Howdy, Y’all

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In the spirit of WordPress, I’d like to introduce myself using “Howdy.” My name is Michelle, and I’m a new addition to the MoneyMakerSpy team as a guest blogger. While I’m new, I do plan to dive in and start producing interesting content for each of you. Shane, Mark, and co. have given me a pretty amazing opportunity here. I’ve always been really interested in interacting with the public through the interwebs, and I intend to take full advantage of it and learn as much about blogging, content writing, & copy writing as I can.

 

I’ve perused the site a bit and gathered some intel on its main focuses. The general focus seems to be on universal things we all find important, such as making money for financial security or wealth, the advancement of technology, improving one’s health, coping with the ups and downs of life, and the woes of humanity.

 

So, now that I know a little about y’all’s interests and the things important to you, here’s a bit about me: I wanna start off by saying I’m really bad at these intro posts/about me things. I always kinda wanna just say something like, “I like things and stuff, I guess.” But that seems slightly vague. Oh…it appears I’m prone to hyperbole and understatement. If that helps you to understand me better.

 

Basically, I’m a nerd. And I’m a nerd about a few things. I love what I love, and I love these things unabashedly and intensely. These things are: Joss Whedon and all things attributed to him, watching TV, reading, writing, crocheting & crafting, listening to music, eating food, & relaxing with family and friends.

 

  • Joss Whedon is the man. He’s a writer, a producer, a director, an activist, and King of the Nerds. He’s brought or helped bring us masterpieces such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dr. Horrible and the Sing-Along Blog, Firefly & SerenityDollhouseCabin in the Woods, Much Ado about Nothing, and, of course, The Avengers. I’m not gonna elaborate on him too much. That’d take way too long.
  • Watching TV: I’m super serious about my television watching addiction. And I don’t use the term addiction lightly. It is indeed an addiction for me. Because of it, every other area of my life has, at one point or another, fallen by the wayside, and not in a good way–as though there could be one, eh? But seriously, I watch a lot of TV. It’s the perfect medium for storytelling. I tend to stick to the following genres: dystopian, apocalyptic & post-apocalyptic, supernatural, horror & psychological thrillers, sci-fi & fantasy, and crime fighting, in one form or another. But like everyone, I like to laugh and I do love comedies, too.
  • Reading: I like fiction, and I’ll read it in just about any format: novel, short story, graphic novel, etc. The genres I read are the same as the ones I watch, with the exception of fantasy. I can’t read it. I just can’t. I have no interest or patience for reading 5,000 words purely describing a bedroom. Nope. I’m not a huge fan of non-fiction, unless it focuses on a subject matter I find compelling, but even then, I tend to always go for fiction. Though, I do tend to read a lot of critical work, whether it’s about other writings, writers, or television.
  • Writing: Naturally, I’m a much better critical writer than a creative writer. The reason behind this is mainly that I’m far too OCD to write creatively. Just setting up the organization of a creative piece causes me too much anxiety. Critical content just meshes better with how my brain works. I also tend to be a bit of a grammar nerd. It’s what I’ve done professionally and scholastically for way too long for it to not be ingrained in my brain. This blogging thing is something I’ve always wanted to do, so I’m glad that’s coming to fruition, finally.
  • Crocheting & Crafting: Crocheting is my main crafting outlet; though, I do other crafts from time to time, too. Primarily, I crochet scarves, beanies, and blankets. Eventually, I plan to donate a lot of the things I make. There are tons of charities out there looking for crocheted items for homeless, babies, and military folk.
  • Listening to Music: I hate the question, “What kind of music do you listen to?” I just hate it. It’s very difficult for me to answer because, well, 1. I find music to be highly personal, and 2. I like a wide-range of music. I like lots of stuff from Led Zeppelin, Florence Welsh, Fiona Apple to Metric, City & Colour, Mumford & Sons, and The Lumineers. I like music that is good and doesn’t make me want to stab myself in the ear with an ice pick, I guess.
  • Eating Food: Food is good. I like it. We all need it. I really like bacon. I’ve also been on a bit of a pesto kick lately. It’s delicious. I’m a fan of cheese and pasta, too. Basically, things that’ll kill most people if they eat a lot of, I eat a lot of. My friends believe that my body runs on dark matter. None of us are quite sure how I haven’t had a heart attack yet (*knock on wood*).

 

Those are the things I love and why I love them. I’ve got a big family. I have 6 brothers and I’m the only girl. It’s made life interesting and fun. They’re super awesome though. I love my parents. I’ve also got a rather large adopted family. If my friends put up with me for an extended period of time, I adopt them into my family. Putting up with me is no easy task, so they’re rewarded, or trapped, with me forever.

 

Now for a list of things I’m not so fond of?

 

  • Orlando, FL: aka the WORST place in the world. It’s where I live, and it’s not awesome, in any way. 1. The weather is crap–year-round. The weather man says it’s 88*, but what this really means is it feels like 190* outside. You’ve gotta factor in humidity. Orlando is all humidity. Also, it rains. All the time, but this confuses people. It confuses people who’ve lived here their whole life. It flabbergasts them, and this dumbfounds me. Which leads to my next point. 2. The traffic. Like anywhere, the weather has an effect on traffic, but in Orlando, it has an extreme effect on it. The rain mysteriously causes Orlando drivers to forget not only what this strange substance is that happens to be falling from the sky, but also how to drive in it. Without fail, it’s like all of the inhabitants of this city suffer from short term amnesia at the onset of rain. On top of that, Orlando is so spread out. If you’ve been to here, you know better than to measure distance in miles. You measure it in time. The time it takes you to get from one place to another. It doesn’t matter if it’s 2 miles down the road. It’ll take you like 15 minutes. You have to include the 8 million traffic lights you’ll stop at. It’s pure insanity. And dangerous. Don’t even get me started on the bugs & wild life, beaches, and theme parks. Ugh.
  • Exercising: that sounds a lot like work. Enough said. No thanks; I did enough of that as a kid.
  • Loud Noises: I’m an easily startled individual, and it’s not so much fun being scared, contrary to popular belief. Loud noises hurt my head and they make me angry.
  • Mathy things: (it’s a word. I promise). It’s not that I don’t understand math. I do. It’s just that I don’t like it, even though it’s what controls this entire universe. I especially don’t like when it starts hanging out with the alphabet. That was the devil’s work, I’m sure of it.

 

I love learning. My family and I always “joked” that I’d be in school for the rest of my life just collecting a variety of degrees. This was my plan, but apparently those things called bills need this other thing called money, which one can only get from working. Pft. Who knew?

 

Back in 2012, I graduated with my B.A. in English. I always planned, and still plan, on going to Graduate school, but there are just way too many options. I’ve never been able to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up (which I’m honestly constantly trying to put off–it’s not as much fun as it was advertised). My aspirations for the future changed on what seems like a weekly basis. Why couldn’t I be a lawyer who focuses on the literary and societal merits of the works of Joss Whedon? That’s a thing, right? But then…there’s the sciencey part of me who is super into physics and anatomy and all the cool things the human body can do and does. See my problem?

Professionally, I’ve worked in exactly two industries since I began working when I was 15: the food industry and higher education. They aren’t as dissimilar as many might think. But, I’ve always worked a lot (until recently–I’m currently unemployed). In fact, while I was in college as a full time student, I worked at least 2 jobs. Looking back, I have no idea how I managed all that. I guess sleep wasn’t really a priority.

 

Well, I suppose that’s enough of me ranting and rambling for now. But you’ll be hearing from me from time to time, and I hope to hear from you.

 

-Michelle

Asheville Panel Discussion Child and Family Homelessness 6/30/2014

Shane Hopkins

Shane Hopkins

Last night I participated as a panel member for the Council for Child and Family Homelessness.

There was a great turnout by the community and there was barely a seat in the house.

The discussion was enlightening and productive. Community Members asked specifically what it was they could do to help the increasing number of “Doubled Up” Families in the Asheville Area. Top suggestions to the community from Panel Members were:

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Moneymakerspy Author’s Story Revealed in Asheville Citizen Times Series

No Place to Call Home

I want to thank Erin, Casey, and the entire team at the Asheville Citizen Times for doing such an amazing job at telling my Family’s story. They showed respect, grace, and the highest level of professionalism in every aspect of dealing with this ever-so delicate subject matter.

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“Those Who Reside With Others” – It’s The New Homeless, and It’s Apparently An Epidemic.

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homeless

For the hundreds of readers that have written to me with doubts concerning my truthfulness in some of the articles written here on moneymakerspy.com, you will now have third party confirmation that everything I have written here on this website is absolutely true.

On Sunday June 22nd 2014 The Asheville Citizen Times will begin to run a series of articles in the print edition of the Citizen Times Newspaper, as well as a video series on the CT website regarding: me and my Family, homelessness, and it’s effect on families and children.

The series will also touch on issues with the “system” and how families face incomprehensible adversity when dislodged from their primary residence for any number of reasons.

Two reporters from the CT have followed me and my family around for the better part of 7 months, cameras rolling, 24/7, 4-5 days a week, just like a reality TV show but without the TV part and without the politics that are probably associated with “scripted” reality TV.

The goal was to document a family that was in the Grey Area of Homelessness, or “those who reside with others” which is what we have coined as the term to identify homeless families that live with other families or friends. These are the uncounted majority of the homeless population.

We may never have had the opportunity to address this enourmous issue had it not been for a very small change in the elementary school enrollment form that I filled out when we arrived in Buncombe County North Carolina last August. The “Form” I filled out asked a question I had never come across before regarding residency.

It asked specifically “Do you reside in a dwelling with others? i.e.; another family, friends etc. I checked the “Yes” box due to us staying with a friend until we were able to get on our feet.

We had been evicted from our home in St. Louis MO shortly after my wife passed away unexpectedly and I lost my Job as Technology Leader for one of the Worlds Largest Orthodontic Associations.

By the time we reached North Carolina, I was over any pride issues when it came to finding help and support through any means necessary and checked off that “box” on the Elementary School Enrollment Form which asked me if we as a family resided with others with others – because we did.

Little did I know that checking that box would trigger a chain of events that would change our lives forever. See, there used to be another box on the Elementary School Enrollment Form, with a different question which simply asked: “Are you homeless?”. In fact, changing that question on that form has not only changed the way we look at homelessness, but has shed light on 579 families who are homeless here in Buncombe County North Carolina.

That number is up from the previous number of 0 or ZERO documented homeless families when the question on the Form asked the question in the original format. Amazing what a wordsmith can do with a simple change to some seemingly irrelevant context.

Unfortunately, as you will learn from the upcoming stories in the Asheville Citizen Times, this is about the only good thing we can say about the entire “System” and ability to provide tools and resources to Families in need and in a time of crisis. This is with exception of course and does not include the incredible people who helped me and my family when the rest of the system failed.

Without writing a spoiler here, let’s just say that it was the community itself and those within it, that fixed “the problem” or what they saw as “something wrong that needed fixing”.

Without these extraordinary individuals who take responsibility for what is around them regardless if it is their mess, we would have no progress with deepening social issues that come with a bad economy and unforeseen tragedy.

So, thank you to Luke Heller, Stacey the Pastor at Trinity of Fairview Church, Erin and Casey from the paper, Nichole and her Dad Neil, all of these people went over and above to help me and my family, we would not be where we are today without any of them.

None of these people had to do anything to help anyone but saw it as there responsibility to do what they would want others to do should they find themselves in a similar situation. For this we are extremely grateful and again thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts.

Penny Stock Egghead – Super-sized Profits from Small-fry Stocks

 

Nathan Gold's Penny Stock Egghead

Nathan Gold’s Penny Stock Egghead

Many of you, like myself have been getting into Day Trading of OTC, Penny, or Micro-cap Stocks. In fact, you have reported in to us with earnings or profits in excess of $55,000 and that’s just from those of you who shared their success.

Today I want to speak to those who have not yet made the leap into purchasing a coaching program. You all know I am a big fan of coaching programs, and that being a part of one is the best way to make your first trade with confidence.

I have been working with my good friend Nathan Gold, a teen-aged math wizard turned self-made penny-stock-trading millionaire, to create a special program offer specifically for you and the rest of my readers here at moneymakerspy.com.

This is an 8 week, Risk Free Program, includes lifetime access, and focuses on making one smart trade per week, instead of being glued to your computer screen all week long.

If you have yet to make a trade, or have not yet grown your account to match your expectations, this program is for you. Instead of me telling you why you should consider Nathan’s Penny Stock Program just check it out for yourself. You at least owe it to yourself to see what others just like you and me are saying about Nathan’s program.

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11 Ultimate Tricks for 95% Chance at Online Success

9 Tricks Rich Entrepreneur

9 Tricks Rich Entrepreneur

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of Getting Rich Online

It’s True, YOU have a 95% chance
of striking it rich online…

and I will prove it to you here and now.

Making the first dollar online from your blog, Website, or offline business is the hardest bridge to cross in Internet Marketing, but once you break that barrier, it lifts a psychological “curse” so-to-speak and everything seems to make much more sense.

You get a great sense of justification and relief when you make that first sale and it is truly inspiring. You will feel so relieved to know that all of the doubts you had were unfounded, and others who doubted what you were doing and how you were spending your time, no longer have a leg to stand on.

Your belief in yourself, and all of your online efforts will finally be proven to the world the very moment that your gross sales meter clicks-over from zero to even just $1.

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