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  • So, today I'd like to share a few exciting things with you, and a lot of links!

    1. First, I'd like to thank Winston Wu, of HappierAbroad.com (the global dating community site), for becoming a fan and sharing his discovery of my Achievable Freedom/ PassionProfit/ LivingTrue concept with his legion of followers. Winston is founder of Intellectual Expat, and DebunkingSkeptics . Here are a few links to a bevy of posts he's been generous enough to share about us on his sites.

  • http://intellectualexpat.blogspot.com/2012/01/turn- your-passion-into-profit-and-live.html

  • http://www.happierabroad.com/forum/viewtopic.ph p?p=65279

    There's a lot of interesting reading on these forums!

    2. So, to help get everyone on the same page making moves to achieve the freedom you desire, I'll post your questions as a regular feature of this newsletter, starting with today's edition. So tell your friends to sign up! The more the merrier!

    3. Also, those of you who've been on my list since 1997, know that I'm no slouch when it comes to being consistent with my weekly emails. I wrote and sent a new Llife Rhyme each Friday--without fail--for 9 straight years! (Yep, I'm proud of it!)

    However, as I evolve and develop clarity on what's needed for the Achievable Freedom concept, that lack of full clarity, plus my 2012 resolution to focus on marketing--has blown my record of consistency out of the water. These weekly emails have not been weekly at all! So, I hereby promise to make a better effort to send these emails out once a week. There! I've said it. Now, you can help by emailing me and telling me what you'd like to actually see and experience in these emails. Is achieving the freedom do profit/prosper, the freedom to escape, and the freedom to "age less" important to you? If so, what sorts of information, inspiration and ideas would you like to receive through me? Which day is better for you to receive it? At the "start" of the week (on a Monday), or the "end" of the week (on a Friday like today in the western hemisphere)? Let me know!
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  • Freedom to Prosper: Website or blog for my bakery?
    We want to open a vegan cafe that focuses on education and empowerment. I am wanting to set up a website or even a blog so that people could see what I am doing and so that I could start posting prices, pictures (etc.). What would be better, a website or a blog? Especially for someone who has no sense when it comes to all *this kind of thing.* It would have to be something that I could run myself..

    SHORT ANSWER: The best thing would be a blog for right now. The two most popular services (both free) are blogger.com and wordpress.com

    Blogger.com might be a bit easier to navigate until you get more familiar with web stuff. Your web address would look something like http://nadiasconcoctions.blogspot.com

    The other thing you might want to do if you can spend an extra $6-10 or so a year is to have a unique domain name that "points" to your blog like I do for http://www.jamaicaninchina.com. When you type in www.jamaicaninchina.com in your browser, it redirects to the blog; I can help you do the redirection if you choose to do that; it's not 100% necessary, but it does add some credibility to your business if you have an actual domain name rather than a blog address)

    I use 1and1.com to reserve domains and host my sites. Please use this referral link to check them out: http://order.1and1.com/hosting? k_id=16659009

    So, check out http://www.blogger.com, follow the instructions for setting up a blog, and see how you like it, then let me know if you have any questions.

    My advice is that it will require that you start the learning curve to get better at "this kind of thing." It's a necessary skill for success in this age. Resolve to do it!!! :-) And, if and when you "graduate" to a full blown website, you'll have the domain name and you can always redirect it to the new site.

    2. You also want to set up a paypal account so you can insert "buy" buttons on your blog for people to purchase with credit cards. Very important.

    And, Nadia, because vegan products are dear to my heart, I'll share the link to your IndieGoGo donation site. I'm sure there are people out there who would be willing to help you get started!

    NOTE: IndieGoGo is a great concept that Nadia introduced me to! It's along the same lines as Prosper.com, where individuals help other individuals without the need for banks and other predators. It's another manifestation of Individual Capitalism! According to the site: "Have something you are passionate about? On IndieGoGo you can create a funding campaign to raise money quickly and securely. Our trusted platform has helped to raise millions of dollars for over 60,000 campaigns, across 210 countries."

    Check out Nadia's IndieGoGocampaign and help her launch her Vegan cafe at: http://www.indiegogo.com/Spreading-the-Vegan- Love or use the "view details" link below:

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  • Freedom to Escape: Saving money???
  • WINSTON THE DEBUNKER IN TAIWAN ASKS: Btw, in your interview, you said that when you first started running your own business, you had no savings to depend on. But if you were a civil engineer with a professional salary for 7 years, wouldn't you have a huge savings account from such a salary? I don't get it. I'm able to save money even with a small salary, by simply learning to not waste money.

    THE SHORT ANSWER: hahah! Great question. I absolutely believe this is a cultural thing. Living on Saipan, dating Chinese girls, speaking with fellows who also had Chinese girl friends/wives, and also when was writing Chicken Feathers & Garlic Skin: Diary of a Chinese Garment Factory Girl on Saipan, with Chun Yu Wang, I learned of many of the girls who were earning $3.00/hour who had been working on Saipan for years and who had bank account balances of $70,000, $80,000 and more!

    At the same time, what I learned when I was involved in network marketing in the US, was that many of the doctors and lawyers and engineers who were striving for success, were in debt up to their ears, paying off car notes and mortgages and living the "American Dream" living from paycheck to paycheck.

    That's why (or, at least one reason why) I'm not impressed by fancy cars, big houses and so-called status. In America, when you see someone "richer" than you, it simply means in most cases, that they're simply living at a richer level of debt!

    Donald Trump declared bankruptcy a few years ago. Sears is going out of business. American Airlines is in Chapter 11. The whole financial system and the society are founded on consumerism and debt.

    Now, being the minimalist I am, I don't consider myself party to the whole immediate gratification, buy-all-you-can mindset. And I was fortunate enough to get a scholarship to Columbia, so I didn't have any school loans to pay once I graduated. However, I did spend practically every penny in my attempt to grow my business (financing music videos, traveling to music industry conventions, etc.) in an effort to free myself from corporate America.

    So, regarding saving money:
    1. It's easier for people to save if they dont' have a business to bootstrap and finance.

    2. When I have it, I tend to give it away to friends/family.

    3. I believe the saving esthetic is a cultural thing and is prevalent in other cultures Asian (or specifically, from my experience, Chinese) culture, and of course, in the frugal, simpler societies and lifestyle that my grandmother in Jamaica lived, for example. (Unfortunately, I didn't pick up that particular talent or gene when I lived with her....:-) )

    In other words, things aren't so clear cut when it comes to saving money for your escape, especially in a consumerist, debt- leveraged society!

    To listen to the interview of me that Winston is referring to, click on the "More" link below then find, "KY Show Interview"
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  • Freedom to Age Less:
  • "J" THE BROOKLYNITE ASKS: My doctor says I have the symptoms of arthritis in my neck, and I also have migraines occasionally. What can you suggest other than pharmacy drugs?

    SHORT ANSWER: One of nature's great healers and balance- restoratives, and one of the supplements I suggest in How to Reverse Aging, is raw, organic, apple cider vinegar.

    Check out this link at EarthClinic.com:

    What I like about Earthclinic is that your confidence in a particular suggestion is increased when you learn the number of people who respond that the remedy worked for them. It's sort of a democratic prescription for health! A tablespoon a day in water can do wonders for a variety of ailments including migraines and arthritis.

    Check out How to Reverse Aging using the link below. Available for kindle and nook!
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