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. 

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10/16/18 | NM

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An Unexpected Rant on College

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Well, today is my first event of the month. I am doing energy healing and aura readings at a spiritual store in Elgin, IL. Being able to read new people is always fun and exciting. The weather is kind of shitty right now, so hopefully people come out today. 

When I lived in Wilmington, NC I used to do readings and energy work at a local spiritual shop. For a little while, that is how I made a living. I was working at bed bath and beyond stocking shelves and wasn’t enjoying it, so I quit. I took a risk and it worked. I was able to make money from teaching and doing readings and then had plenty of time to practice music. That is what I’m looking to regain back. Teaching and practicing music. 

I do miss having a studio to work on music. It is not the same working on vocals in a RV, but it is better than nothing right? I guess what I miss is having a PA system. I like the feeling of holding a mic, pacing around and being as loud as I want. This is the compromise though. If I want to travel then I got to take what I can get. It is much easier to practice vocals than playing drums in a RV though – haha!

I recognize I have a big mountain to climb. I really do, but I’m excited about the small steps I have to take. I think we tend to look at life as if you don’t make it by the time your thirty, then you just need to get a “real” job, forget your dreams and move on. I think we start to feel the pressure. It’s the internal programming that starts to kick in; time to get that steady job, time to get married, time to get a house, time to buy a bunch of furniture, time to get pets, time to have kids, time to get that pool, time to…

I’m not saying those things are bad (I’m married and have pets), but they all just seem very automatic. Same thing goes with school; its pre-school, kindergarten, elementary, middle, high school, college, more college… I think some people enjoy the academic world and some education is necessary for certain professions, but I think a lot of our education is an absolute waste of time and money. At this point in time, you really just need to know the basics to function as an adult in our society; reading and writing, basic math, earning money, communication, cooking, cleaning, etc. Now we not only have books but we have the internet to learn as well. I just think there is so much pressure to be “successful.” And how do you be “successful?” You go to school so you can apparently get a really good job, a job you may not even like because you didn’t have enough time to think about what you really wanted out of life, but now you are stuck because you already spent a lot of time, energy and money on that degree. Hey I’ve been there. I regret the debt, but I don’t regret my experience. I was pursuing a degree I love, but I just realized school was unnecessary to achieve my dreams. 

I think that instead pushing college onto kids, why not encourage them to become more self aware. That would be dangerous though right? Because then they would feel comfortable just being themselves. They would just naturally pursue the things that made them happy instead of going off and working a job to make everyone else happy. I think parents enjoy talking to their friends and even strangers about how they son or daughter is going to a university. Would parents be just as excited to tell others that their child is off traveling the world? Would parents be just as excited to tell others that their child is pursuing stock car racing? Music? Starting a business? Modeling? Writing? Photography? Maybe, maybe not…

I know I’m putting college down pretty hard here, but a certain amount of education is important to live in this society and to work certain jobs, but I don’t think it is needed for most things in life. I don’t think it needs to be force fed down our throats as we are growing up. I think what is really important is learning basic responsibilities, self discovery and the pursuit of dreams or whatever makes you happy. I think its a really shitty feeling being in college and still not really knowing who you are or what you want. And there you are counting down the days until you have to be an adult and start paying back your school loans. Unless you have rich parents, that is terrifying. That is a recipe for depression and anxiety in my opinion. Why don’t we just teach kids the basics on how to be an adult and give them a little time and space while they are young to discover themselves and their passion. Let them start life out right, not with debt, confusion, depression and anxiety. 

If I have children, I would want to introduce responsibility during their teenage years. I want to encourage them to go get a job and see what it is like to work for someone else. If they don’t mind it then great, but if they don’t like it, I want to also show them how to be entrepreneur. I want to show them how to be self motivated and create their own job or small business. I want to give them options so they can choose what works best for them so they don’t feel like they are just going to be inevitably stuck in something terrible. I want to teach them to be self aware. I want them to feel like they can be themselves and that they have options, not a bunch of limitations. Of course though, having a child can change everything and with most things in life – not everything goes according to plan…

This blog really went in a direction I was not anticipating haha. I just think we need to do better. If going to college didn’t lead me to all the spiritual trainings I took, I think I would be much more upset. But, that is all the past and here I am on the road. 

I think there is this picture that gets passed around. A picture that says success is having a college degree. Success is wearing a suit. Success is having a big house in the suburbs. How about success is just having what YOU want. Maybe success is you being happy. And maybe you want to wear a suit, drive a sports car and work in a cubicle. If that is true for you then great, but for many other people, that may definitely not work. A part of my spirit is rebellious. I find the things that don’t work in my personal life and destroy them so that I can live more honestly. 

What isn’t working for you? How do you end it? What does success really mean to you? What makes you happy?

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Andrew (unexpectedly angry this morning, haha)

7.21.18 | IL

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Living Healthy

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What does it mean to live healthy? When I was younger, it wasn’t something I thought about. Fast food, soda, junk food, alcohol, cigarettes, drugs – I knew exactly what it meant to live unhealthy. As I got older I slowly purged the poisons that I put in my body. It wasn’t until about a year ago when I took my health much more serious. I’m far from perfect and I don’t even believe in perfection, but I do believe I can always improve. I need to be more consistent with my workouts, stretching and water intake. 

As I continue to take my health more seriously, I do ponder on what it really means to live a healthy life. I don’t have the answer for others, but I do have an idea what may work for me. I think health is more than just your physical health. I think living a  healthy life encompasses all aspects of your life. How does working a job you despise affect your body, mind, emotions and relationships? How does being in a negative relationship or non supportive community affect your overall wellness? What if you struggle expressing yourself and end up suppressing everything? How does a negative perspective on your identity, body image, society and the world impact your health? How does not knowing you truth affect your health and your life?

So yes, I do think health goes beyond the physical. For me, I think working a job you enjoy is important. If you are dedicating most of your time to earning money, then you might as well enjoy it, right? I think that being happy is apart of being healthy. When you are happy, there is permission for spirit. Your body runs best on your energy. When you are happy, you tend to be more present. I think health is all about being present and aware; knowing the right food to eat, the best exercise regiment for you, the right amount of sleep, etc. 

The more present I become the less tolerant I am of toxicity. I don’t have time for negative people or negative environments. What I do have time for is love and purpose. It sounds like some hippy shit, but it can be difficult to maintain a healthy body and push for your dreams. Sometimes you have to eliminate what isn’t working so you can focus your energy on what is best for you. 

Getting grounded, developing a stronger relationship with my body and connecting more to my purpose is what is best for me. That is how I continue to become more aware and more healthy. 

What does living healthy mean for you?

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Enthusiasm, Joy & Amusement

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Enthusiasm. When I think of that word, my wife comes to mind. She is one of the most enthusiastic people I have ever met. It is what I love about her. It is a quality within myself that I would like to work on. It is an attractive energy and it feels good. Enthusiasm, joy and amusement are all at the top of our range of emotions. When you are vibrating at these emotions you create space and movement for yourself. 

They say laughter is some of the best medicine out there. When you are vibrating in amusement, your ability to release negative energy greatly increases. Have you ever looked at someone laughing? Their spirit is present. Have you ever looked at someone that is depressed? Their energy is just not there. Sitting at the top of your emotional range gives permission for spirit. 

How do you get happy? Well, I think being healthy is a good foundation, but essentially I think that when you are operating on your energy and it is moving freely, your permission to be happy is high. Think about it. If you are living in an environment you don’t like, working a job you don’t like, operating the way others want you to, can’t have romance or are stuck in a bad relationship and are subscribing to someones negative viewpoint of the world and life, well, your permission for happiness might be very low. You may be running on someone elses energy. What if you were running on your energy?

What is your energy like? What if you started working towards living in a place you love, found a job that fits like a glove (boo ya!), did things your way, fell in love with someone amazing and shifted your view of yourself, the world and others. It’s not something that necessarily happens overnight, but you can take steps to move in that direction. 

Being happy is a choice. You can choose to be happy or you can sit in those lower emotions and remain stuck. When you are in the lower emotions it will always feel like there is no way out or there is not point to anything. Bull shit! There is a way out and there is a point to your life. The answer is within yourself. Discover your energy. Heal with your energy. Climb back up to enthusiasm, joy and amusement!

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5.31.18 | NJ

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It’s time to get angry!

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We have all experienced depression at some point, but when you are consistently down in the dumps, that is when there may be an issue. Depression is a low energy and vibration. It is difficult to experience change at that level. Typically, you are stuck in the, “what is the point,” energy. So, it is not exactly fun times when you are depressed – how do you get of out it? Well, there are numerous ways, but one way is through anger. Anger? Fuck yeah!

Perhaps it is time to get pissed. Aren’t you tired of feeling lousy? Aren’t you tired of nothing changing? Get angry! It is your body, your emotions and your life! Now, don’t get anger confused with hate. All I am saying is that you can go to the gym and run on anger. Hell, you could go grocery shopping and walk around vibrating in anger and it is absolutely no problem. Being angry doesn’t mean you are being violent. When you start getting angry, things start to shift. Usually when you are angry, people give you space. Maybe space is what you are needing.

When you are depressed you are shutdown. There isn’t any movement. With anger, you begin to regain movement and space. It can be a relief. Now, I’m not necessarily saying you should find your anger and stay angry, but if you aren’t even able to access your anger – you may want to look into it. If you can get angry, then amusement and joy aren’t too far off in the distance.

If you have difficulty finding your anger, just fake it until you make it. When you are depressed, it will always feel like you can’t get out of it. Bullshit! Go to the gym, get moving, find a punching bag and build your anger. Do I think fighting with anger is smart. No. I’m just saying that going to a gym, moving your body around, getting your energy in movement and sparking up your anger just may be the thing you’re needing. Hell, I can sit in meditation and run the energy of my anger. What!? That doesn’t sound like meditation? Meditation is all about centering yourself and peace, and love and flowers. I like to keep meditation real. Anger is an emotion. It can be useful. Learn to tap into it and run it – just don’t let it run YOU.

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5.18.18 | NJ

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