and the answer is this: mindfulness. According to Psychology Today ” Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention to the present”. I utilize the Calm app to provide a mutitude of guided meditation lessons that range from gratitude to self-love. The Calm app encourages daily mindfulness practice by offering daily reminders to meditate.
I have been meditating daily using this app for over a year now and have to give mindfulness credit for calming me down. I’m still a bit more…extra than most; but I’m less extra now than I once was!
I went from cousin Will
to Will Smith.
All thanks to mindfulness! Mindfulness is awesome!
But I have a few reservations… I’m not knocking mindfulness or anything! I practice it myself!
I just have some questions.
For one, I wonder whether the application of mindullness has the effect of decreasing situational awareness. Mindfulness is all about focusing on the minute details of the present situation you are in and basically ignoring the things around you. For example, if you were sitting at a table eating a delicious stack of pancakes
mindfulness would have you hone in on the details of eating the pancakes.
The thick and warm stack filling your mouth.
The warm and sticky syrup dripping down your throat.
The satisfied feeling you get as you sit with a belly full of pancakes.
Meanwhile your house is burning down around you.
Another concern about mindfulness that I have is whether or not the focus on only the present enters into nihilism thus garnering the many cons associated with them.
Nihilism is ” is the philosophical viewpoint that suggests the denial of, or lack of belief in, the reputedly meaningful aspects of life”.
My favorite book, The Stranger, demonstrates nihilism using the main character Mersault ” a nihilist who believes that life has no meaning”. Nihilism preaches basiclly that there is “no day but today”.
So basically, do heroin because you only live one, that’s the motto YOLO.
I only have two reservations about mindfulness but LOADS of benefits.
Among the many benefits of mindfulness is the improved ability to withhild judgement.
This was important for me to learn because my demographic LIVES (allegedly) for judging people; Southern black women.
Judging is in my blood. I was out here judging girls since elementary school.
But by continually practicing one of the primary tenets of mindfulness; to observe things without judgement, I have been able to successfully exorcise that judgmental spirit.
What do you think are the pros and cons of mindfulness? Have you tried the Calm app?
But Sprint doesn’t care if it’s good money or bad money that pays the bill, if it don’t get it’s money Sprint is going to cut your phone off
The luxury of only choosing sources of money that are “good” is one that is often not afforded to many of us. We may strive to reach a point in our lives where we do not have to do just “anything for the bag”, but while on the journey to that point, I have compiled a few ways below to “get money”, specifically bad money.
Disclaimer: All methods below are legal, not trying to get you locked up.
I swear I’m not about to insert a picture of my Lamborghini and talk about how you can make 50k a day like me if you just buy my course for $60 dollars.
But I will be honest and say that you can make a nice side hustle from affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is defined as “a marketing arrangement by which an online retailer pays commission to an external website for traffic or sales generated from its referrals” and is nice because it requires little effort. Simply advertise a product on a platform and direct people to purchase it through your link.
Then sit and wait for your Lambo with suicide doors.
I resell items quite frequently. I advocate for it and have penned a number of articles advocating for it and espousing upon components of it. With the advent of a variety of platforms that encourage the user to sell items (Poshmark, Ebay, Etsy, etc.) reselling has become easier than ever! Combined with procuring expensive luxury items at a low price from thrift stores, reselling has the potential to provide a nice income.
I am specifically well versed in this source of dirty money as I have an inside look into the world of camming. A lot are enticed by stories of a friends cousins’ girlfriends little sister who makes a six figure salary from camming like 2 hours a day on Monday and Tuesday; I’m here to tell you the truth; that probably will not be you.
You can obtain a pretty nice average income from camming. As an added benefit you don’t have to put on pants.
Sell things on Craigslist
Not those kind of things.
Things like your time and strength. Craigslist is full of ads requesting persons to move heavy items, be “blackground” on reality shows, be a date for an event, etc. So if you are low on cash check out one of these options!
Eating has always been…interesting.
But in recent years has sparked a phenomenon that is able to be monetized. That phenomenon is known as mukbangs. Spoon University reports that mukbangs are “when someone consumes massive amounts of food while recording themselves eat. According to Metro, the hosts of the videos ‘sit eating a range of foods for fans, interacting with them through the live chat.’ Those who watch the videos can suggest what to eat next for future videos.”
The mukbang phenomenon can be evidenced across video platforms. The most well known of which is YouTube.
So grab your fork and get that coin!
Be a friend, or foe
There are literally people that pay others to be their friend. I don’t know who these people are as most people (including myself) would pay you to leave them alone…. but I guess some people like to be bothered.
A popular site that allows these people to rent a friend is rentafriend.com. “RentAFriend.com is a web-based hire a friend service. You can either choose to rent a friend or get paid to be a friend. Rent A Friend was started in 2009 by Scott Rosenbaum in New Jersey. It claims to be the world’s leading friend-for-hire website, having been featured by major news stables including FOX and CNN”.
Be a sugar baby
Perhaps one of the easiest jobs ever, being a sugar baby has become a lucrative career. Thanks to sites like Seeking Arrangements and Instagram, you don’t even have to leave the house anymore to let an older rich person know that your hot and ready
self is willing to trade your presence (and maybe other things) for money.
Being a stripper is a career path that has crossed many minds. I’m sure I am not the only one who has seen this
and thought “oh, I can do that!”
But technical abilities aside, stripping is actually a pretty great startup career. According to sources on Reddit, some strippers on average make around $500 a night with potential to make upwards of $3k! Not a shabby salary, if I do say so. In addition to the monetary benefit of stripping are the benefits to your physical health. Who needs the gym when your job requires aerial cardio for hours?
A common theme in the world of money is that sex sells. Even in dystopian futures where every woman is turned into a flesh eating zombie human men will still be willing to risk it all for a piece of the pie.
So if you like writing, have a vivid imagination, and can describe sexual situations in detail then you should try your hand at erotica. I recently discovered this option while researching for this post and will definitely try my hand at it, I will check in after about two months. Primary platforms for selling erotica include “(1) Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), (2) Barnes & Noble’s Nook Press platform, and (3) Smashwords” (paracompounded.com). For a comprehensive guide on how to get started on this interesting venture visit this site.
Do you advocate for “dirty” money? What are some ways to get it?
Who can forget their first love experience? Not the stressful love you went through in high school.
I’m talking about that innocent love you first had for someone in elementary school.
I’m talking about spending recess with the person or thing you loved
sharing your brownie with the colorful sprinkles with them
And talking dirty to them on the house phone.
Well, maybe not that dirty, we were like five years old. The G-rated version of dirty talk.
Whether our first love was a boy, girl, or pancakes there was a phone involved; and if you were born before 2001 that phone was probably a house phone.
Who remembers the infamous housephone?
Was anyone else guilty of talking “dirty” on the house phone only for someone else to be listening in on the other line and to roast you with it later.
I know I was! But even though the house phone did me wrong a few times, it did me right way more times and I miss it.
Here’s why I love the house phone.
Home phones are safe for kids
As time passes it becomes increasingly easier for people without the best intentions to access children. I’m not saying pedophiles did not exist before I-phones, but it is easier to plan an escape with a child when you know there is no possibility of their mom listening in on another line.
Home phones are better for emergencies
Home phones offer tracking and GPS and are perfect for allowing 911 operators to pinpoint the exact location to dispatch police officers. This is ideal for both young children and adults who do not yet possess adequate vocal ability to express the home address to another party.
Better voice quality
“Home phone’s have a hard line connection tapping directly into the phone network”. As a result, you’ll get better signal reception and far less static on a home phone than a cellphone since it’s a hardwired connection. This is especially true when calling from a basement or in areas far from a cell tower, as the wireless signal has a harder time traveling a long distance or pushing through that much metal, dirt, and concrete without being disrupted.
Good for Mental Health
The world is far too noisy when you constantly lug around external validation (Instagram), past pitfalls (Facebook), constant communication (texting), and everything else you have on your phone (nudes, recipes, pancake pictures, rap lyrics, moneyyyyy). Leaving all of that baggage and strictly using the phone for its intended purpose is good for ones self care.
Home Phones look cool
Phones are a great accessory to any room. You can go antique
or teen dream
Whatever look you are going for there is a phone to match it.
When I tell people that I do not have a tv they either react like this
or like this
Those who react calmly understand that you no longer have to spend hundreds or even thousands to get your daily television dose.
All you need is a laptop and a willingness to waste time binge-watching 90 Day Fiancé.
What I love most about this society is how easily accessible television shows are. For like $11.99 a month you can watch a show about a dystopian future
and an anime
then you can wind down, for free, with the Midnight Society.
You can do all this without blowing hundreds on a square apparatus.
I suggest splitting the bill for a streaming platform with a friend or family member. 11.99 divided by 2 for commercial free television is a pretty great deal!
But if television shows are not your preference and you would rather read a book or the latest article on creolethrifting.com
I have a suggestion for you! And I actually utilize this tip because I am quite the bookworm.
Yes, I developed a love for reading from an early age. The reasons why are because 1) My mom worked at a newspaper/ publishing house and used to bring home hoards of books everyday, so when I finished reading one book there was another one waiting. It was a revolving door of books.
2) My pseudo-Father, Paw Paw (grandpa) read the newspaper everyday and would always give my brother and I the “funnies” (comics). So before I could even read I was out here analyzing images and developing stories using my imagination to fit the image.
3) I didn’t know how to interact with people my age until I was like 16. Raised by an older mother and two ancient grandparents, I was that kid humming BB King when everyone was asking if I had heard the new song by Nelly.
As a result of this inability to relate to my age group I often spent recess and lunchtime holed up in the library with a book.
Thus further developing my love of reading!
I now satisfy my thirst for reading electronically. With a Kindle and a laptop I have no need to spend hundreds on a television.
A money saving technique if I do say so.
I also LOVE an audible subscription. I cannot speak on the price as frankly I don’t know it. I confess that I am guilty of creating numerous false emails in order to continually sign up for the free trial.
Do you own a TV or do you prefer to read or watch videos online (like a boss b*tch)?
Back when I was a bright-eyed teenager I set off on a journey to college. Meeting me on this journey were a variety of lessons meant to prepare me for adulthood. The most valuable of which was money management.
I had to learn money management the hard way; by getting enough money to last several months and blowing it in two days.
Yes, I was that girl who got an eight hundred dollar refund check and thought she was ballin’.
The first place I would spend my money at would be the mall.
I would spend a little at Forever 21.
A little more at Pinkberry.
And racks at Sephora.
Sephora got all my little money. I was out here splurging on Naked Palletes and Better than sex mascara like I had somewhere to go where appropriate attire didn’t include sweatpants.
I would then proceed to beat my face with my purchases. I had to look good at the dining hall.
So my refunded loan money would be enough to support my makeup habit and keep me looking fly for a few weeks but after it ran out I was forced to look fly with no money.
Thankfully, I had been gifted numerous tips and tricks from a slew of family and friends who had gone to jail and/or prison on how to look SNATCHED using ordinary items. Some of the methods I learned are below.
Use Colored Pencils for eyeliner
I was initially introduced to this option by Tracy on Love After Lockup.
Tracy swore by this method and notably donned it for her television debut.
It is simple, place the tip of a number 2 or a colored pencil in hot water for a few seconds in order to soften it up then proceed to utilize it as you would any other eye pencil.
The long-lasting results will leave you questioning why you ever wasted your money on eyeliner in the first place.
Dye hair with Kool-Aid
This tried and true method to dye hair has been a staple for years. I still remember attempting to dye my hair deep purple with a packet of grape Kool-Aid and hopes and dreams. What resulted was a funky purple ‘fro that I was able to rock for the weekend before I had to rinse it out for school on Monday.
Maintain eyebrows with dental floss
One of the most important things on your face should be your brows. You could say the cure for cancer but if your brows look like this
no one is going to care.
Lucky for you, dental floss can double as low cost eyebrow threading utensil.
Get eyeshadow from magazine spreads
You don’t have to spend your money on expensive eyeshadow pallets. Simply buy a magazine, find a pigmented photo in it like this one
And with one finger rub it in circles until the ink from the image rubs off on your finger. Using the ink rub it on your eyelids to get a beautiful eye look!
No makeup look is complete without a gorgeous lip color. You can get your own with two simple ingredients: petroleum jelly and beets.
With these makeup hacks you will be looking glamorous for less than the cost of a cup of coffee! Do you have any tips?
I know that my posts were severely missed by my huge fanbase of like 20 followers.
I apologize for causing the turmoil that must have ensued from not having weekly doses of comedic blog posts to look forward to.
I know what you’re thinking. Creole Thrift is usually so consistent, what’s going on?!
What was going on was a case of the blues. I had to get my grandmas record player out and listen to some BB King records. Scratches and all. Imperfections go nicely with a bad day. Or a bad month.
I was down and out because I was shook at the prospect that another Hurricane Katrina-esque event could occur.
I live in New Orleans, always have, and prior to Katrina my life was perfect. I lived in a wonderful neighborhood/ community full of middle class blacks who made me feel glad to be me. I also had a loving family unit comprised of my mama, grandma, grandpa, brother, and uncles. I had a host of friends at school and tons of “Aunties” who were close friends of the family and would chastise me for making a B on a test at school then call the school and asked how they could help me make an A next time. On top of all that my crush liked me back and there were rumors that he was going to ask me out the upcoming Monday🥳. So I was living the (pre) “Teenage dream” Then Katrina came around and ruined it.
Hate is a strong word but it applies here. I HATE Hurricane Katrina; and faced with the prospect that it would happen again
So I packed up a couple of bags and got a plane ticket to visit a friend.
Long story short my flight was canceled.
And I took an Uber there and Uber and Lyft weren’t working.
So I was literally stranded at the airport!
Overpriced food and freezing terminals aside it wasn’t too bad. I made a few friends and got some interesting material to write about in the next few articles. Most importantly I got my groove back and Hurricane Barry proved to be as harmless as a stack of pancakes.
So now I am home at last with a cozy blanket. I am binge-watching anime while eating a snack of pancake covered broccoli (have to get those greens in!). Most importantly I get to resume sharing moments, opinions, and thrift and budget advice with readers of Creole Thrift!
Have you ever been stranded at the airport?
Oh, and follow this blog! I’m probably still going to do it if you don’t. but if you do I would REALLY appreciate it! Here’s a little a$$ as thanks.
“Once upon a time, not long ago I was a ho And I’m admitting it I won’t take it back ’cause I did the shit”
So as the lyrics imply I was a ho in my younger days. Yes, despite looking as if I am still “young, dumb, and full of” …pancakes, I am not.
I’m just black; and due to my high concentration of melanin and use of mouisturization (lotion) I manage to look much younger than I am.
How old am I? You ask. Bitch that’s rude! Never ask a lady her age.
But back to the topic, ho-ism, a complicated subject, is best learned through immersal. As I immersed myself in ho-ism (for educational purposes, of course) I noticed a recurring delineation. This delineation was a preference for fuckboys.
Fuckboys are “a man who has many casual sexual partners“ (Urban Dictionary).
This preference for fuckboys is not strictly confined to hoes, however, it appears in significant numbers throughout the entire female demographic . From hoes to ladies. From personal experience I can attest to the fact that this preference continues into complete female maturity despite competing preferences of mature women to settle-down and find a stable partner.
As a former ho I can personally attest to the irresistible attraction of a fuckboy. A fuckboy is a lot like a hot sugary donut.
You know it’s bad for you, but you’ve just got to have it.
So what is it about fuckboys that keeps bringing us in? I’ll tell you below.
He “makes (you) feel good”
Not just in that way, but in regards to your inherent desire for external validation. No matter how amazing a girl looks, she still would like to hear it sometimes. Even if your self esteem is on ten, words of external validation are needed at times.
Thankfully, an inherent trait of fuckboys is to compliment you on your appearance.
Fuckboys are super confident
Have you ever met someone who is not very physically attractive but is so confident and smooth they make you question yourself on whether they are really ugly? They go from this
in the span of a few days. Confidence is sexy; and fuckboys have it pumping through their veins.
Fuckboys tell you what you want to hear
Like Chaka Khan, Ne-yo, Mario and countless others we “don’t wanna know” just “Lie to me” and “Tell me something good”. Lucky for us, we have fuckboys who avoid telling the harsh truth like water avoids oil!
All of your friends will be envious of you
Who wouldn’t want a charismatic, confident charmer on their arm for a night?
Fuckboys will leave you with a set of valuable skills
Most fuckboys are narcissists.
Yes, meme, you are right; not ALL fuckboys, but most. True to narcissism the fuckboy only speaks about topics that interest him. Things like sex, money, music, cars, sports etc.
After spending a substantial amount of time with a fuckboy knowledge of those topics are bound to transfer to you.
For example, I have an extensive knowledge of gangsta rap.
The seed for this knowledge was planted back when I was just a little child in elementary school and I started a hip hop group modeled after Master P (New Orleans, Master P was LORD at the time). ugh We would write verses about fucking bitches, gang life, getting money etc. You know, typical 8 year old stuff.
But by the time I encountered my first fuckboy in High school my love of gangsta rap and expressing stories, thoughts, ideas, etc. through the written word had faded away. My love of gangsta rap and my knowledge of it was rekindled by a fuckboy who constantly played it and talked about it to me.
Through my encounter with a fuckboy I learned many things. Among them was the fact that Jesus was black, Ronald Reagan was the devil, and the government is lying about 9/11.
My level of love for Juneteenth is equivalent of that of that when syrup first met pancakes.
If you do not know what Juneteenth is you should first be ashamed. Be very ashamed.
When you are done being ashamed you can gain the knowledge of Juneteenth. Juneteenth is defined as “a festival held annually on the nineteenth of June by African Americans (especially in the southern states), to commemorate emancipation from slavery in Texas on that day in 1865.”. What this fancy definition fails to say is that it is also one of those holidays. By that I mean those holidays in which everybody and their mama stops by unannounced to grab a plate of food, gossip, or both!
This random group of people can include a distant cousin, an older “auntie” who expects you to remember her babysitting you when you were two years old, and your current crush.
You just never know who you are going to see on Juneteenth. It’s like hearing a knock at your door on Purge night.
It could be a friendly, terrified potential victim.
Or a group of mass murderers.
You just never know what you gonna get, life is like a box of chocolates, right?
So I’m guessing you want to look good when your future husband walks in the door.
Or former babysitter/ Auntie.
In an effort to look presentable to elders but still sexy to the future hubby I recommend a maxi dress!
Maxi dresses are the perfect outfit to appease everyone. They are long, loose, and modest so they are good for the elder. Then when you turn around….
As the famous philosopher Aubrey Drake Graham once said “I hate it when she go, but I love to watch her leave.”.
To find the perfect maxi dress to wear to your Juneteenth celebration that will not break the bank I recommend buying one from the thrift store!
One that I love is this cute and light weight hi-low black maxi dress.
The ruffles on the hemline add just the right amount of movement. The light weight fabric allows you to be cool while socializing at your Juneteenth celebration. I initially found this dress at a department store for $273.00!
Thankfully Thredup had it for only $33.50.
My next recommendation is this cute and sexy white sundress from shopgoodwill.com. Originally from White House Black Market, the price of this piece originally was a lot higher than the $15.00 price tag found at goodwill!
The affordable dress is fashioned using a lightweight tulle fabric and affixed with a bow. Few can deny that bows are cute, however the bow is used to hide a belt that cinches in the waist and gives you the perfect hourglass shape.
But even the dresses above are gone you can always put on pants and go buy the perfect dress to wear on Juneteenth at a physical thrift store!
Despite continual efforts it is difficult to deny scientific fact. Although that difficulty has been lessened over the years a couple of facts remain.
Pancakes are the bomb
and Asians are cute.
One can debate one of the aforementioned facts, but scientific evidence proves that many persons from the continent of Asia posses a gene specifically meant to make them cute.
Cuteness is defined as “inspiring great affection; delightful; charming”. Unlike other modes of attraction measuring cuteness is scientifically quantifiable! One can boast an opinion on which traits they find sexy or beautiful but science has a particular criteria for cuteness. Having smaller limbs, hairless body, “infantile” proportions, rounder faces, larger heads etc. are dubbed traits associated with cuteness and being cute holds many benefits.
Among the benefits are that cutness makes others want to offer you protection. This is the widely accepted reason the young and defenseless of many species garner this trait. One is more likely to defend a tiny baby than a 35 year old man.
Another benefit is that members of the opposite sex find you more attractive and healthy and want to mate with you.
This ultimately results in populations largely comprised of persons garnering the gene. This is also a widely believed reason of why cuteness is so vastly present in the Asian genetic pool in the modern day.
When you combine those benefits the outcome will be the adorable young of any species that you just want to cuddle and protect.
Another outcome is a person of Asian ancestry.
The reason why Asian persons tend to retain elements related to cuteness past infancy is due to the adaptation of a genetic trait by the name of neoteny. Neoteny is defined as “the retention of juvenile features in the adult anima”. As Image 1 visually depicts, physical traits such as smallness, hairlessness, disproportioned limbs etc. evidenced primarily in infants tend to decrease as one ages. However, the neotenous trait prevents that, and thus chubby cheeked tiny adults are developed.
The neotenous trait is widely found amongst Asians. There are many hypothetical reasons given to explain this, the most accepted being that Asians millenniums ago naturally developed the trait as a means of protection, and through natural selection as well as the preference to produce offspring with neotonous partners the gene became abundant across the continent presently!
The cuteness that many Asians garner naturally is emphasized through dress and actions. In many Asian countries, especially Japan, cuteness is a significant aspect of daily fashion.
Also, being cute does not only affect Asian women, it effects Asian men as well!!
Also, don’t get your panties in a bunch if you think I’m saying other races can’t be cute. This is not at all what I’m saying, there are a lot of non-Asians that are cute; however this is not about them. This about the cute a$$ Asians.
Summer is not as romantic as one would think. It’s hot, sticky, and full of mosquitos.
To top it all of kids are out of school and bored, so to entertain themselves they come eat up all your food and bother you. Even when they’re not yours.
Many of us actually dislike summer and romanticize it only in the winter when we’re freezing our butts off.
It’s hard to be intimate when you are more concerned with not melting or getting malaria than you are with “sexy time”, but millions of people around the world do it and according to Askmen.com there are a variety of benefits to receive by doing it.
Askmen.com reports that ” The act of cuddling releases a hormone called oxytocin, sometimes called the ‘cuddling hormone.’ Oxytocin is responsible for provoking what scientists refer to as ‘pair bonding’, which means it makes the cuddling couple feel closer and more intimate”.
So, basically if you cuddle with your man he won’t cheat on you.
…Not really 100% sure about that, I mean a leaopard doesn’t change it’s spots. A cheater is going to cheat on you no matter what you do or how you look.
But back to the topic. Intimacy doesn’t have to cease to exist just because it is hot outside. Some tried and true methods to intimacy in the summer are as follows:
Taking room temperature showers together
A tried and true “sexy time” location, few can dispute the showers’ dual ability to get you clean and satisfied at the same time.
But did you know that if you just turn down the water heat (and close your eyes and use your imagination) you have a romantic waterfall cascading onto you and your lover?
Getting a “pool full of liquor and dive in”
When I was in undergrad my friends did this and I couldn’t go because I was busy.
They made sure to tell me about it in detail and make me regret not going. They also made sure to throw in that my crush went! To think that I missed the opportunity to pretend I was drunk and confess my love to him and have him positively respond and then we’d be happily ever after and I would have like six kids by now took me out!
(If he’s reading this mwen renmen ou, I’m waiting for you bae!)
But despite the fact that I have yet to experience it in person, I still think that it is a great way to beat the heat while also cuddling up to a special someone.
Good old fashioned water balloon fight
Disclaimer: You may not want to partake in this option if you wear wigs and glue them down with Got2bglue. One wrong move and your wig can go flying. Yes, your man know that’s not your hair. But let him pretend for a few minutes before you put your scarf back on.
This a fun way to be intimately completive while staying cool and burning some calories! Motivate one another by making a fun prize like the loser has to be the winners slave for 12 hours.