Money

The money I’m receiving (monthly payment) is a little late and it’s bugging me. I’m doing my best to stay patient, but I have a few medical bills I need to pay this coming Monday. In addition,  I just paid my taxes (XX,XXX). You could say I’m running a bit low. Thank god I’ve been budgeting but it means I have to be very very careful this weekend: if I go over my budget – uh oh. I do not want to dip into my emergency funds.

I’m currently with my girlfriend and she can see it on my face that I’m worried about the coming week. It’s annoying her because my attitude isn’t as energetic as usual. It happens.

I recently am budgeting everything by hand (in a notebook) and if I ever receive my check, I’m going to setup exactly the amount of money I need for NEXT month’s expenses. I think you should plan to do this – the more months you’re ahead for your next month’s expenses = you will never go broke.

It’ll be good to be one ahead.

There is this saying that 80% of Californian’s live paycheck to paycheck. I hope to not fall under this 80%. But, I’m headed there – I’ve been there – and I’m scared I’ll be there soon.

I’m stressed. But, I think I’ll be fine and here is why:
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If She Calls You Dude. You’re in the Friendzone.

I spent the last 30 minutes grocery shopping with my partner at Trader Joes. We’re a cooking couple and she buys so many absurd healthy things that when I eat her food my bowel movements become very solid – blissful events: not too soft, not too hard, and not so abundant. Perfection.

As we were shopping around I noticed that we both called each other “Honey.” “Honey can you hand me the almond butter.” “Honey could you help me with this.” “Honey blah blah.” You get the idea. I’m observing the syntax of our verbal exchange when I remember something that my friend says to his partner.

Me: Honey, did you know that XXXX calls his girlfriend Dude.

Her: Okay. So?

Me: Well, don’t you think that’s offensive? I would never call you Dude.

Her: I wouldn’t be offended. It’s just a word.

Me: But the word “Dude” represents friendship, connotes Friendzone. When I say to a girl, “what up DUDE?” I’m automatically putting her in the Friendzone.

Her: That’s your opinion. But there’s nothing saying that you’re putting someone into the friendzone if you call them Dude. It’s just a word. I don’t feel like we’re discussing, I feel like we’re debating.

After a few more minutes of scuffling…

Her: We’re going nowhere. Let’s drop it.

Me: Alright, but I’m going to write this on my blog.

Why The Word “DUDE” Should NOT Be Used on Your Partner
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What I’m Turning Out To Be – Blah Blah

This is a personal blog so I get to write what I want to write… right? I recently wrote a post about 7 hours ago. The post is about how yesterday was a very shitty viral day for me. Since writing that post I’ve been unable to sleep because I’ve been thinking about the lack of success I’ve had in my life. I’m not talking about the success of normal jobs or making money. I’m merely talking about my own personal goals of accomplishing my dreams: creating art and works that move hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people.

Right now, well for the past few years, I’ve been helping others accomplish these goals for their brand.

Listen, I love(d) my job of building other people’s brands. But I’m selfish and I would like to also do the samel. My goals and dreams coincide with the fact that I’m not seeking attention (maybe a little), I’m rather merely affirmations. Like –

“Good Job! You’re doing great Jonathan, your stories are making me smile, your work motivates me, your art inspires me, what you do is why I get up in the morning…”

It’s one of the greatest feelings in the world to know that you’re changing someone’s life… for the better. In can as simple as a giggle or a grin… the fact is, I’m changing someone’s life. My golden years was from 18 – 21. I felt like I was doing things and putting myself in situations where I was changing lives.

In college (UC Berkeley) I was part of a recruitment and retention center that outreached to under-resourced communities -> we mentored these students (from middle school to community college), we gave them resources, we stayed in touch, and we watched them grow get into college and I’ve seen a few graduate. In addition, I worked 3 nightshift jobs working with people who taught to never take for granted my college education: they were my friends as they understood me as I understood them. They got me. It made sense. Lastly, I was a big part of the school’s student body (I’ll talk about this in later years), I did some great stuff and actually helped a big community on the campus (mainly Physical and Mentally challenged students).

But, as I always say: you’re remember for what you’re doing right now, not what you did. If your past was the best time of your life than you’re not truly doing anything great with your life.

Ages 22+ has been a very sour and horrible thing for my own personal dreams and ambitious. After college I’ve been conditioned to act in a manner that follows “social norms.” This rings true especially in my past job positions – I was “conditioned.” It sucked because I would see the people (bosses) who I worked for do exactly what I wanted to do in public… say what I wanted to say to others… and but when they did it they weren’t scrutinized or critiqued – they were affirmed.

I’m not writing this piece just blame others for my short comings. I’m also very  consonant of the actions I’m currently taking that have put me in a position where I’m in now. A place called, in lack of a better term, failure.

Here are the reasons why I’m failing:
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I’m a Spammer. A Positive Spammer.

A very cool thing happened the other day. I posted my first Vlog on my new YouTube channel and in a couple days it reached about 2,000 views. Now this isn’t nowhere as close to the brands I’ve worked with, but for me, someone who calls himself “non-viral,” it’s pretty good.

How did I get it to 2k? Well, I’m a spammer. I repeat. I’m a spam-spamy-spammer. Hell though – everyone has to start somewhere, right? Let me explain:
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Why I Want to Be Viral

For the past few years I’ve put myself in positions where I was helping brands (people) grow themselves virally… all from the background (backend). Though I am grateful for the experiences and the people I’ve worked with, I’ve grown to the decision that I think it’s time to step into the front lines (it’s not going to be easy).

I’m not stepping in the front lines for fame, I’m doing it for a few different reasons.
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