About ALOR.blog

When travel becomes a passion, saving becomes an obsession. ALOR.blog shares a debt to dreams journey including ways to reduce the cost of living, save money, work for yourself and achieve freedom of time.

Paycheck to paycheck is no way to live, but after paying rent on $5 an hour, I know the struggle all too well. After living with soul-crushing credit card debt for nearly twenty years, I hit reset on my spending habits, my career, and my dreams. Now, I work for myself, have financial freedom and most importantly freedom of time. My motto is Earn American, Live Italian.

Nice to meet you, I’m Brandy Shearer! Dual American Italian Citizen, Author of ALOR.blog, Owner of ALOR Consulting and Wife of Photographer and Artist Paolo Ferraris.

On ALOR.blog, I’m sharing my journey from debt to dreams including the changes I made to reduce my cost of living, put more money away, start working for myself and find freedom of time. Join me as I embark on my next chapter, moving to Italy!

Contact & Connect With Brandy Shearer

10 Things to Know About Brandy Shearer

  1. Three words that describe me best? Courageous. Resilient. Flexible.
  2. Three least favorite words? Injustice. Cruelty. Closemindedness. 
  3. Wildest dream? To write a book that inspires women towards strength and independence. 
  4. What motivates me? Freedom of time. Travel. Laughter.
  5. What focuses me? Hikes among tall green trees.
  6. Where am I in life? Old enough to have patience with me, young enough to take big risks.
  7. The greatest misfortune? Not asking the right questions.
  8. Something completely irrational? I hate buttons.
  9. Sounds I love and loath? Falling snow and leafblowers.
  10. My motto? Earn American, Live Italian.


The ability to do something that frightens one; bravery. These are the milestone moments I’m most proud of. Times when instead of turning back to what I knew, what was safe, I pushed ahead chasing my dream life in Italy.

Brandy Shearer Bio

After graduating from The Ohio State University, I followed my dreams to New York City and went straight up the corporate ladder. From AOL to InStyle to HBO to Food Network to becoming the Executive Producer for Discovery’s Digital Studio.

It was about this time, that I met Paolo Ferraris. Paolo softened me. My family remarked on how much lighter, freer and happier I seemed. After two years together, Paolo proposed and two months later, we held a small wedding in New York City.

In 2013 we launched ALOR Consulting a content marketing agency and for the first time, I became my own boss. Our dream, was to build a mobile agency. One that would enable us to work from anywhere in the world. While working together wasn’t easy at first our reward for sticking with it was mobility.

In 2016 we lived nomadically traveling through Europe and driving across the US. In 2017 we moved to Portland, Oregon and continued to grow our client base across the US. By 2019, we were ready to move to Italy. Our plan was to keep a foothold in Florida close to my Mother and slowly establish ourselves in Tuscany. Today, we’re waiting in isolation for COVID-19 to run its course so we, like the rest of the world can get on with our dreams.

Meet Paolo Ferraris

Born in Torino, Italy in 1976, Paolo was raised in a home flooded with literature, poetry, art and camera equipment. ALOR is a place for Paolo to showcase his inspirations and colors #PaoloFerrarisColors

Full Paolo Ferraris Bio

Contact Paolo Ferraris: Paolo@ALORConsulting.com

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