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Millennials that Rock! YouTube Videos on These Rock Stars on Their Path to Greatness [WATCH]

rocksLife is not a sprint; it’s a marathon, a race (sometimes) and definitely a journey. Sometimes life is a race because you must not let too many opportunities pass you by; opportunities that might take a little extra work along the way – and some that might cause minor setbacks oddly enough.

We all fall down. But some of us get up. Be the person to get up and keep working on YOU like these three rock star millennials:

Liza, a 26-year-old rock star thriving at a publishing company, worked her way up from an assistant to a partner of an imprint. Be mindful though, that there is never a reason to sleep with the boss. Ever. Quit first if your feelings are that strong…and if they are mutual. Oh and Liza’s a 40-year-old fictional character in the TV Land series “Younger,” but definitely someone to look up to.

Cardi B, a 25-year-old Hip Hop star, worked her way up from an exotic dancer to an award winning artist. Remember to use those opportunities that come your way to the fullest potential like she did with her stint on the popular reality TV series “Love & Hip Hop.” Oh, and Cardi had a goal from the get-go, and she kept working at it for years…not months.

Claudia, a 24-year-old news writer, is still figuring it out. She is on her own path, making ends meet, while she writes for online publications on a daily basis. Oh, and Claudia is her biggest supporter and focuses on herself while working hard to write her future.

Safe Travel, Travel with Family or a Tour Group


Infinity Pool at Riu Palace Hotels and Resorts in Los Cabos, Mexico Aug. 2016/@CQBalthazar

We all love to travel. Or like the idea of getting a way. But what happens when you’re afraid to go to a different country for fear of something irrational happening to you like a scene from Taken? You travel with family or a tour guide.

Safe travel with family

I traveled to Cabo with family and we stayed at a resort. One night we ventured out and went downtown to a few clubs like Mandala and Avaquinta. However, the guy who took us from the airport to the resort told us that this part of Mexico was one of the safest places to travel into town. Continue reading

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3oK+ Hits on Trending News Articles, Latin Post

Fincham.Newsroom photoI remember the first time I had something published online. It was such a big accomplishment for me and I was just  16 years old.

Now with blogs being easy to publish, the biggest “accomplishment” in anything via the web is to see how much hits you can get. It may not be a lot to other people but making over 30,000 hits on one story is a big deal for me at this point in life.

Tips? Finding something interesting to write about usually helps. Also, some other popular genres like entertainment and gaming will automatically draw people in. Especially if you’re talking about TV show spoilers.

Here is a link of me writing about my favorite TV show for the Latin Post:

“Bates Motel” Norma Dies

Another story, with more than 30K hits was based on a study:

Dominican Population in New York

Travel Local, Take a Dip in Your Own Backyard

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Central Park/USA 2016/@CQBalthazar

Traveling takes preparation, patience, time and effort. Oh, and let’s not forget the important part; money.

But what happens when that travel enthusiast is short on funds? Taking that flight to Rome isn’t so easy. Getting on that cruise to the Bahamas sounds impossible. And backpacking through Southeast Asia just sounds like a piped up dream.

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5 Ways to Fund Your Travels, Let the Travel Bug Free


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We all have that hidden passion in us that just keeps calling our names. Sometimes we have to whisper back, “no” because it’s not the right time. But when do we say yes?

We say yes today because tomorrow is never promised. So you want to backpack through Southeast Asia, ride the waves in Oceania and dance in Africa. Do it now!

Here are 5 Ways you can let that travel bug free.

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Flash Back Friday: EF Tours Trip to UK, France and Italy


Eiffel Tower/France 2010/@CQBalthazar

My travel enthusiastic spirit started long ago when I was just 16 years old. It was my junior year, and I learned that the Humanities Institute at Hillcrest High School was planning an EF Tours trip.

I wanted so badly to go, but I had no money. The school spent a year fundraising and I was blessed to receive a $1,000 scholarship to fund half of the trip. But what about the rest? I took a summer job at a fast food joint where I worked hard enough to come up with some of the remaining costs, then my family did the rest for me.

The perfect thing about all of this? EF Tours is extremely affordable. With one payment, you can travel to at least three different countries. And the best thing about this is that the tour guide is included, as well as all transportation, lodging and some meals and excursions.

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Find Your Niche: Be a Travel Writer

Boing 747 London - Bangkok

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To be or not to be a travel writer? That is the question.

I remember taking a journalism class for online news and learning the most important thing in this industry right now; finding your niche. I tried Politics, gun policy, dating life, world news, culture and even thought of business writing.

Then it hit me; my niche has to be something I already love. And being the travel enthusiast that I am, I thought it would be great to continue on that path. Continue to travel, just write along the way.

I’ve been to Italy, France, UK, Canada, the Dominican Republic and several states throughout America. Of course, I have a lot more on my bucket list. Continue reading

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