What To Do When You Get Pulled Over with Weed in the Car

Medical cannabis might be legal in several states, but it remains illegal on a federal level. Police officers generally need a warrant to search you or your property, but during a traffic stop, they only need probable cause for a legal search. In theory, probable cause means the officer must have some facts or evidence that suggests you’re involved in criminal activity, but it is a loosely defined concept. The Supreme Court ruled in Heien v. North Carolina that the police can basically pull over and detain citizens for pretty much any reason whatsoever even when no real cause exists as “fair leeway for enforcing the law.” In this particular case, however, the person consented to the search, and the majority of people arrested for cannabis unfortunately give up their legal rights willingly by consenting to searches and making similar mistakes.

Many police officers find tricky ways to get citizens to give up their rights and protections voluntarily. As noted in 50 States: New York, cannabis in small amounts is only a criminal offense in NY if held in plain view, but in the 1990s, NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani found a way to get around decriminalization. How? Police officers started ordering people to empty their pockets, which would put the cannabis in plain sight and allow for criminal prosecutions. Most people are raised to believe they should always obey the police, but many arrestees would have been better off remaining silent except to deny consent to searches without a warrant. This is the type of information people need to know to avoid being arrested for cannabis.

For anyone carrying cannabis when stopped by the police, check out the LEARN Channel series How Can I Avoid Arrest with tips to help you avoid search and seizure and cannabis-related arrests. The tips include the following:

TIP #1:  Be respectful.
TIP #2:  You have the right to remain silent. Use it.
TIP #3: Travel with cannabis in a locked briefcase in your trunk.
TIP #4:  Film your interaction and detention.
TIP #5:  Do not consent to voluntary searches.
TIP #6:  Ask if you are free to go.
TIP #7:  Never physically resist a police officer.
TIP #8:  Keep a lawyer’s phone number handy.

Upcoming bonus tips will include passenger rights during a traffic stop and what to do if arrested.
Special thanks to Ariel Clark of Clark Neubert LLP for feedback and advice

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Best Essentials to Always Stock In Your Pantry

According to Mr. Chi City, keeping your refrigerator stocked will get you many women. Well according to me, keeping your pantry stocked will keep you from starving on nights when you are lazy, tired, or too darn cheap to go buy something.

If you constantly travel for work, pleasure, or are just busy, keeping your pantry stocked might just save you from eating whatever that chicken looking thing covered in mold in your fridge might be, even if you are pretty sure that it has only been there for five-ish days. Here are the recommended items you can always have available for sustenance in a flash. Many of the things listed last weeks, even months and are pretty darn easy to work with.

Essentials

Olive oil, coconut oil, ghee (clarified butter)

Unless you are cooking meat, which can cook in its own fat, you should always put at least a tablespoon of oil into the pan before cooking anything (unless a recipe or technique specifically says otherwise). Ghee is my favorite because unlike butter, it never burns.

Flour

A rue is a typical base for most sauces and is equal parts water, flour, and butter. Flour is also required for almost every baking recipe and is also integral to frying. Fun fact: flour can also be thrown on a popcorn fire (when a bag of popcorn lights up in your microwave) to extinguish it quickly without having to unplug any appliances. Keep sealed in an air tight ziplock bag.

Canned Goods

Canned Soup

What is easier than heating up a can of soup? Soup is delicious, easy, and cheap. A meal by itself, soup can also be used to add flavor to rice, grains, and meat. In an emergency scenario, also a lifesaver.

Beans

Chock full of protein, canned beans can be used to make chili, are a great addition to salads, can be served as a side dish, and can be stored in the pantry for years.

Chickpeas aka Garbanzo Beans

Garbanzo beans can be used in salads or to make amazing hummus! Just add olive oil, tahini, lemon, paprika, and blend until smooth.

Or you can make “leblebi” a Turkish delicacy by roasting the chickpeas and covering them with seasoning. Corum, the city I lived in in Turkey is famous for leblebi and have hundreds of different flavors.

Seasonings and Sauce Ingredients

Soy Sauce

One of the most basic recipes or what I like to call an easy weeknight dinner is the stir-fry. You can literally take any vegetables and protein that you have, chop it up, and throw it all into a pan with some soy sauce for 15-20 minutes and BAM! You are done. Throw it on some rice, noodles, or just in a bowl by itself and you’ve got yourself a meal. Fun fact: soy sauce does not have to be refrigerated.

Pasta Sauce

Who doesn’t love spaghetti? Especially on a weeknight when you invite your friends over for dinner and realize you have nothing in the house to make. Boil the water, cook the pasta, add the sauce, PRESTO! Spaghetti alla Pantry for the whole group. Add some chopped onion and ground beef to the sauce and you’ve made Pasta Bolognese.

Onion and garlic

These two pantry staples are the key to every one of your meals being a success. They just make everything taste better. One of my favorite things to whip up is an omelet. I chop up an onion and throw it in a pan with some olive oil. I cook it until it is soft and translucent and I add in some sliced mushrooms, tomatoes, bacon, basically whatever I have available, throw in some eggs, and boom, I’ve got myself an omelet. You know what goes well with omelets?

Hot Sauce

Everything tastes better with hot sauce. My favorite is the chili garlic sauce that they sell in Asian markets. Sriracha, Tapatillo, and Chalula are some of my other favorites. Put hot sauce on your stir-fry and omelets to make them an unforgettable experience for guests. Just make sure you have water on hand in case they can’t take the heat.

But you know what they say: “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen”.

Fillers and Fibers

Grains

Whether you eat carbs or not, it is always a good idea to have some emergency grains and legumes in your house. Your options are limitless: white rice, brown rice, farrow, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, quinoa, bread, noodles, etc. These pantry staples are great for nights when you don’t have a plan, but don’t want to spend $12 on gross “cheap” Mexican food. Grains and legumes fill you up and soak up the yummy sauce from your stir-fry, win-win. If your bored with Italian style pasta, hit up your local Asian market and grab some authentic Asian noodles for a changeup.

Proteins

Canned meat or fish

A can of tuna has come to my rescue more than once. I’m sure you’ve been there. You get home after a long day of work and you are starving. You don’t want to cook, you want as little cleanup as possible and you want to eat something more than a piece of toast. Tuna is great because all you have to do is open the can, pour it into a bowl, add some mayonnaise and some onion if you are feeling fancy, and throw it in between two pieces of bread. Hell, I’ve been known to eat it with a fork, straight out of the bowl.

Nut Butters

The ingredient that can be added to anything! While some people elect to keep their nut butters in the fridge, there are a few brands that have no added sugar that you can leave in the pantry after opening. Nut butters can be cooked into sauce (peanut sauce), added to smoothies, or even eaten by the spoonful. Personally, I enjoy crunchy peanut butter mixed into my plain greek yogurt.

 

Tax Season Tips for Twenty-Somethings

First time filing taxes? Here’s what you need to know.

Tax season is something our parents and economics teachers should have taught us about but never did. Yet oddly, it’s one of the most important American chores adults have to take care of like clockwork each year. Screw it up, and you just might end up owing thousands of dollars to the government. Sort it out, and get a nice chunk of what feels like free money once a year.

Decide if you need to hire someone

If your tax situation is straightforward, you can do them yourself, maybe even for free.

There are circumstances under which you should hire an accountant to do your taxes. If you go this route, I recommend asking friends and family to refer you to someone, as there are countless horror stories about accountants butchering the tax returns of the innocent.

If you received unemployment benefits or earned large sums from self-employment, you might want to consider hiring an accountant, as opposed to navigating the quagmire of IRS forms all by your lonesome.

Don’t worry. We’re in this together

Find out if you’re required to file

You are required to file a tax return if you made $10,300 or more last year, assuming you are single and no one else can claim you as a dependent (see below). If you are a dependent, then you must file if you made $6,300 or more.

If you receive a 1099 form, usually from self-employment or independent contractor work, you must file if it states you made $400 or more on that single document.

If you are still unsure if you’re required to file, use this free tool (courtesy of efile.com)

Figure out if you’re claiming yourself

This sometimes involves a call to the parental unit. If they’re still claiming you, you can’t claim yourself. A parent might cling to your dependency status to milk their own tax return for all its worth. However, claiming yourself could also mean fattening your own tax return. Thus, you might have to do a bit of negotiating to figure out what’s best for you and your family. The general guideline states that if you pay for at least 51% of your own living expenses, you should claim yourself. Get the detailed version here.

Just because you’re not required to file doesn’t mean you shouldn’t

It’s likely that you can still receive a tax refund even if you aren’t required to file. This is true especially if you are claiming yourself and if you were a college or graduate student at any point during the last tax year.

Find out if you qualify for free tax preparation services

Depending on your income level, you may qualify for free tax preparation services sponsored by the IRS. This doesn’t just apply to tax software, either. You can hire an accountant to file your taxes at no cost to you.

If you made $31,000 or less this year, you qualify for TurboTax Freedom Edition. Do not confuse it with TurboTax’s Federal Free Edition. You will not find a link to the Freedom Edition anywhere on TurboTax’s site, though it’s a much more comprehensive software that covers 1089s, 1099s, and all sorts of goodies.

If you made $54,000 or less this past year (which you probably did if you’re under 30), you qualify for the IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. This means a real live accountant will help you do your taxes for free! To find one, you can look up a provider here.

Get your documents in order

A couple years ago, I forgot to report income from a job I worked at for only two months. This is a huge tax no-no that may result in you needing to file the dreaded Amended Tax Return. (Please do not do this to yourself.)

You should have the following documents on hand:

  • W-2 forms from every place you were employed throughout the year (no matter how long you worked there).
  • 1099 forms from any independent contractor work in which you made $600 or more. (Occasionally, incompetent companies may send you a 1099 when you made less than $600, and you will be required to report it if you made $400 or more.)
  • 1089-T forms if you were a student for at least ½ time during the past year. This could get you my favorite tax credit, the American Opportunity Tax Credit (translation: $1,000 extra on your tax return depending on how much dough you dropped on tuition, loans included, if you were an undergraduate).
  • Any additional documentation from stocks, bonds, and those other things I don’t have.
  • Documentation of large donations, work- or volunteer-related expenses, vehicle registration, and more.

Be thorough and consistent

One mistake can mean getting audited by the IRS. This is the last thing you want. The number one reason for an IRS tax audit is not reporting all of your income. Make sure to review all documents a couple times before you submit. If you hire an accountant, never sign a blank tax document.

Choose the direct deposit option

Just do it. I got my tax return in less than 5 days this year and already blew most of it on my bills.

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Bar Etiquette | Ordering a Drink

Ordering a drink at a bar is a somewhat elusive art. While we learn from a relatively tender age how to properly behave in a restaurant, place an order with a server, and leave an appropriate tip, it is rare that any budding adult has had training on how to order booze. In fact, our first efforts in bars are so frequently geared towards making sure our fake IDs aren’t taken away that we seldom realize there is an unspoken etiquette that needs to be observed whilst at the adult watering hole.

How to place your order

If you think they may not have seen you, or they didn’t hear your whimpering for a cocktail, you’re wrong. Bartenders see and hear everything (yes, even that one you thought couldn’t hear you telling your friend you thought he’s cute). First off, when attempting to get a tenders attention, please refrain from any of the following:

Waving a credit card/cash in the bartenders face (bartenders see everything)

Clicking/clapping/yelling (bartenders hear everything)

Shoving the people who have waited patiently to get to the bar (you get the point – act like an ass and its not gonna happen)

Once you’ve secured the bartenders attention, the worst you could do is waste his or her time. Get right to the point and order your drinks.

Use good manners

Know your order. Look a cocktail menu or beer list over before getting the bartenders attention. 1

Got a big order? Order all the drinks at once. Make sure everyone in your party knows what they want. This may seem counterintuitive but a bartender is most concerned with drink production efficiency (more drinks made = more tips paid). Making one round of five drinks is faster than making five rounds of one drink.

Stay attentive after you’ve placed your order – turn around or walk away to a conversation with your friends and you may never receive your drink. Thirsty people pay attention.

Now that you’ve placed and received your order like a gentleman or gentlewoman, it’s time to tip like one. Remember, like most positions in the service industry, bartenders are getting paid minimum wage or below. Not tipping is like deciding that your tender doesn’t deserve a paycheck. While it’s understood that you may be new to adulthood and therefore low on cash, it’s still good manners to huck over at least 20% (or at least two dollars per cheap beer/cocktail), though we will get to the benefits of tipping more soon…

Thats it! Congratulations, you’ve now ordered liquor like fully functional adult. 


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The Perks of Living at Home Post College

I have just moved out on my own after living with my parents for a year post college and now that I am officially on my own, I am realizing how living with them was actually pretty fucking awesome. When I made the decision to move home after college (okay, so the decision was forced on me), I was less than thrilled. Having to adjust to living back at home after you have been living on your own with all your best friends is hard. But I learned to love living at home and am actually going to miss it. Here are my reasons why moving home post college is actually pretty rad.

*I will preface this by mentioning when I moved home, I was just moving an hour away from where I went to college, to Los Angeles suburbia (whatup Calabasas). I wasn’t moving to small town in Montana where I couldn’t see any of my friends from school. So while I was living with the ‘rents, I was still able to see my college friends quite a bit.

Without further adieu, here are the reasons why I loved moving home post college.

Money, money, money

While all my friends were stressing about paying their ridiculously expensive rent (gotta love Los Angeles real estate), I was able to save almost everything I made working. No need to pay for groceries, rent, cleaning supplies, pretty much anything you can think of. Now I have $$$ in my savings account, which is rare for a twenty something.

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Food

If you are lucky (and I was indeed), you get to come home from work to a hot meal every night. No cooking or grocery shopping for you buddy! Coming home from work after my long commute (the one downside of moving home) and not having to worry about cooking was quite the luxury.

 

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Dogs

Again, this isn’t the case for everyone, but I got to be reunited with my dog! So many 20 somethings want a dog, but can’t afford one and don’t have the time to deal with one. Well, I got to reap the benefits of unconditional puppy love without spending one dollar on the pup.

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Cleaning

I of course had to clean my own room and bathroom, but I no longer had to worry about making time to clean the whole apartment or house.

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Your parents

I’ve always been close to my parents, but living at home as a real adult brought us so much closer and I learned my parents are actually pretty cool.

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So now that I have officially left the coop and realized how much I’ll miss it, I’ve adapted some of my parents living ways into my new home life. My mama is an organizational guru and decorator extraordinaire, so I had her give me some decorating and organization tips. What’s great is my new place now has the homey feel of my old home 2,500 miles away.

But the biggest thing I took away from my year at home was to make time for my parents. Even though we’re on opposite coasts, I plan to make a conscious effort to call them at least once a week. I had forgotten the importance of family during college, but I definitely learned it moving back home.

Need Some Quick Cash? Check Out These 10 Apps That Will Bump Up Your Bank Account

Let’s face it – we’ve all had that sinking feeling when you check your bank account in the morning and find out you spent more money on drinks the night before than you make in a single paycheck.

Not to worry!

Thanks to the on demand takeover, there are tons of ways to make extra cash in your free time. Try your hand at a couple of these apps and you’ll have your bank account at full strength in no time.

Uber | Lyft | Sidecar

Lyft + UberWhat You’ll Do: Let’s be real – if you don’t know how Uber or Lyft work, you probably don’t know how a smartphone works. If you don’t know how a smartphone works, this article probably isn’t for you.

What You’ll Need: A 4 door car registered in your name, a clean driving record, a smart phone, and an ability to wow passengers with your fascinating small talk topics.

What You’ll Make: Estimates vary, but realistically it likely ranges from $12-$20 an hour.

Airbnb

What You’ll Do: You’ll be renting out your residence to travelers in search of local experiences.

What You’ll Need: An empty room or house. If you live in an apartment complex, you’d likely need to check with your landlord and see if it’s ok.

What You’ll Make: Depending on the quality/location of your place, but you could make around $50-100 a night on the low end – with higher end places bringing in $300+ each night it gets booked.

Postmates | Favor

Postmates

What You’ll Do: You’ll be delivering anything you could possibly think of. Eyedrops from CVS? Check. A burrito from Chipotle? Check. Pants from Nordstrom? You betcha!

What You’ll Need: A car (or a bike if you live in San Francisco), and the willpower to not take a few bites of the pad thai mid-delivery.

How Much You’ll Make: ~$10-$16/hour plus tips (usually 10-15% of the order)

Instacart

Instacart

What You’ll Do: You can be a grocery shopper, cashier, delivery driver, or you could do all three.

What You’ll Need: A car if you are a delivery driver. Bonus points if you love Whole Foods (let’s be honest though, who doesn’t love Whole Foods?).

How Much You’ll Make: $13-$19/hour

Wonolo

What You’ll Do: They essentially connect companies and people that are looking for short-term gigs lasting anywhere from a few hours to a full workday. Jobs typically involve tasks such as merchandising, loading/unloading equipment, and filling in data sheets. These jobs can be great for networking. I personally know of a few Wonoloers who have been offered full time positions from impressing their employer during Wonolo gigs.

What You’ll Need: A phone, and to do an exceptional job each time. Since these are real employers you’re working with, there’s very little tolerance for showing up late to work.

What You’ll Make: I’ve seen jobs range anywhere from $9/hour to $40/hour, and everything in between.

Seamless | Doordash

What You’ll Do: You’ll be delivering food from various restaurants to wannabe restaurant-goers.

What You’ll Need: A car and the willpower to not take a few bites of the pad thai mid-delivery.

What You’ll Make: Up to $25/hour.

Saucey | Drizly | Sqyre | Minibar

What You’ll Do: Delivering beer to thirsty frat bros, wine to sophisticated adults, and pretty much everything in between.

What You’ll Need: A car, and good eye for spotting the occasional fake ID.

What You’ll Make: ~$15-$20 an hour.

Taskrabbit
Taskrabbit

What You’ll Do: Mostly chore/errand related activities – but there’s a wide range of activities, ranging from cleaning ovens to building Ikea furniture.

What You’ll Need: To show basic competency and a clean record – Taskrabbit’s application process is the most intensive I’ve seen.

What You’ll Make: Set your own rates! You may need to start off with a lower rate initially, but some people’s rates have grown to $150/hour (not too shabby).

Amazon Flex

Amazon Flex

What You’ll Do: You’d be delivering anything and everything you’d find on their website to people’s doorstep.

What You’ll Need: Must be at least 21 years old, a car, and an Android phone (at least for now)

What You’ll Make: $18-$25/hour

Fiverr

What You’ll Do: You’ll be offering up professional services to buyers. This platform is great for gaining new skills and building up a portfolio – making you look even more attractive to potential employers.

What You’ll Need: A set of basic business skills.

What You’ll Make: $5 per gig plus add-ons, which vary depending on the service you want to provide.

Surkus

What You’ll Do: I swear I’m not making this up. Surkus offers opportunities to become extras at different parties, music videos, and events. If you make it through the selection process, all you’d have to do is show up to the event and party like it was your job… which in this case it is.

What You’ll Need: A Facebook and Instagram account that shows how really, really, good looking you are.

What You’ll Make: $8-$50 per event + free booze (you read that right)

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6 Financial Resolutions for Twenty-Somethings to Stick to

We work for money. We sit in an office, wash dishes, shmooze, hustle just so we can make a buck and go have Chipotle when we want. But if you ever feel guilty about paying $14 for a cocktail you could have made at home, then your finances are probably not in order. You should always know how much you can spend and where you can spend it, because if you don’t have a handle on your bank account, you’re a chump.

Here’s a few tips and tricks to be a little smarter with your cashola.

Make a budget

And stick to it. Excel is definitely under your skills on Linkedin so use it. Make a Google doc because its free and set up the following tabs: Food, Utilities, Rent, Fun, and Total. Take the time to actually enter in all of your expenses from January and see where your money is going. Then set realistic limits on what you want to spend each month and hold to it.

Pay off your credit card every month

Seriously – if you don’t then add on $3 to every item you buy, because that is interest.

Review your statement

That way you can see how much the surge actually cost you in your Uber or how much you drunkenly tipped the hot bartender. Or you know, there might be fraudulent charges. Also while your doing this, you can input the information in your budget!

Schedule reminders for your Auto-Pays

It sounds silly because that’s why you have Auto Pay, but just set a little iCal reminder on the date the money usually leaves your account. You’ll have a better idea of what your balance is and how much money you are actually spending.

Save – even just 1%

1% of $1,000 is 10 dollars. It’s not much, but you’ll feel good about saving and it adds up fast (But seriously maybe try 15% and move it right into your savings as soon as you get your paycheck or else you never will).

Get a travel credit card and use it

The more you use, the more miles you’ll get and at the end of the year you can take a swanky vacation or at least visit a friend that lives in a different state! It’s like FREE MONEY!

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The Undeclared Life: Goal-Setting for the Undecided

Goals, the magic word that pops up when our generation talks about what it means to be an adult. From an early age the idea of striving towards something is instilled in us as a necessity. At each phase of our life we have goals to work toward, and by the time we graduate from school, we’re supposed to have this bright shiny elevator pitch prepared when your relative asks what our “plan” is.

Everyone needs to be working towards something, right? Going into a job interview with zero goals is basically asking for unemployment, right? If you don’t have any goals, you’re a failure, right?  Well, to hell with that.

Surprise: Failure doesn’t mean you’re wrong. It just means you’re not right yet.

There are a million reasons to remain undecided, and absolutely none of them mean “failure.” You’re worried enough to read an article about it on the internet, so you’re obviously doing something about it. And that is everything.

So why does indecision feel like failure?

Our generation was raised on failure; or rather, the fear of it. It’s not about survival, anymore. It’s about validation from others.

“Failure” starts by comparing ourselves to an outdated model.

What Grandpa doesn’t know is…if he were in your shoes, he probably wouldn’t have his own house, either.

People today are so enamored by achievement, that we don’t have time to incubate our ideas anymore. Why bother, when we can just share our half-formed notions in 140 characters or less?

As humans, we are designed to change our minds.

Adapting to this change is what made us as advanced as we are today. The last time we had one, singular purpose was in Prehistoric times. What was our “goal” then? Survival. And now, humans have more freedom than ever. We have more time. We have more food. We have more knowledge. And it’s a lot to process.

So: you’re out of college, but remain Undeclared. What do you do?

You were hoping for a list of tips for an easy way out, weren’t you? Too bad.

Because if you embrace your circumstance, you’re going to give yourself something better than the momentary misery of indecision or lack of direction.

Indecision is the most under-appreciated creativity hack in existence. Here are some famous examples.

Ever heard of James Joyce? You better have.

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Writing was something he enjoyed, but didn’t necessarily plan as a career. He happened to be a talented singer, so music was his main gig. It wasn’t until he was 32 that his first book was published.

His writing was better, from having lived it. Imagine if James Joyce spent his entire adult life doing nothing other than writing? Without failure, indecision, confusion, and wandering, he’d have nothing interesting to say.

Without those years of indecision, James Joyce may not have become one of the most celebrated authors of all time, publishing some of the most famous stories in the world including The Dubliners, Ulysses, and The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

Suze Orman

201106-omag-suze-orman-949x534She is now one of the world’s top personal finance experts, with millions of fans. But she didn’t graduate college with plans to become a money maven. In fact, she had no idea what she wanted. But because she was “supposed” to, Orman settled on a goal: opening a café.

That was when it all went to shit. After a friend invested $50,000 into her business, Suze Orman lost it. Every single penny.

Realizing how poorly she managed her money, Suze Orman decided to get better at it. This led to her finally finding her niche, well into her 30s.

Now tell me, was her life before finance a waste of time?

“But what about finding your passion?”

The word “passion” is just another single-minded box to put your potential in. Your career does not depend on passion.

If Harrison Ford stuck with his “passion,” Han Solo would not be Han Solo.

han-solo-mainHarrison Ford was actually a carpenter for 15 years. And he loved it. His only real “goal” was to be financially stable, and make cool stuff. (Yeah, he made sets for The Doors on tour. NBD.)

One day, George Lucas (a no-name producer at the time,) offered him a tiny role on a set he had been building. He said yes, out of sheer curiosity. This was the beginning of a surprise career change for Ford, which would eventually lead him to Star Wars.

Yes, your passion can (and will) change.

Kalpen Modi (he played Kumar Patel in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle) recently came to the realization that his true calling wasn’t Hollywood. It was Washington.

After spending years building his acting career, Modi changed his mind – big time. He actually had his character on House commit suicide, just so that he could quit and join the Obama administration. He now works at the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Yup, this guy works in the White House now.

So what does this mean for you?

Most success stories don’t follow the Hollywood Timeline.

Success is not a straight line. It might look like a zig-zag. Or a circle. Maybe it’s a series of unconnected dots. Some of the richest, most famous, and brightest people out there are still waiting for that moment where they’ve “made it.” Unfortunately, this moment only exists when you let it.

Your only “goal” is to find a goal. Here’s how.

1. Spend a day pretending that money doesn’t matter, time doesn’t matter, and what other people think doesn’t matter. Just pretend. I know… it’s hard.

2. Then, make a point to see what excites you most about your normal, boring day. Follow that glimmer of excitement and see where it leads you.

All it takes is one hour

Is making breakfast fun? Cool. Spend an hour trying to invent a new dish.

Do you love doing your makeup? Sweet. Experiment with it and see how many looks you can create in one hour.

Are you constantly on social media? If it makes you happy, explore it. Maybe take an hour to check out social media promotion gigs.

If you really enjoy yourself, decide to spend an hour on it tomorrow. Maybe next week, it’ll be two hours a day. Keep going, if it feels good – and in a year, you’ll have mad skills.

But what if I don’t like doing this in a year?

Chances are, you won’t like it the same as you did when you started. But moving in one direction – any direction – is better than standing still. It doesn’t matter if it’s your “calling.” You’re in your twenties. The skills you develop now will ultimately benefit you, no matter where you end up.

The most important decision to make right now – the one that will have the largest impact on the next 5 years of your life, is this:

Enjoy the process.

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Play. Try something you’ll never be good at. Get better at something you already know. Focus on activities, not results.

Living undeclared is actually a gift. By not knowing, you are open to more possibilities than you would be if you just “decided.”

You don’t win an Oscar for writing your acceptance speech. Why should life be any different?

Adulthood is not a school. There are no A’s and B’s. There is no pass or fail. It’s really just a giant study hall.

…So, what would you like to work on, today?

Taking Your Life Back: Living Your Dreams and Not Your 9-5

Do you ever feel like your life revolves around your full-time job? You wake up, get dressed, go to work, go home, go to sleep, wake up, and do it all over again. Every minute of your waking life either sucks because you hate your job, sucks because you are wishing you were somewhere else, or sucks because even after 3 years in the “working world” you are still getting paid in experience. #broke.

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Breaking the cycle is not an easy thing to do. Sometimes even getting my ass to the gym is tough because I would rather sleep, cook dinner, or watch mindless TV until I forget that I’m wasting my life waiting for the future.

“Waiting” is the operative term here

A lot of the time we tend to think about the future and how we will be rich, successful, and well traveled. But, that doesn’t just happen and sitting around doing nothing. “Waiting” for success isn’t going to propel you there.

The only way to get there is to make it happen yourself (unless you have rich parents, a famous friend, or you marry Prince Harry, who in fact is currently taken #nogo).

Take it from someone who knows, it’s hard to have high expectations for life and then see them crumble down around you when you realize that working a full-time job for a year means nothing to anyone, but you and another year just begins as soon as the first one ends. No one cares that you worked for a year because life is long and you will probably have to work for the next 40 years of your life.
high school graduate high school senior gifStop sitting around waiting for life to happen to you and make life happen for yourself. Don’t let your 40-hour or more work week define you. Take your life back! Do something that you care about that will make you happy. Here are some suggestions:

Start a business

You don’t have to invest a lot of money into your new business. It just takes an idea and a few hours of research. If following your dreams means becoming an entrepreneur, then do it! Its easier now than ever to start a business and there are tons of resources online. Get a group of your friends together to be on your team. Some people want to change their life, but don’t have big ideas of becoming an entrepreneur. Use their skills to your advantage and give them important tasks for your business. Starting a blog and/or website is easy to. Follow some awesome tutorials and you can have your own site for free in 30 minutes or less!

Volunteer

Maybe it’s messed up, but people always feel better when they see someone in a worse situation than themselves. Yes, you can sit on your butt and cry about how your boss doesn’t respect you, your mom likes your brother more, and how you will be single and broke forever.

Then, when you are done drinking and crying, which we all know can take hours and multiple glasses of wine, get up, move on, and help someone else. There are people out there who don’t have homes, health insurance, the ability to walk, move, or speak and there are many children all over the world, even in your backyard, starving everyday because they don’t have enough money or resources to get food. Help them and help yourself be less self absorbed. You might even make a few friends or meet a hottie at a volunteer activity. Studies show that people who are interested in the same things are more likely to stay together longer.

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Get on indeed.com, craigslist, whatever floats your boat and find a new job, a supplemental job, or even a couple side gigs.

Making some extra cash never hurt anyone and you can even meet new people and make connections while doing it. I’ve also learned that figuring out what you don’t want to do helps you narrow down the options for what you do want to do.

Remember, you are the driving force of your own life. If you sit around and do nothing, chances are that nothing will happen. Take a leap! Start a project, and begin loving your life. Each moment counts and we are only allotted so many.

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Think Outside the Box | Optimize Bedroom Space with These Super Creative Ideas

As we get older, our stuff starts to literally pile up and we think to either throw it out or keep it all. But what if we actually decided to think about the different ways to optimize our space, especially in cool and creative ways. Here’s a few awesome ideas!

Get Rid of Old Clothes

One in One Out Rule: Every time you buy a new piece, bid farewell to an old piece of clothing.

One Year Rule: If you haven’t worn it in a year, it’s just gathering dust.

Seasonal Switch: Switch out items you won’t need for the season, especially large equipment like snowboards or surfboards, and exclusively seasonal clothing like sweaters or shorts.

Consignment: Consigning apparel is a humbling experience—often times, the footwork necessary for even the possibility of selling an item costs more in time and effort than the equivalent monetary gain, even when selling multiple items. TheRealReal is a great designer consignment service that does all the footwork to sell your belongings, including picking up items from your home.

Donation: Donate to specialized groups such as The Humane Society and/or to groups in your community like the Boys and Girls Club and get a sweet tax write off. More, you could bag items and keep them in the trunk of your car so that you can give directly to those in need. Turn this into a deluxe gift by adding toiletries and inclement weather apparel.

Self-Storage: The most economical way to rent storage would be to share a space with a friend. If you have a lot of stuff in the space, use movable shelving.

Alternative Bed Options

Your bed is usually takes up more space in your room than anything else. Freeing up that space is a game changer. Consider:

Wall / Murphy Bed: A great choice due to ease of use and the various customizable options, including shelving units. Out of all the alternative beds, this bed is most similar to a traditional bed and will likely be the most comfortable. Bestar Boutique Full Wall Bed in White $1,099.99

Bestar Boutique Full Wall Bed in White

Lofted Bed: With a lofted bed you can actually increase space in your room. Use the space beneath your bed for a couch or add a rolling rack for extra closet storage. Varsity Cherry Loft Bed W/Chest & Stairway $995

Varsity Cherry Loft Bed W/Chest & Stairway - Signature

 

Futon: Potentially the cheapest option, futons are great for pulling double duty in studio apartments. Disadvantages include comparative comfort and nightly assembly required. Portfolio Trace Convert-a-Couch Brown Renu Leather Futon Sofa Sleeper $561.99

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Closet Organization

First task, switch out all your hangers to slim flocked ones. Fat/thick hangers can take up twice as much space as these svelte ones. Real Simple® Slimline 50-Count Flocked Suit Hangers $29.99

Real Simple® Slimline 50-Count Flocked Suit Hangers

This single item can double your closet capacity. If you don’t have the double hanger, you entire life is a lie. Double Hang Closet Rod $12.99

Double Hang Closet Rod

All your shoes should be in one easily visible place. There are various shelving alternatives, but this rack is the best value for housing a lot of shoes. Expanding 24-Pair Mahogany Shoe Rack 24.99

Expanding 24-Pair Mahogany Shoe Rack

Collapsible and closet attachable, put folded jeans, sweaters and accessories in the hanging shoe bag. Indigo 10-Compartment Hanging Shoe Bag $24.99

Indigo 10-Compartment Hanging Shoe Bag

Utilize ever inch of space, including space beneath your bed. Wide Underbed Drawer $24.99
Wide Underbed Drawer

Both the inside and outside of your closet and bedroom door are great hosts for various hangers. Overdoor Hanger Loop $14.99

Over Door Hanger

Another great door hanger with double function. Over-the-Door Mirrored Jewelry Armoire Oak $113.99

Over-the-Door Mirrored Jewelry Armoire Oak

You can hang this organizer inside your closet to get the most out of it, or on your door. Canvas 80-Pocket Hanging Jewelry Organizer $24.99

Canvas 80-Pocket Hanging Jewelry Organizer

Your hat collection can be a decorative piece in this case, just beware of the need to continually dust these bad boys. Otherwise, stack and box them. Perfect Curve Cap Rack Pro in White $19.99

Perfect Curve Cap Rack Pro in White

For all other open space in your closet, use modular shelving to fit every last bit and bob. Like-it White Modular Drawers $5.99-$34.99

Like-it White Modular Drawers

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