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Goodbye Dating: I Don’t Want You, I Want Me, Myself & I

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I could sit here and write some overly-dramatic rant that nobody really cares about, yet I’d prefer to keep things short (yeah right, who am I kidding,) sweet, and oh so to the point. Trust me, there is a point here…one that is very RAW.

ThinkSoul25It’s 2014 and more than ever this year, I’m on my Wonder Woman mode. This 6ft Amazonian is putting things in gear to live the life she wants.

This year, I’m truly keeping calm and loving me, myself, and I. With graduate school (MA in Design) on my horizon, a new body (workout routine 5-7 days a week is paying off,) and a raw new look on relationships, I’m just totally in the mode of doing me. If it’s not about myself, my career, my dreams, my looks, or my satisfaction, then I don’t want to waste precious breath on it.

You see, in 2013 I tried really hard to put others before, specifically men that thought I was into, but then after careful consideration realized they just weren’t for me. Whether they lacked an ambitious career drive or lacking in the physical department (looks,  fitness, etc,) I just decided that in 2014 I won’t settle for lames. Continue reading

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Nomadic Buzz | Starbucks “Box Of Coffee” Traveler

babc0fc9957a4c6f90d24c1ad5264752Good morning! I hope that you’ve all gotten off to a great start this morning, and if you’re anything like me, then a freshly brewed cup of joe gets you started.

Whether it’s home-brewed or something you pick up from Starbucks (or the local gas station,) the beauty of coffee is that you can always grab it on the go. But if you happen to be a nomad that is always shuffling from place to place, then you’d be better of buying a “Box of Coffee.”

Often advertised at most Starbucks and online, the “Box of Coffee” is actually a common nickname for Starbucks very own Coffee Traveler. The design is quite eye-catching and it’s the perfect solution for having a steady flow of coffee. It hold’s 8-ounce cups of joe, isn’t that great?! For someone like myself who drinks coffee a lot and is always driving all over the country and moving, this is the perfect solution.

The next time I get the chance, I’m going to pick up one of these! The price varies by location, but I’m sure it’s not crazy expensive.

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Sounds of Berlin: DJ/Producer/Singer Fritz Kalkbrenner

My mom and dad raised me to let the world be my home, and to never limit myself to a “hometown” mindset. Physically I may have been born in Columbus, Ohio and grew up back and forth between Maryland, Virginia, and Colorado, but my home is the cultures and sounds of the world. I couldn’t imagine staying in one spot my entire life and not broadening my horizons mentally. Even if you don’t have the opportunity to yet travel and see different places, it’s important to be socially aware of the world outside of the US.

World music is one of my favorite genres, which includes house from around the world. The US has a lot of good house music, but abroad their is a unique international flair that goes beyond electro & dance. I’ve heard some pretty good music from artists over in the United Kingdom, but I will say that right now I’m intrigued by German DJ/Producer Fritz Kalkbrenner. He’s an artist on the German label Suol and his music is a mixture of house/club and a few hints of subtle electro beats. A few of his songs feature him singing in soulful vocals accompanied by guitar melodies and harp like synths.

Fritz Kalkbrenner is quite the household name over in Berlin, and I’m glad that YouTube is such an international platform. Once again I have found yet another amazing artist in the endless waves of video on YouTube. As I continue to get immersed in the reservoir of world music, I find myself more anxious to eventually travel the world and soak up as much culture as possible. I’ve begun writing for a travel site and helping build their destination guide, but I can’t wait for the day to come once I’m in a position to embark on my first trip abroad.

The music of the world is beckoning my soul to catch a flight and come enjoy wonderful sounds live. But until that glorious day arrives, I will continue to discover more artists of the world and post them here on my blog to share with other nomads; so welcome to my nomadic playlist.

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

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Craigslist tv: Real People, Real Postings

I’ve spent a majority of my life moving around, meeting new people, and moving again. I’ve never really stayed in one place too long without having an inkling desire to relocate; which is why I’m known as an “urban nomad.” But now that I’m back in Maryland and in my last year of college, I feel like I want to at least sit still for a year or two at the most.

Moving is what I do! Yet I know that once I graduate I will get a job, move out on my own, and at least learn how to be stable for a moment. It’s not really a scary thought, but it is a reality that I’m beginning to see. I love to travel and see the world, but it doesn’t mean I have to move to every place I visit. It’s perfectly okay to have a great job, my own apartment, a few friends, a man, and travel on the weekends. I don’t have to always be a nomad on my own; that sounds dangerous in some cases. Just traveling the world all by myself, sounds exciting yet lonely and scary. So I know that after I graduate in Summer 2012, I want to have my life look a lot different. More long-lasting friendships, maybe a relationship, and of course a lot of travel on the weekends, but not by myself.

I may not have a bunch of true friends right now, but I’d never be so desperate to go find them on Craigslist. Since I’ve moved around so much, I have used Craigslist a lot. From my family buying cars, selling cars, selling items, finding jobs online, and even finding writing gigs; Craigslist has been the source for a lot of great things. A majority of the writing gigs I have found have been posted on Craigslist and a lot of the apartments we have lived in were Craigslist finds. I know that a lot of people use Craigslist for various reasons, but I never knew people actually searched for just friendship on Craigslist.

Of course you’ve got sexual encounters and other weird meet-ups, but there are real people out there that use Craigslist to find platonic friendships. I didn’t know any of this until about an hour ago. I was on Craigslist looking for some writing gigs, and for the first time ever I noticed something I had never seen before; Craigslist tv. I have seen a documentary about a guy doing everything on Craigslist, but I had no idea they actually had an online television show with episodes about real people and real postings.

Craigslist tv has a lot of episodes that follow real people, their postings, and the encounters they make. It’s interesting how people use Craigslist for more than just housing, cars, furniture, jobs, and even sex (that’s gross though, meeting someone off Craigslist for sex…eww!) There are actually a lot of people out there that use CL to meet people with the same interests as them. Instead of using online dating sites or friendship sites (those exist, right?) these people resort to Craigslist in search of an answer. I’m not appalled by it, yet, I’m more so intrigued by the real people, real postings.

I may meet men off online dating sites every now and then, but I’d never resort to Craigslist in search of friendships. I’d rather use Meetup.com and go to legitimate organized meet-ups that foster a safe environment. But everyone has their own way of finding others to interact with, so I guess Craigslist is great for some people. For instance, this guy below used the site in order to find friends. Check out his video below and then visit the Craigslist blog to see how he is doing now. It’s very interesting seeing how cyber relationships can become real or fizzle out, but at least it was worth giving it a shot.

I have people I’ve meet online over the years that have become close to me in person, but I move so much; so the friendship just fizzles out since I move away. But at least I can say I gave it out a shot and I’m on a journey, which is what an urban nomad is supposed to do. I will never stop journeying, I never stop believing in finding a friend to travel with, and I won’t even stop believing in love. No matter how much I move around and travel, I do believe that one day I will meet an amazing guy out there that totally gets my desire to travel. I may be single now and totally loving it, but it doesn’t mean I’m against the idea of making a new male friend that could possibly be more; you never know until you try!

Both of these videos show that everyone out there in the world is just looking for someone to get them, like understand their personality. We are all just human beings traversing this planet in hopes of running across those who can relate to us and not judge. In the end it’s all about acceptance and finding someone you can relate too, even with your differences.

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The Importance Of Being Ernesto : craigslist tv episode 311

This is the latest episode of Craigslist tv. Pretty funny!

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The best line of this video is when he says he wants a geeky girl, but NO LARPERS! HAHA so…geeky is a must, but don’t you dare wear a costume and do live action-role playing or he will kick your ass!

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

Steppin’ Up My Nomadic Game

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I know I’ve been slacking off on blogging lately, but the good news is my book is coming along very well! It can get addicting when your writing a book and you begin to get wrapped up in the characters. Creative writing is a fun world to escape into, but beware the hours can fly by. For instance, after watching "I Shouldn’t Be Alive" last night I decided to work on my book for an hour and then get some rest. Well that hour turned into me staying up till 3am and getting caught up in a scene in which my character confronts an old flame. Drama!!

My book is a romantic comedy mixed with Confession of a Shopaholic, Jerome Dickey sensuality, ghetto street book, and some nerdy video game lingo. I know it sounds like a lot but in actuality it’s blending very well and so far it’s a good read. I’ve only let my mom hear bits of pieces of it .

While working on this second book, I realized that I haven’t marketed my first book "Think Soul 25:Thoughts of an Urban Nomad" and need to do a major rewrite, new cover, and market it in different venues. Createspace through Amazon is an exceptional platform for writers, filmmakers, musicians, and other creative people that have a voice and a product to sell. You can even get your work featured in Barnes and Nobles, which is awesome! I will write a post about Createspace and Zazzle as well.I need to start bringing in more money and I have some products that will sell great on Zazzle.

The reason I need more money and want to start saving is because of my bucket list. I created one of those "things to do before I die" list when I was 16 years old and just discovered it yesterday. I need to do more out there things! Now I’m not talking about going and living a crazy life 24/7, but I do mean trying things and making goals. Life can become so dull when you just live it day to day and don’t make an effort to explore. God created so many beautiful places in this world, including nature, the wonders of the world, and even giving man the comprehension to build cities. Why spend my entire life living in one place and not seeing anything at all?

As Think Soul 25, The Urban Nomad, I need to step up my nomadic game and what better way to do that then with a Bucket List.I’ve gone on road trips back and forth across the United States, but I still haven’t seen anything in this country and across the world as well. I’m getting my passport before my birthday on April 25th and plan on traveling somewhere in the summer. Not sure where I’m going but I know that I will have a blast. Having someone who loves to be adventurous and try new things is amazing! My parent’s are getting older and I’ve moved beyond the days of taking trips with them. Now it’s like hey guys I’m going to New York for the weekend I will text ya guys along the way. As long as your safe and let people know where you are, there is nothing wrong with being adventurous and taking a leap of faith and hitting life with full force.

My bucket list is at 152 items so far and by summer I’m sure I will have completed the basics. Get my passport, ride a big roller coaster (I’ve only rode a medium one and water rides), get a tattoo, play paintball, fly overseas, go to Virginia Beach, gamble in Atlantic city, drink shots (never done that before but eh might as well try it once), and spend the night dancing away. Amongst that I have other things to do like visit Smithsonian (been there plenty of times but still want to go again, not really on my bucket list), go to SeaWorld, eat calamari, hold a baby lion, and try duck. I’ve eaten octopus and it tastes really good, at least try it once before you knock it.

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There are so many things I want to accomplish and places I want to spend the night at. I want to kiss on top of the Eiffel Tower, spend hours in Louvre, pretend karate fight in front of the Colosseum, hike the Appalachian trail, swim with dolphins, go to a red carpet even, own a ball gown, have a picnic on the beach, and own a publishing company. No matter how big or small the goal is, write it down! Life is to short to live inside the box and I don’t even like boxes, I live outside the circle.

I hope this post helps those who are bored with life and looking for some excitement. Make a list and you will be bound to accomplish things a lot sooner. I even have simple things as take ball room dance lessons, tap dance, cook lobster dinner, see 5 broadway plays, go on a cruise, and have a beautiful artsy wedding. Whatever you want to do in life then do it and make the memories last! I plan on filmming some of my new adventures and taking my vlog more serious. So do stay tuned for more journeys of this urban nomad, I’m steppin’ up my nomad game!

Peace for now!

ThinkSoul25

©Jasmine McGee

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http://thinksoul25.com