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Needing a little motivation?

Good Morning Everyone,

Self-motivation is a key skill in life that can improve several aspects of our professional and personal-life. Now, everyone is different and I am not going to tell you this blog will help you change your outlook on life or improve your money flow. What I can tell you, is this was the way I was able to go from couch-dwelling video-gamer (nothing against them) to a fully involved, self-motivated father who works out regularly. Think this sounds like I changed overnight, I did not.

Improving your self motivation takes time, and effort. It also takes a lot of stumbles and even backtracking. Without further explanation, let me dive right in. Changing your motivation level has several important things that lend to your ability to get up and do it. First and most importantly is, work on your procrastination. Make a dedication to stop telling yourself “I’ll do it later”. This is a huge killer of motivation because you always think something is not important enough to do right this second.

The way to do this is by taking on those tasks you keep putting off now, instead of later. For example, if you are thinking how you should maybe wipe that dirty television of yours down because it looks so nasty, just get up and do it really quick. Do this type of thing in small steps over a long period of time. By doing this you are kind of tricking yourself into reducing your procrastination and increasingly doing what you need done.

The next important factor to your self-motivation training is to make small changes. Do not try to just change everything all at once. This will just put you back into your same old routine of putting things off and sleeping until 3pm when you have already missed out on that big interview. Instead, focus on small changes in your routine, if you get up at 3pm and you wish you were able to get up at 5am like the rest of the world. Try setting your alarm for 15 minutes earlier. Don’t use an alarm? Try setting one.

Making small changes will make it easier to turn things into a habit which will aid you in your quest for responsibility. The reason I think doing this works is you’re tricking your brain into accepting the new routine instead of hating all the changes. No one likes to change everything all at once and will reject the idea and find excuses if they are able. This brings me to my next point, refrain from finding an excuse not to do something.

The more you justify all the reasons you have not to do something, the more likely it is you will not do it. For example, we all want to lose that little extra belly fat. If you tell yourself that you don’t have that much belly fat, pretty soon you are going to be 5’9″ and 210 and struggling to put on your socks in the morning. I myself was a big example in this area. Instead of giving yourself reasons you are “Ok” not to do something, try thinking of the reasons you should do it.

This last one I think is the biggest way I was able to improve my motivation and in the long-run, turned out to be very important. Find what motivates you. The more you find to motivate you, the more effective the motivation will be. I myself had to find some pretty big things to motivate myself. In my case, after I became a father I wanted to show my daughter what she can do in life. To add to that, I did not want to be fat, uneducated, sleeping until 3pm, playing video games all day while my wife took care of everything around the house and decided to leave me.

Finding your motivation will probably be wildly different from the things that motivated me. You could be stuck in a dead-end job not sure where your life is going and just wanting things to improve. Motivation can literally be anything, just find something that inspires you to improve and keep adding to that. The more you add to that inspiration to change the more likely it is you will succeed in your endeavors.

If you liked this post please like, share, follow, and comment your thoughts on this topic. I would love to hear from all of you to see your thoughts and maybe find out your motivation. Good luck in the things you want in life and I will post another helpful bit of information next week. Have a great week everyone!

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Resume Help

Hello Everyone,

While I am not a professional resume builder, I have written many resume’s, some good, some bad, but all have taught me something. Much of my time searching for a job is actually finding a way to get that interview… just like the rest of you I am sure. We are all a little rusty as we get through this pandemic and may need a little help getting that interview so we can show how well we fit the position. I am sharing some ideas on how to improve your resume here, I am even willing to help, click this link to get more information: https://lifeasweknowitworks.business.blog/resume-building/

The first main point I have to place a lot of emphasis on, you do not have more then 30 seconds to really grab the recruiters attention. Recruiters have a lot of resume’s to go through, their main objective is to maximize the amount of benefit they get out of looking over each resume. They skim for key words in this 30 seconds of time which are normally the most important skills or experiences they are looking for.

There are two main resume types which are skills based and experience based. Generally speaking the main difference is with skills based the skills are placed towards the top of the page where it is easy to spot and skim quickly. With experience based your experiences are at the top. I will get into the differences here in a moment. The main idea here is you need to make sure to make the skills/experiences short sweet and to the point.

With skills based it is fairly straight forward and as long as you make sure to include skills geared towards the job you are applying you will capture at least some attention. With experience based resume’s you need to make sure to shorten your experience descriptions to a few short sentences that make it easy for the recruiter to determine what you have done without having to read long drawn out paragraphs of information (they will not go through this reading unless your first position listed is amazing in the first sentence).

The second point you need to focus on when creating your resume is to determine how you want to display your resume which can be skills/experience based. The reason there are two different methods to do this is some people have experience for a position, some have skills for a position. When you have many years of experience or many positions where you have gained a lot of skills you should definitely use a skills based resume. When you have a lot of skills but not a lot of experience you will need to use the skills based lay out.

It is worth mentioning here that you need to show where you gained these skills. Some people gain skills from school, some from life, some from interacting or working with others outside of work, and some from working. The main way to explain where you got your skills in a resume is to display your education and your job experience.

When you have decided which lay out you want for your resume the next point is you have to keep everything short and sweet and include that summary of what your most important abilities are. For example, if you have had experience in QuickBooks and you have learned this software on your own, and this skills is an essential job function, tell them! However, do not do this in a long drawn out way. If you go and write “I have taken personal time to learn Quickbooks without any guidance and am versed in many of its features over the last 6 months” they are not likely to read the entire sentence. Keep every detail on your resume short and sweet.

To detail how to shorten your entire resume in my above example you could turn the sentence into “Learned Quickbooks during personal time with minimal guidance”. This shows the employers two things, that you are detail oriented and efficient on top of being ambitious and you know Quickbooks. If you can do this it will impress your recruiter with your ability to communicate with others to boot.

My previous point above leads to my final and most important idea to keep your resume short and simple. Many of you have years of experiences, tons of skills, and an amazing layout for your resume. However, they are pages long with all that information. Narrow it down to 1-2 pages tops. The reason it ties into my previous mentions, 1-2 pages of essential,targeted and precise wording is a lot faster for a potential employer to look through and will strengthen your chances of getting that interview.

The best way to narrow things down and target exactly what the employer wants is to take out things that do not lend anything to the position you want. An example here, if you are applying for an accounting job where you will be doing accounts receivable. It will not help you, with all your experience in the accounts receivable position you’ve had over the past 10 years to put in the position you had for a short while as a babysitter. Stick to the essential things the job is requesting.

I hope this post helps all of you. If you liked this post be sure to check out my page and get in touch if you need help. Like, share, and comment and don’t forget to follow to keep up with my posts that follow! And as always, have a great day!

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Why I Think Spotify Is Better than Pandora

Hello Everyone,

I know there are a lot of people on both Spotify, and Pandora. However, I want to share my opinion of why I believe Spotify is better. The reason I want to share this is I was an avid Pandora fan for years and refused to switch to Spotify, until I actually gave it a try. I want to also mention here, my suggestion is based on the free versions of both platforms. I also mention a few key reasons to why it may be better suited for you as well.

My first and most important reason is, Spotify allows you to select an artist (similar to Pandora), however, this selection playlist is wildly different from Pandoras. When you select an artist it plays that artist and artists very similar through every track it can find similar to the previous song. Now, Pandora, when you select an artist it tends to play the exact same songs over the course of the day and is very narrow on the songs it selects until you pick a new artist.

To add to it, on Spotify once you select an artist and start listening to songs you like, you can click “like” and add those songs to a list of your own making. This might be similar to Pandora, the key difference is, you can open that playlist and listen ONLY to the songs on your list. In this aspect there are a few differences between mobile/PC versions of Spotify. You can select whatever song you want from your list at anytime and you get unlimited skips on your pc (throughout your selections).

When it comes to the mobile app, you do get ads when you skip pretty frequently (just like Pandora). This can obviously get kind of annoying. With both versions of Spotify you do get ads that play on occasion (not near as frequently as Pandora) which can be a nuisance. One other mention about the versions of Spotify, when you use Google Home you also have a huge problem that is very annoying. When you say “love this song” it tends to misunderstand you and tries to play similar songs to what you are currently listening to instead of adding it to your list.

The second huge plus about Spotify is, you can actually create a posting account and use Spotify to get your own music posted. I am not quite sure how this feature works as of yet, but you can literally search new artists that are posting their own work on Spotify, and listen to them. You can also post your own music (not sure if this is free or paid) to Spotify and grow your audience for your music and even monetize your music (though it is not that much per listen by your audience.

For aspiring artists like myself, this could be a great way to get music heard and maybe make a little money for your effort and work. The bad thing with this feature is, Spotify does not do the marketing for you, unless you pay them an extra amount to do it. You have to do the marketing especially if you do not have the funds, this can be time consuming and take a long time to grow a decent audience to make an income.

If you liked this post, there is more to come. So please, make sure to share it with others, follow me, like this, and send me a message with any questions you may have about using Spotify at iminant@yahoo.com. Thank you very much for reading.

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Apps To Help You Save That Green

Hello Everyone,I decided to create a blog on earning a little side cash. We could all use it, though we probably spend more time then we want to trying to earn it. In this blog I discuss a few of the apps that I have found that have helped me make a little cash back from purchases, apps that offer a little bit of investment money, and then some that offer you a little bit of gas money back in your pocket.

I want to iterate here, that none of these apps will make you rich, pay your bills on a regular basis, or give you all the money you spend back. No, companies will not pay you that much for your opinions or to find your spending habits. However, in these times when jobs and money is scares, making due with what we have and planning for the future is essential. So, lets dive into this.

First and foremost, we all spend money on gas and once things get back to normal I am sure prices will skyrocket again. I have found a couple of apps that, when used right, will give you a certain amount back for using them. What happens is, you use a gas price locating service, in conjunction with the app, to determine where you can get the most back and the best price on the gasoline itself.For example you can use gas buddy to locate the best gas prices, then you use Checkout, and Upside to determine which ones at which prices will offer you the most back per gallon to determine which one will save you the most money. Now, these will not provide you with much. For example, the check out app https://checkout51.app.link/k1Jy5GWFr6 offers you about 4-6 cents back per gallon. While upside https://upside.app.link/ANDREW579642 , will offer you between 10-20 cents back per gallon.

As I indicated before they will not get you a lot. However, on a typical 15 gallon tank at about 1.74 (currently in colorado), The combination could get you between 14-26 cents back per gallon which can be about 2.10-3.20 back.

I want to pause for a second and explain cash back really quick. Cash back does not mean that you will instantly save that money. However, once the purchase is complete, you claim the location your at (very important), then a little while later both apps will apply that amount to your account you created.

If I remember correctly, both these apps require at least $20.00 in them to cash out. The nice thing here is they will both put your cash into paypal or directly into your account. The reason I say it is nice that it offers paypal, you can easily make that money an investment. You will not miss this money if you already planned to spend it, so it is more out of sight-out of mind.

My next one I would like to discuss with you is groceries. This is another expense we all have (and hate). Many of us can spend more then $100.00 in a single shopping trip. This can easily get extremely pricey. Now, I have been using a few apps that can help lessen the burden of grocery shopping. One that many of you may know about is Ibotta https://checkout51.app.link/k1Jy5GWFr6 . Ibotta is kind of a nice app if you are not a coupon person, and if you are a coupon person. this app allows you to get cash back in the same way the gas apps I mentioned allow you to.

Here are my tips and tricks for this app. First, you need to determine what you are going to buy in any given shopping trip. This app pays out quite well depending on what you already plan to buy. An example here is, if you plan on purchasing a kielbasa sausage to grill up, you search the ibotta app for the store you plan on purchasing at, and you look for the brands that will offer cash back.

I want to iterate here, there will be several times where the amount that is offered really is not worth buying that brand. The brands are usually specific and you have to check if it is a particular variety, or all varieties.

On top of this app, there is an app called coin out https://coinout.com/referrals/new?r=HZVKZXP that will offer you money to upload receipts, any receipt typically. However, the main problem I am finding with this app, you only get between 2-15 cents per receipt, so it takes a lot of purchases at different places. However, every little bit helps.

Now, there are a couple other apps I use to create money for myself. Firstly, investing. I am sure there are several of you out there who invest in stocks, some people like focusing a lot on it and putting your money into a particular stock over time. I personally do not have the time for this.

The app I am going to mention will not make you rich, and I want to warn you about withdrawing your earnings within 1 year. I am an accountant and there are certain tax issues when withdrawing too soon. So, the app is and is called acorns https://www.acorns.com/invite/DBKYZL . I want to mention here that when you click the link you get a free $5 dollars to invest. Also, this is all done for you, so you invest it and forget it.

The nice thing, i think, is knowing that there are tax issues when withdrawing early helps me leave this money alone. I want to mention also, you have several options on investing. They range from safe investing, to vigorous investing. What you choose is up to your intuition. If you have any questions feel free to contact me on this, I am no expert, but I can help direct you.

For those business persons who are looking to save a little cash, this ones for you. We have all heard of outsourcing and this is exactly what I will be doing once I am able to. The idea that I am putting in front of you right now is freelancing. The app I will be using for this is Freelancer https://www.freelancer.com/get/iminant because I have looked through the app and I personally like the idea of being able to do this.

What happens is, you determine what project you need people for. You can either post a project and get bids, or you can search something you want to work with and find the best person for the lowest price. This app pulls from people around the world willing to do your project for you and the hourly rate they are requesting.What about quality, you might ask. The app gives the ability to rate the work that each person in their field has done in the past. So, for example, I will be doing projects to upgrade my webpage sometime soon. I can search up a person who is an expert in mailchimp design. I can determine who is the lowest price for the best quality. Boom, my webpage will be designed by a person who knows what they are doing, and for the lowest price.

If this page helped you out, feel free to subscribe and share with others. Also, feel free to contact me with any questions on how the apps work. I hope this helps each one of you, have a great day! For links to the specific apps I have mentioned please email me and I will send them to you as I am unable to post them in this site.

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How I Lost Weight

Everyone says “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” which is a true enough saying. However, that is for another blog. Everyone loves to eat, and everyone has to eat. I personally experienced a huge weight gain for me after I left the military. While I like to say that my beautiful wife Laura was the cause of this because she cooks so well, this is simply kidding and does not hold any real water. The true of the matter is, I gained weight because I started a medication that caused a 60-pound inflation in my weight. This was because of my love of food, coupled with my medication followed by no control over my eating habits.
            These three factors had more to do with how I gained weight so quickly than my wife cooking food. My point is eating with no moderation is the main reason I gained weight in my view. Now, I spent years overweight. I tried the easy fad medications that were supposed to cleanse your colon or push fat out of your body. I occasionally did some sit ups and push ups to become more fit, heck I even tried drinking slimfast and protein shakes in an effort to curb my eating. These are all things I have seen on tv and in media that were supposed to work.
            The problem here is none of these things ever did anything for me. I spent more than four years trying all these easy ways to lose weight. What I found was it was all a waste of time. The slimfast shakes and the protein shakes are a great way to lose weight, do not mistake that. However, the way I used them was just adding to my calorie intake and were not actually curbing anything. The key to my weight going down has and always will be moderation. Now, I am not expecting you to suddenly go out and start saying “I will not eat all this bad stuff” especially not right away.
            Weight loss is not just a diet, it is not just a get fit quick journey, and you will not just lose weight in a few weeks by saying you will do it. Weight loss is a lifestyle and you must work into it slowly. You can not just expect to make all your changes in one day and stick to them by any means, no. The way I was able to lose my weight was by making very small and non-drastic changes. This made it feel less like I was losing everything I loved in one day and eating nothing but nasty tasting health food.
            By easing into eating a little healthier here and there and making the commitments to stop eating foods that are just bad for your, you will be more able to adjust as you go. For example, several years ago, before I even knew my wife and I would have our daughter Ellie, I gave up soda. I made the commitment here to give it up for at least two years. You might say that is not giving up soda, but this was a very difficult move. Soda is an extremely available and easily consumed drink that is extremely cheap. You go to a restaurant and there is a whole array of drinks you can get, and soda is always on the list. You NEVER see water on a menu unless it is sparkling. The trick here is that I did not replace the soda with water.
            However, I replaced the soda I was drinking with the zero calorie drinks that I can sweeten myself or that was not sugar. I know the health benefits here seemed like more of a trade-off but let me explain. Sweeteners have the bad rap of all sorts of other health problems, I have heard cancer, problems with respiratory systems, and so on. However, being overweight and feeling unattractive has what I feel to be MANY more detrimental effects. For example, you have a much higher risk of diabetes, certain types of cancers, heart disease, stroke, heart attacks, joint problems, erectile disfunction, and to top that all off your love life can slip out of sight.
             Are these more important to you than the detrimental effects of the sweeteners? The choice is completely up to you here as I can not make that decision for you, I am just here to give you what worked for me. What worked for me here was teaching myself to moderate in small increments. Now, I will suggest that if you want to speed up the process of weight loss you may want to at least investigate light workouts to get your muscles moving. I will not tell you how to workout and how frequently or anything of that nature. This is, again, up to you to decide you want to or do not want to do. I will say that I started with this, again, very light. Say, three groups of 3 push ups and 3 groups of 3 sit ups can at least work your major muscle groups very lightly.
            You do not NEED to do this to lose weight, it just helps improve the process and has a whole host of health benefits. Now, my next small change was to increase the amount of water I drank. I did this probably a year after I gave up soda. This might not seem like a weight loss step, but drinking water is a key step. I made the commitment to drink 64 ounces a day of water. I was not drinking water based on the weight I was, I was basing it off the weight I should be. I was 210 and I wanted to get down to around 153 which was just slightly lighter than I wanted to be.
            The next thing I did was cut out all fast food, I did this because as we all know, fast food IS NOT HEALTHY. Fast food has a whole host of health detriments that is literally killing the world. It is inexpensive, nasty, and it has no real nutrients that our bodies need. It is literally pushing our bodies to the limits and causing addictions to food. If you make one of the changes, I suggest here make the dedication to cut this out of your diet. There is a reason it is so inexpensive and easy to get ahold of.
            I stuck to drinking water everyday and drinking very little of anything else for about two years or so. I also completely avoided fast food for a little longer than this. The next step was the huge drop in weight. I slowed down my eating. I did not start taking anything, nor did I start some diet suggested by a nutritionist or from online. This is not to say I did not eat foods I loved such as cookies, ice cream, or pizza. I just ate less of it. To give you a perspective on this, before I cut down, I was eating a large sized Blizzard from Dairy queen, after my cut down, I would occasionally have a small sized Blizzard on occasion.
            You might say that I needed to cut that type of food completely out of my diet, if I had I would not have dropped to 153 in the time that I did. Sweets was literally the hardest thing to cut back on. Everyone loves sweets and everyone eats them. I did and still do limit how much sweets I eat. Now, I want to mention here because this is extremely important, DO NOT UNDER EAT. There are extreme detriments to going way under on the amount of food you need to eat. I did this several times and realized I could have hurt myself. You NEED food to survive so cutting your intake to the point of hurting yourself is not going to help anything.
            I used a calorie counter to make sure I was lower in calories through all the food I was eating, and it really opened my eyes to what I was putting in my body. This can be a great way to kill the habit because it forces you to see what you are intaking. I also suggest possibly getting a food scale just to get a better perspective. You do not need to do this; it just helps open your eyes to what you are doing to yourself. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Also, if you need any other details or maybe a motivational cheerleader, email me. If you like this feel free to subscribe. Have a great day!

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My Life

My Life

            Hello Everyone,
                        First and foremost, my name is Andrew Ortiz. I am
a 36-year-old father, husband, veteran of the US Army, an accountant, a lyricist, and now a blogger. My life has been an interesting mess of twists, turns, and surprises that I would love to share with all of you. I think my first order of business here is to give you some insight into what I have done through my life and where I have been. I will try not to make it too long, so you do not get bored out of your mind.
            Growing up I was always the shy guy in the back of the room. I struggled with depression because I had no idea how to make friends, talk to girls, or even change my body image. In school I was always assumed to be the smartest guy in the room even though no one ever really tried to bring me out of my “shell”. Got the jest of it yet? I will not say I was the looser, but I let myself be invisible.
            I struggled in my relationship with my mother because she was obsessed with meeting guys, making them happy, and not having to be a parent after I was old enough to take care of myself. As such our relationship has always struggled because I have found it difficult to move on from that lack of parental figure which was supposed to show me how to live life.
            As soon as I turned 17, I moved on my own to begin my lifelong hobby of serving the bigger business that is the job market. I tried my hand at grocery stores, pizza parlors, and even worked little side jobs for extra cash. At this time in my life I did not see a very big importance in continuing my education because like any teenager, I hated school. Needless to say, I dropped out.
            Once I turned 19, and after moving in with friends, my aunt, and eventually my brother I realized my life was going no where fast because of my job choices. Enter the military life. I joined the military, honestly, because I was fed up with life and felt like I needed to do something meaningful to make life seem more worthwhile. I did not join as an accountant, nor a technical communication expert, heck I would even love to say I was a transportation provider. No, I joined as an 11B infantryman out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
            Everyone says hindsight is 20/20 this is absolutely the truest phrase in the human language. I regret joining into this field. However, all I can do now is wish I had made a better choice. I want to pause here to point out a few key facts here. Growing up I was shy, point 1. I had no idea how to make friends, point 2. Lastly, and unmentioned yet, I was extremely skinny. At 5’9” I was only 127 pounds. I was not built for this undertaking by any means. Infantry as a life choice, NOT a good idea.
            The military changed me for the better in the end, though I could have had the same effect in a different MOS. Now, after I left the military, I was 157 pounds and mentally unsound due to my inability to cope with several experiences which I will go into in later blogs. I will just say now that I suffer from several issues most of which is PTSD (Post traumatic stress syndrome).
            Since I left the military there have been several huge life changing improvements to my life. First off, I finally got married at the age of 27. Second, I became a public bus operator. Not exactly the biggest change I could mention, but this had a huge impact on my financial situation which struggled very badly on and off for years. Third, and the largest impact on my life, my wife Laura and I had a little girl whose name is Elliana.
            These three things changed my life for the better even with all our ups and downs through life. After these three things happened, my life turned around in a huge way. I decided to go to college, I now have both a bachelors, and a master’s in business administration with a specialization in accounting and completed four and a half years of classes at DeVry University. After this I made another huge move and became an accountant now working for Altitude Energy.
            You would think this would be the top of what I have done in life and things would settle down. Obviously, that is not the case. I found that one thing I struggle with the most right now is being able to communicate my feelings to my wife Laura. I decided to begin writing lyrics, which lead to attempting to work with others to create music ( I have yet to complete any songs as this is a very difficult industry) but I am trying very hard to put my now 16 lyrics out to others.
            Lastly, I decided to become a blogger to share my own perspective on life with others and see where my decisions can get insight and maybe even connect with those with my same unique views and experiences. If you would like to know more about me, do not worry, this is not the end of my writing, simply the end of this post. Feel free to respond to me, subscribe to get updates when I post more, and maybe even follow me on Twitter. I would love to hear from all of you! My next post will be late next week and will go into my struggle with gaining weight and then the journey of losing it. Have a great day!

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Love Stands Tall

Love before you an emotionless hole
I couldn’t go on with an incomplete soul
But once I found you my heart skipped a beat
You filled my heart and made me feel complete
 
You took my heart when you took my hand
Each time love cracked I rose a better man
I feel bad when I lose my grip
But you love me matter how I slip
 
Your love fills me even when I fall
Our love never breaks it still stands tall
Your love fills me even when I fall
Our love never breaks it still stands tall
 
Life before love was dead and dreary
All the loveless nights made me want you near me
Other girls made me feel love was a lie
The heartless souls left me wanting to die
 
Your love fills me no matter how I fall
Our love never breaks it still stands tall
Your love fills me no matter how I fall
Our love never breaks it still stands tall
 
There was never love before you.
My love will always be yours you make me whole. I would bleed dry before I let you go.
 
Your love fills me no matter how I fall
Our love never breaks it still stands tall
Your love fills me no matter how I fall
Our love never breaks it still stands tall
Our love stands tall
Love stands tall
Don’t let us fall

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The Fall

Standing on the edge looking at the sky above
Wishing you were here to tell me you will always love me
 
I called yesterday to listen to your voice again
I know you miss me to
I think about you now and then
I resent the way I felt the day I left you standing there
Tears streaming down your face
 
I turned and ran without leaving a trace
My words ringing clear like a slap to your face
I could never embrace the warmth in your heart
You never gave up hoped that we’d never part
 
Sometimes I look back wishing I changed my mind
Noticed our love was true
I never thought I could be so blind
Now here I stand without you and ready fall
 
I turned and ran without leaving a trace
My words ringing clear like a slap to your face
I could never embrace the warmth in your heart
You never gave up hoped that we’d never part
I left you in the end and I could never take back
The words that have hurt you when it came to the end
As I stand at the edge waiting to fall
I’m only thinking of you as I jump from the wall
 
As I close on the ground I wish you the best
Please remember me fondly and forget all the rest
I picture your face and I smile at last
As I think of your kiss and our last embrace
 
 
 

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The Disease Inside

You think you own me so this fucking jokes on you
Got something in store so fuck you too
 
Everyday you push me to the edge
You think you fucking own me but I’m not your bitch
I have something special to burn out your light
I knew you weren’t too bright
 
You think you fucking own me
Well not everything is yours
I fucking blew your mind
With the disease inside
 
I took my time pushing you closer
To the edge of your cliff I hope you fucking jump
All your time and money, was a waste of your life
You thought you had it all, with the kids and wife
 
You took everything thing around you though it wasn’t yours
Never realized it was a waste of time
This is the best damn time to make you feel so small
 
You think you fucking own me
Not everything is yours
I fucking blew your mind
With the disease inside
Now is your time to die after you raped me
As you take your last breath
I hope you realize

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The Dark Storm

Floating through the darkness without someone to care
Never really moving till I saw you standing there
Suddenly it hit me your light shown evermore
You shined like a beacon that guided me to shore
 
Lost in shadows as I took the waves alone
My life went on without you my heart was overthrown
As waves crashed down I fought along hoping I would die
The shoreline just beyond my sight not quite sure I should try
 
I never knew of light in life I clamored through the dark
Like a ship on the shoreline I waited to embark
My life went on without your light sailing into fear
As I struggled over waves of doubt hoping you’d appear
 
Lost in shadows as I took the waves alone
My life went on without you my heart was overthrown
As waves crashed down I fought along hoping I would die
The shoreline just beyond my sight not quite sure I should try
The waves crashed in the darkness my will fading fast
Suddenly I saw you there the darkness in the past
My heart was overwhelmed
I thought you were a dream
 
The sun lit the sky the way your love embraced my heart
The darkness fades away as the waves began to part
 Your love is like a lighthouse as it glows across the sand
It lights the path before me and you slowly take my hand
Our hearts collide you take the lead we’ll never be apart
Please take away the darkness and embrace my lonely heart
 
 
 
 
 

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Let Me Hold You Close

Before you there was nothing but empty space
I needed your love to complete me and make me truly great
 
I loved you since I met you
Each day was spent wishing you were mine
The days I spent without you
Made me want to numb the pain
 
I wish I had the guts to tell you how I felt
Without you here I could fall from grace
Looking in your eyes I’d give up this life
Please give me a chance to kiss your face
 
Each day we talked I felt weaker
My love grew but I locked it all away
Words caught in my throat
As I fell into your eyes
 
Every time I try to tell you how I feel
I fall into your eyes
I’ll hold you every night
I have so much to give
Please give me just one chance
To give it all to you
 
I wish I had the guts to tell you how I felt
Without you here I could fall from grace
Looking in your eyes I’d give up this life
Please give me a chance to kiss your face
I want to hold you close
Please let me hold you close
Let me hold you close
I will hold you close
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Summer Love

My life has always felt empty, no light from your heart
My heart felt empty the hollow of being alone
 
In the tangles of my life without light
I didn’t search through the night
I swam through the current of the sea
Hoping love would rescue me
I never pulled out of the darkness
Living within the mess
 
The darkness drowns my hollow beating heart
Reaching up I felt the light hoping love would fill me up
The darkness drowns me
Takes my breath
 
Pushing harder against the demons that drug me down
Into a cage that made me suffocate
I saw the light of your life
I shook off the void that made me medicate
 
The darkness drowns my hollow beating heart
Reaching up I felt the light hoping love would fill me up
The darkness drowns me
Takes my breath
My hollow heart
Hollow heart
Please fill me up
 
The light came towards me bringing doubt
I believed that I’d get out
The darkness had me for so long
I did not feel I would belong
This light brought an embrace
I was lost within your face
The love you gave me made me strong
 
Without mistake my demons remain
Wanting to drag me back to the dark
Making me drown without your arms
You love the man that I’ve become
But I am nothing if your gone
Please darkness fade to grey
I am like a ship that lost its way
 
The light you bring shows me never fear
When you’re not here
I will take on the waves of doubt
Your love will help me let these out
My hollow heart now full and whole
 

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Hollow Heart

My life has always felt empty, no light from your heart
My heart felt empty the hollow of being alone

In the tangles of my life without light
I didn’t search through the night
I swam through the current of the sea
Hoping love would rescue me
I never pulled out of the darkness
Living within the mess

The darkness drowns my hollow beating heart
Reaching up I felt the light hoping love would fill me up
The darkness drowns me
Takes my breath

Pushing harder against the demons that drug me down
Into a cage that made me suffocate
I saw the light of your life
I shook off the void that made me medicate

The darkness drowns my hollow beating heart
Reaching up I felt the light hoping love would fill me up
The darkness drowns me
Takes my breath
My hollow heart
Hollow heart
Please fill me up

The light came towards me bringing doubt
I believed that I’d get out
The darkness had me for so long
I did not feel I would belong
This light brought an embrace
I was lost within your face
The love you gave me made me strong

Without mistake my demons remain
Wanting to drag me back to the dark
Making me drown without your arms
You love the man that I’ve become
But I am nothing if your gone
Please darkness fade to grey
I am like a ship that lost its way

The light you bring shows me never fear
When you’re not here
I will take on the waves of doubt
Your love will help me let these out
My hollow heart now full and whole

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Love Your Story

I’ve worked harder every day
To provide security to make you stay with me
Things have been hard sometimes you cry
Every tear made me want to die
 
Is our life a story you will tell
Do I give you strength to make it through this hell
I offer you my shoulder when things get tough
I’m always here when it gets too rough
 
We’ll make this better don’t give up
Things are grim but keep up the fight
Silver linings have just reached our sight
 
Things happen that we can’t control
Hurts like a knife pierced through your soul
Looking for the words to mend your heart
Can be so hard but I will start
 
We’ll make this better don’t give up
Things are grim just keep up the fight
Silver linings have just reached our sight
I know your feeling weak
I am always here
I won’t let you down
Just keep moving
I’ll hold you off the ground
 
While I wait here to lift you up
To be set free and fly above
Please let them whisper
Don’t pay no mind
My love is here
Just don’t give in
 
 
 

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Loveless Wants

I stand in the corner wondering what went wrong
Your slow dancing with your chump to our old song
 
I walk around the empty house where we used to sing
Bought you a fancy card with a diamond ring
I always thought we’d get old together
Our love strong enough to last any weather
 
But here I stand wondering what went wrong
Tears travel down my face as I sing this song
I took my love and made a band
Wishing I could hold your hand
 
Every time I see your face
I envision our last embrace
A time our love felt so strong
I know now it could not go on
I missed the signs that showed our fate
You wanted more than my Escalade
 
 
But here I stand wondering what went wrong
Tears travel down my face as I sing this song
I took my love and made a band
Wishing I could hold your hand
Yet as I miss your love so blind
There was always something in the back of your mind
That told you we weren’t ment to be
You never hard the heart to be honest with me
 
But here I stand singing this song
Wishing I knew just what went wrong
I know now you’ll never be mine
I already lost because I missed that sign
 
 

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The Fight

The light of your heart is what strengthens my soul
Building me to take on demons in the darkness
 
I never cared before you came
Before I even knew your name
Places I’ve been things I’ve seen
Always struck me as a dream
My life escaped without you
Because I never dared
To take my dreams to new heights
I carried on through loveless nights
 
The light of your heart pushed me to fight
The dark in my soul refused to be controlled
The light of your heart pushes me to fight
The dark in my soul refused to be controlled
I need your light to help take control
 
I found you in the dark
Becoming more than a shell
You pushed me from my hell
As my heart beat stronger everyday
Life began to come my way
I never expected your love to guide me away from my shadows raging on
The light within your heart pushes me to fight
 
But now life pulses through my veins
The only darkness that remains
Is the voices of the past, pushing hard to fade your light
The darkness in my soul refused to be controlled
 
Without your love surrounding me
I will never be set free
To bring the love between us high
Without you I’d surely die
 
The light within your heart pushes me to fight
The darkness in my soul refused to be controlled
The light within your heart pushes me to fight
The darkness in my soul refused to be controlled
I need your light to help me take control
 
I found you in the darkness my mind on fire
My regret labeled me a demon
While darkness surrounds me like the wind
Your love tells me to take flight
On I move towards you with arms open wide
The light within your heart pushes me to fight
Push me to fight
 
Knowing that your love will always last
Tells me I am not the darkness from the past
And one thing you need to know
That my love will always grow
Please don’t let me go
 

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Endless Love

I give you my heart I give you my soul
Each time you’re near me I lose control
I see your smile I feel your touch
I cannot believe I love this much
 
Your love can break me it builds my soul
Your kiss can fade me and make me whole
Your love can break me it builds my soul
Your kiss can fade me and make me whole
Please make me whole
 
You touch my heart each time we kiss
Your love surrounds me my feelings are bliss
Nights beside you can be so warm
I know your love can do no harm
 
Life before you felt so hollow
even though I searched my heart did not feel
the thoughtless whispers of lovers before
Promise me you’ll never leave me alone!
 
Your love can break me it builds my soul
Your kiss can fade me and make me whole
Your love can break me it builds my soul
Your kiss can fade me and make me whole
Please build me up
 
Our love grows stronger and knows new heights
Bodies grounded our hearts take flight
Each night together our times draw near
Please love me endless and shake my fear

Corona

Corona

As I lay dying I look to the sky
The wind whips across me still I wonder why
I’ve asked many questions to no avail
You told me lies had me chasing my tail
 
Your greed and your lies left me broke and exposed
You promised protection which was quickly disposed
It came from beyond it was swift and it killed
As it spread cross the country your words unfulfilled
 
You lie, cheat and steal to get what you want
Humanity’s beyond you with the money you flaunt
I can’t believe they chose you with the lies you deal
Every step that you’ve made has fucked this whole ordeal
 
You’ve escaped karma not sure how that works
Not sure how you’ve made it working with those jerks
The power you wield is like a kid with a knife
When you step out of line I hope your slapped by your wife
 
You lie, cheat and steal to get what you want
Humanity’s beyond you with the money you flaunt
I can’t believe they chose you with the lies you deal
Every step that you’ve made has fucked this whole ordeal
I hope you can sleep with all the blood on your hands
If we could switch bodies I’m sure the devil understands
 
But as I lay dying with this fucking disease
I hope you meet karma and it knocks you on your knees
 
 
 

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