Michael rapped and it was everything

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Michael used to be a rapper back in the day. Our friends played his CD for me on our first date and it was over. I was totally infatuated. Last week I saw him perform live for the first time and I am still not over it. Why did we wait so long! I think I have watched this video 100+ times.

How to Find Cheap Airline Tickets

Saturday, June 24, 2017

I spend a lot of time obsessively checking all things travel related. Lately there have been so many amazing flight deals popping up on my radar that I want to go on a new trip every week. I was talking with some coworkers today and apparently not everyone is like this and they were interested in what methods I used, I typed them up and sent and email, but figured maybe a blog post would be helpful for everyone else.

These are the websites and practices that I subscribe to when looking for airfare:

https://www.skyscanner.net/ - Skyscanner can be used to sign up for alerts if you don’t really care where you are going, but know the dates you want to travel. This site will send you all the deals from the airport you are flying out of to multiple domestic and international destinations.

https://www.hipmunk.com/ - I use this website for specific dates and specific destinations. You can set up an email alert and it will notify you when the prices for that flight and time increase or decrease. As soon as I know I need to go somewhere I set this up and buy when the price is lowest. I have saved lots of money using this.

https://cheapdfw.com/ - This one is Dallas Specific but I would check and see if there is something similar for your local airport. You can sign up for alerts and it will email you deals from Dallas all over the world. For examples, it emailed me yesterday and said there are $420 tickets to Paris AND Barcelona yesterday. WHAT?!

Overall all I have found that the best time for domestic flight tends to be around 6 weeks out, give or take a week, with the exception of peak travel time like Thanksgiving. For international flights the best time tends to be 3-6 months out, which is a large window, but same caveat applies here if it is peak travel, like summer or Christmas. The same can be said for international travel that there can be amazing last minute deals if you don't have a specific destination in mind so sign up for skyscanner above and see what pops!

And that is my advice. Let me know if you have any questions and happy travels!

You are allowed to want things

Friday, May 26, 2017

I have been thinking about the idea of wanting. The idea that so often in life we have moments where we think, "If would be cool if..." and then somehow before the thought is even fully formed we talk ourselves out of it.

It would be cool if I started an Etsy shop.
No one will buy anything.

It would be cool if I wrote a song.
Everyone would hate it.

It would be cool if I started a podcast.
No one will listen.

There are so many things in life that we have the capacity and potential to do. You are capable of so much more than you can probably even imagine, but in order to get there, you have to overcome your number one critic, yourself.

My experience has been that I project my fears onto other people. I assume that everyone will be as critical of me as I am and the reality is this: in everything I pursue the response is generally the exact opposite of what I think it will be. Good people want to support you. Good people want you to thrive. Good people want you to go after what you want.

Maybe you feel like what you want isn't rational, or doesn't make financial sense, or is a waste of time. But guess what, YOU ARE ALLOWED TO WANT IT.

It doesn't matter if other people think it is dumb. It doesn't matter if logically you can talk yourself out of it. If there is an internal desire where you keep coming up with the same idea over and over and you feel drawn to it... believe me when I say that your life will be incredibly fulfilled once you start going after it.

I have had this happen to me many times over the course of my short life, but the most recent example is with music. My whole life I have been saying, "I would love to write music. In another life I would be in a band." Why the hell would I hold myself back like that? Why would I deny myself that opportunity for no reason? What other life was I even talking about? As far as I know we only really have this one life and thats it.

So it took me 27 years to get to the point where I knew this was not something I wanted to look back on and have never even tried to pursue. I started writing songs. I got on craigslist, answered some really sketchy craigslist ads and eventually found someone to start making music with and let me tell you, it is thrilling and I love it. Are we making any money? No. Does it take a lot of my free time? Yes. Does any of that really matter? Not really.

All I want you to know is this:
If you want something, it's okay. I think you can do it. And you should.