Turning Points in Life

Turning-Point

Everybody has those moments in life – ones where everything turns. For some, the turning point comes with a new job or career or accomplishment, while others it comes with a lesson learned or newfound wisdom. Some turning points build upon a a good streak, while others come out of bad situations.

Some of the most inspiring turning points are this that come out of bad situations. You here it all the time. Drugs addicts, criminals, or depressed individuals suddenly have an epiphany and change their ways. They improve themselves and positively change their inner workings. This is remarkable and respectable. They see the good that has to be done and the harm that may be happening now. The good outweighs the bad and they change things up. Step by step they become more involved in the community, begin giving back, and get their lives on better tracks.

Something as big and significant as an epiphany like this can come form the simplest things, too, even just by zoning out while looking at you Garage Door. Some of these turning points go sour. Someone may be going down a good path, and everything seems fine. But some situations in life change things, and they may go downhill. They may fall of the path and onto a different, more harmful or slow one. They may fall from grace and get involved in some things that they never would have seen themselves in in their entire lives.

The aforementioned issue is more common in teenagers – such as high schoolers and college students) than adults. At a tender teenage age, kids become involved in drugs and illegal activities to try to fit in with certain groups. They either do it for that reason or because they feel like they need more excitement in there lives. Excitement comes with the journey of growing up, but some of these things they engage in should be left untouched.

Once on this path, there are two possibilities. People can either recognize their wrongdoings and realize that they need to get back on the right track. This is optimal since it will hopefully allow them to cut out whatever the harmful practices were and become their old selves again. The other option is that they won’t recognize the mistake being made, and will continue down the wrong path. This is especially dangerous, since each extra step on this path becomes more and more harmful and to a greater extent. Eventually, these can lead to things as serious as prison and great punishments.

Life is a game of choices, and hopefully good ones come your way. Everybody has a turning point in their life – whether voluntary or forced. Some people are lucky enough to have multiple turning points. Hopefully, your life is better off after the changing point(s) in your life, as this would be most beneficial. Unfortunately, however, not everybody has classic happy ending story. It’s sad to see some go sour and end up in worse places after major changes, but it does happen and is evident in the world. Just have to hope for the best and work with the hand you are dealt.

Ups and Downs in Transportation

As my upcoming flight looms in the near future, I cannot help but think of the pros and cons that each method of transportation has. Some people prefer one method to another, while some will take whatever is easier, faster, or cheaper. Most of the time, however, level of ease, speed, and expense will all be inversely connected – meaning you cannot get all three in one. Let’s analyze the most common forms of transportation.

Car/Truck/SUV

The automobile industry has always been large since personally driving has been the most popular form of transportation around the country (and world). It’s easy to see why driving a car is the most common form of transportation. Once you have attained your license and have access to a car, the freedom is all yours. You can drive to any point on a map (via a street, or even off-raoding if necessary), you can pick up other passengers, and you leave and drive on your own time. The downsides to driving include price of gas, car maintenance, and insurance. These can get very pricy especially in certain areas or types of cars, not to mention the initial price to buy or lease the car.

Public Bus

Next is the first form of public transportation mentioned – the bus. Bus passes tend to be relatively cheap (depending on the bus and where it is going), but it limits one’s freedom. The bus will follow its strict path, which means that if it stops at your exact destination, then you’re set. Just walk off and you’re there. However, in most cases, you will need to walk X amount to reach your destination from the bus stop. Here, you get the cost-efficiency of a bus ticket, but you still need to walk or find your way to the end of your desired place.

Train

Train tickets may be more expensive than bus tickets, but you don’t need to worry about possible traffic or delays on there lad, since it runs exclusively on train tracks. Trains will only stop at train stations, which are not usually people’s ultimate destinations. Similarly to the bus, you will need to find your way to the end of your destination from the train station. But its quickness is tough to beat, that’s for sure.

Plane

For longer trips across country, airplanes are the way to go. Upsides include extremely fast trips (ex. 2 hour flight compared to a 12 hour drive) and a very scenic view! The airplane window allows you to overlook the common world from a bird’s eye-view. However, downsides include expensive plane ticket prices (ESPECIALLY around the holidays), cost of transportation to the airport, and long lines for security and baggage claim. Additionally, delays are evident during rough weather and causes chaos for many in the airport.

Uber

New app and car service called “Uber” is changing the game. As a next-generation taxi service, Uber allows you to find a driver in your area as the push of a button, since it is a smartphone app. The driver will come to you, and you can get to wherever you need to be. Attach your debit or credit card to the service and you’ll never need to worry about having cash on you to pay for a cab. Downsides included surging fares that get exponentially more expensive during busy hours of the day or night. Inclement weather can be cause of this, which means you’ll be paying more for the Uber when you really need it.

Perks of Luxury

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A lot of people strive to become rich and wealthy. They want to live in the lap of luxury and be elevated in society’s social status. There are so many paths that people can take to attain this goal. From career industry to job positions, an even luck (ex. winning the lottery), anybody can become rich in any niche – you just need to figure out how.

Why do people want to become rich? Simple. Everybody wants the latest and greatest products, the biggest house and yard, the nicest location, the best vacations, etc. All of these things are possible just by having a lot of money. Let’s run through a few perks of living the luxurious life:

  • Being able to afford the best health care and service
  • Beautiful house, yard, pool, amenities, appliances, landscape, etc.
  • Ability to vacation to some of the most gorgeous and remote areas (ex. the Caribbean, unknown islands, expensive skiing vacations)
  • Driving the most high-end cars (ex. BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Lexus)
  • What’s better than DRIVING nice cars? Being driven IN nice cars. With a limo service or car service you elevate your status by more.
  • Boats, jetskis, and water mobiles
  • Beach Houses/Lake Houses
  • Sports Season Tickets

These are just some example of perks of being wealthy. The real perks come in the form of security though. Being wealthy means you do not have to worry about payments, struggles, and deadlines. It means that you know you’ll be able to take care of whatever costs or penalties that may come your way without dooming yourself.

Young wealthy individuals tend to be more focused on the flashy part of being rich. They want the fancy cars, expensive accessories, and big vacations. They want to show their wealth and success and have fun spending their money. I don’t blame them. if you’ve earned your keep, then you may as well spend it in the way you want. However, they have to be smart with investments and make ensure there’s always more money left over than being spent.

Older wealthy people are more likely to have families and other responsibilities to take care of. They’re more focused on portfolio’s and retirement funds, as well as insurance and family funds. As you get older you definitely have more responsibilities and more to take care of, so it is smart to always have your mind an money focused on security.

Overall, the best balance i stop have fun while maintaining a stable account. You want to be able to spend money when needed without having to always spend money. This allows you to go to sleep each night knowing that you are security financially and can have some fun at anytime, any where, without digging a hole for yourself.

As a hopeful billionaire (who isn’t), I am already planning what cars I want, where I want to live, and what kind of things I want in life. However, the smart thing to do is to figure out how to keep growing my wealth securely and guaranteed. Multiple streams of income an multiple fallbacks just in case would provide with the best security and soundness. Until then, let’s work tirelessly on getting to that point!

Money Making in the Winter

The Winter is a prime time for making money. Most of the nation encounters at least a little bit of snow throughout the winter, which is all you need to start making money. Here’s how:

Shoveling

The first and foremost idea is shoveling snow. Depending on size of properties, you can charge $50 to clear out a driveway and walkway. That’s righteous bucks right there! It is a lot of manual labor and is arduous, but the profits definitely add up. The key to this is to string along a series of snowstorms. When the first one hits, go door-to-door and find customers who are in need of your shoveling and snow removal service. Start with moderate fees and do a good job. This is crucial in establishing a good client base. Alert them when the job is done an make sure to collect payment. Hopefully there is another storm in the near future, because once it hits, go back to the houses you worked at during the first storm. I you did a good enough job and don’t charge too much, it is almost guarantee that they will re-hire you for this next job. Continue with the same quality of work this time. At the end of the job, get clients’ contact numbers so that when future storm shit you can be in touch with them easily and set up multiple jobs for payment. This also gives a more professional sense off, which is respected by potential clients.

Backyard Terrain Park

This one is just as fun for you as it can be profitable. If you ski or snowboard and get a good amount of snow, try making a backyard terrain park to hit jumps, ride rails, and jib on! You can be as creative as you want and come up with any obstacles that you can make. The entrepreneurial part of this comes in charging people a small fee to use your park. At first they may be turned off at the sound of “fee” but once they see how cool the park is, they won’t mind paying a *small* fare. Especially if there is no other nearby area that has a good hill or terrain park potential. I would definitely pay five bucks if somebody made a sweet drop-in setup leading to ramps and rails. Not only would this be profitable, but you get to use your rad park! Now you can perfect that backside 360 that you’ve been hoping to work on at the park on the nearest mountain.

The winter is filled with opportunities to make money. The fact that it is cold is enough for some people to see opportunities for profit. Some people are just lazy and don’t want to fight off the cold weather, and will pay you to run errands for them and such. Just keep your eyes and ears alert for any profitable opportunities that you may come across this winter. Things like errand running and now removal are definitely popular options that are always in demand. Work hard and do a nice job and you will build a good client base. Soon enough, the money will be rolling in faster than the snow itself.

Book Concept Part 1

Ok I decided to write this post while waiting for the pool repair man. so here goes.

This blog is about a book concept my sister and I came up with. Please note that we did a lot of research on Japan, in order to come up with these ideas and concept. We are still tossing around ideas for the actual title of the trilogy (which I am sure we will come up with eventually). We have also made it where these races we have created could be used in a Pathfinder and/or D&D campaign.

Oni and Kami

The long-lived Oni and Kami are the children of the natural world and find comfort in the flora and fauna of their homes, existing as the nearly immortal voices and guardians of the wilderness. Oni and kami seek to live in balance with the wild and understand it better than most other begins. Some of this understanding is mystical, but an equal part comes from the Oni and Kami long lifespans, which in turn gives them long-ranging outlooks. Oni and Kami can expect to remain active in the same locale for centuries. By necessity, they must learn to maintain sustainable lifestyles, and this is most easily done when they work with nature, rather than attempting to bend it to their will. However, their links to nature are not entirely driven by pragmatism. Oni and Kami’ bodies slowly change over time, taking on a physical representation of their mental and spiritual states, and those who dwell in a region for a long period of time find themselves physically adapting to match their surroundings, most noticeably taking on coloration that reflects the local environment.

Oni and Kami value their privacy and traditions, and while they are often slow to make friends at both the personal and national levels, once an outsider is accepted as a comrade, the resulting alliances can last for generations. Oni and Kami take great joy in forging alliances with races that share or exceed their long lifetimes, and often work to befriend dragons and outsiders, as well as other fey.

Oni and Kami General Information

General Society: Many Oni and Kami feel a bond with nature and strive to live in harmony with the natural world. Although, like most, Oni and Kami prefer bountiful lands where resources are plentiful, when driven to live in harsher climates, they work hard to protect and shepherd the region’s bounty, and learn how to maximize the benefit they receive from what little can be harvested.

Oni and Kami have an innate gift for craftsmanship and artistry, especially when working in wood, pottery, bone, forging, ivory, weaving and leather. The Oni and Kami also have a very high regard for the arts, martial prowess and elaborate ceremonies such as the tea ceremony. It is not unheard of for the Oni and Kami to throw elaborate festivals that display their love of these things. A lot of the metal smiths in the Oni and Kami culture end up becoming great sword makers and are sought for their skills by others. Other oni and kami are highly sought after for their abilities to heal great calamities with herbs and other natural substances.

Oni and Kami also have an appreciation and love for the written word, magic, obscure knowledge and painstaking research. Their naturally keen minds and senses, combined with their inborn patience, make them particularly suited be coming wizards, sorcerers, clerics and alchemists. Arcane and herbal research and accomplishment are seen as both practical goals, in line with being a soldier or architect, and artistic endeavors as great as poetry or sculpture.

Females: Females are thought of as the mothers of the nation. They are taught the tea ceremony, various other art forms, diplomacy and healing. A few are taught how to fight, but this is frowned upon unless one shows an aptitude for the “Acquisition” part of the great libraries.

Males: Males are thought of as the Fathers of the nation. They are taught about military matters, various forms of fighting, as well as various smith (weapon and armor forging) and negotiations techniques. It is a great honor among males to be picked for either a position in the elite guards for either the shogun or the emperor/empress and for the “Acquisition” part of the great libraries.

Note: Either males or females could also be selected for either the research department or the archives department of the great libraries

Relations: Oni and Kami have a very good relations with each other thanks to centuries of intermingling. Where they use to be two different societies they are now one great society with laws and strictures from both previous societies. They do not mind outsiders in their lands during festival times as long as the visitors treat their lands and people with respect. They are kind of snobbish when it comes to knowledge and learning, but respect other nations learning processes.

Alignment and Religion: Oni and Kami can be any alignment and follow just about any of the Gods, although hurting others for religious practices is heavily frowned upon. They also take their word and sense of honor very seriously.

Adventurers: Oni and Kami rarely leave their own lands except when investigating rumors of Tomes or other things related to knowledge that they can add to their vast libraries, although this is usually left to the “Acquisitionist” of the great libraries. When this is called for they will pair up with other adventures usually as clerics, wizards, sorcerers, monks, alchemists or occasionally as ninjas and samurai. They will also leave on what is called their “Tsūkō-ken”, this is when they are allowed to leave their lands for the first time and experience the outside world. This is only supposed to last for about one year and is usually lead by a teacher who takes on a team of three students’. During this time the teacher would evaluate the students to see if they would be allowed to study with an “Acquisitionist” from the great libraries.