Hi! I'm Vanessa Alvarado. Let Me Tell You About This Blog...

Thank you for being curious enough to learn more about me! I'm the writer / photographer / owner of VanessaAlvarado.com.

I occupy the spacious, sunny second floor of a historic brownstone on the outskirts of Jacksonville, Florida's downtown with my best friend, boyfriend, and Yuko the cat. I help small business with photography, design, coaching and marketing services and I also teach classes on whole living at a nearby holistic health school. I'm a decor-nerd and I re-arrange this space way to often...

My Mission: To Help You Live a Happy, Healthy Life Outside the Status Quo

On VanessaAlvarado.com I write about indie business, creativity, and whole living.

I post every other weekday (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)

My love affair with the web started when the year that yearbook photo was taken, 1997! I was instantly hooked and I've dozens of websites over the years. When I started working as a copywriter and  web marketer I was ghost writing business blogs and wanted a blog of my own where I could use my own voice. When I started this blog Autumn 2009, I didn't expect it to be much more than a creative outlet. Now VanessaAlvarado.com has over thousands of followers around the world.

Eventually, running this blog and my indie business became my full-time job and I absolutely love it! I make my own schedule and spend my work days doing creative services for businesses, teaching whole living classes (tea blending, herbalism, vegan cooking, and more), and making organic body care products to sell with my boyfriend and my mom.

If I'm not doing any of the above, I'm exploring somewhere fun, camera-in-hand, or watching horror/kitsch flicks! E-mail me if you have any questions or what to chat! You can also drop me a line on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

Business Help Qualifications

If you'd like to collaborate with me as a creative copywriter, photographer, or designer let me know. I'd love to write articles for your publication or website! Details available here.

  • I've helped run indie businesses non-stop since I was five (It started with a pinata business)
  • 1997, I started creating websites at age 11, going on to win multiple awards for them
  • From 9/2008 to 10/2011 I was a professional web marketer for a multi-million dollar company
  • I ran my blog all the while, eventually I would become a full-time blogger
  • As a pro-blogger / vintage seller I sold thousands of wares online & in local shops/markets
  • Now I'm living the dream helping indie businesses with product photography, web marketing, organization, business plans, and more, full-time!
Before / After

Random Facts:

  • Certified Aromatherapist, Herbalist, Trained Nutritionist + Trained Gourmet Raw Vegan Chef!
  • Currently vegan, but I once ate a hamburger a day- 30 lbs ago! Read my Health Journey Post
  • I've lived in Naples Italy, Charleston, South Carolina, and Norfolk Virginia
  • I have two older brothers (twins) that are five years older than me. 
  • My mom is Mexican and my dad is Puerto Rican.

My parents when they met in San Francisco, late 1970s. They danced ALL the disco.

  • I'm a HUGE Michael Jackson and Prince fan. My MJ record collection is formidable.
  • My love of dinosaurs, cephalopods and robots knows no bounds.
  • Anime fan and general Japanophile. Unabashed lover of all-things-kawaii.
  • Comic book  + horror video game fan. Favs: Batman, Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Parasite Eve
  • Robot + dinosaur toy and miniature object collector- I'm picky about the ones I induct!
  • My love of DINOSAURS, CEPHALOPODS and ROBOTS knows no bounds
  • Random, but it appears my most-viewed post on all time is a tour of my old office cubicle!
  • I once lived in a camper on a mini-farm with a boyfriend--- and no internet! Loved it. 

Blog Must-Reads:

Home and Organization

- My KonMari Method Journey: How to Organize Your Home Once- And Never Again!
- 15 Feng-Shui Tips for Wealth and Productivity
- Guides for Organizing Your EVERYTHING: Home, Schedule, Money, Cleaning, Life!
- Short Cuts for Living a Healthy, Minimalist Life

Personal / Creative Inspiration

- My Favorite Posts from 2014
- Odd Jobs: My Journey to Self-Employment
- Philosophy Lesson: The Mexican Fisherman and the American Fisherman
- You're Exactly Where You Need to Be
Blogging From Inside the Confessional: 6 Reasons Why I'm Crazy Honest on My Blog
My Herbalism School Experience
Adventures in Soap Making: The Best Damn Dinosaur Fossil Soap You've Ever Seen
My Childhood Bedroom

Blog and Business Tips

- My Top 22 Digital Tools for Running An Online Business
Try This: An Exercise to Find Out Exactly What You Want to Do For a Living. For Really
How to Earn EXACTLY The Amount of Money You Want to Earn
- 6 Offbeat Tips on Full Time Blogging and Getting Advertisers You Haven't Read
- A Round-Up of My Blogging Tips Posts

Vintage Selling Success Stories

Kimberly, Published Writer, Mom, Turns eBay into a $3K/Month Gig
Scavenger Life Vintage Selling Chat: On Earning $13,000 Per Month and Living The Dream

Gorgeous House Tours

- Ranch Dressing with Eartha Kitsch's Perfect Mid Century Modern Ranch
- Becke's Expertly Staged Cozy and Industrial Vintage Home
- Sherry's Gorgeous Mid Century Modern Home + Her Epic X-mas Collection
- Bianca's Artsy Tasmanian Bungalow
- A Literal Secret Hippie Hideaway
- Bianca's Cozy California Casa
- My Fresh, New, Light-Filled Office

My Favorite Round-Ups

- A Round-Up of My Favorite DIY and Craft Posts
- A Round-up Of My Interviews with Thrifters Around the World
- A Round-Up of All of My Body Care DIY Posts (deodorant, toothpaste and more)
- A Round-Up of My Healthy Recipes / Weight Loss Posts + My Raw Vegan Series

Travel Favorites 

- My Grandparent's House in Puerto Rico
- Come One Come All to Groovy Land: Toast and Jam in a Colorful Folk Art Garden
- The Amazing- And Scary- Wolf's Museum
- A Tranquil Mid Century Modern Church
- My Favorite Place in the World. The Hostel in the Forrest Part 1 and Part 2
- Japan: History | Kawaii | Mountaintop Vintage Shop | Signs | Highlights | ALL The Food | Cats
- The Art of Sampuru: Contemplating Hyper-Realistic Fake Food in Japan

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Feel free to contact me if you have additional questions. You can chat with me on Twitter and Facebook. I also have an FAQ with information you may find useful.
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