Hey, Gabby Beckford here! Before you connect with me in the form below, check out my FAQ futher down the page with some of my most commonly asked inquiries.
If they don’t address your question, don’t be afraid to holla—but to help me out, be very specific in your subject line so I know you’re aren’t spam!
The most concise answer is that I have no debt or student loans, so I’m able to save my money and spend it on what I choose to, i.e. travel. I’m blessed to have no student loans because I’ve won about $70K in scholarships to pay for my bachelor’s degree, including almost $40K in scholarships to fund my study abroad year in Dubai.
I also shop almost exclusively in thrift stores, cook most of my meals, buy travel deals on holidays like Black Friday and Christmas, stay with friends etc… aka, I hustle. With two years’ engineers’ salary saved up, living at home to minimize my expenses, and avoiding any debt, I’m in a position to travel (with my now limited PTO). Financial literacy, FTW.
Starting a blog, business, or brand takes a lot of commitment, more than you can probably imagine if you’re at the idea stage of it all. Be prepared for lonely nights up at 4AM editing that blog or vlog, and still feeling like it’s not perfect. Blog anyway.
For more advice, please visit my blogging section for advice on blogging, YouTubing, and social media. However, the greatest advice I can give you is that doing the grunt work and Googling and searching and failing and succeeding all on your own will be the best thing you’ve ever done.
If you’re at the bottom, be excited! The only way to go now is up, up, up.
First of all, thank you so much. Every blogger will tell you that at some point (or even at most points) they have felt unappreciated, unseen, or ignored, so you’re reaching out truly mean the world to me.
Sending an email is so sweet but in along with it, a great way to show some love for me and the hours I put in are:
– Share the post on your Facebook page, in a Facebook Group, Pinterest, Twitter, Reddit, etc. The more people who read my work the more people I can help, which means the world to me.
– Email/PM the article to a friend.
– Leave a comment on the post as to why you loved it!
While I love an email, getting exposure to my work and my brand is also super important and I seriously appreciate it!