Journey of My Own

Travel and Lifestyle Design Blog


[Updated July 2014]


Hey there! Looks like you found my little corner of the internet.

This is where I’m supposed to tell you my nice 30-second about me elevator pitch, or some kind of BS like that.

That’s going to be a lot harder than it used to be.

This whole thing about summarizing your life story used to be easy when I was young in my 20’s. Now my life isn’t as easy to capture in a simple sound bite, nor does it map easily onto Joseph Campbell’s “hero’s journey.”

The short version is that this is my personal blog. With any luck it will be primarily a travel blog, but I thing there will be a lot of other lifestyle topics discussed as well.

The long version is this:

I never thought I’d end up as an entrepreneur.

After I finished up grad school in 2009, I couldn’t find a job, and was was forced to start an online business or face a depressing existence applying to various jobs at the mall.

Back then in ye olde days, I started with affiliate marketing. I got a course on the basics and I did it relentlessly for a year.

Lo and behold it actually worked!

After a year of work, I was making somewhere between $2000 and $3000 per month.

I got my then-girlfriend (now wife) to quit her job and take off for a 3 month trip around Thailand with me.

It was pretty cool and nothing less than amazing!

When we returned home, we had to go through “the valley of death” in our business. Circumstances beyond my control started chipping away at my income and we needed to rework everything.

It was a long and painful process, but we got back up and running, stronger than before.

Now it’s time to live life and get back to what I really enjoy which is travel and living a life that is wholly my own.

Here’s what I can promise you: Everything you read here will be 100% my own raw opinion. This isn’t where I make the bulk of my money, so I don’t care if you buy anything or not. I’m just here to share something about myself and maybe make a new friend or two.

I don’t know what brought you here, but I hope you like it here and I hope you stick around.

Leave a comment below if you like and tell me what you really want for yourself.



  1. Hi Clayton

    Found your site via your fabulous “rejection letter” post on the Tim Ferriss blog.

    Just wanted to give you a cheer for giving this a go…I meetlots of people who are finding it much harder to leave corporate hell than they would have found it simply to follow their own path in the first place. Good luck, and have fun-freedom is worth it.

  2. @Clare,

    Thank you for your comment. I’ll agree that doing your own thing can be a little frightening. Especially when contrasted with the feelings of (perceived) safety and security of living in “corporate day care.”

  3. man o man….this is carbon copy of my story..I am in Australia…and I did “double masters” in IT. The industry took a hit and now it has far and few jobs. Though the only twist is that I was doing IM on and off while studying and now I have taken to it full-time because of similar situation as yours.

    You inspire me bud!


    • @AP, Actually, I did that too. I used to do PPC direct linking while I was finishing up grad school. It was pretty easy and didn’t take too much time. Granted, I didn’t make very much money from it, but at least it gave me the impression that I was doing something productive.

      Good luck with IM. I don’t know what the IT world is like, but if it’s anything like the architecture world, it’s going to be a long time before all the laid off people get jobs and the competition starts going down again (last job I applied for received several HUNDRED resumes for ONE position).

  4. I have been going thru the same thing…few jobs, several hundred applicants. Preference to citizens which I am not at the moment so its harder.

    If you wish to make a mastermind group to overcome procrastination issues (if any) or just anything please do email me.


  5. just found this blog via affilora, looks like things are picking up for me, great inspiration, i will book mark this and come back from time to time,i have been doing affiliate marketing for over 2 years with little success until i discovered affilorama then all hell broke lose and i started to finally make money online,i quit my job back in march 2010 because it got in the way of my im efforts even though i wasnt making as much for my im efforts i decided to fire my boss and take the path very very very rarely travelled by us im’ers, who get sick of working to make other people rich when we have the potential to make a huge differance to all around us, friends ,family , charity,…. any way bit of ranting there… but its important that we stay focused forget about the media BS and just do it.. your blog is amazing, i might just start my owh one and inspire others to follow …

    all the best

    • @David, Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yeah, it can definitely be challenging to “go it alone” without a job, but if you’ve got a proven system that works, you just need to scale it up and you’ll be making good money.

  6. Great website and awesome story. I’m also somewhat similar and I’m in the 1.5-2.5k per month level. I’d enjoy talking to others too. Contact me if you want to chat.

  7. Nice meeting you Clayton. It’s great to see you succeed in Affiliate Marketing and Blogging. Keep up your good work. Thanks for your sharing and inspiration to new IM myself.

    • @Paul, Good to see there are people out there doing better than me :) I’d love to make $1.5 – $2.5k / month!

      @Kent, Thanks for visiting my blog. I actually started this blog because I had a lot of nagging questions when I was first starting out like “will this work?” or “How long with this take?” I wanted my blog to answer as many of these questions as possible for others.

  8. Hi Clayton,

    one of your achieved goal is
    # Make more money than I spend (about $1000 / month)

    Do you intend that you spend 1000$/month for IM? And if yes, could I know in wich way?

    • @Corrado, I spend about $300 – $350 on IM. I spend about $1000 / month on rent, bills and groceries :)

      $47 – AMA
      $67 – UAW
      $200 +/- Outsourcing

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