they are so effective at taking my money

Tumblr oftentimes romanticizes self care (along with everything else involving mental health), and with that romanticization can come guilt that your way of self care isn’t “perfect.” What tumblr doesn’t usually talk about is the self care that isn’t so beautiful. Simply showering, paying bills on time, taking time to prepare a meal, managing your money properly, getting up at a decent hour, making an important phone call. These are all ways of taking care of yourself that may not be as beautiful as a candlelit bath, but are just, if not more, effective in getting you back to where you want to be.

anonymous asked:

hi karl! i love following your adventures on snapchat :) I was wondering if you have any tips for college students on how to travel with a budget. I hope I can do even half the things you do one day!!

Tip number 1;
Travel with friends. When you travel with friends, I find it’s much more cost effective. It’s saves you money for gas and food and you have God company to share the good times with

Tip Number 2;
Don’t pay for accommodation. I like to camp either in my car or in the back country. I take showers in gas stations to save on the cost of hotels just so I can see the things I wanna see

Tip Number 3;
Save and Budget. It helps a lot if you Plan ahead and save up for trips. Forgo somethings in the week just so you can get away on the weekend.

Tip Number 4;
Plan Plan Plan. See number 4 lol

Tip Number 5;
cook your meals, this might be difficult to do if you don’t have a place (I happen to have a jet boil camp cooker) not eating out while you’re traveling saves you so much money.

I’m forgetting a whole Bunch of stuff. As I remember, I’ll edit the post. Also if you guys have any tips for travel as well, comment them and I’ll add them to the post as well.

Cheers Karl

After the van got broken into and ransacked for a second time, it wasn’t something that would get me down. I’ve learned that any experience is an opportunity for growth, for change. I decided to give profits from this week’s print sales ( to a charity.

I’ve never researched charities as much as I have this past week. I feel like I’ve only brushed the surface of this world of giving.

Websites like GiveWell and movements like effective altruism help define the many variables in putting your dollars and energy to best use (I recommend giving Peter Singer’s TED talk a watch). Charity, more broadly, is something I think can happen in more ways than giving money or time. It could simply be our outlook or our kindness towards strangers.

We’ll be donating to Take a Hike Foundation (@takeahikefdn), a local organization. “A full-time alternative education program that engages at-risk youth through a unique combination of adventure-based learning, academics, therapy, and community involvement.” Having spoken with them, their mandate matches up so well with my hopes of giving positive and nurturing experiences to at-risk youth locally. They currently run 4 classes a year and are looking at expanding. I’m looking forward to working with them, and hoping for the possibility of getting involved personally.

There are so many amazing charities you shared with me, @pureedgeinc, @thekitchenincmo, @_danslarue, @friendsofkohrong, @directionsfoodprogram, Sparkes of Hope, and so many more. It’s refreshing to learn how many people are working for fairness, for equality, for justice. Your selflessness and altruism inspire me. Despite overbearingly bad decisions by some of our leaders, there’s always hope in the power of numbers.

Cat Boy // Nakamoto Yuta


the prompt: I’d like to request a Yuta NCT scenario where he receives a cat statue in the mail but there’s no return address. He goes to sleep and when he wakes up the next morning, he feels strange and his members scream when they see him because he now has a tail and cat ears. The item was cursed, and Mark tells him to visit the reader because she has knowledge of witchcraft and there’s an instant connection. Fluffy humor, if you can.

words: 1529

category: fluff + comedy

author note: au’s are always a good time and also i haven’t written for yuta since January and i missed him. also i made the reader an actual hogwarts graduate witch whoops

- destinee

Originally posted by chocosicheng

wow he’s so handsome talk abt a bias wrecker

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okay since a lot of ppl on reddit are confused, I guess I need to finally explain:

1.) I said last year that I wouldn’t be watching Volume 4, and I kept to that. I only know what I do because of my tumblr dashboard. My comics pretty much don’t acknowledge anything after the middle of the Vytal Tournament, but sometimes my concept art does (because so many things about how the fall of beacon happened make me particularly angry)

2.) In the middle of summer in 2016, I LITERALLY LOST ALL INTEREST AND DESIRE IN DRAWING. This was an alarming event for me- I’ve always struggled with mental health problems, but could always draw. When I suddenly didn’t want to, or convince myself to draw, I sought help for an official diagnosis. Because you can’t exactly just NOT draw when that’s literally what your career and money comes from. I started going to therapy and getting prescriptions for my illnesses, which have been helping a bit. But it takes a lot of time for those things to be effective. (7 months for me, to be exact.)

3.) Much to everyone’s surprise, and I know it’s hard to believe: I have a life! I have a sister and grandmothers and offline friends that I talk to and spend time with- which is an important thing to do when you’re not drawing regularly for like 7 months due to depression.

4.) Since so many people think that I’m hot headed/angry/crazy/etc. when it comes to my passion for RW*BY, I’ve been trying to get into other series so that y'all won’t have to hear so much of my strong opinions anymore concerning the series.

5.) I’ve been working on 3D art much more while dealing with 2D art block, and trying to do R&D for projects that I’ve had planned for years now.

6.) I never stopped reblogging or sharing RW*BY content on my blog or on my twitter? Do you seriously only think I have fandom interactions from my art?

Ok at this point I have like 1.6 tumblr friends and may never really blog again so idk why I’m sharing this here before I like, speak to my loved ones except that it can be nice to feel like I’m not just yelling into the abyss…

Feel free to read, please don’t re//blog

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$20 Fandom Sketch Commissions Open

I got paid but my new bank puts a 5 day hold on deposited funds during the first 30 days the account is open so I don’t actually have access to my money yet, and I need to take Leto (my cat) to the vet.

It’s nothing serious, it’s just that as a Siamese / ex-shelter cat he’s prone to conjunctivitis and he needs an exam and meds tomorrow.

I’m doing five $20 digital sketches to foot the bill.

- single character only
- waist up only
- payments will be invoiced through paypal
- fandom characters only; no OCs (take too long)
- sorry but no Mass Effect Andromeda stuff!
- all other fandoms welcome
- - - would really like to branch out from Dragon Age tho!!
- - - feel free to message me if you want to find out abt my favourite fandoms

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED: send me an email at

First come, first served!

anonymous asked:

How long do you plan on doing YouTube?

I’m always going to be making things, just never expect me to be the guy who can afford the time to make a bunch of videos every single week. I’ve never really considered myself to be a “YouTuber” as it’s really just another site I like watch/post stuff on, it just so happens that my very occasional posts somehow led some really lovely support and people into my life :)
The majority of my videos have been demonetised so to make a video costs a lot more than what it makes. Not to mention filming takes me a good 5+ hours and editing takes me days of nonstop work so that’s a lot of work to put in to effectively lose money so it’s entirely for the love of it when I can afford the time.
If YouTube dies then I’ll still be making things on shoestring budgets, I was doing it before YouTube existed and I’ll be doing it after. The vast majority of things I create don’t end up online anyway haha. I’ll be posting on YouTube as long as I can but I’ve never been a frequent uploaded or someone who has been able to do it as a career.
Charlatan King (Reyes Vidal), a playlist by soulventure91 on Spotify
A playlist featuring Foo Fighters, Eagles, ZZ Top, and others

So no fancy cover art for this one but ay. I know I’ve also boosted this one before but it’s gotten finalized and rearranged. And since @vorchagirl​ reblogged a ref for a possible Reyder fic featuring her girl Sirius, why not offer some more inspiration? ;)


The Pretender - Foo Fighters // Life in the Fast Lane - The Eagles // Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top // Take the Money and Run - Steve Miller Band // House of the Rising Sun - The Animals // Honky Tonk Women - The Rolling Stones // The Joker - Steve Miller Band // Hotel California - The Eagles // Two Lost Souls - Gwen Verdon and Tab Hunter (Damn Yankees Original Movie Soundtrack) // Desperado - The Eagles // Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones // Find Out About Love - Bachman-Turner Overdrive // Ramble On - Led Zeppelin // Don’t Stop Me Now - Queen // Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd

In a Dream

In a dream I asked Jesus, “Why do you let these bad things happen to me? Is this a test to see if I truly love you? Do you see how much I am hurting? Do you know how scared I am?
Jesus sat down on a large flat rock motioned for me to sit next to him, so I did. He looked into my eyes and smiled. “My son, I love you so much. I see how much you are hurting and I would like to help you but you are in need of self realization. I did not let bad things happen to you… you did.”
I was confused. “What did I do to deserve this lot?”
He put his arm around me and kissed me on the side of my head. “It’s not that you deserve this. You worked hard to get here. I gave you health and you did drugs. You battered your body until it was broken and you poisoned your mind until all you could think about was the drugs… but you didn’t think about me.”
“I gave you the ability to make money and the opportunity to provide for your family, but you gambled it all away. You bet your hours of labor away until you had nothing to show for your hard work but sore muscles and a lie on your tongue. All you could think about was how you would get the money for your next bet… but you gave nothing back to me.”
“I provided you with the ability to love and you squandered it selfishly. You gave in to the carnal desires of your body and betrayed your marriage. You gave your time to someone else’s wife but not your own. Your abandoned your children to pursue a dark heart and a pretty face… but you didn’t pursue me.”
“I gave you eyes to look and see the beauty of a world that I created for you and a book that revealed the secrets of the universe. You spent your time reading the twisted words of twisted men and watching pornography. You used your eyes to watch carnal acts, but you didn’t read my word and you never looked for me.”
“I gave you a mouth to speak, but you tell lies and curse my name. You use your tongue to hurt your wife and abuse your children. You have lied for so long to so many people that the truth is bitter on your tongue. You can lie to the world but you can’t lie to me…and you never talk with me.”
“So you see my beloved. What you think is me punishing you is simply cause and effect. If you point a gun at your heart and pull the trigger, it would be senseless to think of that gunshot wound as a punishment from me, but in effect that is what you are saying.”
I was sobbing into my hands. He was right and I knew it. “Is there any way to undo what I have done?”
“You can never unlie, uncheat, unsteal , uncovet, or unmurder. In fact you cannot unsin.”
“So I am lost forever?”
“Quite the opposite…you are found. You now have the opportunity to stop killing yourself and seek life. Instead of taking drugs and getting high you can find peace and joy in my word. Instead of spending your money in a casino you can tithe to me and I will richly bless you. Instead of giving your love to a stranger, give love to your wife and children selflessly the way that I love you and you can understand what a blessing love really is. Instead of looking at the darkness of pornography and the twisted carnality of the world, read my word and let me reveal my truth to you. Instead of using your mouth to tell lies, use it to love and edify your family and friends. Use your mouth for truth for it is a powerful tool. Use it to talk to me, often, and I will bless your words.”
“If you want me to be involved then come to me and seek my love. Recognize what you’ve done and seek my salvation.”
I wiped the tears from my cheeks. “My heavenly father, I am a liar, a thief, an adulterer, and an addict to the carnal world. I have turned from you over and over and I deserve what has happened to me. Please forgive me for my sins.”
He pulled me into his embrace and held me tight. “I forgive you my beloved… welcome home. This is a blessed day.”
My heart was joyous and I suddenly felt completely at peace. “Thank you Father.”
“Your welcome!” he beamed.
I asked, “And all my sins are forgiven?”
He looked down at me and smiled, “What sins?”

                                 -Paul A. Petty

anonymous asked:

i know you don't want to spend lots of money for hormonal acne (which totally makes sense) BUT i have heard people swearing by african black soap, if you want to try it! it's very inexpensive and supposedly effective. also give it a month + to work, it can take time to adjust to your skin. i hope this helps/you find something that works for you!

I don’t even mind spending money because I’m desperate BUT in my new vlog I just posted I literally bought that!!!!! I went to target and bought African black soap!!!! I just used it tonight for the first time so I hope I can see some progress if I keep using it 💕

Rajigaze Dec 2

Reita (reading Christmas mail): “I still believed in Santa Claus when I was in elementary school. Santa would come and leave presents at the entrance of my house, so I would always leave a big stocking and a letter for him. I remember being so excited when I woke up in the morning and the letter was gone, and the stocking was full of presents. Every year I would write, ‘please write back,’ but he never did, and I was a little sad about it. Then, when I was in grade 5 or 6, after Christmas had passed, I found all the letters I had written to Santa on a shelf where my dad kept his work stuff. I realized then that there was no Santa, and that all the gifts I’d gotten up until then were from my dad. At that moment, my dreams were crushed.”

Kai: Aw! 

Reita: “Until when did you two believe in Santa Claus? It’s getting cold so please be careful not to catch a cold!” 

Kai: This is a nice story! Instead of being all, oh my dreams were crushed, be grateful to your dad! 

Reita: Yeah! 

Kai: It’s not like your dad crushed your dreams on purpose! You just found the letters. And also, he kept all the letters!? 

Reita: Yeah, he did.

Kai: What a great dad!!

Reita: So maybe that was the moment your dream of Santa was crushed, but it’s a moment where you made a bond with your dad. 

Kai: Yeah yeah yeah yeah! …Do they not feel that way?

Reita: No I think they do! 

Kai: Oh, so it’s just that Santa isn’t real [that made them sad]?

Reita: Omg stop what ur saying

(both laugh)

(*idk if this was supposed to be a joke like don’t tell ppl he isn’t real idk with these two ffs)

Reita: By the way, until when did you believe in Santa Claus?

Kai: …Hmm I don’t know…I don’t remember exactly when I stopped believing in him, but I remember my mom laughing her ass off at me when I asked about him. 

Reita: Huh?

Kai: Like, “he’s obviously not real!” 

Reita: Ah …

Kai: I don’t remember when it was, but she was like, “omg you STILL believe in him!?” and she was dying laughing. 

Reita: Was this like last year? 

(both laugh very hard)

Kai: I just remember that happening. 

Reita: So you mean you didn’t get presents from Santa? You just got them from your mom? 

Kai: Yeahh I’m pretty sure I didn’t…my mom just like…I mean, this takes all the magic out of it (laughs) but she just handed me money and was like “buy urself something” 

(both laugh)

Reita: Keeping it simple huh

Kai: Yeah. That’s probably where my affinity for money came from.

(CHA-CHING sound effect)

Reita: Ah, I see…from your mom eh

Kai: Yes yes yes

Reita: Ah…well, I feel bad for my mom but, I used to write letters to Santa…and I mean, I had a single mom, so…our presents really weren’t anything special. So I wrote a letter to Santa again. 

Kai: (laughing) Like, ‘that’s not what I wanted’?

Reita: Yeah, I was like, ‘Santa I want this and this. Please’. But I think at that time, I had kind of started to figure it out, that Santa was my mom. But I wrote a letter again, and then that year I got chocolate with a note like, ‘I’m sorry, this is all I could get you.’ …So, I think it was hard for my mom.

Kai: Yeah of course! (laughs) 

Reita: And now I think like, I was so stupid. 

Kai: Yeah, cause she probably wanted to buy so much more for you!

Reita: Yeah yeah yeah…so I feel really bad about it. 

Kai: Yeah…call her right now. Call her and apologize.

Reita: Dude I bought her a house. 

Kai: (laughing) Omg! Omg you went there! …You bought her a house…that is next level damn…

Reita: Yes as a thank you

Kai: When people other than me say shit like this do they get a ‘CHA CHING’ too?

Reita: NO. We do not. There’s probably the sound of applause right now.

(Applause/cheering sound effect)

Reita: Yes. A standing ovation. 

Kai: Yeah ok anyway

Reita: Anyway so Santa isn’t real

Kai: Yeah, please thank your parents! Not that I’m trying to tell u what to do

  • Hello, my name is Holly. I am currently sixteen years old and in desperate need of a stable place to live. At the moment, and for the past sixteen years I have been living with my alcoholic mother. My home environment is toxic, and it is greatly effecting my mental health (anxiety & depression) at this point I can no longer take living here and I am trying to leave. Unfortunately I have NO money, and am looking hard for a job but nothing is coming my way, I have set up a GoFundMe page and I would be so deeply grateful if you could donate any little bit to help. If you cannot donate thank you regardless and hope you can pass this message along. Bless you all.

After a recent post, i got tons of messages asking how i was able to score such high allowances while barely seeing these men.

Some general advice

Get a head start

I believe that you have to give your sugaring some time. If you are in a position where you need to make some quick cash, you are more likely to accept low offers. In order to get a great allowance, you have to be in a decent starting position. Don’t be desperate, assholes smell that shit from miles away. 

Dress well

Even if you don’t have a lot of money, try to dress well on first dates. Inexpensive companies like Zara provide everything you need: A pair of heels, a dress and a nice jacket. When in doubt, wear black. And don’t show too much skin. If you do own designer items, put them on! 

Have manners

You better know how to walk the walk and talk the talk. You know which forks to use and which vino to order. The internet is your friend.

Don’t show that you are impressed

This is important and a great way to manipulate rich men. Don’t show how impressed you are. He takes you to an amazing restaurant? Talk about “this other place” you had dinner at. Do your research before. He owns a private plane? Sentences like “Oh my god, I love sitting in the jump seat!!” show that you are excited about what he has, but not too surprised or impressed. Act like everything he has is according to your expectations, but not below or above them. There is a fine line between being easily impressed and putting a man down. Try to balance. 

I’m going to illustrate negotiation and manipulation skills using my current SDs as examples, but remember that every man is different and you gotta adjust the mind-games accordingly. 

SD 1: 5000 euro for a 2-day trip every month. Married. True business man. So with this man, it was easy. He was the one that brought up an allowance before even meeting me, asked me how much I wanted. I asked him to make an offer (I prefer that, if I make an offer myself I’m always worried he would have offered more otherwise). It was a quick phone call, he offered 3500 (in case we got along obviously). I told him I’d think about it, calculate what i needed and get back to him. Didn’t text him for about 2 days, then sent him a short message saying “I am going to need at least 5000 to take care of my needs”. Again, in order to have the ability to take risks and be so bold in negotiations, you can’t be in a desperate position. He texted me back and agreed within 10 minutes. 

SD 2: 8000 euro, 2 evenings a month, no intimacy so far. This is far more interesting than SD1 and the way most SDs work. In my experience, highly effective. And we all know, i love to play people. Especially men.

So, this type of man - yes, i can certainly generalise -is complex. He wants someone that likes him for him, not for his money. Something real. At the same time he knows exactly that the money is the reason we want to be with him. He doesn’t want us to show that though. This man is extremely generous, but doesn’t want to feel like he is paying for sex or companionship. He wants to spoil the girl of his dreams. To this man, you better don’t bring up an allowance until after the 2nd date.

So, how do we deal with this? We don’t want to fear him away, nor do we want to be tricked by salts. Salts hope/assume we won’t talk about money because we don’t want to seem like gold diggers. Real Sugar Daddies want us to be more than gold diggers (even if thats all we are). So, how do we know we aren’t wasting our time but have a true gentleman as a POT? 

1. Obviously, screen the shit out of him. What his profile says doesn’t mean anything, but does he give you his real name? Find out as much as possible and if he is able to afford you.

2. Let him choose the restaurant for the first date. If it’s an expensive place, extra point for him. When you are there, don’t you dare order the cheapest dish. You order one of the most expensive things, and when you are done eating, you keep ordering expensive drinks. Watch his body language during all of this. Does he cringe while you order the lobster?  No need to waste your time. Does he decide to order bottles that are 100 bucks? Good. Talk, laugh, smile and listen during all of this. Find out what he is interested in. Theatre, music, sports? Generous men will feel the need to give you a few hundred bucks after a good first date (bonus point). When that happens, you smile and say “I have a hard time accepting this, I had so much fun with you”. Refuse twice. He will give it to you anyways. And think very highly of you. No kiss at the end of it.

3. Text him the next morning. Say how much fun you had, and that you would love to see him again. On date 1 you found out what he is into (sports, theatre, whatever). Do your research online and tell him about an event he could be interested in. Suggest it as a spot for your second date. He is going to love the fact you listened and are interested in his hobbies. The seats he gets are another great indicator for his generosity.

4. During date 2, get over any mediocrity you might have in yourself. Brush up on your general knowledge, talk about current events. Impress him, know more than him. Talk about your dreams. And dream big. Wanting your own company and the ability to provide for yourself will make this man more generous than your dreams of designer clothing. If the date goes well, you can let him kiss you. Maybe.

5. After the second date, its time to talk about allowance. Emphasise your dreams again, and see what offer he makes. If it’s too low, move on. Again, sugaring takes time. But this technique has been proven to be rather bulletproof and scored me whatever I wanted.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2: Just shut up so Pratt can take my damn Money!

By repeating the magic touch of James Gunn on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol2, this sequel has been proved to be one of the most highly expected Marvel’s movie in this year. Quirky, funny, vivid visual effect, cheesy humor and smooth, sparkling chemistry between adorable casts are just some of highlight positive note that helps bring back the charm that everybody has fell in love since Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1.

After couple months of forming group named Guardians of the Galaxy, our favorite team with Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Racoon and baby Groot have to find a way to learn how to work with each other without jumping right into other’s throat. While Rocket stole some batteries from Sovereign race and causes an intense bounty hunting, Quill has a surprise encounter with his biological father – Ego. The team got separated when their spaceship got crashed. Two groups: first was leaded by Quill, followed by Gamora and Drax decide to travel with Ego to his planet. Meanwhile, second group was leaded by Racoon, baby Groot and their “prison” Nebula stays back to fix the spaceship. However, everything got blew up and messed up by Ego’s real agenda, and the bounty hunting was hold by Yondu’s crew.

Everybody goes to theatre with their highest expectation that this sequel will make a right move to continue everything that James Gunn had done in the first one. Surprisingly, viewers’ urge to see baby Groot, or Drax’s stupidity and Quill’s charming nerd characteristic has been fully satisfied. This infamous team’s adventure is described as highly entertained, full of colorful detail and classic humorous journey. Like the first one, this Marvel outsider story is not simple as blowing up and save the universe. It is really James Gun’s signature highlight master piece in his career when he wrote such a wonderful storyline, with humorous characters. No one in Marvel’s MCU (except Deadpool so far) has ability to make viewers fall in love, go nuts and become obsessing with like Guardians of the Galaxy team.

Each characters in Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 captivate exactly right moments to shine, include new faces, such as Ego or even Mantis. Chris Pratt – the “star” of the movie has gone beyond his role as a character, but become such a “new icon” that he deliver a heart-throbbing performance as Peter Quill/Star-Lord. Pratt, at this point, makes us believe that Peter Quill is written just for him only.

Nevertheless, Pratt is not the only star of this movie. Amazingly, Drax and baby Groot by Dave Bautista and Vin Diesel are actually the comic-relief gods. James Gun seems to know his characters very well, so he gives this duo a lot of chances to show off their quirky, cute, not that smart personality. They capture our heart by just some silly, honest comment from Drax, or just some random act by baby Groot. That is just enough to draw all the attention from the big fandom of MCU.

Following by a lot of hard critics, the truth is Guardians of the Galaxy volume 2 is not better than the first one. It plays the almost perfect role to continue the journey, adventure that we are so ready to throw money bills at screen from the moment baby Groot show up. Somewhere between the storyline, James Gun has carried away too much of everything, and make us feel just little bit an ache in stomach. However, in positive side, there is no way that we stop looking forward to the volume 3, which is set up by 5 different post and after credit scenes. Guardians of the Galaxy volume 2, shut up and take my damn money.