Meet Alayna

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.


16 thoughts on “Meet Alayna

  1. Hi Alayna, First allow me to Thank you for sharing so much of yourself. Condolence to the demise of your beloved son.

    Personally, as an introvert myself, I know how challenging it is like to share in an open ‘space’ where I don’t know who are reading. But yes, what’s true is true and by sharing it frees us.

    I sincerely wish you all the best. And yes, FOCUS. There are strong and supportive people around us who can guide and assist us. Just ASK. To your Abundance!

    1. Thank you Sandy. It is hard to know what to share and what not too, but when it’s so bound up in the motivation for doing this it feel right to put it out there. All the best. Alayna

  2. Hi Alayna,
    I can sympathise with you, I am also an introvert and it took me a while to write my ‘about me’ page. Good luck with QSC, hope everything works out for you.

    1. Hi Kevin, Being an introvert is a challenge in itself with the worries about ‘blowing our own trumpets’ – but there again no one else is going to do it for us. I’m glad you got your About me done – coming over to check it out. All the best for your success. Alayna

  3. Hello Alayna:

    What a full life and touching story you shared. Thank you. I do remember correctly that you won some part or all of iPro, yes? so you can continue with Dean?

    Don’t you think that finally with Dean and his business system we have something very solid to create what we’ve been looking forward, as much of an Internet business as we are willing to work for?

    I too am an introvert. Yet when allowed to speak because extraverts want to do all the talking, I find speaking honestly what I see as my truth feels so good. Keep speaking your truth.

    Let us move forward to success, hand in hand. Anne

    1. Hello Anne
      Thank you for your kind words. Honesty is really important – if you don’t tell the truth you can be pretty sure it will come back on you eventually as bad karma. I look forward to this journey with you.
      Yes I did win the Week 3, three months coaching with Dean the same as Azza Bruce’s win the week before. I’m very happy to be part of iPro and can see I can make progress with Dean’s partnership programme.
      Alayna recently posted…My Very First SaleMy Profile

  4. Hi Alayna,

    Thank you for sharing your lifestory with us. I feel privileged to have met you and sorry to hear of your personal tragedy. Having never had a child myself, I can only imagine what a terrible loss that must be, let alone having to live through it.

    I wouldn’t know you’re an introvert from the confident and natural writing style on your blog. There’s a realness to your words that touches the reader.

    New Zealand is so beautiful; a utopian existence. I love the photo you’ve used as your header. The paradox of being based in heady Hong Kong demonstrates what a global citizen you are; very new millenium indeed! An online business would be the perfect solution.

    Congratulations on setting up and flourishing on this eye-catching blog! You’re days as a technical troglodyte are well and truly over!

    Look forward to seeing you in iPro,

    1. Hi Aneeta,
      I’m glad you like the photo I used for my header. It’s actually the view from the top of the driveway of the property I bought in New Zealand. Therefore it is my ‘why’ and my inspiration whenever I go to my blog, or my Facebook page (which has the same image). I’m looking forward to the next challenge of the journey – making a success in iPro. Onwards and upwards together.
      Alayna recently posted…My Very First SaleMy Profile

  5. Hi Alayna,

    Very inspiring life. You are introvert as you mentioned but I can see you are a strong woman. Sorry for your lost but I’m sure you gave a great life to your son. Can’t imaging loosing any of my two sons (boy both).
    Same as you I have an Amazon website for Bakeware that I put up. Never did anything with but somehow got pay $11.05 last year and already have earn $6 on commissions but if you ask me how that happened I have no Idea.
    Keep focus like you mentioned but allow yourself some slack in case you need to make changes. Build your house you deserve it.

    Rafael Garcia recently posted…2014 Quick Start Challenge Review by an Online NewbieMy Profile

    1. Hello Rafael. Thank you for your kind words – it is much appreciated.
      I’m glad you had some success with Amazon, maybe I’ll get apayment from my websites one day. it might help if I drove traffic too them but right now I’m too busy concentrating on this present blog. Reach for the stars!

  6. Hi Alayna,

    Firstly, please let me offer my condolences and I hope and pray that moving forward, his memory stays and the pain ebbs away.

    I think the aspiring IM story is the same worldwide, I too have a hard drive full of PLR’s and software that I no longer even recognise. I see you spent time in England, where exactly? I am just North of London, or “norf ov Lundun” as they say here. :)

    Anyway, good luck with you journey.

    Dave H

    1. Hello Dave
      Thank you for your kind words. It’s difficult to lose any member of your family but when it’s your child it’s just not the natural order of thngs which I think makes it harder.
      I know what you mean about a surplus of PLRs and software I don’t remember what most of mine are even supposed to do. About the UK I spent about 15 years there. I’m an Australian born Brit and my family is from Liverpool. Most of my extended family still live in the area; Lancashire, Cheshire or North Wales.
      All the best. Alayna

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    1. Sorry about that- I can see it would get irritating. I can’t understand why you’d get 3 emails with the same comment – unless you’d clicked on the ‘notify me’ on 3 separate occasions. I’ll ask around but I think you have to remove the notification yourself from your email settings.

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