Incoming… a super long post that’s been months in the making!! Grab some coffee, tea, or wine, and get cozy! PLEASE KEEP ALL COMMENTS POSITIVE. I have always been completely open and honest, and well… we’ve not been okay… but I know we will be.
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As many of you know I lost my dream job in May 2023 and despite what many might think I did not leave by my own choice nor did I receive any compensation. We moved our entire life to Florida and started careers, bought a home, and built a life in the Sunshine State, and are not planning to move anytime soon. Many people have asked if we will move closer to other organizations and that’s just not possible to do, at least not quickly. Plus – despite reaching out to some, no opportunities have come along in that area even remotely.
Over the last year, I have been dealing with mysterious health issues that started during my first half marathon attempt in February 2023 when I lost my vision and almost passed out on the course, plus new autoimmune symptoms and depression from so many stressful events- TK, the pandemic, compassion fatigue, the house fire, family health issues, watching another career fall apart, and most recently the loss of my 15 year constant bff -Alice. I know some people believe I left on my own to deal with mental health issues- but the problems started before, during, and after I was let go. Then to top it all off, I was given no time to say goodbye to my cats, the supporters, or my fellow friends, and felt like an outcast. I couldn’t be used as a physical workhorse so I was no longer needed and was disregarded- it felt cruel and caused me to shut down for a while. This was just one more nail in the coffin of my atrocious career path…
In fact, my last 4 professional careers ended in a similar fashion. I gave my heart and soul and made things extremely profitable only for the companies and organizations to abruptly sell out and I found myself out of a job. Fool me once… but I’ve now been fooled 4 times in a row.
After many long discussions and heart-to-heart talks, my amazing and selfless husband is giving me the chance of a lifetime. The chance to reset, take my time, set goals, get healthy, and no pressure to move forward until I’m ready. The chance to build something myself and be my own boss, in charge of my time, energy, and my own destiny. But small businesses take time to build.
So what exactly am I trying to build? I have always enjoyed sharing things I love with the world- whether it’s animals, travel, Disney, places to go, or things to eat and drink with a heavy focus on photography, writing, and creating videos – So i just want to keep doing that! Only now I’m excited to start sharing some of our favorite items we purchase too!
Right now my focus is on researching, learning, and developing new skills for digital content creation and affiliate marketing for both of our brands – follow each social channel below:
Sunshine and Sand Dollars
Cats of Mira Manor
How can you help us for free?
– Follow each social channel
– Subscribe to the blog
– Share our posts
– Leave comments
– Like our posts
– Reading and sharing blog posts
– Watching videos and reels all the way through- we are often included in their bonus program where we earn money based on views
– Clicking on links in our posts
– Tell a friend!
Other ways to help:
Shopping through our affiliate links-
What are affiliate links?
“An affiliate link is a special web link that allows someone to earn a commission for promoting a product or service. When someone clicks on a link and buys something, the person who shared the link earns a percentage of the sale. It’s a way for people to earn passive income by recommending products they like”.
We are currently working with Amazon and Etsy and have been accepted into their affiliate programs. So this is where we are asking you a favor when you shop–
Basically, the way it works is if you click on any of the links we share or that we post on our shop page and then you buy anything within 24 hours we may get a commission. You don’t have to buy the exact item we share with you, you just have to click the link to get to the site then shop and purchase whatever you were already planning on buying within 24 hours. Please keep us in mind anytime you are already going to place an order, especially for your holiday shopping- just come to our page and click a link then shop!
Here’s our shop and I’ll be adding more items regularly- SHOP NOW
If you bookmark this page or save the link and always shop through our links
it could help benefit us greatly.
My Etsy Affiliate shop page will be coming soon along with Booking.com links for all the places we love to stay especially at Disney, but it’s all still a work in progress as I learn more about the industry.
Please don’t think every link I post is selling something though- I promise you won’t notice anything different from what you’ve been following the last few years- only now all things I’m doing are to hopefully to benefit the growth of our small business and to support Mira Manor!
You will occasionally see #sponsored or #ad on social posts but only because that’s the industry requirement- I promise you are not losing content – it’s all the same and still free. Same with my default disclaimer on our blog posts, even on posts that don’t have affiliate links. We gotta comply!
Giving Stars and Gifts-
What are Stars?
Facebook Stars is a feature that allows us to monetize our video and audio content. Viewers can buy Stars and send them to us on LIVES or posts that interest you. For every Star we receive, Facebook will pay us USD 0.01.
What are Gifts?
Instagram gifts is a feature that allows us to earn money from our audience. Followers and non-followers can show their appreciation for creators by sending virtual gifts on reels. Viewers can purchase stars and use them to send you gifts on Instagram.
Support the Mira Manor cats-
Several people have asked how they can help our cats so I created a Cat Amazon Wishlist – This is a collection of fun items you can purchase for our cats and help us create new content to share. Boy cats are destructive lol!
All of this keeps us from having to require paid subscriptions and we can continue to create and share our content for free.
So what are our future goals?
While I’m still fine-tuning a clear vision for the future my goals right now are simple:
-I want to be self-employed – I’m done helping the rich get richer
– Philanthropy and volunteering once our hearts heal and we are financially stable to do so
– Control my own destiny and finances
– Travel and share the world with those who are unable to do it themselves
– Possible online store in the future – I would love to sell my photography and other items I create
– Start going LIVE again – I miss talking to all of you
– Somehow make the world a better place through my creative skills and creative outlets
I am currently working with the following programs and hope to add more in the future:
- Amazon Associates
- Etsy creator co
- Amazon influencer program
I am looking forward to learning new skills while flexing my creative abilities in new and old areas. I’m ready to start a new chapter with your continued support. We can’t thank each and every one of you enough for always being there for us and because of you we can keep dreaming and build a stronger future. We have a great support system full of family and friends who never wavered and we hope to make them and ourselves proud! PLEASE KEEP ALL COMMENTS POSITIVE.
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”– Walt Disney
p.s. All of the custom Minnie Ears and Disney shirts you see in our photos were either purchased on Amazon, Etsy, Hot Topic, Target, or at the official Disney stores! Find our affiliate links on our SHOP!
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