Getting Paid to Talk

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I started out our journey with the mindset that teaching meditation on the road (in person & online) would find traction quickly, like our previous business and all would be well. Well, I was wrong – haha. So, instead of teaching at studios, stores or over the phone I have dedicated my energy to putting spiritual content on YouTube. During this process I was searching for another way to earn money and that is when I found Cambly.

Cambly is an online platform for those wanting to learn English. To become a teacher you just have to submit an application and video. You don’t need a college degree which is nice because I dropped out. Basically you get paid to have conversations with people from all around the world. On occasion I will actually do a lesson with a student, but most of the time we are just having a conversation. 

Cambly is great because you can set your hours and teach anytime you want. This is a great opportunity to make some extra cash and is probably used best as a part-time job. I’m actually using it as a full-time job because we travel all the time. You get paid weekly and as long as you’re doing well on Cambly you can create a schedule three weeks in advance.

Now there are definitely some cons to this job. If you are working a busy day like Saturday, then the hourly rate is reasonable, but if it is a slow day you can be waiting around a lot and can become frustrating. I do most of my work on the computer like editing videos and writing, so I just use that time to get some work done, so it is not too bad. 

With my wife teaching on VIPKID and with myself teaching on Cambly we are able to travel full-time and pay the bills. It is not our “dream jobs” but it is allowing us to live our dream and build our next dream – YouTube! If you are going to use cambly while traveling just beware that it will eat up a lot of data, so have a good plan! I recommend AT&T. We have three hotspots, two are AT&T and one is Verizon. Each AT&T hotspot allows us to have 100 GB of data, so between all three of our hotspots we get 215 GB of data per month. This is enough for web browsing, teaching and uploading youtube videos. 

While Cambly can be frustrating sometimes because you get hung up on frequently due to people not knowing how to use the application or are just shy, it is worth it in the end because you can meet some cool people, help them and make some money in the process. You get to be in charge of your schedule and not have a boss, it ain’t that bad at all.

Yesterday my wife and I were sitting in the hot tub at our RV park and I thought how lucky we are. We have so much freedom…

-Andrew

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Deep Dive into my Voice

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If you haven’t already noticed, I have a great affinity for expressing myself. Today I felt a minor breakthrough. It feels as though I am going deeper into my voice. For most of my life I have kept quiet. Speaking in front of people is something I love, but also terrifies me. My beliefs never matched my environment, but now that we are traveling full-time, things feel different. When I am traveling, I feel free. When I feel free, I tend to want to express myself more, especially through writing. And the more I write, the more I get comfortable with saying what I think and how I feel. I also realize the more comfortable I get, I am either going to inspire people or offend people. 

I wrote a long short story called Slaves to Society. It is based on true events, but is weaved with fiction. It is honest, raw and vulgar. I didn’t hold back. It felt really good writing it. It feels good to write in general and right now I am on a writing high. I never write to hurt peoples feelings or to make anyone feel bad. That’s not my intention. My goal as a writer is to clear my mind and heart. It is to light people up and make them think differently. I want to inspire others. Someone I find inspirational is Gary Vaynerchuck. He is a very successful entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. He doesn’t say what you want to hear, he says what you need to hear. Some people may find him harsh or offensive. I find him refreshing. He cuts through the bullshit.

What are some of the most difficult things in life? Maybe it’s being honest with yourself. Maybe it is just being yourself. Sometimes we can be afraid to speak honestly, because it may hurt someones feelings. Sometimes we avoid showing a side of ourselves because it is not accepted by a group of people. Sometimes we lie to ourselves to avoid the pain of starting over. I’m not perfect and I have struggled with all of these topics. It is why I am so passionate about embracing my truth and following my dreams.

My spiritual teacher once told my class that he hoped our lives fell apart. That is a statement that can be viewed as harsh and offensive. What he meant was that he hoped that any of the lies that we were holding onto would fall apart. That is one of the reasons we were in the class in the first place. We all wanted to see our truth and dissolve the lies we were living. We all wanted to live more of an authentic life. Sometimes it is uncomfortable admitting to yourself and others that you are living a lie. Sometime it is difficult being honest.

As I take this deep dive into my voice I know I will inspire and I will offend. I know some people will love what I say and also hate what I say. Right now I am neutral to it all. I am just going to keep writing because the more I change from within, the more of an impact I can have on the world. Standing in your truth, that is how I see people changing the world. 

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

5.10.18 | NJ

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