Switching to Fresh Spring H²O ⛲️

So I’ve just awakened, feeling great, and I’ve slowly sat down and had some black tea with honey and creme. As of last evening, I started drinking natural spring water from a local deep earth spring, and I wanted to share some of my first impressions.

You may not think that this is worth writing about. Clearly I disagree. Just from the first day of switching to water that is thousands of years old, purified through the layers of earth, and mineralized thereby, I think this is an important topic.

A friend of mine, Ben, had brought this to my attention over one year ago. He actually drives to Climax, KY, South of Lexington, and fills up multiple 5 gal jugs on a weekly basis. And for some reason I looked into Daniel Vitalis, someone Ben had recommended listening to. It clicked for me, in that water is the most important substance to life, and not all H²O is the same.

If your water is treated with chlorine and floride, pumped through old pipes and recycled through sewage and metro-infrastructure, that’s obviously not the same as water which has been moving naturally for thousands of years to a pool underground, collecting minerals while being filtered under pressure through layers of limestone here in Kentucky, only to spring up in clean, abundant support of life. That’s what I’m talking about!

So I did some quick research. My friend said that he hadn’t any on hand and that he’d let me know when he got some more. Come to find out a local company is rebranding that same water from that local spring that I visited with my friend a year ago, and it’s about $1 per gallon. Quite affordable in my opinion in that it saves me a trip out there to gather my own.

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Day 2 went swimmingly. I drank more spring water and I was a little sore in the chest and arms from working out. I’ve been eating better, in having less fast food. Trying to limit my coffee consumption, but I had a couple cups later in the morning. I’ve noticed that when I first got my spring water yesterday, I drank lots of it. I was parched! After chugging it, I’ve been less thirsty for obvious reasons. But I think that spring water is more rich in minerals and the hydration quality is such that it takes less water to hydrate yourself. I drank some today, not copious amounts, and felt fully hydrated. So at the end of day two, I was starving so I ate some eggs and hummus and a PBR before going to the gym, and at the gym I brought a bottle of spring water. My friend’s taste test was interesting, in that he thinks that the water “tastes smooth, like bourbon”. I think he was describing the heaviness to it, in that it feels substantial, or thick when you drink it. I describe it as tasting like whole milk vs skim milk (tap water)

The problem with tap water is that it isn’t fresh or untainted. It’s treated with all kinds of stuff so that you won’t get terribly sick drinking it. It’s recycled and treated, containing even pharmaceutical drugs. If you find a good spring, you’re getting the pure product the way God made it! That makes sense to me, and I don’t mind paying a little for good water because I feel that it is the most important substance when you think about it.

So day #4 and I’m drinking coffee made with this good water. Yesterday I installed a shower-filter to get out harmful substances (like chlorine) from my shower.

Update

I’ve been doing the water thing for over a month now. As a matter of fact, I ran out of water this morning and poured little bottles in my Chemex to make coffee. I need to re-up. I need to get out of my robe, get dressed, and drive 5 miles to get 5 gallons. But I feel great! I’ve also been making one or two “Lemon Volcanoes” a day, which is a mineral water like Pelegrino or Gerolsteiner with some pure lemon juice. It’s a great elixer and has fantastic digestive enzymes. I love to drink bubbly lemon mineral water after eating. Also I’ve been taking probiotics for beneficial gut flora because I believe that the gut is literally your second mind in that it effects mood and performance. It’s hard to have a clear mind without a healthy gut.

So anyways, clean water is great. It makes great coffee (I need to get a second cut). I’m super glad that I put a filter on my shower, to reduce my exposure to chorine and the like, and I’m going to the sauna to sweat out toxins, replacing them with nutrients. Perfection is a poor standard, but we can all strive to eat well (whatever that means to you) and drink well.

I went to a yoga class, which is funny because I’m totally not a soy-boy, but the yogi gave me an interesting quote. She talked about being more body-full instead of the popular concept of mindfulness. Well the mind is the body. Let’s not hyper-focus on one part or aspect. Let’s work to make positivity in all aspects. Mind and body. Breath and being grounded. Enjoying tasty grub and getting nutrients. Eat well, drink well, love life!

Healthier Choices I’m Making for Myself

Check it out – life is short. What kind of life are you living? I ask myself that regularly. And here are some of the choices that I’m making to live the life that I want to.

Really there are too many to list. I feel that I’m constantly adjusting, sensing, evaluating. Right now I’m writing this as I listen to some very empowering and relaxing dubs from this producer out of Belgium Digid. I took a much needed shower after going to the gym for an hour. I just now got an email confirming that I have a massage with Gabriel “Magic Hands” LMT tomorrow at CLimb Nulu.

I put a filter on my shower head to filter out nasty shit. Chlorine mainly, but also base metals from old pipe infrastructure and the neurotoxin fluoride that they unnecessarily put in tap water. I don’t think it filters fluoride out, but it definitely filters chlorine and other crap out. My showers are more enjoyable now, knowing the water is cleaner and I’m not absorbing toxins, or reducing my exposure.

I started drinking only the freshest natural spring water that I can find. My buddy preached the spring water gospel to me over a year ago, but I thought it to be inconvenient. After coming across @danielvitalis and his talks about this issue, I decided that clean water strait from the earth is worth paying for. My old buddy has been driving over 100 miles weekly to fetch fresh water for a local food club that I need to renew my membership with. Check them out if your a 502 local. Their organic and mostly locally sourced food is super dank (especially the yogurt). 😜

So my H²O that I’m putting in my body (my body which is composed of over 70% H²O mind you) has gotten cleaner. It’s interesting because apparently research suggests that quality water has been shown to directly effect ones hormonal and nervous systems, namely the pineal gland in the brain. The third eye as it is referred to, regulating dopamine levels and REM sleep. An interesting concept, that water is life and not all water is the same. I believe the element is fundamental to one’s health, in that in order to achieve peak health and performance, one must source fresh and clean water.

Food too. I’ve been trying to eat healthier. This is something I’m struggling with, in a good way. Finding time to cook is difficult for me, so I’ve been trying the “AirBNB Diet” as James Altucher refers to it. Eating healthy and quick can be affordable. Go for the fresh snacks instead of processed foods. Spend $5 at a healthy grocery instead of on fast food. Salmon & pasta is my go to at Whole Foods, with a mineral water. I can get out of there for under $10 every day.

Saving money is a big deal. If you drop all kinds of cash (or even worse, credit) on lattes and expensive snacks, good luck saving any money. Luckily I’m naturally cheap af, so I don’t spend a lot on unnecessary splurges. I negotiate with everyone when theres a negotiation to be had. I enjoy saving money more than spending it.

Being nice with people is another thing I’m focusing on. Enjoying peoples company. Letting people enjoy mine. Life is better when you develop mutually beneficial symbiotic relationships, to whatever degree. I get acquainted with as many people as I can, even though I don’t consider myself that social. I enjoy getting to know people individually, even if it’s just a casual encounter with someone doing business.

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It has felt great to take breaks from working and MAKING* time for myself to go to the gym, stretch, foam roll, do some yoga or just walk around with my camera. This is something I’ve been meditating on, that if you don’t take time or opportunities with money or eating/drinking well, spending time with people you care about etc., then you don’t. That’s it. You have to make it happen for yourself. So that’s what I’m trying to do. I’ll keep you posted on how things go. Thank you.

What I’m Doing

I’m really excited about all the tools we have available to connect with each other. Audio, video and text. Most people gravitate more towards one, but I’m not sure which form I like best. I enjoy writing, talking and being in front of a camera. I guess I just enjoy reaching out to people.

So that’s what I’m going to be doing. It’s Friday night and I’m watching HOC at 1 A.M. I’m also writing this. I’m not in the mood to jump in front of a camera, and I can’t rant on a podcast because my AirBNB guest is sleeping in my guest room. So now is a good time for me to half-attentively write about what I’ve got going on in hope that someone finds it interesting.

I’m going to be podcasting. I’ve used Anchor a couple times, and SoundCloud. The five minute limit on Anchor keeps things concise, and make for hasty endings.

I’m going to continue to do little daily Vlogs if I can compile relatively short compilations that I think are entertaining and informative enough. And, I’ll be writing more!

I just know that I always have to be doing, and the more I do, the more I wish to share. I’m not a big fan of holding myself to arbitrary rules, but I do love developing systems and routines that produce results. And that system that I’m adopting is getting one piece of content out on the daily, or more.

So I hope to make podcasts, Vlogs and write blog posts to get started. I’m imagining doing much more as I get going; I want to record music and get a proper film set up with a camera and a crew. Big things are coming. Stay tuned.

I Have a 🆒 Job

I work for myself when I buy stuff and sell it for a profit. That’s called arbitrage, taking product from one market and introducing it into another. Profit is the motive, and I really enjoy providing value by recognizing the difference and making goods more available. It’s rewarding when you realize that there is demand that isn’t sufficiently being met, and being the supplier.

I enjoy that my schedule is mine. I could clear out next week and practically do whatever I want. It just so happens that I want to make money and provide value, so that’s what I plan to do as soon as my alarm clock goes off tomorrow and I’ve had one or two caffeinated drinks. Having a free schedule allows me prioritization, which is a fancy word for freedom in that I can choose what I think is more important for me to do. I like not having a dorky boss telling me what to do, or making those choices for me.

Sometimes I will opt to go and service my business instead of taking a contract job. I tell the people who hire me when I’m available instead of them telling me where to be and when. I’m still soaking it in really, and I’ve been self employed for about a year and a half now. So Amazon will offer me work in advance, so that I can schedule my “work-week”, but I already know that basically I will be working all day every day whether I’m delivering packages, sourcing products, creating content or whatever. And it’s nice because even if I commit to such a job, I can always cancel as long as I give sufficient notice (45 mins).

But when I go out and source goodies, electronics or clothes or shoes, it kinda looks cool when I take a pic of all that stuff. What you don’t see is the risk and work. It’s risky to purchase product and introduce it to Amazon or eBay or another market in that it might not sell. Then your fucked! Or the price could drop and you might not much much (if any) money. The price could go up! Either way, it’s on you. So although taking pictures is cool and all, behind the picture is work. I might use the #easymoney tag on the Gram, but there simply is no such thing. Finding, transporting, shipping and actually selling product requires R/D and sweat. It’s fun though, and I enjoy chasing the rewards.

Why I Will Continue to be Successful

There are few guarantees in life. Death is guaranteed, as are taxes and pain. All good things, right? And only one of them can you really control, and that’s pain. Seeing as pain and struggle is guaranteed in life, it becomes something one can accept and use as valuable information. And that, my friend, is what I think makes the difference.

I’m no sado-massochist. I hate pain, as is biologically normal. I remember meeting a goth-type in Junior College who tried to convince me that he enjoyed pain, as he strolled along a nice academic lawn setting, with sunglasses on. I called him on his bullshit and told him that he should be in some dark hole scraping himself if that were true. Perhaps that is another guarantee in life, that most people are full of shit.

And apparently I’m full of vinegar as I write this at 1:30 in the morning. I don’t think so. Because really I want to make this an uplifting article, positively so. Pain is to be accepted though, because it is the most powerful sense that you have. How many senses do we have? Sight, taste, hearing, smelling and feeling. The last being the most powerful. Touch. And there is little subjectivity to the hard-wiring of the nervous system to the brain.

If you want to achieve substantial progress, you have to be wiling to endure hardship. Replace you with I in the previous sentence and it becomes a note to myself. Of course it’s rational and good to want to avoid unnecessary pain, but it’s also rational to realize that certain pain is unavoidable if you’re determined to achieve something difficult, whether it by physical stress or mental.

Anyway, the goodness of life is contrasted with the darkness of hardship. Any extremely successful person of any objective measure has endured much pain. Think of someone that you respect because he or she achieved great success. I’m certain that person has been tough, enduring physical, social and mental adversity. Just as your senses communicate information directly to your primal brain, the saying proves true- everything is mental. Internal or external, the power one has is in how one chooses to deal with the situation given his or her options. Sometimes there are no options, and that makes the decision easy.

So I think that I am learning a most important lesson at the right time in my personal growth, and that is that my success is a factor of how I choose to embrace or ignore the often painful realities of my situation. Many times I have chosen to ignore certain truths I faced, most likely because I couldn’t handle the repercussions of acknowledging them. I believe that I have progressively embraced more and more empirical truth about my life as I’ve grown in maturity and processing capability. I’ve seen much personal growth in myself, especially recently, as has been validated by those whose opinions I value.

So I believe that I will continue to be successful, as I define success in the quality of my relationships and objective measurements in business and how I live, because I have learned to learn. I have learned to experience difficulty as gathering information to better myself, and become more efficient at accomplishing what I set out to do. Sometimes I learn that my objectives are too difficult, and I make the conscious choice to give up on things. But the difference between being successful and failing overall is whether or not you remain conscious of the decisions you make, and truly consider the repercussions of such decisions, if you ask me. (:

AirBNB Preview: How I Got Started

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Sometimes life just throws you a bone. One year ago my roommates kicked me out because one of their frat bros needed a place to stay and wanted to move in, which meant me moving out. So they asked me to leave, and that was fine with me, because the only reason that I was staying there was because rent was pretty cheap, allowing me to save money. Long story short, it wasn’t the best living situation. I had to get my deposit back in small claims court even though I had left the place in much better condition than before.

So after having received thirty day notice, I was rushing to find a place. I found a place in downtown Louisville that I thought to be too good to be true. The manager was working with me to get my paperwork approved for the two bedroom with the best view, and the clock was ticking. Another fairly nice place had fallen through because I’ve been totally self-employed, and proving income is a bit more difficult without W-2’s from an employer.

But then I landed this place, with hours, not days, to spare. I was looking at all options at that point, and those tidings came as cold waters to a thirsty soul. So I moved in with basically nothing but a bed, and it looked like a hostel for the first six months as I slowly got furniture and made it feel like home.

I got two bedrooms 1) because it seemed to be the best deal available (like my car*), and 2) because I wanted to AirBNB. But I wasn’t sure if it would be viable. So I just started doing it. I took a few pics of my basic set-up, and went through their little process, and… voilå, people were staying here and I started to get paid.

My prices really haven’t changed since then, even though I’ve added furniture, artwork, nice pillows, a hairdryer, 32″ HD TV, and an ironing board; all of which I had not before. My first few guests were happy with the location and cleanliness. I have new carpets, unlike my previous small-claims situation. 😂 They were happy with the bed and cubbies and simple accommodations.

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From then on I’ve taken the money I’ve made with AirBNB and reinvested in in better furniture and make it much more comfortable. I’m thinking about putting a little fireplace in my apartment living room next. But besides the money, and I do appreciate the revenue stream, my guests themselves are the best. I’ve enjoyed each of their company, no matter how brief or extended, thoroughly.

I’ve had all kinds of unique people stay with me. As you’d expect, many business people and tourists. College kids and people interviewing. I live so close to the hospitals downtown that many of Louisville Hospital and Dental School interviewees, neurologists and the like have stayed with me. Fantastic people, all of them.

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I’ve played dominos with businessmen from Hawaii. They taught me how to play, and I won (twice). So many people have stayed with me that I’m making a map highlighting wherefrom.

I simply 💚 providing a place for people to rest and relax in Louisville. For business or recreation, I’m glad people from all over the country and world can benefit from what I have to offer. I still keep in touch with many of my previous guests. I wish I could keep in touch with all of them! My experience with AirBNB has far surpassed my expectations and I look forward to posting videos and writing more about it.

Why I’m Going to Win

I’m going to win because I’m winning now. I’m getting what I want, despite adversity. And I welcome adversity as it comes, because it’s unavoidable. I’m getting mine. And it would take an act of God to stop me. I’ve always faced adversity. From myself, my family, and my environment; in that order.

But despite graduating high school from a motel room and coming from a family torn all different directions, I’m still here. We’ve all got problems and a history of them. I dodged some close calls. But haven’t we all? And life goes on.

But finding that sweet spot between survival and peace is thriving and abundance. It’s balancing the hardship, adversity and resistance with moments of pause for recharge. One cannot always be bombarded. Even machines need time to rest and recharge. Humans need love and connection; sleep and recreation.

I feel like struggling out of difficult situations is what life is all about at this point. I know that getting stuck in a struggle can be very discouraging, but pressing onward is even more rewarding. When your really struggling rewards will come as complete surprises. And who doesn’t like surprises?

Having 0 expectations allows for only upside. Tailwinds only help those facing the storms. And if you eat shit and take personal responsibility, eventually you’ll come across a pleasant dish you can savor and you can earnestly expect that quality will continue to improve.

I Love Selling Stuff

I just do. Selling stuff is amazing. One minute ago I heard an old cash register sound. That’s my eBay app telling me I caught an offer, a bid, or a sale. This time it happened to be a sale of some Nike shoes that I will ship out tomorrow along with some Adidas and a Puma shirt. But that’s my favorite sound, the cash register noise, because it sounds like instant gratification money. I know that chemically I get a hit of dopamine when I hear that; it feels rewarding.

I enjoy buying large quantities of stuff. It’s a scientific fact that dopamine is the reward chemical of the brain. It provides for the feeling of pleasure, activating the reward pathways and pleasure centers within the brain.

Spending money and consuming gives instant gratification, and that’s why credit card companies have made it so easy to become indebted though consumerism. But it takes a bit of self-control and discipline to buy stuff for the sake of resale, and actually be profitable. For example, I’ve had a pair of New Balance shoes that I really like, in my size, that I’ve wanted to wear for some time now. But, I bought them with the intent to distribute. It’s been weeks now, I’ve lowered the price, and I can’t believe they haven’t sold yet.

Buying lots of stuff is fun though, especially when it’s sustainable and profitable. The people at Costco said they were going to make a bed for me there because they see me daily. I’m friends with some of them. One said, “We’re going to put a bed for you up front” to which I responded that I’ve already got a cot set up in the back of the store. They laughably say I keep the lights on. But I don’t even really like buying lots of stuff for myself. I’m quite cheap actually, and trying to get better about allowing myself to spend money. I do enjoy buying stuff for sale though, and it gives me a rush when I turn a profit.

Amazon has been fuel for my fire. I started out buying 82 pairs of shoes I wasn’t even sure if I could sell because I wasn’t yet approved for Adidas, or the shoe category. My friend helped me pick up and carry all these damn shoes and it ended up working out, I’ve sold almost all of them.

So it’s good fun, if you enjoy the thrill of the deal and bang for the buck. Also if you like the balancing act of the risk/reward tight rope. So far I’ve been able to navigate forward and it’s been a rewarding journey, and I’m just getting started.

Selling on Amazon, or Anywhere, is a Journey

It’s already been quite a journey for me, and I’ve only been all-in on selling for six months or so. I started out selling golf gloves and I dabbled in some internet routers and the like. It all started when I was revolving around the gravitational force of a clearance sale, as I noticed a price drop in some pretty nice Nike KO hoodies. I think the price had dropped from $40 ->30 -> 20. And this guy joined my solar system as he also became gravitationally pulled towards the deal. We got to chatting, as I had loaded up my cart with all the hoodies of a certain size, and one of us offered up that we were reselling. I was looking at prices on Ebay and Amazon, but hadn’t gotten started yet. But this guy was already rocking and rolling. He mentioned right out the gate that he made $30 or $40 a pop on these routers he was buying, and that if these hoodies sold well, he would come back and buy all of them. That made an impression on me. There’s serious dough in this business or arbitrage.

Verb “The purchase of securities on one market for immediate resale on another market in order to profit from a price discrepancy.”

Lot’s of people make hundreds of thousands of dollars reselling goods on marketplaces such as Amazon, Ebay, Easy, Craigslist, whatever. I plan on being one of those people.

As of now, I sell on all of those but Easy, which I’m looking into now that I’m thrifting that much more and with some success.

So selling with Amazon is crazy. It can be crazy good, all the while being crazy frustrating. But that’s what separates the wheat from the chaff. The hustlers from the complainers. The entrepreneurs from the busters.

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My first major move on Amazon was buying all these shoes. I found a great deal on these, and wanted all of them. I understand that it takes big moves to make big moves, but that can also backfire. I talked with Amazon seller support about selling this product, and their representative sounded inexperienced. He assured me that I simply needed to upgrade my account to Professional, which includes paying $40/month, and I would gain access to sell such products, get the coveted “buy box”, and avoid the $1 per item additional fee. If you sell more than 40 items each month, it makes simple mathematical sense to become a pro, and your sales will greatly increase (assuming competitive pricing) with the buy box (the one-click box costumers use to buy the product).

After much travail trying to come up with the proper documentation they required to prove my purchase, I finally got a call from someone in senior management within that department who helped me get everything straitened out. It was a Godsend. And really, it’s been all uphill (in a good way) from there.

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I hit a home run buying flashlights and electronics. And now, I’m moving into clothes. Brand approval is super-tricky, but you just have to get an invoice that has the information that they need. So now I’m on my way!

My First Amazon Toy Haul

I wasn’t even planning on going to Toys-R-Us today. Usually I have to wait for my allowance to come in. And I spent last weeks allowances on X-Boxs. And you wouldn’t believe it, all of my X-Boxs are in limbo because the God-damn trucking company that shipped them is incompetent.

Anyways, I woke up and saw that @ReezyResells was live on Instagram, and I had to tune in and glean some valuable knowledge from on high. And that I did. He mentioned that Toys-R-Us has a 10% off sale on Thursdays, and there’s a $25 coupon promo for $100 spent. How about that? Cash me outside?

So after delivering for Amazon, after I had completed my 3 hour “block” of work in an hour an a half, I headed over to Whole Foods for a cup of tea and next-door to Toys-R-Us to do some scanning. The first thing that I noticed was that there are a multitude of SKUs and it can be a little bit intimidating trying to pick out toys I thought I could sell.

I found a few dog “plush puppy” dolls on clearance that had a somewhat descent sales rating at about 150k. Mind you, it’s about to be Christmas time. I bought a few after I found something that had 50+% profit after fees, and felt like I had accomplished what I went there for. Business.

Then I realized I was late to my next block that I had scheduled for Amazon, thinking I could go home and drop off these goofy dogs because when you deliver for Amazon often times your using every inch of storage space and you cannot have personal belongings (or a lot of ridiculous toys).

I went back in to the toy store and asked if I could pick them up later. They kindly allowed me to leave my toys there, so I went and knocked out another 3 hour block in 2 for a total of $108 delivering for Amazon in 3.5 hours. Not too shabby. ***

I went back to Whole Foods for some healthy grub, feeling lightheaded because I had not eaten in a while, and made my way next-door again to Toys. Searching more, I wondered if they would give me another $25 gift card seeing as I had already used that coupon earlier. I found some sweet Frozen inline/ice skates that I’d try out if they fit me. Bought another $100 of those and a Choco-Taco and happily left having payed $82 for what I earnestly expect $200 in return, fulfilled by Amazon (which means they do most of the hard work like shipping and dealing with the customer/returns). All in all I felt like it was a pretty descent first toy haul.