If you're in school and the other kids call you a nerd, this one's for you.

The guy in the video, Wil Wheaton, was also called a nerd when he was a kid, but now he's famous.

I doubt the kids who called him a nerd are famous now.

How to deal with kids calling you a nerd at school

When I was a kid (a long time ago, but people really haven't changed since then), everyone called me a nerd too.

I had glasses and braces and pimples and a mullet, and I loved to watch little kids' cartoons instead of the violent TV shows all my classmates were watching.

And in 6th grade, I had no real friends.

Of course I couldn't get advice from Wil Wheaton because he was still in high school and I didn't know who he was. 

So I asked my mom instead, and she told me pretty much the exact same thing.

I didn't believe her at the time, but everything she said was actually true, and by following her advice, I was able to make friends with nearly everyone by the time I graduated high school.

Kids who used to bully me, now signed my yearbook with messages saying they respected me.

Here is what she said:

  1. None of what the bullies are saying about you is true.  There are a few reasons kids pick on other kids, and it's usually one of these 3.  It could be because YOU are able to do something better than THEM (school performance, or something else they envy), and they're jealous, and they want to make themselves feel better.  It could also be because their mom and dad don't pay enough attention to them, or because some other kids are making fun of THEM and they want to get the attention off themselves.
  2. Ignore them.  99% of the time, if you ignore a bully long enough, they will stop.  If they can't get you upset, they will find some other kid to pick on.  Keep your mind off of being upset by doing something you love, like dancing or drawing or playing video games or music.
  3. It gets better when you get older.  Right now you're surrounded by a bunch of dumb kids who don't know anything about life.  But when you get to high school, most likely, they will leave you alone.  They'll have other things they need to think about, and you will be able to make new friends. 
  4. Learning to deal with bullies and jerks will make you a stronger, better person.  When you get those kids off your back by believing in yourself, being strong, and ignoring them, your life will change.  I promise.

Love,

Linmayu

Well, shit (The Project Day 3)

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So let me get into the meat of the story here.  I'm going to go through with you exactly what and how I prayed, exactly what God said back to me, exactly what I did in response to the answer, and exactly what happened next.

By the way, I'm fully expecting people to show up here and start to call me insane, inane, and every other name in the book.  Because really...who the fuck am I to claim that I talk to God...much less to claim that God talks to me?

These people, however, need to get over themselves, because anyone can talk to God, and God talks to everyone.  

There are certain sects and religionists who would have you believe that God stopped speaking to people directly when the Bible came out, because "the perfect has come, so the imperfect has passed away."  Nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, I would go so far as to say that those who preach that message are false prophets--because they want you to turn away from a direct relationship with God and follow THEM instead!

Personally, it took a lot of trouble to get me to actually start looking for a personal relationship with God.  It happened in the middle of a painful and sucky divorce, and I had just been looking for advice on how to get my husband back.  (I didn't, by the way...but I did stop WANTING him back, which is even better.)

In the same way, if something hurts in your life right now, it might also be that God is trying to get your attention.

And once you answer that call, nothing will ever be the same again.

Anyway, here is what happened.

The other day...Wednesday March 26 to be exact...I had a caller at work who was more than the usual kind of exasperating.  She was demanding, entitled...and quite understandably upset, because she had a family member who was badly injured in a foreign country, mounting hospital bills, and an insurance company drowning in bureaucracy.

You'd be upset too.  I'd be upset.

Anyway, for whatever reason, this client drove me to tears of frustration and rage.  I couldn't say no to what she was asking, because she was a customer.  But my bosses and company needed me to stay on the phone and take other customers' calls, so I couldn't actually follow through with what the client was demanding of me.

Now this wasn't actually that big of a deal...but it was the last straw.

The truth is, I was just tired of being kept from doing my life's work--uplifting people and teaching them about freedom, personal responsibility, and power--because of petty financial concerns that had me working a 40-hour corporate job instead.

I was out of integrity, and still am (except for the fact that my paycheck from that job is what keeps this blog running right now).  And no amount of accommodation from the boss, the company, or anyone could ever fix that issue.

After the call, I walked up to my boss's desk, raging, and very nearly quit on the spot.  But she, smarter than her years, told me to go take a walk and come back when I'd calmed down.

So I took a walk to the break room, where they have a dark corner with couches where employees occasionally nap while on lunch break, and I sat there and pulled out my notebook and just started writing furiously to God.

(I highly recommend the practice of writing down prayers, by the way.  Write them down--date them--and read them again after a month or a year.  You will be amazed how many were answered within that time and you might even get a best-selling book--which was a life-changing read for me, by the way--out of the practice.)

Here is what came out.

God said something along the lines of, "I am making things intolerable for you at your job right now, because I am about to push you out of it."

 

 

See, I had been praying to get out of this job before I even GOT this job.  But I wasn't ready for THAT!

And then he said something like, "Don't do anything rash, don't put in a resignation letter right now, nothing like that.  But start preparing now."

Wait a minute, what do you mean, "start preparing?"

"You know exactly what I mean.  Clean up your house."

Yeah, I am 37 years old, so my dad doesn't nag me to clean my room anymore.  He thinks I'm a lost cause.  But apparently my Heavenly Father still thinks I'm a slob.

Well, to tell the truth, He's right.  

He told me that after I cleaned it, He would tell me what to do next.

So when I got home, I started cleaning and before I'd been at it 30 minutes, I literally had to sit down again because ideas were coming to me faster than I could process.

Within an hour, I wrote all 3 posts currently in this series, and the next one which will come tomorrow.

And since I've still got plenty of cleaning left to do, I am going to leave it at that.

Tomorrow, I am going to tell you why God asked me to clean up in preparation for being pushed out of my job.  It may seem illogical, but actually makes perfect sense in a way.

Peace out,

Linmayu

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Freedom is the birthright of humankind.  But very few people in this day and age ever actually get to experience freedom.

For the most part, as I may have mentioned here before, your lifestyle has already been designed.  And it's been designed by someone who does not have your best interests at heart.

Enter Mammon.

You may have heard this term in bible study, where they often quote, "You cannot serve both God and Mammon."  And people think that means you can only be a good person if you're poor, but that's not exactly true.

People think Mammon just means money, but it's more than that.  It's a life state.  A life state based on unending consumption.  Based on exploitation of natural resources and of plants, animals, and other humans, for the sake of getting the maximum possible personal gain.

Almost all publicly traded corporations run themselves based on this kind of energy, because their shareholders are concerned with one thing and one thing only: return on investment.

It's a climb to the top of the mountain, only the mountain is made of garbage and dead bodies.

But it's not all money's fault.  Money itself is neither good nor evil.  It's a tool in the hands of whoever uses it.  Yesterday, someone used it to anonymously pay off one of my friends' sizable hospital bills.  But it can also be used to buy a gun to shoot someone with, or to buy drugs to sell to people to get them addicted.

These are extreme examples, but you get the point.

When I was a little girl, I understood intuitively that money is not just paper and metal, but it is energy.  It is actually another form of life energy, which is why we refer to our jobs and salaries as our livelihood.

And that is why we are attracted to money--because we know it allows us to secure the means of survival.

We are trading our lives to get this money, so that we can continue to live.

Also when I was a little girl, I learned the concept of compound interest in math class.  (Back then, it was the 1980's, and you could actually get compound interest in your savings account.)

But as I grew up, I watched interest rates on savings accounts go into the toilet, while interest rates on credit cards skyrocketed upwards.

And I wondered why this could be, because the Bible promises that wealth invested, multiplies.  But I wasn't seeing that happen on this Earth.

I just didn't see ANY place where I could invest my money and maintain any sane degree of hope that it would grow...aside from investing it indirectly in my own education and personal growth, which I have always done in one way or another because I'm one of those weirdos who LIKES to study things.

Nonetheless, I came to know, just as you may have also come to know, that God's principles of wealth are timeless and everlasting, no matter what changes take place in financial markets on Earth.

I say it again in another way: follow God's investment advice, and you will receive God's return on investment.  You can have your needs supplied abundantly, with peace of mind...and isn't that what we all really want?

So, the million dollar question:

What does God think we should invest in?

And you know what, I really wish I could tell you the answer, but I can't. 

Do you know why it's this way?

It's because God wants you to ask him yourself.

See, the way things are set up on this Earth...what works for me may not work for you.  And what doesn't work at all for me, might be exactly what you need.

An example is this: A lot of people are very successful in their personal relationships by being cocky, arrogant, bordering on bullying others.  "Be popular" coaches and dating coaches actually encourage people to act this way.

But it doesn't work for me, and doesn't work for a lot of other people--who can only find friendships by putting the other person above ourselves.  (This sounds virtuous, but it can also lead a person to fall into the trap of being a groveling people-pleaser who no one respects!)

Anyway, that is why you need to seek God directly.  His advice will be tailored specifically to you, because God already knows you.  And he wants nothing more than for you to desire to know Him too. 

And if you look deep down inside, you will realize that you want this too.

Even now--even though your finances are fucked and you stay up all night worrying about them--God wants you to just come to Him!

Don't you think that the intelligence who created the entire universe might know something about what it's going to take to get you out of debt or out of slavery?

And if so...why aren't you asking God directly, right now?

All Prayers Are Answered

God answers every prayer that any person sends His way.  Christ said "Ask and you shall receive," and he wasn't messing around!

I don't think people realize quite how amazing this is, until they actually experience it.  If they did, no one would be obsessing over the Kardashians, panicking about Putin, or ranting and raving about Obamacare.

Because none of those things can hold any power over you when you have a relationship with the creator of the universe.  Any good thing you could ask for is literally yours--in fact, what you already have in God's love is so much more than the absolute best possible life you could have on this Earth.

Even if you became as wealthy and wise as Solomon, and had a huge palace and a thousand concubines of your preferred gender...none of this would come close to the love and peace of God.

The thing is...and the reason a lot of people don't believe God answers prayers...is because He doesn't always answer them right away, and He doesn't always answer them the exact way you think they should be answered.

God answers prayers in His own time and according to His own will.  But the longer you walk with Him, the more answered prayers you experience, and the better you get to know yourself through this process--the more you will realize that God's will and your own highest will are one and the same.

Once you experience the unmistakable knowing of an answered prayer, you can never go back to living the way you did before.

Are you ready?

If so, then begin your conversation with God...now!  And I would love to hear about your experiences in the comments below.

The Beginning

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Hello everybody!

My name is Linmayu and I'm here to share with you the intimate story and process of exactly how I am about to walk into a life of not only financial independence, but true freedom in every sense of the world.

And by going there, I am going to take a whole bunch of you with me, because freedom is more fun with friends.

I am sure you've seen tons and tons of videos from people who have *already been there* telling you what they are doing *now*.  

But are they telling you what they did when they were new--when they were just starting out--when they were still enslaved in a terrible job or relationship, with only the dream in their heart to keep them going?

That's why this is different...but it's not the only way this is different.

See, I'm not doing this project under my own power.

Not even close to it, in fact!

I am doing this because yesterday afternoon, I received the answer to a prayer.

See, I've been working in call centers for the last five years and while my job is incredibly challenging, rewarding, well-paying and has *awesome* benefits...

it's not my mission.

I know this, my boss knows it, and God knows it.

I promised my boss I'd give the best service possible while I am still there.  But we both know I'm not there to stay.  (I actually told them in the interview that I would last three years, and we're getting close to that.)

Anyway, this afternoon, the Lord answered my prayer about work in quite an interesting way.

He told me to "start preparing now," because something is about to happen.

And when it happens, just as I have said it will, then you will know that God is God, that God answers prayers, and that God blesses even ordinary, regular sinners like me with the exact desires of our hearts (so why not you?!).

A far cry from the unreasonable God most people think of, who created humans imperfect, then demands that we be perfect or else he'll throw us into a fiery hell for all eternity!  (More on hell later.)

See, I am not exactly a model Christian.

I am thirty-seven years old, divorced, and living in my dad's house with my younger sister because I have never in my life been able to make enough money to pay rent on an apartment and stay out of debt.

I don't have children, motherhood terrifies me, and I have a mouth that would put the saltiest sailor to shame.

I have a man in my life.  A wonderful, loving, and awesome man...but I am not married to him, and not in a hurry to get married either.

That's him.

And most of my friends are pagans and Jews and Hindus and Muslims and Buddhists and atheists.  And they're awesome.

So even if I quoted the Bible forwards and backwards, it wouldn't matter to a lot of people, because I'm not the kind of person anyone would think is particularly holy (especially if you have seen me at work).

Nonetheless, God is faithful to even the least of His followers and I know that whatever happens here with me, it's for the glory of the Divine, and for the upliftment of whoever reads my story!

Tomorrow, I will go more in detail about what freedom means (financial and otherwise), and how you can literally hold the universe in the palm of your hand.

You'll find that you have more control over your life than you think...though in order to arrive at that control, you will have to do a paradoxical thing (more on that later).

Peace out,

Linmayu

Interview With "The Man"

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If you're sick and f*cking tired of working for the Man, then read this great interview from raptitude.com and laugh out loud like I did.

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