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Lesson Learned

Lesson Learned

I remember staring out the window at the rain bouncing off the barbecue grill.  Looking, but not really seeing.  How had things gone so wrong?How had all my plans for the future with Alex gone up in smoke in the blink of an eye?

Alex had called one night and said we needed to talk.  That should have been my first clue that something was not right.  Alex had never said those words to me before.  Whenever he had something to talk about, he just – did.  No grand pronouncement, no asking for permission, we would just talk about whatever needed to be discussed.

I had opened the door when Alex arrived and knew immediately that it was not going to be a pleasant conversation.  But what he had said was totally unexpected.  Of course, as the old adage goes, “hindsight is 20/20” which in this case is true because the signs were there.

“Mand, it’s not working for me,” Alex had said.  “I’m feeling claustrophobic.  Things are moving too fast.”

“Too fast?” I had said.  “We’ve been together for over nine months.”

“Maybe we should take a break, you know?” Alex had suggested “See if we still feel like we want to take this to the next level.”

I had looked at him like he was crazy, like I couldn’t be hearing what I was hearing.  Thinking this can’t really be happening.  But it was, it did.

That night was six months ago but sometimes is seems like yesterday.  Oh, the hurt and shock no longer persists but the anger of being used still lingers.  I suppose that to will pass in time.  The irony is Alex actually did me a favor.  Looking back on the relationship, I was able to see that I had started to change.  I had always been a strong woman.  At least that’s what I told myself but I had started to accept things from Alex that I ordinarily wouldn’t accept from a man.

I had made excuses when he would stand me up or go days without a call or text. “Alex is a busy man. He’s working hard to better himself, to get ahead.” I would tell myself.  Funny, that’s one of the things that had attracted me to Alex, his ambition.

I’m no slouch when it comes to ambition.  I have a five year career plan that’s on track and I’m doing pretty well.  I’m proud of my accomplishments and thought I had a good work/life balance.  Good friends and a loving family who helped me get through the worst of the breakup. I guess Alex thought he could do better.  Thought he could get more monetarily from a different woman.

The signs were always in from of me.  Alex had known ambition in a man was important to me, so he played to that trait.  He had pretended to be more than he was.  Showering me with gifts, always listening to how my day went, emphasizing how important he was to the company he worked for.  Alex always had the latest gadgets, his car was never more than two years old and he lived in a very nice apartment.

I’ll admit these material things sweetened the deal but it was the way he had treated me that mattered the most.  All the things Alex had, I could get for myself but he had made me feel special.  He had made me a priority in his life until the last three months of the relationship when he started to pull back.

Three months prior to the beginning of the end, Alex had asked me for a loan, an investment in our future as he had put it.  He told me he had gotten a tip about a “can’t lose” stock and wanted to invest heavily in it but his money was tied up in other investments.  When I asked him how much he wanted from me, he had said $10,000 dollars. When I had balked at that amount, he had said, $5,000 would work. We wouldn’t get the biggest bang but we would get a good head start on our future.

I was never one to part easily with my money and had asked to see projections, portfolios, how he was going to pay me back. Too many questions for him.  A week later he told me the window of opportunity to buy the stock had closed.  And apparently, so had the progression of our relationship.

I guess once Alex had realized I was not going to part with my hard earned money without good reason, I was no longer what he wanted.  To that I say “thank you!” Oh, I sure given time I would have figured out what Alex was about and ended the relationship myself but how much more time would I have wasted?

When it comes to dating now, I’m more cautious, skeptical even.  After getting over Alex, I realized I had been happy before I met him.  My life had been full with my family and friends.  So now I ask myself when dating someone, “Am I willing to risk time that I will never get back?”  “Will this person complement my life?”  If the answer to either questions is no…

Mandy Brown

Basic Guide to Intellectual Property

Basic Guide to Intellectual Property

Basic Guide to Intellectual Property (IP) Law


The legal system in the United States protects people’s property and provides them with legal rights in respect of that property. Intellectual property is property which is produced from the fruits of mental labor and intellectual property rights allow people to make a living from their creations.


General IP laws are separated into three areas. First, copyright laws are used to protect written and artistic expression. Second, patents are used to protect tangible inventions and finally, trademarks protect names or symbols which identify the producer of goods or services.




Copyright is the protection for both published and unpublished works of authorship. This authorship must be expressed in a tangible medium. This means that an idea for a book will not be protected, you actually have to write the book.


Copyright laws provide protection for creations like movies, books, articles, drawings, photographs, and sound recordings. It prevents others from reproducing the copyrighted work, performing or displaying copyrighted work publicly, or to prepare derivative works. Depending on the type of work created, the rules surrounding copyright can differ.


Copyright is different from patents and trademarks in that protection is granted the moment the work is created. You do not need to apply or pay a fee for copyright protection.




A patent may be granted for an invention. Usually, a new patent will last for 20 years from the date the application was filed and it grants certain rights. These rights include the right to exclude others from using, importing, selling, or making a patented product.

There are three types of patents. A utility patent is granted to people who invent or discover a new and useful process. A design patent is granted for the design to manufacture something and a plant patent is given to people who invent and asexually create a new variety of plant.


Patents are used to protect the rights of the creator in order for them to earn an income from the fruits of their labor. By filing a new invention, the inventor will have at least a 20-year head start on the competition.


There are complex rules relating to the granting of patents and the process can be long and expensive.




A trademark is a phrase, word, design, or symbol which identifies the source of goods. A service mark is the same but identifies the source of a service. However, the term trademark is commonly used to refer to both.


Trademarks differ from patents and copyrights because they don’t expire. Rights come from the actual “use” of a trademark and could go on forever.


Trademarks prevent other people from using the same or similar trademark for their business. On top of this, they also prevent other people making or selling the same goods or services under a different trademark.


Registration is not mandatory, but registration at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is recommended. Advantages of USPTO registration include a notice to the claim of ownership and the right to exclusive rights to use the mark.


Intellectual property laws seek to protect the fruits of mental labor. IP laws are separated into three main areas: copyright, patents, and trademarks. Each area has its own specific set of rules and you are always advised to seek the advice of a Lawyer before embarking on any legal process.


* Personal Note*

A few years back one of MCJ3 Media lost control over one of our Web Properties on Facebook. At the time 5 million followers and a Major factor for our company. The very first question from Facebook was “is this your Intellectual property and please send us a link to the US Trademark site” and a copy of your trademark. In short if you don’t have one you don’t own nothing. It don’t matter about your URL, Video & Photo’s of you. Know the difference between a copyright or trademark. Thanks to Marcos E. Garciaacosta our page was return to us within 5 days


Marcos E. Garciaacosta, Esq.

Food For Thought

Food For Thought

Sally stared up at the ceiling, arms flung wide across her bed as she contemplated her folly. She had met a nice man named Joe and they had hit it off but in her excitement to impress, she had promised to cook dinner for the pair. There was only one problem. Sally couldn’t cook. Not even a little. And the reality only set in after promises where made and assurances where given.

What now? She thought. What now?

It came to her on her morning commute. An ad played on her favorite podcast that she would normally skip over but this time it held her attention.

“Try Blue Apron,” the host explained in a chipper voice. “You receive fresh ingredients that are perfectly portioned to the recipe’s needs.”
Sally scratched her chin as she contemplated the service.

“Anyone can cook with Blue Apron!”

Anyone?  Sally wondered. She planned to put that declaration to the test.

Sally received the box in time for the big night. She took a deep breath and went to work. Shrimp and fresh gnocchi was on the menu and she was determined to not screw it up. The cooking instructions came with pictures and she followed each step diligently, scrutinizing her work against the pictures.

After 30 minutes, she plated the dish. Before her was a mound of shrimp and gnocchi with bright yellow cherry tomatoes garnished with basil. Her mouth watered at the aroma and the meal matched the pictures. She nodded her head approvingly and went to clean up.
Sally watched him, probably a bit more intently than she should have, as he took the first bite. When he finished chewing, Sally realized she was holding her breath.

“Wow,” Joe commented. Sally’s eyes widened. “This is really good.”

“Really?” Sally replied hopefully.

Joe smiled. “Yeah, this must have taken a lot of work.”

Sally straightened her posture. “It was no problem at all, I’m glad you like it.”

“I’m going to have to return the favor,” Joe winked. “I’ll cook something for you.”

Sally blushed and she smiled brightly. Her mission was a success.

Joe stared at the ceiling with existential terror. Why had he promised he would cook something? Sally’s food was so good, there was no way he could top it but that didn’t stop him from running his mouth. Now, he had to deliver.

He opened his phone and looked through his contacts. He picked his best friend and called. He explained the situation, his friend mostly listening.

“So man, any ideas?” Joe said, finishing his tale of woe. Joe listened to his friend’s reply and received a promising suggestion…  Blue Apron!  

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Fitness & Beauty Influencers Can Earn 6 figures Per Post

Fitness & Beauty Influencers Can Earn 6 figures Per Post

Forbes magazine just released its first-ever “Top Influencers” list spotlighting those who’ve made major money off of social media. The debut ranking first looks at influencers in the beauty, fitness, and home spaces, but the list will be published quarterly and will cover fashion (coming in September), travel (coming in June), food (coming in December), and more.

The combined following of the 30 social media stars featured is 250 million. According to the report created with social insight platform Captiv8 and influencer analytics firm Traackr, if they have seven million subscribers or more on YouTube, vloggers could make up to $300,000 per post for a video partnership. Additionally, top influencers could make $187,000 per Facebook post, and $150,000 per Instagram post, now for the lower ” end of the spectrum–those who have 100,000 followers–you could make up to $5,000 per Instagram post.

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Do you ever see people on social media who seem like they don’t have a job? They post these amazing photos, whether it be traveling the world or cooking up a storm in the kitchen. How do they afford the life they’re living without a job? Are they just not posting about their real job because it’s too boring? Some of these social media users may, in fact, have a very boring job they don’t talk about online. But, for many other, posting is their job. Their job is a social media influencer and blogging and content creation is what they do. And, hey, you can be one too.

What Is A Social Media Influencer?
A social media influencer is a social network user who, through the use of thought leadership and content marketing, has established credibility in a specific niche or  industry. Social media influencers reach large, diverse and engaged audiences that value the influencers credibility, authenticity and passion and take action based on the social media influencer’s recommendations. Nowadays, micro influencers are some of the most sought-after social media influencers by brands. Micro influencers are social media influencers with modest follower counts but high engagement rates.

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How Cassie De Pecol Bankrolled Her Travels To Every Country In The World

How Cassie De Pecol Bankrolled Her Travels To Every Country In The World

Cassie De Pecol has given us major passport envy. The 27-year-old from Connecticut was the first woman to visit every single country in the world. (And, she did it in 18 months and 10 days, which also made her the fastest person to ever spin the globe.)

But if you have a hard enough time saving for a summer vacation to, say, Branson, Missouri, you’re probably wondering how exactly De Pecol funded her solo expedition of 196 sovereign countries. In a Facebook live video with Money, De Pecol gives an explanation of how she afforded the trip on, wait for it … a babysitter’s salary.

The trip cost her $111,000 total. She saved $10,000 from two babysitting jobs while taking some cost-saving measures in her budget. “I pretty much had to give up my social life,” she confesses.

She also found sponsors and investors to help fund her trip, doing a lot of legwork when it came to networking and drawing up pitches. She said she used Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps as an example for how to rally sponsors.

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How to Protect Your Online Life During a Breakup

How to Protect Your Online Life During a Breakup

These days our online and offline lives are becoming more and more intertwined. We have real world bank accounts, but we access them online. We interact with our friends, but we do so both online and off. The mix of online and offline worlds makes our lives richer, but it also presents some unique challenges.

Many of those challenges rear their ugly heads when it comes to a breakup or divorce. If you have been sharing your life with someone, you have probably shared your most intimate online experiences as well. Your partner may know all your passwords, PIN numbers and other essential details. When the relationship goes south, that knowledge could easily be turned against you.

No matter what the reasons for the breakup or divorce, it is important to protect yourself and your online identity. There are certain steps you need to take to ensure your now ex-partner does not have the tools to make your life miserable.

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10 Powerful Bob Marley Quotes

10 Powerful Bob Marley Quotes

1) On Relationships:

“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for”

2) On The Key To Life:

“love the life you live. live the life you love.”

3) On Love:

“The biggest coward is a man who awakens a woman’s love with no intention of loving her”

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Empowering Les Brown quotes

Empowering Les Brown quotes

1. Other people’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.

2. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.

3. Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.

4. Most people fail in life not because they aim too high and miss, but because they aim too low and hit.

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Legendary Muhammad Ali Quotes

Legendary Muhammad Ali Quotes

1. Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision.

2. Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.

3. If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it.

4. We can’t be brave without fear.

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Powerful Bruce Lee Quotes

Powerful Bruce Lee Quotes

Here are 30 powerful Bruce Lee quotes that will challenge you to live an incredible life:

1. Knowing is not enough; We must apply. Willing is not enough; We must do.

2. Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.

3. Defeat is a state of mind; No one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.

4. Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.

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47 Motivational Quotes by Eric Thomas

47 Motivational Quotes by Eric Thomas

From homeless high school dropout to one of the most sought after motivational speakers in the world, Eric Thomas has truly found the secret to success. His words continue to impact tens of millions of people in several hundred countries across the planet!

Here are 47 motivational quotes by Eric Thomas:

1. When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.

2. Everybody wants to be a beast, until it’s time to do what real beasts do.

3. Pain is temporary. It may last for a minute, or an hour or a day, or even a year. But eventually, it will subside. And something else take its place. If I quit, however, it will last forever.

4. Don’t make a habit out of choosing what feels good over what’s actually good for you.

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By Jennifer Basa

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Stress levels can range from minor incidents that occur once in a while to chronic stress which occurs on a daily basis. So what causes chronic stress? Those who experience it are much more likely to have it affect their physical health, which is ironically accompanied by even more stress. This does not mean that the physical symptoms that derive from stress aren’t real; though many claim symptoms may be “all in your head.” These people are wrong. There are several health problems that can occur immediately or slowly progress over time due to chronic stress.

Let’s go through the most common health issues relating to stress.


High blood pressure causes the heart to beat at a faster rate due to excessive stress placed on the organ. This can either be temporary or a long-term condition for some. High blood pressure can be managed by engaging in physical activity regularly, or in more serious cases, be prescribed medication. By avoiding an overconsumption of processed foods, and alcohol, you can help manage high blood pressure spikes and also decrease your risk for stroke.


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Life Is Short Buy The Damn Shoes

Life Is Short Buy The Damn Shoes



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