Writing by Resty

Freelance Writer and Web Developer

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New Blog Direction, More Content

Hey Readers!

Since starting my blog back in December of 2015, I’ve definitely been busy. I haven’t quite reached my blogging goals—not by far—but I’ve learned a lot.

On the bright side, I’ve discovered lots of very good blogs and found inspiration reading countless posts. I’ve also found a job writing at a website marketing company, so I haven’t entirely been unproductive since graduating with my Bachelors of Arts in Literature and Writing. Now that I’m older, one thing is for certain: I want to be an independent business owner and work on the road.

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Clothing and confidence, a story of my favorite pair of sneakers

bubblegum-Clothing choice expresses a lot about a person. There’s a saying that goes, “dress for success,” and that clothing choice and success can be anything imaginable. A person could wear a suit when going to work, an athletic fit when going to the gym, or a pair of jeans and a t-shirt when spending a night out with friends—a person’s clothing generally determines what type of frame of mind that person will be in. Wearing clothes that embody the vision of success attracts a successful lifestyle, and that’s how I feel about my news pair of shoes.

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Ambition

Ambition wakes me up at 5 AM.
Ambition tells me, “I can.”
Ambition pushes me to sweat.
Ambition tracks my progress.

Ambition is 100 push-ups before bed.
Ambition is reading on my free time.
Ambition is living vegan.
Ambition is practicing yoga before I even know what day it is.

Ambition is living up my dreams despite life’s obstacles.
Ambition leads to a life full of fulfillment.

Answering the question, “Why do I blog?”

“It just happens to be the way that I_m made. I have to write things down to feel I fully comprehend them.”- Haruki MurakamiThere are billions of people in the world, and a lot of them blog for a variety of reasons. Some write to earn a living, others to make friends, but everyone for unique purposes. Here is why I blog.

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Personal Writing Goals for 2017, Practice Makes Permanent

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2017 Goals, Part 4 of 4

It’s already February, and you’re probably saying, “Resty, you should have posted this a month ago!” which you are probably right about. But here we are, and I still believe in creating and accomplishing goals. So, these are my writing goals for 2017.

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Goals for February 2017: Harry Potter, 10K Training and Becoming a Minimalist

success-is-no-accidentNew Month, New Goals

February is finally here, which means winter is coming to a close and spring is just around the corner. It’s time to review those first quarter plans for 2017, and set new goals for the month to stay on track towards the big picture.

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Shifting Monthly Goals to Accommodate Wellness

IMG_628692F73474-1.jpegToday is January 15, which means we’re half way through the first month of 2017. This is the perfect time to reevaluate our goals for and manage how we’re doing.

Sometimes life can be so overwhelming that we get so involved with the day-to-day events and forget about the bigger picture. It’s good to take time to review the month’s trajectory, and make any changes to future plans to accommodate for the bigger picture. So, since it’s the middle of the month, I propose we all take a step back and look at what we’ve already accomplished, and then recalibrate our direction for the future.

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Blueprints for My Goals in 2017

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The New Year lingers around the corner, and that means reviewing and polishing old goals and coming up with new ones.

Last year, the theme was, “Healthy is Happy,” and I can honestly say I lived it pretty well when compared to my recent past. I made significant gains in strength, speed, and endurance, as well as quit smoking cigarettes—which I can’t believe has already been a year!

img_1967While this isn’t a set-in-stone, definitive list for 2017, I do want to talk about a few things I’ve thought about lately.

Off the top of my head, I would break up my goals into three major categories: finance, health and fitness, and writing. I would also make a category for miscellaneous subjects, like travelling.

Health and Fitness: I want to run a 5k, a 10k, and a half marathon. I want to dunk the basketball, finally—I promise, I’m getting closer. I want to lift more than I have been. I want to become a vegan. I want to cook for myself, and I want to continue to grow stronger and healthier. I want to meditate and journal more often, because there’s nothing more important than mental health.

Finance: I want to pay off $5,000 worth of student loans, invest $5,000 into investments, and save $5,000 for the rainy season. I’m already on my, so I just have to develop a budget to stick by it to achieve those numbers. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but it is what it is for now. I think the most difficult part of this will be keeping discipline not to use the money that I’ve saved. I also want to buy a laptop.

Writing: I want to continue blogging. I want to read 36 books—I consider reading a big part of writing. I want to write 6 short stories and 24 pieces of poetry. I want to enter a writing competition and continue pursuing a career in writing. I want to be more creative, and this is one of my favorite things to create, ideas.

Miscellaneous: I want to travel. I want to visit different parts of the United States, live well within my means. I want to take road trips to adjacent states and just see what it’s like on the other side of the mountains. I want to visit different shops, meet different people, and just experience life for what it is. I don’t want to go back to school yet because I feel like I should accrue enough money to pay for school in cash. I shouldn’t be taking on more debt if I want to become a true millionaire. So many people don’t have college degrees, Bill Gates for example, and still go on to become extremely successful people. School isn’t necessary to become a rich person, but school does offer experiences I couldn’t get anywhere else—but I’ve been in school for too long. I need a break. I want to focus on becoming financially successful. I want to see what I can do with my own grit.

In 2016, the motto was, “Healthy is Happy.” And I’ll continue to live that way, continue to progress into greater health. I want to have this saying again for 2017, but I also want to progress. I don’t want to have the same quote because I think I’ve already internalized it well, and if I didn’t then that just means the saying is stale and I need to keep moving forward. “Healthy is happy,” I still believe that, but it’s time to progress to something different. I don’t have to decide today, because I have until 2017 to do that, but I do have to think about something soon. 2017 is right around the corner.

A Writer’s Progression

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What does it take to be a writer?

Writing, like any other craft, needs practice. In Stephen King’s book, “On Writing,” he blatantly explains that in order to become a writer, a writer must write. As simple as the concept is, it is difficult to accomplish. Lots of things get in the way—your best friend’s hosting her birthday party, mom wants to go on vacation, boss wants you to take on more projects—whatever the excuse, and there are plenty, there is always something else out there that prevents a person from sitting down to a typewriter and writing. It’s difficult for people to build the discipline to write when others would fall victim to temptation. But some do it.

Writing takes practice. As simple as it is, it can be difficult to accomplish. Writing requires ideas, thoughts, discipline, and action. A person needs to sit quietly, and let the mind be loud. Writing requires shutting off the sensory receptors and focusing on exploding onto a page, writing your heart out and bleeding ink. Writing is expression.

Writing takes practice. As simple as it is, not everyone writes. Not everyone can settle their thoughts enough to sit down and control them, put them onto a page. Writing is taming the monkey mind and putting it into words, putting it onto a page where the idea becomes still. Writing is life. Writing is love. Writing is expression.

Writing takes practice. As simple as it is, not everyone stays consistent. Writing takes repetition. Some write in sporadic moments. I remember a quote that went, “small menial task done everyday, if it is truly done everyday, will beat the efforts of a sporadic Hercules.” That means consistency beats raw talent any day. Kevin Durant said, “hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” His statement’s poetic and straightforward. Working hard beats talent. And if you got them both, then you’re a genius.

Writing takes practice. As simple as it is, I don’t take my own advice. But I am. I stopped talking and started performing. This is writing. I’m just getting words out and practicing and working my best to do what I need to do in order to be the person I want to be—wealthy and off on some island writing best sellers, articles, and running my blog. Writing is my expression. Writing is my passion.

Writing, like any other craft, takes practice. In order to become a writer, one must read and write voraciously. There’s no other way around it.

Think And Grow Money

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So. Money.

Many people have referred to money as “the root of all evil,” but I don’t believe that. I believe money, in the current world we live in, is power and freedom. What a person does with money makes it good or evil.

If a person has enough money, he or she can almost do whatever they want, or get others to do what they want. A good example would be politics, but I don’t want to get into that. Let’s stick to money.

img_2192I began studying money. Like any skill or profession, a person could learn to manage money similar to the way a person would learn to play an instrument or a sport. The problem with most people is they don’t look at it that way. People look at money as something that’s earned through working laborious hours for another business owner and used to pay bills and buy fancy things. Many people think, “I don’t know how to manage money, and I never will.” But, if the little knowledge I’ve studied so far about the American market is right, money can grow.

Money invested into equity, many times, if the equity has a bright future, can produce a gradual return that beats the growth of inflation exponentially.

My buddy, Gil, and I inputted theoretical earnings into a Roth IRA calculator that calculated putting $5,000 annually into an IRA account for 40 years. Before I reveal the answer, I want to say, Albert Einstein is quoted to have said, “compound interest is the greatest mathematical discovery of all time.”

If a person were to consistently put $5,000 away for the entire 40 years, considering compound interest and continual investments, a person could potentially be looking at about $1 million. And that’s just putting money into an IRA with a 7% annual interest appreciation.

On the other hand, a person could potentially invest in common stocks and gather a greater return. Safe stock, stocks believed to be somewhat resilient to the affects of the general market, stocks like Google, Amazon, or Netflix, are good investments because these companies have enough stability to stay in the market for a very long time.

Anyways. Investments can be a completely different conversation in itself, but I want to talk about money. My experiences have taught me that money is not just something used to buy food or candy or pay rent; money is used to do practically everything.

When I flew overseas to tour Southeast Asia with my dad, we were met with a large culture barrier that prevented us from understanding and communicating using even the simplest gestures. We couldn’t wave without insulting a person native to the area, let alone try to speak with one. However, whenever we flashed a little green, or in their case, blue, red, or even transparent, all of a sudden every person wanted to help.

img_2195I remember writing in my journal back in 2012, “money is a language.” Now that I’m older, I still attest to this. But it’s also more than that now. Money is used to work, to accrue appreciation over time. Investment capital is used to pay for the endeavors of a company, which companies award investors by generating returns on their initial investment.

Becoming financially free would involve putting money to work, and using money to do things, like travel, buy equipment, and create. At the end of the day, money, in our world, can be pretty much used for everything. Even generating more money.


What do you think about money?

Have your experiences with money taught you anything?

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