Bang & Reign are Toxic but I Love Caffeine

So today, I learned something about myself that is obvious as night and day. My body loves caffeine. That’s right, I awakened this morning cranky as hell. At 6AM, I ate a good breakfast and by 9 AM I was tired, anxious, irritable, easily annoyed and took a two-hour nap. By 11:00, I was mad at my lack of motivation or ambition and not being able to get anything productive done on a Saturday.

About 3-4 days ago, I quit drinking Bang and Reign which I usually enjoy every morning as a sort of a Mormon Coffee!  Mormons can’t drink coffee, it’s a joke. I’m not a practicing Mormon but I still uphold many standards but have been  addicted to caffeine since drinking Mountain Dew at 11 years old. It’s  been a solid 3-4 years when I switched to an energy drink a day; namely the zero calorie ones.

This three day streak of not drinking these brews as been hard to withstand temptation to buy them. It’s not the caffeine I’m against – It’s the sucralose in the drinks. I suspect it’s causing a sort of metabolic syndrome? I’ve been unable to lose weight even with daily consistent exercise over the last month and week. So I made the conscious effort to boot these energy drinks.  I’m sick of paying $2 dollars a day and it’s going up in price. Now it’s 2 for $4.50 and this is getting ridiculous.

Now, I’m determined to quit. I’m calling these drinks corporate poison brews because they are most likely toxic? Their intent is to keep us addicted. They are not concerned about me! I suspect these drink and beverage manufacturers use a proprietary blend in their drinks with other substances (besides caffeine) to cause dependence? I suspect it because I’m taking a 200mg caffeine pill in the mornings to mitigate the stress of going without the drinks, and I’m still habitually cra. Formerly, my favorite Bang was Birthday Cake Bash.

So lastly, TODAY, I couldn’t figure out why I was so anxious? I ate a good breakfast, drank plenty of water and by noon I was so stressed and ready to go straight through the roof. I purchased a Kombucha drink, a lb. of red seedless grapes, and cracked open a can of premium chili. I thought maybe I just needed a little sugar in my blood because I was having some sort of hypoglycemic attack? This could be causing the moodiness?  Nope, the sugar didn’t help or the grapes! Then, I realized I hadn’t taken the daily 200mg of caffeine!? I had totally spaced the caffeine pill. Dang it! That had to be it!?

And guess what? It only took about 20 minutes for the caffeine to kick in and I was feeling pleasant, focused and ready to get something done, finally. So much so, I felt inspired to write this post even at 5PM today. In the grand scheme, it’s too early to tell what kicking energy drinks are going to accomplish in my overall health but I suspect any sucralose is not good for humans…

Welcome to Roadrunner!

RoadrunnerSo my brother and I formed our own business titled Roadrunner: we build your social capital. I’ve always held onto closely-guarded marketing secrets and kept them to myself while not wanting to share what I know with others..  I have serious courage now to start a new company  and it’s great. My brother, Joseph, is going to take care of the management end. I’m learning a lot of code, administering a server, running automated systems, and doing marketing analysis. Starting a few years back, I’ve been able to accrue close to 100K followers on Instagram and attribute this mostly to my photography and the high-quality content that I post, daily. Building social network communities is no easy task and takes a lot of effort, which very few people care to undertake or simply lack the patience to watch it grow slowly; yet most people want or covet that kind of connection or audience.  I naturally have an obsession and passion for networking and probably wouldn’t have pushed the envelope so dang hard if I didn’t.

So now I’m going to start doing it for a few businesses through a selective process and taking on responsibilities that I can manage. These clients will learn my knowledge and insight. My dream has been to develop an independent career as an entrepreneur in this niche because I have the expertise to manage and build social capital. I don’t know any company that wouldn’t want this sort of service? We are here to help every company we work with, one-to-one level, to help them grow and forge their way through the murky territory of social networking.  Taking this lead has required climbing out of my comfort circle and applying what I know to other business niches and it’s proving fruitful and beneficial for others. This is what I do as a mover & shaker and don’t waste any time.

There’s are two ways to deal with social networking… You can be a slave to it or you can put social networks to work for you. That’s what I’ve learned to do! They do my bidding!!!


Shoestring Thoughts & Free Stuff

I’m feeling compelled to write especially while sleepless and awake at five in the morning. I’ve got everything on my mind from business ideas and ways to improve my life. My birthday is next week and it serves as a reminder of what I’ve accomplished and what I need to accomplish in order to meet my goals and succeed in my future.

If you’re looking for mind candy, I’ve got an overload of useful ideas but this blog is a serious endeavor and I want to do it right. Some good advice to consider about blog-building, creating a shoe-string start-up, or anything else that becomes unique, try checking out Chris Guillebeau and you can find his awesome free PDF guide: 279 Days to Overnight Success! I discovered his blog just a few days ago while scouring the internet during a brainstorming session dedicated to Desert Rat. So much information exists but this is indispensable!

Anyways, I’ve been a natural writer my whole life an advocate for creativity but I do believe we live with a culture that is attention deficit and people want to read things quickly so I’ll keep this sweet. With all the possibilities that exist with the internet, I would like to exploit every opportunity to network with artists and entrepreneurs from all over the the world, and that is part of the grand plan. I don’t want to burn out though so I have a regimen to post regularly to avoid this.

My old blog was West Desert Journal. It was mostly poems and thoughts centered around the environment and the intoxicating beauty of the Desert Southwest but I mostly wrote for myself,  not a bigger audience. It was a form of personal liberation and therapy and I have grown in my outlook. I want to produce valuable content and free resources  for my readers. At the same time, I feel hindered by my own fears to change start something big for the better but I remind myself that the biggest risk that I face is inaction and doing nothing at all.

Some of my fears include worries as to whether I’m going to be able to connect with a substantial audience, garner enough readers, or even be a worthy writer? My biggest fear is failing. So I’m admitting weaknesses and want to be stronger than them. So I’m taking action on my dreams and goals. Taking a business-like approach has reignited my passion to write and perhaps produce something of value!