Need some motivation for your New Year’s resolutions? Check out my article in Global Glam :)

Sometimes a little motivation goes a long way to get us back on track. The important thing is to remember that you’re never alone in pursuing your dreams.

Some things I’m focusing on are writing, keeping in touch with friends, and drinking water. How about you? I hope this year brings many good things your way ❤ Check out my article here:

http://www.globalglam.com/time-to-rethink-your-new-years-resolution-10-tips-to-keep-up-your-goals/

A couple of short stories I wrote are published on The Haunting of Sunshine Girl website :)

Check out the stories here:

http://thehauntingofsunshinegirl.com/scary-stories.php

And if you’re not familiar with The Haunting of Sunshine Girl YouTube channel or book series, be sure to check those out as well!! ❤ 🙂

I made a list of ten gorgeous destinations for a digital detox :)

Which one is your favorite? ❤

Here Are The 10 Best Destinations For A Digital Detox ~ Time To Unplug

When it comes to taking a break from technology, sometimes a change of scenery is just the thing you need. These locations are sure to give you time to relax and unplug. Here Are The 10 Best Destinations For A Digital Detox ~ Time To Unplug

By: Ashley Tiara Lilly

The internet can be an amazing thing. With one click, you can connect with people from all over the world, stay caught up on the latest news, or order that new pair of Jimmy Choo’s you’ve been wanting. It’s important to take a break from technology, too, but this can be a challenge when it’s so integrated into the way we work and keep in touch. Sometimes the perfect way to find balance is to find a relaxing getaway, and this list will help you to do just that. Here are ten of the best locations to visit for a digital detox:

Bled, Slovenia

Take a break from your laptop and travel to this gorgeous resort town in Central Europe. The breathtaking view of Lake Bled is sure to clear your mind and refresh your spirit. You’ll also want to explore Bled Castle and Adventure Park.

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Bled, Slovenia for a digital Detox

See the full article at GlobalGlam.com

Arts and Budget Cuts

Disappointed but not surprised that the National Endowment for the Arts may be among organizations that experience budget cuts. When will people realize that the arts shouldn’t be brushed aside every time they want to save a buck? Arts education gives young people a healthy way to express themselves, builds confidence, improves work ethic, and allows them to be a part of something. Arts educators are some of the most inspiring and influential people I’ve had in my life. Fine art, music, theater, dance, and literature also teach empathy, which is something certain people in power could use a whole lot more of. These are some of our greatest tools in promoting diversity, equality, and acceptance. The arts are not nothing. They matter.

Check out this article at the Huffington Post to see how you can help to protect national arts funding:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/neh-nea-funding-political-action_us_58865ea9e4b096b4a233ca04

 

I Made a List of the Best Restaurants in Manhattan :)

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Time to amp up your appetite because we just compiled 14 of the most amazing dining experiences you must try in New York in 2017.

By: Ashley Tiara Lilly

It’s common knowledge that one of the best things about New York City is that you can taste cuisine from all over the world, and you can probably do it within a ten block radius. Find restaurants inspired by Korean, Italian, Swedish, Ethiopian, and Spanish cuisines, and any other country you can think of. With all of these options in the city that never sleeps, you may be wondering, how do I choose? Which restaurants are the absolute best? All you need is an adventurous spirit and a metro card. Here is a curated list from one foodie to another:

Per Se 

Located in Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, this restaurant has a breathtaking interior design complete with a charming view of Central Park. With a nine-course tasting menu and a never ending wine selection from a tablet, this is a dining experience you won’t forget.

Read the full article in Global Glam Magazine here.

15 Product-Based Small Businesses You Can Start From Home

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There’s a lot of articles out there about service-oriented small businesses you can start from home, such as pet sitting or landscaping. But not everyone who starts a business is service-oriented. Some of us like to make things! So, I wanted to compile a list of product-based small businesses.

Before I dive into it, I just want to offer a full disclaimer to say that I’m not an expert in any of this. If you’re going to start a business of any kind, it’s always a good idea to consult a lawyer and an accountant to make sure you’re protected, prepared and certified in all your practices.

Without further ado, here is my list:

A Cookie Company

Got a passion for baking? You may enjoy turning it into a business. I had a friend in high school who used to sell his yummy foods to fellow classmates. He eventually became a professional chef. You never know where a small biz can take you.

Books

Self publishing is easier than ever before. If you have a passion for telling stories, sharing poems, or educating others through nonfiction, publishing books may be just the thing for you. You can use a self-publishing service, or you can make hand-made chapbooks. The self-pubbed world can also extend to music and audio books.

Toys

Maybe you have an idea for a paper airplane that actually flies, or maybe you have an adorable design for a stuffed bear. This is an especially neat option for people who know how to crochet. Embrace your inner child and the possibilities are endless.

Greeting Cards

When it comes to greeting cards, I think there will always be room in the marketplace for things that are hand-made with a personal touch. In this digital age, people have an appreciation for things that feel authentic. If you have a flair for design and can create heart-warming messages, buy yourself some card stock and ribbons and get creating.

Organic Soap

Admittedly I don’t know much about this industry. But there are people who are interested in finding more organic, vegan, or ethical products. If you know anything about making organic soaps or moisturizers, this could be a fun little business to start.

Reselling books, vinyls, cassettes, sheet music and more

Okay, this doesn’t qualify as making something. But there are a lot of people out there who are into vinyls and of course print books. Does anyone still buy or collect cassette tapes? Who knows. Get thee on Etsy and find out. (Fun fact: my high school chorus teacher used to give us cassette tapes with our piano accompaniments on them.)

Scarves, Sweaters, and Hats

If you enjoy knitting or crocheting, this is a charming way to make money. Not only do these things make you feel warm and cozy, but something about a crocheted scarf makes me feel like it was made with love.

Jewelry

This is a big one. I follow so many creative jewelry makers on Instagram. Whether someone is making beaded bracelets or wire wrapping crystals, I’m always impressed by the fun, quirky, and awesome things people can come up with.

Art

From art prints, to sculptures, to unique found art pieces, selling your art online or in person is a good idea for any artist who wants to get their work out there. You can sell your designs on merch through sites such as Redbubble. Or you can sell hand-made items.

Blogs, Web Shows, and Apps

Ah, good old technology. I think we’re still at a point where it’s difficult to define the monetary value of a blog or YouTube channel. Even though it’s not a tangible product that consumers can own, I still see it as being a thing that’s being created and offered to the world. An app feels more tangible since it can actually be purchased or downloaded. If you have a knack for technology and creativity, what are you waiting for? Get off my blog and get back to your own 😉  (Kidding, you’re more than welcome here).

Crystals, Candles, and Herbs

Another good reselling business, this could be a lovely option for someone who’s into contemporary witchcraft, meditation, or spirituality. This is an especially good option for someone who has knowledge of spells or crystal healing, because people may look to you for knowledge and guidance.

Garden Fresh Vegetables

If you enjoy growing your own vegetables in your backyard, you may consider selling them on occasion. You could also sell recipe books or how-to guides for anyone interested in starting their own garden. This can be a good way to share your passion with others.

Patches, Pins, or Stickers

I’ve seen people sell some pretty cool embroidery designs or pins made with different fabrics. This seems especially effective if your work has social messages, like things supporting feminism, Black Lives Matters, or the LGBTQ+ community. People like wearing things that help share their message, tell their stories, or simply to express themselves.

Coins, Trading Cards, and Other Collectibles

I imagine there’s a pretty interesting community around coin collecting, and anything else people enjoy trading. Get involved in buying and selling something neat. Who knows, you may learn something new, make new friends, and discover something that may be worth something someday.

Duct Tape Wallets

If you know a unique yet functional way to make an everyday item, other people might find it cool, too. You may enjoy selling them or even giving them as gifts.

Well, there you go. Fifteen product-based businesses for my creative darlings out there. Even if these businesses don’t make a ton of money, they’re worth starting if you want to. You can sell things in person, at events, or on sites like Etsy, Big Cartel, or your own website. It teaches you a lot, and more importantly, it allows you to share your gifts with the world.

Wrote an article about winter sports; check it out on Global Glam!!

16 Extraordinary Winter Sports To Try With Your Squad, Because YOLO

Is your New Year’s resolution to work hard and play harder? These winter sports may be just the thing to add a dash of fun during the snowy months.

By: Ashley Tiara Lilly

When that first snow falls, magic is in the air. Some days, it makes you want to stay indoors, curled up with a blanket, hot cocoa, and your favorite book. Other days, it sparks your love of adventure, making you want to embrace the outdoors and explore that winter wonderland. This is where winter sports come in. If you want to try something a little different from the usual ski trip, here are fifteen winter sports your squad is sure to love:

Ice Climbing

If you’re a climber at heart and love a good challenge, ice climbing may be just the sport for you. Using a harness, crampons, ice axes, and other forms of equipment, ice climbers tackle anything from cliffs to frozen waterfalls. Be aware though, it’s more dangerous than it looks.

See the full article here.