#BlackLivesMatter | Introvert (INTJ) writing about life, music, movies, and the future of work

If a dream doesn’t provide you value, it’s probably time to leave it in the past.

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Is there a difference between quitting and letting go? I’ve pondered this question for the past few days, as I reached my boiling point from not making progress with my artist education platform, The DIY Artist.

I thought taking a vacation from my day job at the end of 2020 would energize me to work harder on building this platform. I hoped to continue making strides toward 100 email subscribers by the end of 2021. Every time I sat down after work and attempted…


Seriously, how much time do you waste at your job?

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If you work or have ever worked in corporate America, this has happened to you at some point. You’re in your office or cubicle doing work when you get an email from a co-worker. You read it, taking time away from your current task, notice that it isn’t urgent, and go back to your task.

15 seconds later that person who emailed you appears in your office. Sometimes I think they appear magically after they hit send, transporting themselves to your area along with the email. …


Donald Trump should have been suspended from Twitter a long time ago. For years he harassed President Obama with his birther theories and was allowed to gain traction with his rabid fanbase, snowballing with those people into the events with the coup attempt on the Capitol building this week.

However, don’t let these tech companies fool you with the suspensions of Trump’s accounts now. This is a day that should be remembered, but it’s a day that should have come sooner. …


Are you being over-productive? What I mean by this question is, are you so focused on completing your task list every single day that it brings you stress and anxiety?

I’ve lived the majority of my adult life, since college, in this manner. “I need to complete all of my tasks at work today and I need to do them great and fast as well. And I need to write an article tonight too.”

Your mind doesn’t calculate for off-days, life events, and days where it’s just a struggle to get in the shower and show up.

I want to…


2021 should be the year we begin moving toward a 4-day work week. The pandemic showed us that it’s possible to perform our jobs from the comfort of our homes.


My favorite horror podcast inspired this article.

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If you don’t know me personally, I’ve become a huge fan of horror movies and entertainment over the last few years (I’m still not a fan of gore or torture porn though because I get queazy at the sight of blood or even just talking about blood.) A couple of years ago I started looking for horror podcasts that I could listen to while going through the mundane work at my day job. That’s when I found Shudder’s Video Palace.

The 10-episode podcast follows Mark Cambria and his girlfriend, Tamra, as they discover…


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Even before COVID-19 rocked this country (with over 6 million cases and 183,000 deaths at the time of this essay), the United States faced an increasing problem with the income gap between the poor and the rich.

A few years ago, McDonald's partnered with Visa to show us how McDonald’s employees could budget their money to make ends meet. The results were laughable.

In this sample budget, the person working at McDonald’s couldn’t even survive on a full month from the earnings at their job. They would be forced to work a second job to make ends meet. According to…


Once the fire has started, there’s no way to extinguish it

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This story was written with the intention of submitting it to The Startup. They declined and it wasn’t curated by Medium Staff either. Below you’ll find what I learned from deleting my website a couple of years ago.

The sadness and depression kept building around me. I poured seven years of my life into something that didn’t love me anymore. Each day I became angrier. I watched my peers achieve multiple accolades in a short period of time, while I struggled to even be noticed.

So I set it…


What if I told you that I threw a year’s worth of hard work down the drain in six months?

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You know the sound a manual scale makes when you step on it? Clink-clunk!

Sometimes you can tell when the scale isn’t going to be your friend that day. That’s what happened to me when I visited my family during Thanksgiving the first year after moving from my hometown.

After college, I stopped being active. Years of working three jobs, seven days per week had finally paid off. …


Why you should focus more on selling your work instead of acquiring streaming numbers.

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Can you remember the first album that you ever purchased? For me, it was David Banner’s Mississippi: The Album. I was 16 years old and had just started working at Pizza Hut that summer.

With my third paycheck, I went to the mall and ran straight for the hip-hop section so I could find this album. …

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