Best Day Ever (Highlight)

(Been a while since I’ve actually updated, but I’m back…for now until I get busy again.)

If you’re in Southern California and looking for an amazing team of videographers, be sure to hit up the good people of Craft & Pixel Creative! Karl & Trisha did a wonderful job and we were very pleased to have them be a part of our wedding. Instead of keeping it at a vendor relationship, Karl & Trisha quickly became our friends.

Enjoy the video! 

Apologies!

Sorry for the extreme lack of updates! Between working for a new company, working for FITTED, and finalizing all the wedding stuff, I’m exhausted! I’ll have some updates soon with a couple of DIY projects and stuff about life.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend…Stay hydrated my ninjas. It’s hot as a mutha in SD right now.

Last Day

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This past Friday was my last day as a Senior Systems Engineer. I spent 2 years, 7 months, and 5 days at the company. I took this job solely because of money. I was 24 at the time, so the amount of money I was going to make widened my eyes.

For the past year I started to reevaluate my life. I made good money, but I had zero interest in the company and zero passion for my job. I did my job well, but I wasn’t happy; it wasn’t my calling. I was blessed to have this job, but I literally hated being here. I never put myself above the job, but I was putting in so much time and work that my relationships and personal health were deteriorating. There wasn’t any appreciation from upper management. I was working hard, but for what? No raise, no interest in the company, and the same pay for the past 2 years and 7 months…I needed change. I missed marketing. I needed to get back into marketing and leverage my creativity and personality. 

It wasn’t until 2-3 months ago that I started to go on interviews. I had a lot of interested parties, but none of them grabbed my attention except for one company. I wanted this job bad! I knew I could learn a whole lot from the company and also contribute a whole lot as well. This job was basically my calling. It suited my style and personality. From the first interview to the second and then waiting for that phone call, I was at the edge of my seat.

When I finally got that call, I almost cried; I got the job. I jumped, yelled, woke up the wifey and cheered together. Everything fell into place. After feeling like I sold out for the past couple of years, I was finally back on track to following my heart. This was my step to a new beginning, a new and better me.

The lesson that I learned through all of this was to follow my passion. If you’re not passionate about what you’re doing, then why stay? Majority of the people will tell you to follow the money and just take the job, but how happy are those people? The money was nice, but at what expense? Passion is what ignites you; money is only temporary.

My advice is to never let anyone tell you what to do. Follow your passion and dreams. If anyone brings you down and tries to stray you from your own path, maybe you need to leave that person behind. In the end, it’s your happiness, not anyone else’s.

Live your life and do you boo boo.

Project Pockets FTW

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My good friends (more like family), Dustin & Katrina, are working on their “Project Pockets FTW” campaign for their wedding. They set up the campaign to help fund their big day in early 2014.

If you’ve been to a wedding or had a wedding, then you know how expensive it can get. Budgeting for a wedding is extremely difficult, especially if you have to factor in student loans, rent, etc.

Project Pockets’ tees are affordable and accommodating. They will do the best they can to suit your needs. If you’re interested in custom pocket tees that help a great cause, please support them and purchase a couple. Make sure to visit their site regularly, as they are always updating with new fabrics and styles.

DK

Living My Own Life

My parents taught me about the importance of money, not just saving money, but also making money. Basically, they instilled in me the principle that I couldn’t be anyone if I was broke as fuck. If I didn’t know any better, their mentality in life was depicted by Wu-Tang’s “C.R.E.A.M.”

I took every possible step to make that dollar and keep my parents happy. I listened to my parents and studied boring majors and topics; since the majors I enjoyed in college were said to make little to no bread. I ended up graduating college and landing a job right away; which had absolutely nothing to do with my major.

I thought my life was fulfilled. I thought I was happy. I thought money was the answer to everything.

What they failed to tell me about was all the bullshit that came with focusing on money in Corporate America. I’ve dealt with broken promises for raises, racism, crazy co-workers, bullies, working over time and not getting paid, etc. You name it, I’ve gone through it. Not to mention that I have only been working for a little over 5 years now.

Sitting down and contemplating about these past 5 years, I thought to myself, “this shit is crazy! Why would they want me to work like they did when they dreaded work themselves? I wanted to make a change and have an impact, not be a slave for the paper behind a desk.”

I started to discuss these issues with my friends and co-workers, in which they all agreed that most of us go through our fair share of trials and tribulations. The key part to our discussion was that no one gave us advice on how to tackle life to make sure that we deal with less bullshit. We were all taught to increase our salary by any means possible, even if we had to take jobs that we hated.

Within the past year, I decided to start living my own life and not listen to what people had to say or expected. Now I’m here, writing my first entry, in hopes to inspire those that are in the same struggle I experienced. I’m out to prove that you are not alone. Most of all, I’m here to encourage people to find their own route in life and to follow their passion. It’s your life and only you should define how you want to live.

This space is all about what I want to do, how I want to live, my interests, anything and everything that pertains to my life.

Like Nas said, “Come on this journey, the best journey.”

Deuces.