#Worldphotoday #Aviationday


Well, looks like I chose a good day to share my Dreamstime link on twitter. I hopped on and it turns out it’s #worldphotoday.

Then, I logged onto my website to make an update, and lo and behold, it’s National #aviationday on tumblr!

So, in honor of both events today, here are a couple shots I took awhile back that I’m sharing. The helicopter image is one I’m waiting for review on Dreamstime. I took it just before I went up on a ride (this was while I worked at the helicopter flight school in Kona). Boy, was that an awesome experience!

copyright: Monica Aguilar

And this one, from the Big Island in Hawai’i. You never know when the locals will put up a “sign” to let the tourists know what’s up!

copyright: Monica Aguilar

Happy #worldphotoday and #aviationday!!

New Creative Endeavor: stock photography


As I’ve been seeking alternative means to earn some extra chump change while living abroad, I decided to pursue what many, many others have done before me: stock photography!

I decided that since I have traveled to some pretty cool places these past few years, I might as well make good use out of some pictures I’ve taken. So, I did a little research, and voila! A day or so later and here I am on www.dreamstime.com

I am still in the process of uploading quite a few other pictures, but since a big whopping 7!!! images have already been approved, I figured I might as well share my excitement about it!

Well, this digital nomad has got to get back to work. When you’re living like me, who says there has to be “regular” office hours?

Happy travels!

New Creative Endeavor: stock photography

Digital Nomad


Well, my journeys’ have taken me to a point where it’s become obvious – I have become a digital nomad. I’m currently south of the border with a strong internet connection and laptop. Plus, the view from my “office” isn’t too shabby. 

At the moment, I’m putting together a strategy to create more work for myself. While I’m living at a cost well below (actually far below) what it would have cost to have stayed in paradise, I still need to pay the bills!

I’m currently revamping the copy for another website project. It’s been a blast (I love to write), and my client is happy. A double win for both of us! The other really fun part of this project for me has been the training aspect of it. The backend of Amy’s website is powered by WordPress. It’s been so great to share my knowledge with her, and more importantly, to empower her that, ‘Si, se puede hacerlo!’ (Yes, you can do it!). It has been a real thrill to hear her excitement about learning something she didn’t understand before.

Although it’s under construction (the imagery will be swapped out for sure and lots of pages still need content – the client is in no rush), here it is:

www.eftcaregiving.com

Amy has been awesome to work with. It’s always a real pleasure to do business with someone who is flexible, and has a great attitude.

The view from my “office”.image

New Project! Event Coordinator


Super, super, super excited about the current project I am working on. Excited because I am able to work with a couple of my favorite people, I’m taking on a new endeavor (which I always wanted more in-depth experience in), and I’m supporting something I’m extremely passionate about!

Arzu Mountainspirit is a traditional Garifuna healer from Belize. We were introduced by a mutual friend and we instantly hit it off. I assisted her with the write-ups of her services, consulted on updating her website (project has not yet commenced), and she asked if I could assist her with arranging a workshop over here on the Big Island of Hawaii!!! 

It’s been such a tremendous pleasure to take on a client that has a clear sense of direction. She knows what she wants. Our first meeting was all about providing me with her backstory so that I could get a better sense of who she is and what she does. From there, it was all gravy.

I LOVE collaborating and working in tandem with clients that are eager, excited, communicative, and kind! I love that I have been able to do what I do best in areas like my writing, research, and putting my old administrative assistant skills to use. Plus, I even had the pleasure of putting together a flyer for her.

Part of the event coordinating involved tracking down an amazing venue which I cannot wait to experience when she gets here. Working together with our mutual friend, I’m putting together the technical pieces of her email newsletter that we’re going to send out.

All of it, and I mean all of it has been so much fun, I just had to write a post about it! 

To learn more about Arzu and what she does, please visit her website. It hasn’t been updated yet, but don’t let that fool you. She’s the real McCoy, and an incredible gem of a human being!

Once the project is completed, I will most definitely be posting photos. The event won’t be a few months from now so be sure to check back!

Website Project Management: COMPLETED


I’m so very proud of my most recent project that I worked on for a local business here in Kona.

My co-worker from Mauna Loa Helicopters had a client who needed a website, but didn’t want to spend a lot of money. Sound familiar? Well, I was able to get him a professional, mobile-ready website, using WordPress as a CMS on the back end, AND I was even able to shoot some of the pictures featured on the website! To top it all off, I had to learn the basics of SEO in order to optimize the site. For my first shot at SEO, being on page 2 of Google isn’t so bad. However, in order to make it great I need to go back and update the keywords (despite the fact I won’t get paid to do the updates, it won’t matter since I want to include this in my portfolio). 

EXCITING STUFF!!

So, here’s the scoop:

Paramount Painting is a local painting contractor that works on high-end custom homes and condominiums here in Kailua – Kona. Cost was a factor on this project (I had a budget of only $1,000 to work with). I collaborated with one of my favorite web guys out in California whose rates are awesome for what he does. Per his suggestion, we bought a template through Themeforest.  One of the critical pieces of this project was that it had to look modern, clean, and sophisticated (his clientele is all upscale so this was important). I did have a deadline and the turnaround time was approximately 3 weeks (and we did meet it too!). One other important aspect of this project was that I had to come up with a name for the website since his company name was already in use by another business! Naming a website was fun – it felt like I was back in my Copywriting 1 class again in school!

The end result: UNDER BUDGET, ON TIME, AND HAPPY CLIENT

The owner was impressed and happy with the overall look and presentation of his site. A few months later he had me go back and optimize the site so that he would show up in Google search results. I had to do a quick, crash course in SEO which my web guy helped me out with.

Overall, my experience working on this project was really positive. I LOVE doing the project management end of things. I liked having creative input as well as being able to contribute to the creative aspect of it. If I could get more projects like this, I would be super happy!

Why YOU shouldn’t hire me…


Ha! Sounds crazy, right?

Well, I’m in the process of redefining my work, who I work for, and focusing on what I do best. 

Are you a medium sized business with a loosely structured Marketing department with unclear goals or a hazy strategy?

Can’t help ya. Why?

I’ve had clients in the past who had some really awesome visions and endeavors. In the end though, they failed. Their strategic outlook was foggy, they tried to be experts in areas they knew very little about and as a result they delivered less than promising results. Is it selfish to say that I want to be on the winning team that has a clear direction of where it’s going? I think not.

If you’re an entrepreneur (like myself) and are doing awesome, making mad sales, are running around like crazy and trying to do it all but don’t want to hire someone on a contractual, part-time basis because you don’t want to spend the money? Probably not a good idea for us to talk. I have had a client in the past who was gung-ho about hiring me, but not so much when it came to paying my invoices. Enough said about that.

Now, I can say this: if you’re looking for someone who’s creative, dedicated, fair, on-time, and are looking to hire somebody who can curate social media content, write blogs, and outreach to potential clients then, I’M YOUR GAL!!

As I move forward into the next phase of my career I just thought it would be wise to avoid any future misunderstandings. I’m looking to co-create rewarding, win-win situations with others willing to do the same. And, make some money in the process!

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Quote: Eckhart Tolle


Give up defining yourself – to yourself or to others. You won’t die. You will come to life. And don’t be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it’s their problem. Whenever you interact with people, don’t be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious Presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.

― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose