Hi everyone and welcome to my blog!
My name is Zarina and I am the founder of LaptopLifestyleBeauty.com.
Regardless of how you stumbled upon my blog, I appreciate you being here.
Trust is everything in the online world.
That’s why I wrote this “About Me” page to help me build a high-trust relationship with you guys.
This way, you can easily follow my recommendations and/or reviews that I often write based on my personal experience.
The Beauty of Living a Laptop Lifestyle
I have a few passions:
- Learning foreign languages
1). At the moment, I speak/understand 4 languages and I mostly enjoy learning them while living abroad.
2). As seen from #1, I love traveling.
I love living abroad as a language student and staying in another city/country for at least 4 weeks.
This way I can fully immerse myself in another culture.
I always thought of myself as a “traveler” and not a “tourist”.
(For some reason, I have no fun in visiting a place for like 4 days, taking pics and going back home).
Below I am sharing more about my travel and my experience as a languages student and how it affected my decision to work online.
3). Over the years I’ve developed a passion for poker.
I love the game and I love the highly-interacting poker community.
Here’s what I find pretty cool:
You can be a real star in the poker world yet still live a normal life without paparazzi or crazy fans (as seen with actors, models, soccer players etc).
While I didn’t travel much for the poker tournaments, I certainly plan to visit Las Vegas, Monaco, Hawaii and other major places for poker-related events.
Now, how does that relate to laptop lifestyle?
As you can guess, all of the aforementioned passions of mine require that:
- I am flexible with time,
- I am mobile, and,
- have the means to actually afford traveling, paying for language schools and have enough funds to play poker without too much pressure.
This led me to exploring online opportunities and find the most ethical ways to make money online.
Here’s the basic timeline:
2014: Around 2014, I’d made a decision to become a freelancer…
2015: Then later in 2015 I embarked on a new career as a digital/affiliate marketer…
2018: And now in 2018, I’d made a decision to also become a professional investor…
Though investing is a work in progress!
Side Note: In 2017 I had serious orthopaedic surgeries and couldn’t walk for MONTHS…
… And working on my websites is what helped me ward away depression.
(Not to mention that I had income coming in while I was in another country).
Here’s the truth:
Today, the laptop lifestyle is what allows me to live my life to the fullest and enjoy doing the things that I love.
Be it …
- Poker tourneys
- Language programs abroad
… And so forth.
Even though my blog focuses a lot on making money online, I don’t have all the answers and definitely can’t help anyone get rich overnight.
What I CAN do is share my personal experience with those who are just starting out and lead them in the right direction.
This being said, I will try my best to guide you through the getting started online process (the right way), so that you can also build a business that travels with you.
My objective is to help you understand how you can work from your laptop and gain more flexibility/freedom in your life.
Isn’t it what you want?
What is My Story? What Inspired Me to Work Online?
Here is my story:
I graduated from Toronto’s York University with a Bachelor’s degree in Law & Society.
Though most of my courses involved political and social sciences, I also took language courses which turned out to be more interesting to me.
And this is important because it helped me define who I am and what I want to do in life.
Let me clarify that.
The thing is that initially I planned to finish undergraduate program, go to law school and become a lawyer – something that was never my true desire to do.
Just like many others, I thought that it’s important to finish school, work for the guy with a stable pay check and I will live my life happily.
How naive I was!
Anyway, during my second year of university, I was given a life-changing opportunity to live in France, specifically Saint-Etienne, as a language student for 5 weeks.
It was the first time I left Canada on my own to explore other things in life and it was a mind-blowing experience.
Saint-Etienne (France) in 2013:
I consider it to be a turning point, where I started to realize that law isn’t something I want to do…
… Instead I want to be able to travel the world, learn new languages and just enjoy the things that I truly enjoy doing.
This was the first time when I started thinking that I need to find a profession that allows me to be flexible in terms of geography and time, as well as is something I am passionate about.
Since I’ve had a taste of what it is to be a language student, I kept applying to various Spanish and French programs for additional experience abroad.
My attempts were successful and in summer 2014, I went to Mexico for my 2-month intense Spanish program.
Want to hear a funny thing?
It so happened that I was accepted to a French program in Canada and had to start it…
… the DAY AFTER I finished my program in Mexico!
This time, I was supposed to live 5 weeks in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Note: Even though British Columbia is an English-speaking province, our teachers and teacher’s assistants were francophones, mostly from Quebec.
Here’s another photo of me in Victoria downtown:
But there’s more:
I also had an opportunity to be a French language student in Quebec in 2015 right after graduating from York University.
This experience was the last drop.
I’ve made up my mind that I am NOT going to continue with Law School, instead I decided to explore online opportunities.
(If only you knew how shocked my parents were!)
As I mentioned earlier, in late 2014 – early 2015, I started experimenting with freelancing.
That is, doing the job for other people remotely.
My freelance tasks involved doing a lot of things related to social media, writing and being a virtual assistant.
Even though I enjoyed being a freelancer in a sense that I was flexible in terms of schedule and geography, I didn’t enjoy it as much because I still worked for someone else.
Turned out I really like my freedom!
While still a freelancer, I continued to explore online opportunities …
… And I learned that building your own profitable website/online business is where real opportunities exist.
What happened then?
In late 2015, I decided to learn how to build an online business with a website and never regretted my decision.
Now, I am a full-time blogger and I own a few websites already.
I love being a blogger/webmaster for many reasons, particularly the following:
- Never having to work in a cubicle (a major reason for me!)
- Being flexible with what I do and when I do it
- Having a wonderful way to develop the creative side of my personality
- Making money doing what I love, while being in the business of HELPING, not selling
- Through my blog, I get a unique opportunity to share my personal experience and directly help my readers
Just to name a few.
Important thing to mention:
What I’d like to emphasize on is that when it comes to making money online, it is absolutely CRUCIAL to have proper guidance.
Especially today, when the competition is high and search engines are tough on newbies.
Personally, I was lucky to connect with great internet marketers back then, who directed me in the right direction…
… And inspired me to join the most powerful online business community/online training centre called Wealthy Affiliate.
I joined the community in 2015 and never left.
What’s My Day Job, Today?
These days, most of my income comes from my ventures online:
Mainly from affiliate marketing/website businesses.
I also learn a LOT about investing opportunities to create more wealth for me.
Well, and poker. (But that’s not a stable income, for sure).
When I blog, I try to give an honest opinion about various products and/or services.
Whenever possible, I show people the mistakes I’ve made in my online journey and how they can avoid them.
What I’m trying to say is that I have my flaws and I don’t pretend to be otherwise.
While this blog mostly focuses on ways to make money on the Internet, I try to avoid the “guru” image because it’s corny and fake.
To be perfectly clear:
I don’t have all the answers and I can’t help anyone get rich overnight. (Let’s be realistic here!)
I am here to share my personal experience with those who are just starting out and lead them in the right direction.
In the long run, my objective is to help others live a laptop lifestyle and possibly build passive income.
Building a business online the right way means working towards your financial freedom (while doing what you love).
It also instills a sense of self-purpose beyond merely being a girl who makes money through websites and blogs about it.
This being said, I invite you all to explore the world of online business and eventually become time-flexible and financially free!
Enjoy the beauty of living a laptop lifestyle!