How I Plan To Live On My Own

Currently Listening To:
Yoko Kanno – Cowboy Bebop V.2
06 – Cats On Mars

Where Have I Been All Year?

I sent an email the other day to see if I got the job that I wanted. Turns out they already hired somebody else.

Yeah, I’ve been kinda depressed about not getting hired. It might explain why I haven’t posted in a year, hehe.

Don’t worry though! I sent out a couple more applications and there’s another job out there that’s very similar to the job I wanted, but it’s closer to home. This is good because if my car breaks down then I can either walk or ride my bike to work. Heck, I could just ride my bike back and forth to work during the summertime if I wanted to.

Why Am I Getting A Job Again?

I’m sure some of you are scratching your heads wondering why I’m getting a job after I decided to quit Wal-Mart to work on my blog full-time. Simply put, it’s because I haven’t generated enough money from my blog to live off of yet.

I’m not calling it quits though; if anything, I’m just getting started! I made $24 in December, which I think is great but I know I can do better. Way better! As I said in my New Year’s Resolution’s post, I intend on generating at least $1,000 a month from my blog by year’s end.

Where Am I Gonna Live?

According to my calculations, I need to make at least $2,000 a month if I decided to live on my own locally. Since the Midwest is insanely cheap compared to the rest of the US, I’ll have to increase my income when I decide to move away from it.

When I get a job, I’ll be looking for a local apartment that I can live in and move once I have the funds to do so. Once my online income increases to the point where I can live off of it, I’ll follow Credit Fix approach and use that money to pay off my various debts.

When Am I Going Back To College?

When my debts are squared away, I will look into going back to college full-time. My mom wants me to go at least part-time as soon as I get a job and I think it’s a great idea. If I’m able to go back to college, then of course I’ll go!

However, I’m not sure if I’ll be allowed to since I owe money to UU and my prospective college needs their transcripts. I’ll look into this more once I have a job so that I have a defined income that I can bargain with in order to go at least part-time. Surely I can take a class or two and pay cash, right?

What Are You Going To Do With Your Life?!

I Wanna Rock! Rock!

But seriously, I plan on doing a lot with my life. I want to write, see the world, find a special girl, connect with others, meet my idols, and more. Oh yeah, and rock. Rock!


How To Go On An Information Diet

Today, I decided to do something crazy: try to minimize the amount of time that I’m on my computer. Counting the time it’s taking me to write this article, I’ve spent a little over an hour total on the computer today.

Why am I doing this? Well, I had an epiphany last night as I was going to bed. I remembered my childhood and what I did to entertain myself when I had no TV, no computer, nothing. I remember that I wrote some of my best stories when I was grounded in order to keep my mind off of my punishment. I decided to “ground” myself from my computer in order to kickstart my creativity.

I’ve been fairly productive today. I began to write a story that I’ve been working on for awhile. I’ll continue to limit my computer time in order to finally get things going with writing that story.

So how do you go on the information diet? It’s really simple; just “ground” yourself. Take away the things that consume your idle time the most. TV, computer, cell phone, MP3 player; these are just a couple common things. If you want to really exercise your creativity on something, I’ve found that removing any possible distraction has helped me the most. No music, no computer, no TV, no nothing. Just you and whatever you’re working on. It may sound like a lot, but trust me, the benefits are worth it. With nothing to consume your attention, your mind turns inward in order to keep doing something. When this happens, you can tap into your creativity easier.

Well, I’m gonna go play on my acoustic so I’ll see you guys later!


I'm Looking For An Online Job To Fit My Life Plan

As the title says, I’m in the market for a job online. I’m looking for something leaning towards writing like a blogging job. No, I haven’t given up on any of my website ideas.

The reason I’m doing this is so that I can make a living doing something that is not only fulfilling, but relevant to my career. I feel that I have a lot to learn about before I really hit it big online. I also want to improve my writing skills, and if I do that with a larger audience, then I’ll be able to gather results quicker than if I just focused on

Basically, here’s my life plan at the moment:

1. Get an online job as a blogger to improve my writing skills and gather a larger audience.

2. Once I start making money from blogging for other people, then I will save up that money to buy a car.

3. When I get a car, then I’ll save up to move out with my friends in July-August of 2009.

4. When I move out, if my site isn’t earning me a high enough income to live off of by then, I’ll continue to blog for other people until it does.

5. Once I’m earning a high enough income from my website to live off of that is also consistent, then I’ll shift most of my focus to it and possibly continue blogging for other people.

After I do all that, I’m not sure what I’ll do. Depending on how much money I get, I could take my friends and family with me on trips around the world. I’m sure that when I complete the above list, possibilities that I’m currently unaware of will reveal themselves.

Well, I’m gonna watch some of Please Teacher until it’s time for dinner. I’ll be back later on to show my Drawing of the Day (I think I’ll call it that from now on). Bye!


Monetize, Deodorize, Pulverize!!

I posted a thread up on Steve Pavlina’s forum asking how I should get SpicyMelon off the ground. After reading the responses, I felt a bit overwhelmed. Although I do have a decent technical background, the amount of stuff I would have to do to get SpicyMelon off the ground is daunting.

One of the reasons it’s difficult to make SpicyMelon is because I want it to be a social network/search engine. Because of this, I need a lot of server space and software that won’t kaputz on me or my users.

Because of the sheer amount of work that I would have to put in to recreate SpicyMelon, I wanted to have it outsourced. It’s definitely a good idea since the website’ll be made by a team of experts instead of a guy with a grabasstic knowledge on the subject. Sure, I went to college for this stuff, but technology changes quickly and there’s a lot of things that are important that I wasn’t taught (like SEO for example). Despite outsourcing being an excellent idea for getting my business up and running, I don’t quite have enough money for it yet.

What to do, what to do? Well, I could just give up and try to get another job that I’ll be miserable doing. Don’t worry, I won’t do that unless absolutely necessary.

My plan is to go ahead and build a guitar blog, either or I could do both, but I want to start off with just one.

The idea behind is pretty straightforward. I’ll do reviews for guitar-related products ranging from actual guitars, instructional videos, stompboxes, amps, guitar magazines (by issue), the list goes on. I plan on earning income from this site by advertisements (text-link ads, Chikita, etc.), joint-ventures (recommended products from, Musician’, etc.), and donations.

I believe that will be my big online break because I’m passionate about the guitar and would like to convey that passion in a way that will earn me income so that I don’t have to “work for a living”. The best thing about doing a site like this is that I don’t have to ship out any products.

After gets going, I plan on adding other sites as well. is something that I’ve wanted to do for ages. Of course, I still want to get and off the ground as well.

“But Andy, if you’re putting up all of these websites, how will you find the time to do anything if you’re always writing articles for these websites?” Great question! As I mentioned earlier, I want to start off with just one website and then add other sites from there. All of these websites can be put on autopilot if I get burned out on a topic, if I wanna go on vacation, etc. How? Outsourcing of course! I could hire people to write articles for me. When it comes to articles where opinion is key, like product reviewing, I could hire people to contribute articles in their name. They get the credit for their articles and traffic for their websites, and I sustain my traffic (and thus my income) without writing a thing! Websites like will require a lot of initial content creation to give potential users a real working example of what they can do on instead of an everypage example.

In order to get off the ground, I want to use SiteBuildIt!, which was recommended by Steve Pavlina. I looked into it to see if it was for me, and although it may not be ideal for something like, it can definitely get up and running.

Changing gears, I feel absolutely drained today.

I had my interview with UPS today. It was pretty cut-and-dry to be honest. The guy gave us a sheet outlining what we’d be making an hour if we got hired (a whopping $12.88 per hour) and a general outline of our daily routines. He then interviewed us individually. The whole thing took like 75 minutes tops.

After that, I went to McDonald’s for some lunch. I then decided to go to my dad and grandparents’ graves. It felt good visiting them again. I noticed that the ground above both of their graves had dying grass on top of it (my grandma’s had none) and even my grandpa’s had dying grass. My grandpa’s been dead since 1987, my grandma died in 2005, and my dad died in 2004. They say that the dead are restless if the grass above their grave is dying or not there after they’ve been buried at least a year. I wonder if that’s true. Hmm…

When I finished visiting them, I decided to go on a little trip. I took the main road and rode my moped until I was in a town I’ve never been to. It was fun, but I didn’t want to push it since I didn’t know where I was and I didn’t see any gas stations so I headed back home. Before I came home, I browsed around the rich section of the town my dad and grandparents are buried in. Their houses aren’t as impressive as the ones in my town, but it was still fun drivin’ around.

From Thursday through the weekend, I’ll be visiting my friends at UU. Genshiken UU’s throwing the Azumanga Daioh M8 Marathon on Saturday and I think it’ll be fun to see that as well as my friends again.

Well, I’m gonna get something to eat so I’ll see you guys around. Bye!


I've Been Thinking…

…And I’ve come up with a lot of ideas! Hey guys, it’s TheAndySan with pants. Yes, pants.

I haven’t been updating as much as I used to because I’ve had a lot on my mind lately. I’ve been thinking of my future and what I’ll be doing in order to make enough money  to support myself. In all honesty, I can’t support myself just working at Wal-Mart, at least not as a cashier. I could try to move up in order to make moAr money, but that would take too long and working at Wal-Mart isn’t what I wanna do long-term. Basically, Wal-Mart is my steady income until I can live off of making money from my websites.

My plan is to make several (probably no more than 10) websites of different interests of mine. Those sites’ll be my main sources of income, and I’ll still have this site up as my personal blog. I was gonna make these sites into social networks, but for simplicity’s sake, I’ll make them into a blog & forum combo. I’ll submit my stuff on the blogs and other members can submit their things on the forums. I’ll have ads mostly on the blog sections with some in the forums. I dunno how I’ll organize it, but I’ll get there when I get there.

If you haven’t already noticed, I’ve dramatically changed the look of this site. I got the theme from Dosh Dosh so kudos to you sir!! I don’t usually like 3-column blogs, but this one’s set up nicely so I think I’ll keep it around for awhile.

Well, I’m gonna go eat so I’ll see you guys later. Bye!


P.S: It’s been 56 days since has been up and 28 days since has been up. is back up again, but I’m going to be retooling it so it might take a bit before I regularly update it again. Stay tuned!

A Funny Thing Happened To My Internets

Hey guys, It’s TheAndySan back in da house!!

Sorry about the absence. I had some problems with my Internets, but they’re fixed…for now…

Jon’s living with us again. I guess it’s back to sleeping on the couch.

Last week was fucking crazy. As you guys know, my truck broke down. I sold it to the guy to cover labor and I got $75 out of it. After I sold it, I found out that I could have sold it to a junkyard for wayyy moAr, even after towing costs.

Because of my transportation situation, my mom’s letting me use Jon’s moped. Honestly, It’s a really nice moped, but it’s been draining my money as of late. It cost me $88 to insure it for a year (amazing, but it still sucks in the short-term), $30-something for new plates and tags that expire in November (I really hope I’m not still riding it by then), $12 for a new chain & lock, $5 for an awesome screwdriver for when the fuse blows up every time I start it and I push the fuse holder into the other side of the tank, and $38 for a new back tire that went flat on my way to Ben’s house for Eights and Aces’ morning practice (I’ll be putting the video of that up as soon as I get the file). I’ll get the tire sometime this week (I’m guessing Wednesday) so my parents have been gracious enough to drive me back and forth to work in the meantime.

Despite all this crap happening, I think that a girl at work has a crush on me. Her name’s Jess and she’s been especially friendly to me ever since I talked to her after she handed chewing tobacco to a customer and they came through my line since they had more than 10 items. It seemed like the customer had a valid reason to purchase the chewing tobacco at an aisle besides the one that sells tobacco products. I called a manager over just in case, and it turns out that I was right; there’s only one aisle that a customer can purchase tobacco, regardless of how many items he/she is buying. So I handed it back to Jess and the customer didn’t want it so we both didn’t get canned. Hurray.

I haven’t asked her if she has a boyfriend/husband yet, so I dunno if she’s single. If she is, then I might have a chance. Maybe. Like I said, she’s been really friendly towards me and I’m pretty sure that she either doesn’t have a boyfriend/husband or is gonna break up with him soon. I’m kinda nervous since it’s been awhile since I last tried to ask someone out. In fact, the last time I was even close to having a relationship was back when I was in UU with the blazin’ Azns Paulette and Amanda.

In my previous post, I said that I’m planning on starting up another website. I’m still doing it, but I’m debating between two cameras, the Aiptek Action HD 1080p and the Sanyo Xacti CG-6. Both are affordable and are pretty good cameras for the money from what I’ve read online.

Well, I’m off to catch up on 6 days without an Internet. Catch ya laters!


P.S: It’s been 54 days since has been up and 26 days since has been up. I’m going to be retooling so it might take a bit before I update it again. Stay tuned!

When You Wake Up In The Morning, What's The First Thing That You See? It's Shiny Jimi!!!1

Hey guys, it’s TheAndySan here with Shiny Jimi.

What is Shiny Jimi? Why, it’s the name of the protective sleeve for this month’s issue of Guitar World!! It’s to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the release of Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland. I’m gonna read it when I’m done posting.

I had my 90-day evaluation today and good news everyone: I didn’t get fired!! Yay.

In other news, I tried to look for a music store in Wapak and couldn’t find it. I’m gonna try again later when I have some moAr money for gas.

Man, this post is short! I’ll try to make it up to you guys by ending it with an amazing solo by my No. 2 favorite guitarist, Paul Gilbert! Enjoy!


P.S: It’s been 43 days since has been up and 15 days since has been up. I’m going to be retooling so it might take a bit before I update it again. Stay tuned!

A Christian's Attitude by jmallory. Also Starring: Speedy Halworth!!

Good morning, it’s TheAndySan hurr feelin’ sleep-deprieved due to allergies.

A week ago, I read a post on Xanga by my friend Jimmy that I thought was quite exceptional. Here’s a link to it, but I’ll show the post here just in case it gets moved or whatever:

It was a rainy Thursday, October 26th, 2006. I remember that. I was bored and had nothing to do, so I had a friend come over so we can discuss songs we can do for our school’s “air-band” competition later in the year. These were the kinds of things my friends and I would normally do. If we aren’t sitting around talking about starting a band or our next idea for an independent film, we are trying to get ready for something else that could be fun later. Joel (my friend whom I was collaborating with) and I thought of some pretty good songs for air-band. Nothing was set in stone yet, but we were still discussing what we could do.

Then my dorm phone rang. When that phone would ring, I knew that it was one of two people: my dad or my girlfriend at that time. Well, my then-girlfriend was practicing a dance with her friend, so I knew it couldn’t have been her so theoretically, chances were, my dad was calling. I answered the phone, and sure enough, it was him. Along with his call, he brought along the worst news I have ever heard up to that date. Dad said, “Jimmy, you aren’t going to want to hear this, but your friend, Austin killed himself a couple days ago.” I was deeply saddened and heartbroken, but I didn’t cry. I had Joel in the room, and I had to be a man about this… because obviously… men don’t cry .

My dad went on to tell me exactly what had happened. Or what he had heard anyway. “He walked into a cemetery, sat under a tree, put a few plastic bags around his head, and ducttapped them so that they would be airtight, thus, suffocating himself. He had a note with him too saying that he didn’t do this to get anyone upset and that he wasn’t depressed. He said that he has been all over the world and tried different religions and different lifestyles. He just couldn’t find what he was looking for in this life, so he wanted to see what was waiting for him in the next life. It’s so bizarre.”

When I got off the phone with my dad, I told Joel, who knew something was wrong, what happened. I told him that I needed to be alone for a little bit, so he left. Then I sat in my chair and I thought… I thought, “How could somebody so smart be so stupid? I can’t believe how selfish that was! How can somebody do that to themselves? How can he do that to me?” Just then, I got up because I knew I had to talk about it. I ran in the pouring rain to track down Tesia (my then-girlfriend) because she was the only person I could talk to about it. I interrupted her dance practice with her friend. I said, “I need to talk to you for a minute.” She said, “Ok” and walked over. We went into a piano practice room and I shut the door. I said, “Austin…” and before I could say the rest, my eyes filled with tears and a lump formed in my throat. “…killed himself” I finished. She comforted me and made me feel better, but I couldn’t help but feel partly responsible for his death.
I first met Austin our freshman year of high school. I didn’t really talk to him at first. He was the weird kid from Michigan who had extremely thin hair which he kept about chin length, even though he was prematurely balding, he had maybe 10 good teeth, and an unusually thick beard for a 14 year old. I didn’t really have a desire to get to know him… plus everybody picked on him, so to actually talk with the kid would be social suicide.

One day, I got back home from school and my ex-step mom, Renee, asked if I knew an Austin Harris. I told her that I knew of him, but I never really talked to him. She then told me that she and his mom are really good friends and that Austin and I should get to know each other. I reluctantly agreed with her, but since I was a nice guy, I decided I would give it a shot.

The next day, after school, I saw Austin walking home with his head down, his hands in his pocket’s, headphones in his ears, a backpack over one shoulder and his sweatshirt’s hood up over his head. I called out, “Austin!” and I ran over to him. I asked him, “Does your mom have a friend named Renee?” He said, “Yeah. I haven’t seen her since before I moved to Michigan, but my mom knows a Renee. Why?” I then told Austin that Renee was my step mom. From then on, we walked back from school together just about every day. He and I would get into some pretty deep conversations and I kept most of my viewpoints to myself until one day when he was talking about how he and his dad believe that they were vikings in their past lives. Then he started talking about our animal instincts and the need to take what we find and claim it as ours. He said that this is our evolutionary inheritance. I told him right there, “Austin, you know, I am a Christian and I don’t really believe in past lives or evolution.” The guy looked at me like I was nuts. “How can you not believe in evolution?” he asked. “The proof is there. It’s what we base all our science off of…” and he rambled on and on about this, and I found a way to shut him up. I said, “Austin, science can’t prove everything. And I believe that one day people will look back on the idea of evolution and laugh just like we laugh at the world being flat today.” He looked at me, smiled, and said, “Jimmy, your religion makes no sense.”

From then on, Austin and I would get into arguments and heavy debates about really stupid things. It was really stupid of me. He would normally school me big time, but I would carry on as if I had won the debate. Austin had a really high IQ. He was actually a genius. He knew everything about everything. But I had one thing he didn’t have. That is street smarts. I knew things too… but in a different way. I felt them. He just knew them.

One day, Austin and I were in an argument about euthanasia. He was for it. He told me how he watched his grandfather suffer and die from cancer and he couldn’t imagine himself going through all that pain. And then he went on to say that he DID think that suicide is wrong unless you know you are going to die painfully. “I would never actually kill myself.” he added. Of course, I thought it was dumb. I didn’t agree with it, but I couldn’t exactly tell him why it is wrong because I trusted my feelings. He trusted stats. I could never get him to see it from a Christian worldview because he wasn’t a Christian.

One day, I heard our Church youth group’s winter retreat was coming up. I knew that I needed to invite Austin. I told him about it and he agreed to come. During the retreat, he heard a sermon that touched his heart. He gave his life to Jesus that night. Or so I thought. He said the little prayer thing with the speaker, and I was really happy. I praised God for letting Austin “see the light.” When he was done praying, I walked over to him and I told him, “Congrats Austin. But this is a huge step. It’s a big commitment.” He looked at me and said, “Jimmy, this doesn’t mean anything changes.” I didn’t say anything. I just smiled because I knew that it would be the Holy Spirit that would get him now.

After that retreat, I almost stopped talking with Austin. Not on purpose. It just sort of happened that way. But he did come up to me one day with  a picture he made in one of his computer art classes. It was the Pink Panther nailed to a cross. He was telling me about it. I told him that I found it offensive. He said, “Jimmy, Jesus wasn’t the only person to die on a cross… and, this is just funny. But the bitch teacher gave me a C on it.” Now, I did agree with him that it deserved better than a C. It was actually done well. I just found it incredibly offensive.

That was when I really lost track of Austin. The last thing I had heard was that he was a buddhist, bisexual pothead and he was going to school at the United World College in Wales, England. I received a couple e-mails from him telling me how awesome swedish chicks are and how he was enjoying Wales. But I don’t know if I ever responded. One day, at the end of the summer, I was ready to start College at Wright State University. I had a great girlfriend, and a job, and everything was going well for me. Then I got a knock on the door. I opened it, and it was Austin. He had shaved his head and shaved off his beard. We talked for a long time about a lot of things. Then we both lit up a bowl and went for a walk. We got high and I was telling him that I don’t agree with smoking pot but I was in the mood to celebrate… after all, it wasn’t my first time smoking pot. He said, “Jimmy, you need to be yourself. You are a Christian with good morals. You don’t need to be doing this.” I was stoned. He said a word that I thought was funny and I laughed about it… and then we both laughed about it for the rest of that night. That was in the late summer of 2004.

Again though, I lost track of Austin until about June 2006. My cousin had her graduation party and Austin was there. Once again we caught up on old times. We had conversations about God. Austin was then, more of an agnostic. He told me, “I know there is a god. But what that god is, I really don’t know.” Well, at the time, I was helping out with a college-aged, Tuesday night biblestudy we called Gen-Y for generation Y. I invited him to come. He said he would think about it. Then, Tuesday night rolled around and much to my surprise, Austin walked in. He really enjoyed the talk and the music. Our bible study leader, Tod, made plans to go to a David Crowder concert in Dayton in July. I asked Austin if he wanted to go. He said he really wanted to. So July came and we went to the concert. David Crowder puts on amazing shows. It was nice and God was totally there. Tesia and I even got to meet David Crowder. But we had a problem. We had to park about a mile away from the stage and we had to carry our lawn chairs there and back in the burning hot sun.
After the concert, Austin disappeared. We couldn’t find him. We assumed he started walking back to the van earlier. As we were walking back in the heat, we saw Austin next to a river. We called him over and told him we were heading back. He ran over to us. “Where were you?” I asked. “Oh, I got hot, so I went to the river for a quiet reflection and to cool down.” he said. “Yeah, that must have been great. I should have thought of that too. It is so hot and on top of that, we need to carry these chairs all the way back to the van.” I said. “Jimmy, why are you complaining? Do you realize how many Christians I heard complaining on the way back to their cars? Too many. You guys witnessed something great in the name of God and all you can do is complain about the heat and the long walk? That’s shallow. You should be ashamed. You should be happy that you got to worship God outside in ‘his creation’.”

Austin was absolutely right. I should have been happy. And then I realized that sometimes it takes a nonbeliever set a Christian back on track. From then on though, I didn’t see Austin at Gen-Y anymore. And he hadn’t been going to church with me like he told me he would. I tried calling him to tell him to come back… he would always say, “yeah, I’ll make it there. I’m just busy.” Eventually, I just stopped calling and I lost track of him again. That is, until my dad called telling me that he had killed himself.

I know that his suicide was not my fault. But maybe I could have done a little more. Maybe there is a lesson here. Austin was so close to realizing who God actually was. And then he saw some Christians who didn’t seem to be grateful to have such a good God. Now who wants to be a part of a religion where they can’t show a little gratitude to their own god? Or to the gift of life that our God has given us. Why do we worry about the little things like long walks in the heat? Isn’t God still a good God? Hasn’t he given us the shade and the waters to help cool us off and to quench our thirst? I learned something from all of this and it has been on my mind a lot lately. That is, we need to humble ourselves and be grateful for what we have, including life, itself because even though things seem rough, God has given us ways to make it a little easier on us. Like shade on a hot day. Or people to help you when you are down. And don’t take advantage of friendships and times to reach out. It could make all the difference in the world to someone.

Austin was my friend. I didn’t always treat him like a Christian should, but I learned a lot from him. He learned a lot from me too. But what will always be there, in my memory of Austin, are the marks from a seal that was almost put on his life by the Holy Spirit.

I meant to show Jimmy’s post a bit earlier, but I didn’t get around to it because I had wayyy too much on my mind last week.

Well, I’m gonna end this post by sharing some YouTube Gold that I found. His name is Speedy Halworth and he’s awesome!! Enjoy!

When You & I Were Young, Maggie:

Speedin’ West:

Speedy Plays The Boogie:


P.S: It’s been 41 days since has been up and 13 days since has been up. I’m going to be retooling so it might take a bit before I update it again. Stay tuned!

A Man Imperfect

Hello guys, it’s TheAndySan here with a significantly less emo-frasticle post. I’m sorry if I alarmed you guys with my previous post; I was a bit angry that Eriopolis defeated my argument so soundly. During my lunch, I discussed it with Cody. He asked why I didn’t just say that you should follow your passion. I thought I was getting that across without actually saying it, but I guess I was wrong. So here goes another rephrasing of my previous statement: In closing, I believe that you should pursue your passion or everything will become pointless.” I have found that my passion is not working at Wal-Mart. Some people love to work there and have for many years. More power to them. However, it’s not what I want to do for a living. My goals in life at the moment are thus:

  1. Make at least enough money from my websites to cover my monthly expenses. -This is a biggie. It’s the first step to becoming a business owner. In order for that to happen, my websites need to consistently generate at least $410 a month. Seems daunting, but I’m confident that it’ll be a very real possibility in the near future.
  2. Quit my job at Wal-Mart to work on my sites full-time. -Now that I’ll have enough income to at least not get kicked out of the house and to not have my Internets turned off, I can pursue working on my websites full-time without worry.
  3. As my income increases, make more sites to further increase it, but not too much to where I’m too busy with them to do anything. -The keys here are freedom and balance. This is my biggest goal when it comes to making money: make enough money to at least be able to comfortably support myself while having as much free time as possible. If I work too much, then I won’t be able to enjoy all the money that’s coming in. Conversely, if I work too little, then I won’t have enough money to support myself.
  4. When my income becomes large enough to comfortably support myself and still have a good amount left over, then I’ll begin to pay off my debts. -It might take me awhile or no time at all to pay off what I owe. This includes what I owe on ITT Tech, Sallie Mae, UU, my credit cards, my lawyer fees, and I think that’s it. I’ll definitely have to get a credit check either before or after to fully assess my debt.
  5. Once ALL of my debt is paid off, I’ll apply for a credit card to boost my credit and save up to go back to college. -Since my debt will be all paid for, I want to raise my credit score even further by properly using a credit card. During this time, I’ll also save up to go back to college, this time at Bowling Green State University. Since I’ll have a MUCH better credit score this time around, I’ll be moAr eligible for loans and I’ll be able to get lower-interest loans if I need them.
  6. Go to college and still maintain the websites to generate money while I’m in college. -Because I will have balanced my workload in Goal #3, I shouldn’t worry about overdoing it while I’m at college. In the event that my grades begin to slip because I’m too busy updating my websites, then I’ll lower the update periods from daily to weekly while I’m in college and go from there.
  7. Once I graduate college with a BA in Japanese, apply to study abroad. -I might be able to do this while I’m still in college, but I dunno for sure. One of my big life goals is to not only visit another country, but to live in one, even for a short amount of time.
  8. Live in Japan for at least a year or two. -As I said before, I would love to live in another country. I’m really interested in Japan because they are on the forefront of technology. For example, although we have screen-savers on our cell phones now, the Japanese have had them since the late ’90s!!!1 Also, their music scene is out of this world! It would also be nice to meet Marty Friedman if he were taping a show or performing a concert.

Of course, we all know how life can throw you a curve-ball that’ll pitch your plans out the window. Basically, these are my life goals until something in my life changes and makes me change my goals. In closing, I would like to say that no one’s perfect (especially me, lol!) and that you must follow your passion without fear of failure. Because it’s better to fail doing what you love than failing to do what you love. Good-night, and good-luck. TheAndySan P.S: It’s been 40 days since has been up and 12 days since has been up. I’m going to be retooling so it might take a bit before I update it again.