Video: Universal Basic Income Explained – Free Money for Everybody? UBI

I came across this very fun and well done video on YouTube explaining UBI – Universal Basic Income.

UBI or Freedom Dividend – is one of the main reasons why I started paying attention to Andrew Yang, as he was the one pushing for it. Ever since he suspended his campaign on February 2020, more and more people are discussing his ideas and getting involved in politics even.

But again, UBI is not a new concept. There are people in American history who have pushed for a Universal Basic Income – such as Martin Luther King, Jr.

One of the main arguments against UBI is thinking that people are just going to become lazy once they get free money. Studies have shown that that is not the case – instead of creating a ceiling (like welfare programs with strings attached), it creates a floor where people can stand up.

Now that we are going through a worldwide pandemic, UBI isn’t sounding as radical as it did before.

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Freedom Dividend vs. $15 Minimum Wage

I’ve been trying to analyze why I and so many others are into Andrew Yang and his ideas. I mean, it just makes total sense?

Here’s a personal example: my husband hasn’t had a fulltime job for about a year now. As a matter of fact, he’s been laid off twice. The first job let him go because they were shutting the company down, the second time was due to them automating the tasks he would typically do for his job. In Andrew Yang’s book The War On Normal People he talks about automation taking people’s jobs and it’s already happening – self-checkout, self-driving cars and trucks, AI customer service, robots that do repetitive tasks like chopping up food, etc.

And while automation has made life a lot easier and convenient, it’s also putting people out of jobs a lot faster.

So if you’re wondering why I would like everyone to receive $1000 a month from the US government instead of a Federal Job Guarantee from Bernie Sanders? This is why.

People who oppose the Freedom Dividend / Universal Basic Income assume that people are just going to fuck off, become lazy and not work. I don’t think that’s true as many people – including myself – would love to have an extra $1000 to:

+ Pay down some debt – like a student loan or credit card bill
+ Use it to pay for an unexpected expense – car repair, medical bill, etc
+ Save it for an emergency.
+ Invest it in the stock market
+ Take a class or workshop in your personal interests
+ And so much more.

It doesn’t solve all the problems but it’s better than nothing. Why is it so hard to just give people money?

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One Week Since Andrew Yang Suspended His Campaign

It’s safe to say that a lot of Yang Gang are experiencing a range of emotions ever since Andrew Yang suspended his presidential campaign. I know he had good reason to do so but still, a lot of us are feeling a certain type of way about it. We all feel like we’re in limbo or something, wondering what’s going to happen next.

For one, I’ve never given a crap about politics…EVER. Not until Andrew Yang entered the scene. And a lot of people who follow him now say the exact same thing.

Many people (mostly Yang Gang) are still hoping that he would unsuspend his campaign but at this point, it doesn’t seem that way. Per his final Nevada townhall a few days after suspending, he does plan on announcing something within the next two to six weeks though.

Over the weekend, I watched this 2 hour long YouTube video of Paget Kagy interviewing Dr. Quintus Jett and there are a lot of valuable insights as to what happened to Andrew Yang’s campaign and what could still happen, which is why I got excited about the possibility of Andrew Yang rebooting his campaign because Dr. Jett broke it down in such a way that sounded like it was still very possible – reboot the campaign not to win as president but to simply continue letting people know about his Freedom Dividend / Universal Basic Income.

The Freedom Dividend – giving $1000 to every American over the age of 18 with no strings attached – is what initially attracted me to Andrew Yang. My friend called it a handout. And while it probably sounds that way, I know plenty of people who would love to receive that $1000 a month.

Finally, a plan that actually gives something to people – money in their hands to do whatever they want with it.

Needless to say, I’ve been obsessed all week since the campaign suspension; I’ve been watching videos on YouTube and just trying to understand what worked and what didn’t. A lot of us (myself included), donated to Andrew Yang’s campaign whether it was time, money, effort. I donated money, which is something I’ve never done before. That’s how much I believed in Andrew Yang’s message.

While the whole experience of following Andrew Yang’s political journey is a personal choice, I also see it as a study in marketing, advertising, psychology, social media, running fast moving political campaigns and a peek into how mainstream media (MSM) operates.

My thoughts on MSM? They don’t like diversity as much as they claim to. Andrew Yang was blacked out, literally ignored almost every single time MSM would talk about the presidential candidates. He was also given the least amount of speaking time during the debates. It was infuriating to witness over and over and that’s why I think Yang Gang fought even harder for Andrew.

I wrote this down so I can finally be at peace with it and let go of my own expectations, so I guess we’ll see what happens next. I hope to stay engaged just to see what Andrew Yang plans on doing but after this, I might go back to being disengaged in politics unless someone else interesting comes along.

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Andrew Yang Has Inspired Me

If you follow me on Twitter, then you know I’ve been tweeting nonstop about Andrew Yang – 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate.

It all started sometime 6 months ago, when I would see a friend of mine post his pic on Instagram or mention UBI – Universal Basic Income also known as the Freedom Dividend – Andrew Yang’s signature policy of handing out $1000 a month to every American over the age of 18.

So I became curious about the guy and got hooked. I watched interviews of him and found that I liked him. The Freedom Dividend was enough to entice me. I mean, who wouldn’t want $1000 a month? Even though I have a job and get paid well, the cost of living is still going up and that $1000 would definitely help.

By the end of November I started donating money to his campaign. And as a marketer and graphic designer, I liked his marketing and his style. His supporters, known as the Yang Gang were making themselves more visible around the internet.

Then he got Donald Glover and Dave Chappelle to endorse him. He became more popular not only for that but for being good at debates. He also became known for being the only candidate who didn’t bash Trump or his supporters. Not only that but the Yang Gang has lifted him up through social media when mainstream media ignored him and still do using the #YangMediaBlackout hashtag.

So at this point, I’m totally gunning for him. I can’t explain why he is so interesting to me, as there might be a lot of factors:

  1. He’s not a politician.
  2. He’s got a sense of humor. He’s relatable, is nice and down to earth.
  3. He wants us to have $1000 a month with no strings attached.
  4. He emphasizes our value as human beings, more than our economic value.
  5. I am engaged whenever he speaks and I actually understand what he’s saying.

I’ve also payed attention to his astrological birth chart and watched a few YouTube astrologers analyze it. Andrew Yang is doing big things and he’s just getting started.

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How to Succeed This Decade

I saw this on Roberto Blake’s Twitter so I figured I should save it somewhere to remind myself of my own goals:

– Save Money
– Self Care
– Learn a High Level Skill
– Read More
– Schedule Your Days
– Eat Healthy
– Invest Your Money
– Take More Risk
– Spend Less on Things
– Create More Income Streams
– Treat People Fairly
– Be Consistent

At this point though, the term ‘goals’ has become diluted in my opinion. Everyone’s constantly talking about their ‘goals’. So I’m going to strive for the things on this list and hope I make progress. Remember, small changes done consistently become big ones over time.

but I’m also going to add to it, because I’m not a duplicate.

– Write More
– Learn New Things
– Stay Creative
– Make Magic

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Classes I Want To Take in 2020

The people who know me well know that I like learning new things. The main problem with that is my inconsistency to see things through completion; meaning I have a difficult time finishing things. It happens mostly with books and courses. Like there are so many things I want to do and learn, it’s frustrating that I seem to have zero focus as I literally want to learn everything. That’s what happens when you call yourself a ‘Jack of all trades’ I guess.

I’ve been looking at and considering some classes and programs I want to take for 2020, so I’m saving them here.

Integrative Healing Arts Practitioner

Medical Intuition for Healing Workshop

Mini-MBA: Digital Marketing

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Not Posting Is Also A Strategy In Itself

VII of Pentacles from the Albano-Waite Tarot Deck

I noticed something while I was grieving (and I still am) the death of my friend Roxy:

I noticed that people found me online and either:

A) booked an in person healing session with me

B) bought something from my crystal shop

all while I WAS NOT actively promoting or posting for days or for even 2 weeks on Instagram. After my friend passed away, I just didn’t have the same energy for it anymore. I’m in limbo at the moment.

And yet, people still found me.

So what does that mean?

It means that planting seeds and waiting for them to grow still works. Most people don’t see the long game very much, they want instant results. And so they expect to be successful in 6 months or less.

Sometimes I’m still impatient and feel the same. Patience is hard.

Planting seeds is a metaphor for growing your online business or some kind of creative endeavor; you will be spending a lot of time cultivating it with really good content and products. You will spend time caring for it by putting your time and energy into it. But then at some point, you just have to release it and let it go…hang back for a bit and see if your seed planting worked.

And that’s exactly what I did, although it was unexpected.

I did not expect for people to be hitting me up for anything right now. I honestly thought that I would have more time to just sulk, be sad and grieve my friend who I’m missing so much right about now. But the days are moving fast, 2020 is right around the corner and the universe has sent people my way and so I must be in service to them. It must be my Aquarius Ascendant.

So while most digital marketers will tell you to post consistently and a lot, I will say from personal experience: it’s okay to go quiet sometimes, especially when you don’t feel like posting. Don’t force yourself and don’t feel bad that you haven’t posted.

If you planted a good seed, then people should be able to find you. You don’t have to constantly post on Instagram to sell to your followers.

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Life Hasn’t Been the Same💔

I had a very good friend pass away recently. She passed away on Sunday, October 20th but I didn’t find out until Tuesday, October 22nd. Needless to say I haven’t been myself.

Her name was Roxy B. Montoya. We had been friends since 2004 I believe, we met online on a graffiti art forum then became closer friends on MySpace. Then we met in real life in 2006 and we have been best friends ever since. I would go to Las Vegas where she lived to support her art shows, she would come out here with her family to go to Disneyland and also show her art here in LA with her husband Albert.

I miss her terribly. She was only 36 years old and so her death was quite unexpected.

I’m just writing this for myself. To express gratitude for having such an amazing friend. She was loved by everybody, people who have never met Roxy in real life call her their “favorite internet friend”.

I have collected a lot of her art, which I still have.

Here’s an IG story she did for my 2018 birthday & I reposted it:

Dude, I’m missing you a ton. Everyone is. You made everyone feel so special.💔

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An Easy Method for Cranking Out Ideas

If you work as a creative, here’s a quick way to come up with something without having to Google it:

word association.

I find that this is the easiest method to come up with a design or idea for your project. I also find that searching for things on Google for too long can be a total timewaster and actually hinders you from creating. The time spent searching and looking at images could’ve been spent just making the damn thing, at least for me.

So for example: you need to make artwork for a company that targets men. Let’s say it’s for an adult entertainment audience but since nudity or anything explicit is not allowed, it has to be more subtle. Clever, even.

I’m using this example because I work for an adult entertainment company, it’s what I know.

My mind starts thinking of things that men could relate to: the colors blue, red, green, gray, yellow, black. I also start thinking about masculine animals – like a rhinoceros, a lion, or an alligator…just something powerful.

If it’s going to be used as marketing material, it has to invoke something that the audience desires – like power, strength, sexuality.

So I settled on creating a rhino for my project.

Step 01: always think of your target audience first.

This is the most important part of generating ideas – you must always think of who your audience is.

In plain terms: who are you making this for? Who is the customer?

In this case, it’s males who have sex on their mind and are looking for adult entertainment.

Step 02: think of a few words related to your target audience.

This is the part where you think of words – colors, shapes, cars, animals, brands; literally anything that makes you think of that audience. 

I was thinking of horny men, so I was thinking of an animal that was powerful but also had horns. Do you see the word association? It just so happens that a rhinoceros is a large, powerful and heavy animal with giant horns. You can see there’s a lot of symbolism there that men can relate to whether they’re aware of it or not.

Step 03: narrow it down to the strongest idea.

If you have a few ideas, you’ll have to narrow it down to one. You might even have to ask someone for their opinion. It would be perfect to ask someone who fits your target audience’s profile – a man in their late 20’s to early 30’s.

You don’t even have to tell them what it’s for, just show it to them to see what they think.

Step 04: execute your idea.

Now that you have your idea, you can purchase the perfect stock photo or illustration. But if you don’t have the money to buy it, you’ll have to recreate it. In my case, I had to re-create the rhino image in Adobe Illustrator.

Conclusion:

Word association is the easiest method to generate ideas for your marketing & advertising efforts. I’m sure there are other methods, but at the moment this is the one that I’d like to share with you.

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Why Don’t I Have a Real Portfolio?🤔

Heart Eyes, Dark Lipstick – Animated GIF by me

At some point, the purpose of this website was to show my portfolio; but that is no longer the case.

I have been working in the adult entertainment industry for almost 10 years now.

I have given up attempting to put up a portfolio for potential employers to see.

Why?

After years of trying and not getting responses (fact: most employers aren’t open to you having that kind of work history), I’ve decided to stop trying. This doesn’t mean I’ve given up. It just means that I’ve switched my focus from trying to leave where I am now to just creating stuff that makes me happy.

I’ve come to realize that I am where I’m supposed to be for the time being. But for a few years though – I was getting bored, frustrated, restless, dissatisfied. I really felt that it was time to go. I even got bit by the entrepreneur bug and I tried to leave my job with very little success. I was also offered a raise that I simply could not refuse.

So attempts to quit my job just wasn’t happening…I guess I was forcing it to happen.

I brainstormed for a bit as to what would make me happy. I even took a spiritually focused marketing course to explore these ideas. Then the idea came to mind: why don’t I sell crystals? You’ve been buying them so you obviously like them, so why not try selling them?

And it’s true, outside of my work life – I had been collecting crystals and stones, since 2012 (when I was at my other adult entertainment job). I had also taken an interest in learning tarot and developing my intuition and was taking classes as a hobby.

So to cure my boredom, I started up a crystal shop in April of 2017. But that just wasn’t enough. Since everybody else had the same idea, I had to figure out a way to stand out from everyone else, so I learned how to be a healer as well.

Since then, I basically created a whole new reality for myself while still working at this job. Going to another job was obviously not the answer, otherwise I would’ve gotten it already and that would’ve been my next path.

My path was for me to shift my perspective and to transform my life with what I already have.

So why don’t I have a professional design portfolio? I just don’t care to have one anymore.

Just know that a lot of the animated gifs I’ve posted here have been used at some point at work. I just tweaked them for my own use.

Like Gary Vee said: happiness is the goal.

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