Another month in the books! While I’d love to sit here and say it was a huge month for me, it really wasn’t. In fact, the month was fairly slow business-wise. To tell the truth, I took my foot off the gas for most of the month and opted to coast instead.
I have good reason
As you know, my daughter came to visit for the summer. Originally, my plan was to continue hustling and spending time with my lil one in the process, but I changed my mind at the beginning of July. Part of the reason is she’s going home in the next few days – in fact by the time you read this, she’ll already be back home in Arkansas. Anyway, I didn’t want to be working on my own shit the whole time she was here so I put in a bunch of overtime and decided to end her trip with tons of fun.
It started with the 4th of July. If you didn’t already know, I’m not a huge fan of the holiday. Sure, I love the holiday pay and the barbecues and hanging with friends and family, but that’s it. As I’ve grown up, the whole fireworks aspect of it all has lost its excitement for me. I don’t know if it’s growing up or what, but explosions and lights in the sky have no appeal to me. Low key, I despise firework shows – 20 to 30 minutes of fireworks for an hour or more of traffic? No thanks! When my daughter’s mother and I were still together, she used to have to guilt trip me into going, haha!
I didn’t want to continue that trend when I considered just how little time summer break actually was. So despite my feelings, I took her to a fireworks show complete with Monster Trucks, dirt bike jumps, and a human cannon ball. And she loved it!
The next week, I followed suit with more fun – this time with arcade games and jousting. I set a goal at the beginning of the month to go on a date, and while I didn’t go on a date with a potential mate, I feel a daddy/daughter date qualifies. It was a lot of fun. First, we went to Round One. Round One is basically a huge arcade with karaoke rooms, bowling, pool tables, and food/alcohol. I definitely recommend it if you have one in your area.
For the jousting, we went to a place called Medieval Times, another place I recommend if you have one nearby. Medieval Times is an interesting place. It’s a type of dinner/theater event. You get to see a whole show complete with jousting, sword fights, drama and more. All that and a 3-course meal, which you eat by hand, because it’s the renaissance era after all. Anyway, it’s a great way to spend 2 hours with someone you care about.
The following week, we hit up Disneyland! Disneyland is another thing that I don’t get that excited about. For me, it’s way over hyped – happiest place on Earth? Ehhh… It’s cool, but I can think of better, more fun things to do with my money. But the goal was fun for the kiddo so I sucked it up and went. Now, it’s not like it was her first time. She’s been at least 3 other times in the past. It was my first time in at least 10 years though. We tore up that park for 10 hours before coming home. Funny thing, I slept for most of the next day. Guess I was tired?
Tomorrow, we’re going to Lego Land. Now this I’m excited about as I’ve never been. Not that I’m a Lego fanatic. It’s just that ever since the park opened when I was just a kid, I’ve always wanted to go. Addisyn is equally if not more excited to go as it’s the only place she’s been asking about since she got back to California.
Obviously, all of this fun wasn’t cheap. I think I spent somewhere in the neighborhood of $700-900. You might be saying, “You don’t need to spend that kind of money to hang with your kid,” and you’re right. I didn’t go crazy this month because I felt I needed to, I did it because I wanted to. Some of my best childhood memories have been when my parents took me to do something out of the ordinary, so I chose to squeeze a bunch of memories into 4 weeks, lol.
It wasn’t all fun though
Things with the shop have progressed – should get and sign the lease paperwork this week, got the contract from my franchise partners as well. It doesn’t look like we’ll be open by August 1st, but that’s ok. As long as we open, I’ll be happy. The first few months are going to be rough though. I just switched to the overnight shift at work, (10pm – 6:30am). When the shop opens, the hours will likely be 11am – 7pm, so when will I sleep? Good question. I’m going to have to get creative with my sleep schedule. I’m hoping to hire someone from day one so that they can open and I come in at 1pm, but we’ll see what happens.
Nothing exciting on the blogging front. Dropped a few collaborations that I was keeping on the back burner. I’m planning to scale the blog starting in August. Again, we’ll see how it goes, given my other stuff going on. Currently, I’m working on my Pinterest game and learning to drive traffic. I still struggle to reach the right audience, which is why my monthly views have yet to break over 500.
I can’t remember if I’ve talked about this recently on the blog, but a few months back, I bought a Kangen Water Machine. Literally, I’ve wanted one for at least 18 months, so I’m happy to say I pulled the trigger on that purchase. I’ve been promoting the machine candidly since getting one. Alkaline water is getting a lot of buzz these days, so I’m happy to be promoting the absolute best water in that category. I try to drink about a gallon every day and have felt pretty great since making the switch. I’ve actually become something of a water snob. Kangen Water is all I drink now – aside from the occasional Starbucks or Jamba Juice trip of course.
Anyway, I take my water everywhere. Yes, I even took a gallon to Disneyland! One day, I left my water at home and asked my brother to bring it to me, It’s that serious. I could go into the benefits of the water and the machine in detail, but that’s a topic for another day. In the meantime, I’ll just say the machine is multi-versatile, offering not only drinking water but also water that can be used as a disinfectant and water that acts as a cleaning agent that can emulsify oil.
If you want to know more, you can go here: www.Alivewith9point5.com. Don’t worry. No opt-ins required. It’s just some videos explaining the benefits as well as uses of the water.
Other than that, I’m done with this entry.
See ya next month, same bat time, same bat channel…
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