Mama’s got a bag of her own..

It’s been a while. Yes indeed! And for good reason too!

Before catching you up with some tropical truth, a little bit of background on this song. Anna King was a back up singer for James Brown. After a while, she decided to come out with her own album, and with some help of James Brown, “Back to Soul” was born. This track Mama’s got a bag of her own is something we can all relate with.

Having things decided for you can be nice, but independence is better. In my own personal case, independence is A LOT better 🙂



A while back I decided to change my life around.

From the age of 7-23 ish, I was severely depressed. Depression seemed programmed in my soul. It seemed as inescapable as the need to breathe. It seemed to be the only way….

Between suicide attempts and self mutilation, my interactions with every day life were forced and fake. I tried so hard to not let my pain show.

Something I’ve learned in recent years is how important motives are. You could have the same out come on paper, but if the motives are off, so are the internalized results.

Example, You give a homeless person $20 bucks.

Motivation #1) You “see” their pain, you “feel” their pain, and you don’t want them to be rejected by yet another person at the light. So you give them a 20. Afterwards, you are left with that sad feeling, still thinking life isn’t fair, and maybe that you should’ve kept that 20…

Motivation #2) You are feeling good, you’re feeling generous, you know that there is some freedom behind not having a 9-5 or a mortgage, and you give them $20 because you think, hey, I bet they could enjoy some food, alcohol, or whatever.

This different process of thinking, is all self-made. Humans are capable of SO MUCH!! Just scan the internet, pay attention the next time you’re out and about, etc. I.E., there’s a guy without arms that drives to work, where he engineers cars. There’s people who pull out of destructive situations and totally rock it. Rags to riches style.

If you don’t know anyone who’s improved their own lives, then maybe you should meet new people. Seriously, they’re out there. Plus it’s great to surround yourself with positive happy people. Energies are contagious. True story. All those negative thoughts keeping you back, well they’re just echos of other people’s thoughts. You can go back and pin point them all, or you could just start from scratch and replace them with more happy productive thoughts. Either way, depression is draining, and ain’t nobody got time for that 😉

So, you may be wondering, what’s all this getting to…

Well, last March (2013) I quit my call center job, to pursue self-employment and autonomy. I was learning about real estate investing and saw a way to make it happen.

On the journey to close a real estate deal, I discovered this need for traveling notaries. As it turns out, people need notaries to come to them, and will pay a decent price. So, I started my DBA, Austin Mobile Notary Public

It’s worked out great, I get to set my own hours, sleep in some, take trips, and spend quality time with my lover 🙂

Bonnaroo!!

While all this was happening, I decided to put up a craigslist ad offering to teach anyone what I’ve learned about real estate investing. Then something awesome happened. One of the people who responded, used the techniques I shared and we went 50/50 on a transaction, and we each walked away with $5,000 in less than 30 days. It was so smooth, and a win-win for everyone involved!

I may not have stuck to my literal self help challenge, but I have tried to keep myself as on track as possible. It’s all about doing your best. And remember, as Miguel Ruiz points out in his book The Four Agreements, our best changes from day to day.

I wish everyone the peace and comfort of knowing how much power they have in their own lives.

Until another time.
Love life, and look for the tropical truth 😉

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Happy Karma Moment

I love how life has a way of balancing things out.

Yesterday, I was feeling a bit defeated and lost. I know the kind of life I want, and I know that to be truly happy, you have to make peace with your present life. So after talking it out with my lover, I was able to end the day with the peace I needed.

Today, I woke up in a great mood. The kind where you do a mini dance around the house while getting ready. On the agenda today was getting my Notary Public commission official, driving around neighborhoods for potential fix and flips, and renting out my car.

Since, I don’t have a full time job, but have full time bills, I posted my car on this website called . Basically, they prescreen people, you set the rates, and people rent out your car. Today, I was renting out my car for the weekend to a couple that was flying into town. We made arrangements for me to leave the car at the airport for them to pick it up.

My plan was to park the car and take the bus back home. The short term parking was full, so I parked in the long term lot, not having a clue where the bus stop was. So, I asked the parking lot shuttle guy to drive me to the bus stop.

Well the guy let out a sigh, and reluctantly agreed to take me close to the stop. A whole bunch of people hopped on the shuttle too, and when he dropped them off at the terminal, he would unload their bags. Pretty typical stuff. No one tipped him though, and he was saying “thanks alot” after they’d get off w/o tipping him. After all of that, he was like, just go down the stairs and the bus will be there. So I tipped him $5 and he instantly warmed up, touched my shoulder, and said “That really means alot to me, thank you“.

In my head, no big deal. He was helping me out.

Here’s what I believe to be the happy karma moment: I get to the bus stop, and a guy that just exited the bus comes up to me and hands me a day pass. I wasn’t the only waiting at the stop either. Talk about awesome. My phone stopped working , so I was in the middle of trying to figure out how the routes worked when he gave me the pass. As it turned out, I was going to need a day pass because of the several bus route to get home.

attitude

attitude

Anywho. Moral of the story. Don’t ever hesitate to give. Life will get your tab 😉

Laughter Yoga

This past Sunday was World Laughter Day! For a change on my personal self-help journey, I decided to dedicate this post to Laughter Yoga!

If you’re looking for a way to brighten your day, feel happier, and handle stressful situations better, then laughter yoga is your ticket!

Laughter yoga was founded in India by Dr. Madan Kataria. The major discovery of this practice is that fake laughter works just as well as real laughter in increasing your serotonin and dopamine levels. It’s a wonderful thing to try out and I highly recommend locating a certified laughter yoga instructor in your area.

So, if you’re wondering what it looks like, I made a mini video 😉

Until next time!

Good Mood

Good Mood

Austin Happy Moment of the Day

So it’s been 5 days since I quit my job.  For close to a year, I had been working in a call center taking about 50-60 calls a day under a stressful situation.

Well, before I took on that Job, I had spent the previous 2 years coming as close to peaceful as I could.

It’s only been 5 days.. and I already feel back to “normal.”  Life feels so much brighter again, and I’m already experiencing beautiful moments.

Early this morning on my way to check out an auction, I saw my downstairs neighbors  walking on some train tracks in a wooded area, playing the guitar and singing.

 

amish guitar

Sorta.. but not really.

 

So adorable. Seriously. The guy wears an amish straw hat, with a busy beard.  Then his gf(a guess), wears cute quirky vintage flower dresses.  So you can imagine seeing those two strolling alongside a railroad track enjoying their day, was great!

#LovingLife

-TT

 

Random People

Today, while at Walgreens, my cashier greeted me by doing the whole “how are you?” – me”great”, then the cashier fella goes, “that’s good, everyday is a blessing to be alive!, or at least that’s what I keep telling myself until I believe it” haha, we shared a chuckle, and exchanged happy banter about blessings, and talked a bit about my tattoo of an atom.

As it turned out I needed $20 cash for my new job, and it broken down, he was a bit hesitant but realized that the lady before me paid with a whole bunch of ones, so thanks to her he was able to accommodate my request. He Pointed out the perfecting time. 🙂

True, it’s nothing wild or a movie scene. But small moments like that make a day, a moment, a connection.

Mr. Walgreen’s guy, thank you! For inspiring me to treat each person I meet like a Long Lost Friend. And to be as genuine as possible about it!!

 

 

“The only appropriate way to treat today is with appreciation and joy!”