SHOP TIL YOU DROP: KNOW WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

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“Do buy yourself out of a home.”


the season of giving

As you all are out there shopping for gifts this Christmas, remember that you still have to live after the holiday. And that is something people don’t think about as they yank items off the shelfs. You have a family that you have to care for, so think before you just snatch and buy. We are all in the holiday spirit, then you realize something, “Oh yeah, I’m dipping into my living money.” Don’t get put in the street trying to keep up with the rest of shoppers. But these are generally people hard of hearing because they need to keep up.

know when to say when

How can you tell when you need to stop spending and just go home? I have a suggestion, how about stop soon as the money in your pocket is getting low. That’s right, we tend to shop with our debit and credit cards. Then we get our bill at the end of the money or check the bank balance and realize something. You have went over your budget and now you’re scrambling. This is what I mean by shop with what you have in your pocket. Or if you don’t want to carry cash, then get a debit card. But not a debit card you’ll be using connected to your bank account. Put money on this card, and when it’s gone, you know when to stop Christmas shopping.

they’re doing it, why can’t i

If you make $50,000 per year, you’re not shopping for gifts like the person who makes $250,000 per year. So you know what, know what you can afford. I know what I have to spend and what I don’t. But for some reason, people hate looking at their reality and excepting that reality. So they go deeper into debt because they want to be included. I don’t need to be included in the conversation. So for me, it’s easier to say no to buying over what I have in the bank.


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THE DAY OF RECKONING: WILL BLACK PEOPLE EVER GET TO A PLACE PEACE AND PROSPERITY

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“Eventually one day.”


a rough history

Throughout history, the Black population has been a group that has taken a hard punch. But will there ever come a time where it does not exist? Will this large time period 500 years from now, 1,000 years from now be something we look back on and say to ourselves, “How did our ancestors get through it all?” Because I am a strong person, but there are limits to everybody. So what, if any, are the steps we must take within our own community to move past the point of discrimination? Because we are not going to get this entire coming of the minds from another group. So how do we move on going into the future?

shift perception

The idea and expectations for the community must be directed into another path. We are always allowing ourselves to be seen through the lens of another group. Develop a new way of style, talk, viewpoint, that is indicative of who we are. Because no other group has any vested interest in us doing anything with our lives. So the first step is radiating what is special and internal outward about yourself.Once the perception of self changes it is then on to other changes.

tap into skills

When you look at sports and entertainment, the highest ranked people are generally Black people. But what about other areas of interest. What about the Lebron James of the tech industry or the Beyonce of the medical field. We don’t have any global trotters at this moment. We need individuals that are the thinkers in various fields of study. These are the people that impact the next generation like the athletes and entertainers. But the learned of a group of people must stand an express themselves for their natural abilities.

lose the fear

We love to stand out, but fear being free. But as Black people, fear and success can’t occupy the same space. There must be a fearless vigilance for our group. Stand up proud to be smart, intelligent, and productive. And push heavy for what is yours. And when people call you arrogant, go harder. Enough of the days when you refuse to raise your hand in class so as to not appear like a know it all, but also afraid to be wrong. We have to stand and show out; in the most positive way.


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THE CHANGE IN TIMES: WHY HOLIDAYS ARENT THE SAME AS THEY USE TO BE

Image result for holidays“Togetherness isn’t togetherness anymore.”


When I was growing up, the holidays were spent at my great grandmother’s house. As time went on and people started having children and getting married, the numbers decreased. Now the number of people in my family coming together is drastically low compared to when I was a child. At first, I thought it was just my family, but now I know that it is families all throughout the country. A few reasons why this has happened is due to a few factors. One of the factors is that working on a holiday is worth making the extra bucks toward the family household income. Another reason that holidays aren’t the same is because the cost to travel considering so many people have greater distances today. But third reason for a decline in the celebration of holidays is splitting time between families because of marriage.

Is this good for the American family that spending holidays have come down to work and splitting time? And the answer is not that it is a question of is this good, but more so, the change in how holidays are being celebrated is a necessity. But even the meaning of the holiday season has changed. Now on Thanksgiving, instead of spending time with family, people leave early so they can shop for Christmas gifts for Black Friday. We care more about catching the sale on an item we’ve been eyeing for some time than giving thanks. And instead of reflecting over the year during Christmas, we’re enamored with whatever gifts we’ve been given. So what happens when you don’t have a family or even indulge on days like Thanksgiving or Christmas.

It has to be depressing when you go home and there is no food for you to eat or presents under your tree. So for these people, they hate to see this time of year where everyone is galvanizing together to shop. As for me, I lived so long with these types of festivities, it’s no that big of a deal to not engage in the craziness of Black Friday or wake up to Christmas presents under the tree. I would much rather, if I had the finances, purchase gifts for others, than ask for something for Christmas. So, I look at the gifting as more of a children’s time to enjoy than adults anyways. For adults to ask what you gave them for Christmas just sounds too forthcoming and to be quite honest, out of line.

In the end, holidays have changed so much, just in my lifetime and I am only 30 years old. So if you’re in your elderly years, you must look at Christmas as too much of a greedy holiday today. Whatever the case may be, it will continue to take on many forms. And with the cost of living becoming more and more of a problem, you will see more and more people working around this time. It used to be odd to work on a Thanksgiving or Christmas, but not anymore. It has become all the craze to get that time and a half. So much so that some jobs have gotten stiff, stating you have to work on the holiday and another to get scheduled to work.


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FAMILY TIES: WHY WE’VE GONE IN SEPERATE DIRECTIONS

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“Why have people become so distant?”

You ever see those 1950’s images of the family sitting around the table having a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner? Everyone is smiling from ear to ear. People pass food and/or gifts as they indulge in giving and food. Well, note I said the 1950’s because those days are so far behind us. Well why, why have families become so distant over the recent years for the holidays? There are a few factors: work related, family issues, and distant living.

First you ask yourselves, what is this thing with work related? Well work has gotten in the way over the years. Living in society is so expensive that it requires people to now work during the holidays. Everything used to be closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas, now businesses are open. People need the money, so they are opting out of visiting family. You now have to make so many decisions in life, the family or the rent. Catching up on old times or utilities. You have to make some tough choices in this world so not visiting family is something they have to understand.

But it’s not always about the job. What about the families that just flat out don’t speak to each other? This is a reality as well in our world today. When we’re young we are close to family, but as you get older you take on different views and ways of life. These ways can sometimes conflict with family causing people to not see each other. Another reason can be that the backbone of the family dies. This person was someone that was able to bring everyone together. But since they have passed away everyone go their separate directions.

Then again, it’s not all about fighting and work. Some people live far away from family. If you live in Los Angeles and family is in San Diego, great. But if family live in Miami and you’re in Los Angeles, well I’ll send you a postcard. Besides the sheer distance, the cost can run pretty high when trying to travel long distances. We go months, some people years without seeing immediate family. It’s nothing personal, but we just live way too far away.

See in the end, there are a lot of reasons why people no longer spend time with family. Some people are loners others would rather just relax. Whatever the case families aren’t like they used to be. A lot of it has to do with relationships as well. When you get married and have children, you see less of family. They split time with their spouses family, but also at home as well. However you view why families have parted always reach out because you never know when you’ll see them again.