A Goal in Mind

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It has been one year since we have sold our dog walking business, one year since we have purchased our fifth wheel RV and it will be almost one year since we have been traveling in the United States. Wow. What a ride it has been. And to be honest we had something really great when we were living in Pennsylvania. We had a great apartment, great clients and a wonderful group of dogs we got to work with. But, there is a reason we moved on from all of that and the obvious answer to that is travel, but for me personally it was because the creator in me was ready to take a next step. And what a step that was…

My goal since we have been traveling was to work on our blog and YouTube channel. Along our journey I added a podcast. This growth period has all to do with being seen and being heard. I love entertaining people whether that is through music, comedy or short films, but I also love teaching. I have a lot of information to share in regards to meditation, clairvoyance and energy healing. Currently I am learning about lucid dreaming and astral projection and once I feel I have those down then I would love to teach those as well.

I have a goal in mind. A goal that seems impossible. A goal that when I achieve it, will be huge at the time, however, it won’t be the end. There will be more goals. Bigger goals. But for now, I have this goal in mind. A goal that seems impossible.

I like testing myself. I like the idea of dreaming big and feeling all that doubt and invalidation come rushing in. Trust me, that sounds weird and these negative energies frustrate me at times, but I turn that into motivation. The type of motivation that no matter what happens, it just keeps going. I think you have to be relentless. Whether it is a building a business, traveling like a hippie or building an audience, sometimes you got to tuck your chin and walk forward.

What I am excited about the most for this goal is the growth. Its also the most difficult aspect of this journey, but I do look forward to being seen and being heard. I have something to share with the world; I want to teach, inspire and make people laugh. Just got to keep moving forward 🙂

-Andrew

3/11/19 | AZ

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Alpha Brain for Lucid Dreaming: Day 2

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Okay So it has been over 4.5 months since I have been practicing lucid dreaming & astral projection and it has been a very exciting and frustrating ride. The nights you have great vivid dreams, experience the vibrations or have a lucid dream are great, but then there are those mornings you wake up and have no result except maybe just remembering your dreams. To be honest, just remembering your dreams isn’t all that bad, I guess I just need to manage my expectations right?

Back in February I was thinking about experimenting with a supplement for my dreams and I came across alpha brain. I have heard of it before on Joe rogans podcast but never knew that it could help with lucid dreams. So I went out and bought it. I experimented with it for about two days and did not have a positive experience. I experienced a lot of brain fog the next day I woke up which really bummed me out especially since Alpha Brain is not very cheap.

Anyway, fast forward to April and I have decided to give Alpha brain a second chance. I recall having some sinus issues around the same time I originally tried it, so perhaps it was a fluke.

So, I took just one pill (not the recommended 2) last night around 6PM. The reason I took it so late was because I read a blog about someone who was experiencing lucid dreams when taking this 3-5 hours before going to sleep. I thought I would do the same. Not long after taking the pill I noticed being more alert and having more mental energy. When it was time to go to sleep I did not have any issues, however, I did have a slight problem going back to sleep when waking up in the middle of the night. I did not have any lucid dreams last night, but my dream recall was greatly improved. It’s funny because in one of my dreams I was even talking with a dream character about alpha brain. At one point in one of my dreams I even started doing telekinesis which is something that is common for me. So for this morning I have not experienced any brain fog!

I plan on taking one pill 4-5 hours before going to sleep until I run out. I will write a blog each morning describing my results. So feel free to subscribe to the blog to find out more about my experiences with Alpha Brain.

-Andrew

4/5/19 | AZ

Social Media Influencer?

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I see this term being thrown around a lot lately…. I don’t want to be a social media influencer though. I just like creating and sharing. If you like it – great, if you don’t – no problem. If I have an opportunity to work with a brand that I like and aligns to what we are doing, then I have no problem with that. I would prefer though to make money from google ads, supporters of the podcast and patreon.

There was a time when there weren’t ads on social media nor was there “social media influencers” doing ads on their content. On one hand it is nice that people can be self employed and on another hand it is just another platform for more ads to be shoved into your face. It is like my love / hate relationship with technology and the internet. There are pros and cons.

It is nice to discover a product I am interested in from a creator on youtube, especially if it is a product that is related to what the creator normally talks about. Quite often though that is not the case. It is a norm to see many popular you tubers doing ads for companies that have nothing to do with them. For example, if we did an ad for a really good yoga mat, that would make sense – we do make yoga and mediation videos. But, if we did an ad for Dorito chips, that wouldn’t really make sense considering that I don’t even eat them anymore nor does it have anything to do with the content we create.

I understand the need to work with brands to sustain their career and lifestyle as a creator. I get it. I am open and willing to do it too, as long as it makes sense. I think I would feel like an idiot trying to sell some product I didn’t use, care about or believe in. If it had something to do with camera gear or something related to recreational vehicles then yeah, that makes sense to me.

I think there is nothing wrong with developing relationships with brands and presenting services or products on YouTube or other platforms, but where do you draw the line? Are the brands you are working with in alignment to your own brand or personal beliefs? I guess this comes down to the dollar signs in front of your eyes or integrity.

So, do I consider myself a social media influencer? No. I don’t even have enough followers to be considered anyway. I just want to evolve as a creator and make better content. Plain and simple.

Andrew

3/23/19 | AZ

Pigeonholed?

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Something I have been noticing lately is that YouTubers are becoming irritated about becoming pigeonholed. They create a successful channel and suddenly they have a certain label or are stuck in a certain category. It works for a while, but then they start getting bored of the content they are creating. So, what do you they do? They go and start a whole new channel. It’s not to say that this doesn’t work or has never worked, but why the fuck don’t you just keep your channel that is already successful and just create playlists?

I understand why people create a niche. It makes it easier for people to know what they are subscribing to – I get it. But most people don’t want to get stuck with that one label or only be able to create content in one small category. Content creators have more than one interest and most likely have different skillsets. We like to express ourselves in different ways. I think this idea that we need to pick one thing and stick with it and that is all we can do or have is bullshit. I love having a YouTube Channel because some days I wake up I want to create a comedy video and other days I want to create an adventure video. 

Contrary to belief, people will watch you even if your video isn’t in 4K or isn’t edited to perfection. What I notice is that people subscribe because they like the creators personality. I watch a guy on youtube who does chewing tobacco reviews. I don’t use tobacco products, but I think he is funny. Thats why i watch. That is why I’m subscribed. Sure, that type of content you are creating definitely has an impact on why people are watching, but it is not the only reason. 

Even if you have a successful channel, getting people to subscribe to your new channel can be difficult. It takes time to build. Maybe not as long as you first channel, but it will take time. In my opinion, why don’t you just keep one channel and create different playlists for different types of content you are creating. It’s easy to manage and promote one channel. I’m sure there are a few good reasons why to have more than one channel, but I think for most it would be easier to utilize what you already have established. 

I struggle with this idea. The idea that we have to pick only one thing and do that. I understand the importance of commitment, but why can’t we work on numerous things in life? Why can’t I work on comedy, music, a podcast, a book, etc? I have more than one interest, more than one passion, more than one skill… The thought of only doing one thing the rest of my life sounds incredibly boring. 

What I love about the time period we are in now is that we have the ability to build our own audience. No longer do we have to go to an audition to be on a show. We can create our own fucking show. Maybe its a podcast, maybe its a show on youtube. You have always wanted to be a writer? Start your own blog! Sure, it might not be an easy path, but you can’t at least do it. There are more possibilities now. There are fewer limitations. And perhaps instead of limiting our selves as content creators, we don’t have to subscribe to the idea of being pigeonholed and just create content that we want to create. Viewers will eventually understand that every video might not be exactly what they are looking for. No problem, they can tune in another day.
Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

2.8.19 | CA

the Simplicity of the PAST

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There once was a time before the internet, 1,000 + TV channels and cell phones. It was a time of simplicity. It was a time of riding your bike in the autumn leaves, climbing trees, playing hockey and listening to music. This was my childhood. 

As a child I remember quite often listening to rock n roll. That was it? Yup, that was it. I recall many times just sitting on the floor or running around the house to the music that blasted out of the stereo speakers; Van Halen, Def Leppard, Aerosmith, Whitesnake, etc

I have a love / hate relationship with technology. I love it, I need it, but I do miss the times when you could just sit in the same room with other people listening to music instead of staring at screens. I love how social media can help connect you with others and help with spreading a message, but it can also be incredibly time wasting.

I remember a short time period where we didn’t have to dial the area code, there were no cell phones to text people you were going to be late and facebook did not exist. I miss those times and that is one reason why we started to RV full time. We wanted to spend more time outdoors and having adventures. To be real though, we have to maintain a balance. To earn money, I have to be at the computer helping others with English or editing videos and writing blogs. I guess it goes with anything life – balance is key.

Do you remember a time when things were just more simple? How do you keep a balance of technology and staying away from screens?
Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

11.5.18  | AZ

Happiness FIRST

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What I cherish the most are having new experiences. Sure there are physical things that I love; film equipment, musical instruments, computers, cars – but in general, I would rather have some sort of new experience than go out and buy shit to put on a shelf. That’s just me. When I have new experiences, I am usually growing, healing and / or learning as a result. After you have a new experience, at some point you gain some understanding of that particular experience. Once you have learned what you needed to learn – wisdom is born. That is what you take with you when you die, not a couch. 

When we used to run our dog walking business, we made a lot of money, had a nice apartment, but quite literally – we were doing the same shit everyday. Nothing new was happening. What I really learned is that it is important to be happy first, then let the money follow. There ain’t nothing wrong with making a lot of money. Hell, I love it, but if it is doing something I’m not really passionate about – fuck it. Don’t get me wrong, I love animals and love being a businessman, but I’m more passionate about teaching, art and performing. 

I love money. I want to make a lot of it – haha, who doesn’t. I love things. We live in a physical world after all… but again – I always lean towards having new experiences. Honestly though, when I make less money that is usually when I am the happiest. If I can pay my bills and have a little extra to go explore – then rock on. I cherish time so much. I love being able to have time to write, practice vocals or meditate. Working for other people and working a traditional 40 hour + work week is my personal hell. It doesn’t make any sense to me. I know people will hate me for saying that, but its true. I may not have a college degree or speak all fancy, but I am pretty fucking smart. I know how to create from nothing. I know how to survive. I know how to create my own jobs. I learn quickly and I know how to research and find what I need. 

What I always have to remind myself as an entrepreneur is that I can have numerous streams of revenue. I do psychic readings, teach english online and edit youtube videos. It took me a long time to figure out that I didn’t HAVE to work for other people. My first job being self employed was walking dogs in Chicago. That blew my mind. That experience is really what led me to starting our own business. The dog walking business is what led us to traveling and teaching. I hear it so often, people think certain things are impossible or that they can’t do it because they will upset someone. Fuck that. This is your life. Go fucking live it because I doubt you want to feel that regret in the final months of your life. People speak of that phrase “YOLO” or you only live once. I don’t really believe that because I believe in reincarnation, but I do like the idea behind YOLO. Go out there make this the best fucking life that you can. 

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

10/16/18 | NM

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The only thing between you and your dreams is ENERGY.

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Yesterday I turned 34. Being in my thirties is very interesting because it is a time in which our society believes that you should have your life together. If you don’t have your life together, you are a failure. If you have not achieved your dream you might as well give up and get a “real job.” If you are doing what you want by this age, then good for you. That is the overall energy I felt once I hit my early thirties. 

Well, I have created a small business with my wife and sold the client list. We are now traveling full-time in a RV. These are two dreams that have come to fruition in my early thirties. I feel good about this, but I am failing still as an artist. This is hard for me, because becoming a successful artist is my ultimate goal. 

Performing in front of thousands of people, starting my own clothing line, writing a best selling novel, making movies – the list goes on. It all sounds crazy and perhaps impossible, but these are my dreams as an artist and entrepreneur. Big dreams take time and I am willing to be patient. 

My life is so different now. My wife and I travel around the United States, typically staying in one place for a month at a time. We both teach English online which is what allows us to keep traveling. We all also do workshops at yoga studios and I do readings over the phone. It is taking longer than I anticipated in regards to growing our new business. Luckily we can both teach English online. I love it because I get to meet people from all over the world, help them with their English and learn new things about their culture.

I’ve always known that I was a late bloomer. It is why I am not afraid of getting older. I know I will achieve all my dreams. The key for me is letting go of the societal expectations that create that feeling of failure. Aside from that the big component is staying persistent; practicing music, writing, making films, etc. 

Anytime I go to pursue a bigger goal I am always met with doubt, but I can always rely on my growing confidence and self belief. Every wall I break through, I use that strength I gained to battle through the next wall. The only thing between myself and my dreams is energy. I know how to move energy. I have and will continue to move it out of my way. Dreams are possible. We have seen many people live their dreams. If you believe dreams are impossible, that is where you are stuck. That will greatly limit you. Dreams are beautiful because it is a time in which you can shine. Dreams allow the spirit to be engaged. 

Where are you in your life? What is your next step to reeling in your dream? #makeithappen

-Andrew

10/5/18 | NM

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