a Life of Magic

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Would you open your eyes to see
To finally see your own energy
Would you then start to believe?
What you are capable of…
What you could actually achieve
a life of magic, might not necessarily be
Top hats and rabbits 
but the movement of your energy
What is it like for it to flow?
Identity, what it is like to know
What it is like to be
To feel your own energy
Magic begins in the internal landscape
And reveals itself in mysterious ways
Perhaps a pleasant surprise
What might you experience on this ride?
Dancing in the unknown
With an open heart and open mind
A life of magic is what you may find

-Andrew

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Sacrificing Comfort for Freedom

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Living in a RV full-time means sacrificing comfort for freedom. We used to live in a two bedroom apartment. It had two bathrooms and we used one of the bedrooms as our home office. It even had a washer and dryer. It was a really nice apartment. We were comfortable there. It didn’t leak, had no waiting time for hot water, and didn’t move when you walked around in it. We are currently in a bad stretch of weather at our campground in New Jersey. I find it difficult to sleep when it rains because it gets pretty loud. It is nights like last night where I miss my old apartment.

So, why do you want to live in a RV full-time? Haha! It’s not that bad. Having a small home on wheels is totally worth it. Living simply allows us to have more experiences. As our business grows though, we will be able to stay at more ideal camp sites. There are some campgrounds that are right by the beach that we would like to check out!

I have a great affinity for starting businesses. It’s an exciting time and I look forward to growing Souls Gone Wild. I feel in my element when I am running a business. I feel strong and feel the energy of abundance and possibility. When I go to work for someone else, I lose all my confidence. It doesn’t feel right. It’s like trying to put in a puzzle piece that just won’t fit. It’s difficult to explain, but that is just how I am. 

Why not do what everyone else does? Be stationary and travel on weekends, take vacations or wait until retirement. You could have just built your dog walking business up to the point where you could hire a manager and then traveled. Sure those were all possibilities, but we wanted something different. We also didn’t want to wait. The time is now. We are still young. We have our health. Waiting to retire to do what I want doesn’t sound all the appealing to me. Bastard! How could you say such a thing! It is the way of the world! I want my passion now, not part-time, not at the end of my life. Sometimes you have to be little selfish when carving your own path. 

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Andrew

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Will Power

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Change, Transform, break from the norm

Tear off your uniform, unique as a unicorn

Recall the reason your were born

Mourn the lie, but don’t analyze 

The prize is underneath, the world at your feet

Emerge from the ordinary, no need to be discreet

Power through the rain, snow and sleet

For god sakes, someone give me a beat

It’s time my body and soul finally meet

Creativity roaring like a lion 

When your karma is all gone

Does it feel like your dying?

No more lying to yourself

Break the cycle, it’s okay to ask for help

Develop your skills, make your dreams work for you

You know, so you can pay all your bills

Grief is dark blue, let it ride, find your will

Power through, choose your dream

or a nightmare may choose you

-Andrew

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How to Make Money & Travel

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I love what I do and I love that it gives me the freedom to go where I want when I want. Given I have an internet connection Tee Hee. This allows my husband and I to RV full time. I teach ESL (English as a second language) with VIPKID as an independent contractor. I also teach yoga and my husband teaches meditation on our website http://www.soulsgonewild.com 

VIPKID is NOT a scam. I was a little worried at first but it is a completely legit company.

What is required to work with VIPKID?

1.You must have at least a Bachelors Degree. It can be in any field. I have a Bachelors in Agricultural Business lol.

2.You must be able to pass a background check.

3.You must be able to work in the U.S. or Canada.

4.You will need at least one year of experience teaching, tutoring, coaching, or mentoring. I worked for the YMCA for 1.5 years working with kids. 

If you meet these basic requirements and would like to apply use this link https://t.vipkid.com.cn/?refereeId=10605971&refersourceid=a01  Just fill out the application and you’ll be on your way!

After applying you will be able to set up an interview. They have you do a kind of demo of how you would teach a class. I highly recommend watching some youtube videos about the interview. That is what I did. Also, wearing an orange shirt is not required but you will get bonus points for wearing one. 

After your interview you will hear within 24 hours whether or not you have made it to the next round of the process.

I love VIPKID. I teach Chinese children from the ages of 4-12 how to speak English. It works exactly like video calling while clicking through slides in an online classroom. The slides are apart of the lesson plan for that child. The curriculum is already set for you. Each class is at least 25 minutes long. After each class you have to give feedback on how the child did for that class. You get to set your own schedule. The pay is based on your experience level ($14 – $22/hr). You don’t have to be super with technology. There are professional IT people, called fireman, ready to help you are having problems during class.

How it works. You log into your VIPKID account and there you will see what children have booked your time slots. You will be able to see their info and what material you will be teaching. You have to teach for at least 25 minutes per class but don’t go over 30 minutes. There are about 25 ish slides per class so time management is key. Try to manage 1 minute per slide. After the classes you need to leave feedback. If you don’t you will get docked in pay. I usually have a bunch of classes back to back. so I will jot down quick notes during class and then do all of the feedback when I am finished with classes.

You get to set your own Schedule. When I joined the team we had to have at least 15 time slots available each week. This means you only have to teach 7.5 hours a week. Obviously you can do more. You open the slots you are available to teach. The parents of the kids are the ones who book the classes. 

The only really tricky part, at least for me, is the time difference. Beijing, China is 12 hours ahead. (This will change with Daylight Savings Time. China does not change their clocks.) The prime time for teaching is 6:00 AM – 10:00 AM Monday – Friday, Friday 9:00 PM – Saturday 10:00 AM, and Saturday 9:00 PM – Sunday 10:00 AM. That is wicked right??? Everyone has their own preference on how they set their schedule. Some get up early, some stay up all night on weekends, some people do both. It is totally up to you. I love that my days are free to go out and adventure.

The pay breakdown. You get a base pay, depends on your experience. You get $1 per class for just showing up and being on time. Pretty easy right. You will get another $.50 per class after you teach 35 classes that month. If you reach 45 classes in a month it will go from $.50 to $1. Pretty awesome right!!!??? It gets even better. A parent cannot book your time slot within 24 hours of the class time unless you allow it by clicking the 24 hr button. That would allow the parent to book that class within 24 hrs. If someone books that class within 24 hrs, BOOM, you get an additional $2 for short notice. You also get paid for the class if you have a NO SHOW student or the student is having an IT issue. 

Example: 

$9 per class base pay (this is not a guarantee, just an example)

$1 per class for being on time

$.50 per class after teaching 35 classes in a single month. Turns to $1 per class after teaching 45 and greater in a single month.

$2 additional if booked short notice

<than 35 classes is $10 per class

>or= to 35 classes is $10.50 per class

>or= to 45 classes is $11 per class

So if you teach your 46th class for the month and its a short notice booking you would get paid $13 for that one 25 minute class.

If you are worried that you are not super tech savvy, don’t. There are people ready to help you. That is one thing I love about VIPKID. They want their teachers to be prepared and comfortable. There are firemen to call during class if something isn’t working correctly. I also have the added bonus that my husband is pretty tech savvy, thank goodness. 

Being a teacher with VIPKID has been one of the coolest jobs I have ever had. I really enjoy having fun and educating kids. The freedom of making my own schedule, the pay, the support from the VIPKID community and the ability to travel are what make this job so great!

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Do what you love,

-Heather

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Storm of Grief

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I look back from where I came

And many may question if I am sane

But this risk for me was like water to a flower

Remain the same or deal with the growing pains

Crossing the bridge was a boost in personal power

A storm of grief hits like thunder and lightning

I watch it pass, minute to minute, hour after hour

Crash, bang and boom – the shock so frightening

The recent past, buried under a stone I mourn before

But deeper into myself I get to explore

Battle after battle I advance in the war

the fight for freedom at every level

Creativity will transform 

With the passing of grief

The passing of this storm

-Andrew

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Fisherman of the Sky

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Whenever I travel, I feel a strong sense of purpose. I feel very connected to my higher-self, that part of me that holds the blueprint for this life-time. I value this connection greatly, just as much as my connection to the Earth. I know, I know – I am sounding very hippie dippie, airy fairy, but I am just speaking my truth.

I love that I am very spiritual, but I also think it is very important to stay grounded. Some people are super spiritual and seem far out there and then there are also people who are very scientific or just very much about there physical body and exercise. My goal is to bridge both worlds. How does one do that? I know what works for me and that is being in love, writing, traveling, making videos, music, etc. 

It’s a huge relief to feel aligned to that part of myself. It feels magnetic and comforting. When I am connected to my higher-self I intuitively know what is best for me. Its a way for me to access to my truth, answers and information. Being in touch with this part of myself allows me to “download” updates. I call them energy system updates. In other words – next steps. Sometimes software requires updates and so does my energy system (chakras & channels). When the energy travels from my higher-self and down into my energy system, it begins to help me move on to the next mock-up. 

Have you ever felt disconnected and depressed? I sure have! It isn’t fun, but when you experience the other side of the dichotomy you are so grateful because you have experienced the low and high. Having your connection with your higher-self is a choice. Do you want to play it safe and do what your “supposed to do,” or are you willing to take a risk and walk toward your dreams. 

Dreams are like stars and stars are like fish, there for the taking, there to be reeled in and brought into your reality. This life I am fisherman, not of the sea, but of the sky. You can dream and dream on, but will you do what is necessary to feel your dreams in your bones?

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

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