Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Timing


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I just realized that I have not posted for two months. What has happened? A few things. Grad school, working on the new website and just pure stress. The timing of my life is pretty interesting. What I planned for has not happened the way I wanted. That is life. Timing is based on what God wants for your life. What do you do while you wait? That is a great question and something that I am figuring out right now as I type away. Timing...

Monday, September 4, 2017

Social Media Addiction

Social media has been part of our lives for almost two decades. However like anything in life it can be abused. That abuse then becomes an addiction. I have to admit I have a love hate relationship with social media. It can be a source of entertainment or superficial connection with people. However, certain people are addicted to it in one way or another. Do you constantly make live videos on Facebook and Instagram? Do you head to your smartphone as soon as you wake up? Do you scroll endlessly down your Twitter timeline or Facebook timeline and lose track of time? Do you check your notifications every second it blows off? Do you say everything that is on your mind every day on Facebook? Do you have to snap all your day's events every day? Do you watch Youtube tutorials all day on your free time? Yeah, you have a problem you are addicted to social media. Remember there was life before Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Snapchat, Tumblr, etc Take time to socialize offline. Go to the gym and do not snap your workout. Lol. Create content for Youtube instead of consuming it. Cook that Thai recipe you have been holding off on. Take a walk in the park. There is more to life than social media. Get off the matrix and tune into 3D reality. This is all coming from a recovering social media addict. You will thank me later.

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Death of 9-5

We now live in a new shift of economy. The death of the 9-5, as I put it. There are now many ways to make an income outside a conventional job. The rise of Uber, TaskRabbit, Airbnb, Postmates and much more have created a new income generating system. Everyone seems to have a gig full time or part time. Freelancing seems to be the way to go. What does that mean for you? I believe it means more options to make a living. I have used this new concept to make an income myself. Have anyone freelanced or have an unconventional job such as Uber? What are the pros and cons? Do you think this will die out anytime soon? Is this the death of the 9-5?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Information Overload

We live in an age where information is at our fingertips. However, at different times in my life, I have experienced information overload. What does that entail? Maybe researching a topic of interest on Google and Youtube and feeling overwhelmed with the information. In my own personal life, it means signing up for personal development courses for free or at affordable prices and not checking my inbox for the course information. I have signed up for Udemy courses and have yet to complete the courses. It is just too much information. I love learning but at times there is too much information to process and implement in my life. Granted I will be going to grad school in a week and wonder if I will use the same logic. When is information too much for you? Do people really implement the information they receive? What do you think comment below:

Monday, August 28, 2017

Adult Friendships

One of the hardest things about being an adult is forming new friendships. The ease of being in school and being younger makes meeting new people easier. However, life happens. One challenge is one you move to a new city, where do you meet people and connect. Another challenge is keeping up with adult responsibilities of having a career and starting a family. How do you go about this obstacle? There are some things you can do and let's discuss them right now.

Reconnect. Sometimes time distances you from your friends. At times there is no bad blood between you and your old friends. Take the time to reconnect with that old friend you have. Invite them to brunch or just call to catch up. Maybe you can continue where you left off.

Volunteer. Making an impact with whatever cause you are fighting for doesn't have to be a solitary thing. Socialize with the people you volunteer with. You can definitely find more things in common besides where you volunteer.

Be Friendly. There is a fine line between being friendly and creepy, be smart about it. I have met my adult friends randomly by just being friendly in a genuine way. If you really like what someone is wearing, compliment them. If you go to an event, strike up a conversation with other attendees. I did this and made four new friends since last year.

Put Yourself Out There. I live in New York City, Brooklyn to be exact and there are tons of events to check out. Go to these events and just enjoy yourself. You will eventually at least one person who is willing to talk to you.

Join An Organization. Whether it be a non-profit, church, temple, or mosque belonging to something that shares your beliefs is a great way to meet people. Find a place where you are comfortable and the people are genuine and friendly.

Enjoy Your Own Company. This may sound counterproductive. However, it is an amazing thing to do things by yourself and not wait for people to have fun. Some people miss out on amazing experiences because they do not want to be alone. If you can't enjoy your own company from time to time who will enjoy and appreciate your presence. Food for thought.

I hope these tips help you maneuver adult friendships.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Building Wealth

Building wealth is a vast subject. I am no financial guru but  I'm learning some things about wealth building as we speak. I'm going to share several things I have learned from experience, mentors, and books/internet/Youtube:

  1. Learn the language of money. Money talks but do you know the language of money. Take time to research to become financially literate. Take a class. If you your budget allows for it get a financial coach.
  2. Have a mindset of wealth. What you think about is what you will become. If you are not thinking about how to build wealth and the steps you will take how will it happen.
  3. Be around people who are wealthy. It has been said if you are the same 5 people all the time you will become them. If you want to build wealth then you have to be around people who have a wealthy mindset.
  4. Live within your means. This is what kills people the most. They live above their means and do not build wealth. The next time you have to think about buying something you know you can afford don't buy it.
  5. Save and Invest. If you only consume but do not save and invest in something that will give you something in return, wealth is far from you.
  6. Be Patient. Building wealth is a lifestyle and does not happen overnight, stay away from get rich quick schemes.
I hope this has sparked some ideas in your mind about building wealth. What are some things you can do currently to build wealth in your life?

Monday, August 21, 2017

My Favorite R&B Groups

I love music and love most genres. One of the musical genres I grew up on is R&B. Love is a very interesting topic to sing about. I grew up on 90's and 2000's music. There were many acts during that time. Some better than others. I always had a soft spot for musical groups, R&B groups in particular. So I have compiled a list of my favorite R&B groups and why I think they are awesome:

TLC
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This group had catchy hits and I was first introduced to them by my older cousin, I remember her giving the album to my older brother to check out. I then listened to Crazy Sexy Cool and was hooked. My favorite TLC song is "Digging on You". I listened to their new album and I was not disappointed. My favorite member is T-Boz.

Dru Hill

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Who doesn't love a Dru Hill song? This group just makes good music. My favorite song is "Never Make A Promise". My favorite member is Nokio. He is just so handsome. The group meshes well together. I really want to see them live one day.

New Edition

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This group was before my time but when their reunion album came out about 20 years ago, I was hooked. This group has the talented Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill, BBD, and Ralph Tresvant. The group can dance, rap, and sing. My favorite song is "If It Isn't Love" My favorite member is Ronnie DeVoe.

I have some honorable mentions: B2K, Immature/IMX, SWV. Who are your favorite R&B groups? Comment below.