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Would you please help me come up with a title?

Hands- light palms, dark back, large, strong;
Gripping and guarding the weapon.
Green blades surround them all;
When and where will he begin his assault?
He throws the weapon; his comrade reclaims it.

Touchdown.

“Become Empowered” Reading List (Short Video)

“Become Empowered” Reading List (Short Video)

This is a video continuation of the post about the reading list: click here to see the post.

Writing about them is one thing, but showing them to you is another. I also plan on making videos addressing the specific books to give you an idea about what they are about for they are definitely worth the read.

I Don’t Want You To Think Like Me. I Just Want You To Think!

I Don’t Want You To Think Like Me. I Just Want You To Think!

I Just Want You To Think

In my opinion, cults come to be because the leader is very good at telling their “followers” what to think to the point where they believe they feel the same way. I’m making that sound bad, but it doesn’t have to be if you think about it.

I wish the entire world was part of a cult under a leader that had everyone thinking they had to be kind, considerate, compassionate and against stabbing others in the back; would build a strong people that built other up instead of making a bunch of crabs in a buck that pull the strong ones down.

But I don’t see that happening in the near future. At least, not while I’m alive; unless I can make that happen and leave my mark on the world.

Hmm…

But I digress.

The point of this post is to alert people to the fact that our entire lives we are being told what to think and how to think; by our parents, teachers, friends, enemies, the media. Subliminal messages and double standards are everywhere and they run our lives. We are being fed fear and doubt instead of hope and confidence. We are fed one idea and we aren’t taught, at least some of us aren’t taught, to tolerate other perspectives.

I feel that needs to end.

For those who haven’t seen them yet, I have been posting things that have videos by the Nostalgic Critic. In those posts, I would give you my thoughts first and then you would hear his. I did that on purpose.

I encourage you to listen to the people around you and learn to value peoples’ perspectives. Get out of your bubble, you box, your comfort zone and learn to put yourself in other peoples’ shoes. Think.

I’m not saying think like me. I’m saying think.

There is more than one perspective. There is more than one think you can learn to be in this world. We live in an age of information, specializing when you can take advantage of that is hurting you.

I am learning to be a writer, poet, storyteller, artist, and internet marketer. I don’t have anything that defines me except for what I am, which is human, a woman, and a college graduate. But just because I graduated from school does not mean my education ends there.

I go to the library almost every day. I have at least 30 books check out right now that include topics like Tumblr/Wordpress for Dummies, to financial literacy, to new writing techniques.

My perspective on life keeps changing the more I read.

And it is still MY perspective.

Read.

Learn.

Think.

What book will you be reading today?

Stand Up For Yourself Even If Nobody Is On Your Side

Stand Up For Yourself Even If Nobody Is On Your Side

Stand Up For Yourself

Of all the things most of us are told while growing up, the one that I agree with is that you need to stand up for yourself, but not everyone is told how. My father told me the “Three Strikes, You’re Out” method.

  1. If someone is bother you, tell them to stop.
  2. If they do it again, tell them to stop again. Louder. Draw attention to the situation.
  3. If they do it again, you have witnesses as to why they got punched in the jaw,

I was taught confidence and assertiveness; I was taught not to put up with disrespect. Unfortunately, not everyone receives that lesson.

Also, a lot of people are taught that violence is not the answer. I agree to an extent. Words can only take you so far. If your bully is verbal, however, a punch in the face would make you look bad. Words will work just fine.

I’ll give you an example.

Back in highschool, I was one of those people who only had one friend to sit with at lunch because of scheduling. A bully sat at our table one day with two of her friends and, subtly, began insulting me. At my table.

Okay.

I sat there and let her talk. Analyzed her crew. The one on her right was clearly the submissive type and didn’t say a word. The one on her left, however, was clearly her own individual and was appalled by the fact that she was insulting me at my own table.

Okay.

I continued to sit there and let the bully talk. My friend sitting next to me was surprised by my silence. Her confusion was understandable. I had been spending the entire year teaching her how to defend herself and increasing her confidence. But, despite her confusion, she followed my example and remained silent.

The bully continued to talk. I continued to let her. I can’t remember everything she said. I didn’t need to. I already had my smoking gun; paying attention wasn’t mandatory.

Lunch ended and we were dismissed in sections. I was on the south side of the cafeteria. When my section was called, I stood up, gathered my things and said:

You need to get those extensions outcha hair before you start talking about mine.

The bully’s mouth hung open in disbelief while her independent friend and my friend laughed.

I haven’t seen that bully since.

So, in many cases, words are an adequate and efficient weapon. It all depends upon the bully.

All bullies are insecure. That’s why they bully. They are weak people who only feel better about themselves while they are tearing someone else down. To win, you just need to figure out said insecurities and use them to your advantage. Just like my example about, you might only need to fire back once. I had established that I wasn’t going to put up with her and she backed off.

Not a lot is being done about bullies and bullying these days besides the holding of seminars to explain to children why bullying is bad. And, also, the bullies are not taught the consequences of their actions at school or at home.

Which is why kids need to start doing it themselves.

They need to learn to depend upon themselves.

They need to know that they need to stand up for themselves even if they are alone.

They need to know that it is already for them to defend themselves.

If push comes to shove, they need to be able to rely on themselves.

Everyone does.

How would you get rid of a bully?

Are Video Games Art?

Are Video Games Art?

I believe so.

Let’s look at the definition (which you will see again in the Nostalgic Critic video on the subject below):

  1. The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture
  2. Works produced by such skill and imagination

Being a gamer and an artist myself, I have great interest in this question. (For those of you who are curious, I do graphic design and I paint and I draw; if it’s artistic, I can do it. Except for ceramics. I suck. And glass blowing, which I would really like to try. *adds to to-do list*)

I have always thought of video games and game design to be art just by going off the graphics. LOOK AT THEM! The only way anything could look better than these new games coming out are 3D animation movies. I was just going off looks.

Then I started looking into learning game design myself and there are a LOT of artistic aspects that you need to learn. I’ll use The Art Institute of Pittsburgh as a good example since that was the school I was looking at.

Check out their First Academic Year:

Are Video Games Art?

We have drawing, fundamentals of design, color theory, digital storytelling, life drawing and gesture for game art & design, 2D animation; if you still think video games aren’t art after looking at what a person has to learn in order to MAKE a video game, you need to look at the list again.

Or have your head examined.

But, don’t just listen to me. Watch the Nostalgia Critic on the subject!

My Favorite Poem- “Cross” by Langston Hughes

My Favorite Poem:

“Cross” by Langston Hughes

My old man’s a white old man
And my old mother’s black.
If ever I cursed my white old man
I take my curses back.
If ever I cursed my black old mother
And wished she were in hell,
I’m sorry for that evil wish
And now I wish her well
My old man died in a fine big house.
My ma died in a shack.
I wonder where I’m going to die,
Being neither white nor black?

The reason as to why I love this poem so much is because I can relate to it. My parents are still alive and the race is swapped (my mom is white and my dad is black), but it really made me think about my situation.

It made me think of something that happened to me when I was younger.

My father use to take me to playgrounds all the time when I was a kid. One day, a white van pulled up to one of them and a mother and her two kids got out. Her kids and I went to go down the slide.

The mother asked my father if I was mixed and he said,

No, she’s black.

That astounded her. But while that was happening, one of her kids turned around and said to me,

Niggers aren’t allowed on the slide.

The woman rushed to her kids, looked at my father and apologized and he said,

Uh uh. You taught that little muthafucker that. Now I get to teach my daughter how to box.

What do you think about this? Comment your answer. I really want to know.

Rules of the Blog

Rules of the Blog

The English language is an interesting thing.
Sometimes, new words are added on a whim.
Definitions change; some words are just for show;
But that is what happens as a society grows.

But, here, I wish to explain,
What is bringing us all great pain.
Today, grammar is a scarce thing;
Because of this “texting” thing.

Abbreviations make us forget,
What teachers are trying to make our minds get.
And “like” is not a synonym for “said,”
Using it in that manner makes intelligence seem dead.

On this blog there will be poetry, stories, and reviews,
I hope they will teach you a thing or two.
But this is a place of learning and growth;
So I want you to take an oath.

I swear I will comment and critique with fairness;
I swear I will comment if I have questions.
I swear I will treat people with dignity and respect,
For, if I do not, the comment will be a reject.

Those are the rules, so simple and so few,
Hopefully, they will be enough for you.
Education is important as you shall see,
For strong and empowered you shall be.

The Sister Goddesses of Lightning and Thunder

The Sister Goddesses of Lightning and Thunder

BOOM!
CRASH!

Lightning is striking, thunder is crashing.
The exquisiteness is great.
Created by two women,
Of beauty and grace.

The Goddess of Lightning,
With her sister of Thunder,
They work together,
Every hour.

Their yellow hair,
They yellow hawk eyes,
Are an attractive sight.

They are Water’s weakness,
And also Water’s friends.
Always there to protect,
But sometimes can’t control.

Once in frustration,
Tornadoes and hurricanes formed,
Oh, the aggravation.

While sad,
There is simply thunder,
And quick flashes of lightning.

Whilst happy,
It is a sunny day.

The lightning bolts are deadly,
As everyone knows.
Beware.

When it hits you,
You will breathe your last,
And perish.

Back to the sunny day,
Everything is peaceful.
It shall be so for a while.

Lightning is striking, thunder is crashing.
The exquisiteness is great.
Created by two women,
Of beauty and grace. 

The Goddess of Lightning,
With her sister of Thunder,
They work together,
Every hour.

(What do you think? Comment!)

What Did I Do?

What Did I Do?

It’s wet.
It burns.
I run.
I’m shot again.
I… run…
can’t…
on my back…
twitching…
What… did I… do?

I watch as it writhes.
I watch as the spider writhes.
I just can’t help but watch.
I’m causing this pain.
It’s fighting for its life.
I’m causing this pain.
I then think about the pain I’m in.
I then think about the pain that I caused.
Am now causing.

It’s writhing…
I’m hoping it will win…
I want it to win…
It didn’t deserve that!
The poor thing…

Just like I didn’t deserve my pain…
I didn’t do anything wrong!
The spider didn’t do anything wrong!
And I can’t even apologize!
It probably wouldn’t even hear me!
It’s burning!

Is that what’s going to happen to me?
Am I going to receive the apology I am hoping for on my deathbed?
When I die?
When it won’t even matter, when I can’t even hear it?

Are those who hurt me going to feel my pain of being unable to apologize?
Are they never going to feel release?
Just like me?
Are they to feel my pain?

My pain…
It’s writhing…
It’s in so much pain…
I didn’t deserve that…
We didn’t deserve that…
It didn’t deserve that…

What… did I… do?

I’m so sorry…

The Correction of a Simple False Assumption Moved the Human Race Forward

The Correction of a Simple False Assumption Moved the Human Race Forward

The more we allow an assumption to hold us back, the less likely we are to more forward.

Assumption is the mother of all screw ups.

Assumption

At one point, humanity believed that the world was flat. Because of this, people didn’t travel for fear of falling off the edge. It wasn’t until that assumption was corrected that people began to travel. Eventually, trade routes were created and new ideas like mathematics were spread. Once we were rid of that assumption, our behavior changed dramatically!

Assumption is the mother of all screw ups.

Easy to say, hard to live by; I mean look at society today. It has been built on assumptions.

Let me show you what I mean; indulge me real quick and read the following passage:

On a cold January day, a forty-three-year-old man was
sworn in as the chief executive of this country. By his side
stood his predecessor, a famous general who, fifteen years
earlier, had commanded his nation’s armed forces in a war
that resulted in the defeat of Germany. The young leader
was raised in the Roman Catholic faith. He spent the next
five hours watching parades in his honor and stayed up
celebrating until three o’clock in the morning.*

How many of you thought the above passage described John F. Kennedy?

It was actually describing Hitler.

But you now understand my point on assumptions if you hadn’t before. Granted, this wasn’t a life or death situation, but what if you had bet money on it? That assumption would have made an ass out of you had you been wrong. Otherwise, you had nothing to lose.

I start this article writing about about assumption because I would like to challenge some. Here’s one we hear quite often; you are only rich when your income is high.

Nope.

You are also rich when you are full of knowledge or have a strong support system in your life – friends and family being the prime examples. You can also be “rich” with love. But in terms of money, knowledge is the only one that will get you great wealth (unless you manage to marry someone who is rich, but what are the chances of that happening?).

The topic of knowledge is where the other assumption to be challenged comes in; go to school, get good grades, go to college and learn a trade, and then you’ll be able to find a job with good benefits. And then save as much as you can.

WRONG!

That hasn’t been applicable since 1971 when Nixon took us off the gold standard and turned our money into currency. And, like an electrical current, it must flow for the economy to function. Saving it is actually hurting you more than it is helping. The rules of money before Nixon, the old capitalism ideas, were demolished. They were altered again in 1974 when business stopped taking care of their retirees. Prior to 1974, business took care of their employees’ retirement; they were called defined businesses. As you already know, that no long exists.

Now, we have the shaky DC plans: 401(k)s, IRAs, Keoghs, etc. USA Today found in a survey that people were more afraid of running out of money during their retirement than they were terrorists.

I’d be afraid, too, with the baby boomers entering into retirement soon. If that hasn’t begun already.

But the root of the problem is we are not being taught about money in school and the little we learn from our parents is, “Study so you can get a good job.” The “rat race,” old capitalist mentality. Where you get a job and 50% of your paycheck goes to the government who probably knows less than you do on how to handle money.

The assumption is our parents will guide us, but they can’t guide us on something they know very little about. I had to look elsewhere. I started reading books like Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Increase Your Financial IQ by Robert T. Kiyosaki, Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, and Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek. And because of my reading, I know now that the old ideas of specializing in one skill is one of the worst ideas in the world.

If you only learn one thing and one thing only, what happens when you cannot find a job in that field? As I’m sure most of you have noticed, getting a job in this day and age requires having experience. But how are you supposed to get any experience when you can’t even get a job?

That’s why we need to learn as many skills as possible. Become a “jack-of-all-trades” so to speak. Now, I’m not saying don’t go to college. Education is important, but I feel we need to be educated on as many subjects as possible to keep our options and open and further our success.

Which brings me to a question: if you were given the opportunity to learn a new skill from home, would you take it?

Because I can offer you the opportunity to be your own boss and make money from home by adding one more skill set to your pool: internet marketing.

Making the internet generate money for you.

Look at any store, restaurant, fast food place that has a website; Office Depot, McDonald’s, Macy’s, Burger King; they’re marketing using the internet.

YOU CAN DO THIS TOO!

Blogging is a form of internet marketing. If you have a Facebook, you have a partial idea of how it’s done. Making a video and posting it to YouTube is a form of internet marketing. And just using word-of-mouth is a kind of marketing in itself. Blogging, making videos, and the power of speech are all skills.

Would you be willing to give it a try?

Would you like to learn?

Or would your rather join the rest of the people in the “rat race,” receiving only 50% of their paycheck because the government takes the rest and having virtually no assurances to your future in retirement?

Now, before I get into the next part, I need to remind you that I am not only extremely honest but also extremely blunt. If I don’t believe in something, I don’t participate. But when I do believe and I do participate, I give it my all. During my final semester at college, I was secretary of two clubs. Not only because I believed in the two clubs but also because I wanted to help and with the support of my friends and the other officers, I would happily to it all again in a heartbeat. I felt rich in my final semester because of that experience. I was happy to help.

Keep all that in mind when I ask you these next questions:

Would you be willing to learn internet marketing if you were given the blogging platform?
Would you be willing to learn internet marketing if you were taught how to use said blogging platform?
Would you be willing to learn internet marketing if you could earn money as you learned?
And would you be willing to learn internet marketing if you had a mentor and access to a group of other marketers to help you every step of the way?

Well?

Would you?

What if I also told you that many companies are looking for people with this skill set? Would you still hesitate?

And with this skill set, you could promote yourself, your own current business and even others. You can make other blogs. I am currently hosting 3 blogs; Empowerment, Empower Network, and Dragon Age – Opinions and Truths. Empowerment is mainly for empowering others and helping people learn new skills, such as internet marketing and the other skills I went to college for (English, Art, Classical Studies, Math). The Empower Network blog is meant for empowering others as well and focuses on the skill set of Internet Marketing. Dragon Age – Opinions and Truths is for the followers of the Dragon Age series of games. There I also provide empowerment, but I also post tips and tricks and insights to assist people in getting through the game.

I also have a Facebook, Twitter, TumblrInstagram, Pinterest, and two Facebook pages promoting my content: Empowerment and Dragon Age- Opinions and Truths.

Am I saying you HAVE to do all that in internet marketing? No. Course not. But it does help you get yourself and your blog content out there a lot faster.

And it’s FUN!

Internet marketing is easy to learn and I’m not learning this alone. I have a mentor helping me through it. His name is Nate. And do you remember my Empower Network blog I mentioned earlier? That blogging platform was given to me. All I had to do was add the content. Empower Network did the rest. They also have an FB group where you can ask questions from other internet marketers.

People, I’m offering you the opportunity to join this internet marketing team, which I am also a part of. You will receive training on how to market and if you join now, you will be able to participate in the launch of the updated version of the Empower Network blog; you’ll be able to blog from your phone!

YES!

Blogging on the go!

Empower Network has opened many doors for me; I would like to hand you the key for your own door.

Empower Network will teach you everything you need to know.

And if you try to learn this any other way from any other source, like my friend Kameron George, you will find yourself thousands of dollars in debt. Kameron maxed out his credit cards and sold his car to get the $20,000 he needed for his first mentor in the business. He is now one of the leaders of #Project A.W.O.L: Another Way Of Life. He now teaches people how to use the internet to take charge of your life.

And if you join Empower Network, you will have access to his #Project A.W.O.L training.

Joining Empower Network and gaining access to their viral blogging system only costs $25.

$25.

Compare that to Kam’s $20,000 mentor.

You can get started on learning internet marketing and making money online for $25.

And, incase you are still skeptical, take a look at the blogs I made and the Empower Network blog. Then take a look at, say, Amazon.com. It’s the same thing, only the blog layouts are different.

You can learn to do this as well.

And as you learn, you will have a mentor, a support system, and a blogging platform. All you will have to do is add the content. You can start making money online.

Or would your rather join the rest of the people in the “rat race,” receiving only 50% of their paycheck because the government takes the rest and having virtually no assurances to your future in retirement?

Gain control over your life. For $25.

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