Tuesday, November 26, 2013

That's A Lot Of Water


I was at an event where I ran into a old friend of mine. We haven't seen each other because he's been doing his college work for the last year. So we haven't had a chance to catch up and reacquaint for a long time. When I saw him I found myself going into a temporary jealous rant. He had the smoothest, clearest, most healthy I face I ever have sen for a male during the winter season. Everyone knows the winter season makes your skin look like your own products aren't working. So I found it so shocking that his skin was so clear.

"How is your skin so clear?" I asked him.

"I drink eight cups of water a day," he began. No sodas. No sugars. No junk food. It's my own personal cleanse."

As soon as he said that, my eyes opened wider than a owl's eyes. We are always told to drink a lot of water, but I have never seen the physical effect on what happens when you drink a lot of water. All of what Alkaline Guru's teachings was showing itself right in front of me. It took only the physical appearance of my friend to inspire to try out that cleanse.

For the first week, I drunk nothing but water and cranberry juice. Cranberries are told to clean you up, so I couldn't help but to add it to the mix.In the beginning, I thought it was going to easy. I thought wrong.

It was hard for me to make it to the fifth cup. I found myself going to the bathroom one too many times. I can feel the liquid moving around after consumption. I understand that it takes time to reach a particular point in your life when it comes to a cleanse, but the first two weeks was ridiculous. But just like everything, the first week is always going to be hell. Once the last week was over, drinking water and managing my time to eject in the bathroom became simple and easy.

Still, I give thanks to my friend for physically showing me the wonders of living a healthy lifestyle. I have added and water and cranberry juice to my everyday regime.

Friday, November 22, 2013

The New Guy In The Established Friendship Circle


When it comes to friendships some people are given the amazing opportunity in life to be friends with the same people that they've known for years. Whether meeting friends from high school or college, these groups of people have created a circle that has lasted for years. For the average individual, its a miracle to have a friendship that lasted nowadays for over a decade.

But all people don't go through friendship related experiences like that. There are some people that have to meet their possible friendships by walking into an already established friendship circle.

That is a recurring event that I've been experiencing lately.

I'm no longer in contact with my high school friends because we have gone our separate lives into adulthood. I'm just entering college. So I don't have those close college people yet. I've taken the personal out the business relationships I've developed with the people I work with. I have turned into one of those people who always happens to be friends with people who already has created their own group of friends.

I used to have that dream that when it comes to friendships, there was only going to four or five of us together for the rest of our lives. We do have acquaintance, but at the end of the day, when it comes to guys night out, it was just going to be the five of us all together.

That ain't the case nowadays. The thing that we experience now is meeting someone who has a group of friends, who themselves have a group of friends. This is the reality that some of us face.

I got a large realization when I visited my friends on the set of a web series. I always like my friend and his energy. So you do have those expectations that the two of you and a few other people are going to be friends forever. But then I saw him with his friends and I realized he already had an established friendship. Every single one of them have known each other for years, and I was just this new guy that popped up out of nowhere.

It took me time to realize this, but I've learned to accept that this is the reality about some friendships. We either have those friends we've had for life or we have friends with a group on the side.

Friday, November 15, 2013

I Wasn't Ready For College Until Now


It took four years after high school, but I'll be entering the halls of college on January 24 for the first time. That means once again, I will be part of what it's like growing up as a freshman. I've been told numerous times that it's different from high school. When you're in high school you don't want to admit to the world that you are a freshman. If you are, you might end up being a living Family Guy episode.

So now the question people are going to ask me is why. Why now at age 22 am I entering the halls of college? People around that age have already graduated with a Bachelor's Degree by now.

My only answer. I wasn't ready.

I can't get into full details. If I could, it would end up being a memoir I will have to publish in the future. I'd say that only because there are so many stories to tell that would lead up to me making the decision to go to college now instead of years ago.

All I can say is my personal life took over everything. It affected me during high school and I knew I would have to handle extra baggage if I went straight to college after high school. Back when I was still living in New Orleans, the first two colleges I ever applied for (in New York) rejected me. My family and I were ready to choke each other to death based on the amount of arguing and ferocious debates that we've had for years. Most of this applies to my mother's side of the family since I didn't know my father very much.

I was devastated by a failed relationship after finding out I was secretly part of a love triangle, which I disapproved of. The economy was a wreck thanks to our former president and I felt all of it in New Orleans. The icing on the cake was a period of depression that left me unfocused.

The inner rebel was unleashed during those four years and I just wild out. I started going to nightclubs until two in the morning, doing underage drinking, attending drag shows. I needed an escape from my terrible personal life.

When opportunity came and I moved to New York, it took a couple of people to put me back to reality, but I finally saw a chance to start thinking about college again. Once I did, there was no stopping me.

I know some people might disagree with me. They'll think that my personal life shouldn't be a reason to not be thinking about college. This is my answer.

There are some people who can't micromanage like that. If their personal life takes over 90% of their life, it's difficult to focus and stay on the right track. Plus, if they try to handle both things, they'll be crashing, burning, and become more depressed than ever before. That was my prediction on my life. If I tried to handle all these things at once at an early age, it would've led to long term battles like alcoholism or anger management issues.

Now that my whole life is together, I see nothing stopping me from taking on the halls of colleges, and advancing further to the next level of independence. I now know how to let people in my personal or professional life get in my way. I know how to not only take baggage,but how to burn it instantly or place it in the closet and deal with it later.

I wasn't ready for college then, but I am now. And I'm more than willing to share those future stories with everyone.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Stomach Problems From Supermarket Fruit


Once I did a complete body cleanse, I began to have full physical experiences on what food is real and what food has been "touched". When I expressed this to Alkaline Guru, he knew instantly what I was feeling, and gave me praise for getting a hands on experience regarding what he and everyone else continues to talk about regarding GMO products.

My first hand on experience was when I bought red plums from Whole Foods. I went grocery shopping to fill up my refrigerator with new things. Knowing how much of fan of fruit I am, I immediately walked over to the produce aisle with a empty basket at hand, ready to start filling it up with all kinds of fruit. The first things I grabbed were four plums, my second favorite fruit in the world. The first being red grapes.

I bought the plums and immediately began eating while on the train ride to my apartment. Once I got on the train, I found myself grabbing onto my stomach for dear life. It was as if the stomach acid in my body expanded and it became more hungry for my flesh. I had a cramp that hurt so much, I got my knees ready to pant. The cramps worsened so much, a pregnant woman on the train gave up her seat for me.

That's how horrible I felt.

This was my first time experiencing what happens when a healthy, fully cleansed person, consumed a item that was GMO produced. Ever since then, I've purchased fruits from markets at street fairs instead of going to supermarkets. With that decision, I've met with actual farmers telling me how long the fruit has been harvested and how companies genetically modify their products.

It was a interesting eye opener for me. I don't know if anyone had similar stories.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

I Need My/Your Charger!


I've officially became a member of the "I Need My/Your Charger" club. I didn't expect myself to be a part of this, but after having the same phone since the summer of 2013, I now know how half of America feels on a daily basis.

In the beginning, I bought this Android phone, which is the first touch screen phone I have ever owned. I've experienced the power of the touch screen by using other people's Androids and iPhone's, but I never had one to call my own due to a tiny fear of divorcing from the flip phone after seven years together. But I'm glad I did because life has gotten so much better for me.

Things were fine with my Android when it came to battery power. It could survive a 12, sometimes 20 hour period with no sweat at all. I was absolutely astounded at how much power it could contain. This was a good episode that only lasted for a couple of months.

One day, I found my charger getting ready to die after only six hours without it's charger. My eyes opened real wide and I had a business phone conference ready to happen within ten minutes. I ran over to my co-workers desk like a out of control cartoon character, and asked for his cell phone charger. He was generous enough to give it to me and I didn't miss my phone conference.

Ever since then, I've found myself needing to bring my cell phone charger everywhere. I'm happy for the fact that I have three. There is one for work. A second one for my apartment. The third is for the outside world like the mall or something. I've had good encounters with my third charger but I am always skeptical with what's going to happen if I can't find a place to charge my phone.

I began to self reflect and I now understand how everyone feels when it comes to charging their cell phones. I don't like that feeling, but this is our reality. Technology has become more advanced and dependable that it requires extra juice to stay alive. A iPhone, for example, needs more than just two hours in order to be fully charged. Charging your phones requires an overnight job, which is one of the reason why people can't wait to come home and go to bed. It's now a part of their midnight schedule.

I always have a charger with me but there is always  a 2% chance where I will need the help of someone else's.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Does The True Writer Still Exist?


Before I decided to have a second career as a social media specialist, I thought I was going to live my entire life as a full time writer. I pictured myself going to write nothing but books, short stories, screenplays, and possibly songs for other music artists. That was my mind set after years of trying to build a success in other fields of the arts like acting, producing, and how-to guiding.

My whole perspective then changed when I began to receive a huge amount of success as a social media specialist in my hometown and the first four months I've lived in New York. I'm a heavy researcher who knows and have experienced a lot of things. That's how my tiny reputation as a self-help guru became reality. So I knew a lot about social media and how to use them. Suddenly, the need to have me manage the social media pages for my friends and other random people was very much in demand due to my expertise on it.

In the end, I wind up liking it and knew instantly that I wanted to make a career out of it. Not for the money but because I loved doing it.

I went out to lunch with a old acquaintance of mine. I'll call him Ralph. We talked about a variety of things. One of the topics was about our careers. He was a well established man in his late 30s and I was the new kid in New York still trying to create a life in the city personally, professionally, and financially. Before mentioning my aspirations for social media management, I bragged to Ralph about wanting to be a writer.

It didn't take Ralph long to interrupt me, for he is someone who looks at the whole picture. So for the next couple of minutes, Ralph began expressing to me that it'll be impossible for me nowadays to try and succeed as a full time writer.

"Everyone nowadays thinks they're a writer," said Ralph. "Everyone has a blog. Everyone has videos on YouTube. Everyone is trying to get noticed in some way. I know you are a great writer, but it's going to be difficult for you to prove that you're a true writer while in a crowd of people who shouldn't have anything published to begin with."

It's been months since that conversation and that one statement is deeply stuck in my head. I took to heart everything he's said, for I know he's telling the truth.

I do agree that there are some people who think that just because they created a blog and has written content that has attracted hundreds of people, they suddenly think they're a writer. I've studied the struggles for writers from centuries ago. Most people didn't believe that people could make a living from writing full time. My pure example for the full time writing struggle is by researching Edgar Allan Poe.

With that being said, people are naturally born with the gift of writing and they deserve to be recognized for it. I love being a writer and a social media specialist and I'll stand by writing all the time since it's been in my blood since the day I was born.

What I now know for sure is that it's going to be a tiny difficult to people to show that they are true writers in a world surrounded by certain people who doesn't deserve that title.