Seven months ago, I started this blog with absolutely zero knowledge of what it takes to manage a blog professionally. Some days I wake up and wonder where I’m going, or if I’m doing the right thing. Well, I’m excited to announce that KristaAoki.com is evolving.
As I worked on the rebrand, it hit me: this new direction I’m headed can be compared to the outlet I found in JK Rowling’s world-famous Harry Potter series. So I wanted to compare the comfort I found in the Harry Potter series with the new direction of this blog.
Today, September 2, 2017, the entire Harry Potter series has officially taken place in the past. September 1, 2017 marked the day that Albus Severus Potter jumped aboard the Hogwarts Express for the very first time. As someone who grew up with the Harry Potter series, just typing that makes my heart sink. But with an ending, there’s always the possibility for a new beginning. Which is what I’m writing about today.
If this is your first time on KristaAoki.com, welcome! For the past seven months, I’ve written about millennial lifestyle, travel, and even blogging. At the very core of it all, I’ve striven to inspire young ladies to balance their careers while living a life they love.
Because: when it comes to trying to find your place in the world, I know where you’re coming from.
I’m moving in a similar, but different, direction when it comes to the future of KristaAoki.com. But keep reading to find out more.
I’ve always craved community.
I read Harry Potter religiously growing up. I went through the series multiple times. When my family moved from the small island where I grew up, to the mainland United States, I felt lost.
I no longer lived down the street from my childhood best friend, who I’d known my entire life. And I no longer had the same classmates to look forward to seeing at school.
But I had Harry Potter.
In June 2003, shortly after my family moved to the mainland US, JK Rowling published Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Even at 12, I finished my first reading of that book in probably one, maybe two, days. After that, I immediately had to talk to someone about it.
Of course, these were the days before Facebook… as if I was old enough for that. Thanks to my sharp Internet-fu skills, I found a community called Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place. (Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place was an address introduced in Order of the Phoenix, so I totally felt like I was joining an exclusive club of hardcore badasses who already read the book, too).
Little did I know, the community I found in Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place would give me a community to call family for six, seven, eight years.
Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place was my Hogwarts. Truth be told, it was my escape from the regular drama that middle schoolers and high schoolers go through. I moved around, from state to state, as I grew up, so Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place was my constant. At Hogwarts, I felt safe. I felt loved.Hogwarts was my escape from the regular drama of growing up. Hogwarts was my safe space. Click To Tweet
Any other Hufflepuffs in the house? #huffinornothin (shoutout to Abriana aka Chabs who coined that now hashtaggable term)
A little more about Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place
So total nerdy fact about me: one year, one of my very best friends and I took over the Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place community. It was our baby. We totally grew it and it was my first experience marketing, growing, and nurturing a community. I was like 13. LOL.
We created an online Hogwarts. Like, we had a legit sorting ceremony and actual classes and homework and even online Quidditch games. It was the first place I felt comfortable being real and being weird. We stayed up all night chatting and getting to know each other and obsessing over the latest Potter Puppet Pals video on YouTube. And, we still keep in contact with each other.
I even visited Hogwarts with someone from the Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place community last year!
So, what’s all this mean?
I’ve always craved community, even being such a soul searching wild wanderer. Like, I’m only 25 and I’ve moved five times since I started university.
When I started blogging, I loved being a part of the community. I still do, but I want to really work towards creating my own.
These past few months, I’ve been soul searching. I’ve followed and immersed myself into so many other incredible communities and seen what so many other incredible #girlbosses are doing. If you’ve followed along, I launched a Facebook group and shut it down because my heart just wasn’t in it.You don't have to commit to something if your heart just isn't in it. Click To Tweet
After a few months of introspective thinking, I found what I’m looking for.
I want to create a blog where soul searchers can find their place in the world.
The New Vision, The New Mission
I want to empower young souls to manage their finances intelligently so they can be in control of their own life and travel the world. I want to be there for anyone struggling to find their own place in the world, anyone who wants to learn how to take control of their finances and career so they can see and travel the world on their own terms.
The new mission for KristaAoki.com will be to empower soul searchers to be in control of their lives, finances, and future so they can reroute lifestyle.
If you visit KristaAoki.com for blogging advice, I encourage you to check out my new project: Reroute Lifestyle. It’s a community of goal-getters aspiring to take control of their lives, reroute their lifestyle, and be their own CEO. My boyfriend, Mike, is my partner-in-madness for Reroute Lifestyle.
That’s where we’re going. We’re rerouting our lifestyle.
But, where am I going?
Where I’m Headed
In a couple of months, I’m going to pursue a location independent life.
I’m going to be one of those millennials who sells everything I own (well – I don’t own much LOL) in exchange for the opportunity to travel the world to work remotely.
On the blog we’ll talk making money online, finding remote jobs, the cost of living in certain areas, and long-term travel hacks. Anything and everything when it comes to making money online and managing that money so you can travel the world – on your own terms.
This year I realized the true potential of building a digital business (or digital businesses) from anywhere with a WiFi connection. I’m ready to focus 100% of my time on YOU, helping you fire your day job so you can work for yourself and make money from anywhere in the world (anywhere with a decent Internet connection, of course).
Again, if you’re more interested in blogging advice, click here to check out Reroute Lifestyle.
Otherwise, if you’re a soul searcher ready to follow me on this journey so you can be in control of your life, finances, and future… I’m excited to have you along. Let’s conquer location independence together.Fire your day job & make money online - because you should work to live, not work to survive. Click To Tweet
What’s Changing on KristaAoki.com
Please bear with me over the next few weeks as I apply the following changes to KristaAoki.com:
- Complete removal of the Blogging Resource Library and Exclusive Content Section. Click here for forever access to a list of 150+ Pinterest Group Boards.
- Redirecting all blogging articles to RerouteLifestyle.com. We are rewriting all of the blogging articles and will be publishing them on RerouteLifestyle.com. All my blogging article links will redirect to the new articles.
- Publishing a new opt-in! I am so excited to announce that I’ll be coming out with a new freebie for KristaAoki.com shortly. Without saying too much, it will be for soul searchers interested in rerouting their lifestyle…but who need a little direction as to how to start.
- Rewriting Passionate Profit. I will be rewriting the 10-day Passionate Profit email course to align more with the new vision of KristaAoki.com. Since I’ve gotten such good feedback for the course, I don’t want to take this content away from you guys…but at the same time, I don’t want to offer a freebie that’s totally not with the whole vibe I’m tryna put out for this blog.
- Update EVERY previous post to align with KristaAoki.com. One of the hardest things to do is rewrite or update previous posts! But I’m committing myself to making sure all of the content on here vibes with my new mission. This way, if someone randomly visits an article and enjoys what they see, they’ll just want to binge on everything else. EVERY SINGLE POST will align with the whole new vibe of KristaAoki.com.
Obviously, this is going to take a lot of time. All the while I’m still working at my day job. In the end, it’ll be so worth it because I’m doing this for you. You’ll read my content and find the information you need to be in control of your life, finances, and future so you can ultimately reroute your lifestyle.
If you want to stay up-to-date on the blog’s website updates (learn about the new soul searcher series freebie, read posts as they’re updated, etc.) be sure to follow me along on Twitter because that’s my favorite platform to give quick updates.
What do you think?
So now you know the direction KristaAoki.com is going: this is going to be a place for soul searchers to be in control of their lives, finances, and future so they can reroute lifestyle. Whether your goals are to become location independent, a digital nomad, or just a #girlboss in control of her own schedule… the future of KristaAoki.com is 100% for you.
With that being said…I really, really love hearing from you.
What do you think of the rebrand? And what’s YOUR story? What are YOU passionate about? Do you have any questions or curiosities about selling it all & moving abroad? This past month, I’ve been really focusing on getting to know you guys, reading your blogs, etc… it makes me happy reading everyone’s content and getting to know all about what you do and love.
P.S. If you want to be a part of a community of goal-getters aspiring to take control of their lives, reroute their lifestyle, and be their own CEO, you’re always welcome to join this free Facebook community. We post weekly lessons and conversational topics that dive deep into the art of blogpreneurism. We also know you want to get your brand out there, so there are weekly promotional threads that encourage engagement.