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Monday March 1, 2010

How to Take Paid Vacations!

T Hale

"Life is an adventure." I often hear this cliche from just about everywhere. I wouldn't have believed in that saying years ago. How could I? Working slavishly in a cubicle for 8 hours is not an adventure. It is a misery.

Things came into a U turn when a close friend of mine persuaded me to travel with him. "What the heck?" I needed a break. So, we traveled all over Asia and it was a lot of fun and very liberating. Unfortunately, my finances were not able to sustain my travels for much longer.

My friend knew this and he was willing to lend me some money to prolong my vacation. Unknowingly to me, this is my friend's way of helping me realize that I should drop my 9 to 5 dead end job and emulate his way of life. It was his way to convince me that his lifestyle is way better than mine with my so-called stable job.

At first, I thought of him as a bum and a totally carefree person; roaming all around globe spending his family's money. He was rich to start with. He came from a very affluent family. I really thought that he was just a spoiled rich kid enjoying his money. It turned out, I was only half right.

In reality, all his expenses - the travel, the food, the accommodation - were all from his own pocket. Not from his inheritance or his mooching. He was earning his own income while we were traveling together! To my surprise, he was earning his income as we were having the time of our lives. I could not believe that he was earning way more than I was and that he was earning it all while having fun in his travels.

He opened my eyes to travel blogging and travel photography. At first, I thought he was just an internet aficionado or something. Uploading his captured pictures and making short blurbs about his activities and discoveries, I really thought that he was just having fun with his laptop and the Internet I haven't realized that he was earning a hefty amount through it. It didn't look like work to me.

I noticed that he would always tinker with his laptop while we were having breakfast or coffee and maybe once or twice in the afternoon or evening. It was only a few minutes at a time. I was amazed to finally realize that what he was doing was making him richer by the minute.

He had four websites. One for his travel photography business, two are for his travel blogs and the last one was his project website, also a photography site. His two blog sites had great traffic and he was selling affiliate products. At that time, he was putting new articles about our travel and adventures.

The other site was more of his personal business. He was selling his pictures. It was also his online portfolio and a lot of publishing companies had already bought his work. After showing me all the stuff he was doing, I didn't need to ask. I instantly know that he was earning quite a sum.

He noticed I was envious. So he told me to do some blogging and he promised he'd help me with the site building and optimization. He said it was easy and I should not worry about it.

I was apprehensive at first but ultimately, I decided to quit my job and went with him and this time to be some sort of apprentice. I never had problems with the writing; I was a natural writer, being an editor of my high school paper. The main challenge was the SEO and increasing traffic. But it was all good. It was quite easy actually.

Now, I have two travel blog sites for my affiliate marketing and I am also selling E-books about tips in travel blogging and writing. Best of all, I'm funding all my travels and adventures now. I'm having fun while I'm earning my living. This is my life and its an adventure.

By the way, I still meet and travel with my friend from time to time. I owe it all to him.

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Carolyn Hax
For Indiana
Monday March 1, 2010

Carolyn Hax

Carolyn Hax

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My husband and I had a huge fight that started when I accidentally dropped a full glass of water on the living room carpet. Husband's initial reaction was to get mad -- not at me, he kept insisting, but at the situation. I didn't handle it well and started crying, which at first upset him more (he said, "Aren't I allowed to react in the way that I feel?").

Eventually, he started to calm down, I was able to explain my feelings, and he started to feel really rotten. This led to a discussion of what if we had a kid who spilled? I could see him struggling to understand my view -- that reacting that way to a kid would not be right -- while remembering his natural reaction.

After several days I can see him still struggling with this. We saw a commercial in which a kid spilled juice and the dad's reaction was to spill a little too, and my husband started crying, saying he wished he'd reacted that way to me.

We've just been starting to talk about having kids, something we both want, but this experience has terrified me. He seems to hear and understand my feelings, yet at one point he admitted, "I don't know if my first reaction could have been anything but angry." Is there any hope for us? I feel really lost and would appreciate any counsel or perspective you could offer.

-- No city, no state


There's a lot here to suggest you have a real concern about his ability to be a loving and flexible parent versus a knee-jerk-punitive one. But I'm not going to tell you that someone can't be a good father based on one spilled glass of water. It's one piece of damning evidence, not an open-and-shut case.

Because you're married to him, and so presumably have witnessed his day-to-day behavior in many different settings and under different levels of pressure, you have a whole pile of evidence to work with that I don't. I doubt you'd be so freaked if this were his first-ever, disproportionately angry response. At the same time, the TV-commercial crying jag suggests he's in pain and wants not to be.

You also have some idea, I hope, of his background -- for example, whether he came from a home environment without pity, where the slightest crumb on his mother's white carpet meant the silent treatment all week.

This context will tell you what his emotional foundation is; his disposition and attitude will tell you how willing (and to some extent how able) he is to address any problems in that foundation. With that information and some time, your gut will tell you whether you have any business raising kids with this man.

If you struggle to make out what any of these is really telling you, then please have a professional take a look at the situation. In fact, given the sky-high stakes (reflexive anger plus babies) I feel I have to recommend counseling no matter what. Take the time to find someone good, and start digging.

Tomorrow: Readers weigh in, and "No city" responds.

E-mail Carolyn at tellme@washpost.com, or chat with her online at noon Eastern time each Friday at www.washingtonpost.com.


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Tips to Find the Right Place to Board Your Pet

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Tips to Find the Right Place to Board Your Pet
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Whenever anyone has to go away from the home, for business or just a holiday, finding somewhere to put the pets for that period of time can be quite a headache. However, with dog boarding, Everett and its environs are well taken care of. For those who want to check this out online, just enter 'dog boarding Seattle' into any search engine and see what comes up.

For the canine variety of pet, sometimes getting the right minders can be a problem and owners always worry that their pet will not be taken care of properly. However, at these facilities, there are more than enough comfort and exercise routines to keep even the most pampered pet happy for the time that the owner is away.

These facilities offer things like walks in the woods; a lot of fussing and attention plus treats every day so that they do not pine for their owners. Indeed, by the time that they get fully used to this new routine, the holiday is over and they can go back to their own home.

Even day care is available for these canine pets and the owner can relax at work knowing that their pet is being pampered all day. Some facilities even offer day spas for them where they get bathed, brushed and de-matted, shampooed etc and all in the name of one superbly pampered pet.

While all this is going on, the pets automatically learn of the earning rewards for good behavior skills which will benefit the owner at home too. Not only does the pet get the full and luxurious treatment, they come home with better manners than when they left.

Now the great thing about getting the pet trained in this way is that the owner will also get training too. These centers believe in training both the owner and the pet so that this positive behavior can carry on outside the center.

For anyone contemplating putting their pets in this type of environment for any length of time, it may be a good idea to take along some favorite toys and blankets so that they feel right at home. Just smelling something very familiar will allow them to fit in and settle down for a short or longer stay.

At night these animals will have their own kennel to relax in so the owner need not worry that they are all locked in together with other pets. Even their preferred diet is offered so there should be no problems with upset stomachs or the animal going hungry while it is away from home.

These types of shelters are not all the same of course. Some unscrupulous traders will not look after pets as well as they should so taking some time to ask around the neighborhood or friends and family will usually bring its own rewards. After all, word of mouth is probably the best advertising tool that anyone could hope for, and as the old saying goes, bad news travels fast.

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