How I got into Dog Walking

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I was sitting in a coffee shop on the north side of Chicago searching for jobs online. To my surprise there was a listing for a dog walking position available. Dog walking? That’s a job? Really? So, I applied for the position, but never really thought I would hear back. I was wrong.

I arrived to the interview, filled out some paperwork and passed a background check right on the spot. I had the job! I was not only thrilled because I needed money, but I was going to being doing something different. I was considered an independent contractor. That fact that it said independent made me excited, but to be honest I didn’t really know it what it meant until it was time to do my taxes.

For the first time I would have a job where I would have minimal supervision. In fact, the only time I really heard from my boss was when there were changes in my schedule. It was great. Aside from having space from an authority figure, I had the privilege to bike around Lakeview and Lincoln park doing dog walks. I enjoyed the north side of Chicago and I also realized I loved biking. My first bike happened to be a fixed gear. Basically I had no breaks. It taught me to be very alert while biking to and from clients homes. To be honest though, I wasn’t very good at riding a fixed gear right away. It took me some time to get comfortable riding it, but once I did, it was a lot of fun. I loved zipping down the streets listening to music on my headphones flying through red lights. It felt like I was taking a risk every day I woke up and I loved it. Biking got me into shape and got my energy into movement!

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For the most part most days were fun to walk dogs, minus the heavy rain I encountered from time to time. I started the job in the summer time and if you know anything about Chicago, there are only two season – summer and winter. Well, it was like game of thrones out there because yes, winter came. I had to get creative with the balance of keeping warm and being flexible and comfortable while riding. Under Amour was key! I wore a top and bottom and to remain flexible as possible I actually wore shorts. It made it easier to bike and also meant nothing getting caught into the gear. Speaking of gear, wind proof gloves, a ski mask and ski goggles were apart of my inventory. It gets cold in Chicago and its worse when the wind is blasting you in the face while on a bike.

Dog walking isn’t for everyone. To be honest, when you think of dog walking you usually don’t think of it as a career or even as a job you do when your an adult. But, I’m an artist and while being creative I needed a job to make money. I didn’t want to invest to much of my energy attempting to build a career in something I didn’t really care about while also working on art. A simple job did the trick. Dog walking is simple, but it can also easily burn you out; the weather, the repetition, the biking or driving and the lack of socializing.

When you are dog walking you are alone for the most part. Sure you are walking a dog and occasionally you run into strangers on the street, but you are primarily alone with your own thoughts. I enjoy being alone, so this didn’t always bother me. There is a different between being alone and being lonely. I enjoy being alone because I tend to think more clearly then and I get to be creative. Don’t get me wrong though, I don’t enjoy being alone all the time and even long periods of time of being alone starts to get to me. That is why I have a love / hate relationship with dog walking. It’s simple, it allows me to work with dogs and be outdoors, but after a while you start to crave talking with others.

Dog walking is one of the coolest jobs I’ve had and I have had a lot of jobs. What worked for me is that I had little supervision. That is also why my job as a janitor in Colorado worked. If I have someone breathing down my neck or constantly telling me what to do, it doesn’t work. This is why I love working for myself. That is why I created a dog walking business.

So if you are like me and you love animals, see if there are any dog walking companies hiring in your area. If you live in a rural area you will probably be driving to and from clients. If you live in a city, you will most likely be biking. Are you interested in dog walking? Have you worked as a dog walker before? Let me know in the comments below. As always, keep it rockin!

-Andrew

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Perception of Energy

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We all have at some point in our lives felt energy. It is probably most apparent in job interviews, dates and visiting new places. You most likely refer to it as vibes. Say you are on a date. You are feeling out that persons energy. If you like it you engage more, if you don’t, perhaps the date doesn’t last too long. It’s all about energy.

Most people wouldn’t call feeling energy a psychic ability. There also tends to be a lot negative energy and skepticism around the term psychic. Most people immediately think of scam artists supposedly predicting the future with a crystal ball or tarot cards. To me though, everyone is psychic. It’s all about perceiving energy in various ways such as; feeling energy, hearing energy, seeing energy and knowing energy. I would say most people are unconscious to their higher abilities, but can at least feel energy. Some people may have psychic experiences of hearing or seeing energy, but don’t understand what is happening to them. If I told a doctor I was seeing things, they would probably refer me to a specialist and then they would write up a prescription for me that makes it all go away. So, am I crazy or am I psychic? I know the answer for myself, but others may feel differently. That’s okay.

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Now, let’s talk about seeing energy. The ability is called clairvoyance. What is it like to see energy? When I look at energy I usually see color, symbols or mental image pictures. Interesting, but what does that all mean? Well, this is where intuition comes into play. At this level you can start to read the energy or the tone of what your looking at. You gather information and begin to find meaning. Authors set tones for their novels and through their writing they paint you a picture of what is happening. When you read a book, don’t you visualize the scene? That’s clairvoyance. I thought that was just using your imagination? Well, yes, but they go hand in hand. You are operating from the same space. But, your imagination isn’t real right? Have you ever visualized a negative mental image picture. You tend to have a negative reaction or even a negative rush of energy come over you. Anyway, I’m not trying to prove this, I’m just trying to shed some light on this topic.

So, what happens when you read energy? What is the point? I often hear the phrase, I want to change the world or I want to make a difference. In my opinion, start with yourself. If you really want to experience change, go within. That is where all your problems are and at the same time, that is where your answers are. They are not outside of yourself. So, with that said, whats the point of reading energy? Well, with clairvoyance, you can read the energy of everything, since everything in the universe is of course, energy, but to my point, with clairvoyance you have the opportunity to shine the flashlight on yourself and see who you really are. When you see clearly, you gain certainty and when you gain certainty, you begin to develop seniority. What if your energy was senior within yourself? What if your energy dictated how you felt, dictated your view of yourself, your view of the world and the direction of your life? Do you see the value of it? I do.

I always find it interesting that when meeting new people we often inquire about what they do. Somehow we end up focusing on the persons career instead of their identity. Would you even know how to answer the question: who are you? When you start exploring the various ways of perceiving energy, such as clairvoyance, you can learn about yourself and your energy. Its truly a rewarding experience.

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Film directors are natural clairvoyants. Sure, I doubt they are sitting in meditation and contemplating their purpose in life and ‘reading their energy,’ but they do operate in the same space. Directors are constantly using their visual space to imagine scenes and put it all together like a beautiful puzzle. That’s the magic of cinema. Someone can have an idea in their mind and then one day that idea blossoms into a film being displayed on screen for an audience to watch in a theater. That artist created something from nothing. If thats not magic I don’t know what is.

So, the next time you are in a job interview, exploring a new area or hanging out with friend, whether you are feeling energy or tapping into a higher level of your intuition, pay attention to it. There might be something to learn or maybe it will just make you smile.

Rock on!

-Andrew

Gratitude.

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I used to believe in the concept of being self made. As I became an adult that mental image picture shattered pretty quickly. It just doesn’t seem real to me. Most of my life I have failed. I fail because I try. With the small amount of success that I have had so far in life, what I recall is having help along the way. Whether it was a family member, friend or simply someone who inspired me, I have had some form of help on my journey in life.

When you think of gratitude you usually immediately think of people who helped you in positive way. I think the same way, however, I do think of those who have hurt me in the past. I am grateful for them as well, because they played apart in who I am today. What I am trying to say is, sometimes the bad things that happen to us in life, they drive us to embrace more of our true selves.

I’m sure its rather apparent from recent blogs, but I am in a time of reflection. And during this time of reflection I find that I am grateful for pretty much everyone who has impacted me from birth until now. Sure there are certain individuals that stand out more than others, but I really am grateful for all the people I have connected with at some point in the past.

Fall in love, get your heart broken, get hired, get fired, watch your dream sprout from the ground and then watch it shatter into pieces. Live life a little bit and change seems to become less and less intimidating. I believe it is okay to fall, to get burnt or burn out, but always remember to get back up. I’m grateful for the times I was depressed because it makes feeling joy that much sweeter. I am grateful for being homeless in California because I came to realize is that what we fear in our minds is not always that bad when experienced. I experienced a lot of freedom and joy while being homeless. I’m grateful for the short time in my life.

When I was homeless, I had time. The older I get the more I value time. I will take time over money any day. Sure you need money to survive in the modern world, but it doesn’t really play a huge role into my happiness. The way I spend my time though, that is a huge factor regarding my happiness. I am grateful for time. I don’t understand people that are busy, busy, busy. Sure being productive is good thing, but in moderation. I think being able to relax and having time to digest and comprehend what you are doing is important.

I am grateful to be alive, but that is not enough. Feeling alive is what is important. Sure, maybe not every moment in life will be filled with absolute joy, but the more of those you have, those intense moments of love and happiness – that is what makes life worth living.    Have you had a moment where you felt so connected to your body that all your senses were heightened? A moment where everything feels so real? Those are moments I am grateful for.

If you are reading this, thanks! Keep it rocking…

-Andrew

The Greatest Gift is Knowing Yourself

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Punk. Misfit. Black Sheep. Outcast. Rebel. Prankster. Comedian. Actor. Musician. Artist. Creator. Director. Adventurer. Nomad. Vagabond. Psychic. Teacher. Writer. Poet. Lover. Warrior. Athlete. Entrepreneur. This is who I am.

The greatest gift you have available is the ability to know yourself and know your truth. Honestly, I believe learning who you are is probably more important than some of the stuff you learn in school. When you have more certainty about yourself you can begin to carve that unique path in the world for you to travel on and have the experiences for you to fulfill your goals and dreams.

There are many ways you can discover yourself; mediation, travel, relationships, etc. Once you find yourself, half the battle is over. Remaining true to yourself and being committed to your path during hardship is the difficult part.

When you find yourself you almost have an ah ha moment where learning who you are isn’t such a surprise after all, a apart of you kind of knew it all along. Sometimes in life we just need to be reminded of the myriad aspects of our identity  and strengths.

Having certainty of our truth helps build our immunity to the bullshit others try to feed us throughout life. When you know what you are capable of and know your self worth, you tend to not take shit from others. Lies get in on lies. When your truth reaches a level of seniority, lies become meaningless. Find your truth and wear it like a crown. This is the beginning of earning respect.

Knowing your truth doesn’t mean you have it all figured out. It simply means you are getting connected to another part of yourself. You can still be failing and know who you are. What follows after your great discovery are many growth periods to your dream. There are growing pains, failure and disappointment. Each growth period is like climbing a bigger mountain. The bigger the mountain you climb, the stronger you become. All the invalidation falls away and you walk away shining brighter than before. The question in all of this is really, how do you keep your amusement during dark times? Well, the more I fail the more I realize it’s not the end of the world therefore when I do fall flat on my face it becomes a little easier to laugh at myself because I know everything will be fine. All I need to do is pick myself back up, get back on the horse and give it a go again.

Think of all the inventors out there who failed over and over and over before finally getting the thing they were trying to create actually work. Don’t give a fuck how old you are and that your not lining up perfectly with everyone else you graduated high school with. Go find your truth, live it and apologize to nobody.

-Andrew

52 Writing Prompts | Year of Journaling

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My 2017 new year resolution was to journal at least once a week. I am 38 weeks into the year and I haven’t missed a week. Sometimes I journal a couple times a week when I’ve got something on my mind. I have written some of my own and changed some of the prompts I followed. I hope you enjoy them and discover some fun things about yourself.

  1. If a tree had thoughts, what do you think they are?
  2. If you could have grown up in a different decade, when would it have been? Why?
  3. What do you think society will be like in 20 years?
  4. Picture a body of water. What is it? (Lake, river, ocean) what is it doing? (Flowing, raging, still) How does your body of water relate to your current situation?
  5. What other name would you go by if you could pick your own name?
  6. What are 5 songs that you think best represent you?
  7. What parts of your physical self do you like?
  8. If a doctor told you that you only have a year left to live how would you spend your year?
  9. What form of art would you like to learn? (Painting, drawing, singing, etc.)
  10. What is your favorite holiday and why?
  11. If you had to leave in a hurry and never come back, what 5 things would you take with you?
  12. If dogs could speak like humans, what would they say?
  13. Describe your ideal day from beginning to end. (Money and Location are not an issue)
  14. If your life was turned into a TV series what would the title be and why?
  15. Consciously write down what you do in a 24 hour period. Are you spending your time how you want?
  16. Write a list of words that make you happy.
  17. What is your favorite season and what is your favorite activities for that season?
  18. What was your favorite thing to do when you were 12? Why? Do you wish you still did it?
  19. Be creative, if your personality could be a fruit or vegetable what would it be and why?
  20. Make a list of things that makes you different from your parents.
  21. What is a job you are curious about? Not necessarily one you want as a career but that you have wondered what it is like.
  22. Where on your body would you put a new tattoo (or first tattoo)? What would it be? Try to draw it.
  23. What is something stressing you out right now? What can you do to change it?
  24. Plan a fun weekend ( keep it doable) the next weekend you get a chance, do it!!!!! Write what you did.
  25. List your favorite smells.
  26. What is your favorite quote and why?
  27. What would you say your spirit animal is? Why?
  28. What is a job you would hate?
  29. What would you tell your 18 year old self?
  30. What does courage mean to you?
  31. Which of your 5 senses would you be willing to lose? Which one would you never want to lose?
  32. What is something you would love to get paid to do?
  33. Who is your hero?
  34. What do you think is an important quality in a partner?
  35. What is a goal you set and completed? How did that make you feel? What is another goal you want to set?
  36. What types of people do you like to surround yourself with?
  37. What is a bad habit you would like to break?
  38. What do you want to dress up as for Halloween? Or what are you wanting to do?
  39. What was an event that happened in your life that changed your perspective?
  40. Where do you want to be a year from now
  41. What is something that you want or believe in that other people think is crazy or dumb? How do you handle the negativity?
  42. When was the last time you felt really happy? What is different from that time and now?
  43. How would you like to celebrate your next birthday?
  44. If you could celebrate a holiday somewhere other than at home which holiday would it be and where would you go?
  45. How do you like to spend your day off?
  46. Write down a joke that you think is hilarious.
  47. When was the last time you did something you were really proud of?
  48. What is something you learned this year?
  49. What do you think of your family?
  50. What are a few things you are thankful for?
  51. What is something you have never done before but desperately want to try?
  52. Congrats it’s the last one!!!! What have you learned about yourself through this journaling?

-Heather