New Business Project

In yesterday’s post, I shared some of my logistical plans for 2020, and some tiny lessons for you.

This post will be far more interesting, and far more actionable for you.

In today’s post I’m sharing with you my new business + marketing processes, goals for 2020, and life thoughts / perspectives I have adapted that you may enjoy.

The New Business?

I made a Facebook post a few weeks ago announcing officially that I am no longer accepting digital marketing clients in 2020. All prospects are being redirected to various friends of mine.

Current client relations are being maintained, as detailed in my previous post in which I mentioned I’d be headed to Texas for a business meeting.

My new business is a project that aims to cure loneliness.

According to my research, 56% of internet users experience high feelings of loneliness at 7/10 or higher. A significant portion of those people also experience anxiety and/or depression.

Loneliness is something that I’ve personally struggled with, especially because I’ve been out of schooling since age 17 and started moving to new cities at age 18, making it rather difficult for me to easily make new friends.

This has forced my back up against the wall, and I’ve now developed strategies to rapidly build social circles around the world that are deep, meaningful, and great.

I’ve also conducted a vast amount of research, including forms which received combined responses totalling in the thousands.

This data, along with chatting with dozens of lonely people (from the forms) in many countries around the globe, has allowed me to structure a program that aims to “cure” loneliness by identifying the top 4 causes & treating them.

The program has quickly gotten interest, as this is a true market need, and I’ve worked with some people to improve their situation- we already have paying clients, woohoo!

I am expecting a testimonial within the week as well, which I will share with my Facebook timeline.

On one hand, it’s a bit exhausting working in this niche- some people aren’t willing to grow, so I have to quickly delete my chats with them for my own mental sanity (yes, you CAN create the life of your dreams…).

On the other hand, it’s deeply fulfilling helping people.

I’ve already mapped out the entire business for 2020- by the end of 2020, I’d like to enroll 105 students/clients into the program, which is certainly do-able.

If you have a large following and would like to help promote (for a % of income), then definitely reach out to me.

I’m currently working on developing organic marketing processes, which have been quite effective considering the time investment.

I am working on making these processes more efficient, giving value in my Facebook profile + other groups, and I’ve got some others method which I’d like to test which includes but not limited to:

  • “Tik Tok,” I’ve heard this is good
  • JV partners- basically if you have a large following you can promote for me for a % of revenue
  • YouTube
  • Email Marketing?? Maybe.
  • FB Ads

FB Ads is certainly something we’ll do, especially considering my advanced knowledge + prior experience, and they’re set to start running by or before April of 2020.

For now, I want to get some organic leads into V1.0 of the program, and start re-iterating and improving the program before I blow things up with ads.

Want To Help?

I am not opposed to receiving help, paid or unpaid, for this project.

By the end of 2020 I aim to see myself as more of a “manager” of the project than someone who is on the front lines.

Like I said it is deeply fulfilling helping others, however I am also susceptible to the emotions of others, so I don’t like spending too much time in support groups as they can often be negative and self-defeating instead of truly supportive.

Some things that the project currently needs help on are:

  • JV promotions (finding JV partners to promote OR promoting yourself if you have a large following)
  • FB organic marketing (I have created a process, but it needs to be refined)

This project is super exciting and the demand for a program that “cures” loneliness by helping people identify their weak points & fix them is fulfilling.

The 4 Causes of Loneliness

There are more than 4 causes of loneliness. However, these are the main 4 that I have identified in speaking with others and conducting extensive research on the subject.

#1: Logistics + Knowledge

If you don’t have good logistics to meet people (ie. live in the middle of nowhere), OR don’t know how to use FB groups, find events, etc. then you’re more likely to feel lonely.

#2: Self-esteem

This is the biggest ones. Almost everyone has opportunities, but they miss them because they don’t take the shot & lack self-esteem.

Even as I complain about Phoenix “lacking a social scene,” I’ve still met TONS of new people.

At the cafe I am currently writing at I met a super awesome marriage coach who helps prevent people from going through a divorce successfully.

How did we meet? He was reading a cool book, I commented on it, conversation started, and BAM we’ve been meeting every week to get coffee & hangout since.

That brings us to the third one…

#3: Conversational Skills

People don’t know what to say when meeting new people, or how to make conversations deeper (compared to small talk).

#4: Authenticity & Reality

The final one is that people are not authentic; they do not show their true face. They are not self-connected and living in alignment, so even despite all the friends/lovers/family they have, they still feel lonely.

Or, they compare themselves to IG models & others that seem to be “living life.”

My program addresses these 4 causes (as well as a few of the other minor ones) and we’re already seeing rapid positive results.

I’ll have a testimonial to share next week from a young guy that has already experienced great benefit with me. Woohoo!

Saying NO!

I’ve been saying “NO” a lot more recently, which feels great. If you struggle with loneliness, I encourage you to take every social opportunity by saying “YES.”

Once you get to a better point though, the word “NO” becomes powerful.

I was recently invited to a Vegas trip (for free accommodation + travel), but turned it down.

The idea was super exciting, but I decided that it would take away from this project.

The week that I was “supposed” to be in Vegas I ended up closing the first client/student for the Loneliness Project. By saying “NO” to that, I said “YES” to curing loneliness in others. Boom.

Are you saying YES to too many things? Stop it, and start saying “NO.”

Every time you say “YES” to something you say “NO” to several other things, and vice versa.

Within the yes is the no, and within the no is yes. It is yin fading into yang, and vice versa.

The ONE Thing…

I recently read the book “The ONE Thing,” thanks to a random guy I met in the cafe I’m currently writing in a couple weeks ago.

He had this book, I commented on it, and he’s the guy I’ve been meeting weekly. He gave me his book to read. I read it. It was great.

In life we can only focus on ONE thing at a time, at any given moment. Focusing on the ONE most effective task has been SO helpful in pushing this business faster than anything I’ve previously done.

I finally feel free of endless tasks, and it’s also why I’m hardly writing. My ONE thing is doing sales for this new business, and everything else is less important or unnecessary.

I’m letting other tasks build up, things get chaotic, etc. but ultimately I had to pick a priority and run with it. And now I’m seeing the results.

Are you doing endless THINGS but not getting RESULTS? It’s probably because you haven’t read “The One Thing,” which I encourage you to read.

Not every task is created equally; one task is the most important at any given moment. Focus all your attention on that until you have another ONE thing to focus on, etc.

Life is Simple. Be Happy.

I’m seeing through the ONE thing how simple life really is. I’m letting chaos on the outside build up as things don’t get done, yet the results are increasing as I focus on the ONE effective thing that gets me results.

It’s crazy how little you actually have to do to experience results. It’s all about prioritization.

What’s the ONE thing that you can do RIGHT NOW such that by doing it everything else becomes easier or unnecessary?

It’s true on a high-level and minute by minute level.

Right now I choose to write for pleasure; after I write, I shall do my ONE THING, which is sales.

I’m letting SO much else build up and not be done.

This “ONE THING” applies to happiness though as well. What’s the ONE THING you can do right now to feel happier such so that by doing it everything else becomes easier or unnecessary?

Life is simple:

  • Be healthy
  • Handle your finances efficiently
  • Do what makes you happy (do activities you love)
  • Find a partner, enjoy time with them, have great sex
  • Find great friends, enjoy time with them
  • Meditate & be in the now
  • Be decisive

Anyways, that’s all I got for you now. If you’re interested in this project, hit me up.

Otherwise I’ll talk to y’all later!


Intro to 2020

We’re nearing up on the third week of 2020, that was fast! I’ve been in Phoenix for the past few weeks still, though I’m looking to get out soon.

In today’s post just wanted to share some of my reflections from my recent mistakes, how my 2020 is going so far, and what I aim to accomplish in 2020.

This post is more about my travel plans + experience around the world, with some lessons sprinkled in. Tomorrow’s post will have less logistical data about myself, and more actionable information for you.

America: Cool, Kind Of

I’m not gonna lie. I’ve been dying of boredom living in the Phoenix area. This is mainly because my family’s residence is far from downtown Phoenix, technically in a small town.

It seems that the general vibe of the Phoenix area (and Arizona as a whole) is more family-based, slow living. It’s frustrating for my social butterfly heart.

In the entirety of the Phoenix area- which from one side to another is more than half the distance from Sofia to Plovdiv- there is a grand total of three party areas.

All of the bars & clubs are on three separate areas, yet they still manage to be mind-numbingly dead on weekdays. Only last Friday was it relatively okay, yet still many dance floors remained barren.

Even with Arizona State University back in session, the clubs are still SO meh here.

However, I am rarely in downtown Phoenix, as it’s the farthest club area from my home, so perhaps there it is cooler. Bad logistics is frustrating.

Lesson learned: I definitely do not like areas that aren’t walk-able, or don’t have a vibrant social scene. The entirety of the Phoenix area (around 5 million people) seems to have LESS going on than “small town Chiang Mai” (population 220k).

Planning to Fail?

I didn’t plan to stay in Phoenix so long actually. The combination of jet lag + reverting to a previous save” of myself left me a bit dazed and out of it.

I did feel excited to return to America. Great customer service, cheap electronics, and food diversity is great. Everything in native English makes things easy.

However, I think that I would enjoy other areas than the Phoenix area. I didn’t have a clear plan on “what to do” though, so I quickly fell into old habits & loops until too much time had passed.

I’ve learned now that certain environments can GREATLY affect your behavior. In my case being around family + old friends triggered me to act in old patterns, many of which were not productive for my well-being.

I kind of got locked into old habits. I’ve since improved a fair amount, though I still need to get out & reset.

Ultimately I let too much time pass without deciding where to go, and I must go to Texas for a business trip. This created a difficult situation in which I could either stay in Phoenix with family but remain bored, OR go somewhere else to be happier yet still have to return for the Texas business trip.

It was a hard choice- Mexico + other countries ‘south of the border’ were calling me but my values for 2020 is to “travel less, focus on connection more,” so I’m headed to Montreal, Canada next Wednesday despite the absurdly frigid temperatures.

And by absurdly frigid temperatures, I don’t mean the Bulgarian version of cold which is currently -1C in Sofia. The forecast in Quebec for my arrival is currently -42C in some areas.

This is Canada, my friends! But… At least I get to practice some French?

Lesson learned: by not planning for my next step BEFORE being jet lagged and in a previously unproductive environment, I fell into old patterns very quickly and ended up missing out on an action that might be ideal for my happiness.

Another lesson: being decisive and going to Montreal was the right choice. It was eating me up for some time but I kept procrastinating, but I could finally sleep well after I bought the flight.

Why Canada over Mexico?

In my previous post, where I wrote about my 2020 plans, I explained that I was done traveling to new places, for the most part- unless it was an explicit vacation with friends OR there was substantial evidence that I would enjoy moving there, and thus it would be a more-permanent move.

Mexico is cheaper, nicer weather, etc. but ultimately I’ve decided to stick to my values.

It’s been a while since I’ve experienced such cold (in my hometown it’s -11C right now in the day) but it’ll be worth it for my favorite bars, favorite restaurants, etc.

Now… I need to buy some serious Winter gear.

For my Montreal friends: I am excited to be coming! I’ll be there until February 6th, and I already have several of my favorite events lined up.

Despite the deathly cold temperatures, Montreal is STILL more of a lively city than Phoenix it seems…

If I were to live in America- which I’m not opposed to down the line- I’ve realized that it would have to be in a more walk-able (or fast commute) place, such as California (NOT L.A. but the smaller cities like San Diego) or Boston.

After Canada: Business in Texas

After Canada, I’ll be headed to Texas for a yearly meeting at my top client’s company.

I’m quite excited for this event, and it was necessary that I go. This is what created the whole dilemma & frustration for me- I wanted to go to Sofia or Chiang Mai, however I would have to be in Texas in February to guarantee my contract for the year of 2020.

There are some older board members in this company that do not understand the concept of remote work- how can Michael work from Thailand, Bulgaria, Phoenix, everywhere?

By showing up in person it allows me to leverage my social skills to maintain the contract. I just found out I’ll also be speaking to the company on two of the days, which I’m slightly nervous (but more-so excited) for.

After Business: Freedom

I feel quite frustrated to be stuck in North America at this time of year to be honest, which may have not been clear in the previous paragraphs. I am writing dispassionately on my blog these days, as my priority is elsewhere (more on that later).

I wanted to scope out Phoenix as a place to live, which I didn’t do a good job of doing quickly.

Quickly I realized it wouldn’t be the best place for me to live- due to long commutes + lack of social scene- however I stayed too long.

It was a hard choice: my visa was still pending in Sofia (can’t go until February), Thailand is a LONG + expensive flight, Phoenix bores me to death, and Montreal is expecting a brutally cold Winter.

Others would say “just go to Mexico,” and I have friends in Mexico. But like I said, I’m a bit burnt on travel- long-term social connection is a big value.

So I’m stuck in North America until the end of the business trip in Texas.

After that I intend to return to Phoenix for a week max to enjoy time with family + friends in Phoenix, mainly family though, and then I’ll be off to Sofia or Chiang Mai.

However, Chiang Mai has “smoky season” every year between February-April, in which pollution levels reach an all-time high.

Funny enough Sofia pollution levels are quite high now as well… However they’ll be nothing like Chiang Mai when smoky season kicks into full gear.

The idea to go to Bangkok or the islands down South is in my mind, but my values for 2020 dictate that I should not go unless it’s an explicit vacation or I intend to move there.

If I suddenly have MANY friends go to a specific island (ie. Koh Samui) THEN I will go there in February, however it’s not looking like that’s gonna be the case.

It will be most probable that I will return to Sofia in February, as sad as it makes me to extend my farewells for another 3 months to those I love & miss in Thailand also.

I intend to arrive in Sofia on such a date so that 90 days later is 1 week after May 14 because May 14 is my birthday.

In 2019 I did absolutely nothing for my birthday, and the trend has always been that my birthdays are less-than-exciting.

I want to make up for the apathy by purposefully celebrating my birthday in Sofia, Bulgaria in the best way possible.

This also adds another stone AGAINST going to Thailand in February- I’d only stay 1-2 months MAX so that I have 1.5 months prep before my birthday to plan something epic at a bar.

Thailand vs. Bulgaria

I THINK that at this period of my life I’d like to obtain a permanent visa for Bulgaria, which is still quite difficult. It’s an absurd amount of money, especially compared to the work they require you to do.

Actually, I wouldn’t complain about the money IF I could get residency WITHIN Bulgaria, like most normal EU countries allow as far as I know (ie. Germany).

However, they make you fly to Chicago MINIMUM 2 times just to get a visa, AND pay their fees.

It’s making it hard to move to Bulgaria and live there long-term. So for this year, as I’ve written before, will likely be the case of me going to Sofia for 3 months, Chiang Mai for 3 months, returning to Sofia for 3 months, then finishing the year in Thailand (then getting a visa for Bulgaria).

Who knows what will happen in that time? Maybe I will fall in love with Thailand more, and give up on Bulgaria. Maybe I will decide to live in Boston.

It’s a shame the visa process is so complicated. It’s okay that it’s a bit expensive- these things are worth paying for. The primary frustrating part is flying in-person to Chicago, two times, and the second time they don’t even tell you when to expect to fly back- they just expect you to pack up and go at their whim. Ugh- what about managing accommodation, cheap flights, etc.?

I don’t know if I wish to live in Bulgaria long-term. There’s a lot of downsides.

But for now, I have the best friends in the world, so it’s worth it. We’ll see where the chips fall though, as I’ve had the best dating & culinary experiences in Thailand.

I’m chilled out though. You know, life is simple: just do what makes you happy. And sometimes there are obstacles like visas, and sometimes life shows you new paths that you never would’ve expected. Just gotta go with the flow.

Business & Life Goals

Stay tuned for my next post tomorrow, where I’ll share my business & life goals + direction for 2020.

2019 Reflections; 2020 Plans

2019 is coming to a close, and with that a new year: 2020.

For me this has been quite an incredible year, however included in the painting a few dark spots.

In this post I will publicly share some of my own reflections for 2019, and write about some plans/goals for 2020.

Feel free to reply with your own thoughts on this, as well as your own 2019/2020 stuff.

2019 Reflections

#1: Be Decisive– the worst thing you can do is be in a state of limbo.

If your heart gives you even the slightest hint as to what the “right” decision for you is, then just follow that.

In the end it doesn’t quite matter what decision you make, as you can always adjust as you move along.

If you make the “wrong” inauthentic decision, you can adjust course later. For example, if you decide to live in a city you end up not liking, you can always leave.

The only “wrong” decision you can make is not making a decision- of course you need to give yourself time to make the “right” decision, but there does come a point where you just need to act and deal with the consequences.

Don’t regret anything; just adjust course ASAP.

#2: Keep it Simple- How do you be decisive? By keeping it simple!

Define things into their simplest components possible. For example, earlier this year I was telling victim stories about a break up and bad visa situation. That never fixed the problem.

When you define things into their simplest components, the advice that you need to hear is often quite easy to see. You often don’t need to ask anyone for advice.

If you still need to ask for advice, you can more easily receive it. The more complex the story you tell, the lower the quality the advice you will receive.

#3: Enjoy Darkness– Even sad emotions have positive expressions.

When you give in and surrender to your emotions, you can experience them fully which helps you release them.

Bad emotions give you lessons, and by feeling those emotions you ensure that you don’t get stuck in a loop of repeating your problems over and over.

There’s also a positive expression of each emotion, though we aren’t often taught that:

  • Anger – workout
  • Sadness – write poetry, redefine your life
  • Depression – workout and work on expression
  • Anxiety – an opportunity to overcome fear

#4: Reflect More– Seriously.

When you just sit down, journal, go for a walk, jog, whatever and give your mind time to sort itself out, it often does. You will know what you need to do.

Do not derp on social media, YouTube, drugs, etc. (it’s okay to do, but if you need answers in your life you’ve gotta embrace the pain that boredom carries with it until answers come).

#5: Everything in Moderation– including moderation.

In life there is yin & yang, left and right. Don’t get jammed on one side, though sometimes it’s definitely more ideal to stick to one side.

For example, you need to embrace reality but also be spiritual. Create wealth but also create spiritual wealth. If you get jammed on one side, you end up “needing” the other (ie. the poor yoga instructor, OR the hollow wealthy man).

However this balancing of opposites is not always absolute; for example, it’s generally wiser to lean to the side of health than the lack thereof.

#6: Just do what makes you happy– stop saying “should.”

Granted it doesn’t hurt anyone else, just do it.

You need to figure out for yourself what makes YOU happy, then just do it, without getting stuck in habits, routines, “shoulds,” ego, or pressure from family or friends or society, etc.

Life is simple. When you keep things simple, and define what you want, the steps to get it become rather simple.

It’s just easier to stay in routine than to repeat this reflection process, but it’s important you stick to it.

#7: Meditation is amazing.

I’ve now meditated almost every day for over a year- and the benefits are obvious.

It’s helping with the whole “clarity & simplicity” mindset I have. I’m also judging others way less, letting go of my former arrogance, and taking action in reality instead of in my mind.

Other 2019 Reflections?

I had several others, but I felt like these 7 would be the most benefit to y’all. Now here are some things I’d like to do in 2020.

2020 Objectives

#1: Long-term Conscientiousness.

I’d like to be more of a long-term thinker, which has naturally been happening as I move through life.

Instead of planning life by the month or day, I’d like to have an idea of general milestones for the next year.

This includes business success, relationships, and health. More on that here:

#2: Go to the Gym.

I’ve wanted to do this for quite some time, but I haven’t due to the whole traveling thing; it’s much more expensive going to the gym when you have to constantly cancel memberships…

I have a current workout regiment which keeps me quite fit, but not optimal- I’m able to build a ton of strength, but my muscles don’t “pop out” like they would if I were lifting heavier weights.

This year I achieved my goal of running 5k in under 20 minutes, and also for the majority of the year did a push-up/sit-up routine. The results are showing for my abs, but not for my arms.

Like I said I’m building strength but not muscle size, and looking better is a huge motivator for me. So, I’d like to upgrade my workout routine into the gym instead of doing what I’m currently doing.

#3: Ergo Work Setup

My days of working at a cafe are coming to an end!

I was meditating a few days ago, and my shoulders, neck, and head asked me to start taking better care of them.

Back when I first started in business, I had a dope ergo setup that also included a standing desk. Since traveling, I’ve not been able to easily recreate this.

It’s not hard work; I just take some books, buy an external mouse + keyboard, and work at home instead of at the cafe.

Since experimenting with an ergo set up just for the past few days I’ve felt a TON better. It’s crazy how much more endurance I have, and now I realize that previous “work fatigue” I thought I had was actually me hunching over!

Also, I’d like to work more from home instead of a cafe, just so that I can handle business calls, etc. Working from cafes is really fun though, so I’ll still do that, just for less time.

#4: Long-Term Living Situation

I will be more thoroughly investigating a long-term visa for Bulgaria, as that is where I tend to feel happiest.

However, this last trip in Thailand was 11/10 amazing. So if I can’t get that visa, then I’ll do 50% time in Thailand, and 50% time in Bulgaria most likely.

No promises yet though- I’m doing a little bit more reflecting to confirm my long-term living situation.

I’d ideally like to live in a one city- any city (ALMOST)- but I’m not quite committed to any place yet. The only place I’d pull the trigger on is Bulgaria, which also happens to be the hardest place for me to get a long-term visa >_>

That being said, even 50% Bulgaria and 50% somewhere else is nice, because at least then it’s certain, and I can probably rent one place and have it work out financially.

Like I’ve written many times this year, the whole “digital nomad” thing is kind of wearing on me. I need a main base, and it’s kind of funny how easily I’ve gotten stuck in this way of life.

I wrote down for my goal list “less travel, more focus on long-term connections + dating, and more focus on my bases as well.”

I’m also feeling more capable of handling deeper, longer-term relationships…

#5: Embracing Reality

I’m looking to embrace reality more and more, and apply my decision-making skills to this year to live a much more fulfilling and relaxing life.

Some moments in the past week I’ve been thinking things “should be like this, or they are like that in another country, bla bla bla” but I’ve silenced that victim bullshit and embraced reality.

It’s a lot better when you do that.

Anyways, what’s up with you? What did you learn in 2019, and what do you plan to do in 2020?

Let me know!

Thanks – Michael

What Happened to DTU? (DRAFT)

What happened to Driving The Universe? This “blog,” which is hardly a blog anymore, started out with a lot of ambiguity.

One of my mentors a few years ago told me to collect 100 Emails and start writing newsletters, so I just did it.

Turns out I’m fairly alright at copywriting (in ads as well), so I kind of kept writing and inviting new friends to join the blog.

A lot of people would write back with their thoughts on my life experiences, and so it turned into a unique “idea exchange” of sorts- so it felt for me. I would then publish new ideas, etc.

That was in the beginning, but over the years I stopped caring to promote it. I stopped asking new friends for their Emails, and slowly I started removing links to join it.

The “blog” had changed as well, in a way it sort of turned into a public journal of my own, especially after breaking up with a girl I dated for almost a year and I spiraled into darkness.

To be honest, this “blog” ended up having no clear intent. I was just writing different thoughts and ideas, and mimicking what a mentor told me to do- but I had forgotten the purpose for collecting the Emails, which was eventually to promote something, or build an audience to promote things to down the line.

But I never did any of that…

One friend living in Bulgaria responded to a blog post I had written, and I was completely shocked- I had forgotten I posted a link to sign up to my blog on my Instagram, and I removed the link.

I’m not sure why this intuitive rapid de-promotion of my own content started, but I have in a way my ex-girlfriend to thank for that.

The “blog” fueled a lot of my own arrogance, and she rightfully called me out on it.

I was writing as if I was an expert on many different subjects, and while I may “know” a lot, I hadn’t experienced a lot. What I mean is that I hadn’t tested many of the ideas that I was writing about, so a lot of it turned into a ton of fluff.

It also turned into a public journal of sorts, like the type of stuff I was comfortable getting responses to. Sometimes I’d write a post, then just publish it private so no one saw it.

Over the years I realized that this blog had no clear intent. I received some feedback on that as well, which woke me up to the reality (thank you!!).

In short:

This blog was intended to be used to promote different business stuff, but it ended up turning into a complete mess, a kind of promotional journal, and ended up also kind of being a waste of my own time.

That’s not to say that it’s all bad- the “public journal” has helped a lot of people through my writing, the point that I’m trying to make here is there was never any intent.

I’m trying to live in 2020 with a lot more intent, and also be careful of my weaknesses.

While this blog had many positive aspects, it also highlighted many of my weaknesses, such as:

  • Derpiness / aimlessness (lack of intent)
  • Arrogance (assuming I knew more about reality than I did)
  • Victim mentality (writing endless stories about the break up, confusion, darkness, etc.)
  • Lack of my own self-assuredness in decision-making

This is why I’ve been writing less and less as the months go on. Or the posts have been shorter and lacking clarity. Or just straight-up promotion for new projects that I was working on, and half-assed promotion at that!

With experiencing “real” successes in all areas of life, I’ve felt less-inclined to work on this, however that’s not to say that I won’t reactivate this project with more intent in 2020.

I’m writing this for those of you that have been around since the beginning, and have been confused as to why my writing has been less & less.

It also will explain why I’ve deleted many posts + links, locked some posts, etc.- until I discover a new intent for this Email stuff, I won’t be promoting it, and as it stands Driving The Universe is basically a public journal more than anything else.

Also note: the thoughts on this section are a bit jumbled, there was quite a few different events that happened that changed the course of things.

Anyways [

What is Reality? Embrace it.

Earlier this year I watched an epic video by Ray Dalio, and it made me write something down that has been quite impactful since:

“What is Reality? Embrace it.”

In the morning & night I recite 3 things I feel grateful for, but then also read this.

Reality is yin & yang, truth is there’s a lot more you could be grateful for, and by reciting some gratitude stuff and affirmations you’d be a lot happier.

At the same time, reality faces us with some difficult situations sometimes.

A cause of a lot of your suffering is just from resisting the situation, instead of embracing it fully.

I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting recently, and MOST problems that I’ve had were never too complicated when I thought about it… And same for my problems moving forward.

The problem was that I was stuck in my head of how things “should be,” or I just didn’t accept the situation fully.

When you stop telling stories about everything that is happening in your life, you can actually find a solution rather easily.

Earlier this year, I was telling a victim story about how my travels went out of control, my visa for Bulgaria fucked up, and I broke up with my ex.

The thing was that to move forward I had to stop telling a story. I had to take off the victim hat, analyze the situation, and then start moving forward.

Eventually I embraced reality, woke up, and realized that I had wasted a couple months just being sad, and not really doing anything meaningful.

Note: alternatively we could say that those months of sadness were necessary to get over the heart-break, who knows.

Still, had I boiled things down into the simplest explanation, then I would’ve been able to take care of myself much better. Without embracing reality, you have no clarity, and with no clarity comes no good decision.

Some things that help you become clear are meditation, quitting social media, quitting video games, walking in nature, talking or writing about your problem, and exercise.

Now that I’ve started doing this, I’ve been writing a lot less on here because a lot more has been happening in my own life.

My next business steps are obvious, same for personal life, and even for travel or where to live.

Just try to boil everything down to a simple sentence, as hard as it may be. Then it becomes easier to ask others for advice, and you don’t get a huge variance in responses.

Back when I told stories, people would understand different parts of the story, and then give different parts of advice. It was highly varied and thus not actionable.

Now when I explain a simple sentence with a, “my current situation is this, but I would like this desired situation,” the answer(s) become rather obvious for others to provide me, or me to provide myself.

You can do this yourself as well. When you’ve got a problem, just start writing in your journal or reflecting until you can boil this down into a simple sentence.

Anyways, that’s all for now. Have a great day!