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Hey fruity friends!

I have been thinking a lot lately about finances and how to earn money so that I can support myself and not have anxiety over whether or not I can pay bills and buy produce. Right now, I am in college working on my therapeutic recreation degree, but I'm not really sure what I will do for a job after I graduate since I want to give my health priority and most jobs don't work that way. Currently, I am living off of financial aid which is terrible and I dread the day that I will have to start repaying those loans.

Anyway, I just wanted to see if anyone has any suggestions on how I can start making an income now and providing for myself. How do Freelee and Harley do it? They seem to have a crap load of income since they always buy tons of produce and it's extremely expensive in Australia.

Thanks everyone!
Peace & fruit! :)

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Hi Alex!  

I see you are from VA Beach, I actually went to high school in Tidewater area, loved the beach!

So, just a little bit of elder wisdom, since you asked ;)  The best thing you can do for yourself and the world is to become sustainable.  I.e. you need to make as much or more dough than you spend.  Eating on this lifestyle can get expensive but so can medical bills, so stick with it.  

Plan on getting a job.  It does seem like Freelee and Harley just do it, but you have to remember that Freelee worked for years as a personal trainer before she even became the banana girl 7 years ago or so.  So that's 12 years of experience.  She didn't one day just wake up all famous, it's been years and years of working her ass off doing what she loves but working very hard none the less.

I don't exactly know what compelled you to go for the degree you are doing but there must have been something, right?  So it is time well spent.  Now, the key is that you should not limit yourself to just traditional career paths that your counselors might advise you to undertake, but take advantage of the internet and the opportunities it presents.  For example, there are thousands of sites where you could write about health related topics that interest you.  You won't make a lot of money to start out with, but you might be able to do it remotely and have a more "regular" job on a part time basis while you build up your portfolio of clients (internet sites).  You may consider getting a job with a board that has online or telephone based health counselors, for example Dr. Fuhrman's site employs people for those roles.  Not sure if you would qualify but that's a step in the right direction and worth a look.  

Maybe you can start your own business?  It takes a lot of guts to do that just straight out of college, but it can be done.  Of course, the more well worn path is to take a regular job and then branch off on your own.  Also, look for opportunities within activities that you like to do.  Do you do yoga?  Maybe your favorite studio needs a manager or a marketing person?  Maybe you should look for a cool internship.  I hear there is a Whole Foods opening up in Williamsburg in a year or so, maybe you can get involved with them and get a nice hefty discount on your food while you figure things out. 

Anyway, these are just some tips.  My biggest word of advice would be, get a part time job now, school debt sucks.  If even at your local health food store so you get a discount on your produce, you really need to mind your flow.

Best of luck!




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