About Alisonbh
Joined March 2018
Hi, I just started a blog site that I'm planning to monetize eventually. I've lived pretty much my entire adult life with a stress-responsive neurological condition called Functional Neurological Disorder. I have been supported by SSDI since I was 23. I have always done my best to not let that define me, and have worked or been actively learning(or both!) whenever possible.
My symptoms prevented me from working in my chosen field - fishery biology, and so only two years after graduation from college I had to completely rethink my goals. I decided to train myself in Geographic Information Systems, as it is a fascinating field that had some overlap with my experience, and it was going to be less physically demanding and my symptoms would have less influence over my ability to work. After a couple years of training, I started working in that field, eventually creating a very small consulting business on the side. Being my own business works a lot better than being an employee as the income-related rules with SSDI are very limiting, and while it was easy to earn enough money to no longer be eligible for coverage(financial income and health insurance), it was practically impossible for me to earn enough money to surpass the support SSDI gave me while maintaining quality of life.
So I worked part time, and did gigs as I could find them, and cobbled together a pretty reasonable life. I transitioned into working at a nearby community college, teaching GIS, and realized that I loved teaching.
The position lost funding, and between that stress and shifting symptoms in response to that stress, I ended up slowly losing momentum over the next couple years, and had a hard time finding new clients. Eventually, after pursuing some additional education-related work, that well appeared to be dry, and I decided to further my academic education so that I could grow more teaching opportunities.
I ended up spending 5 years with graduate school as the stresses involved greatly increased my symptoms and left me pretty incapacitated. I finished off projects for my existing clients, but did not have the energy to search for new ones. By the time I graduated, I could not handle household responsibilities or travel independently without injuring myself.
So I threw myself into taking care of myself, rebuilding myself again, and gaining better control over my symptoms. I found an amazing treatment program that gave me better control than I'd had since my symptoms had started. When I came home, I went to work rehabilitating myself and being able to really excercise for the first time in years. After months of working on developing healthy life patterns and excercising regularly, I felt up to trying to return to work in GIS. Opportunities were hard to find, especially ones that had few enough hours or low enough pay that I wouldn't threaten my benefits. I knew I wasn't ready to work full-time, so I did not want to endanger them, but I did want to start working again.
My partner then got seriously injured, and I found myself in the role of 'able-bodied caregiver' and found myself being the one to fight the doctors and nurses and find the best treatment and question the processes. And then I found myself helping him through his day-to-day living, and then rehab and physical therapy. He spent 10 weeks unable to put any weight on his left side(he had broken his hip/pelvic joint), and eventually we discoverd that it was due to osteoporisis, which is practically unheard of in younger men.
I am still working to get him to the right doctors who can help us solve the mystery of why he has this condition, and see if there are more complications we need to work through. In doing all of this, I was reminded again about how much experience I have had advocating for myself with doctors and hospitals, and how much of an expertise I have developed in both the whole public welfare system, and with navigating work with an unusual condition. I decided I needed to put this to use, and have since created my blog, Thriving while disabled. I plan to use it to help others dealing with strange and debilitating conditions maintain their sense of purpose and live the best life they can live, no matter what their condition is. I'm hoping to eventually monetize it, initially with affiliate marketing for products I've found helpful in my life, and later through projects - possibly including a time-banking community. A book is another possibility/option, but no matter what, I figure a blog is a very good place to start, and I'll let things grow organically from there.
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Money I would be happy earning
Money I would be ecstatic earning
I need to be able to jump from that to at least $5,000/month to make up for loss of SSDI benefits
Time I'm willing to invest to achieve my goals
On a weekly basis I'm aiming for 15-20 hours, possibly a bit more. I'm working as much as i feel able to do while taking care of myself and supporting my partner with his medical needs. Longer-term, I am willing to work on my site for up to 12 months or so without any financial return, and for years as long as my site does more than repay my investments.
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How much money would you be happy earning?

How much would you be ecstatic earning?
I need to be able to jump from that to at least $5,000/month to make up for loss of SSDI benefits

And how much time are you willing to invest to achieve these goals?
On a weekly basis I'm aiming for 15-20 hours, possibly a bit more. I'm working as much as i feel able to do while taking care of myself and supporting my partner with his medical needs. Longer-term, I am willing to work on my site for up to 12 months or so without any financial return, and for years as long as my site does more than repay my investments.
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Your goals sound reasonable and achievable...good luck...I know it can be tough often times and most likely many of us here have been similarly situated...

But, like Dr. James Dobson says, "Fake It, Until You Make It!"
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Hey there Alison

These are great goals and they are more than achievable! The more time you can spend on learning here within the Community at Wealthy Affiliate the better, but we've built WA so that you can work at your own pace!

I know that you are going to do great!

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Great goals, Alison! Ambitious but not crazy, and definitely achievable in time if putting in the number of hours you're planning on. If I can help with anything to help you achieve these, don't hesitate to reach out!
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Hey Alison, how's everything coming along now that you've been a member for a few days? I hope you've found your way into the "Get Started Here" training toward the top of the menu on the left and that you're enjoying yourself so far!

Some people gravitate towards the "Affiliate Bootcamp" training which is something I don't recommend right off of the bat if you've never made money in internet marketing before. I have a detailed blog post covering this topic if it's something you're wrestling with and you'd like me to send you the link.

I know that may be a bit confusing, but if you have any questions at all don't hesitate to ask! I hope you're enjoying your time here so far :)
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It looks like you're moving along very nicely, Alison! I see you have your profile all setup and hopefully you've been engaging with the community a bit!

I keep a pretty good pulse of my referrals here, especially the ones that are working hard to help themselves (and so do the co-founders of Wealthy Affiliate, Kyle and Carson), so if you're willing to work hard here, I'm happy to help support you every way that I can!

Let me know if there's anything I can help you with.
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I hope things are going well. I know you are getting rolling within the training and there is ONE thing that always tends to confuse people and that is "what is my niche?".

I know, same thing happened to me when I started.

I just wanted to reach out and let you know that I am here if you ever want to run any niche "ideas" by me or you have any questions about finding your niche.

Get back to me when you get the chance! :)
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Welcome to WA! I'm now following you. I look forward to getting to know you better. I admire your UMPH! Good luck in all your pursuits. Have a great day!
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Hey Alison! I wanted to start you off with a quick note that could SIGNIFICANTLY impact your success with Wealthy Affiliate. Read this entire message if you are serious about being successful in internet marketing (it's lengthy, but I'm not joking when I say that this advice could make or break your entire internet marketing career):

1) You'll need to work consistently and hard. There's going to be a lot to learn in the beginning and you may feel overwhelmed at a point, but keep pressing forward and you'll make it through. It happened to me and every other successful internet marketer at some point, and the only way to become successful in this industry is to push past that overload whenever you get there.

Do yourself a favor and commit to a number of hours that you can work each week right now. It doesn't have to be massive, but it should be more than 10 between evenings and weekends at least. Just remember the more you work each week, the faster you'll learn and draw closer to success.

After you've picked the number of hours you can work each week, commit to working that much for AT LEAST six months - a year would be better. You won't see results immediately in this industry, and being consistent is the key. Pick a number of hours you can work each week, then work those hours for at least six months. It's something you've probably never done in this industry, and this advice alone will make a HUGE difference in your chances at succeeding with internet marketing as long as you take it seriously and STICK WITH IT.

2) I recommend starting off with this training (which you can access with your free account): It just scratches the surface of the MASSIVE amount of helpful content in WA, but you'll get a good "feel" for the teaching style here and begin to see the power of all of the great things they're teaching here at Wealthy Affiliate.

3) DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE COMMUNITY. Two of the best places you can go to for help when you get stuck are the "Live Chat" and the "Classrooms" sections located on the panel to your left. You'll find direction and inspiration through the community here, which is one of the reasons I recommend WA so highly.

4) Finally, you don't ever have to upgrade to the premium account here at Wealthy Affiliate if you don't want to. You'll have limited access using your free account for as long as you wish. HOWEVER, if you're serious about internet and affiliate marketing then you should invest in the premium membership for AT LEAST one month. You could look back on it years from now and see it as a pivotal moment in your internet marketing career, but you never will if you don't at least give it a try.

Check it out for a few days though - you don't need to upgrade right now. Make sure it's a good fit for you, and if you upgrade within the first 7 days you'll receive your first month's membership at more than 50% off. I keep my membership active and recurring every month so I can be here for the people I refer like you, so realize that I'm putting my money where my mouth is here!

On top of that, if you upgrade to a premium membership at the discounted rate within the first 7 days I have a special bonus EXCLUSIVE to people that join WA through me and upgrade within the first week of creating their free account. This bonus will show you how to be twice as successful with WA or any other legitimate internet marketing program out there and gives you some very valuable video lessons (which I recorded for you personally, of course) to ensure you get off to the right step in your internet marketing business.

I keep a close watch on the list of people that upgrade from starter to premium, so I'll send the bonus your way within 24 hours. If you upgrade and don't receive it within that time frame for some reason, just post on my WA profile and let me know!

I don't offer that bonus so you'll spring for the membership and make me more money, I offer the bonus just in case you needed that tiny "push" to make sure you invest in this training because I know that you will use for the rest of your IM career and it could change your life. I've referred hundreds of people now and I have NEVER had anyone tell me they were dissatisfied.

Best of luck to you! You're about to embark on a journey that could change your life forever, so make sure you take it seriously, put in the time and effort, and expect great things in return!

You know where to find me,
Ian Pribyl

P.S. I know I've thrown A LOT of information your way in this message, but I wanted to give you one last thing. Here is a video tour of the members' area to help ensure you get the most out of your free membership as possible: http://youtu.be/NDmMcMtMB8c

Sorry for sending so much your way at once, I just want to set you up for success as much as I possibly can!
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So true Ian, Everyone I know in the business have all said they got so overwhelmed it would have been easy to just give up if they had been quitters. This is where it separates us, the ones that power through letting nothing get in their way. This is how I know the ones that keep their eyes on the prize ahead and don't get discouraged or the ones that just quit when the going gets tough. I have carried the moto to never ever give up since I had Leukemia, lymphoma, and bouts with cancerous polyps over the years, my dad past away with Colon Cancer at 45. I am now 65 turning 66 still kicking on and hope to continue for 25 to 30 years..LOL Thanks for your great email Ian and your intro Alison, great reading.