E is for Early

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2Minutes with Max

I tried writing all day yesterday, and I couldn’t come up with a good “E” word. I tried writing about elevator music, expectations, effectiveness, I even thought about cheating and misspelling a word so that it would start with E, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I was having a creativity block, and I couldn’t get out of it, so I decided the best thing to do is go to sleep, and wake up at 6:00am the next day so I could get writing, with a fresh head, with a couple hours before we had to get to work.I will be the first person to admit that I am not a morning person. I wish I was, but that’s just not the case. So this morning after half an hour of ignoring my alarm clock, 25 minutes getting into the shower, another five minutes brushing my teeth…

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How do I even afford to travel!?

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I can’t blame people for asking me this. Everyone (or most people) want to travel. But not everyone can. And if I hadn’t taken the appropriate steps I wouldn’t be able to either.

First things first, here is how I am NOT funding my travels: Apart from the odd small money nudge like birthdays, christmas etc… my parents, family and friends do not give me a dime for my globe trotting. If you don’t know already, I come from a single low-income family. When I’m not at uni, I live with my Mum, a clothes maker, and my Aunt, a hospital secretary. This does mean I receive quite a generous bursary each month as well as the highest possible student loan the government offer. I understand not everyone is a student so hopefully my advice below is for everyone and not just a select few! There is no company sponsoring…

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The Most Beautiful And Most Unusual Beaches In The World

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It’s Never Too Late…..Part 2

What Katy Did Next

Imagine if you could have a tete-a-tete with yourself. I wonder what your 50yr old would tell your 20yr old, because dreams we have in our early days don’t always go according to plan. They can take years to manifest themselves & we can become somebody quite different to the one we envisaged. Judith Chalmers ‘Wish You Were Here.’ Now she had my dream job! I could write about beautiful, exotic locations, try  delicious cuisine from around the world & persuade others to try it too…..surely it couldn’t be that hard? A smart flat in London & a second one in Milan (with a surname like Bellavia I could never go wrong in Italy) & my life would be sorted. If not a travel journalist/presenter, a tennis player was next on my list followed by anything to do with food & finally, something that involved singing. Well things didn’t quite

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Motivation Monday – Keep Searching (Happy Birthday Wes Anderson)

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Our own universe.

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Alisa Lifestyle

We always try so hard to please others. We seek acceptance and approval to feel better about ourselves. I’m not saying this is wrong, we need more selfless and generous people in the world but what we don’t do that should come before seeking approval from others is seek approval from ourselves. Accept ourselves. We are so much more than we may think. From outer space we may look like nothing but specks of dust in a universe so vast but within us is a light brighter than any sun in the sky, stars that could fill the universe and more. Within us is our own universe. No one else has the same universe as you so why do we hide it? Why do we push it away with doubt? Why don’t you let people see the beauty from within? Why don’t you see the beauty inside you?

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How Are You Spending Your Tax Refund?

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Andy Anderson

Refund Coming at Tax Time!Have you received your refund yet? What are you planning to do with it?  Are you going to pay bills?  Take a vacation?  Save it?  If you’re not sure what to do with it, here are some smart ideas for what to do with your tax refund.

Create an emergency fund

According to a recent Bankrate survey, about 3 out of 10 Americans do not have an emergency savings fund.  These funds come in handy when you have home, car, medical and other unexpected expenses for which you have not budgeted.  Financial experts recommend saving up to six months’ worth of your regular monthly bills.  By doing so, you will have a safety net if you lose your job. For the last few years, my wife and I treated our refund as “found money” and put it in a savings account.  This came in handy when we needed to replace an A/C…

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11 Really useful tips for saving money while you travel 

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Saving money before you hit the road is one thing, controlling your holiday-self and keeping costs under budget while you travel is a totally different thing. Why? Because the second your feet hit that island paradise, beautiful city or far-off destination, your ability to make sound money-related decisions goes out the window (along with all that money you saved!) – don’t worry, I’m not judging you. I’m here to help you! Here are my very useful tips on how to actually save money while you’re travelling, without compromising on your holiday!

1. Get yourself a Multi-currency Cash Passport

I won’t lie, I was a bit unsure of travel cards because they never really made sense to me! I couldn’t understand why anyone would use them, but now I do… it’s because they save you money on bank and transaction fees! Australia Post offers a Multi-currency Cash Passport travel card which…

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I step back in time to explore my roots

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My Random Musings

The waves crash in the distance as my friend and I board the train to Jaffna. Still half asleep at 5 am, we settle into our seats for the 8-hour train ride.

I am anxious and excited about this trip for many reasons. I have never visited this part of Sri Lanka due to the civil war that was on for more than 20 years. However I am excited because I have heard so many stories of this area from my mother who was originally from there.

The Northern and Eastern  part of the country was out-of-bounds for many years because of the war. The Tamil Tigers, the terrorist organization was fighting for a separate state claiming discrimination. Most often the heavy fighting was confined to that part making it hard or almost impossible for anyone to get their. While the rest of the country did their best to carry…

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Motivation Monday – Undefeated 

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