About Jltracey1188
Joined September 2019
To those reading, my name is Jess, and I am a 30 year old native Floridian.
My life has not been glamorous, in fact quiet the opposite. I am not ashamed to tell you that I am a recovering addict and alcoholic. I am proud to tell you that despite the obstacles I am still here, stronger than ever, to tell my tale.
First and foremost I am an artist, in every sense of the word. I sketch, paint, sculpt, write, and I can even carry a tune. My creativity and intelligence was my downfall, now I would like to use those same talents to climb back up.
Because of my addiction, which started at a very young age, I threw away my chances of going to college and making something of myself early on. I have also not had a proper job since the age of 18, which was only waitressing. That way I could use my daily tips to support my habit. Since then, along my rocky road of recovery, I found my way in to a phone room. What other profession was I qualified for? Other than a minimum wage job taking drive-thru orders? I had no experience in an office setting, no degree, and my style definitely wouldn't be considered "professional."
I want to share with you a recent post from my timeline:

"At the beginning of this year, I weighed 230+ lbs., and spent the first two months at Boca Regional Hospital/Heartland Manor Care, with a failing liver and not an ounce of strength left in my body, ultimately paying the price for my years of drinking and drug abuse. I was certainly at my lowest, and definitely the closest to losing my life.
Although I will live with the consequences for the rest of my days, I don't regret the trauma. Yes it was terrifying, especially for my loved ones, and yes it was painful in every sense of the word, but for the first time I could finally see my life for the wonder it really is.
No, it's not pretty, or picture perfect. It's not all flowers and rainbows. There's an obstacle around every corner, and every step I take is uphill. But I don't need it to be perfect, and it's finally okay to wear my scars. It's an experience that should be cherished, from every beautiful moment to each and every kick in the ass. I can accept the imperfections, just like I will embrace each goal I reach. I will never have everything I want, but I know I will have everything I need.
This isn't my first rodeo, I've lost count of all the times I've hit the dirt, but this is the first time I've come out of the gate fighting for a life I never thought was possible. A life I finally care about, a life I want with everything in me, and I'll fight tooth and nail to achieve.
When I opened my eyes in January to find a broken body and a terrified family, it was the largest reality check of my life. It took wrecking my body to piece together my perspective. It hasn't been a picnic, and as my loved ones know I am by no means at peace or even close to stable. But I do have one thing that I've never had before, hope for the future, and the will to mold it, tweak it, and enjoy the ride."

Now because of the events of this last year, I have been unable to work, and I refuse to step foot back on the sales floor, putting in my sweat and tears to earn small commissions for myself by scamming others, so that the owner of this immoral business can get in to his Mercedes and drive home to his million dollar home. I want to accomplish my own success with what little tools I have been given. Did I come to the right place?
Jltracey1188's Goals 3
Money Goals
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Money I would be happy earning
$4,000
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Money I would be ecstatic earning
$20,000
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Time I'm willing to invest to achieve my goals
25
 
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jltracey1188 Premium
How much money per month would you be happy earning?
$4,000

How much money per month would allow you to live the ideal lifestyle?
$20,000

How many hours per week are you willing to invest to achieve these goals?
25
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tessaustin Premium
You are sure to achieve these goals here at WA. I wish you all the best in your journey to achieving these great goals :)
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Carson Premium
Hi there Jessica!

Well it all starts with a goal and now that you've got your goals outlined you can start working towards them. The more time you can spend working through the training here at Wealthy Affiliate, the sooner you will have the foundation that you can build upon. You have full control over your online business and we'll be here to help steer you in the right direction as you move forward.

Glad to see that you are taking action already by publishing your goals!

Carson
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j52powell Premium
Great goals! Creating goals is an important first step. After that, I suggest taking advantage of the well-designed and systematic training provided here at WA. When you have questions, don't be afraid to ask the talented and helpful mentors here for us.

Also, it is excellent that you are willing to make the time commitment to succeed. Good luck progressing toward your goals.

Best regards,

Joe
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boomergp08 Premium
Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate Jess and thank you for the follow. I have been a member here since 2013 and I will never leave. Why? Because the training here is the absolute best and when you continue to take action on it you will eventually see success.

If you have not yet found a 100% Free Resource of pictures and images for your website, I have put together a list of 12 different sources. All are free to download and use on your website without you having to give any attribution or pay for the images. See link below.
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HeidiAnders3 Premium
Greetings and CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS on becoming a WA Premium Member! This is fantastic news and the best step forward in the right direction! I've been here for about 35 days and I want to encourage you to follow the training as closely as you can! Kyle and Carson have spent a lot of time showing us at WA the basis for a great foundation for us to build our businesses!

After joining with a premium membership myself, I devoted a lot of time to get through the training, researching, asking questions, and am happy with my results so far. I would like to encourage you to commit whatever time you can muster to building your foundation. You won't be disappointed.

If you have a minute and would like to read one of my latest WA blog posts outlining my first 30 days, you may find it here:

Wishing you all the best!
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RGerritsen Premium
Hello and welcome to WA Premium! I have been here for approximately 3 months now and I am still loving every minute.

The training is great, and the WA community are truly supportive, encouraging and are always willing to help out.

We are all rooting for your success! Please let me know if you have any questions

All the best and all the success to you

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allancurtis Premium
Congratulations on taking these bold steps to secure your future ... to answer your question, yes it is the right place to come as long as you are willing to put in the work. It is not easy, nor will it generate instant wealth ... you must have patience and be willing to invest time and resources into your new business. Best of luck ... there are many people on this platform willing to help ... reach out when you need support ... success is possible!
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DCW2000S Premium
How we doing Jess? Your awfully quiet this last day and a half. I haven't forgotten about you.

I was thinking about what you were saying about drug addiction as a niche.

I may entertain that thought myself. I think a membership site might be the way to go with that?

I could be wrong, but it would give addicts a place to feel welcomed and hangout and talk among themselves?

What do you think? They have plugins for membership sites on WordPress, but setting it up could be a chore?

Your pal,
David
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jltracey1188 Premium
Hey David,
I'm still here, I've been having some personal matters that needed my undivided attention yesterday.
I have been thinking about which direction to take my website, and a membership site is a good idea, it was actually something I was going to ask advice about because I'm not sure how to set all that up. My vision for the website is a platform that's not just fun and creative, but safe and supportive that addicts could communicate freely within and get the support they need when things are rough.
Kind of how this community is supportive when it comes to succeeding online, but for addicts succeeding in sobriety?
I can already think of content I could include as for news, events, creative projects, and even products I could promote.
I'm not just extremely familiar with WordPress, so setting it up as a membership I was unsure of.
Would you recommend me purchasing my own domain as opposed to going the free route? I don't have much to spend towards this at the moment but I think I could swing it if it's going to make a difference.
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DCW2000S Premium
I'm sorry Jess, I just found this message? It fell in the cracks somehow? Buying your own domain makes a tremendous difference Jess.

Especially, since you are a Premium member. I know it can be hard because it stretches me to pay my fee monthly, but I have several sites here now and leaving or stopping would mean losing it all? Countless hours of work.

Jess, stick it out here, and definitely get the domain if you can, and try to make sure it's what you want because domains are not returnable!

This is crucial for you. Staying focused on this for as many hours a day means that many hours you do not have to worry about anything else.

It takes your mind off of the things you are struggling with, and the sense of accomplishment you will begin to feel as you pass each hurdle here will strengthen you, Jess.

I am banking on you kid, if you feel like you are heading for a wall please reach out. If I haven't given you my number already I will send it to you via private message!

Hang in there!
David
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Dawn46 Premium
Hi and welcome to the WA community, I’m a recent member here and I promise you the community here is like no other and your success is what we are all rooting for.

The training that is provided is comprehensive and if you follow it step by step you will see results in no time, I have learnt so much in such a short space of time it’s phenomenal.

I now have my own website indexed in Google which I’m building out every day!

There’s a lot to take on board initially but if you take it steady and find your own pace you will thrive.

Looking forward to reading of your success. If you ever need help or not sure of something, just ask!
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Kyle Premium
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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jltracey1188 Premium
I am a little stuck on which direction to go. When it comes to a niche, I have two passions; art and helping others overcome addiction. I have been an artist since I could pick up a pencil so when it comes to experience and knowledge that would be an easier route. BUT before joining WA, I wanted to find a way to make an income online by helping others in their addiction struggles without AA/NA.
Only an addict/alcoholic or someone who is close to one would understand this idea, but when it comes to addiction, 9 out of 10 treatment centers tell you that the only way to stay sober is in AA or as its called "the program." I disagree, especially because only 3% of addicts are successful in "the program." So I feel that there is a huge opportunity for other programs. Being someone that has struggled with this for years, it's really disheartening to find out that you are part of the 97% that just can't get in to the AA mindset.
Selling art supplies would be much easier to pursue, it's cut and dry.
Going the other route would include much more than affiliate marketing because I would be selling a service that I would potentially create content for. I know there are other books and such on this topic, but as for affiliate programs to sell the books/programs I am unsure.
I posted this in the lesson comments and AJ suggested that I combine them by helping those with addiction through art, which is uncanny considering that I wouldn't be sober without having art as an outlet, and it would be a unique niche. But I'm still confused as to how I would tie all this in to affiliate marketing.
I'm going to do my research but any insight you could give me would be much appreciated.
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Kyle Premium
Your niche ideas are definitely viable directions for your niche. You need to choose one when starting out, what are you most passionate about?

When deciding on a niche and trying to narrow down to a more specific niche, I recommend you ask yourself the following question:

I want to help people that ______________.

Fill in the blank and you are going to be much closer to a specific audience. After you do this and if you want to run any further ideas by me, let me know and I will give you a hand. :)
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rlehman10 Premium
Thanks for your story Jess. You are a person of tremendous strength! Remember that behind or within every obstacle is a blessing, and some sort of positive outcome. Also remember that Jesus himself did NOT want to accept his fate. He prayed in the garden of gethsemane to be spared from his fate, but God said No, you must accept your fate. It is my belief that most Christians don't understand what the cross symbolizes. The cross symbolizes the to be set free, one must sacrifice their own ego for the greater good. When Christ said, "Father, not MY will, but THY will be done", at that second he was set free.I'm sure that you already understand this because, as an artist, you put your art above yourself. I am a (musical) artist, and I put my music above myself. As artists we understand that art does not come "from" us, but rather "through" us. ":God' is what I call the place where inspiration comes from. Sure, I'd like to make more money than I currently make, but I'll be happy with enough rather than too much. Remember that the artistic talents that reside within us cannot be purchased, and they are the envy of many millionaires. What the heck, we are the lucky ones. Some people only have money! Bless you and good luck with WA!
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EdwinBernard Premium
Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate Premium!

Glad that you joined us.

Wealthy Affiliate is an amazing environment to learn and apply our skills towards creating an online business. I tried to do this alone before and was completely lost.

Now I know why.

There are so many tricks of the trade and it saves so much time having it all laid out clearly in its training programs.

Keep following the training and exercises every day. Give it a year to see significant results. You'll be a happy camper by then. We all make progress at different rates and it is possible to see meaningful results in 4-6 months. Google cannot be rushed.

Google rewards people with websites that provide value to their visitors. It helps to boost their ad revenue of course! And that helps your websites get high rankings. But it takes time to build credibility. Once they realize your site is an authority site, good things will happen faster.

When you get stuck, and you will, just ask for help in the discussion area located below each lesson. Scroll down to find it. Another member who has the answer will get back to you promptly.

In the meantime have fun with the program. Much success to you.

Cheers!

Edwin
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ExpatMark Premium
Hello Jessica and welcome to our Wealthy Affiliate community!

Congratulations going Premium and good luck with all of your online endeavors. You will love the helpful and knowledgeable group of fellow entrepreneurs present here.

We all want to see you succeed and will bend over backward to help you do just that. Good luck and much success in making money online.

Do not hesitate to ask for help.

Making a living, making a difference.
Mark
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Stanleycmng Premium
Hi,

Welcome to WA Premium. I am glad to meet you.

I am following you and invite you to do the same.

You are welcome to visit my latest blog post. Wish you success!

Your friend,
Stanley
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KenShaddock Premium
Welcome Jessica to Premium level of WA. In quick time too. All doors open now for your learning, confidence and application to create online incomes.
A mutitude of trainings and webinars, plus every tool you will ever need to expand.
I am following you now and ask you follow me back.
I look forward to reading of your breakthroughs and successes over time as you feel to share with us.
Have a great year Jessica.
Ken
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TimMcKinlay Premium
Hi Jessica, welcome to Wealthy Affiliate!

My name is Tim, you might remember me from my site, Affiliate UNguru. I'm just stopping by to say hello, and to see if you have any questions or want some help getting rolling?

If so, just hit 'reply' below this message and I'll get back to you asap! :)

Either way, here's the link to start your very first lesson: This is the exact training that took me from "newbie" to "super affiliate", so I'm super excited to be sharing this with you today! All you need to do is follow the training and complete the tasks as you go along, and you'll be well on your way to creating a thriving business online.

Also, before I go, I just wanted to let you know that it's totally okay to ask LOTS of questions. In fact, the more questions you ask the better!

We were ALL beginners at one point. Most of us started out knowing virtually nothing about how any of this stuff works (myself included)! Which is why I think you are going to find the support and mentoring you receive here at Wealthy Affiliate to be absolutely priceless. So I recommend you take FULL advantage of this as you start building out your new business.

Anyways Jessica, it's wonderful to have you as part of the WA community and I'm looking forward to working with you going forward!

Tim

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