Caring for Your Aging Parents on a Budget

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Published on September 28th, 2017.

Article is property of Young Money.

In the great circle of life, caretaker roles tend to reverse as a human gets older. Often, the children they once raised up become the ones taking care of them.

In this world of strange reverse parenting, those charged with taking care of their parents do so knowing the risks of increased financial and emotional stress. See, not only do they have to provide for their own needs in addition to those of their parents, but many of them have kids themselves to look after.

As your parent or loved one gets older and starts to require more care, you may feel discouraged, and no reasonable person would blame you. Nobody can tell you this is easy, but we hope to share some tips that will at least help with the financial aspect. Here are some options you may not have thought about when it comes to taking care of your elderly parent.

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Sorry I Got Fat! My Early 20’s Wake Up Call To Get In Shape And Stop Drinking

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Originally Published on September 27th, 2017.
Property of Wingman Magazine.

3.Habit is Everything

I’ve been hinting at this the whole article, but getting into good habits is the primary way I’ve been getting in shape. “Consistency” and “habitual” are closely related ideals, and progress requires both. Some people have stricter rules for getting into healthy habits, and that totally works for them. But as I’ve already mentioned, I don’t do well with those. You need to be accustomed to doing the thing you want to, even if progress is slow.

Don’t forget, unrealistic expectations are stupid. But that does not mean you should not be surrounding yourself with opportunity and encouragement on a regular basis as to meet healthy goals.

On nights I can’t go to the gym for very long, I go for a little bit. I feel like all of this is pretty straight forward, and I don’t have a ton to write about it because of that, but really it’s the most important thing in personal health progressions.

Read about how incredibly healthy I am (I kid, I kid) here.

Canadian/Mexican Bands Coming To The US: Pay Attention!

Originally published on September 22nd, 2017.
Article is property of Music Think Tank.

If I wanted to travel from Idaho to Canada and play music for a month, I could do so free of charge. If you live in Canada and want to cross the border to play in the United States, it’s much more complicated. Why is this? Well, the United States can be pretty hostile to foreign travelers, as most of us are aware. Additionally, navigating a new culture and place in a foreign country can be hard. In addition to your normal road trip preparations, there are a bunch of legal complications you need to account for. I want to talk about some of them here and hopefully your band won’t struggle as much while you try to play music and enjoy these troubled states.

The last line in this paragraph is a Crime in Stereo reference. Read the rest here.

The Place Of Physical Branding & Advertising Today

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Originally published on September 20th, 2017.
Article is property of Altitude Branding.

As young as I am at 25, I still find it fascinating how much the world has changed with technology in my lifetime. While my parents still have the paper delivered to their door, I don’t know the last time I saw them sit down with a cup of coffee and read it like they used to. Additionally, advertisements in gaming and music magazines used to be how I found new artists and video games. Now I get most of that on the internet.

It’s odd to think that magazine ads, billboards, newspaper clippings — physical advertising formats — do not carry the same importance as they did only a short time ago. This begs the question, is there any need for physical advertising in 2017?

Personally, I think there is. In fact, I would still say it is crucial. After all, many of the greatest marketing campaigns of all time had a strong physical advertising component to them. But since transitioning into this digital age, we now have to view physical advertising through a different lens.

Read my thoughts on everything from newspaper ads to subway signs here!

What’s Appropriate for a Small Label to Ask of Their Artists

Originally Published on September 20th, 2017.
Property of Dozmia.com.

Originally, I planned on calling this article “Things No DIY Label Should Ask of Its Artists.” What I realized in doing research is that, contrary to what I had previously thought and as is common in life, there is two sides to every thing and almost always an exception to rules that I had thought were clearly black and white. So I want to give this article space to start and encourage a discussion about how labels treat their artists and vice versa. Let me give a little bit of background first though.

A friend recently approached me and asked about a deal his band was being offered with an independent record label. The label was not going to press physical copies for them and in exchange for only promotion and digital distribution was going to take the masters of their record. To me, this seemed like a bad deal. If you’re a small label that no one has ever heard of — which this label was — why would you ask a band to give everything they have to you, with little no physical return? I suppose if each party makes a lot of money because this label is somehow magic at promotion, but I still don’t think it’s worth your masters.

This got me thinking and I reached out to some people — label owners primarily — to see what made them cringe when they heard about dealings of fellow labels and artists. Here’s what they came up with.

The rest of this article is available to read here.