It’s a sad day when anyone has reached the point of complete mental and physical exhaustion, but it seems like it would be much worse to have to go through it in the public eye. Since Kanye West’s recent meltdown, the world seems to be split in its reaction. Some actually care, while others have made it clear that they don’t. This brings up an interesting question: When did we stop caring about the well-being of celebrities? Continue reading
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking in regards to where I want to be in the next few years. Along the way it has become painfully obvious that no matter how much we plan, God has the ultimate say-so. So, with that in mind, I can have hopes and dreams and pray that I am moving in the right direction, but I have to be prepared for things to just not go as I may want them to.
If I reflect on the past few years, there are many things that I’ve wanted to accomplish, but for some reason I meet someone special, things get put on hold, and before I realize it, years have passed and I’m left regretting not doing more for myself. Of course life lessons came out of each experience, so I can’t be too mad at myself, but I do often wish I’d been just a tad selfish.
If I had to answer my own question, I’d say, “no, I would not alter my dream for love” because I’ve altered, paused, forgot, abused and neglected my dreams for love before. Anyone who truly loves me will join me for the ride and support me along the way.
It’s been a while since I’ve written an inspirational post and I am definitely in need of one, so this is not only for you…it’s also for me! Here goes nothing:
This month has been CRAZY! The word “stress” is definitely an understatement. I’ve been so stressed that I can feel it in my shoulders, in my back, my head…just everywhere. I will spare you the details and focus on the lessons of said stress. For starters, I’m learning not to put my faith in man and when I say “man” I mean people in general. I’m almost forced to only rely on God and prayer and I think that’s what I’m supposed to be doing because it’s helping. I’m finding myself being super sensitive with just about everything, so prayer offers some solid alone time with just me and the big guy upstairs. I need to refocus, set up a game plan and work towards certain goals within the upcoming months.
Is that enough of a pity party for you all? Ok, it is for me so that’s where it ends (lol). All I’m saying is, just go through the motions of whatever you may be experiencing and start praying hard. When you feel yourself getting angry or frustrated at the world then it’s time to take a step back and just relax. As the saying goes, it could always be worse so search for perspective. That’s what I’m trying to do.
My posts mainly focus on the positive side of the industry and the journey it takes to get to the top. However, there is an ugly side that many fall victim to. We’ve seen stars like Lindsay Lohan, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse and Charlie Sheen get so deep into this business that they completely lost themselves and a couple from this list even lost their lives. So, what inspired me to address this issue?
Well, you can say that I’m watching someone (who thinks they are in this industry already) lose themselves completely. What happens when you look around and you have no more friends left? What happens when all you can think about is getting rich, but you forget to live life? What happens when the people closest to you are the ones that can’t be trusted? I can’t answer any of these questions, but I can tell you this…I know some people who are able to give you the answers based off of their experiences and lifestyle. As pretty as this “industry” may seem, I think it makes sense to build your foundation up so strong, that it can’t be shaken and you can remain humble and grounded.
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Well helloooooooooo, world! No, I haven’t totally gotten rid of my Become a Blogger Mondays series, but you all know that I won’t write if I’m not feeling it. With that said, we can all assume that there must be SOMEthing that I’m feeling! I’ve sat back and watched and observed and pondered and…OK you get the point! I’ve just been taking note of all the brains going a million miles a minute. I’ve paid attention to those around me who are pursuing their dreams and it’s so great to see the creative wheels turning…it’s a source of inspiration for everyone when this happens.
However, I think for some it’s just a fad. Like, do you get the impression that everyone has a blog? Or a clothing line? Or they make jewelry? Or they rap? Or they sing? That kind of annoys me. It makes me wonder, are you doing this for you? Or are you doing this just because you want to be like everybody else? Or because you THINK this is how you can get rich? If it’s coming from the heart and it’s something that you genuinely love to do or you take seriously, I 100% support it, but if I get the feeling that you’re just doing it “just because” then I may give you that “look”. Follow your dreams and passions, but make them your own…add your own spin to it…be original and even when it gets hard, KEEP going…that’s how I can tell if you’re really about business or just herding with the masses.
Let others inspire you, but don’t become them! BE YOU!
I knew there was a reason why I stayed away from the Classifieds mega site Craigslist.com. I learned the hard way that there are a lot of folks just trying to trick you into stealing your money. So this is what happened! I’ve been looking for a new place to live, within a reasonable price, and with enough space for a roommate. UGH! If that’s not enough stress, this area (DC) is super freaking expensive, so I branched out and started looking for houses/condos for rent. This is where the nightmare began! Check out my step-by-step mistakes:
1. I used Craigslist to look for a legitimate apartment/rental property listing.
2. I was eager, impatient and “trusting” because I needed a place A.S.A.P.
3. I didn’t set up a throw-away email account for inquiries; I used my personal account (sad face).
Fast forward! I sent inquiries to about 4 properties in the area and let me tell you…the responses that I got were normal. The first response I got was for a house for rent in NOVA for $900 a month. To me it was a sweet deal! This was the first email I got:
Thanks for your email and interest in renting my apartment, the property is in a secured neighborhood fully furnished with all necessary amenities. It has a very large bedrooms with spacious in built wardrobe, living room with dining area, 2 bathroom, dishwasher, washing machine, and clothes dryer. The home comes with two parking spots, a storage unit where you can deposit my furniture (if you don’t like it and you want use your furniture). Pets allowed. The home is in perfect living condition and everything is included (water, electricity, Internet, cable, parking, air conditioning, fireplace, dishwasher, garbage) in the rent. Property is available for move in at the moment but unfortunately, I would not be present in person to show you the property due to my recent job transfer to Brooklyn, NY and I do not have a local representative to show the place due to my transfer so if you are interested in renting the property and willing to work with me despite my absence kindly get back to me ASAP so I can forward the Rental Application and the steps in renting my home. Feel free to reach me on my Cell Phone # (614) 238-8625. Regards, Janet E. Jusino
RED FLAGS I GOT AFTER READING THIS:
1. The amount of typos in the email!
2. They were located in NY and couldn’t show the property.
3. There were no photos of the interior.
4. I called the number and the voice-mail was for a man with an African accent (the sender’s name was “Janet”).
5. I sent two emails and there was no response; I finally asked for photos and was sent two copies of the rental agreement and that was it.
There were a string of emails after this one, but the next red flag was the fact that they wanted me to send rent payments to their Western Union Account (NEVER DO THIS!!!). By this time I realized that this was a fake listing. To confirm this, I clicked on the original Craigslist ad and the following disclaimer popped up, “This ad has been flagged for removal.” The other listings I inquired about came back with the same story. The owner was relocated for work, had no pictures of the interior and two had the SAME email response letting me know that they were relocated in West Africa.