Saturday, July 23, 2016

Are you earning what you deserve?


So I'm sorry it took me a long time to post a new article. I have been quite busy trying to juggle a lot. I join Avon, so now I'm an Avon representative/ independent consultant. Avon is about empowering woman all over, a community of women all over the world that helps boost our confidence and teaches us financial independence; something I bring up quite often in my blogs. To do something that you enjoy in order to become successful. So I think this maybe a good turn around for me and you as well. You can visit my e store http://yasminjohnson.avonrepresentative.com to buy an sell. If you order online on my website your orders will ship directly to your door and greatly appreciated. You can create the life you want as well.

 So Are you earning what you deserve? Many people are working and not completely happy with what they take home. I discussed in "Lead a happy life" post about doing what you love if you are not currently happy. We all know it takes courage and not fear to take that leap of faith to do what makes us happy. The main reason a lot of people are not taking that leap of faith is because of money fears, lack of money to invest or afraid to lose money. They start off not making what they expected, but that takes time and dedication of course.  I read an interesting post called "5 tips to earn more money"  we all like to do what we love at our own leisure. To make that happen it takes time, it won't be an overnight success but it can be done.  Here's how:

Offer value. What I mean by that is offer your best work, the best information you can share that will benefit your clients. Give them solutions to their problems. Initially that's what we all want, to better our current situation. If we offer value and not price in the beginning you are developing a trustworthy clientele. They will continue to come back for more information. Sooner or later you will start earning what you deserve by doing what you love. Everything takes patience, dedication and motivation.

I can't stress enough to do what you love or at least like, to succeed. So many times I did jobs that just didn't make me happy so it became dreadful and literally made me sick. I couldn't take it no more to the point I prefer to be broke and happy than earn a little something at a job that made me unhappy. You can become successful doing something you really enjoy doing. Whether it's making and selling jewelry or art, teaching a dance class, maybe teach a sewing class or design clothes. Whatever it is you are good at you should do and earn what you deserve. Not from some mediocre job that does not pay you for the value you put out.  If you delivering good value and solutions to their problems you should get something back that amounts to your efforts.

Be passionate and really love what you do is very important.  You are motivated to do something you love right? When we are patience and dedicated to all the hard work that's put out, dreams will unfold into something beautiful. Your life will feel uncomplicated and almost effortless. It's almost as if your not working so hard anymore because you are finally doing something you was suppose to do from the beginning.

I hope this post helps you as much as it has helped me. You are my biggest supporters and motivators. A smile a day don't cost a thing if you can help someone else.



Friday, July 15, 2016

Fridays at Barney's



   I mention spending Fridays at Barney's in my coffee talk blog post.  It's my escape from reality, I don't necessarily go to Barney's to shop, I'm more of a  Bloomingdales type of girl plus the prices are a little more affordable on a good day. Spending a day at Barney's is a breathe of fresh air, sitting down in the cafe with an ice coffee and writing is a good thing, even window shopping for rockstyle items. Who said you can't sit in Barney's  and not purchase anything? I wish I can afford $2000.00 pair of shoes. Even If I did, I won't spend it on just shoes, it would be a few items to splurge on. I never use to understand why people would splurge so much on luxury items and it kind of disturb me in a way. As I got older I can now say why not splurge?

You have one life to live and if you can spend thousand of dollars throughout the year on coffee and fine dining, why not invest that money on luxury items, especially if you can sell back in times of an emergency.  That's why it's an investment. You can always buy to sell if you ever need the money. There are so many sites to sell your luxury pieces.  There's Posh, Vinted, Mercari, Tradesy and more. People sell there items back in hopes to purchase another favorite designer.

 Louis plus my Burberry love. Gucci and Chanel luxury brands are iconic and are timeless pieces. If you purchase they will never go out of style, EVER! Not only that but you really are saving money, by investing in luxury items than by purchasing randoms over an over once it falls apart. I learn the hard way, I think I rather be without or with something really worth it. Remember Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany's? Well she is we'll known for carrying a Louis Vuitton speedy bag in 1965.  She look effortless an classy. A simple trench coat and heels with a speedy bag, you can't go wrong. I spent so much money on random no name brands, not saying that these items are a waste of money but I feel that it loses it's shape and the wear an tear happens quickly. Even some name brands like kate spade that I purchase from Nordstrom wore out after two years.  Just two years. It's only smart to purchase a bag that will last forever, but if you like to waste money purchasing items that really has no value be my guest. I know I won't anymore. I just spend my Fridays in Barney's until one day I can afford a good bag. Hopefully before I turn 40 I be able to purchase the ever so famous Chanel bag.

The point is to be tenacious in everything that brings you joy, so that one day you can afford luxury items or to just do what ever makes you happy daily. I'm preaching to myself as well. So Fridays at Barney's can be more than just window shopping.

Ok going totally off topic, but I think I need to start vlogging as well because my blogs feel like a conversation between me myself and I and of course my readers. Leave me any comments below, anything you like or dislike. I take constructive criticism, it's all apart of learning.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Should we save money when life is so short?


That is really a good question because on contrary life is actually long.  Some people believe in living in the moment; going with the flow because we can't predict our time on earth.  So why save when we can just spend on frivolous things that would make us temporarily happy. Well for one, is because life is  actually longer unless a freak accident occurs.  When people assume something will happen, nothing does and will still be broke well into their seventies. I say seventies because that's the average life expectancy, but who wants to be working until their seventy.  I certaintly don't.

There are still seventy year olds working part time because their pensions and social security isn't enough to make ends meet. When really they should be enjoying life, no stress, and no rules. So saving is actually worth doing even when you feel life may take its toll and come to end. That is the reason we are saving, because life is very unpredictable. Not only are you saving for your future but for emergencies, expenses and maybe you just want to travel. You're basically investing in yourself and that's the best place to invest. I know saving first hand can be tedious and frustrating but I can assure you once you get into the habit of saving, it becomes addictive.  You may find that you pay yourself even more if your salary allows it; more than the 10% everyone saves.

There is a 365 day money challenge everyone is participating in that encourages everyone to save a nickel or a penny at a time. I myself have participated to see what all the hype is about.  Visit savingadvice.com/articles/2016/ by Amanda Stewart. Basically by the end of the year you will have accumulate a little over $667.95 . I understand getting a second job will allow you to make that before the year ends, but for those who don't have the time for a second job to bring in extra income; this challenge is an awesome way to save. You learning to save each day rather than biweekly or monthly. I might add its fun and motivating.  We have to save, unfortunately I started a little late not embarrass to say but it's never to late. Some money is better than no money at all.  Save a little, spend a little or save a little and spend a lot :) some afternoon humor. In any case saving is vital like the air we breathe

Like I mention earlier life is unpredictable. Having that safety net for emergencies, such as losing your job, falling sick, anything in that matter will help you feel secured. It gives you some financial freedom to do what you need and want. Maybe you want to quit your job or leave your job for a while to try something else or live somewhere else. I'm considering that for next year, or the next two years. I would love to live in another country for six months to a year. I still get a little homesick in my thirties, so maybe just six months:)  Life may seem short with all the turmoil going on but really it is long and extra long with no money to fall on. Let me know how you save money, what are your challenges? We all need to invest in ourselves to be better individuals. To live how we want and deserve to live as humans. If we are slaving each day at work we should be enjoying life as well.







Saturday, July 2, 2016

Coffee Talk!!



So sometimes I may switch it up an talk random things, Blah Blah Blah. Fridays at Barney's and sipping some brew. Although, I'm not a huge fan of coffee I do like an occasional of that sweet creamy highly addictive brew.  Makes me feel not healthy but in a good way, if that make any sense. I guess to the loyal coffee drinkers it would.  People that I meet will ask, Do you drink coffee? An my answer will disturb them in a way as if my answer should have been yes, but I have my reasons why I don't indulge in coffee everyday unlike most people. Hey, whatever makes you happy and whatever makes me happy is my motto. :).  If i do have an occasional drink I would consider an ice brew, it's refreshing and it can be watered down to my liking; so I won't get highly addictive like every other loyal coffee drinker.

I find it so appealing to hear people complain as if they going to die without their morning coffee. Really? Maybe I shouldn't talk because my mom laughs at me when I can't go to sleep without a cup of hot chamomile tea. It relaxes my body after a stressful day, a relaxing day for that matter. It's a daily evening habit I can live without but prefer not to live without. So maybe I shouldn't knock your coffee drinkers out there, but I would say there are some good benefits of drinking coffee and bad of course. But I will deal with the good since my blog is based on making people feel good about everyday life.

We all know coffee do have some antioxidants that is good for the brain and heart. Researches, claims coffee is good for cardiovascular health and lowers the risk for heart disease and diabetes. authoritynutrition.com/top13-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coffeeSo coffee does offer some good benefits if consume the right way, not so much sugar an cream. I'm still going to sip my daily cup of hot tea every night but on occasion a cup of coffee won't hurt. Some coffee OVER HERE PLEASE! How do you like your coffee?