the more we will be able to define freedom in business. For me freedom in business means not having to worry about losing income because I decided to spend a month in Italy or take a random trip to the mountains to work with a different view. Adventure in life means I’ll finally be able to stay in a treehouse in a volcano (no seriously, check it out!) and tackle other places on my Airbnb wish list.

When I think of taking business on the road I know I have to plan, prepare and stay organized. Sometimes it’s just too easy to play all day and let productivity go out the window. It takes disciple, independence and determination, something I’m still working on. The comfort of working for 8-5 if the consistent income and awards for stepping it up every year. When I went from working for a large corporation to small business many naysayers told me “It’s a huge risk working in a small business.” Well, I must admit, I’m a bit of a risk taker and it generally pays off.

What risks will you take to find freedom in business and adventure in life?

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Projects take flight

“Take a change, you never know what could happen”

I would like to give a shout out to all the risk takers out there, the people who don’t listen to the naysayers and start out on the route to new beginnings, new achievements and as a result reach a new level of satisfaction in life. These are the people who rise to a challenge, who aren’t afraid doing something unconventional even though it is not traditional. After reading many business books, inspirational stories of entrepreneurs, start-ups and businesses who went from 0 to billions, I’ve decided to join the ranks.

The Wind to your Kite was only the beginning of the development of my site and I’d love to hear your feedback on it: angelajford.com

Starting something new can be rough and scary. What risks have you taken this year?


Readers,

As you have noticed by now my blog tends to focus on many topics including general interest, new technology, good reads, places to buy shoes etc. Check out on a personal note for more reasons why. I keep this blog as a journal for creative release and believe some of you-not the broad consumer market but the small creative niche market – might be interested in reading, liking, sharing and commenting on different topics. So far so good.

I could focus on the book I self-published: Gywn’s Tale a short young adult fantasy.

I could focus on 45 Days of Shoes and fashion trends via Instagram.

I could focus on being a freelance entrepreneur and how gaining clients and working on projects is fun and exciting.

However there are plenty of sites that have a very focused blogs and messaging. So without further ado here are my three tips on defining your focus:

  1. What are you interested in? What are your passions? Because you’ll be writing about something you know you’ll be able to provide better tips suggestions and recommendations for your readers.
  2. Define your market. We can’t all be Wal-Mart a one stop shop for everything! Where do you go for fashion advice? To Wal-Mart or to the fashion blog where you saw some unique trends you’d like to add to your collection? If you have a travel blog I want to see pictures and if you’re sharing unique gadgets well your blog just became by gadget go to blog. My weird gadget pick of the day: It’s a lamp, it’s a book it’s a lamp book
  3. What happens if you don’t have a focus? Nothing. Not to say that you won’t get readers, likes and re-blogs it will just be harder to find a place to share your message.

Yes I am preaching to the choir. Carry on writing and share a link to your focused or unfocused blog. What are the pros and cons you have found?


Words are never going away…obviously, here were are on the internet storming about social media, marketing, networking, promotion, gaining leads (and on and on and on), yet the one element all these strategies have in common is reading words. Think about it, where would the world be if no one could read? Right back to where we started catching fish with sticks?

Personally reading and writing has had huge impact on my life. I used it as an emotional release, a way to tell my story, share my thoughts, dreams, and create a new possibilities. I even went as far as to self-publish an action/adventure short story and still have more plots and characters to write to life on a piece of blank paper. It’s my way of sharing a piece of myself, what ways do you share? Join the conversation by posting a link to your work.


First off Happy St. Patty’s Day to all you party people out there, celebrating an Irish Holiday. That’s the thing I love about the USA, any countries’ Holiday is an excuse for us to party, because, well, after all we are from everywhere.

Yesterday was my St. Patty’s Day Pre-Celebration day which included some light day drinking and going to a Bash at Greenhouse Bar with hundreds of my new best friends. I woke up this morning with sore feet, a wounded shoulder and, thank goodness, no hangover!

I think I’ll limit the rest of my day to green cupcakes made with Irish liquor, but to the rest of the brave souls out there, enjoy the Google Doodle of the day and party on!


Dreams. An important piece of passionate guidance that hopefully allows you to become who you’ve always wanted to be. However its tough staying on track, staying inspired and staying motivated. I’ll go ahead and admit I get off track every now and then and sometimes I don’t want to care about anything at all, just party (and partying is pretty great!).

However I’ve stumbled across some constant inspiration that that keeps me going. After all it’s not easy to dream big, people rarely believe in you. I have monthly subscription to Entrepreneur magazine through which I’ve discovered Inspiration Center which works like a Pinterest account for Entrepreneurs. You can also follow them on Twitter which is what i prefer. (Since my Twitter following is out of hand, larger than Facebook, you’d think it would be the opposite).

Another one of my other favorite places to go for inspiration is Kickstarter, if you’re obsessed with downloading the latest and greatest apps you may have noticed it’s currently the #1 app in the App Store. It’s pretty cool to watch people talk about their project and you have the option to help fund them it. One day maybe I’ll be on the site too and you’d all better back my project because it will be mind-blowing. Until then happy funding and let me know what sites, accounts, images and phrases you find inspiring.


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