DIY – Wall Canvas

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I first moved into my apartment in October of 2016. All I had was a living room furniture set and a TV. Basically, no decor or artwork to make my place, home.

I decided to spruce things up a bit and make build my own canvas. I got my inspiration off of a fellow colleague’s Facebook page when he posted a picture of two frames he had made that stated, “Be Still, My Soul”. Seeing that picture sparked inspiration for me to pull my favorite bible versus and make a canvas out of it.

I chose mountains as a background to signify that even at the highest peaks and the lowest valleys of life, God is with you no matter what. He is there to lift you up and to make sure you are taken care of. He is right along with you through your success stories and as well as your doubtful times.

I chose the color navy, because it is one of my favorite colors. It is bold yet subtle enough to make a huge statement in a room of neutral colors.

I decided to script my words in a more handwritten calligraphy style. The font is supposed to be eye-catching and make you inspired. The white paint lightens the background and extenuates the meaning of being with God through all times of life. God is pure and wants to be with you through it all.

You must know, I did not buy my canvas already this size. I bought all the supplies and built the frame myself. I wrapped the the canvas material around the frame and stapled it tight.

I purchased the wood for the frame at a local Menards and cut it down to the dimensions I was looking for (3’x5′). I then took my painter’s canvas that I got from Walmart and laid it out and then placed my frame on the canvas. I wrapped each side pulling tighter and tighter as I worked my way around. I then trimmed off the excess material and got to work painting. I bought 1 can of navy blue paint and just added white paint to it to get the nice ombre mountain effect. I started out painting the lighter shades first and then the darker shades. Once that was all dry, it was time to paint the words. I typed up my saying on word and basically free-handed my lettering.

I am considering producing these and selling these for around $150 each. If you are interested, leave me a comment and I will get in contact with you! If you have any other ideas, let me know on my Instagram!

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Did you read my “Things I Learned as a Young Supervisor” post? What about my “Have You Ever?” post? Click the hyperlinks to get to it!


 

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Have You Ever?

Ever meet someone so strong you wish you could be like them? You admired the way they held themselves. You fan-girled over the way they were so successful. They had the perfect demeanor and success story. You saw everything they did to be so successful, but yet you couldn’t get there as well. You wanted to be just. like. them. But did you stop to check in on them? Did you stop and investigate their emotional stability? How about their self-esteem and self-love?

Everyone goes through life, fighting their own battles. No one ever sees anyone’s entire story. As much as we all don’t want to admit it, we all have our own demons to fight. Debt, love, self-acceptance, relationships, health, etc. consistently tackle our everyday lives. For some reason, we all ignore the issues and put a mask on saying “I’m fine, don’t worry.”

No matter someone’s status or placement in life, they too are struggling. Whether it’s family issues, monetary issues, or whatever, we all go through something. On June 5th, 2018 the world lost a famous fashion designer, Kate Spade. She had battled her own demons for many years, and unfortunately, they won. Spade took her own life after many years of trying to get help and attending therapy. Spade’s net worth was $1.5 million and her company would average an annual net revenue of $1.4 billion. But it just goes to show, money cannot purchase happiness or cannot assist in fighting our own personal battles.

For those who haven’t experienced it, Depression is like a black hole. You accidentally slip into it and it feels like it takes a lifetime to get out. You feel like you’re drowning and can’t find a way to save yourself. You feel like there’s nothing in this world worth fighting for. There’s a lack of interest in anything and a feeling of a black halo surrounding everything.

Have you ever experienced a panic attack? The intense fear of anxiety. Your Heart pounding at the worst case scenario. Shaking or trembling at the little things. And a massive insecurity of just not feeling like you’re anything special or worth it. Finding the guilt in everything. Being sorry for things you shouldn’t have to be.

Life’s a trip. For some reason, we all pay the ticket and tackle the ride. Some just may be bumpier than others, even if we can’t always see it…

My Advice: check in consistently.


College Is NOT For Everyone

We spend majority of our primary & secondary educational time learning about the necessary functions of everyday life. We learn about past history, current experimentation, mathematical equations, and how to use appropriate grammar. During my high school career, we didn’t have any specific trades school classes. We didn’t even have any specific business classes either.

I’ll will not be the first and probably not the last person to tell you that college is NOT for everyone. It’s probably a cliche statement, but it’s the truth. Sure – college is fun. Lots of parties, hanging out with friends, going to Taco Bell at 3am with your best friends, and finding out secret passage ways of campus (Yes, my friends and I explored campus around midnight when no one was in the buildings). But it’s not all that spectacular. There’s a lot of studying involved, group projects, individual homework, and tons of essays.

Not saying college isn’t for everyone because of all of the hard work it takes to complete all the necessary items for graduation, but because there’s so much more to life then spending four years on campus studying your life away. There’s skills out there to be learned. There’s hands-on experiences to be a part of.

One of the best things I did for myself was working for UCA (Universal Cheerleaders Association). I connected with many people across the nation and made friendships with those close to home. I broadened my communication skills with instructing high school cheerleaders how to perform skills and be the best leader they could be. While working for UCA, I made a connection that set a career up for me. I got hired as a seasonal employee in Indianapolis, picking materials for orders for production. I then got hired full-time as a clerk processing orders and working as a liaison from customer service to production.

What the best part about my job is that I am still going to college (paid for by my work) and I am getting hands-on learning experience from being in the manufacturing world. I know have two years of experience in production that I can add to my resume. Sure, I am still attending college, but I am also developing skills outside of classroom in a real life environment.

So my advice for you is: evaluate what you really want to do out of high school. Is college really for you right now? Would you rather save up some money and learn some trade skills? Can you go to college and work too? Be versatile. Learn new things. Go adventure out into new ideas. Don’t stay with society and go straight to college. Learn life. 

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What I’ve Learned as a Young Supervisor

 

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Career Story: I started working as a full-time employee right after I finished one year of college at Purdue University. When I was in Orlando, Florida working the 2016 Cheerleading Worlds, I met a lady who was from Indiana as well and was working the same venue as I was. Her and I had a conversation about her family and how her father was the President at Herff Jones, located in Indianapolis. She told me that if I ever needed a job that I should just email her father and he would be able to hook me up. (I thought the same, no way was I going to email the president of a company for summer job.) Later on in the event, I actually got to meet him as he was getting ready to watch her other daughter compete. 

After returning home from the event, I just finished up some finals and was looking for a summer job. I thought, “Why not?” and emailed the President of Herff Jones for a summer job. I received a response within thirty minutes asking me how soon I could get in the door and get started. Not only did I have to find a subleaser for my apartment, but I also had to move out in two days and move into my grandmother’s house, all in the same weekend. My entire career all started with meeting someone with a major connection!

Starting out at HJ, I was a picker in the warehouse picking components for the diploma covers division. About a month into it, I was asked to move into a scheduling role for the company as a Production Control Clerk. I was analyzing orders, acting as a liaison for customer service, and advocated for production needs. I experienced my first continuous improvement project, a physical inventory, and another jam-packed busy season. In August 2017, I was asking to be the Production Scheduling Supervisor overseeing the entire production control department for the diploma covers division. 

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Fast forward two seasons: we are finishing up our 2018 delivery season, meeting graduations and pushing orders out to satisfy customers.

After experiencing three busy seasons and then being an actual supervisor, here are a couple of things I have learned thus far as a supervisor of a small team:

  1. Patience. Never have I ever had to have as much patience as I do as a supervisor of a department. It takes time to get new employees up to par or where you expect to them to be. Nothing ever happens as soon as you’d like, so have patience and take your time.
  2. Communication. I use my email and our business operating system more than anything at work. Majority of my time is being spent working with customer service and the production team. I have learned that communication is key. My manager and upper personnel want to know everything that is going on. Having clear thoughts and understandings allows you to be able to communicate effectively.
  3. Pride. Never let someone say you are not working hard or let them put you down for the work that you have done. Regardless of your role, the effort you put in is worth acknowledging and being proud of. I found it hard to be proud of my department because I just kept feeling like I was failing. Nothing seemed to be going correctly and I just needed to figure out why. But as I took a step back, I realized how proud I needed to be of how far I have come and where my department was.
  4. Discipline. Almost every job I have held has deadlines and consequences for not meeting those deadlines. It takes discipline to stay focuses and meet those deadlines. I’ve learned to set mini goals for yourself and then take every step it takes to get there. It’s all about being committed and believing in yourself.

Some life advice: Don’t hestitate to try something. Be open to learning new things, exploring all options, and being open to new suggestions. Life is full of endless opportunites, take them. 

“There’s no substitute for hard work.” – Thomas A. Edison

10 Things I Can’t Live Without

I honestly believe that we all have things we cannot live without. Whether is a certain person, animal, or item, we all have our own things. Below is a list of my top ten things that I absolutely cannot live without! Check out the links within each item!

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  1. Gabbi, my fiance! (She is my rock, my soul, and my most important person to me!)
  2. iPhone 7 Plus & Airpods
  3. Friends & Family
  4. Toiletries
  5. My Bed
  6. Giant Speaker – Explorer Outback
  7. Clothes
  8. Traveling & my Truck
  9. Internet & Electricity
  10. Food (My favorite is Mac & Cheese and Steak)

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What are some of your things you cannot live without? Comment below and like this post!

 

Marry Your Best Friend

Society has put forth some standards as we grow up to most generally follow the same pathway. Go to School, Graduate, Attend College, Graduate, Land a Killer Job, and Start a Family. Somewhere in the mix you’re supposed to save money, find love, keep your morals up and still keep your sanity. It’s not easy, but for some reason everyone keeps pushing it.

Think about what makes you happy and who you love to spend your time with. What I found that helps me is to run the courses of life with your best friend. Find that someone who you love to be around and can help you every step of the way. This person should be able to pick you up when you are down, cheer you on during your obstacles, love you unconditionally and be your other half. They must get you (emotionally and spiritually). They will know how to read you and help you. Be open to them.

I say “Marry Your Best Friend” because they are the ones that understand you the most. They probably have been with you through some of your most horrible times. They know what makes you happy and how to cheer you up. They know that your trust is in them. They know you.

On September 26th, 2020, I will get to marry my best friend. We will tie our lives together and become one family. I am so happy to get to marry her and be her husband. She provides me strength, glory, hope, happiness and unconditional love. She lifts my soul up higher and higher each day and makes me be a better person. I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life together with her and soon one day start a real family!

A word of advice: Marry your best friend.

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For questions regarding our wedding, shoot me a message on Instagram!


Top 10 Songs to Jam Out To

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There is nothing more important in this world then finding things we love and making them a priority in our lives. To me, music is a priority because it portrays so many different meanings and we all perceive music differently. Music is way of communication. It helps us cope, it helps us love, it helps us be spontaneous. Take time out of your day to appreciate the songs that are being played on your radio station while you drive to work. Listen to the artist’s words and their emotions. Find out how your experiences are connected to the meaning behind the songs that are shared with this world.

“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Anderson

Below is a list of the top 10 songs I love to jam out to. Whether is driving, working, or hanging outside, these songs always get me singing along and having a great time!

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10. FIYAH – will.i.am

9. iSpy – KYLE (feat. Lil’ Yachty)

8. Strip That Down – Liam Payne, Quavo

7. 679 – Fetty Wap (feat. Remy Boyz)

6. Sooner or Later – Aaron Carter

5. Bohemian Rhapsody – Pentatonix

4. The Champion – Carrie Underwood (feat. Ludacris)

3. Dancing With Our Hands Tied – Taylor Swift

2. Stay Together – Noah Cyrus

1.  All Night Longer – Sammy Adams

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Have any suggestions of songs for me to jam out to? Message them to me on Instagram.