A Note From The Author

This morning I am reminded more so than every morning that we are standing in the mist of greatness.  It doesn’t matter where you are in your life, or what status in life you are at, what nationality or ethnicity you are.  We are all standing in the mist of greatness. 

Just the mere fact that you are here and was allow to have another day on this earth.  Don’t waste another month, not another week, not another hour or even another minute.  Stand fast in the mist of your own greatness and believe in your own destiny and watch the power of the almighty shake the rivers of opportunity upon your life. It is your time to shine and rise up into who you were destine to be.

Start Something New for the New Year

This Picture was taken in the city of Dallas By David Burton.

I believe there are so many great ways one can earn an income from home.  However, it is a learning curve you will have to endure.  What are you good at?  What are your strengths? What are your passions?  I was out and about today and stopped at the store and asked the cashier what is your hobby or what are you passionate about?  To my surprise, she was only able to rattle off, she enjoys reading in her spare time.  There is nothing wrong with that.  In fact, I enjoy reading a great deal.

In this day and time, you have to have more than one stream of income to live comfortably. I said more than one stream of income, I didn’t say you have to have two to five jobs.  You just need to know how to earn money in more ways than one.  Over the years I relied heavily on my previous skills and it has served me well.  As time passes you have to assess your skills, learn to adapt and update your skills to be competitive in the marketplace.

I want to share with you my take.  But before I do, I want to ask you a question first.  Are you working for someone else helping to build their dreams or do you work for yourself?  If you love what you do, then more power to you and I wish you all the best. 

If you work for someone and really would appreciate the opportunity to call the shots in the years to come?  Or, do you want to be in charge of the income you earn?  Here is my take.  In order to be successful, and I am using that term successful loosely. One must constantly learn and grow as a person as well as their skills.  Why? Because what may have worked years ago will not work as well now.  For example; Newspapers, radio, billboards, and believe it or not, business cards are a form of advertising thing of the past.

We are in the world of digitality and the internet is the new real estate that governs a great deal of how the world interacts today. Why not own a piece of that real estate and let it earn money for you? If purchase a building and charge rent to the tenants you essentially earn money while you sleep.  If you own a website that provides a service, products, such as books, clothing, or education, etc. 

You can earn money while you sleep.  There are so many ways to earn money but you have to believe in what you are doing and bring value to the marketplace.  That is easily said than done.  I for one have tried many times and failed. 

You want to know the great thing about life?  If you don’t produce the results you are seeking.  Dust yourself off and try a different method until you find a way or an idea that does works.  I use to sell clothes for five years, I cut hair for eight years, I have sold newspapers, I have sold vacuum cleaners and shampooers, only to find that shampooing rugs was more lucrative than selling the equipment. 

I had a computer that stopped working properly and then, stopped powering on.  I bought a book to figure out how to fix my computer and when I fixed the computer.  I turned that into a business and I have been in the computer industry for the past twenty-year plus.  I owned a handy paint business for years and stopped doing that three years ago. 

I have become an insurance agent for the past three years and worked in a help desk compacity for ten plus years as well.  Why tell you all of this?  It’s simple!  Sometimes we do things out of necessity and become good at it.  If you become really good why not earn money for a season or for as long as you can if possible.  I asked you earlier, what are you good at?  Is it something you can provide value with as you earn extra money? 

Then earn money and provide value.  Find your path and make it work.  Most importantly, never give up on what you want to do in life.  If you want to start your own business you can. If you want to go back to school, it’s never too late.  If you are stuck in a dead-end position and don’t think you have a way out, make no mistake, there is a way out. You have to believe in your ability to change for the better and seek out all that is good in life for your self and those around you.

Take a look at my new store I am currently working on.  I have plans for this to grow. I wish to provide positive messages through the clothing line I am developing. I plan on spreading a positive and uplifting message through my writing, clothing line. I would also like some honest critiquing. I have to work on the company’s story and grow the brand. I am not afraid to fail forward until I learn what works. What about you?

Here is my wife’s site

Happy New Year!

I often wonder what will the new year hold for me.  I then reflect on all that was done for me.   I think of All the blessings I and my family have received throughout the year.  I know for some, it may not seem like a lot has happened for you, it may appear that things didn’t go your way. I want you to think for a moment, are you still here?

Are you still able to move forward with hope in your heart, mind, and in your spirit? Are you blessed with another day to give life a try and make what didn’t happen yesterday happen today or tomorrow?  Remember, it does not matter what status in life you are in right now.  It does not matter what economic downfall you may be experiencing right now.

It doesn’t matter where you live, where you work, what you wear, or how you look right now.  All that matters is you recognize your situation is temporary and you have the power to change it.  Look destiny in the eyes and declare your presence.  You are one of the most extraordinary human beings in this world with the compacity to shape your future to what you can see it too be.

As a person thinks, so shall they be.  What do you want to think of about yourself for the year 2019?  Think it into existence, think it into reality, but most of all.  Know that all things are possible through Jesus Christ.  Have faith in your ability to execute your new plan in 2019.  

May God bless your paths and lay them straight.  May you experience a love filled with passion that takes your breath away.  May you let God help you build a foundation so strong to prevail against the evil in this world which stands the test of time.  I pray God will free you from worry and bring clarity to your mind.  In the new year you will have nothing to fear because I pray you have the power of the almighty guiding you through the year.  It is you moment, don’t fret.  The new year is here and you haven’t seen nothing yet.  

I will pray that your decision making be sharpened, your senses heightened, your aspirations elevated and your load lightened.  I know the almighty lives in you and in me, it’s up to you to believe in the mustard seed of truth that can set you free.  So, with this prayer for the new year I ask God to bless you all.  For tonight drink up, be merry and have a ball.  Tomorrow will be your time to rest and on Wednesday I expect you to be back on the grind to become your very best.

My best wishes to you all.  Happy New Years.

Life Just Doesn’t Happen

Life is a series of choices we make along the journey in growing.  Every choice we make moves us in a direction which is a specific path set in motion from our choices.  We must become better at making choices in order to experience better outcomes in life.   Chew on this thought for a moment, making choices is one of the most performed activities we engage in every day.  If so, why are there so many people making bad choices in as an adult? 

I suppose it’s by habit we make bad choices or perhaps the lack of common sense.  In any event, if you are not moving in the direction you thought you would be moving in.  Make the conscious decision to change course, change direction and get back on track so you may arrive at your intended destination.

Did you know, the choices you make can become a foundation for which to build upon to live better in the days, months, and years to come?  Your everyday choices can undeniably take you to the brink of poverty or take you to the heights of success you have yet to imagine?

I, for one, am not a professional at making choices.  Over the years I have to make better choices in my life and continue to practice conscience decision making because the choices that we make as individuals we still have to be cognizant of decisions, we make that will affect those around us.

I believe our habits and choices intertwine seamlessly together.  You make a choice to do something and make a habit out of it.  Whether it be conscience or unknowingly on auto-pilot, (habit.)  Let’s say you go to work every morning.  Some people drive the same route every morning regardless of traffic oblivious to a more efficient route of travel.  We are creatures of habit, knowing this is true, wouldn’t it make sense to consciously choose to create better habits. 

Improve your choice making to make better habits that will ultimately change your life for the better. Wow!  Is it really that simple?  Yes!  However, we must be willing to make a better choice and have a reason to create a better habit.  What are some habits you can do without in your life?  What are some areas in your life you can improve upon? What behaviors can you change right now that will improve your life in the years to come?

Let me ask you this?  Have you ever been on the outs with any of your family members?  What decisions caused this?  What choices have you made or they made that made your relationship estranged? Have they changed for the better, or you changed for the better and the relationship is still estranged?  By choice, you or the other person have decided to keep things estranged or distant.  Time changes, people change, circumstances change, whether for good or bad.  It all boils down to the choices we make and continue to make that will keep things estranged, distant, bad, or good, and maybe even great.  It’s choice, nothing more.  A simple choice.

I talk from experience, what kept me from reaching out to estranged family members is the fear of being rejected, criticized, ostracized, or feeling ashamed.  However, I had to put all of that aside and realized, all those things are feelings I would experience if it were to come to pass.  But I would have never known the truth of an outcome had I not made the conscious decision, the choice to reconcile and help repair the damaged relationship.  I imagined something that I didn’t even feel, instead, experience the joy of repairing a wonderful relationship that has endured the test of time.  What about you? 

Here is a perfect mug to drink your hot cup of chocolate, tea, or coffee and be reminded that life just doesn’t happen. By remembering we have a choice in all that we think, say and do. Purchase your mug today, right here.

Show UP In 2019!

Motivated to be fit is not only a saying but a frame of mind.  It’s about being dedicated to making that one change in your life that will ultimately make the difference between the old you and the transformation you seek for yourself.  It’s an alteration of lifestyle and for once, you choose yourself to overhaul and not leaving it to fate, or say you will do it later by procrastinating.  

Draw the line in the sand right now and stand up and declare, this is my time.  I will make this change for me, not anyone else.  I come first!  You have to know, by putting yourself first it’s not an act of selfishness, but an act of awareness in knowing you have to take care of yourself in order to be in a position to help others.

With the year ending, so many of us take the time to reflect on our lives, and once that is done.  We tend to put in motion what we plan on doing differently in the years to come.  Many people are accustomed to making new year’s resolutions and so many people fizzle out in the second or third month into the new year. 

As of writing this I am 243lbs

Without taking too much of your time up, I like to share a thought with you.  I have recently lost sixty-one pounds this year and it wasn’t easy.  It took dedication, sacrifice, and a burning desire to succeed.  In short, it took a lifestyle change that made all the difference in my transformation. Gaining weight didn’t happen overnight either, it took time, neglect, laziness, and not showing up for own self all those years.  My point is this, for the new year coming in. 

Make a commitment to show up for yourself and rise to the top with persistence, dedication, desire, and a focused goal with the tenacity to move in the direction you seek every single day.  SHOW UP FOR YOURSELF! Don’t let the daily grind of life get in the way of your dreams and aspirations.  This is your time!  Your moment to succeed at being the very best version of yourself.

Rise to the top in style. Wear something positive and spread a message of positivity to everyone who will receive the message. Plant seeds of goodness.
Make sure you pick up a shirt for you and someone special.

All Vegan Baby Pillow

So, it’s all about the vegan lifestyle you say. Go ahead sport your vegan way of life. Be proud of it, this is your way of life right? I don’t know much about veganism and I, for one have no problem with anyone being vegan. In fact, for some people, it works well. For others, well, it’s not for them.

Be all you can be I say. Whatever rocks your boat and makes you happy is all that really matters at the end of the day. Don’t you agree? For all you vegan lovers out there, here is an awesome way to sport your way of life in style. Take a look at this red “All Vegan Baby” sweatshirt with a white design.

To order your sweatshirt for the new year click here.

Mesquite Undeveloped Land

This is off of Cartwright in Mesquite, Texas

I have lived in Mesquite for five years now, and it has grown on me somewhat. I now envision what it would look like with added additions to my own neighborhood. Although I must be perfectly transparent here, I know nothing about real estate or it’s the industry. Nevertheless, there are some things for which I believe would benefit, if only someone had the vision, the tenacity, the incite, the finance, the boldness, and the influence to make things happen.  

I believe this to be off of Military Parkway in Mesquite, Texas.

My first order of business would be geared for the next generational kids and young adults. What I mean by that is, it would be great if someone used the undeveloped land to build a complex or building that can house a training facility for kids to learn real-world skills and be trained or receive help with their studies. Of course, since it will be a training facility, it can and should be able to assist older adults with guidance on new career training as well.

The kids of this generation can use a little more interaction and exercise. I believe there should be physical training, such as martial arts, gymnastics, and video interaction entertainment that gives them a learning experience as well as, a chance to exercise their muscles and get their blood circulating. This facility should give kids and young adults real experiences for career choices to help them make better career decisions for their future.

The learning environment should take on real scenarios that people face in the world today with full out-come interaction as if they were going through it at that moment. A facility that will also have a large auditorium with a professional stage for inspiring artist for all genres of music, acting, and poetry. This should also be a breeding ground for the young inspiring scientist and researchers of the future. There are so many kids in this day and time that don’t have a clue to what they would like to be in the future. Providing our kids and young adults with ground-breaking next gen thinking and training will be unheard of.

The developers and investors cannot do this out of the kindness of their hearts, they would need to see a constant return on their money spent. After all, this is a hefty investment package undertaking. So, what I suppose is to have this building be like a sort of mall atmosphere that provides a shopping and dining experience like no other. It should have a twelve-movie cinema that provides next level three-dimensional viewing experience that incorporates vibrational movement in the seats for certain viewing experiences. They should have a separate entrance for an aquarium of a next-generation viewing experience for families to enjoy and learn from.

I suppose a cashless atmosphere. This mall type experience should be next generation technology solely on facial recognition or some sort of card payment interaction where you swipe a card displaying a certain amount of credit and access area. The price tag for such an experience will soar into the high hundreds of millions of dollars. All this does not have to be in the same building but complex or campus. A series of complexes joined together which will make one insane experience for families learn and enjoy.

What area would be large enough to house such an astronomical goal with this magnitude? What group of investors would be willing to soar into such a project and make it happen? This will be a project where great minds from all walks of life, backgrounds, and experiences would have to come together for a common end goal in which can be agreed upon. My imagination is small by comparison. But I can dream, I can envision what it would look like right down to the lighting arrangement in the auditorium to the palm trees and waterfalls on the outskirts of the buildings.

There are so many undeveloped areas that can be put to good use. I am not naive to know there are many people who would punch holes into this dream on why it should not be. Again, I can dream.

Take my immediate area for an example. There is a large space of undeveloped land that was once considered by a large international company as a prime location for one of their facilities. However, it would have meant competition for the existing companies in the area which may have felt threatened.

The big surprise to me was, to hear how the people who lived in the neighborhood are the ones who lobbied against this well-known establishment possibly preventing the company from staking a claim to the undeveloped land. Subsequently, the deal fell through. I want to be clear here, I don’t know what the final decision was on why the deal did not work, but I sure wish it would have succeeded.

People have their own opinions and concerns and are free to voice them. We live in a country that makes that possible and I love it. What I find as sad is, people not willing to accept change out of fear.

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