Okay first off – most people have never heard of shilajit before. So let me explain a little about what I’m talking about.
I first heard about Shilajit during my study abroad in India. EVERYONE in India uses shilajit. Well, almost everyone. Shilajit is in abundance over there, so its not only cheap and easy to get, but its believed to be one of the healthiest and most beneficial supplements you can take.
I was like “huh?”
So I tried out some shilajit. It looks like BLACK TAR – I’m not joking. It doesn’t smell or taste like tar though. Anyway, what it does, is boost your body, gives you nutrition, helps your body process your food to get more nutrition from what you consume, and gives you antioxidants and so on. Its kind of like a combination super food – multivitamin. I love the stuff, and after I left India, I continued to take it daily. Well, not every day. Its hard to get in the United States. I found a person here in Denver who sells shilajit, so ever since I moved here I’ve been keeping up on it a little bit better.
BUT then a friend told me that shilajit can be found right here in the Denver mountains! WHAT!? If that were true, there would be a lot of shilajit to be harvested. Its like a sludge that forms on rocks and things, but it has to be at high elevation. Well guess what? The Denver Rocky Mountains are high elevation!
So now I guess I’m going to start trekking to the mountains, hunting for wild shilajit, so that I can harvest it all, sell it around the country, and get rich. Everyone is going to think I’ve gone bananas.
I meant another fellow entrepreneur today, a woman who runs her own online tea company. The crazy thing is, she travels directly to Taiwan herself to pick up the tea, and taste test it to make sure its high quality. This girl knows her tea! Its insane. She makes her living just by buying and selling this tea, and there’s no drop shipping involved whatsoever.
If you need longjing tea from Taiwan, she is the one to turn to. You can message her through the website and she’ll answer any of your questions or concerns or general wonderings about tea. She lives right here in Denver and operates the business here, even though its online only so basically you can get the tea, like tie guan yin, anywhere in the entire world.
I admire this business prospect so much! How wonderful to pick up your inventory by travelling the world, then returning to your home base and selling product online. No brick and mortar business to keep up, no restrictions on travelling. Its the ultimate business model.
Okay, I know I live in an apartment building so its not really the same, but I sure do feel like I need to keep up with my neighbors! My building is pretty nice, and a lot of fancy type people live here. Since its December, everyone has gotten out their Christmas decorations and everything looks so pretty! I have no lights whatsoever though, and I’m smashed between 3 different people who do. I must look like a Denver Scrooge.
I guess I am kind of a Scrooge after all. I got nervous when a drunk guy (he must have just been out at some denver bar) wiggled my door knob, trying to get in. I think he was lost. He’s a really nice guy, I’ve seen him around and he wears nice suits because he owns his own Denver business. Anyway, it scared me to think of someone coming into my apartment, since I live alone, so I ended up hiring a locksmith denver to come and install some higher quality security on my front door and my patio door. I know it’d be hard for someone to break in through my patio door, since I’m on the 4th floor, but still – if they wanted to get in, it’d probably be the easiest way in. At least that is what the locksmith said.
But when it comes to Christmas, I don’t think I’m really a bah humbug. I guess I’m a little sad that I won’t be with my family this holiday season, but it won’t be the first time. I think I’ll be okay.
I am going to go out and buy some Christmas lights though, there are so many good denver sales even after black friday, I’m sure I can get lights for my balcony for $20-$30. Then I just have to find the time to put them up, and not freeze to death when I go out there. Its cold in Denver!!
Today I had a friend take me to this aerial/gymnastics type gym in Denver. It was like nothing else I’ve ever seen. The ceilings were incredibly high, and hung all around were this long fabrics (they call them silks) and these acrobatic people were climbing them to the top, and doing all kinds of tricks on them! Ok, I never knew my friend was into circus stuff, and I never knew I could learn circus tricks right outside of Denver.
These aerial dancers are so flexible! They were doing all kinds of crazy moves on the fabrics. And these fabrics are hung HIGH. Trust me. Some of the time they were just doing these flexible pose like moves, but other times they were spinning like crazy, and sliding down the fabric. It looks super fun, but when they let me try it I couldn’t even climb the fabric very high! Its harder than climbing a regular rope, because the fabric is all silky and bouncy.
There was all kinds of other circus equipment in there too. Trapeze bars, giant swinging hoops, mats, jumps, and all kinds of stuff. It was pretty awesome. If I ever have kids, maybe I’ll enroll them in some sort of circus classes like that. Its not often you hear “hey do you want to come to my kid’s acrobatic performance at the circus?”
Plus, I think these people (acrobatics or aerial dancers) train really hard. Some people you could tell were just like me, just normal people doing something fun and interesting. But the regulars that were in there are serious aerial acrobats. Some of them perform all over the world in an aerial dance festival and all kinds of different performances.
ANYWAY – the point is, these people need good photographers to capture these awesome and beautiful moments during shows. I think I am that person. How cool would it be to shoot photos of sparkly, flexible, talented aerial dancers all day?
Not sure if any readers followed over to my new blog address, but I am settled in here in Denver, Colorado and I have my new site up. Things have been a little bit crazy, but I’ve managed quite well. I have several friends out here, and one of them was kind enough to let me stay with them while I worked out the situation with my apartment. I originally had an apartment picked out before I drove down here, they said they had units available and we would be able to sign the lease at move in time. But thank goodness I didn’t sign that lease before I saw the place in person! It was really bad, not what I was looking for in the slightest.
So, I politely as I could told the apartment manager I would have to go another direction with my living accommodations, and frantically began my new search. Not really frantically I suppose. I knew I wanted to be in Glendale, close to downtown Denver but still a decent drive to work.
Long story short, I found the perfect place, the movers I hired were a denver moving company anyway so they were willing to hold my stuff while I waited the 3 extra days to find my place, and it all worked out fairly smoothly!
Okay enough said about the boring stuff. I’ve already started taking a few photos here in Denver of the beautiful and famous Denver skyline. I love it so much! It really is just as beautiful in real life as it is in all the photos. This wasn’t my first time to Denver, but last time I was here I was about 7 years old so its difficult to remember how the scenery appeared!
After moving all my furniture into my new place, I realized that since I was starting fresh in a new city, I wanted a fresh decor as well. I don’t have the money right now to buy all new, and plus I went through all the trouble of moving everything, so I decided not to go that route. But I did find this cool denver store called Affordable Consigned Furnishings, and I picked up some really hip and artsy looking metal wall decor and some new (used, but new to me) office furniture. Score!! It was awesome. Plus, no one (except anyone who reads my blog) will ever know that I got used furniture. Even though thrifty furniture and decor is actually “in” right now, so if anyone asked, I’d probably tell them anyway.
Still settling in, but for the most part, I’ve got everything unpacked and I’m ready to start setting up my Denver photography business. Its been an exciting ride, but its just the beginning. Stay tuned.