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My Mid Year Rant 2017 – Health, Money, Motivation

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My inspiration for writing this post, or in general? To help people find more clarity and focus when times are hectic, you know, as in 2017.

Why?

Because we are all overworking like chickens with our heads cut off…with bills due yesterday… and people suck… Right???? I’m always sick..and if only I could only…I’m waiting for someone to …. this is a system built to take, take, and take.

OKAY!

Modern society has really sucked us in. I just got tired. I got tired of trying to impress. I got tired of trying to live up to other’s expectations without living up to my own expectations first. I’m still learning how to cut the energy vampires out while still maintaining my values. In the age of fake news and aggressive stances in beliefs personal growth is probably one of the best things a person can do. It seems like the best what

So what am I focusing on?

Fruit for health and wellnessHealth. If you don’t have it then what do you have? Health and wellness also includes mental health! It’s not healthy to be angry all the time. Take care of the mind, take care of the body and see life change in 30 days, period.

In this current time period when someone thinks of aging, what kind of future do we imagine? Do you think of a miserable life of paying bills until your time is done? Or that you’ll be broken down by the time you’re ready to retire? Or do you envision a more pleasant ending, with you smiling and having the support of loved ones. Telling stories to the younger generation letting them know that life is difficult but that perseverance is wheat get’s you through. Can you see the difference in mindset?

Oh, and money.

Money advice
Does seeing this money create fear? Or give you hope?

People do what they need to do to achieve sustainable financial status. You need it to eat. It guides all that we do, we are judged by it, and it’s not going away anytime soon so learn how to make it, handle it, save it, and use it. If money is a priority in your life that it can be frustrating when it is not available, or in short supply. So we educate ourselves. Avoid future pitfalls, learn to save, and learn to change habits by any mean’s necessary. There is no need to “cheat” the system, to steal, or conspire. Yes there are many people who do cheat, but you have to let the universe handle them and build yourself. Like Jim Rohn said, you don’t lack money, you just lack of an idea on how to earn money. Trust me, I am still learning myself, but that is what makes it so fun!

I enjoy it when people talk about “their” generation isn’t to blame for the problems of today. The problem is when you’re not aware of your strengths and weakness. Millennials as a whole have qualities that are positive and not so positive, but were taught from the previous generation.  Blaming millennials for not having “what it takes” to handle problems of the world will not suffice. We all need improvement. Period.

DiversityFreedom to all. Let’s stop discrimination base on color, religion, sexual preference or orientation, nationality, and any kind of quality you can judge a person on. Acceptance is not easy, even that I am beginning to realize. But if you can at least learn to start empathizing with individuals different than you, then it will make life ten times easier, and make the process easier. I used to run with a macho attitude, and I’ve said and done some things in the past that I’m not proud of. Every day I’m learning how to treat the women in my life better, and respect for every woman. I’ve known gay and lesbian friends who are the greatest people you could know. What can I say? I just keep it chill and try to become a better person. You should too.

I haven’t been exercising like I should. I haven’t been prioritizing my health. Today I walk for 30 minutes. Then I’ll do some mid day kung fu… and some evening kung fu too…you can learn too. Yoga, tai chi, parkour? Yes, more.

Thank you for listening to my rant. Improve yourself and help improve the world.

Photo credit:

  1. “With A Megaphone By A Wall” by Garry Knight is licensed under CC BY 2.0
  2. “Fruit!!!” Wicker Paradiseis licensed under CC BY 2.0
  3. “Money” by Dustin Moore is licensed under CC BY 2.0
  4. “Diversity Mask” by George A. Spiva Center for the Arts is licensed under CC BY 2.0
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My First Pair Of Cool Shoes

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I don’t remember it being a specific day, or year for that matter, that I deviated from the mainstream. Not that I am saying that I don’t watch the news, or that I don’t enjoy a good hit song when it becomes a craze, but sometimes I ask myself when did I unplug out?

Maybe it was when I had my first pair of Nikes worth $90 – $100 in the 2nd grade? Air Jordans to be exact even though I don’t remember the series. I never received so many “are those the new…” and “look at that guy’s shoes!” I think it lasted for about a week. My mother had worked hard to provide this type of lifestyle for my siblings and I, coming to the US from Haiti. She took on the brunt of providing for the family, working everyday to taking care of the bills and the household. When we were doing well financially around 1988 we were able to get acquire many things such as an Atari, a Nintendo, and even more cool toys.

But then the recession hit, and the money dried up, and the cool stuff stopped coming.

Somehow I became fatter during this time but that’s a story for a later date.

So as time passed I began wearing non-major branded shoes which to this day still I do. Did I feel less empowered when I wore less expensive shoes growing up? Not at all. I guess being a bit mature for my age I decided that I didn’t need expensive pairs of shoes to get by. I was happy with a $20 pair of van knockoffs. It made mom happy because she could save on school clothes. Also the money saved could by shoes for other people who couldn’t afford shoes all around the world. Was it wrong for my to think in this manner?

Maybe my personal views changed as I realized that growing up we’re taught more to “fit in” than to be fiscally responsible and invest our money. Maybe seeing families over the years struggling to survive financially and emotionally helped me to realize what counts?

Do I own an expensive pair of shoes? Dress shoes that cost more than $20? Yes I do. But for the quality and craftsmanship the price is worth paying.

But I can always recollect back to being the kid with the “cool shoes”.

If you would like to support brands made in the US try New Balance.

Photo Credit: “MG 1995++ copie” by FaguoOwn work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.