How I Stay Stress Free. Mostly…

let’s face it. We have all been stressed or overwhelmed at one or many points in our life. Life can be overwhelming at times. So much to do and so little time. I know I struggle with things like time management which causes me to stress over other things, which leads to other things. Stress is such a slippery slope.

One of the ways that I deal with the stress is through meditation. I find that this allows me to calm my nerves and be a better me. This may not work for everyone but it works wonders for me and if you’re dealing with stress or a stressful situation it can’t hurt to try.

One of my techniques is to control my breathing. Deep 3 second breaths in through my nose and out through the mouth. I do this a few times when I’m in the moment and need to clear some head space. To go deeper, I typically like to sit with my eyes and focus on nothing. Yes, focus on nothing. It is extremely harder than it sounds! After a while you get used to the idea and can do it for a certain amount of time before your mind wanders and needs to be brought back to center. When it wanders just bring it back to center and try again. I suggest starting out with 1 minute a day of quiet time. Nothing more and nothing less. Eventually you can go for longer sessions but to train your mind start slowly.

I give these tips and more on my podcast The Dope Clique Show.  You can take a listen below:

R.I.P. Prince Rogers Nelson


Today the world lost an icon. The singer Prince passed away today. He was 57 years young.

I am the first to admit that I wasn’t the biggest Prince fan. Not that I hated him or anything but I wasn’t one of those die-hard fans that knew his albums in chronological order and could name all his hits plus the b-side cuts. I was a fan of the movie Purple Rain, his musical (yes it was a musical) Under the cherry moon as well as his radio hits.

While I may not know very much about Prince, I do understand that he is an icon. He will be truly missed while his legacy will live on for eternity.

The Dope Clique Show Podcast

So I got together with some friends and decided to start a podcast. This wasn’t some idea that came out of nowhere. We had been playing around with the idea for some years now and since this is the year of yes, we decided to just jump in and do it.  The name of the show is The Dope Clique Show.  This is basically a podcast where we have a fresh and frank conversation about life, love and everything in-between.

The crazy thing is that we talk everyday and all the time, so we decided hey why not record this and put it out there. We talk about any and everything via Skype, or google hangout like literally all day sometimes. The thing I love the most is that there isn’t anything that we can’t say to each other. Good or bad. Give the show a listen sometime and let me know what you think. What are we doing well, doing poorly, where you think we can make changes? All that good constructive criticism stuff. Remember we are the hosts, producers, engineers, mixers, directors and all. So any help would be greatly appreciated.

you can find us at as well as on Soundcloud, iTunes and Stitcher. Please listen, rate and subscribe and don’t forget to tell a friend to tell a friend.

Useful Product Alert – Movie Pass

I love movies. I mean really love movies. Whether it’s a comedy, drama, action, romantic comedy it doesn’t really matter. I just love a good story. The problem with that is the cost. Have you been to the movie theater lately? Those prices are Highway robbery! That’s just for the ticket, let’s not even discuss the prices at the concession stand. You need to take out a small loan or mortgage the house just for a date night out.

blog_moviepass012This is a way around this though. That solution is movie pass. Movie Pass is a subscription service that allows for unlimited movie viewing during your month of service. The price for the month is $35 and there are a number of theaters that support the app. Basically, you pay the $35 monthly fee, just like other subscription services, and you have the ability to watch as many movies in that month as you can take.

The idea sounds great but I was a bit skeptical at first. How would this process work? What theaters will support it? Is it really worth it? You pay your monthly fee. There are a number of theaters that support it from big names like Regal and AMC to smaller local theaters. If you go to the movies more than 3 times per month, then it is definitely worth it. I also love that not only is it easy to use but it also works with those reward programs as well.

It is such an easy process to use. Once you sign up for the service you will receive your debit card in the mail a few days later. Once you get the card, download the app and activate the card. The next steps are how to use it at the theater;

  1. open the moviepass app and search by movie or theater.
  2. Once you’ve found the movie you want to see, just click on it (you need to be within 100 yards of the theater to be able to check in)
  3. After you have checked in, go to the kiosk or cashier and buy your ticket with the provided Movie Pass debit card (once you check in you have 30 minutes to buy your ticket. if time expires you just need to check in again)
  4. Enjoy your movie.

This is a great service for people like me that love going to the movies. It pays for itself in three visits (give or take) and the rest of the month is pretty much free. If you use reward programs like Regal crown club or AMC stubs that give you points for how much you spend than you are getting free points after that third or so visit. Gotta love free right?

I’ve been using it for about 2 months now and love it. The only issue I have, and it’s not really an issue actually, is that you can only see one movie per day.  I also have to log out and back into the app when I want to check in for some reason. This may just be a glitch with the app though. Still these issues are not deal breakers.

If you enjoy movies like me I suggest you check out Movie Pass.

The Perfect Match – Movie Review C+

So I went to see The Perfect Match on Saturday night. This movie stars Terrence J (Former host of BET’s 106 & Park, CO host of E! News, Think Like A Man), Cassie, Paula Patton, Donald Faison, Lauren London and French Montana. Yes, French Montana.


The story is that Charlie (Terrence J) is a life long playboy that doesn’t believe in love only to, yeah you guessed it, fall in love. It’s a typical romantic comedy. It was actually better than I thought it would be according to the cast. One of the issues I have with it was the language. Just cursing or vulgar language for no reason. It didn’t move the story along or have a place. It was also hard for me to picture Terrence J as a playboy type. Overall I think the movie was pretty good. I give it a C+. Not really worth the theatre ticket price but would be a great rental.

Tidal May Have A Potential Music Streaming Game Changer

1455249362tlop_2So I was going through one of my favorite websites Pigeons and Planes and came across this article about Kanye, the evil genius that he is, updating his latest album The Life Of Pablo but only the Tidal version.  This could be a potential game changer for streaming services. An artist being able to change the album as they evolve. We are headed to and are in a digital world where we rarely buy physical copies of music. We stream most of it, so for an album to be able to be kind of ‘updated’ is huge I’m here for it. Tidal/Kanye may be on to something. We’ll see if other artists follow suit.


New Venture Alert

So in an attempt to broaden my financial horizons, I have taken on yet another venture. This time its all about Mugs and cups. I plan to eventually branch out to other things like t shirts and such but for now we’ll start with mugs. Just small things that will add up overtime. I’m not trying to work for someone else for the rest of my life. My goal is to have these little side ventures to help get out of debt by the year’s end. I am not in a whole heap of debt and could pay it off with my regular income but I could do it faster with the side projects. So tell a friend to tell a friend about me!

This is my first item in the Mug collection of The Upscale Life. Instructions for life; Wake. Drink. Slay.