Photo Journal: Memorial Day in The San Fernando Valley

Memorial Day in the San Fernando Valley: A Photo Journal

This morning I decided to honor the fallen at Canoga Park’s Memorial Day Parade, an event described by the Canoga Park West Hills Chamber of Commerce as “Pure Fun.” I went to pay my respects to the brave men and women of the United States military who sacrificed their lives for my freedom. I also went to practice photography.

About a month ago I purchased a used Nikon D3300 on Amazon. While I progress from neophyte to average, I thought I would journal a few of the more interesting photos.

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A Rainy Day in L.A.

It’s raining in Los Angeles. Quite a lot of rain is falling from the sky. It’s a straightforward, earnest rainfall. As if the rain were saying, “Okay it’s supposed to rain today so here it all is before that 1:30 lunch I have.”

I’m happy it’s raining. Not just because we are in a drought, but because I’m going on a six-mile hike this weekend and one of the reviews read, “great hike to do after a lot of rain. Very fragrant.” During a recent visit, my Dad and I took a hike in Franklin Canyon Park after a big rain, and it was indeed fragrant. I’m not native California plant specialist, but I believe it was the various sage bushes and possibly lemonade berry.

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Pierre Alechinsky, Jour balte

I wanted to share this song because it’s great for a rainy day.

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Some Movies to Watch in 2017

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Happy New Year…

It’s been nearly a year since I last posted on here. It’s a shame, really. I am busy, but there are much busier people than myself who find the time to blog. No reason to beat myself up since it’s a New Year and with it comes a new Jay.

I recently made a list of movies for a friend to watch and thought I mine as well share it on here. They’re movies that I enjoy from different countries and different decades. They’re not in any particular order. I should note that this isn’t a list of my favorite movies, though many of them are, but rather a list of movies I think people should see.

If you want to get the full Jay movie watching experience, I suggest brewing up a cuppa’ hot tea instead of microwaving a bag of popcorn, since popcorn gives me headaches. I recommend a tea light on caffeine but not so soothing that you’ll fall asleep. Perhaps a Kukicha (twig tea) or Oolong. Enjoy.

Jay’s 2017 Movie Watching List (In no particular order)

The Red Shoes (1948)
Life is Sweet (1990)
The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)
Sonatine (1993)
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
The Great McGinty (1940)
Lust for Life (1956)
My Man Godfrey (1936)
To Be Or Not To Be (1942)
Heaven Can Wait (1943)
The Conformist (1970)
La Cérémonie (1995)
Pauline at the Beach (1983)
Out 1 (1971)
A Fire Within (1963)
Bay of Angels (1963)
Blood Simple (1984)
Little Big Man (1970)
Straight Time (1978)
As Tears Go By (1988)
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Hud (1963)
Barton Fink (1991)
The Silence (1963)
The Last Detail (1973)
The Passenger (1975)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Amarcord (1973)
I Vitelloni (1953)
Floating Weeds (1959)
True Stories (1986)
À nos amours (1983)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
The Roaring 20s (1939)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
Fish Tank (2009)
A Very Long Engagement (2004)
Thirst (2009)

 

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January Playlist: RIP Starman

January Playlist

Goodbye, David Bowie. You’ll always be an inspiration to me.

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“You say we’re growing,
Growing heart and soul
In this age of grand illusion
You walked into my life
Out of my dreams
Sweet name, you’re born once again for me
Sweet name, you’re born once again for me
Oh sweet name, I call you again
You’re born once again for me
Just because I believe, don’t mean I don’t think as well
Don’t have to question everything
In heaven or hell
Lord, I kneel and offer you
My word on a wing
And I’m trying hard to fit among
Your scheme of things”
– David Bowie “Word On a Wing

 

Music

David Bowie – Who Can I be Now?

Iggy Pop – Turn Blue

Duke Ellington – Sunset and the Mockingbird

David Bowie – Word on a Wing

Jackie Wilson – Be My Girl

Carla Thomas – Yes, I’m Ready

Ike and Tina Turner – Get Back

John Coltrane – Lonnie’s Lament

David Bowie – Neukölln

Lou Reed – I’m So Free

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Books and Tea Guest Post: Henrik Saetre of Warm Leaves

Books and Tea by Henrik Saetre/Warm Leaves

It’s been months since I last posted on this blog, which is disappointing. I was on a roll for a while; then I convinced myself I was too busy to writing a few hundred words every couple of weeks. No one limits our potential more than ourselves.

Thankfully, a guest post appeared in my inbox, and I’m ready to shake the dust off this blog. Please enjoy Henrik’s thoughtful post and please expect more from me in the future. Hell, I might even make “write more” my New Year’s resolution.

Henrik Saetre/Warm Leaves

It is a special time for my fiancé and myself, because we have just launched our Kickstarter, after nine months of preparation. For me, this is my fourth entrepreneurial venture. So I asked Jay for the chance to share some of my thoughts in this crazy period, hoping that they may be of some value to you.

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All I ask in return is that you do your best to enjoy this day, and believe in yourself.

Please Support Henrik’s Kickstarter!

Book and Tea Pairings for The New Year

Book: The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris

This is a book that opens your eyes to what is possible in our day and age.
Enjoy it, and seek the motivation for making your own way in this world.
Because through it, you get a step by step guide on how to start.

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Tea: For this book, get your hands on a quality Nepalese black tea. Enjoy the unique fragrance and aromas from the Himalayas, and be inspired.

Book: The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman
With this book you learn how businesses actually work.
The systems and concepts that have stood the test of time.
And with it, you can deconstruct any company, and create any enterprise.
Armed with this knowledge, you can prepare for the marvellous challenges ahead.

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Tea: Sit down with a golden coloured Taiwanese Oolong, and marvel at its beautiful flavour. Because just like there are different ways to build a business, there are many ways of creating the perfect Oolong.

Book: Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
Entrepreneurship is tough. It is a constant struggle, for little reward.
Akin to a marathon, the reward is at the end.
And to reach it you need to take care of yourself, stay motivated, and keep growing.

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Tea: Enjoy this with a wonderful cup of Japanese green tea, and leverage that energy in moving towards your dream.

Book: Mastery by Robert Greene

Failure can be hard.

So understanding that failure is essential to success is not always easy.
Only by going through the tough trials will you become skilled enough to succeed.
In Mastery, Robert Greene lays out for us the requirement for success.
So take the time to sit down and enjoy this book. And ask yourself if you have got what it takes.

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Tea: Chinese Aged Pu-erh, because just like this tea is made better through time, so does your success demand determination and dedication.

Henrik and his fiancé are currently doing a Kickstarter campaign for Warm Leaves: An adventure through the world of loose leaf tea. This is a unique tea subscription box, because every month they explore tea from a different country. Check them out here, for special deals.

They would love your support, because this is an excellent opportunity to enrich your tea experience.

Just think, how often do you get to drink tea from Vietnam, Nepal, or Taiwan?

Have a book and tea pairing you’d like to share? Connect with me on Instagram and use #BooksAndTea or contact me at jayjasinski10@gmail.com

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Books & Tea | August, 2015

Books and Tea | August, 2015

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I Have an Awesome Vocabulary

Two weeks ago, I took over as community manager at the Environmental Media Association (EMA). It’s an exciting gig, one that merges my interests in the environmental and entertainment industries. One of the primary tasks of a community manager is to make daily posts on social media. What I post consists of our news, stories from our sponsors and celebrities, and timely environmental content (think lots of “breathtaking” nature photos). For most posts, I have to write a brief introduction or explanation, as well as give proper credit to authors, photographers, etc. While writing a description for an Instagram post, I realized I use the words amazing and awesome way too much. Now, many of these photos are awesome and amazing, but it cheapens the impact of these words if everything is awesome and amazing. I solved the dilemma by tossing in an occasional stunning and wonderful, but I was left shaken.

Am I not the savvy wordsmith I think I am? Am I doomed to a world where everything from meerkats to lunch is awesome? Okay, that doesn’t sound as grave as I intended, but you get the point.

The other day, I had an aha moment while watching a Taco Bell commercial. Naturally, the ad was promoting Taco Bell’s latest taco, one it described as awesome. There’s that dreaded word again. Only this time it’s not describing the awe-inspiring view of Yosemite’s Cathedral Lakes, but a soggy GMO-purse filled with 61% of your recommended daily sodium intake. In the Bell’s defense, awesome is slang for very impressive, so I doubt it was implying its taco “inspires an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear” – though the idea of eating Taco Bell for breakfast, lunch, and dinner should inspire overwhelming fear. Taco Bell’s far from being the only company that overuses words like awesome and amazing, which is why I’ve come to the conclusion advertising is to blame for my consistent desire to describe everyone and everything as awesome.

Here are some amazing book and tea pairings for August. Enjoy.

Book and Tea Pairings for August

Books-and-tea-augustBook: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

This is a guest post by my friend Sanne Dekkers. She does an excellent job of documenting and sharing the books she reads via her Instagram account. Make sure to follow her: @sanneah_reads

Tea: Nilgiri Green

 

 

books-and-tea-august-jay-jasinskiBook: A collection of short stories by Various Authors

This is a dirty book, and I don’t mean that in a promiscuous way, I mean it’s literally dirty. I had to fight off the strange men and women buzzing around the free-book cart like flies around a dead squirrel to snag this one. It looks nice in this photo, but it’s a bit too musty to read.

Tea: Lapsang Souchong Tea from Mountain Rose Herbs

books-and-tea-august Book: Pomegranate Tree by Nazan Bekiroglu

My Instagram friend, @jellicle_kutuphanesi did me one better by thinking of books and a cat. But not just any cat. No, this is one heck of a pretty kitty. Thanks, Yoda Charlotte for posing for the photo. (That’s her photo in the cover image as well)

Tea: Melon Tea

 

books-and-tea-august-natalieBook: The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradburry

Another fantastic guest submission from my friend Natalie. The mug is from Macedonia. Way to go, Natalie!

Tea: Mountain Tea (not sure what that is, but it sounds yummy).

 

 

books-and-tea-august-alpine-berryBook: Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers

Since I’m all of the above, I figured I should buy this book. I read it one sitting. The book is not long, and I’m already appreciating the wabi-sabi in my life. For instance, our indoor plants that are starting to brown suddenly look beautiful.

Tea: Alpine Berry form Two Leaves Tea

 

books-and-tea-august-annBook: A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

This guest-submission from my friend Ann, features a bookmark with one of my favorite quotes.

Tea: Lavender bergamot tea

 

 

 

 

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Books & Tea | Guest Post by Hikari Loftus of Folded Pages Distillery

Books And Tea | Guest Post by Hikari Loftus of Folded Pages Distillery

To me, and I’m sure to many others, reading a book is much more than just taking in the words on the page. Reading a book requires all of our senses. For instance, the night I read the poem at the beginning of Nabokov’s Pale Fire, I was standing on my patio, just in time to benefit from the fading light of the sunset. Car honks and noisy dogs blended with the internal voice of my reading as I tried to make sense of the author’s erudite verse. I was drinking herbal tea, which burned my tongue. All of these sights, feelings, and smells will always be part of my experience with that particular book.

In my opinion, dedicated bibliophile Hikari Loftus gets this idea of reading as a trip for all the senses, and it shows in her photographs. For this reason, it only took me a brief look through her IG gallery to become a fan. Her photos make me excited to read and remind me of the books I’ve enjoyed over the years and all the complementary smells, tastes and sounds that went along with them.

That being said, it’s my pleasure to introduce Hikari as my latest guest author for Books and Tea. Enjoy, and remember to visit her website and follow her incredible social accounts. Thanks again, Hikari!

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Hikari Loftus of Folded Pages Distillery | Books and Tea

Listen, if we’re going to talk Books and Tea here, we’re going to have to get into some deeply rooted beliefs, founded on one of the truest desires of my heart.

You ready for this?

I would like to say that my love for tea comes from my Japanese heritage, or a sophisticated palate. But the truth is, my love affair with tea (which eventually led to me become a tea set hoarder by the age of 26, a condition that has only worsened in the five years since then) is a direct result from the fondest wish of my heart—to meet and become best friends with a faerie.

As a child I became enamored with the Fair Folk through books. My dad read us The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings at an early age, and from then on, I sought out any and all books that contained faeries or elves. And the truth is—they cast a deep spell over me, because it was only a few years ago that I awoke to the realization that there were books out there about other things.

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Whether you picture faeries of the Tinker Bell variety, or the cruel and cunning Fair Folk of the Seelie Courts, one thing remains the same. They are creatures of nature. They thrive on fruits or flowers, sugar and honey, and they have a taste for milk.

When I first drank herbal tea, some mix of chamomile, lavender and rose petals, I felt sure I was having a faerie experience. I was drinking flowers and herbs, mixed with a splash of milk and drops of honey. The thought was magic to me. It is still magic to me.

Since then, tea has been a big part of my reading and writing habits. It is a drink that is inseparably connected to the most vibrant part of my imagination. Even now, at the age of 31, my favorite teas— the ones I keep stocked next to the honey jar at home—are those that make me feel prepared and ready should a faerie happen by for tea to plan what colors our friendship bracelets should be.

Everyone always tells me that herbal tea is good for me. While actual studies on the benefits of herbal tea are inconclusive, drinking many herbal teas are said to help with various sicknesses and body discomforts or functions, fight off colds, shed weight, help you sleep, contain antioxidant properties, etc. etc. But for me, I seek out tea for other reasons

For me, tea is simple: Tea is magic. Tea is imagination. Tea is a faerie experience.

“Tinker Bell had been asleep on his shoulder, but now he wakened her and sent her on in front.

Some times he poised himself in the air, listening intently, with his hand to his hear, and again he would stare down with eyes so bright that they seemed to bore two holes to earth.

Having done these things, he went on again.
His courage was almost appalling. ‘Would you like an adventure now,’ he said casually to John, ‘or would you like to have your tea first?”

Chapter 4 “The Flight”
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

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Hikari Loftus: Voracious reader, journalist, midnight writer, mama, food snob, tea enthusiast.

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Books & Tea | July, 2015

Books and Tea | July, 2015

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Existential thoughts and the world’s longest porch

This past weekend, my family and I returned to Mackinac Island, MI for another Fourth of July Weekend. Like most family traditions, it’s near and dear to me. In fact, it’s a trip I’m not willing to miss even if I’m living across the country. It was a short stay, only four days and three nights, but quantity isn’t a factor in the trip’s charm. What makes it so special is its familiarity. We stay at the same hotel, often in the same room, and do the same things. Like myself, the destination is old-fashioned. We lodge at the Grand Hotel, an elegant Michigan icon that reminds me of classic films from the 30s and 40s – or if you don’t watch old movies, picture “The Grand Budapest Hotel”.  The hotel claims to have the world’s largest porch, which looks out on one of the most breathtaking views of the Straits of Mackinac you could ever imagine.

grand_hotel_michigan_jay_jasinskiSince I’ve been coming to the hotel for years, its familiarity is a pleasure for all my senses. The slightly crooked hallways smell and look the same, the live jazz music still plays during dinner, and the hot tub still feels good on my back. I’m sure we all have places like this in our lives; destinations that can’t possibly be replaced, since nearly a lifetime’s worth of memories and feelings happened there. But familiarity often leads to sentimentality, which is why I spent a lot of this year’s trip thinking about my life.

I find annual vacations, especially ones spent with people I care greatly for, give me conflicting feelings of relief and worry, at least at the start. For example, the first few moments are lost in victory as I’m thrilled to be back at a place I’ve enjoyed for many years. Next comes the insidious thoughts of, “will this happen again next year?” and “will I be with the same people?” resulting in sentimentality. It doesn’t take a Buddhist monk to tell you that suffering arises from attachment, but it’s still bittersweet. It’s the existential crisis of life, the fact that things won’t stay the same nor will they last forever, played out in a much shorter narrative.

To my relief, the beauty and charm of the destination didn’t allow me to worry about such things for more than a moment. Whether it was my Dad’s honest laugh or a sudden breeze, my senses always brought me back to the present.

On a different note, the Grand Hotel is the perfect place to drink tea and read a book. Enjoy.

Book and Tea Pairings for July, 2015

books_and_tea_julyThe Wild Palms by William Faulkner

This is a guest submission by my friend Raven. She was inspired to read The Wild Palms because Godard references it in his film “Breathless”.

Tea: Flowering Green Tea from Heavenly Tea

 

 

 

books_and_tea_july_Lu_annA Big Life (in advertising) by Mary Wells Lawrence

Guest contributor Lu Ann and I seem to have much in common: we’re both marketing consultants, tea drinkers, and bloggers. Check out her magnificent tea blog The Cup of Life.

 Tea:  Organic Bai Mu Dan White Tea from Tattle Tea

books_and_tea_jay_jasinskiThe Pump House Gang by Tom Wolfe

I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never read anything by Tom Wolfe. Well, thanks to the 50-cent rack at Bargain Books in Van Nuys, that’s about to change.

Tea: Organic Tamayokucha from Two Leaves Tea

 

 

books_tea_charlotteEmma by Jane Austen

This charming guest post from Charlotte features a slice of lemon, which I’m happy about because I often put fresh lemon in my tea. Follow Charlotte on Instagram and find her on Good Reads.

Tea: Earl Grey

 

 

books_tea_grand_hotelThe Basil and Josephine Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI, offered the perfect setting for Fitzgerald’s erudite prose. No, I didn’t actually eat the book.

Tea: Lipton® Decaf Black Tea

 

 

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Books & Tea | Guest Post by Nicholas Lozito of Misty Peak Teas

Books & Tea | Guest Post by Nicholas Lozito

I’m thrilled to introduce the second guest post for my “Books & Tea” series, Nicholas Lozito of Misty Peak Teas. My first impression of Nicholas, and this was via email, mind you, was one of intrigue. Similar to Nicole Martin, I knew right away that I was dealing with a genuine tea lover. Therefore, It came as no surprise to learn the people behind a company whose mission is to “provide you the World’s oldest tea in its purest form, sourced from 200 year old trees” are passionate about their product.

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In addition to learning what it is people find so enthralling about a cup of tea and a good book, I’m fascinated by the history and mystique of the ancient beverage. You’ll get a good taste of this in Nicholas’ submission, which I hope you enjoy as much as I do.

Cheers.

Nicholas Lozito of Misty Peak Teas | Books and Tea

My Grandmother always says, “If you can read, you can cook” whenever she is asked how she learned how to cook so well. This is absolutely true, and it is fair to say that if you can read, you can learn to do anything.

In finding tea, one finds so much more than a mere beverage. Tea is the topic of hundreds of books in English and thousands in Mandarin and other languages. We can learn so much about tea by flipping through pages, taking notes and highlighting lines of interesting facts. We can also learn how to prepare for a marathon by reading training manuals and accounts of others who have done it; this is a great way to pass time and maybe “know” tea, but one must tie their shoelaces and hit the ground in order to be prepared for a marathon.

To have tea is to have time, and without one, the other is void of something. Running a few miles around your neighborhood is good for exercise, but marathoners seek something more than just exercise; exercise is almost a by-product of marathons and stillness and peace are accidental by-products of drinking tea.

The magic of tea, the benefits and inspiration and wisdom that comes from a quiet cup of tea, is apparent in millions of books that have nothing to do with tea. Being the second-most consumed beverage, it is fair to say a huge majority of our most beloved authors were drinking tea while writing their masterpieces and, let’s not stretch too far, but isn’t it fair to say that their work would’ve been different had they not been drinking tea?

Tea is not merely something to study; it is a tool in itself.

One fantastic book suggestion, and it is not just for runners, is “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall. It is a book about life, not just about running. It is about how movement is so key to our existence and how we survived and evolved as runners. It discusses how the number of nationwide marathon applicants/runners AFTER September 11th skyrocketed. Why? Did people see terrorism and want to start running 26 miles? No, it is because of what running does for us…the healing qualities, the fact that it feels so good, the clarity or the “way of tea” as tea-drinkers refer to it.

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Another fantastic book is “We Learn Nothing” by Tim Kreider. This is one of those books that discusses all angles of life; everything from how busyness is a trap, to watching a loved one pass away. It is written by a comic writer and is humorous and heartbreaking.

In the book, it tells how astrologists study stars that have died millions of years ago and how, if they want to their eyes to focus on a star, they must look just to the side of it, rather than right at it; isn’t this the same for life?

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As we sit over a pot of tea and a rumbling kettle of water to add to our leaves, we are not always looking right at our life, we are looking just to the right of it. Those deep moments that come from tea are why the beverage is the elixir of monks and curious men and women. Sitting with that tea allows us to see the star as it is still alive, and to see our moment as it is happening…as we sit with it.

This is the way of tea.

As we live our lives and write our books, there will be pages that have cup stains from wet tea scattered throughout the book. Those pages, my dear friends, will be the ones that shall be highlighted.

Contributing to Books and Tea

jay_jasinski_books_and_teaAre you interested in contributing to “Books & Tea”? Whether you’re an expert, casual drinker, or tea vendor, feel free to contact me at jayjasinski10@gmail.com or connect with me on Instagram using #booksandtea.

 

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3 Tips for Millennials Just Starting Their Careers

3 Tips for Millennials Just Starting Their Careers

3_tips_millennials_career_businessI realize the title of this post sounds a bit stale as if I’m writing for a major business magazine, but I’m a marketing major, and this stuff sells. Jokes aside, if you’re a millennial just starting your career, then, odds are, you’re struggling with the ominous feeling that you made the wrong career choice. The good news is if you did make a bad career choice, you’re young enough to try something else; whether or not you have the enterprise to make that change is up to you. Luckily, us millennials are so damn internet-savvy that there are always opportunities.

You’re probably wondering what gives me the right to administer advice on such a topic when I too am fresh in my work-life. To that I admit I’m still a millennial at the start of his career, so it’s too soon to say whether or not these ideas work in the long run, but I feel I’m doing what it is I really want to be doing with my life and not many people can say that. Further, these suggestions are meant for all millennials, not just the ones playing with fire in the freelance world like myself.

Here are my three tips for millennials just starting their careers.

1. Send at least three “wildcard” emails a week

The most interesting things to happen to me career-wise have been the result of a “there’s no way I’ll hear back from this person, but I’m going to message them regardless” email. Whether it be for my blog, artistic endeavors or work, sending an honest email usually gets an honest reply. Here’s an example, when I started the “Books & Tea” series on my blog, I wasn’t expecting much of a response. To be honest, I felt like a neophyte embarrassing himself in the tea community, but that didn’t stop me from emailing people who care and know about tea. From influential bloggers to the companies making the tea, I was able to build relationships and get my blog in front of more eyes.

As a disclaimer, I should note that you won’t hear back from everyone. Some people are too busy and swamped with such emails that they don’t have time to respond to them all – especially if that person is your state representative. It’s best not to get too self-conscious about a no-reply and move on. Moreover, if you’re sending three a week, you’ll lose track of them, which will make it even more of a surprise when they do respond.

So get out there – and by out there I mean inside on your computer – and find your next sales lead, mentor, collaborator, etc. One final note, make sure you edit your emails. Just because you’re tense and nervous to be sending the message, doesn’t mean you have to spell their name wrong.

2. Freelance

Now I know I said this article is targeted at freelancers and non-freelancers alike, but I still think every millennial should have at least one skill they freelance. Even if you’re stuck at a corporate job for eight hours, it only takes a few minutes to create an e-lance account or post an ad on craigslist. If someone walked up to you and said you weren’t skilled enough to freelance anything, you’d be offended and possibly violent, so don’t say that to yourself. I guarantee you have something you can do better than others, and I’m almost positive that something involves the internet, and those others involve baby-boomers.

tips_Millennials_careers_jay_jasinskiFreelancing is an excellent way to grow more independent, earn a supplemental income, and build your name recognition. Doesn’t that sound lovely? I should mention that if you have a full-time job, it’s not the best idea to work on your freelancing gigs while on the clock. If you have the time to binge watch Celebrity Wife Swap when you get home on a Thursday, then you have time to work on your freelancing gigs.

3. Read every chance you get

I don’t care how many hours you work or how many trips to the gym you must take in a week; there’s always time to read. Here’s a trick that has me reading frequently, put a book in every room in your pad so you can’t use the excuse of not wanting to get up to walk to your bookshelf. Books are cheap. A quick search on Amazon or a trip to your local bookstore (If you have one, you’re blessed and should be there every week), is all it takes to get your CrossFit-calloused hands, slightly wet from gripping a “Kale-ribbean Breeze ” smoothie from Jamba Juice, on a book.

You’ll be pleasantly astonished to discover you’re interested in more than just clean eating and Game of Thrones. Here’s another trick, go to the fifty-cent rack and buy a book based on its cover, not its content. Doing so may seem a bit sacrilegious, but it’s a productive path to discovery. For instance, I’m now very much into aquatic, Sci-Fi from the 70s.

Let’s Stick Together

It’s an old cliche, but we are in this together. I feel millennials were raised on this idea that once we get into the real world, we’ll all be vying for each other’s positions, and only the ones with the savviest resumes will thrive. Well, now that I’m in the proverbial real world, I find I move forward towards my aspirations at the fastest pace when collaborating. That being said, I hope you found at least one aspect of this article helpful as you start your career.

Please share with me your tips, and, if applicable, reach out to me with any ideas for collaboration.

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