GoFundMe

Hey guys!

I currently have a GoFundMe Campaign that I’m raising funds for. I’ve taken in 4 kittens and a small female cat that took over as their mom, since their birth mom abandoned them. They are neighborhood strays and I am in the process of getting them adopted out. There is a stray male outdoors that I want to also get in to be seen by a vet and get neutered.

If you can and would like to me on this journey (this is my first time fostering), it would be greatly appreciated. I’ll be posting updates on the campaign periodically. I’m raising funds for supplies (food, litter), as well as money for the vet visits. Every little bit helps!!

You can learn more and donate by clicking on the link below.

 

GoFundMe Donations

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Thank you!!!

–CB

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The Greatest Blessing

It’s incredibly easy to get absorbed into whatever we’re feeling in that moment. Often times, if left in that mindset, it can either make or break us. If you’re feeling anxious, stressed, saddened, etc, depression can creep in and consume you. I’m no stranger to depression and I can say first hand how powerful it can be. However, over the years I’ve learned (from motivational speakers and books), that often our greatest threat, is ourselves. The negative self talk will take over and before you know it, we’re living in darkness.

On the flip side, when we’re feeling gratitude, happiness, love, and compassion, it too can take over. Let’s be honest… it’s GREAT when it does. Those feelings of being care free, at peace and just plain happy are absolutely incredible. It’s very important that we hold on to those feelings, and understand what a blessing they are.

Life gives us obstacles not just to test us, but to strengthen us, and to help us become the best versions of ourselves. We all have trials and tribulations that we encounter, but our mindset is the key to how we overcome them and move forward. Learn from the difficult times and be grateful for them. They are life’s gifts to us. They enable us to try harder, work harder, give more of ourselves, and ultimately, accomplish something.

I’ve wanted a tattoo for some time but was unsure of what exactly I wanted. After much thought and a couple of years, in 2014 I went for it, and let me tell you, it’s been a bigger blessing than I could’ve ever imagined. The amount of people who stop and ask to read it, is expected, however the outcome is what really warms my heart.

 

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“The tragedy of life is not death, but what we let die inside when we live”. – Native American Proverb

 

The most common response is “I like that”, but on several occasions, people have opened up as to WHY they like it. The most unexpected was in the vet’s office. This lady comes up to me and says: “Thank you”. I asked her why she was thanking me, as I was just standing there in line waiting to pay my bill. Then she begins to tell me a story. She had lost a son (my age) not long ago, it appeared to have been unexpected. And she tells me how full of life he was. How he always lived each day with so much enthusiasm and was the happiest person she had known. Then she begins to tear up and says: “that message on your arm reminds me of him and how I know he lived a really good life, so thank you for that reminder.” I was so overcome with happiness that although this lady had endured a tragedy, she was able to focus on the good rather than her grief.

 

Life is a blessing and it truly is what we make of it. Choose to live your life with happiness and compassion because you never know who may be watching you and how it may transform their day. More importantly, how it can mold your life.

 

-CB

New Chapter

I celebrated my 34th birthday a couple of weeks ago on August 27th, and I’ve felt a shift in where I’m headed in life.

I’ve always had a goal list, things I want to accomplish, similar to a bucket list. I haven’t been motivated the last couple of years to try to work on that list, because I’ve been so busy going through life. However, leading up to and after this past birthday, I’ve gotten much clearer on my goals and have started working towards them.

One thing that’s been on that list for years, is become fluent in French. I’ve bought a ton of resources over the last couple of months and have begun putting action into this goal. I would love to one day be a certified translator in English/French and that be my career. I’m hoping that along with that, it would include travel. My kitchen is a French/Chef theme and I’ve always had a love for French culture.

Aside from that, I’ve been doing a lot more reading, as well as expanding my library. I’m constantly growing and trying to better myself. I think it’s essential to continue to learn new methods of expanding your mindset and making it a habit to know more today then you did yesterday. I’m currently re-reading “No Matter What! 9 Steps to Living the Life You Love”, by author and motivational speaker Lisa Nichols. There are what she calls, “inspired action steps” at the end of each chapter and I felt it was necessary to re-evaluate myself and to get clarity on where I’m headed. I’m also reading: “Don’t Worry, Make Money”, by author Richard Carlson, Ph.D, and I always incorporate a novel to keep my imagination vivid and to get lost in the story of someone else. Currently I’m reading the Hunger Games trilogy. 3 books may seem like a lot to some, but I actually find that it’s a nice transition from one mood or motivation to another.

Another goal is to be more consistent with this blog. I’ve always enjoyed writing and found it to be quite therapeutic. It’s a great feeling just opening up and letting out my thoughts and feelings, even if no one else reads them. Knowing I’ve put it out there in case someone stumbles upon it and reads something that they can relate to in that moment, is part of why I started this blog to begin with. Thank you to those of you have visited my blog. I enjoy seeing the visitors numbers and where in the world you’re viewing this from. Even if I don’t get comments or likes on a post, that’s fine with me. Just being able to help someone is satisfaction, so thank you again for the readers who stop by.

Have blessed day!

xo-CB

The Effects of the Solar Eclipse

The last week or so I’ve felt a stronger sense of my emotions. Just a few nights ago, I had a very vivid dream that woke me up and even as I lay there awake, a part of me felt that I had really just experienced it. That sense of fear was very real. Today,  all morning leading up to the Solar Eclipse, I felt a heightened sense of emotions. It was almost overwhelming.

I live in a little town north of Nashville, TN, and it was THE hot spot to see the Solar Eclipse in totality. The Eclipse itself was absolutely incredible. Knowing it was a once in a lifetime experience, just made it even more special. The entire 2 or 3 minutes that it lasted, all I could think of, was how incredibly blessed I was to be witnessing it firsthand. This Solar Eclipse was very hyped, but to me, it was more than just another Celestial Event.

Afterwards, I felt a huge shift in my emotions. I felt instantly drained & depleted of energy. I spent roughly 20 minutes just sitting – my mind, for the first time, empty. I felt a huge sense of numbness. No stress, no anxiety, no concerns… just being. It was like a trance… a form of meditation with no effort required.

The day has lingered. I’ve felt as if I’ve been awake for days. As drained as I feel, I also feel quite motivated. I’m inspired and eager to work closer to my goals. This day is almost over and everyone is getting back to their routines and schedules. As I call it quits on this day, I’m left with the incredible memories of today’s historical event and the feelings that came with it.

 

— CB

Motivation… Everyday!

There is inspiration everywhere and all it takes is for us to open our eyes to it.

I know that #MondayMotivation is a popular trend, but motivation is something we need to experience every day. Books, television, movies and music have made it simple to indulge in these moments.

When you feel inspired, you feel GOOD. You have a sense of curiosity, a drive to do better and be better. These are all emotions that we deserve to feel and that should be felt. To be inspired and inspire others.

What inspires you? What motivates you to do better and be the best version of you possible?

Here are a few of my motivations:

My boyfriend – we’ve known each other for over 16 years, but have been together for 1.5 years. We have a lot of the same beliefs regarding “real world” issues, and he’s always putting others first.

My pets: As most pet owners know, a pet is more than that, they are family. I want to give them the best life possible, and they motivate me to help animals who don’t have a home or someone to look after them.

Movies: “Into the Wild”, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, “Machine Gun Preacher”, and “The Pursuit of Happyness”.

Books: “The Secret” – series, “No Matter What”, “The Science of Getting Rich”, and “The Top 10 Things Dead People Want to Tell You”.

 

I do my best to avoid any news stories, or reading most of what is on social media due to the negative impact it has. I try to surround myself with those positive reminders so I can continue to have that spark to do good for others as well as for myself.

 

— CB

The Secret….

I’ve been so influenced by the book & documentary, “The Secret”. I recently purchased the app “The Secret to Money” after reading the reviews. It’s an app that gives you daily affirmations regarding money, gives you “money” to deposit each day to spend on anything you’d like & really gets you into the mindset of attracting more money. 

I’ve been adding to my vision board & getting myself into a mindset of having anything I desire. 

I recently started working at a local post office & it’s been challenging in the sense that I have no TIME any more. I’m still staying motivated & active with my eBay selling & online surveys. Having more than one source of income is key to growing your success. 
The dream is to work for myself one day. Daily I’m doing what I can to get to that place. Working for the greatest life I could possibly live. 

— CB

Learn and Earn – Simple steps!

In continuance to my last post, I want to share some tips and sites to make some extra cash from home or on the go!

 

I previously shared the benefits of InboxDollars, CashCrate, Swagbucks, and SurveySavvy, but I want to go more in depth on the earning potential – and here’s how!

 

Majority of “Survey Sites” offer a Sign up bonus. These are 100% legitimate. It’s just something to get you started and motivated to earn more! If a site offers a sign up bonus, and the site is FREE, why not sign up and get free money?!

Additionally, most of these sites have “Profile Surveys”. These are surveys about you (ie: household, employment, family, lifestyle, hobbies, etc) that help you get matched for potential surveys. Make sure you keep these up-to-date as they DO increase your chances of getting matched for surveys.

Now, most people these days have a social media account of some sort. THIS is where you can make the most in extra earnings. When you sign up, you’re given a unique Referral Code that is designated to your account. Post this code to any of your social media profiles, ask people to join, and watch the unlimited extra cash roll in!

As a little more incentive to get you to check it out, I have attached some images below from two of my Survey Profiles to show you that referrals do work!

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The sites previously mentioned offer the most earning potential, however there are others out there that offer opportunities to earn if you have the time. I would suggest reading reviews and make sure they are worth your time!

 

If you have any questions about any of the websites mentioned, or anything in general regarding survey taking, please comment below, or you can email me via the Contact tab. I have been actively taking surveys since 2008 and am loyal to the websites mentioned as they have brought me the most earnings over the years.

 

All the best!

— CB

 

 

 

 

Real Ways to Earn Money at Home

There are ways to earn a legitimate income working from home, the following methods however are just a way to earn some extra cash. In a day and age where “working from home” is a dream for most, these sources are a fun and easy way to put some extra money in your bank account.

SURVEY SITES

  • Cash Crate – This site is one of the top for bringing in the most money via referrals and surveys. Some earn over $1,000 a month for referrals alone and it has one of the best referral programs, which you can read about here. I have personally earned a check in the short time I’ve been a member and can verify this site is 100% legitimate. It’s free and easy to sign up. Just click this link to sign up and start earning today!
  • InboxDollars – This is a fun little site that you can earn a little extra cash for completing surveys, playing games and gaining referrals. I have personally earned several checks over the time I’ve been a member of this site and I can verify it is 100% legitimate. PLUS – when you sign up for FREE, they give you a $5.00 sign up bonus. Click this link to sign up with a valid email today.
  • SurveySavvy – This survey site offers higher paid surveys ranging from 5-20 minutes of your time. In addition to earning for surveys, they also have a referral program. I have personally received earnings and can verify this site is 100% legitimate. You can learn more here on their help page. It’s free to sign up. You can do so by clicking this link.
  • SwagBucks – This site is the webs most popular rewards program. Earn points to redeem for rewards or cash. They also offer 10% for life on each referrals earnings. You can read more about them and sign up for free today by clicking here.
  • Slice the Pie – This is FUN way to earn some extra money. Simply review songs, topics, and more to earn money. Super simple and so much fun! Sign up for free by clicking here.

Other Outlets

  • eBay, ThredUp, Poshmark – Great sources to get rid of some of your old clothing, accessories, and household goods to make a little extra money.

 

  • Blogging – I found this article on a blog and it has some great ideas to make some extra money at home. Creating a blog can also generate some extra money once you begin to get some traffic. Check out WordPress to set up your free blog today!

 

 

Do you know of any website that allow you to earn some extra money at home? Be sure to leave a comment and share. Feel free to include your referral link if applicable.

 

— CB

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