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What Do You Love Doing? Turn it into a Business.

Have you ever thought about starting your own business? Want to be an Entrepreneur? These days it is so easy to start your own business, and there are dozens of types of businesses you can have. Starting your own business is no longer about coming up with a business plan, and pitching it to a bank or other lender to get hundreds of thousands of dollars to start a brick and mortar business. While that is an option for sure, so is working online, or having a network marketing business, or a mail order business. Even blogging or vlogging can be a business.

I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and in fact could be described as a “serial entrepreneur”.  I have been a distributor in 4 different Network Marketing companies, and honestly, that seems to be the way so many businesses are going these days. It is a great business model. No storefront to own, no huge investment, and shoppers all over the world. In fact, there are even electric and gas companies that are using the Multi Level Marketing style of business to gain customers.

If that isn’t your cup of tea, you can start a business based on your passion. If you love to bake you can bake and sell your baked goods online, or at farmers markets in your area, or even at some grocery stores. If you love to make jewelry, make your jewelry and sell at a farmers market, on an online based platform such as Etsy. You could also partner with local boutiques in your area. Additionally there may even be vendor opportunities in your local area, especially at the holidays.

When I venture to my local farmers market I see people who make jellies and jams, baked goods, spice mixes, meat rubs, salsa, clothing, crafters, etc. If you have an idea and a passion, you can probably make money doing what you love. What may start as a side gig can become your main source of income. The sky is the limit.

If you love to write you can blog, or write short stories or even books. Monetizing a blog is not difficult, and there are many websites with information on how to do that successfully and make a great living blogging. If you prefer film or video you can vlog or create content on YouTube.

I have found that owning my own business has not only been a way for me to create an extra stream of income, but has given me so many opportunities for personal growth. I have read so many books, and listened to business leaders speak. I have been able to learn from amazing business leaders such as Linda Ellerbe, John O’leary, Robert Kiyosake, and Grace Lever, among others. Learning from them, and reading self discovery books has helped me to become a better person, and I really like the person I have become.

I guess what I am trying to say is What Do You Love Doing? Turn it into a Business. Go for it! What do you have to lose? And you could have a LOT to gain!

I Am Not Color Blind, Are You?

Here in the United States there are some people who believe we live in a “post racist” society.  Apparently even some of my fiends on social media believe this to be true.  It always amazes me when I see comments such as “I am not racist, but…”  or “I believe this….but”, etc. That “but” says a lot about how you really feel inside, whether you know it or not.  While explicit racism is not as common as it once was, (although in the past 8 months it has become more common), implicit racism is very common.

So then “what is implicit racism?”  Let me explain. Explicit racism is overt, obvious……using the N word, talking openly about people who are not white, or Christian, or middle class as being “less than” or not as good as the person who is doing the speaking. Shouting Nazi slogans walking down a street in Virginia. Openly being a member of the KKK. These people are open about their dislike for non whites, or homosexuals, or Jews or Muslims. It is easy to see and hear their racist beliefs and we can choose to avoid them, if we don’t want to be exposed to that bullshit.

Implicit racism is not obvious, and are usualy thoughts or stereotypes or biases we believe and act on, whether we are aware of it or not.  Such as crossing the street if we see a black man walking on our side of the street, clutching our purse a little tighter, thinking poor people are “lazy”, or just don’t try “hard enough” to get themselves out of poverty. Thinking or speaking as if the world would be better if we all “just took Jesus Christ into or hearts”. Or that children would be better off in a heterosexual home.

I see another form of bias these days. Some people want to be seen as nonbiased, or NOT racist, so they say things like “I don’t see color when I look at people.”  Or “I am colorblind.” Let me tell you why I think this is a ridiculous statement.

Now before you get your undies in a bunch, and get mad at me for “callng people oyt”, let me say that I DO understand what they mean, but I think by saying they don’t “see color” they are actually devaluing diversity and differences.  There are cultural differences (in my humble opinion) between races.  They may be small, but they are there.  I think these differences should be celebrated, not done away with.  Cultural diversity (in fact ALL diversity) makes the tapestry of humanity more colorful and vibrant, it doesn’t detract from that.  Why would we want everyone to be the same??? What an incredibly boring world that would be!!

So I am going to say I DO see color when I see people.  I see all the beautiful shades of skin tone, and hair color and hair texture.  I see eye color, and body size, and fully-abled or less-abled bodies.  I see gender, whether male, or female or other.  I see age, and sometimes I can see wealth or poverty.  I see all of those things when I look at people.  That doesn’t make me a racist.  It makes me observant.

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In my opinion, the problem is not in seeing our differences, but in assigning stereotypes and biases to the people we see based on what we see.  To assume when we see a black person that the color of their skin somehow tells us something about their character is the problem.  To see an Asian person and assume they are good at math is the problem. To see a brown person and assume they are not hard working is the problem.   To place stereotypes and bias on a person merely by looking at them IS THE PROBLEM!! This does not just apply to the color or “hue” of someone’s skin, but also their gender, their physical bodies, their mental abilities, their sexuality, age, religion, etc!

Think about it, we can’t even assume that a person with darker pigmented skin is “african”.  They may be of Caribbean, or African, or Middle Eastern, or indigenous heritage.  They may be biracial, or multiracial.  We can assume very little about someone based on external appearances.  Assumptions and assigning stereotypes is the enemy, NOT seeing their “color”.

I think if we do want to truly become a post racist society we really need to think about this, and start valuing all humans for their differences, not try to make all humans the same. Do you “see color” when you look at people?

Go ahead and “see” a person’s color, and celebrate it!  Move past bias and stereotypes and get to know the person,  no matter what they look like on the outside. Find something of value in them, and remove the stereotype! THEN maybe we can become the post racist society I dream of!

I Am Not Color Blind, Are You?

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Some awesome things I never knew about Australia

Disclosure: This post has been compensated by Diamond Bloggers. All opinions are mine.

I have traveled outside the country and have had the pleasure of getting to know other cultures and see some gorgeous places. One of the countries I would love to visit is Australia. I have always wanted to travel there, and after watching Crocodile Dundee I wanted to go even more.

I mean I had always heard about the amazing aboriginal culture, and the heat and the snakes and the desert and of course the crocs, but I also wanted to know about things I hadn’t learned through movies and TV shows. So I started doing some research on Australia and was amazed by some things I learned.

First of all by watching tv I thought that Aussies drank Fosters lager, a most tasty  drink if I do say so myself. But in fact Foster’s is not seen much in Australia and the favorite beer is dependent on geographic areas of the country.

Did you know that Australia is only slightly smaller then the Continental United States? I don’t know why but I have always thought of Australia as a smaller country, but in fact it is quite large.What is small is the population as compared to the land mass is quite small when compared to the USA, China and Brazil.  While those countries all have at least 20 people per kilometer, Australia only has 2.66. In fact even China and Russia which are huge land masses by comparison have more people per kilometer than Australia.

It is a very diverse country, with our 200 languages spoken by its citizens. There are some political problems at times as well, butI think that can be said of a great many countries around the world. IN fact here in the US we have been dealing with some political turmoil the past few years and even months ourselves. No country is immune to political situations, however, it does not mean those countries are not lovely laces in which to live or visit.

Woman power! Australia was the second country in the world to give women the right to vote! IN Australia when were given the right to vote in 1902, almost 20 years prior to the United States. They were even allowed to be in Parliament at that point. In fact that have already had their first woman Prime Minister from 2010 to 2013.

Higher education is an important part of Aussie culture and recently the government has announced a range of reforms to higher education in their country. This is currently being hotly debated and is an issue of concern for many in Australia.

Are you a beach bum? Then you should definitely consider visiting Australia. Australia has the most beaches of any country  in the world. I suppose this wouldn’t come as a huge surprise given that it is the largest Island in the world. Australian beaches are listed on quite a few of the “best beaches” in the worlds lists , and I for one plan on enjoying some food on the barbie on a beautiful Australian beach while sipping a cold drink (but apparently NOT a Foster’s).

If travel is something you enjoy, Australia might be a place you would want to visit also. Lots to see and do and learn as you roam around this gorgeous country!