The Holidays are a Time to Reach Out

First, if you are having thoughts of hurting yourself, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

It has been a hard year for everyone

The holidays are a time of the year when I naturally get depressed. I could be on top of the world, but as soon as December rolls around, it is time to buckle up for an emotional rollercoaster of a month. It is that way for a lot of people. You see us putting on our happy face, going to Holiday parties, getting together with family, and visiting friends. But under the smiles and hugs, we are having a tough time. And I have a feeling that this year, with all of the things going on in the world, a lot of people will be experiencing this feeling for the first time. So I thought I could write this blog post to help us all get through it. Because no matter how you feel today, tomorrow you could feel different.

Christmas Cat
“Sometimes I want to tear it all down and just pretend it’s March.” – Depressed Holiday Cat

Start reaching out early

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Celebrate Small Victories

While I am working on a couple of longer blog posts (that seem to require much more editing than usual) I wanted to share a quick thought:

Take time to celebrate the small successes in life.

I am my own worst critic. Especially when I’m depressed. That’s why it is important to acknowledge when you have achieved something. Even if it is returning to something you used to do. And on that note…

Coffee and Cannabis

I recorded a new interview for Coffee and Cannabis today. It is an interview with Taylor Mears of Supportive Naturals (I wrote a blog post for them here).

I owe a few people back episodes of Coffee and Cannabis (which I intend to release soon). But this is the first interview I’ve booked in a while. With the stress of moving to, and getting settled in, Los Angeles, I haven’t had time to work on the podcast. So I’m happy to celebrate my return to doing Coffee and Cannabis on a regular basis.

Like I said, more blog posts to come. As well as podcasts. And, fingers crossed, maybe something special for YouTube by New Year.

Everything Wrong With The Internet – Topic: Unemployment

Last time I checked, we are living in the future (a 1980’s movie future, but still the future). And maybe it is my privilege talking, but I figured we would have a few things figured out by now. Sure, we’re getting flying cars in the next few years. But we still can’t figure out how to make a website useful on the freaking Internet! Let me explain:

Flying Car Concept (IAA)
“Where we’re going, we don’t need roads… well, maybe we need them. But only to take off and land.” Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/151438932@N06/37028665296

In the past couple of years, I’ve filed for unemployment at least once (because I have my life together, aside from the whole ‘having a job’ thing). Now, do you know what I had to do to file for unemployment? Go on the Internet.

I had to go to a computer, click on a web browser, and go to a website. This is something we are all familiar with (unless you’ve been handed a printed copy of this blog, in which case, who killed a tree just so you could read this?). So, I’m looking at the Unemployment Office website. And on this website they explain the steps to file for unemployment benefits. They are as follows: Continue reading “Everything Wrong With The Internet – Topic: Unemployment”

Thanksgiving Dinner, Thunderdome Edition

Thanksgiving is coming up! That means it is time for everyone’s favorite family tradition; screaming at each other from across the dinner table. But if you are worried about being this year’s target of family drama, fear not! If you follow my plan below, you will be able to destroy your Uncle/Aunt/Spouse/etc. during the annual rehashing of “whose lifestyle choices are we not approving of this year.” Here’s my three step plan to eviscerate that family member, and walk away from Turkey day unscathed.

The safest place to be during the holiday is outside of the house. Credit: https://media.defense.gov/2017/Nov/06/2001838548/-1/-1/0/171117-F-PO640-004.JPG

1. Do Your Homework

First thing is first, social media is your best friend. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., start scrolling and taking screenshots of your target’s accounts. Sure, it is tedious, time-consuming, and creepy. And having to go through all of Continue reading “Thanksgiving Dinner, Thunderdome Edition”

Sell! Sell! Sell! Ardin’s 3 Tips to Sell More! (More What? Who Cares!)

Everyone says to me, “Ardin, you are such a good salesperson! How can I be better at sales?” Well firstly, thank you for noticing raw talent when you see it. Secondly, you are right to ask for my help in making you a better salesperson. You definitely need it. I mean, have you looked at your numbers for the last quarter? I didn’t want to say anything, but you’ve been on double secret probation for a while now. So, if you don’t shape up soon, I’ll have to let you go. But forget all of that for now; being better at sales is simple. Just follow my three step method that can’t fail! Follow these steps and I guarantee you’ll be a better salesperson in no time! Or I’ll fire you. Either or. So here’s how you do it!

So many colors to choose from!

1. Overwhelm the customer with options.

Before they even have a chance to tell you what they might want, start throwing options at your customer. “We have over 100 different colors, textures, fabrics, sizes, and styles to choose from. That’s over 100 million possible configurations! Now, what color do you like? Taupe? I have 50 shades Continue reading “Sell! Sell! Sell! Ardin’s 3 Tips to Sell More! (More What? Who Cares!)”

Happy Birthday, I Made It To 35

I turned 35 today, so I decided to reminisce about how I got here (to Los Angeles. Not planet Earth. I didn’t smoke that much before writing this. I’ll smoke that much after I post this. So let’s move this along, shall we?). This is a helpful reminder to myself, for when I get depressed, and need to look at some of what I have accomplishment up until now. This post is for me, more than anything, but maybe you’ll get something out of it. So let’s begin at my education.

Happy Birthday Donuts

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Where Did You Go?

I know, I know, I know… I disappeared for a while there. Not without good reason. Big news! I moved to Los Angeles. I’m chasing the dream in the city that makes or breaks you. I’ve been here a week, and so far, I’m liking it. The people are friendly. You can’t beat the weather. Oh, and cannabis is less expensive here, from what I’ve found.

One of the adorable kitty cats. There’s another one if you keep reading.

Speaking of money, I have a job that I enjoy. I’m selling furniture to people! I’ve always been a pretty good salesperson. And the brand is all about the romance of their story; and you know I’m all about romance. So no matter what happens with my comedy and acting, at least I can pay the rent.

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Chance Marijuana Mommy Meeting

Katy Karns
Unrelated Photo of Katy Karns at Urban Pharm

Hey everyone, just wanted to give a quick update. Yes, I disappeared for a while there (yes, part of that was depression), but now I’m back! And while I was gone, did I meet some interesting people! The first person I want to talk about (before I run off to finish editing an episode of Coffee and Cannabis) is Jessie Gill, RN of MarijuanaMommy.com. I met her the other night at Urban Pharm while dabbing it up. I wanted to share this awesome blog post of hers for my friends in New Jersey looking to get medicated: https://www.marijuanamommy.com/any-doctor-can-prescribe-cannabis-in-nj-heres-how/

Okay, gotta run!

Busy, busy, busy

Hey everyone! I know I have been away for a bit, and you are probably wondering where I have been. So here is an update!

Recording Things!

Higherveda Interview
Higherveda Interview

Over the past couple of weeks I have recorded two new interviews for the podcast, Coffee and Cannabis. One episode will be out by the end of this month, and the other will be posted at the beginning of June! The first episode for the end of May is with Grassfed and To Whom It May, both based in Los Angeles. June’s episode is with Higherveda based in Oakland (pictured above). Continue reading “Busy, busy, busy”