6 Amazing Ways Teaching Overseas Will Change Your Life

6 Amazing Ways Teaching Overseas Will Change Your Life

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GUEST POST ABOUT WAYS TEACHING OVERSEAS WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Being a nomad, and a digital one at that, comes with an impressive set of perks, ranging from flexible working hours and working environment and countries of your choice, to lower costs of living. Of course, there is the travelling the world and getting a taste of everything this wonderful planet of ours has to offer. Well, teaching abroad isn’t all that much different. You still get to see all the countries you’ve ever desired, but unlike working with a laptop, you’ll be working with people from different cultures, and that has its own life-transformative charms, so why don’t we just jump right in and see how this line of work can bring more richness to your life.

A newfound sense of independence

You may already feel independent enough – paying your own rent, making a living, but going abroad gives the word ‘independence’ a whole new meaning. In a foreign country, you have to do everything on your own. Find a place to live, navigate the public transportation maze, order food – all in a foreign language. It will be challenging at first, but once you get through that hurdle, master all the ins and outs, you’ll get a stronger sense of self, and begin to feel like there is nothing you can’t do.

You’ll be a teacher and a student at the same time

Let’s say you want to give teaching English in China a chance. China, after all, is one of the countries which covets native English speakers or those with a TESOL or other valid teaching certificate the most. There are tons of amazing schools, Monkey Tree TESL in Hong Kong being just one of your great options. You might be on the other side of the bench, but the when you’re working with kids who speak little to no English, you will become the master of patience, resourcefulness, improvisation, as well as people and communication skills. It’s a challenge alright, but when you’re both teaching and learning at the same time, you gain the skills that will make you not only a better and more compassionate human, but also a professional force to be reckoned with.

You’ll have a sparkling resume

Having ‘teaching abroad’ on your resume will open a number of doors for you in the future. If you don’t want to be abroad your entire life, or at least not as a teacher, your career options double when you have this point in your resume. Your prospective new employers will be able to infer so much from these two words – all the skills that you’ve acquired are jam-packed into them. Your willingness to take risks, your drive, innovativeness, leadership and negotiation skills and ability to work independently will all be implied. As a result, you’ll be a golden candidate, and there’s no putting a price on that.

Living and working

When you’re a tourist, you get to see the sights, spend a great deal on accommodation and essentially just spend your money. As amazing as touristy globe-trotting is, nothing will enrich your life like actually living in a different country. Not only will you get to mingle with the locals, perhaps even pick up a little (or a lot) of their language, but if you stick around long enough, you’ll virtually become a local yourself. You’ll get acquainted with customs and beliefs, know all the best local places to eat and form friendships that will last a lifetime.

Live in one place, explore all others

You may not know this, but a qualified or a native English teacher is paid very well in a foreign country. Now, if you choose to teach in a country that has a relatively low cost of living, that opens numerous adventure doors for you. When the pay is good and the working hours too, you get to you’ll also get a chance to spend a lot of your free time exploring the city, even hop on a train or plane and visit another one. Teaching gives you almost as much flexibility as living as a digital nomad, and you’ll get to see everything you’ve always wanted to. It’s a total win-win situation. And worry not, if you budget well, you’ll also be coming home with an impressive sum on your bank account and start fresh.

The humbling and eye-opening experience

Even though you’re working as a teacher and not volunteering, the sense of giving back is unfathomable. Every committed teacher will tell you they do this job because it gives them a sense of accomplishment, personal and professional satisfaction, and those feelings are even stronger when you’ll instilling knowledge in people of cultures vastly different from yours. Wherever you go next, you will go there a changed, better person, one that is ready to give back, and even change the world.

There might be many jobs that provide you with a level of satisfaction, but few are as transformative as teaching, and shaping the minds of foreign youth.

 

About the Author

Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also one of the editors at Highstylife Magazine.

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How to Make Money with Photography When on the Road

How to Make Money with Photography When on the Road

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GUEST POST ABOUT MAKING MONEY ON THE ROAD AS A PHOTOGRAPHER BY MAX THERRY

Photography is a fantastic hobby – it allows us to unleash our creative side and capture stunning images that can last a lifetime. For the budding entrepreneur, photography can also be extremely lucrative, especially for the digital nomad who is continually on the move and looking for an additional source of income.

There is no denying that to make money through photography you have to be good at what you do – you must have an understanding of advanced photography techniques and have a portfolio of work to backup your skillset. If you are a talented photographer, however, the following 5 methods could allow you to complement your nomadic lifestyle and earn a steady stream of income to fund your adventures!

Selling your photography to stock catalogue sites

This is potentially the easiest method of monetizing your photographs. Throughout the internet, you can find a plethora of stock image sites such as Shutterstock, iStock or Depositphotos. Customers can browse through the available photos and purchase the rights to their usage for a set fee. Many businesses use sites such as these to find photos of their promotional marketing material. You have undoubtedly heard of these websites, and wondered where the photos come from – this is where you come in.

Stock image catalogues are populated with content from freelance and professional photographers/graphic designers. It is possible to register a contributor account with these websites and upload your own photos. If a customer then purchases your photo, you get a percentage of the sale fee – simple! Different stock sites have different upload rules i.e. your photo may have to match a certain resolution and contain no overt post-processing. The only downside to stock photo sites is that you have to be extremely good and upload amazing quality photos – you are competing against many other photographers, therefore you must be confident that your work stands out from the crowd.  

 

Freelance photo editing

If you have access to post processing software and you are comfortable with your editing skills, there is potential to earn additional income providing freelance editing work. This type of work is extremely easy to complete – you can edit photos from anywhere providing you have a laptop or even a tablet. To find work such as this, it is advisable to register with freelancing platforms such as UpWork, Freelancer, Glassdoor and PeoplePerHour.

These websites have a multitude of job listings from businesses and individuals. A business may require some photos editing for a marketing campaign for example – they can list their requirements, and freelancers such as yourself can apply for the job with your desired rates. Freelance platforms such as the ones above have a wave of photo editing jobs available and you can easily pick up additional work once you gain some positive feedback.         

Quick tip: As a digital nomad, you probably have photos from many places all over the world. Add this to your freelancer profile; many people look for unique photographs they can use on their travel blog and are ready to pay some money for them.

 

Freelance photography articles

Continuing on from the above freelance theme you could also use your photographic skills and knowledge to write paid articles. Many businesses, magazines and blogs require content and a large number of companies such as these actually sub-contract their writing work to generate a greater amount of content. You can use the freelance websites mentioned above such as UpWork to apply for freelance articles relating to photography. You could even apply for writing jobs for any subject if you feel comfortable writing about the given subject.

Alternatively, you could send your articles to distribution websites that specialise in freelance content management or reach out to photography based blogs and businesses to try and sell your written material.

Create a travel / photography blog

This is one of the most fun and rewarding methods of monetizing your photography and travel experiences. A travel blog is a fantastic way to showcase your work, share your adventures with the world, and also earn income through paid articles, sponsors, and advertising.

You can create a travel blog and once you have built an audience, you can use monetization tools such as Google AdWords to turn your blog into a source of income. This will take time and a great deal of effort, but you should have a huge amount of fun creating your blog, and it is something that you can be proud of, as well as profiting from.

When creating a blog, try to think of a unique title, and create articles that are attractive, engaging, but also provide real use to your readers. Once you really start to shine, you can also populate your blog with paid articles from other businesses, and even tout tour companies and photography retailers to provide you with sponsorship and freebies.

Another way to use your blog is to join an affiliate program. The idea of affiliate marketing is quite simple: once you gained some audience, you review and promote products or services on your site and get a commission if people actually end up buying the product thanks to your efforts. Many companies have an affiliate program: camera and photography equipment producers like Canon and Fuji, photo editing software developers like Adobe or Skylum, services like Smug Mug or photography courses like Digital Photography School – do some research about different and check their conditions and see what you could do.

 

Give photography lessons

This could be considered a specialist form of service but if you are confident in your photographic skills, you could help others improve their own photography. If you are situated in one location for a prolonged period of time then you could advertise your teaching services and give paid photography lessons. You could create a series of different classes to appeal to beginners and intermediaries too. Lessons could be based indoors or you could even take your students out into the city you are staying at to explore – you could use this time to snap photos for your travel blog and to sell through stock image sites!

Hopefully, these ideas will have given you serious food for thought. As you can see, it is perfectly possible to earn money from your photography. What more could you want in life – travel, adventure, and the chance to get paid to do something that you are truly passionate about! We are not guaranteeing that you will make millions, and you will have to put in the effort to reap the rewards, but if you know your camera and can create some gorgeous compositions we are sure you can monetize your photography. Why not have a go at some (or all) of the above projects and turn your photography into a second income today?

 

.About the Author

Max is an amateur photographer who runs his own photography blog where he likes to write about photo editing, modern photo trends, and inspiration. Feel free to contact him.

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Passive Income – 7 Ways to Work Once And Earn Money Forever

Passive Income – 7 Ways to Work Once And Earn Money Forever

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Passive income is the dream and ultimate goal of every digital nomad. It means that you get paid over and over again for work that you did once. I myself have 4 income streams (affiliate marketing, ebooks, online courses, and my own clothing line) that generate income every month although I’m not investing time in them anymore. Let’s have a closer look at them:

1) Affiliates

You have probably noticed that some of my links on Barbaralicious are accompanied by an asterisk (*) and at the end of the blog post it’s saying “All links with an asterisk (*) are affiliate links!”. So what are affiliate links? It is best described as the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products. For example, I promote Airbnb*, Trusted Housesitters* or TripAdvisor*.

Some of the companies have their own affiliate or partner program (like Amazon*) while others work with bigger platforms like CJ Affiliate (former Commission Junction) or AWIN. The advantage for you of those big networks is that you register once and can participate in several affiliate programs.

The disadvantage of affiliate marketing, in general, is that you need a website or blog to be accepted at the programs or platforms. If you have one, it will take you minutes to apply and after being accepted to create affiliate links.

2) Ebooks

One of the biggest disrupted industries and one of those that provides a great path to a solid passive income venture for an individual entrepreneur is in ebook publishing. And it’s one of my favorite “jobs”! Don’t forget to check out my books and the series City Guides for Digital Nomads.

You can write your books yourself, or hire ghostwriters to create your ebook. The beauty of self-publishing ebooks is that you’re in total control from start to finish, and you won’t have to rely on publishers whether your book will be published or not. On top of that, you’re going to be in charge of everything, from marketing to selling which means you keep all the profits yourself.

One of the easiest ways to sell ebooks is to work through a third-party site like Amazon. You may have ordered products, even books, from Amazon in the past. But this is a whole different side to this massive e-commerce site.

The big benefit of working through Amazon’s self-publishing platform called Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is their established audience. Around 89 million Americans are said to be active ebook readers. And Amazon works almost everywhere in the world. That’s your potential audience, all those people visiting this site and browsing for a new book. It could be your book they find when doing a search on a related keyword.

Additionally, KDP lets you publish your book also as a paperback. It’s a bit more complicated but worth the effort. It will be print on demand, which means that Amazon is printing the book as soon as it is ordered. This ensures that you have zero costs in advance.

3) Stock Photography

So what is stock photography? When companies or agencies need photos they don’t send photographers around the world to take them. Instead, they use stock photos.

Anyone who is interested in a stock photo can make a purchase through one of the websites, and the photographer will get a small sales commission. Technically speaking, this is a win-win situation where companies pay less, and photographers potentially earn more with their photos having their photos purchased by many people.

To get started with stock photography, choose some of your best photos and sign up at one of the biggest stock photography platforms:

4) Online Courses

People go online for a couple of reasons, including for entertainment and socializing. But the Internet is also used to find information and learn new things. Not sure how to use a new piece of software? There is probably a video tutorial on YouTube already. Want to know what you can make for dinner with the five ingredients you have in your fridge? Check Pinterest for a recipe. This need for information and instruction has created a great opportunity for you to get paid for your knowledge.

Creating and selling online courses can be quite lucrative if you’re able to provide a great course and reach your target marketing. Plus, with easier to use and more affordable resources to host your course, there’s no reason avoid becoming an online instructor. While it can take time to create all the lessons in your course, once uploaded, it can become a profitable source of passive income to your existing business or as a business all on its own.

Personally, I created two online courses in the past. They are both in German only. I started using Teachable, which has different plans ( I paid 29 USD) and switch to the free service of Udemy at the moment.

5) Shirts

Do you have a special design created or is design one of your passions? Or you simply know some cool slogans or saying that you could print on shirts? Then do what I did and create your own clothing line. I started PROUD NOMAD in 2016 when I was playing around with a design tool and loved the style and the statement. I’m not doing a lot of marketing for it, so I don’t have many sales. But I heard of people earning several hundred Euros a month with their shirts.And don’t forget the fun of running around with a shirt saying that this is your own brand!

 

6) Amazon FBA

I also want to introduce you to Amazon FBA, creating passive income through Fulfillment By Amazon. The Amazon marketplace is very often overlooked and provides plenty of opportunity for a lucrative passive income stream. FBA is a great way to sell your own products without having to deal with the sales, the shipping, or the customers. All you have to do is source a product, list it, and send the products over to Amazon to stock your inventory. Amazon takes care of the rest. Your product is placed in view of Amazon’s astronomical marketplace. The items that you send to Amazon are stored in their warehouses. When a sale is made, they deliver your item and even take care of customer service. The initial amount that you invest is entirely your choice. You can simply stock a product in your price range, and an amount of products that you can afford. If you do your research and buy and sell the right products at the right prices, you will be ready to make sales and profits in no time at all. Friends who have done that recommend calculating 2,000 USD to start with. But be aware that you have to pay Amazon for storing and listing your products even if you don’t make any sales at all! So this one is definitely the riskiest of all passive income streams that I presented.

 

5) Mining

Crypto is the hype of the decade. Online currencies are supposed to be the money of the future. No wonder the topic is well received by digital nomads. Personally, I used my freelancing business to be part of this and launched a new website: The Crypto Translator. One way to generate passive income is mining. You use computer power to create new tokens – also called coins. For this, you will be paid in tokens. You can either build a mining farm yourself or join groups and then add power to that pool. To start you should calculate an investment of USD 3,500.

 

My Final Thoughts:

Clearly, there are a variety of ways to make passive income a reality. Hopefully, this list has helped you narrow down which one would fit you the best. So if you’re tired of exchanging time for money all the time, implement today a few of the passive income strategies above so you can make more money while you sleep tomorrow.

Yours Barbara

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8 Tips for Getting Your First House Sit

8 Tips for Getting Your First House Sit

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HAVE YOU BEEN THINKING OR EVEN TRYING TO GET YOUR FIRST HOUSE SIT BUT DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR PROFILE? THEN THIS POST WITH MY 8 BEST TIPPS IS FOR YOU!

Tip #1: Your Profile

Slip into the house owner’s shoes for a second! They leave their home and their beloved pets to a complete stranger. The least we can do as house sitters is giving them the best possible impression of us. So fill out your profile in detail and give them a good overview of who you are.

Tip #2: Your Photos

Use photos where your face is visible, where you’re smiling and looking nice. A bonus is if you add photos of you playing and cuddling with animals. Show the householders that you love pets.

 

Tip #3: Security Check

There are different security check levels you can go through that increase your trust base. The basic check includes a verification of your e-mail address, telephone number, and ID. In addition, you can have reviews written by acquaintances. These are of course not as important as “real” reviews (made by people who use the platform), but for the beginning that’s better than nothing. The last stage is a criminal check. It’s 65 pounds extra, so I haven’t done it so far.

Tip #4: Your Own Page

It is best to create a very own site for you as a house sitter. Either you create a landing page, if you can, or simply an own Facebook page. This has several advantages:

  1. You can upload more photos, videos, and texts about you.
  2. You can collect reviews from different platforms and also from outside all platforms. So, for example, if someone privately asks you to take care of their animals, you normally have no way to get a review. With a page of its own, you do.
  3. Basically, if you have a site you can take the house owners with you during your house sit. Post Selfies of you with their pet or share other information that might be relevant. When you apply for a new house sit, the new house owners will see what you have done in the past to give the house owners and animals a good feeling.

Tip #5: Be Quick

Especially with house sits in “cool places” it is important that you are among the first ones to apply. Because the number of applications can go up quickly. For Bali or islands in Thailand like Phuket, I have often seen that over 50 house sitters have applied. Being the first one can make the difference.

Tip #6: Skype-Call

It is best to offer a Skype call in the very beginning. Some will accept it, others will be able to see your photos. Everyone is different. But the fact that they have the opportunity to communicate with you more directly will show them that you are serious about it.

Tip #7: Names and Breeds

When applying for a house sit mention the name of the animal. If possible, you should also talk about the breed. This is how you show that you’ve read the listing and selected the sit because it suits you and not because of the place.

Tip #8: Quality

Be a good house sitter! Do as if this was your own home. Give the house owners an update every now and then, even if they do not ask for it. They will be happy to know that their best friend is doing well. If they are really happy with you, the review will be much better. And this has a positive effect on future applications.

I hope you will have a blast on your first house sit! I’m looking forward to reading your experiences with house sitting in the comments!

Yours Barbara

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Nomad Pro Tip: Five Effective Ways for Beating Jet Lag

Nomad Pro Tip: Five Effective Ways for Beating Jet Lag

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GUEST POST BY HANNAH PARKER – 5 WAYS FOR BEATING JET LAG

As a digital nomad, you will find yourself frequently traveling and changing locations all over the world. One of the downsides to having this lifestyle is the constant jet lag you get from traveling in dramatically different time zones. Lucky for you, we’ve got five effective ways for beating jet lag for you..

#1 Change Your Routine

One of the ways for beating jet lag starts before you start your trip: A few days before you leave, you need to make sure to change up your routine. You don’t need to change your entire schedule, but start eating and sleeping closer to when you would in the country you are visiting. Three to four days in advance is a sufficient amount of time to adjust to your destination. If you change up your routine to mirror what it will be like in the country you are going to, your jet lag might not be so burdensome.

 

#2 Arrive During the Day

The daytime is the optimal time to arrive at your destination. If you land during the nighttime, you will feel more inclined to sleep, and it will be harder for you to adjust to the new time zone. However, if you arrive during the day, you are more likely to push through the sleepiness and adventure around the city you’re staying in. Then when you are done exploring for the day, you will be wiped out and ready to sleep. Sunlight helps remind your body that you should be awake instead of sleeping, even if you really, really want to sleep. You will have an easier time to adjust to the new time zone this way, and it’ll be easier for you to shake off your jet lag.

 

#3 Avoid Caffeine and Sugar

One of the worst things you can do before flying is drinking lots of caffeinated beverages and eating loads of sugar. Coffee, soda, fried foods and sugary candies will keep you up and hyper on your flight, which will make it hard for you to sleep on your flight. To avoid jet lag once you land at your destination, you’ll want to sleep during the majority of your flight and caffeine won’t help. It will also make you feel groggy once you arrive at your destination and prolong the feeling of jet lag. So just this time, avoid the sugary foods and drinks and loads of caffeine and drink water instead.

 

#4 Take Melatonin

Sleep is the number one among the ways for beating jet lag when traveling, but falling asleep is not always the easiest thing to do when you are traveling. To avoid extreme jet lag and sleepiness once you arrive at your destination, take the sleeping drug Melatonin to help you sleep on your flight. The drug is the chemical that makes you fall asleep at night. and it’s natural, too. A plane is not always the easiest place to fall asleep on, especially with screaming babies and snoring dads surrounding you. Melatonin will help put you to sleep naturally, despite your surroundings. Only take a small dosage of the drug because you can end up feeling groggy if you take too much. The perfect amount to take on a long flight is 5mg of Melatonin. Any more than this amount will leave you feeling sleepy and possibly more jet lagged when you land.

 

#5 Leave a Day Early

Are you a relatively new traveler who gets really bad jet lag? The best way to avoid it and adjust your body to the new time zone is to travel a day earlier than you planned. You should book your flight a day early so that you have an entire day to sleep and rejuvenate. An extra day to relax will allow you to start your planned activities the next day without any feelings of exhaustion. You don’t want to start your trip off feeling wiped out and unrested. Trust us, it would most likely set your trip off on the wrong foot. So leave a day earlier than you planned, so you can enjoy your trip just the way you want to.

Conclusion – 5 Ways for Beating Jet Lag

Jet lag is something that most travelers have experienced, and it’s definitely a downer. But if you follow these 5 effective tips when traveling to a new location, you just might avoid it and start your trip off right.

About the Author – Hannah Parker

Hannah is a writer for trekbible and dreams of being an investigative journalist, or maybe a world traveling videographer, or perhaps the next voice of NPR; basically Hannah wants to be a multimedia journalist. Her voice is too big for her small body so she likes to stand on tall surfaces and shout very, very loudly. Hannah has many passions (some including poetry and the occasional chicken nugget or two) but is always searching for her next hobby.

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Earning Money as a Digital Nomad – How do I Make a Living on the Road?

Earning Money as a Digital Nomad – How do I Make a Living on the Road?

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People still ask me how I can pay for all my travels and how I actually earn money. Somehow many still seem to think that I’m on vacation and that Barbaralicious is my hobby. So here is how I make a living with and while traveling:

 

#1 Freelancing

Already during my studies in Romance Philology in Germany, I started working as a translator, interpreter, and proofreader. When I hit the road back in 2014, freelancing was my only income stream! After a while, copywriting was automatically added to the list of things I offer, which was a logical consequence of me being a travel blogger. I still freelance every now and then but the focus has shifted to other sources in the past years.

 

#2 Barbaralicious

#2.1 The Blog

Yes, I monetized my blog! This means that I make money by advertising brands, products or places. You will notice those blog posts since they all say „Advertisement“ at the top, or if it’s an affiliate link it has an asterisk (*) right at the link.

“Advertisement” blog posts can either be sponsored posts, product reviews or press trips and paid travels. I always add a “PS” then and tell you what exactly I got.

 

#2.2 Social Media

My Social Media channels are part of my blog. And as a consequence, I’m making money with them, too. So, if somebody wants me to promote their business on InstagramTwitter or Facebook this person has to pay for that. Because he is benefiting from my reach, which I built over years spending lots of time and money on it.

Additionally, you can hire me to take over your channel. This means that I get the access details to your Instagram and make it grow by filling your feed and Stories with life.

 

#2.3 E-Books & Books

You probably know that I published a few e-books and books*. This is another way how I earn money. I pubished them all on Amazon with selfpublishing. Amazon pays 70 percent royalties and after publishing the book, I don’t have to do anything anymore. Amazon does the selling, printing, and shipping if it’s an actual physical book. If I didn’t check my partner account, I wouldn’t even know when I have sales.. At the moment, my biggest project are the City Guides for digital nomads  and in 2017 I published one ebooks a month. In 2018 I want to publish at least 50 city guides by working with of co-authors.

Furthermore, some of my books has been translated to Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and French.

 

#3 (Online) Courses, Coaching & Talks

In January 2017 I published my first online course called B Translator. It’s a German course for translators starting their freelancing career in Germany. More courses will follow– like for example one about Self Publishing.

Additionally, you can book me as a coach if you want to start out as a digital nomad but don’t know how.

In the end, I get hired to speak at events or webinars about my life as a digital nomad, too.

 

#4 Photos

Last but not least, I’m selling my photos. I haven’t started yet to sell them on stock photography platforms but this will come for sure. For now, I just sell them when I get approached.

As you probably noticed: It’s not getting boring… I hope I could answer all your questions! If not: Hit the comment button and tell me what you want to do!

 

PS: All links with an asterisk (*) are affiliate links!

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