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How to Become a Travel Photographer – the Blueprint

BY VIKTOR ELIZAROV

If you want to learn how to become a travel photographer, you in the right place.

It was a beautiful day in Montreal. I was on a regular afternoon jog listening to a popular photography podcast. The topic of the episode was travel photography. The guests of the show were two professional photographers with the years of experience.

At the end of the podcast during the listeners’ question and answer session, the first question immediately grabbed my attention. Why? Because I’ve been asked the same, or nearly identical, question many times before.

So what’s the question?

“I want to start traveling more specifically for photography, but I do not know where to start. Do you have any idea where I should go or how to plan my trip? Should I edit photos while I am there or should I wait until I return home? What cameras, lenses and other equipment do I take? Help! I am suffering from analysis paralysis“.
Ok, so perhaps the question has multiple parts but it still rang true to my experience. I was curious to hear the answers because I knew it was a loaded question and definitely not an easy one.

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The photographers’ answers surprised me.

Here are some of them:

“South Asia is a good place to go.”“Do not go to Bangkok.”“If you do not know, choose a place randomly.”“Europe, maybe.”
Instead of addressing the complex subject of travel photography, the photographers only concentrated on a single aspect: the location. Their answers disappointed me because I do not consider the location to be an essential part of travel photography. You do not need to travel to a remote and exotic destination to enjoy travel photography.

A simple 4-step process on how to become a travel photographer

I decided to put together a blueprint or guide to help people who want to get involved in travel photography but do not know where to start. I used a similar approach when I first started and it has proven successful over the years.

First and foremost, please do not start your travel photography journey with a trip to South Asia. It will be a waste of time and money, not to mention it will be full of disappointments.

Start smaller and grow from there.

Northern California. Morro Bay.


Step 1: Testing Ground

Find a local park in your neighborhood, preferably within walking distance or a short drive. Make this your testing ground for your equipment and photography routines.

Any urban park has all the essential elements of travel photography: landscapes, cityscapes, people, etc….

Plan your visits during different times of the day. Learn how to deal with the harsh midday light, overcast, rain, sunsets and sunrises. In doing so, you will figure out what minimum equipment you need to cover different scenarios of travel photography.

For example, I realized pretty early that a minimalistic approach to photography suits me the best and all I need is a camera with a walk around lens. For years, I used a combination of a Canon 60D + Sigma 17-70mm and now I have a similar setup of a Sony a6000 + Sony 16-70mm.

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I am lucky enough to have a beautiful park in only short walking distance from where I live. Even now, when I have a new piece of equipment, I always test it there. When I switched from a Canon to a Sony, it was a steep learning curve and the local park was the ideal place for learning and testing my new equipment.

Now that it is winter, I ordered new photo gloves and, when I receive them, I will go to the park for a few hours to see if I like them or not.

Park Rene Levesque in Montreal is my testing ground


Step 2: Mini Simulation

The next step is to go on a day-long trip at a location within a 1-2-hour driving range. In my case, I know all the national and provincial parks around Montreal and most of them make perfect destinations for short photo trips.

This trip will take you away from the comfort of your home for the entire day and will allow you to start micro planning and testing your skills.

Make sure you plan in advance what spot to visit at sunset or sunrise. It is not always easy to do both during a short trip, so choose only one and make sure you visit the best spot. Use Google search, Google maps, and 500px to pinpoint the perfect location for your sunrise or sunset shoot.

Also, you have to decide how many camera batteries to bring with you, if you need spare memory cards, and so on. If your trip involves challenging hiking, it also might be a good idea to leave the tripod at home.

These trips are designed for photographers to make mistakes and to learn from them. With every new trip, you will learn more about planning, your equipment, and your habits.

When you comfortable with the short trips, it is time to graduate to multi-day trips.

Mont-Saint-Bruno national park is only 30km from Montreal


Step 3: Multi-Day Driving Trips

This is how real travel photography started for me.

Montreal is located within a 5-7 hour driving distance from New York, Boston and Toronto with Niagara Falls. My trips dedicated exclusively to photography started with 2-3 day driving trips to those destinations.

Multi-days trips require much more planning where you should always do your research first and then plan all your sunrises, sunsets and everything in between.

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Another new challenge you have to face on these trips is to figure out how to deal with editing and backups.

I am not giving you a specific scenario to follow because, based on my experience, travel routines are always changing and evolving.

For example, in the beginning, I always did some basic edits of my new photos by the end of every day of the trip. Now, I only concentrate on my shooting and I start the editing process when I am back at home. But, I always have the option to edit photos simply by connecting my tablet to camera using Wi-Fi, grabbing a few photos, editing them with Snapseed and posting them to social media.

At the same time, my backup routine has not changed a lot. By the end of the day, I backup all new photos to two external hard drives and always make sure to keep them in two separate places. I have one with me at all times in my bag and the second I keep in the safe in the hotel or in the trunk of my car.

Also, I do not rush to format my memory cards. I keep photos on the cards until I run out of space on all four of them and only then do I start formatting.

The beauty of driving trips is that you do not have to be too selective about the equipment you bring with you. You can load your trunk with everything you own and later figure out what pieces are essential for your style of photography.

New York. Taken from Staten Island Ferry.

Step 4: Hacking Family Vacation

The next step is to hack your family vacation.

You have to be careful with this one so as to ensure you do not agitate your loved ones or ruin the vacation for them.

A family trip can serve as the perfect opportunity for testing your air travel routines. It requires additional research to figure out carry on allowances on every leg of your trip and to decide what equipment to bring.

After I brought all my equipment on one of my first family trips to Cuba and hardly used any of it, I started to pack differently by bringing only the necessities along. Also, after I switched from DSLR to Mirrorless, I can pack everything (almost everything) in my carry on without worrying about lost luggage.

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So how do you start planning?

Begin by planning your vacation as you normally would and concentrate on family activities first. When these are done and everybody is happy, you can enhance your trip with photography adventures.

During the vacation, the only time when you can be 100% dedicated to your photography is when everybody is sleeping. On each day of vacation you will have a few hours between sunrise and breakfast to concentrate on your photography. And, not only will your family be in bed at 5 am, about 99.9% of tourists will be in their beds as well. In fact, you would be surprised how beautiful Venice looks at sunrise – it is completely different and calm without the chaos of crowds.

Cuba. Sunrise at Cayo Coco beach.


Last year, my wife and I went to Niagara Falls in the middle of summer on a weekend getaway. It was so crowded during the day that I had no chance of using a tripod. It was even difficult to take any pictures without having people in the frame. But, when I went to the Falls the next morning just before sunrise, I had the entire place to myself. The only person I met there was another photographer who had the same idea.

The goal of successfully combining a family vacation with photography and to be able to enjoy them both is to plan every single sunrise in advance. The rest of the days will be dedicated to family activities and are much more difficult to plan. You can enjoy your family while trying to be as opportunistic as possible with your photography.

After you have completed dozens of one-day local trips, half a dozen of short driving trips and at least a couple of family vacations, you will be ready to go on extensive trips dedicated exclusively to photography. You will acquire the necessary skills and establish personal routines that will help you be comfortable, confident and safe during your travels.

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Conclusion

Learning any new complex process requires breaking it down into smaller digestible chunks that you can then start to tackle one at a time. Travel photography is no different. You cannot learn everything in one shot. By starting small, you will gradually accumulate knowledge, experience and establish your unique routines.

I hope my simple blueprint will help you fulfill your dream of becoming a travel photographer and accelerate the learning process.

By Viktor Elizarov

I am a travel photographer and educator from Montreal, Canada, and a founder of PhotoTraces. I travel around the world and share my experiences here. Feel free to check my Travel Portfolio and download Free Lightroom Presets.

My Digital Marketing Journey

Most digital marketing journeys begin with many unanswered questions, mine was no different.  I had to first wrap my head around what digital marketing is, how it works, and of course the profit potential.

Recent retirement, quickly reveled the need for additional income. Not wishing to continue to conform and comply with the natural flow, I had no desire to work for anyone. The natural question became apparent; What can I do?

Spiritual awareness revealed to me that being the unique individual that we all are, we were born to create.  We are to use our unique gifts, talents, and ideals to provide for the collectiveness of the universe.

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Further contemplation led me to my love for photography and art. After years of running an inherited family business and working for others within the workforce, I now finally have the opportunity to pursue my passion for photography.

With the question of what to do finally answered, how to make this a reality  became my focus.  How could I create a digital photography business? The how began with an intense investigation of the overall digital photography industry.  

That investigation very quickly exposed, and initiated a huge need for support, direction and instruction.  I lacked the technology as well as the knowledge. 

Understanding that the driving force for any business is customers.  All business must address customer needs and problems.  Bottom line customer acquisition is the key.  I had to find potential customers, to present my artistic creations.

Start Up Problems

As a budding entrepreneur you must address a unique set of problems relevant to your particular niche.  Ironically, you must solve your start up problems in order to create an entity to address your customer needs. 

There are many obstacles that must be addressed when starting any business. The main ones being: 

  • Start Up Capital
  • Technical Platform
  • Marketing/Advertisement/Promotion
  • Training/Coaching/Learning

The good news is; digital start ups are a little less daunting than traditional brick and mortar companies.  And, a lot less expensive!

As I searched for the things needed to get up and going, I was bombarded with countless get rich sachems. Stay Clear! ….. Investigate Thoroughly!

“The strength of the effort determines the outcome”

After countless hours I found a company named The Six Figure Mentors. My affiliation with SFM is the cornerstone of my company.  Uniquely, this company addressed not one but all of my start up concerns, issues, and problems.

Via this affiliation I was led to AWeber  email marketing company which augmented my customer acquisition efforts initiated by SFM.  Although a digital marketing plan can be created without the concept of email marketing, I found it in my best interest to add this concept to my marketing efforts.  Email marketing has become the foundation to my marketing strategy.

The technical platforms, training/coaching, learning modules, mentorship, and support from both companies are second to none. This partnership is the solid foundation for my ever expanding digital world.

In addition, marketing their products provides the economic base needed to grow your business regardless to your particular product/service or niche. Their pre developed sales funnel gave me the beginning cash flow necessary to build on.

Do yourself a favor and check them out.  Do your own investigation. Simply follow the links and banners on this page.

Concluding Note

Please be aware and understand who you are.  You must understand the Divine Creation you are.  You must understand that you were created by the Divine(God) to create for the universe.

“Simply Become Who You Are”

Throughout my life experiences it seemed the happiness was only an illusion.  It was not until I realized  the true nature of my being that I could experience the state happiness I now experience.

So create that which you are intended to create.  Give of your Gifts and Talents!  “DO What You DO”

Health Wealth & Love! …. “Namaste”

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5 Steps to Take Now So You Can Thrive in the Post Coronavirus World

Article Written by; Barry Davret FollowMar 25 · 5 min read

You have plenty of alone time. Don’t waste it.

Pandemics always end. At some point, this will pass. We’ll find a way to defeat the coronavirus. We just don’t know when. But that’s not the question that troubles me. What I want to know are the answers to these questions:

Will my friends and loved ones still be here? Will I still be here? What will become of us? Will I still have a job or business?

Don’t tell me you aren’t thinking that too, or at least similar thoughts more appropriate to your situation. If you’re not careful, you can spend hours on end contemplating the worst-case-scenarios. That kind of thinking will destroy your sanity.

Nobody can predict how this will all end, but I’m planning on thriving in the post coronavirus world, and I’ve already started taking steps to make it happen.

When you shut off the endless cycle of crisis, you’re left with a lot of free time. How you choose to fill that time today will impact your future outcomes. So, where do you start?

These five steps will help you focus on doing work that matters.


1. The Life Design Questions

In the early 2000s, I attended a string of personal development seminars. My intoxication with self-help schemes fizzled out, but one of those events left a lasting impact. The leader of this seminar had us focus on three questions. The answers gave us clarity on what we wanted and enabled us to design a life we desired.

Who do you want to become?

What kind of person do you aspire to be? What characteristics do you want other people to ascribe to you?

What do you want to become?

What kind of professional life do you desire? Describe it in detail.

What is the change you need to make?

Describe the person you are now and what you do. What changes do you need to make to achieve the vision of your future self?

This exercise always provided me interesting insights, but it never resulted in any changes to my life. But years later, I found this to be a useful tool when used as a precursor to the next step.


2. Create Your Day in the Life

Several years ago, I listened to a Tim Ferris podcast, where he interviewed Debbie Millman. She described a life-changing exercise that I’ve been following for the last two years. Here’s how it works.

Picture yourself five years from now, long after the crisis ends. Write out in essay format, a day in your life from the moment you get out of bed until you fall asleep.

Think about all of your dreams and imagine that you have already achieved them (use results from the first step). Imagine what your life would be like if you pursued your goals without fear and delay. Be specific about what you do with your day, both professionally and personally. Write about your career, family life, health, and hobbies. Your essay should run about 3,000–5,000 words.

For more details, I suggest you listen to the segment here at 1:31:00 into the podcast. I’ve been focusing on this the last week, and whenever I feel that twinge of angst, I pull out my essay and read it. It has a remarkably calming and motivating effect.


3. List the Actions You Must Take to Create That Life

Once you’ve put your dream life on paper, list out the high-level activities you must take to achieve those goals. Creating a plan can overwhelm you, so don’t get hung up on intricate details. List out the steps as you think of them. There will be a significant amount of gaps, but you’ll address those in the next step.

Let’s suppose in three years you will have published a novel. Your high-level actions would be:

  1. Write the first draft.
  2. Get it reviewed by a developmental editor.
  3. Rewrite.
  4. Final edit.
  5. Book design.
  6. Publish.

Yes, there are dozens of steps in between. You may need to acquire specific skills, get recommendations, research, and network. But a high-level outline like this gets you excited, focuses your mind, and prepares you to dig into the details.


4. Research, but Not Too Much

There’s nothing like losing yourself in research to take your mind off the craziness of the outside world. It takes more than a few hopeful ideas to achieve a dream. You need to know what steps to take and then act on them.

But don’t bury yourself in research forever. I’ve found that some folks use it as an excuse to avoid doing work or taking risks.

Research other people who have achieved similar goals to yours and find out what they did, and then move on. You can always come back to do more if you need it.

When you finish, go back to your list from the previous step and fill in some of the blanks.


5. Make it Happen

Dreaming and planning are necessary steps, but they mean nothing without taking action. Schedule time in your day to work on your dream. Sure, you knew that already. But what if you’re struggling with following through? It’s almost impossible to focus in this environment.

By scheduling time and limiting your intake of social media and news, you’ll find it easier to focus. If the stress still gets to you, I’ve found that these steps help:

  • Read your day in the life essay. It’ll transport your mind to a future state.
  • Listen to music or sounds that calm you. I listen to Brain.fm, but it’s subscription-based. If you want something free, create a playlist. I find that listening to music that reminds me of childhood brings back memories of happier times, and crowds out today’s madness.

Living in an era of uncertainty and fear may get the better of us at moments. But focusing on your dream now will not only distract you from the fear and anxiety but will set you up for a more fruitful post corona world.

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HEALTH WEALTH & LOVE

I have come to realize that my purpose in life, in simple terms is; to promote Health Wealth and Love.  It is truly a blessing to be able to enjoy my daily life uplifting humanity by fulfilling my purpose.

When you think about it Health, Wealth, and Love combined are the foundation on which true happiness is built.  Man’s greatest aspiration should be for, him and his family to enjoy life in good health, filled with an abundance of wealth and love.

There is great debate as to which comes first or, which is more important.  I have come to the conclusion, that the order does not matter.  To be lacking in either results in unhappiness.

I think we all would agree that the driving force in the universe is “Love”.  I also think that all would agree that without good health, happiness is impossible. However, there arrises uncertainty about wealth.  The question arises; can you be truly happy while experiencing lack?

Motives of Man

In his book “Think and Grow Rich”, Napoleon Hill identified nine basic motives of man. 

  1. Self Preservation (Health & Wealth)
  2. Financial Gain (Wealth)
  3. Love
  4. Sexuality
  5. Desire for power and fame
  6. Fear
  7. Revenge
  8. Freedom of body and mind
  9. Desire to create

While Mr. Hill wrote in reference to selling techniques, these motives are inherent in all.

If you will note Health, Wealth, and Love are at the very top of the list.  Man was created by “Divine Providence” (God) to enjoy the abundance of the universe.  And, the abundance of these three attributes is uppermost. 

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Beliefs and Thoughts

Man is limited only by disempowering beliefs and erroneous thinking.  Strangely enough, most of our disempowering beliefs come from erroneous religious teachings.

Teachings derived from passages such as; “ the love of money is the root of all evil”.  Or, “it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into heaven”. 

Please, examine such text more thoroughly.  Passages are often misunderstood.  And sometimes, further study may reveal other passages that should be examined.

Take a look at this passage;

Ecclesiastes 10:19 …a feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.

Now, what do you think?  Regardless of what you think, you probably can’t argue with the fact that financial condition directly affects all three of these very important areas.

We must have money.  Money is only a medium of exchange that is used as a tool to not only satisfy necessities but to also forge a lifestyle.  You get to choose your lifestyle.

It is “only” your thinking that determines your lifestyle.  With thoughts of Health Wealth and Love, you create circumstances that in turn manifest the desired environment.  Therefore, you get to enjoy your life.  On the other hand, thoughts rooted in fear, produce poverty, lack, and ill-health.

My thoughts of an abundant lifestyle led me to the creation of Digital Age Professionals. Built on the Six Figure Mentors, affiliate marketing platform I now lead a lifestyle of complete freedom.  I get the opportunity to promote Health Wealth and Love while I travel the world enjoying my two greatest passions; writing and photography.

I hope I have given you “Adequate Motive” to Create a business that satisfies the basic motives within your being. Join us, and turn your passion into the lifestyle of your desire.

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The Power of Thought ! Man’s Greatest Discovery

Look around you, every material object you see, started out as a thought in some man’s mind.  The car you drive, the bricks that form your home, the toaster you used for breakfast this morning, the plate you ate from, the cell phone that you can’t put down.  All things (material objects) have their origin in the mind of man, and the manifestation of these objects are the result of Thought.

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The mind of man is creative.  It must be understood that this creative power originates not in the mind of man but in the “Universal Mind”(God), the source of all power, wisdom, and intelligence.  This “Universal Mind” is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscience.

Being omnipresent, mind permeates all things and all space.  “The ALL(God) is in Everything, and Everything is in the ALL(God)” This means that the essence of God resides within you, and all individuals. (“ The Kingdom of God is Within”)  We are Individualized Spirit.  All your power comes from within.

This mind permeates every cell of your body in the form of negative energy.  We have come to understand that this energy comprises our “subconscious mind” it acts without our conscious knowledge. This subconscious mind is our true connection between God, the universe, and our conscious mind.

The Universal Mind and You

 “God made man in His own image” (Spiritual Image).  A through examination of the word man will bring you to its origin, which is the word mind. Now replace the word man with the word mind.  The scripture will then read “God made mind in His own image”.  Thus, the mind of man is a part of the Universal Mind.  It should be noted that a part of anything possesses the same substance and quality of that from which it comes.  The only difference is one of degree.

The subconscious mind is the connecting link between the Universal mind and the conscious mind of man. Our subconscious mind is responsive to the desires (will) of our conscious mind.

The conscious mind is the positive energy of thought. The only activity of mind is thinking.  Our conscious mind thinks, and impresses upon our negatively charged subconscious mind, which is the connecting link between you, and the Universal Mind(God).  This connection produces the power necessary to cause the manifestation of that particular thought.  Making your conscious mind the creator of things, environments, and circustances.

Thought, then is our only reality.  Conditions, and environments are but the outward manifestations of our thinking.  To create a better environment and or better circumstances you only need to change your thinking.   “As A Man Thinketh So Is He”, a must read by James Allen.

Thoughts and Beliefs

Be very careful, your creative conscious mind is susceptible to all forms of influence, gathered in by your senses, what you hear, see, smell, taste, and or feel.  Your thoughts are not only influenced by impressions from your senses, but they are also affected by your beliefs, most of which are received via heredity.   Your beliefs guide and direct your thoughts, therefore shape your reality. (circumstances, environments)   It must be noted that your deeply ingrained beliefs can be either empowering or disempowering. Examine all your beliefs.

I must take a moment to enlighten you to that most of us are oppressed, and subjugated.  We have an oppressor in some form or another, whether it be in the form of government or some elitist power.   This oppression is rooted in consumerism.  As a consumer you are the power that fuels our intricately “constructed society”.  And, your beliefs are shaped to keep us in that position.  You can only change your position by becoming a producer, thereby lessening the effects of consumerism.

Your subconscious receives all thoughts both good and bad it does not discriminate.  If your thoughts are of peace, love, wealth and happiness, your circumstance and environment will be good.  But, if your thoughts are based on fear, poverty, and lack, your thoughts will manifest circumstances accordingly.  You have been given the power to think on the level of “The Absolute’(God), now use that power.

You Are a Creator

Now that you understand that you are a creator, what are you going to create?  Are you going to continue to create bad circumstances by harboring thoughts of poverty and lack, based on fear? Or, are you going to think thoughts of joy, peace, and abundance?   Resulting in a life of true happiness filled with good health, wealth, and love.

The power of thought could be considered to be man’s greatest discovery.  I submit to you that the major difference between the super rich and the common man is this discovery and the use of it’s power.

There are those who made this discovery and have used this power to create large amount of wealth. Then, there are those who have made this discovery and have not acted on it.

Then there are those who are just now becoming aware.  Now that you are beginning to develop this understanding, what are you going to do with it?  What kind of lifestyle do you wish to manifest?

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Change Your Circumstances; Do Something Different!

You Can’t Change Your Circumstances By Doing the Same Things. In order to get a different outcome, you must change the way you are doing things. You can’t expect a better environment or circumstances when you continue to do the same things the same way. OK, I think you got the point.

Anyway, what I am trying to convey is a well known Universal Law, called Cause and Effect. The law simply states; For every effect, there is a cause. Therefore there is a cause for any and all of your circumstances, as well as the environment in which you live.

Now comes the hard part, and that is accepting that YOU are the cause! We all have a tendency to place blame everywhere but on ourselves. In the allegory of Adam and Eve, Adam placed blame on Eve for his disobedience. We all have a tendency to look for others to blame.

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You are the cause! Being created in the “image and likeness of God” makes you a part of Universal Spirit (God is omnipresent). A part of anything possesses the same substance and qualities of that from which it comes. Remember the “Kingdom of God is within”.

All power including the power to change things comes from within. Now ask yourself:

  • Are you happy with your circumstances/environment?

  • Are you happy with your job? 

  • Are you tired of living paycheck to paycheck?

  • Are you tired of working 60 hours per week just to make ends meet?

  • Are you tired of just being the consumer?

  • Are you tired of spending your whole paycheck on bills?

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If you are dissatisfied with your answers to any of these questions, you need to change the way you are doing things. Change the way you think!

Explore your options, consider your purpose, and your God-given gifts and talents. Find your niche and create a better experience. You are an individualized Spirit, placed on earth with a purpose to create something. Look around you, everything you see that is not animal, vegetable or mineral was created by a man acting in harmony with Universal Spirit.

My new creation is an internet marketing business called “Digital Age Professionals”. I have found that the internet marketing platform provides me the opportunity to participate in a global economy, offering unlimited income potential, all while living a lifestyle of freedom.

Acting within my purpose which is to help people, I believe in the greatest good for the greatest number. I am offering you the opportunity to join me and help to make a change “one person at a time, from the inside out” Click the banner below to launch your new lifestyle at no cost! Let your journey begin!

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