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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If Everyone Was Honest At Job Interviews

I know a lot of people are still looking for employment or trying to change their current job situation. The video below is funny but could unfortunately be true in some instances.

What are your thoughts on this video?

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7 Places To Get Inventory For eBay

shareasimage (19)If you followed my blog for a while you would know that I am an active seller on eBay. Selling items on eBay is one of my favorite side hustles. There is a market to sell almost anything. This post will be discussing 7 places where you can get inventory to sell on eBay.

Your Closet

The 1st and easiest place to find inventory for eBay is to check your closets. I’m sure that you have clothes that you don’t wear anymore or things that you don’t use anymore. I clean out my closets a couple times during the year. If I have some items that I don’t think will sell, I usually donate them.


The 2nd place that you can get inventory for eBay is from your family.  If your family likes to keep or hoard stuff you may be in luck.

Thrift Stores

One of my favorite places to get items to sell on eBay is from thrift stores. There are several Value Village, Goodwill and Salvation Army locations near me. There are always good items in the stores. Make sure have a list and know what you are looking for.

Flea Market

Flea Markets are another good place to find items as well. I’ve been able to negotiate prices for a lot of the items that I have purchased there. A lot of people that sell at flea markets are trying to get rid of their stuff quick and easy. That is usually a win for re-sellers.

Yard Sales

Yard sales are another one of my favorite places to look for items. You can usually talk down prices there as well. In my experience I have found some major steals at yard sales.

Discount Stores

Discount stores are another place to find inventory. Dollar Tree, Big Lots and Family Dollar are just a few examples of discount stores.


Rounding out the list is craigslist. Craigslist has a “free” section where people can list things that they are giving away for free. Sometimes there are some items that you can make money off of. It just depends when you check their site. Those free items tend to disappear very fast.

Those are 7 places where you can get inventory for eBay. If you are an eBay seller where do you get your inventory from?


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5 Helpful Sites That Bloggers Should Use

5 blogger sitesI’ve been blogging at The Butler Journal for almost a year and a half now. It has truly been an amazing time. During this time I’ve learned more about websites than I could have imagined. I have also found out that there are several sites out there to help your blog better. This is post is about 5 of those websites.


Hootsuite is flat out amazing. It is a social media management website. You can view several social media accounts in this one area. Another great thing about Hootsuite is that you can schedule when your articles post on your social media accounts. I have been using Hootsuite for over a year. It has saved me so much time.


PicMonkey is a website that allows you to edit photos. You can do several things with PicMonkey such as creating Facebook cover photos, collages and much more.  You can add different filters to your photos as well as re-size them.


Infogram allows you to create infographics and online charts. Infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly.

Free Digital Photos

If you don’t have the time to create your own images for your blog posts then free digital photos is the site you should check out. They have thousands of free images that you can use for your website. The only thing that you need to do is acknowledge where you got the photo from.

Share As Image

Share as image is another great image website. It allows you to edit or create pictures that you can add to your website. It is very user friendly. The picture at the beginning of this post was created using the website.

Those are 5 websites that bloggers should use. What websites do you use to help out with your blog? Have you used any of the ones listed above? 

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Birthday Freebies 3

birthday freebies 3This is the 3rd installment of my birthday freebies post series. If you missed the first two post you can find them here and here. There are a lot of free deals out there for your birthday. You may be able to get free meals for a month depending on where you live.


Ace HardwareFree $5 off

Arby’sFree Milkshake

Ben & Jerry’s Scoop ShopFree Ice Cream

Big Fish$25 Birthday reward

Bubba Gump$25 Birthday reward

Buffalo Wild WingsFree Snack Sized Wings

Cheesecake BistroFree Entree

Chill YogurtFree Yogurt

Delta AirlinesTravel Discount Sign up for Delta Skymiles and visit the site.

Earl of SandwichFree Birthday Sandwich

Jersey Mikes SubFree Sub & Drink

Marco’s PizzaFree Pizza

Medieval TimesFree Feast & Tournament

PretzelmakerFree Pretzels

Salmon HouseBirthday Entree up to $20. Must be 55 or older

Shula’s Steak HouseFree Entree

Taco CabanaFree Flauta Plate

Veggie GrillFree Entree

Wings to Go5 Free Boneless Wings

Your Pie Pizza$5 Credit

Zoe’s KitchenFree Entree


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