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The Conservative Teen

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In case you missed the recent editorial from the New York Times suggesting why some teenagers may be getting more conservative here it is….

Note to author David Leonhardt… I am teen, a Conservative, and yes, I care about poverty. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/08/upshot/why-teenagers-may-be-getting-more-conservative.html?_r=0

Peace Love Profits,

Blake

One Unhappy Camper

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I’ve spent the last few days bidding most of my friends a fond farewell as they head off in different directions for the summer. Matt is off to Maine for weeks of rafting and hiking, Natalie is heading to North Carolina for acting camp and Sarah is going overseas. They are filled with excitement and anticipation about their summer adventures far from home and all I can think of is… better them than me.

It’s not that I don’t love an adventure. And, it sure sounds fun -  s’mores by the fire, color wars, bunk beds and bunk mates, hours spent rafting on the lake with not a worry in the world and not a parent in sight. But the reality of it all is that camp is not for everybody, and if you don’t want be there, there’s not a lot of fun to be found on the lake, in the bunk or even in a pitcher full of bug juice.

Last summer, I went to sleep-away camp. It was all my idea. My parents supported my decision, paid for it, and packed my bag. I had never been away from home before and at thirteen years old I thought I’d give it a try. Two weeks in the beautiful Northeast writing and rafting, not a bad way to spend your summer, right? 

It didn’t take too long for me to figure out I didn’t want to be there, or anywhere else but home. The camp obviously wasn’t too keen on calling my parents, but the counselors soon realized  it was in everybody’s best interest if they sent me packing. So they did.

Some would argue this was the wrong move. I should have had to stay at camp, work through my feelings, suffer the consequences of my decision.   Many experts even believe that going to sleep away camp is an important part of growing up. They claim it teaches kids to be independent, helps them learn to negotiate with people and offers many opportunities and life lessons that kids don’t  get from staying home.

I’m sure that for the nearly six million kids in America that go to some sort of sleep-away camp that’s all true.  And although my stay at sleep-away camp was little more than a sleepover,  I even managed to learn a couple of important life lessons.

First, camp is expensive, so make sure you want to go, and if you do, enjoy every minute of it; I’ve been making restitutions to my parents for nearly a year and I’ve still got a big bill ahead if me.  And, my biggest takeaway from my trip was this:  I don’t want, nor am I ready for my independence just yet. Some day soon I will be, but right now I’m happy to find my adventure here at home.

Peace Love Profits,

Blake

Not Just Another Day at the Office

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(That’s me and my brother “sharing” our conservative values with Austan Goolsbee, former cabinet member of President Obama, at CNBC on Take Your Kids to Work Day.)

Time for one of my favorite days of the year – Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. I go to work with my dad, 4am wake up call and all, and it’s an experience my younger brother and I truly look forward to each April.

And apparently, we’re not the only ones. The program was founded twenty-one years ago, and today more than 37 million kids and adults participate at over 3.5 million workplaces. This year’s theme is “Plant a Seed, Grow A Future.”

There are a number of reasons why I think it’s such a great day: a TV network, dad’s colleagues and their kids, learning new things, meeting new people, and a guilt-free day of from school. But, the best thing about going to Take Your Kids to Work Day is seeing my dad do something he truly loves to do. And that’s inspirational.

My dad found “it” and he’s lucky he did. “It” is figuring out what you really want to do in life, going for it, and doing it. It’s earned success, finding out what makes you happy, working at it, and achieving it. Earned success can be anything you want it to be – writing beautiful stories, making music, painting, being a doctor, helping others, bankers, lawyers – something that brings value to your life, and other people’s lives. For many people, earned success is one of the most gratifying and satisfying feelings in the world.

Entrepreneurs and innovators already know this. And, it’s really not all about how much money they make, or even how many times they fail before making any money. The average entrepreneur makes under $45,000 per year, and fails 3.8 times before succeeding. It’s their desire for earned success, doing something that they love, and the satisfaction and happiness that come with it, that keeps them motivated.

I hate to say it but my days of attending Take Your Kid to Work Day are probably numbered. At 14 years old with working papers and a parent’s signature, I can look for my own job, and if I land one, I’ll get minimum wage (that’s $8.25 an hour in my state), which sounds pretty great to me. In reality, it sounds even better to the 6.7 percent of Americans (10.5 million people) who are currently unemployed.

I’m hoping my dream job is out there somewhere, someday, but for right now, I’ll settle for another great day at the office with my dad.

Peace Love Profits,

Blake

The McMakeover

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Look who has a new “do.”  

McDonald’s gave their favorite clown a makeover - complete with cargo pants, a new coat, a haircut and his very own hashtag, #ronaldmcdonald.

He’s been the company’s mascot since 1963, and just maybe McDonald’s is hoping the new look with boost its burger sales. Last week, the company reported first quarter sales in the U.S. were lower compared with last year.

http://nypost.com/2014/04/24/ronald-mcdonald-takes-to-twitter-gets-makeover/

As long as they don’t mess with the best french fries in the world, then I’m good.

Peace Love Profits,

Blake

The Limepocalypse

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They’re calling it The Great Lime Panic of 2014.

A case of limes that used to cost $30, is now $200, and that’s if you can even find any.

Why??  Harsh winter weather in Mexico, where 97 percent of US lime are grown, combined with a bacteria that hurt the lime trees, and drug cartels and criminals stealing any limes they can find.

So restaurants and bars have had to replace some limes in drinks and recipes with lemons.

As the saying kind of goes..  when you don’t have limes.. make lemonade:)

Here’s the whole story:  

http://nypost.com/2014/04/21/lime-shortage-drives-new-yorkers-take-extreme-measures/

Peace Love Profits,

Blake

Peace Love Profits & Peeps!

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Happy Easter! 

Americans are expected to each spend about $137.46 this year on Easter  for food, candy, gifts and clothing. That’s a little less than last year. Total bill to welcome the Easter bunny: $15.9 Billion. 

http://www.nrf.com/modules.php?name=News&op=viewlive&sp_id=1804

And it wouldn’t be Easter without a Peep or two or three…… so here’s everything you ever want to know about these colored confections:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/18/marshmallow-peeps-easter-facts_n_5147153.html.

Peace Love Profits & Peeps,

Blake