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Manifesting A Trip to Tahiti, Income Goals, And Other Weekend Fun


I’ll be back in a day or two with more thought-provoking blog posts. In the meantime, since it’s the weekend, I figured I’d share with you a few things I am working on and reading that wouldn’t necessarily fit in an entire blog post — including some fun I’m having!

Manifesting A Trip To Tahiti


Tahiti, by Robbi Baba
I recently picked up the book Money, and the Law of Attraction by Esther and Jerry Hicks. I can already hear some of you sighing… “Erica, surely you don’t believe in that stuff.”

Actually, you might be surprised to find out that I became a believer after consistently envisioning for several months that I would sell my business for $1 million, and then doing it. I’ll explain how I did it in another blog post.

In the meantime, since I’ve achieved that goal, and am working hard toward my $10,000/month in writing and blogging income by the end of 2008, I decided to envision something more fun. I noticed on the Abraham/Hicks website that they were taking a cruise to Tahiti next year. I was disappointed to find out, however, that the cruise was sold out and the wait list was closed.

I used a bit of intuition to figure out how to get on the wait list even though it was closed. Then, I figured I’d have a bit of fun. Every day, I close my eyes and imagine myself on a cruise to Tahiti. I also taped up a picture of Tahiti next to my monitor on my desk.

I will be taking a cruise to Tahiti. I won’t guarantee that it will be that cruise, but I figured I’d let the Law of Attraction do its thing. I’m not pushing to get on the cruise. I haven’t booked plane tickets, I haven’t surfed other cruise websites, and I’m not doing my typical research on the location. I’m simply envisioning being there every day, and what it will feel like, and how glorious it will be.

Having done this for a few days now, I’m starting to see small “echoes” of cruises showing up in my life. For those of you who are into the Law of Attraction, you should recognize this as the recognition that my thoughts are having an effect.

I’m sure at this point that some of you will think I’m absolutely nuts. But for me, this is an important experiment. I push hard to make the things I want happen. What if I don’t really need to push so hard? What if all I really need to do is truly become in alignment with those things and then act on my intuition when it is appropriate? This thought experiment may show me a much easier way of achieving my goals.

I’ll keep you posted. Either way, I’m having a blast doing this.

Income and Inspiring Innovators Status

Many of you have been asking how I’m doing regarding my goal of making $10,000/month online by the end of 2008. Progress has been a bit slower than I had hoped, but I’m still going for the goal. Last month, my income was $1199.21. I made $291.10 from this blog, $861.00 from sales of an interview I did, and $47.11 in recurring membership fees from the site I acquired in June. (Turns out his revenue of $800/month was mostly from one-time sales, not memberships, as I had thought.)

I recently completed several more interviews, including one with Steve Pavlina, where he shares how he created a blog with over $40,000/month in income and millions of visitors per month. As soon as I have the transcriptions of these interviews, I will be posting them here. The Steve Pavlina interview will be free; others will be part of Inspiring Innovators.

I plan to launch Inspiring Innovators next month. Initially, there will be a monthly fee of $18 for access to 2 interviews per month with successful entrepreneurs and a community forum for all members to share experiences and network. Later, there will be an additional premium membership, which will be a way for you to get consulting directly with me about how to grow your business.

Once I launch Inspiring Innovators, I’ll keep you in the loop about how the business is going and what interviews I have available. Like me, I have a feeling you will find many of these stories inspirational!

Other Great Blogs You May Like

I’ve been reading several fantastic blogs lately. Here’s a highlight:

  • Jamie Harrop interviewed me, and then compiled my interview, along with interviews of 9 other interesting bloggers, into a free ebook. The ebook gives insight on how to grow your blog to thousands of subscribers. Thanks for thinking of me for this series, Jamie!
  • Cath Lawson, whom I found out about when Jamie interviewed her, seems to be my long-lost twin. ๐Ÿ˜‰ She also started a successful business and is now running a blog talking about her business experiences. If you enjoy my blog posts, you may like hers, too!
  • Roy Leban is on a mission to build a web startup in 30 days. He’s blogging about the startup and his challenges and goals. For those of you who wonder what it’s like to build a web-facing startup company, Roy gives great insight.
  • Derek Halpern made a 6-figure income from blogging in 2007. He ran several celebrity/pop culture blogs, and is now blogging about what it takes to be successful in business.
  • Brian Armstrong wrote a book called “Breaking Free” on how to start your own business, and is also blogging about how to start a business.
  • Christine OKelly recently came back from a long blogging hiatus to share more of her story. She took the plunge and started a business when she had 2 kids and no savings, and it hasn’t always been an easy road, but she blogs with a refreshing honesty.


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