It took me 3.5 years to find the discipline to stop using up all my vacation days and splurging at Homegoods for pillows and fake plants.
I finally realized if I wanted my dream of being financially free to become a reality, then I needed to make some major changes to my spending habits. I stopped feeding my FOMO and started aggressively cutting out costs to pay off all my debt. I began investing and leveraging my digital marketing skills so I could quit my 9-5, and live a life of freedom.
Now I am taking on the world as a #vanlifer, embracing the lifestyle of a digital nomad and encouraging other women to define what freedom means to them.
THE DIGITAL NOMAD
Hi, I'm Alyssa
PHOTO + BRANDING
Helping local businesses and entrepreneurs with their logo design, photography, and content creation needs.
Designing responsive websites, landing pages, and mobile applications that speak to the needs of its users.
Managing the day to day of social media accounts, from content creation to monitoring conversations and tracking KPI's.
Diversify The Outdoors
Black people are often left out of important conversations when it comes to the outdoors whether it's the environment, climate change, sustainability, or outdoor recreation. I want to champion Black people to explore all of these avenues, and make it a part of their everyday routine. Nature is so healing, it holds all the answers, and it's for EVERYONE.
BE INSPIRED, INSPIRE
LOOKING TO JOIN THE MISSION?
How do you afford to travel so much?You don’t have to be rich to travel. When I first graduated college I was making less than $30,000 a year working retail. I could barely afford my rent, let alone a vacation, but I always found ways to make travel a priority without breaking the bank. I would scour the internet for flight deals, stay in cheap hostels, and when traveling through Europe I would take overnight trains to get from one city to the next to avoid paying for accommodations. Now my lifestyle has shifted, and I don’t have to go through those drastic measures, but I still find ways to cut costs by booking ahead of time and travel hacking. You can read my blog post about my top 5 travel hacks to help save money here.
I need help with my social media. How much do you charge for your services?I’m happy to sit down with you and discuss your social media plans for you or your brand. You can book a free 30 minute consultation with me here. Once we identify what services best suit you we can determine a pricing plan based on your budget.
What steps did you take to become a full-time freelancer?Saying bye to my 9-5 was not a walk in the park. I had to prepare myself by cutting out unnecessary spending, and setting myself up for financial success. I paid off all my debt and started aggressively saving until I had 8 months of living expenses, including health insurance and a buffer for emergencies. In addition, I started building my clientele to ensure I would have a steady income flow once I quit. I made some mistakes along the way, but I wouldn’t trade my new lifestyle for anything in the world. I love doing work that is meaningful to me, and having the freedom to travel whenever my budget allows me to. For more tips and updates on making the switch from corporate to digital nomad, head over to my blog and select the "freelancing" category.
My friends are always making excuses for why they can't go on trips. Can you be my travel buddy?Go without them! Traveling alone doesn’t have to be scary. In fact, it’s not. Obviously, you want to be smart and not do anything that would put you in danger, but you will find that solo travel is actually very freeing. Everyone has their own travel style, but more times than not, you will meet people along the way who are like minded and enjoy the same things you do. I prefer slow travel. I like to indulge in the culture and discover the beauty of each destination beyond the glamorization of drone shots and photos on Instagram. I am always happy to answer any questions you may have about traveling, and I will be hosting annual group trips for those who are interested in joining me for any adventures. You can join my fb group, where I post weekly flight deals and travel updates here.