The 2017 Flip Challenge Will Add Zeroes to your Revenue $$$

The 2017 Flip Challenge Will Add Zeroes to your Revenue $$$

Make 2017 "your year" financially

Fresh opportunity is in the air for many as we commence the new year. Resolutions have been made (and some already broken). Even the weather has started making noticeable changes. Nevertheless, a new year definitely brings the vibes of beginning anew. The #2017flipchallenge is just one trend that has everyone pumped about getting the year off to a good start financially.

The "flip challenge" was started by entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk. To say that Vaynerchuk is a successful businessman would be an understatement. The now billionaire, used his passion for business and knack for internet and social media platforms, to multiply his family’s small liquor store into a million-dollar business.

Now, the YouTube personality/motivational speaker/businessman challenges people across the globe to channel their wasted leisure time into some productive money-making time. The idea is to flip inventory you already have into some change. You would do this is by selling items around your house that are not in use. The ultimate goal of this venture is to make a stunning $20,170 in profit by the end of the year, the number cleverly chosen to align with the year 2017.

Vaynerchuk believes the goal is reachable to those looking to build a stable financial platform, get out of debt or raise money to fund a personal business. Self-awareness is big for Vaynerchuk and he recognizes, as we all probably do, that we way spend too much time on leisure whenever we get some down time.

“Attack. Don’t watch a single thing. Don’t go anywhere for the next [12] months. You will win.” This advice Vaynerchuk gave to a woman on one of his “Ask Gary Vee” YouTube episodes is the same advice he would give to anyone.

Vaynerchuk believes that if everyone would spend those ‘down time’ hours doing business that it would bring in at least $20,000 by the end of the year to those who diligently go about it. The people who will come out on top, according to Vaynerchuk, are those willing to put in the effort of getting online vendor accounts, putting in time to understand the market, understand supply and demand, and correctly promote the items they choose to sell or their small business.

For non-entrepreneurs, Vaynerchuk suggests a simple eBay account, the Facebook marketplace, or other website, where you can easily sell unused items. So, dust off that old lamp by your fireplace, gather those clothes you never wore, and grab the sewing machine from the attic to begin building your finances.

College students who sell their books after using them for a semester are already familiar with this process. So invest some extra time this year into selling other valuables you may have.

People going all in on this challenge is what Gary Vaynerchuk would like to see. (You can find his YouTube series “Ask Gary Vee” for even more entrepreneurial tips and subscribe to his main YouTube channel “Gary Vaynerchuk” to hear him speak).

Especially now, with the state of social media, Vaynerchuk believes the playing field is much more level than when he first started. Now, you can use hastags, go live, use tagging, links, and mass messaging to promote personal business ventures and even find customers for your product.

Even if you do not make it to the goal of $20,170 this year, this challenge is definitely a start, and which of us couldn’t use a little extra money?

“We ain’t really never had no old money. We got a whole lot of new money though.” Hopefully this line from the Migos song “Bad and Boujee” will be true for you by the end of 2017. I think Vaynerchuk would agree that it can, in the sense that there is a lot of opportunity for people to simply invest time, and the resources they already have and really make it big.

The challenge is on! Use 2017 as a growth year: to build your dreams, get yourself out of debt and build the empire you may not have even thought possible.

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A Senior's Last Week Of High School

The bittersweet end.

Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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Severus Snape Is The Worst, And Here's Why

Albus Severus, sweetie, I'm so sorry...


I grew up being absolutely obsessed with the Harry Potter franchise. I read the books for the first time in second and third grade, then again in middle school, and for the third time in my last year of high school. Recently, I had a somewhat heated argument with a fellow fan of the books about Severus Snape. As I've reread the Harry Potter books, I've noticed that, although J.K. Rowling tried to give him a redemption arc, he only got worse because of it. Here's why I still think Severus Snape is the absolute worst.

His love for Lily Potter was actually really creepy. When I was younger and reading the books, I always found the fact that he held fast in his love for Lily to be very endearing, even noble. However, rereading it after going through a couple of relationships myself, I've come to realize that the way he pined over her was super creepy. It was understandable during his time at Hogwarts; he was bullied, and she was the only one who "understood" him. However, she showed zero interest, and if that didn't clue him into realizing that he should back off, her involvement with James Potter should have. She was married. He was pining after a married, happy woman. If he truly loved her, he would have realized how happy she was and backed off. Instead, he took it out on her orphan son and wallowed in bitterness and self-pity, which is creepy and extremely uncool. When a girl is kind to a boy during high school (or in this case, wizard school), it's not an open invitation for him to pine for her for the literal rest of his life and romanticizes the absolute @#$% out of her. It's just her being a decent person. Move on, Severus.

He verbally abused teenagers. One of the most shocking examples of this is in The Prisoner of Azkaban when Snape literally told Neville Longbottom that he would kill his beloved toad, Trevor if he got his Shrinking Potion wrong, and then punished him when he managed to make the potion correctly. Furthermore, poor Neville's boggart was literally Snape. The amount of emotional torture Neville must have been enduring from Snape to create this type of debilitating fear must have been almost unbearable, and even if Snape was simply trying to be a "tough" professor, there is no excuse for creating an atmosphere of hostility and fear like he did in his potions class for vulnerable students like Neville. In addition, he ruthlessly tormented Harry (the last living piece of Lily Potter, his supposed "true love," btw), and made fun of Hermione Granger's appearance. Sure, he might have had a terrible life. However, it's simply a mark of poor character to take it out on others, especially when the people you take it out on are your vulnerable students who have no power to stand up to you. Grow up.

He willingly joined a terrorist group and helped them perform genocide and reign over the wizarding world with terror tactics for a couple of decades. No explanation needed as to why this is terrible.

Despite the constant romanticization of his character, I will always see the core of Severus Snape, and that core is a bitter, slimy, genocidal, manipulative trash being. J.K. Rowling's attempt to redeem him only threw obsessive and controlling traits into the mix. Snape is the absolute worst, and romanticizing him only removes criticism of an insane man who just so happened to be capable of love (just like the vast majority of the rest of us). Thank you, next.

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