All posts by Ashley Grant

Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival Concert Lineup 2018

Have you heard? Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival is coming back to Tampa Bay Saturdays and Sundays, March 3 through April 29 and is included with any Annual Pass, Fun Card or daily admission to the park.

And, if the free with admission news isn’t enough to get you excited about attending,  each evening of the festival features a concert from some of the hottest names in the music industry.

Busch Gardens 2018 Food & Wine Festival Concert Lineup

Concert Headliners Include The Fray, Flo Rida, Cole Swindell, Boyz II Men, Olga Tañón, TLC, Hank Williams Jr., Kaleo and More!

More info about the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival:

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay‘s most delicious event returns this March with tastes for every palate at the fourth annual Food & Wine Festival.

Guests can sample delectable cuisines paired with a selection of 65+ wines, 50+ craft brews and specialty cocktails, while enjoying some of the biggest names in entertainment.

The Food & Wine Festival runs Saturdays and Sundays, March 3 through April 29 and is included with any Annual Pass, Fun Card or daily admission to the park.

The Festival features all-new twists on cuisine at 13 culinary cabins, along with favorites like mango shrimp ceviche and beef brisket on a spiced corn waffle.

Experience bold new eats at the Savory Tavern with fried frog legs with bacon corn fritters, or indulge in flavorful treats at Artisan Eats with beloved dish duck fat truffle fries and then spice it up with tostones rellenos de pollo at Comfort Kitchen.

Opt for lobster tart with leeks and Swiss cheese or mushroom vol-au-vent at the Light Fare Canteen, or relish in the robust flavors at Chef’s Plantation with salmon cake with lemon aioli, Korean-style ribs and all-new short rib and brie grilled cheese.

Guests can elevate the Food and Wine Festival experience even more by sipping a carefully curated selection of fine bourbons and new tequila tastings.

Concert headliners include:

Saturday, March 3: Edwin McCain & Sister Hazel
Sunday, March 4: Grupo Niche
Saturday, March 10: The Fray
Sunday, March 11: Southern Uprising Tour: A Southern Rock Revival with Travis Tritt, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws
Saturday, March 17: Olga Tañón
Sunday, March 18: Goo Goo Dolls
Saturday, March 24: Better Than Ezra & Tonic
Sunday, March 25: Michael Bolton
Saturday, March 31: Boyz II Men
Sunday, April 1: Natalie Grant
Saturday, April 7: Hank Williams, Jr.
Sunday, April 8: TLC
Saturday, April 14: Bret Michaels
Sunday, April 15: Coming Soon!
Saturday, April 21: The All-American Rejects
Sunday, April 22: Cole Swindell
Saturday, April 28: Flo Rida
Sunday, April 29: Kaleo & Bleachers

Guests can choose from two exclusive VIP concert upgrades at the Festival which include priority seating and a 5-item sampler lanyard for even more access to great times and great tastes.

Additionally, guests can purchase of 5, 10 and 12-item sampler lanyards to tailor the experience to any taste bud. Food and beverage is not included with park admission and is available for an additional fee. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consumer alcoholic beverages.

BEST VALUES FOR FLORIDA RESIDENTS:

  • For a limited time, buy a Busch Gardens Fun Card and get an Adventure Island Fun Card FREE! Experience both parks through 2018 for the price of one.

 

  • For those wishing for more VIP offerings, the Annual Pass includes unlimited admission for 12 months, free parking, no blockout dates, in-park discounts and other benefits, valued at more than $350. With EZpay, Annual Passes start at just $14 per month for one park, and $16 per month for both Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island.

Be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by joining the conversation using #corksandcoasters on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

7 Things to Consider When Buying a Car

When you’re buying a car, there’s a lot to consider. That’s why I put together this list of 7 things you should keep in mind when thinking about this big of a purchase. While this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

 

So you want to buy a car? Great! You have so many options when it comes to make, model, size, color, automatic or stick, and power windows and locks. The choices are truly endless. But, regardless of what kind of car you want, there are 7 important thing you should consider before you buy.

7 Things to Consider When Buying a Car

1. Fuel efficiency

One of the first, and perhaps most important things to consider is the car’s fuel efficiency. This is one of the mistakes I made when I bought my current vehicle. Had I thought about the ramifications of low mileage to the gallon, I probably would have reconsidered my purchase. Do you want a hybrid or one that runs solely on gas alone? Do you want a car, a van or an SUV? SUVs and vans generally have lower MPG than cars.

2. Insurance costs

Insurance is a big one, and most don’t consider insurance ahead of time when buying a car. Did you know that you can get general estimates for vehicles with most car insurance companies? You don’t even have to purchase the vehicle before you get this quote. Keep in mind that a car with a bigger engine will usually cost more to insure.  Things such as turbo models and other sports extras will also run you more in insurance fees. And, your car color can cost you more! A red one for example will be a higher cost to insure than a white car, because red ones are more likely to be stolen. (Cue the “more you know” jingle!)

3. Average costs for maintenance and repair

This was another thing I wish I had thought of ahead of time to research. Maintenance and repairs on my vehicle is far too costly. We still don’t have an air conditioner or working heater because after the fourth of time of paying out the ASH to replace it, we gave up on this absurd fee. You should check the conditions of the vehicle AND the reviews of common maintenance issues with the make and model too!

Another thing to look into is the fees you might experience for things like oil changes and air filter replacements. Some vehicles require more expensive oil and tires than others.

4. Research the value of all of your purchase options, get lots of info, and make the most informed decision possible.

No question is stupid. Okay, well, for the most part no question is stupid when you’re debating about a purchase this big. You need to know all the details about the vehicles you are considering so you don’t end up with a lemon. Things like – whether a vehicle has been in an accident, ever had flood damage (hello Florida hurricanes!), and whether it has been reported stolen. Yep, these are things you need to be schooled on before pulling the purchase trigger! Come up with a list of several cars you are considering, and then shorten their list by thinning the herd via your research.

5. Be clear on what you actually want

Yes, you may have to compromise if you want a 2018 BMW but only have a budget for a 2014 Honda Civic. However, you shouldn’t compromise too much. Know what you want, and then look for what you want.

6. Don’t rush the process.

My husband and I tend to adhere to the philosophy of never buying anything when we need it. When we need it, we rush it and then inevitably regret our decision. Again, I confess this is what happened with my current vehicle. Our last vehicle was totalled unexpectedly and I panic purchased instead of slowing down and being smart. Sigh…I’m being smarter with THIS purchase!

7. Consider your current budget, and how you will finance the vehicle (if at all)

How much can you spend on this vehicle? Will you need a car loan, and if so – how much can you put towards a down payment and/or monthly payments? You must be realistic about this. Do you even qualify for a loan? Will your interest rates be good/bad/unspeakable? Thinking about the financial aspect prior to the purchase will certainly save you a lot of heartache later on.

 

Enter the Blinker App.

Blinker is  the first-ever mobile app that puts you back in control of buying, selling and financing cars yourself – and it can all be done with your smartphone.  Using their patented image-recognition technology, they make everything from selling a car with a lien to getting a loan to refinancing as easy as snapping a photo.

Since launching in Texas last year, they’ve saved buyers and sellers an average of $3,000 per transaction, serviced millions of dollars in auto loans, and they even won a 2017 SXSW Interactive Innovation Award.

Their app is currently available in Colorado, Texas and Florida. And, for a limited time, when you download Blinker (for free), enter code FAMOUS and you’ll get $200 when you buy, sell or refinance a car through the app. In full disclosure, I’ll get some cash, too when you use code FAMOUS.

 

Click HERE to learn more about Blinker.

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Sister Hazel, Edwin McCain and Grupo Niche to Kickoff the Food & Wine Festival at Busch Gardens

This weekend the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival begins and I just learned some more exciting news about their kickoff weekend! Check out the notice they just sent me below the image!

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 26, 2018) – Chart-topping artists Sister Hazel and Edwin McCain, and Latin sensation Grupo Niche will take the stage this weekend at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay’s fourth annual Food & Wine Festival.

The festival takes place on Saturdays and Sundays March 3 through April 29. Concerts are included with any Pass, Fun Card or daily admission.

Sister Hazel – Saturday, March 3 at 5:30 p.m., Gwazi Park

Originally from the sunshine state, Sister Hazel has been considered “one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years.” The five gifted and seasonal musicians exude natural talent and charisma with their chart-topping hits “All for You” and “Lighter in the Dark” earning them multiple spots on Billboard charts. Along with being outstanding musicians, the band hosts annual philanthropic events like “Hazelnut Hang” and gives back with Lyrics for Life benefiting cancer research and patient-care. Don’t miss out on celebrating with Sister Hazel here at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Edwin McCain– Saturday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m., Gwazi Park

Proclaimed the “great American romantic” by the New York Times, Edwin McCain has swept the nation with over 20 years of pop music and endless touring. His love ballads and genuine personality makes concerts feel more like nonstop parties. With classic hits like “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask for More”, McCain has proved time and time again that he is truly a one-of-a-kind performer.

Grupo Niche – Sunday, March 4 at 6:00 p.m., Gwazi Park

Join us as we welcome the salsa sensation, Group Niche, to this year’s Food and Wine Festival! Residing in eccentric country of Colombia, this group has taken Latin America by storm with its Latin flares and outstanding performances.

SPECIAL PACKAGES:

  • Food, Wine & Brew Sampler – Guests with exclusive interests in culinary offerings can purchase a Food & Wine sampler that includes any samples of choice throughout the Festival. Samplers are available in quantities of five, eight or twelve and start at $29.99. New this year, a Pass Member exclusive 15-item Sampler is available for the same price as a 12-item Sampler.https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/food-and-wine-festival/upgrades/sampler-lanyard/

  • Wine, Bourbon and Tequila by the Bottle – Guests can take home a part of the Food & Wine Festival with wine, bourbon and tequila available for purchase by the bottle at the Xcursions gift shop.

BEST VALUES FOR FLORIDA RESIDENTS:

  •  For a limited time, buy a Busch Gardens Fun Card and get an Adventure Island Fun Card FREE! Experience both parks through 2018 for the price of one.

  • For those wishing for more VIP offerings, the Annual Pass includes unlimited admission for 12 months, free parking, no blockout dates, in-park discounts and other benefits, valued at more than $350. With EZpay, Annual Passes start at just $14 per month for one park, and $16 per month for both Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island

The Festival features all-new twists on cuisine at 13 culinary cabins, along with favorites like mango shrimp ceviche and beef brisket on a spiced corn waffle. Experience bold new eats at the Savory Tavern with fried frog legs with bacon corn fritters, or indulge in flavorful treats at Artisan Eats with beloved dish duck fat truffle fries and then spice it up with tostones rellenos de pollo at Comfort Kitchen.  Opt for lobster tart with leeks and Swiss cheese or mushroom vol-au-vent at the Light Fare Canteen, or relish in the robust flavors at Chef’s Plantation with salmon cake with lemon aioli, Korean-style ribs and all-new short rib and brie grilled cheese.  Guests can elevate the Food and Wine Festival experience even more by sipping a carefully curated selection of fine bourbons and new tequila tastings.

The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival takes place on Saturdays and Sundays from March 3 through April 29 and is included with any Pass, Fun Card or daily admission. Food and beverage is not included with park admission and is available for an extra fee. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages.

Be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following the park’s blog at BuschGardens.com/tampa/blog, or “Like” the Busch Gardens Facebook page, and follow @buschgardens on TwitterInstagram and Snapchat.

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The company owns or licenses a portfolio of recognized brands including SeaWorld, Busch Gardens® and Sea Rescue®. Over its more than 50-year history, the company has built a diversified portfolio of 12 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States. The company’s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests. Visit AdventureIsland.com or Busch Gardens.com.

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So Many Things to See and Do at the Florida State Fair!

Thanks to Cox Media Group Tampa I was given a family four pack to the Florida State Fair in exchange for this post and social media love. Although my tickets, some meals and rides were free, this has not affected my review. All opinions are my own.

Every year I look forward to The Florida State Fair. The food, the rides, the people watching. It’s something my husband and I thoroughly enjoy going to. There are so many things to do at the fair, and this year we decided to enjoy some of our favorite activities AND check out a few of the things we’ve never done before.

Our old faithfuls at The Florida State Fair

  • The food – We always end up with a corn dog upon arrival, and the past couple of years we end with a cheeseburger. Hubby always goes for the traditional barbecue bacon burger, and I either get the doughnut burger or the mac and cheese burger from Carousel Foods. Such yumminess! And seriously – you have to try the doughnut burger once in your life. I think you will be as surprised as I was at how delicious this darn thing actually is!
  • The arts – We LOVE seeing the entries in the arts and crafts contest held every year at the fair. The paintings and the sculptures, and the photos – this year they were just over the top. And, I was exceptionally giddy because I actually recognized some of the names of the winners in the art contests. I’ve decided next year I want to add a contribution of my own. I’ll share what I’m entering when it comes time.
  • The people watching – Dude! This is far and away my FAVORITE thing to do at the fair. You never know what outfits you will see, who you will bump into or what fun you will witness.  One of the crazy things we witnessed this year while people watching was a cell phone FLYING off of a ride. That was nuts. It almost hit someone!! Funny and scary all at the same time. And the craziest part? Their cell phone protector actually protected it. NO DAMAGE! Not even a single crack. That’s crazy right?!?
  • The Sky Ride – I love this because it takes you from one end of the fair to the other and gives you incredible views along the way. Resting our feet while getting a bird’s eye view? Winning!
  • The Ferris Wheel – it’s tradition. We always ride the Ferris Wheel. What was extra exciting about this year’s ride though was the wheel was bigger and we rode at sunset. We got some of the most epic views from the top. Seriously. Check this out:

The new things we saw/did in 2018 at the fair:

  • We went and visited with the drivers of the mini monster trucks. I had no idea this was a thing for kids! Youngins driving mini trucks?!? WOWZA! Pretty wild seeing these littles with those big trucks.
  • We also checked out the Farm to School Fun arcade hosted by The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). There were free games, educational opportunities, and we got to try some roasted peanuts from the Florida farmers that grow them. I also learned a lot about vegetables, bees, spiders, butterflies, and fish in this room.
  • For a few moments as we took a rest from the sun we stopped in and watched some baton twirling competitors. That was so cool and made me realize JUST how uncoordinated I really am. haha! We also darted over in the same hall and checked out the arts and crafts vendors selling their goods. It is truly amazing how talented some people are. While they we also got our fill of fudge, more peanuts, dip samples and more. So much deliciousness!!!
  • One thing we did that we’ve never done was juice our own oranges in the agriculture area. This covered areas also had some chickens in it which prompted a humorous conversation between me and the hubs about why we need to own chickens when we get a house.

Things we skipped or missed that I wish we’d seen:

  • We missed the Extreme Illusions & Escapes show, the BMX/FMX Freestyle Madness displays, Circus Hollywood, and the Laser Light shows. Mind you we didn’t skip them because we wanted to. We should have made the fair visit a multi-day event because we just didn’t have time for everything. The timing was off for us to see things at their scheduled hours, and/or we weren’t in the area when it was happening.
  • We skipped Cracker Country this year. Forgive me y’all, but I just wasn’t excited about this – perhaps because we’ve seen it sooooooooo many times over the years. I do regret not going over at least long enough to get some kettle corn though. It’s never better anywhere than it is there IMHO.
  • We missed events that were only happening on specific days. For example, we’ll miss the demolition derby because another trip to the fair before they close this year probably won’t be feasible with our work schedules.  Same for the Trashy Flashy Fashion Show. We were there the day after this occurred. I have to say I was super bummed about missing this because I LOVE trashy fashion shows. The way the artists can turn garbage into wearable art never ceases to amaze me.

Our 2018 fair visit was a success in my book

All in all, I loved my day at the fair, and sincerely hope that in 2019 I can afford more time to be there. I’d like to go multiple days and check out more events and things I haven’t seen yet, or that I’ve not seen in awhile. I will say that for the cost of the fair ticket, there is certainly a LOT of entertainment and enjoyment to be had. It’s not JUST about the rides and the food. I can’t wait to visit again. In the meantime, I’m hoping to check out many other events our fair city has to offer. <- see what I did there? LOL! I crack me up!

Check out all the images I snapped at The Florida State Fair this year –

Happy Dance! One Student Loan Account PAID IN FULL!!!

Dear unleveraged debt,

It’s time we broke up. You’re just not serving me anymore. In fact, I don’t love you, and I want nothing more to do with you. I want you to move out of my life as quickly as possible!

For the past 15 years, I’ve been worried about money. It’s been a concern on my mind longer than that, but it was then that I started to REALLY worry about it as I started accumulating unleveraged debt. Nearly half of my life I’ve spent accumulating it.

I have to say, it doesn’t feel good. It feels like a prison, and you know what – I just don’t want you in my life anymore.

Thank you for the times you saved me from eviction, from not being able to pay for groceries, for all the times you bailed me out. However, I now see that the cost was high and I don’t want to use you to pay my bills ever again.

Look unleveraged debt, you were great in my moments of dire need. And, I’m so incredibly grateful you were there when I didn’t see any other options. But, now I see a new path, and I must take it.

His name is abundance, and he is going to be so much better for me. In fact, we’re going to make a better couple than you and I ever possibly could have. He understands me, and wants to shower me with everything I’ve ever wanted or needed. And, he said I can keep the money he gives me free and clear. Now that sounds like a WAY better relationship to me.

I’m sorry unleveraged debt for letting you into my life. Thank you for all the lessons you have given me. I forgive myself for all the time we spent together, and I promise not to call for you again to save me because abundance will be saving me from now on.

I love you for helping me in the past, but I’m not in love with you anymore. I know it will take some time to move all of your stuff out of my life. I hope to move the last of your stuff out by the end of this year though.

I have to tell you I’m letting abundance move in now. He and I are already starting to get to know each other, and we’ve really got something special. He’s amazing. I’m loving him so much, and I’m enjoying watching as he grows as a permanent fixture in my life. He’s going to build me a home that I own free and clear, he’s giving me two cars, he’s taking me to Europe, and he’s going to make all of my dreams come true.

I know you’ll find someone else unleveraged debt that you can still serve. You’re just not serving me anymore. I need your stuff completely out of my life by December 31, 2018. I got rid of the one student loan account as of this morning, and I’m moving the rest of them out of my life as quickly as possible. I’m looking forward to packing up and shipping out every single account.

Love always,

Famous Ashley Grant

Manifestation Babe 21 Day Money Challenge – Day 4 and 5

Day 4 and 5 – I’m combining two days and I’m even behind a couple of days because of some crazy that occurred over the weekend. Needless to say, The Universe threw me for a loop, but I’ll share more about that below.

Grab the book and follow along with me, it’s called Unleash Your Inner Money Babe: Uplevel Your Money Mindset and Manifest $1,000 in 21 Days

Day Four Discoveries

Day four is all about one of the most critical elements in the Law of Attraction – gratitude. Kathrin was brilliant in her explanation of why we must show that we’re thankful for our current gifts. She compared it with the analogy of receiving a present that you didn’t show gratitude for, and made the point that when a gift giver notices this, they are less likely to want to send you more gifts. Made perfect sense to me and I LOVED it!

So…today’s challenge was to write a list of 25 things we’re thankful for, and some interesting things transpired as I worked on my list…

I decided to take myself to the mall. Something I hadn’t done in months. I was going to shop, sip on Starbucks and then finish with a lovely meal – one of my faves. I did all of that, and while I ate my meal, I smiled as I began writing my list in my notebook I had brought along with me.

I was thinking about how much I loved my husband while I was writing my list, and decided I would get him a meal too, and bring it home to him. That’s when something I could NOT have expected occurred.

The Windshield Incident

I refuse to call this an accident anymore, and am only referring to it as an incident because of the ahas that transpired after the fact… Here’s what happened…

I was driving home, and had just enjoyed a lovely time at International Plaza. While driving, a 4 inch metal bar flew through my windshield at 70 miles per hour in the Veterans Expressway. Scary moment let me tell you. Glass flew all over me. Sounded like a gunshot. Terrifying experience I never want to repeat. Now, this next part may surprise you – I’m thankful tonight for the incident I encountered today.

Wait, what?

I know….but let me explain.

The funny thing is that as I’m sitting here reflecting on it, I was trying to figure out why something so bad could happen in the midst of me trying to work on my Law of Attraction mojo and manifesting amazing things into my life. In researching how I was feeling, I stumbled upon this blog post:

What to do When you Manifest Something Bad

I was intrigued because the article actually mentioned car accidents as something that could occur as one is working on becoming a master manifester.

“Or right when it seemed like you finally got a hand on this Law of Attraction thing and things were finally starting to look up for you, your washing machine stopped working…and your refrigerator…and your stove…

“Did you manifest these bad things?

“Of course not! You didn’t manifest something bad; you manifested on an opportunity to expand forward into the life you truly desire to live.”

Later in the post the author suggests looking for the positive to see the gift in the incident that may have at first blush seemed negative. Here’s what I realized was the gift in my windshield incident:

  1. I realized that in any crisis my husband will always be my rock. He calmed me down really fast, and showed me just how lucky I am to have him in my life to be there for me.
  2. I was given a glimpse into how many people care for me. I was kind of bummed out before heading to the mall that I was going alone, but dozens of people sent me well wishes upon learning of the incident.
  3. I had started doubting whether or not someone in my life cared as much as I needed them to about my well-being. But, the moment this person learned of the incident they were ready to drop everything to come to my aid.
  4. I was shown I’m a VERY lucky woman to have not been hurt in what could have been soooooooo much worse.
  5. I was shown just how much I want a new car and I know the universe now has confirmation of that deep desire.

So yes. I’m thankful for today and the incident for the lessons it taught me 😊

My gratitude list

Alright, after allowing myself to recoup post incident, I decided to give myself some grace, skip Sunday, and then finish my list before moving on to day 5 today – Monday 1/29/18.

“Gratitude is the holy grail of the high vibration energy that you can put out into the Universe” – Kathrin Zenkina

  1. I woke up today! Not everyone did, but today I was given another day of life. Another chance for my dreams to come true. Another day to make smarter choices! Thank you!!!
  2. I have a husband who loves me. That in and of itself means someone loves and cares for me, and is always on my side no matter what.
  3. My dogs- they fill me with such an immense amount of joy!!!
  4. The meal I’m eating right now. I’m thankful I had the money to buy it. I’m grateful it tastes good, and that someone else prepared it for me.
  5. My eyesight. My lasik eye surgery is still going strong and allows me to see without glasses or contacts. LOVE!
  6. My ability to walk.
  7. I’m thankful for the ability to write this gratitude list.
  8. I can hear the conversations around me, and the music that’s playing.
  9. I’m grateful for my phone, and my computer, and of course – the internet which affords me so many wonderful things.
  10. I’m glad I have clean clothes to wear, lots of choices for outfits and a way to wash and dry my clothes at home.
  11. I’m so thankful to have clean air to breathe.
  12. I’m thankful for my jewelry – especially the sentimental pieces.
  13. I’m so thankful for indoor plumbing. I’m remembering several moments when I was in Thailand and had to pay to pee and wash my hands. Oy! Crazy experience!
  14. I’m thankful for free drink refills and kids meals. After this is when I decided to go home and bring my husband a meal…then, the incident happened and I didn’t work on this list again until Monday…
  15. Monday morning – I’m thankful my husband is waiting on me as I rest
  16. I’m grateful for free will – I know this one might sound strange, but I know in some countries the idea of not doing what you want to do is normal. That would be a prison for me, and I’m grateful for the freedom to make my own choices
  17. Amazon and Netflix – how awesome is it that we can be entertained so easily?!?
  18. I’m thankful to have a job that requires no pants, and no commute!
  19. So glad I’m creative!!!
  20. Excited to be going to Italy in 2019!
  21. I’m thankful for arts and crafts supplies.
  22. Incredibly grateful for doctors and therapists.
  23. Grateful for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay for getting me through one of the toughest times in my life in 2017!
  24. I’m grateful to live in the United States with central heating and air!
  25. I’m also thankful for all of my friends and family.

Day Five Discoveries

Day five is all about the fact that money needs a purpose. Kathrin challenged us to really think about what we would do with the money if we could manifest an extra $1,000 this month. I journaled about this, and took it further intending my purpose for what I would do with the $100,000 that I will manifest by December 31, 2018.

I’m not 100% ready to make those intentions public, but writing it all out was certainly inspiring for me. It made me so excited thinking about how I will use the money that I WILL manifest! I am loving this work, and I’m getting pretty addicted to this stuff I once considered a little Woo Woo. I’m embracing my inner woo-woo wholeheartedly and LOVING it!

Until tomorrow…may your hearts be full and your inner most desires be met!

Manifestation Babe 21 Day Money Challenge – Day 3

Day 3 is all about the feels! I was supposed to have this done by this morning, but a luncheon thwarted my plans. Perhaps it was silly to think I could commit to every day at breakfast, but at least I’m still actually doing the days, right?

So, I’ll continue my commitment to doing one of these posts every day, regardless of the time I’m able to get it done.

And again, I’m thinking really hard about making all of my challenges public. It feels so exciting putting all of my hopes and dreams out to the Universe in this manner. It’s like I’m shouting from the virtual rooftops what I want, and that I expect the Universe to deliver! WOOT!

Grab the book and follow along with me, it’s called Unleash Your Inner Money Babe: Uplevel Your Money Mindset and Manifest $1,000 in 21 Days

Day Three Discoveries

For day 3, the challenge was to list the feelings that I would have if I had an extra $1,000 right now. The idea is to get in tune with the feels related to having what you want now, not the feelings you would have if it’s on its way. If money is just energy, you have to get into the energetic feeling of already having it now so that it can more easily flow to you.

For me, if I had an extra  $1,000 right now I’d be calmer and relieved.  I’d feel a little more free, and a little more happy. And, I’d feel excited about what I’m going to do with the money.

You’re supposed to then repeat these feelings to get energetically aligned so the Universe can give you the money! To get into these happy feelings I’m going to visualize the money in my bank account and just feel calm, relieved, happy, free and excited.

Money Prayers

Along with this 21 day challenge, I’m also reading Catherine Ponder’s The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity. And, in her book she has these awesome money prayers that have been helping me feel more prosperous. Below are a few I’d like to share with you if you too want to feel a little more prosperous right now.

  • There is gold dust in the air – for me. Through definite, deliberate prosperous thinking, I now begin assimilating that gold dust. And even now I am beginning to experience gold dust results.
  • Divine Love expressing through me now draws to me all that is needed to make me happy and my life complete. (Yes, I know this one may be more about love than money, but when I feel loved, I make more money. Maybe it’s because it boosts my confidence and helps me feel less afraid to pitch potential clients – whatever it is – I’ll take all the love feels)
  • I release, loose, let go and let God.
  • I am the rich child of a loving Father. All that the Father has is mine to share and to experience. Diving Intelligence is now showing me how to claim my own God-given wealth, health and happiness. Divine Intelligence is even now opening the way for my immediate blessings. I have faith that all that is mine by divine right now comes to me in rich abundance. My rich blessings do not interfere with anyone else’s good, since God’s rich substance is unlimited and everywhere for all to use. There is no delay! That which is not for my highest good now fades from me and I no longer desire it. My God-given desires are richly fulfilled now in God’s own wonderful way.
  • Declare: I give thanks for the immediate, complete, divine fulfillment of these desires. This or something better comes forth with perfect timing, according to God’s rich good for me.
  • I am now activated by Divine Intelligence, motivated by Divine Love and guided by Divine Power into my right work, which I perform in a perfect way for perfect pay. The divine plan of my life now takes shape in definite concrete experiences, leading to perfect health, happiness, success and prosperity.

Aren’t those just awesome?!? I’m loving getting into my inner woo-woo spiritual side. Some how, some way, this WILL be the year that everything changes for me. My deepest desires are becoming realities, even as I type this now. SOOOOOOOO excited, and feeling so good! Until tomorrow…may your hearts be full and your inner most desires be met!

Manifestation Babe 21 Day Money Challenge – Day 2

Day 2 – Man oh man! Didn’t expect to cry as much as I did in today’s challenge, but wowza! I feel amazing right now!

Grab the book and follow along with me, it’s called Unleash Your Inner Money Babe: Uplevel Your Money Mindset and Manifest $1,000 in 21 Days

Day Two Discoveries

For day 2, the challenge was all about forgiveness. The idea is that you should completely forgive yourself, and everyone and everything from your past that has been negative until now.

Master manifestor Joe Vitale has this amazing practice he does called Ho’oponopono, and I first heard about this practice from Denise Duffield Thomas in her Money Bootcamp. The practice goes like this:

Think about every person who has wronged you and say OUT LOUD:

  • I’m sorry
  • I forgive you
  • Thank you and
  • I love you

For what I consider obvious reasons I’m not going to share my full forgiveness list publicly. However, I do want to acknowledge how much lighter I feel after doing just 30 minutes of forgiveness work. Things that I thought didn’t bother me anymore, came up unexpectedly during this exercise.

I cried a lot more than I planned, but when I was finished I felt so much love and happiness towards myself and everyone on my list. I hope that now I can truly move on from the things that were on my list. Letting them go feels freeing.

I definitely want to work more on forgiveness. I know that by forgiving others and myself I can clear the space in my heart and in my mind that I need to bring my goals and dreams into realities. I want to be clear of negativity as much as possible.

If you’re reading this right now, I love you. I’m sending you love and positive vibes and the hope that all of your dreams come true. I’m rooting for you and I want to see you succeed. here’s to our manifestation of everything we’ve ever wanted!

Manifestation Babe 21 Day Money Challenge – Day 1

Alright, here is DAY 1!!! I’m so excited to unleash my inner money babe. I’m thinking I might just publicly do all my personal development stuffs here on my blog. Big dreams require big action after all. Am I right? So…going forward as I’m working through courses and challenges and stuffs…I’m just going to lay it all out and uplevel my whole LIFE! WOOHOO

Grab the book and follow along with me, it’s called Unleash Your Inner Money Babe: Uplevel Your Money Mindset and Manifest $1,000 in 21 Days

Day One Discoveries!

for Day One, Manifestation Babe wanted us to start clearing out the crap. As with many manifestation readings and videos I’ve encountered, decluttering is a great way to clear the space for the new.

She told us to start with just our wallet and the space we spend the most time in. She recognizes we can’t do our entire homes in one day. Thank goodness!

Now that I’ve cleaned out my wallet I feel a little bit better. Then again, I also was a little bit annoyed because I realized that I had coupons in my wallet that I forgot about and let expire. But I guess that just proves that I need to clean out my wallet a little more frequently.

I did make a few other discoveries hiding in my wallet that made me excited. I found a couple of gift cards that I can use to go out to eat with my husband, and I found 4 free movie tickets that we can use for a couple of date nights. So now we just need to schedule some nights out with each other, which I do confess I’m looking forward to. I just LOVE spending time out with my hubby!

I handle most of my finances from my home office. Now that I’ve cleaned that area out, it does feel a little bit more organized. I feel like the spot is a little less chaotic. but, it also looks really bare. Haha!  

I guess that’s to be expected whenever you clean an area out. I do want to clean out the rest of my apartment as well. I definitely want to organize my entire living space as well, and give everything  a place where it goes . Nothing frustrates me more then not being able to find what I’m looking for what I’m looking for it.

The main area that I spend the most time in is my home office. The other space that I spend time in is my living room. And, I did clean a lot of the crap out that was in the living room too, but again I seriously need to declutter a lot more.

I definitely feel lighter, happier, and able to breathe easier when my space is clean and clutter-free. However the thing that frustrates me is the difficulty in maintaining the cleanliness. I find what generally happens is I spend a bunch of time cleaning, and then I don’t stick to putting everything back where it belongs.

What I would definitely like to have happen in my “Rich Babe” mind, is to clean my entire space and then manifest enough money to hire a housekeeper.  That way someone else will be responsible for putting everything away and I can just focus I’m doing the things that I actually want to do.

Of course, I’m pretty sure I’m getting ahead of myself. Therefore, I’ll just focus on these 21 days first and see where they take me.

 

I’m Going to do the Manifestation Babe 21 Day Money Challenge

I’ve decided that I’m Going to do the Manifestation Babe 21 Day Money Challenge! As a means of holding myself accountable I’m going to post all of my workbook stuffs here – public. YIKES! I’m nervous about doing this, but I figure, what the hell? You gotta be bold with the Universe right? So, I’m putting all of this OUT THERE so my dreams can come true! Today is Day 0 and Day 1, but to prevent these posts from getting insanely long, I’m just going to load one day worth of work per post. Without further adieu…here are my day zero answers to the kickASH work book. Oh, and if you want to get the book and follow along with me, it’s called Unleash Your Inner Money Babe: Uplevel Your Money Mindset and Manifest $1,000 in 21 Days

Day Zero – Pre Challenge Questions!

1. Why are you here? What inspired you to start this journey?

What inspired me to start this journey is the fact that I’m frustrated with my current financial situation. Every single time that I start to get into a positive mindset and believe that things are going to change, I go right back into my old way of thinking, my old way of acting, and I sabotage myself every step of the way.

 

2. What are you ready to shift when it comes to your finances?

I’m ready to shift my beliefs about how many has to be difficult. I’m ready to step into the flow and find the path of least resistance.

 

3. What is it that made you say “enough is enough?”

For me, the reality is that I’m not getting any younger, and I don’t want to be facing another year, facing another January and still looking at the same numbers. I want to start seeing my debts go down, and my income and net worth go up.

 

4. On a scale of 1 to 10, how committed are you to radically transforming your money story over the next 21 days?

I feel like I am 100% committed to changing and transforming my money story over the next 21 days. They say it takes 21 days to make a habit, and I would sure like to make earning more income my new habit for 2018.

 

5. How would it feel to manifest an extra $1,000 within the next 21 day period?

It would feel amazing! Bringing in more money and setting the foundation to believe in myself and believe that more income is possible would be even more amazing

 

6. What would you do with the money and why?

To be honest I would use it to pay down my debts. I really want this year to finally be the year that I start getting closer to or even finally becoming being debt-free. I know that having unleveraged debt feels very imprisoning. I want to feel free, and I truly believe the only way for that to happen is for me to finally get my unleveraged debt number to 0.

 

7. When do you plan to sit down, open up each lesson, and do the necessary work required? Commitment is key here! Give an exact time of day.

I think for me the best thing would be to commit to doing it as soon as I finish eating breakfast everyday. I think it would be the best way to start off my day because then I would be thinking about the shift necessary to get into a positive money mindset. And what better way to start each day and to be in a positive money mindset? So yes, I’ll commit to doing it every day right after I eat breakfast.