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Artisan Vending: Get Paid To Travel While Doing What You Love

Artisan Vending: Get Paid To Travel While Doing What You Love

Festival season is upon us! For a lot of people this means at least one weekend this summer full of dancing to some of their favorite music, basking in the sunshine with their favorite people, and making a statement with the most eccentric outfits and accessories available to them. Music festivals have not only created an atmosphere of outward expression through music, dance, and art but fashion has come to the forefront of self expression for attendees. Many festival goers have used their personal appearance as an outward expression of self. It is a chance for many who don’t have the opportunity in their daily 9-5 to let the peacock within spread those beautiful tail feathers.

This trend has created quite the business opportunity for crafty/creative individuals. Now, you can google “festival clothing,” search Etsy and Instagram, and immediately find several sites dedicated to creating unique clothing and jewelry specific to the festival culture. Coachella is a good example of a fashion-focused festival. There are several blog posts all over the internet focused solely on what is “in” this season.

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For those creative hobbyists who have been doing things like geocaching and collecting precious stones to make jewelry already, entertaining the idea of creating a business model around exactly that is a no-brainer. So what is next? Now that the idea has sprouted excitement where do you start?

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    Create enough for expected/desired audience

    Now that you have decided that you are going to make the jump from hobbyist to small business entrepreneur, creating enough product to attract and maintain steady revenue is your first feat. If one-of-a-kind festival jewelry is your route this is no easy task. Each piece takes quite a bit of time, sometimes days. Find a pace that works for you, learn as you go and make room for mistakes and mishaps. Being a one woman jewelry factory is no easy feat so keep track of those shortcuts for your jewelry cleaning processes and creation as you go. Excel and word docs are now my best friend.

    Generate an online presence

    It is the 21st century–there is no longer a successful business without a successful online presence. It is extremely important to the success of your new business venture to create an online voice and business through Facebook, Instagram, and your online store.Your goal is not only to create new customers but repeat customers. Keeping your business at the forefront of buyer’s minds in your niche is easily done through social media. Once someone has purchased from your store, having a space or several where previous customers have visual reminders of new products will be key.

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    Things to keep in mind

    You’ve created a healthy inventory, your online presence is buzzing with excitement and pleased customers, now what? A lot of artisan jewelers use their niche as an opportunity to travel and share their work at the festivals that their customers are attending. This side of things brings on a whole other realm of potential struggle. There are so many positive elements to working festivals. The idea of doing what you love for a living and being able to see the country while doing it sounds like a dream. Meeting new people and making connections with like-minded individuals, being able to enjoy the music, and sharing your creation face to face makes for a wonderful experience, but it’s harder than it sounds.

    Surviving a festival is a learning experience as well. When traveling to any festival, pack as light as possible. Remember everything you pack in has to be packed out. Cleanliness is difficult as well. Keeping your precious creations out of the dust while staying retail worthy is a task, especially with customers who want to touch and try individual pieces on, this could be highly stressful.

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    There is also the matter of staying healthy and getting the proper nutrients while you are traveling to and from these festivals. Granted festival food vendors are always delicious, but the average plate costs $10-$15. That will add up very quickly. My advice is to pack not only non-perishable foods but vitamins as well. Vitamin C, Echinacea are my go-tos when I begin to feel under the weather. Take care of your body and your body will take care of you.

    The largest roadblock for a lot of new artisans is the price tag. Being able to showcase your work at a festival ranges anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand–not counting the cost of travel and food while in attendance–for a small tent space, where there is no guarantee you will make your initial investment back.

    As a business owner this will have to be your judgment call. Monitor your online presence, as well as your followers and the festivals they attend. This will help you decipher whether or not it is financially beneficial for you to attempt this route of business. For many the online route makes the most sense but if you have caught a case of wanderlust and think this could work for you, it could be quite the adventure. Best of luck turning your hobby into something that is also financially advantageous!

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    Last Updated on August 12, 2019

    12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

    12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

    Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

    But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

    I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

    Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

    1. Nuts

    The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

    Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

    Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

    Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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    2. Blueberries

    Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

    When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

    3. Tomatoes

    Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

    4. Broccoli

    While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

    Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

    Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

    5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

    Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

    The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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    Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

    6. Soy

    Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

    Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

    Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

    7. Dark Chocolate

    When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

    Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

    8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

    Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

    B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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    Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

    Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

    To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

    9. Foods Rich in Zinc

    Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

    Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

    Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

    10. Gingko Biloba

    This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

    It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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    However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

    11. Green and Black Tea

    Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

    Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

    Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

    12. Sage and Rosemary

    Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

    Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

    When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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