Hello. My name is Alayna.
I live in Hong Kong, a fast paced city with frenetic lifestyle. From my shoebox apartment I can see the cruise ships, ferries, and other small craft sailing up and down Victoria Harbour.
I grew up mostly in Australia, New Zealand and England. My father had an adventurous nature and we moved a lot, place to place, country to country. I’m sure that’s where I get my nomadic spirit from.
Fast forward – I left school at 15 to start work. Two years later I went to Canada for a few months then on to England where I was a laboratory technician. This gave me the opportunity to further my education as they sent me to technical college one day a week. Then there was marriage, divorce and raising my son as a single parent with a handicapped child, university for a degree in Science, and post-grad university for a teaching qualification.
Over the years I’ve tried a number of business ventures, usually ending up working 24/7 for a part time income; itinerant trader handmade jewellery on the markets in England, my own clothing design business in NZ, provider of screen-printing course in schools, and involved in setting up two community owned businesses. As much as I loved working for myself I have always had to fall back on teaching after a few months or years in order to pay the bills.
I’m approaching supposed retirement years and ageism as far as employment goes, is alive and well in many countries. I still need to earn a living, so to be able to work online and be location independent is an ideal solution for me.
I’m doing because I’ve never had a home of my own. I’ve always lived in rented accommodation. Two years ago I bought 20 acres of land in a beautiful rural part of New Zealand on a hill overlooking the sea. My plan was to build a home base there so I would always have somewhere where I could go back to, and somewhere to take my son. Then my life fell apart. My son died tragically, suddenly and unexpectedly 14 months ago. I’m now picking up the pieces of my life and determined to move forward in order to still have the means to build the home I planned for us.
About My Online Business
My ventures into online marketing began about 18 months ago: Well, let’s see – a familiar story – I’ve bought so many programmes, PLR products and software to do this and that I don’t remember half of what I’ve bought and used even less. I had a website with a free giveaway e-book I wrote but I failed to follow through when sidetracked by daily life. My shiny object syndrome became almost an addiction. I’ve had two websites in different niches with Amazon shops online for 6 months now. How much money have I made? Nothing, zero, zilch… So I know I need to gain knowledge of marketing, have a clear goal and a plan to reach it. As a start, I’ve unsubscribed from nearly all the lists I was on – and reduced my emails and thereby distractions from about 30 a day down to 2 or 3 a day.
Now I’ve started this blog with the commitment to stay focused on one thing at a time, be dedicated to succeeding and consistent in my efforts. I have my passionate reasons of why I’m doing this firmly fixed in my head. There is a picture of my planned house next to a photo of my son on the wall where it’s the first thing I see when I wake up and the last thing I see before sleeping.
I’m an introvert and quite a private person, so I’ve been agonizing this week about how much to share in my ‘about me’. However, honesty is very important to me and I finally decided I need to explain the reasons why I’m trying to make an online income, those reasons are very much bound up with what’s close to my heart.
I hope you’ll continue to read my posts and share this journey with me.