Day 3291 – The Ultimate Map For Exploring The United States – repost

I’m slowwwwwwwwwwly getting back into the swing of things after traveling every weekday last week. Today was the first day we got up at 5 in a long time and it felt great. But now that I’m 6 hours up, I’m starting to lose the workflow. So! You get this repost of the coolest map I’ve seen so far. Do you have one?

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originally posted 5/15/15
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A few weeks back, we were at a friend’s house and they had THE coolest map ever. A scratch-off map of the United States! We ordered one as soon as we got home. Yesterday, it arrived in the mail and it was all I could do to wait until Bret got home to scratch it off! We decided to only scratch off places we’ve been together and have actually spent some time.

Here’s the map without scratches.

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Our east coast adventures…

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Our west coast adventures…

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And the whole country!

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This is the coolest map ever! Want one for yourself? Here’s a direct link! **This is an Amazon Affiliate link, which means if you purchase the map, or anything else on Amazon, we’ll get a small percentage. I only share affiliate links to things I’ve personally used and love.

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Day 3289 – Sneak Peek Of Our Trip!

Wooooo doggie, what a trip! It included pigging out and eating almost an entire (small) cheesecake, an unexpected nude beach, breathtaking views (see below) from the Long Island Lighthouse, one of the best meals and bar experiences we’ve ever had, a super fun (and dusty) concert with Thrice, and great conversations. Stay tuned for more pictures and stories!

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Day 3287 – Nine Trips Around The Sun, 3287 Days, Nine Years As A Wife

Nine years ago today, I entered into the most serious commitment of my life.

I didn’t realize what I would be gaining by saying I do and cleaving to my new husband.

I gained the very best friend I have ever known. Someone who has accepted me as I am, through my struggle with alcoholism.

I gained a business partner, not once, but twice. I did not see either of those coming!

I gained someone who would push me to be the best version of myself. While it’s awesome to say someone accepts you as you are, it’s even better to have someone who sees what you could be and encourages you to become that.

I gained the best travel buddy I could ask for.

I gained a mosh pit buddy.

To celebrate, we’re taking a short road trip to Long Island to see our favorite band, Thrice. I love that we’re doing all the things that I love about us on this trip.

Happy anniversary B/Husband Pants/Huz/Dar dar/Bret, you are one of the best things that has happened to me, and I’m so glad I get to walk this crazy life with you by my side.

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Day 3286 – Honest Review Of Build and Launch Your Blog From Create & Go – or – Why Did A 7 Year Blogger Buy This?

I have been blogging daily for over seven years. I have experience working in WordPress, both on the WP hosted side and on the self-hosted side. In a lot of respects, I thought I knew how to build a blog. But taking this course showed me how much I didn’t know.

I want to give a big, fat disclaimer here – if you decided to purchase the course and use my link, I will receive a commission fee, and you won’t pay any more for the course. If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time, you know I’m very strict about the things I share affiliate links to. This is no different. Even as I was writing this, I thought about doing affiliate links to the other courses or the bundle, but I have not completed the other courses yet, so I won’t share those links. Though if you want to do what I did and purchase the bundle, and want to use my affiliate link, let me know and I’ll send it to you directly. You can email me at jen@travelingjenfindingzen.com and I’ll send it to you.

When I decided to build my new blog, I knew I wanted to do it the right way. Even though I’ve been blogging for a long time, there is a lot I don’t know. I’ve followed Create & Go since I saw a few videos Lauren made about Pinterest. For years, I’ve heard that Pinterest is the best way to get traffic to your blog, and while I’ve been working on getting this site ready for that, I haven’t made much headway.

One thing I’ve learned from years educating myself about business is that investing in a course, or mentor, or some form of education from someone who has walked the road you want to walk, and get the success they have achieved, is worth the price.

Since I’ve been growing in seeing my worth in myself, I knew I needed to make an investment in my new dream (encouraging folks that road trip travel is much more accessible than they think). I knew that I wanted to invest in some courses to get myself started on the right foot.

Create & Go offers four courses:
Build And Launch Your Blog
Make Money Blogging For Beginners
Pinterest Traffic Avalanche
Six-Figure Blogger

I knew I wanted their Six-Figure Blogger course as well as the Pinterest Traffic Avalanche course, and then I thought, well, the Make Money Blogging For Beginners makes sense too. At that point I looked at the different bundle options and realized it made sense to purchase the whole bundle of courses. I thought, well, I’ll just go through in the order they suggest (as listed above) and then my new blog will have a solid foundation.

Oh friends, I feel like it has made all the difference. I am SO proud of my new site!

What I loved about the course
– They had a checklist to print off to track your progress. You know I LOVE a good checklist!

– Each lesson is bite sized and easy to follow.

– They are very active in keeping the course up to date. During the last two months, there have been at least three updates.

– The community group is fantastic and I’ve gotten great feedback so far. I’ve even found some new blogs to follow that I never would have otherwise.

– Lauren and Alex are SO real. In a crazy online world of “do this and you’ll make a ton of money only working a few hours a week” they are a breath of fresh air. I’m all about being real and honest about things. (While I think it is possible to get to that point, MAYBE, you have to put in thousands of hours of work to get to that point.)

– They tell you what to worry about and what to not spend a lot of time on.

– They give SO much information.

– I loved that you got bonus content from each of their other courses.

What I didn’t love/what I would do differently
– This might be just a “how Jen works” kind of thing, but I wish I had given myself a posting schedule much earlier than when I did. Once I set that up, I felt like I had a big shift in how I worked on the blog. So know yourself, if you need a schedule early on, figure it out.

– I wish I had done the different tasks as I watched the videos. I ended up creating a long list of things to do as I watched and then I felt like I had a ton to do before I felt comfortable launching.

– Honestly – that’s it. If you asked me this about a month ago, I would have said more information on one piece, but wouldn’t you know, they added that because they saw the question come up a few times in the community group.

Why should you buy this course, even if you already have a blog
As you know, I’ve had a blog for a long, long time, but I learned so much in this course. The benefit of buying a course is that it will save you SO much time researching things yourself. You don’t know what you don’t know when starting a blog. The benefit of the course is that it’s someone who has gone before you, made the mistakes, and walks you through what to do, and what not to do. Alex and Lauren have had amazing success in their blogs. What I really like about them is that they are still running the first blog that brought them success. They aren’t like some of the educators out there that try something and then teach others, but their income then comes from the teaching and not doing the the thing they’re teaching. This was a big factor to me in buying their courses. I can honestly say I have ZERO buyer’s remorse (well, except maybe that I paid full price just a week or so after a sale) from the purchase. I have no problem telling you how much, I mean, it is listed on their site and I told you I bought it. The investment I made for the bundle was $647. I was happy to pay it. I have already made income through an affiliate sale to a someone interested in starting a blog.

So if you’re a new blogger or a long-time blogger who wasn’t set up right like me, Build and Launch Your Blog is worth every penny of the $97 cost.

Again, every link to the course is an affiliate link and I will receive a percentage of the sale. You won’t pay any more and it’s a way for you to say thank you to me for sharing my experiences.

If you take the course, I’d love to know how it goes!

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Day 3285 – California Sunsets

While I realize that the reason for the pretty sunsets is the smog, they sure are beautiful!

I love this photo of Bret and I….staring off into the sunset.

And of course, what setting would be complete without our wow face selfie?

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