5 Things I Would Tell My Younger Self

5thingfsI know I’m not the only person that wishes they had a time machine. Unfortunately time machines don’t exist. We have to live with the trial and error of the past. I’m not the type of person who has many regrets. I would like to think that most of the time I’ve made good decisions in life. Still, everyone probably has advice that they would like to give their younger selves. I know I do. Here are 5 things that I would tell the younger version of myself.

Save more money.

In the past I was somewhat decent with saving money.  Looking back I know that I could have saved more. I never really experienced the typical broke college student lifestyle. I always had a job or some kind of legal hustle going on. Instead of spending that money, I should have put some away in an online account or something. You live and you learn.

Watch less TV.

Growing up I was addicted to TV. If I wasn’t outside playing I would be watching TV. I did this up until my mid-twenties. Something clicked in my brain. I stopped watching trash TV such as reality shows and started reading a lot more. Honestly it seems like I have read more books now than I did when I was in high school and college. For me reading keeps my mind fresh. I am able to learn more things. TV can’t help me with that.

Study abroad.

My only real regret from college is not studying abroad for a few weeks during the summer. I literally talked myself out of it a couple times. I let fear dictate my actions. If I could go back and do it again I would have signed up for the study abroad course in a heartbeat.

Apply at least $50 per month to your private loans.

I didn’t make the most amount of money once I graduated from college. I was still getting used to being a real adult. Instead of deferring all the loans that I had and not paying anything, I would tell my younger self to pay at least $50 per month on them. Doing that would have at least had the amounts lower than they are now.

Every Atlanta sports team will break your heart so get used it.

If you are from Atlanta you can feel my pain on this one. We haven’t had a title in Atlanta since 1995. That was 19 freakin years ago. Since then Atlanta teams have played in the playoffs a lot, but they always find a way to lose. I would tell my younger self not to get so emotionally invested in those teams because they will lose and break your heart over and over again.

Those are 5 things that I would tell my younger self. What would you tell your younger self?

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What is the American Dream to You?

american DreamMost of you have probably heard of the term the American Dream before. Supposedly the American Dream is being able to make it here in this country. Many people have different definitions for making it. For some it could mean getting a nice house and car. For others it could mean starting that successful business. Below I have a few ideas of what the American Dream isn’t.

 Having numerous cars but not being able to afford them.

People love their cars. Nothing is wrong with that, but make sure that you can afford them. I’m pretty sure the American Dream isn’t about going into debt trying to keep up with the Joneses.

Getting a new house but only to impress people.

To some people getting a house is a huge part of the American Dream. As long as you can afford the house that is fine. Some people get into major financial trouble though. They get houses not because they want them, but they want to impress people. The house could be out of their budget and actually cause them financial stress.

Stuck in the rat race with no signs of growth.

A lot of people are stuck in the rat race. Many of them are not growing at all. That is not a part of the American Dream. Being stuck in the rat race means you basically are doing the same thing and nothing is changing. I’ve never heard of a dream where you stay content. That sounds more like a nightmare.

Honestly I’m not exactly sure what the American Dream is to me. For most Americans it’s probably getting that nice job, nice car and starting a family. For me I would say that it’s finding happiness in life. Also it would mean being able to do whatever I wanted to do when I wanted to.

What is the American Dream to you? Have you reached it yet? Feel free to comment below. I read every comment.

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5 Haunted Locations in the United States

new oCan you believe that Halloween is next Friday? A lot of people have been watching scary movies or preparing for costume parties all month. Whether you believe in ghost or not, there are several locations around the U.S. that claim to be haunted. Below are 5 of those locations.

Savannah, GA 

If you’ve been following my site you know that Savannah, GA is one of my favorite cities. During my time living there I have heard a lot of stories about the city being haunted. I have even been on a ghost tour down there.  I’m not 100% sure if I believe in ghost or not but, I will say that some things can’t be explained. Savannah is the oldest city in GA. Some of the areas that are supposedly haunted are Fort Pulaski, Bonaventure Cemetery, The Pirates House Restaurant and the Moon River Brewing Company.

New Orleans

New Orleans has a reputation for being a fun city to visit. It has also has been labeled as one of the most haunted cities in the country. I have been to New Orleans a couple of times. I haven’t really seen anything too spooky. Some of the places that are considered to be haunted are St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, La Pavillon Hotel and Canal Street at City Park Avenue.

Alcatraz Penitentiary 

The Los Angeles Times described Alcatraz as “the most notorious federal penitentiary that the US has ever known”. In the past there had been numerous deaths and suicides at the prison. Many guards and officials claimed to have experienced supernatural activity. Alcatraz closed in the 1960’s. Today it is currently a museum.

St. Augustine, FL

St. Augustine is the oldest city in the state of Florida. Some of the locations that are said to be haunted are the Spanish Military Hospital, The Old Jail and the St. Augustine Lighthouse.

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C is another area that is reportedly haunted. Several ex-presidents such as Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson are said to haunt the White House. Some of the other locations that may be haunted are The Capitol, The Octagon House and The National Theatre.

Do you believe in ghost? Have you saw anything creepy in any of these cities?

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October Update

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Image courtesy of arztsamui at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

On my previous post titled 31 Life Tips my last tip was “Never Give Up”. After seriously looking for full time employment since February, I start a new job the 1st week of November. I never gave up looking even though I could have. Happy is an understatement.

I didn’t think that it would take nearly 9 months to find another full time gig. It did though. The process made me a better person. A few things happened during that time.

I didn’t work for a couple months at the beginning of the year. I was waiting on the right opportunity to come along. When that didn’t happen (as well as the The Price Is Right money running out) I started looking for any type of work. I eventually started working 2 part time jobs in April. I was able to survive, but I had to pause my debt repayment plan.

I also actively started selling items on eBay and realized that I liked doing so. I had sold some items in the past and had decent success. I’ve noticed that shoes and sports related items sell really well for me. The money from those sales continues to come in handy.

During the months I didn’t work I went from being bored and watching useless TV to utilizing my time wisely. Instead of watching TV from 10am until whenever, I started to read more and put a lot more time into this website. I also realized that when I become a full time entrepreneur and have the days to do whatever, I now know that I will be disciplined enough to get the work done.

I also learned that you should really tailor your resume and cover letter for EVERY position. For a while I was sending generic resumes out. The only call backs that I was getting were from companies like Vector Marketing smh. I also worked on my interview skills by using more eye contact and being confident, but not cocky while talking to the interviewers. I also made sure that I researched the companies and asked some very good questions at the end of the interviews.

October was also good because I found my first client. I am helping a small company with some social media projects.

How has your October been? Has anything unexpectedly well happen?

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31 Life Tips

life tipsToday (October 17) is my birthday. I turn 31 today. I’m happy to turn a year older and gain more wisdom as well. In my 31 years I’ve seen and learned a lot. Below are 31 tips or statements that may or may not be able to help you. Some are even funny as well.

  1. Drink more water.

  2. Exercise more.

  3. Take calculated risk.

  4. Enjoy the moment.

  5. Ignore the haters.

  6. Have an emergency fund.

  7. Always have a mechanic on standby.

  8. Never stop learning.

  9. If you’re in college enjoy it. The time moves way too fast.

  10. Don’t worry about what people will think.

  11. If you’re in your late 20’s or early 30’s and one day decide that you want to rap, do everyone a favor and don’t do it.

  12. Set a budget.

  13. Hard work really does pay off.

  14. There are other careers out there than being an athlete or an entertainer.

  15. I’m not a big fan of the following statement: “The grass isn’t always green on the other side”. Actually the grass is green wherever you water it.

  16. Get your passport.

  17. Travel. In most cases it’s not as expensive as you think.

  18. There is no such thing as an overnight success.

  19. Pay off your debts.

  20. If you’re in college avoid Sallie Mae at all costs.

  21. Expand your comfort zone.

  22. Surround yourself with positive people.

  23. Never chase ass over money.

  24. Some people are just in your life for a season.

  25. Whiskey is better than Vodka.

  26. Sometimes you have to be the bigger person, but not EVERY time.

  27. Watch less TV.

  28. Read more.

  29. Think for yourself. Don’t let other people shape your thoughts.

  30. Do what other people won’t do.

  31. Never give up.

 

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10 Colleges/Universities in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Area

shareasimage (20)Greetings. My college and university series is really taking off. This month I chose to profile colleges in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area.

University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota is a public university that was established in 1851. Their nickname is the Golden Gophers.

Bethel University

Bethel University is a private university with over 6000 students. They play in NCAA Division III.

Hamline University

Hamline University is a private university that was established in 1854. Their motto is “divinity, writing and liberty”.

University of St. Thomas

The University of St. Thomas is a private, liberal arts university. Their motto is ‘Challenge yourself, change the world”.

Concordia University

Concordia University was founded in 1893. Concordia University is an affiliate of the ten member Concordia University System, which is operated by the 2nd largest Lutheran church body in the United States.

St. Catherine University

St. Catherine University is a private liberal arts college. They offer undergrad programs for women and graduate and associate degrees for men and women.

Saint Paul College

Saint Paul College is a community and technical college that has nearly 10,000 students.

Metropolitan University

Metropolitan University is a public university that was established in 1971. Their motto is “Where life and learning meet”.

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

MCAD is a private college that specializes in the visual arts. They have several degree programs which are Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, Continuing Studies, Master of Fine Arts and Sustainable Design Program.

North Central University

North Central University is a coed, private school that was founded in 1930. Their colors are Navy Blue and Vegas Gold.

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October eBay Update

I sold 4 items within the last 30 days. I want to get to a point where I’m selling at least 10 items per month. I know that I can do it. I just have to find some time to look for more inventory.

Below is one of my sales from last month. I purchased this game for $3 from the Goodwill. It sold for $28. I will take that return any day.

ticket to ride

Below are some of my live auctions:

Starbucks Thermos Mug

Atlanta Braves Baseball Fan Pack

Men’s Hampden Watch

MLB Cooperstown Collection Phillies Jacket

Starbucks Relief Boston Mug 

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