About Raven9
Joined September 2011
UPDATE – April 2016

Wow – it's been awhile since I wrote my profile on WA – about 3 years to be exact. To update things a bit – my family has grown, my Baby Angel #1 is now 6 years old and I now have a 2nd Baby Angel – a son who is 18 months.

We still live in Southern Alberta, Canada, and continue to maintain a 2nd home in Nicaragua, although we haven't made it there since our son was born. We are homeschooling our daughter and enjoying the experience. We have been dabbling at being self employed for a few years now, all while maintaining the security of a j o b – however, as of last year, we fully took the plunge into working for ourselves. What a trip! It has been the most tumultuous, exciting, stressful, interesting, scary and fulfilling time of my life.

Initially I joined WA in 2011, however, I was not fully committed (even though WA was great back then as well). After quitting and rejoining a few times over the years, I recently came back to the community about a year ago, and restarted the training. From there I jumped to being an amazon seller and very slowly (very, very slowly ;) built a website.

I do have valid excuses for not being committed in the past ;) - during the last 4 years or so – we have bought and sold rice farm land in Nicaragua, purchased more land there (beach land this time :) and most recently we exported farming equipment down there. So life has been busy – but the dream of creating an online business has always stayed stuck in my head. I used to feel guilty about not committing more energy to this dream, however, now I see how my other life experiences will help me in the journey of owning and operating a website.

My biggest problem years ago was not knowing what niche to chose. Having had years to contemplate this, it's evolved to cover my true passion in life, which is helping others. The site consists of various handmade world artisan products for sale, in which the proceeds benefit the artists. As well as, an inspirational blog and other products for sale in which we will donate 50% of the proceeds to different charities. We are also working on incorporating a travel consultation service to feature Nicaraguan businesses that are giving back to the local communities there.

My husband is now on board with this online endeavour, which makes me way more committed, as we always do the 'crazy things' together. We have our children involved as well in the ways they can help, and we love the fact that we can make this our 'little family' business. In fact, we've named our business after ourselves – Javier, Natalia, Dominik and Krystal – J ND K. We are very excited about where this new journey will take us and have almost completed the website.

I feel like I should have updated my WA a long time ago, as lately I am enjoying making the connections with others on here and I realize I have not been sharing. So, I will be more diligent in the future, of maintaining the WA connection. I am continually impressed with the quality of people on WA and I look forward to the future of networking and meeting everyone!

Krystal :)




Profile from 2013ish - left it here for interest sake - wow, what growth ;)

Hi
My name is Krystal- and I just want the time and financial freedom in my life to be able to 'stop and smell the roses'....lol! Over the years I have worked many different jobs, and even went to college to become a social worker, yet I never felt content in what I was doing. I always held onto the belief that someday I could work for myself, how I want, and when I want - so here I am.
I've been interested in learning internet marketing for a few years now, but never seemed to find the time. First working a full time job got in the way, and then being a mommy consumed all of my time. However, now my baby is 3 years old, becoming more independant, and I am going to try really hard to find the time to learn this internet marketing thing that I've wanted to learn for so long....
It is a dream of mine to be able to work from a computer, anywhere in the world - how liberating would that be! We live in Canada, but have property in Central America - we go there for a few weeks each year, but want to financially be able to spend winters down there. So again, I'd love to have the freedom to run a successful business from the computer, and I'm hoping that affiliate marketing is the key to helping us achieve this lifestyle.
Please feel free to send any advice my way, as I'd appreciate all the help I can get! :) Let the adventure begin!! :)
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Hey, Krystal!

You rock! I feel great having you as a follower! Wish you high achievements and success in your marketing venture at WA. Keep moving forward! Come to me on my G+ through https://plus.google.com/u/0/116531398108257503951
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Hope you enjoy! Cheers!

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Robert-A Premium
Hello Krystal and welcome to Wealthy Affiliate.
Since you joined way back when you will perhaps have come to the conclusion that internet marketing can be a steep learning curve.
If you do get stuck then can I suggest you browse some of the 300+ blogs I have published within WA.
You have decided to follow me and I will return the favour.
Enjoy your day.
Robert
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FrankieTrill Premium
Thanks for the love,
I wanna show some love back by sending you my blessings of health wealth and prosperity plus longevity and I encourage you to stay positive and keep striving towards your dreams and your freedoms. (Time, Financial, and Location Freedom) Stay superbly blessed and highly favored Peace
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Raven9 Premium
Thanks so much for the kind words Frankie!
I hope you are finding success in all of your endeavors!!
Oh, and I love the funky signature!!
Krystal :)
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FrankieTrill Premium
Thanks Krystal just want to set myself apart from the rest and still be apart of the whole lol
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ambweblounge Premium
Hello,

Thank you for the follow. It's always great meeting new and exciting people like yourself. I look forward to your posts and can't wait to see how we can collaborate in the future.

My motto is "Be~Do~Have" and the universe will give. Always be kind to others and they will be kind back. The secrets of life is gratitude!

Have a blessed day!

Namaste'
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Raven9 Premium
Thanks and it is great to meet like minded people!! I love your motto - I also believe that the Universe always responds to the energy that you put in.
Best of Luck with everything and I look forward to connecting with you in the future!
Krystal :)
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Swangirl Premium
Wow, thank you for following me Krystal! It is a pleasure to meet you! I hope you finally get the success you dream of here at WA. In the mean time I think your life sounds interesting. I have toyed with the idea of a property somewhere else but have not gotten that far yet! We have pets so it makes it hard.
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Raven9 Premium
Thanks so much for your kind words! We have pets as well, I know how much harder that makes travel.... I'm always thankful when my parents can pet-sit during our travels. I do know a girl who just made a permanent move from Vancouver to Nicaragua with their dog tho - so anything is possible! :) Hope you are doing well!
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Swangirl Premium
Krystal,
I am so glad to hear from you. I wondered where you were and thought about you several times this year. My husband and I took the plunge and bought a 4-plex. Our goal is to save up while living in it to buy another income property. In a few years we hope to acquire enough of them to quit at least one of our jobs and then eventually the other. At that point we hope to be free to travel! Reading about your experience with that was in the back of my mind as we planned this!

I am glad you are back around here.
Jessica
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Raven9 Premium
Wow Jessica!! That is huge!!! It almost brought tears to my eyes (ya I'm a big mush ;) to hear you say that you've thought about me throughout the year. It's so crazy cool to think that someone I don't even really know has thought about me - thank you for that and for sharing that with me!
And what amazing news - Congrats!! Owning a 4-plex should be a great asset to you guys! Eventually you can have 4 rental incomes if you travel and rent yours out as well - Good for you!
And I'm seriously honored to hear that I had a tiny part in your inspiration!!! That's big - Thank you!
Krystal xoxo :)
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Swangirl Premium
Krystal,
I thought it was serendipitous when I saw you were back here at WA! I am glad you are doing well in your adventures too. We really see the rentals as our ticket to a better life and more freedom. We were so lucky to use my husband's VA loan so we got a great deal! The realtors and brokers kept saying we were unusual though. Even with the VA loan most people can't afford a property this big with zero down! We had good enough credit, stable jobs,not too much debt etc. We were positioned just right to make this happen.

I am excited to see how quickly we can buy another one, move into that to get owner occupied financing and rent this unit out.

Lets keep in touch!
Jessica
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bryanshipley Premium
Hi Krystal, thanks for following me on here. You seem to live a very interesting life, with your involvement in other countries, helping others. I admire that you can help these people, whilst building a business for yourself.
I am following you now too, and wish you every success with your venture.
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Raven9 Premium
Thank you so much for the kind words! I'm all about following my heart and with a Social Work background, that always seems to involve helping...lol. Best of luck to you with everything as well! :)
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Raven, nice to hear from you. Wow what nice healthy, happy looking children you two have.

I don't know much about Nicaragua so I just went and had a look at some websites. It looks like a pretty interesting place. I imagine the beaches are similar to ours here in northern Australia.

Now Alberta I do know. I used to live in BC and we visited Alberta a fair bit. My sister also lives in Calgary so we stay there when we hop over for our decade-ly visit.

I just took a quick peak at your site's World Artisan Products. I love that pottery. One day when I have some money to spare I will be back to have another look with the intention to buy some. When I did travel I always tried to find local products to buy. In the old days that was easy to do. Now it appears that so much of it, no matter what country you are in, is made in China. It is almost impossible to buy local. We have a wooden boat making school down here and some marvellous Tasmanian woodworkers. Is their product sold at the school? No as tourists wouldn't pay the price for well made local stuff.

So, in saying this I really hope your website takes off and lets people buy the real thing and helps the makers out.

Keep in touch.
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Raven9 Premium
Thank you so much for the kind words! That's awesome that you live in Australia but are familiar with Alberta - Calgary is less than 3 hours from where we live. And BC is so beautiful - what an amazing place to have lived (another dream of mine - live in BC...lol!)
Thank you for checking out our website - I love the idea of featuring artisans and their handmade products from worldwide. I remember as a child a store in the mall that had this concept - maybe that's where the idea came from..... And during all of our trips to Nicaragua I always wished I could bring some of the bigger things back home with me - the large ceramic ornaments and whatnot - eventually I'd love to import containers of products from other countries, but need to start small right - lol.
Anyway - yes, let's keep in touch - Hope all is going well with you! :)
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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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Raven9 Premium
Thanks so much Kyle! You have created an amazing place here and it's awesome that you still take the time to reach out! Thanks again!
Krystal :)
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Kyle Premium
We honestly wouldn't have it any other way Krystal. We built WA based on helping folks and in the 12 years we have been in business we have not veered away from this.

We have lots of exciting stuff coming through this year that will further benefit members and continue to validate the idea of putting members first. :)

I look forward to working with you!

PS. Happy Wednesday, I hope your week is going brilliantly well thus far! :)
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bluzy1 Premium
Hi and thanks for the follow! It’s nice to meet you and I’m so pleased to be included into your network. I hope you’re enjoying your time here so far and that you’re having a positive experience! This is a great place to be and I’m excited to follow your successes!

Peace, and make it a great day.
Sheila.
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Raven9 Premium
Thank you Sheila! Hope you are doing good as well!
Krystal :)
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Ace37 Premium
Hello Krystal, :)

Thank you for your follow and I also added you to My net work as well looking forward to networking with you in the near future, I wish you nothing but success on your new ventures. P.S. Glad you decided to come back and making progress it's wonderful that your family is involved with you as well as My Mom joined with Me Its much better that way. Stronger in numbers.
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Raven9 Premium
Thanks! And that is awesome that your Mom is getting in on the action. It took some getting used to with my husband and I working together, but it's cool working with family when you can get through the drama because you know your family will always have your back..... Hope all is going well with you!
Krystal :)
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DaleOdom Premium
Hey Krystal,
I appreciate you taking the time to give me a follow and I am happy to have you in my network as well. It sounds like you have been very busy. I would like to welcome you back to the family here at WA. I wish you and your family every success with your endeavors.
Dale
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Raven9 Premium
Thank you! I wish you success as well!! :)
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bamannisi Premium
Welcome back, Krystal. It's understandable how difficult it must have been to progress quickly through WA with everything you have going. But now with your whole family involved and committed, it will be so much easier.
I'm going very slowly myself. Found it a bit overwhelming, but I think I'm getting the hang of it.
Congratulations on your beautiful family.
Best wishes on your continued success!
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Raven9 Premium
Best wishes to you as well - I hope things are going good!
Krystal :)
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LLiu Premium
Hi Krystal,
Very nice to meet you and thank you for adding me to your network and I am adding you to mine.
I wish you every success in your endeavor's and on your journey here at WA.
If I can be of help just let me know and I will too!

Warmest wishes,

Linda :)
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Raven9 Premium
Thanks so much Linda!
Hope all is going well
Krystal :)
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William777 Premium
Nice profile Kristal and thanks for your follow. We have a lot in common with property in other places and finding out ways to actually enjoy it. But by the sounds of it you and your family have all come a long way with networking with lots of good connections, and those that are willing to give to help the less fortunate. I'm convinced that all that good that you do for others will also come back to yourselves in ways you least expect, and you'll reap the rewards. Nice connecting with you and all the best of success to your family enterprize!
William.
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Raven9 Premium
Thanks for your kind words William! Best of luck to you as well and I look forward to connecting with you more in the future :)
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Ultimateless Premium
Forget about 'smelling the roses' you have an exciting life...you may be 'living on the edge' but it's heaps better than 'living on the couch'! That is fantastic that you are making sure the artists get are getting the proceeds..because usually they are getting exploited! Thanks for including me in your line up! Cheers, Michael
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Raven9 Premium
Thank you for the kind comment! It's quite ironic - a few hours ago I read your post about being left-handed/fear - I commented that I really had needed to hear that.... Living on the edge is exciting but has been scary lately - stuff happening in regards to my daughters health in combination with all the other tumultuous situations in our life right now, has me second guessing this 'life on the edge'.... Seeing your post about confronting fear really did open some channels for me - thank you again!!!
:)
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Ultimateless Premium
I am really glad about that...facing what may seem insurmountable will be easier each and every time we face it...then we climb over or solve our problems with ease...or at least easier...
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stevecox Premium
Welcome back, Krystal. You have a fascinating profile. I am looking forward to hearing more about your adventures. Obviously, you are NEVER bored. And there is a time and place for everything, so now must be the time for WA for you. Life unfolds as it supposed to as long as we provide just a tiny bit if help. Congratulations on all you have accomplished, and I think you have only started to see the new horizons.

All the best,

Steve
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Raven9 Premium
Thank you for the kind comment Steve - it warms my heart! You have a very interesting story as well - Looking forward to seeing the new horizons and the new adventures. It's so refreshing to have such a kind group of supporters on WA - thanks for being part of my circle - see you at the top..... :)
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stevecox Premium
Looking forward to the climb up to the top with you Krystal (but you may be a little fasters) . This is a great team and we all help each other.

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

All the best Steve
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