Permanent Decisions? 

Yesterday, I was at the park playing cops and robbers with my 5 year old son Jadon.
As we ran around exchanging Pow-Pow’s …. and Bang-Bang’s (again and again and agaaaain… LOL), I notice the names Amy & Gene carved into the cement.

I wondered if they were still together, or if they were still friends even.
I couldn’t help to think about how many times have we made permanent decisions based on temporary feelings.

He or She “loves” me – I’ll give them whatever they want.
I’m mad – I’ll say or do whatever comes to mind.
The Husband or Wife got me upset… but the CoWorker is saying all the right things.
(I’m sure you guys can fill in a couple of lines.)
But Man, think about that… Think about the PERMANENT affects/damage you can cause.
Feelings are NOT facts, so be wise and Do Not make a permanent decision based on a temporary feeling.
I hope You Understand Me.

Raymond Rivera

The 3Sixty House

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This wasn’t always my office. 


This wasn’t always my office. 

When I was around 8 years old, I told my Dad about this idea I had. I said, “We should make a piece of plastic the shape of a toilet seat, so that when people use a public bathroom, they could pull it out of their wallet, and sit on it”. (LOL …. I was eight years old). When I was about 10 years old, I started a cassette tape fixing business (I just told you my age). At 15, I wanted to open up a Bike shop, but I had no idea how, or where to start. 

These are just a few of the many business ideas I had as a kid. 

By the time I was 16, and because I didn’t know any better, I took my talents to the streets. (I don’t have to be specific do I?) This choice (or lack of) took me down a long painful road full of ups and downs. 

Looking back, I was always a businessman. I just didn’t have anyone around to guide me down the right path. 

Could you imagine what I could’ve accomplished if someone put me under the wing and really watered my talents? 

Who knows, I could’ve invented Google or something. You laugh? One of the things that I didn’t mention, was the fact that I was writing code way before I turned 15, and way before Google. 

Please… that kid?… that street/troubled kid right around you? … all he or she might need, is a little guidance and a big hug. 

Shoot, I turned out ok.

I hope you understand me.
Raymond Rivera
Grateful Apparel

The 3Sixty House 

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Fun Fact: 


In 2008, I jumped out of my friends pool and said, “I’m going to make some cool Tee Shirts”.  

A millisecond later the name Grateful came to mind, but I thought it was too simple/common, so I ignored it and proceeded to think of different names. 
For about a month, I looked and looked and looked for the “name”.  

Thesaurus, Dictionary, Bible were some of the places I looked, just to name a few. 
Every once in a while, I would go back to “Grateful”, but each time, I’d quickly dismiss that possibility. 

Finally, after a month of designing tees, and with out any luck finding a “name”, I reluctantly said to myself “Oh well, I guess it’s going to have to be Grateful”. 

LoL. 

And the rest is history. 

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Again, Happy Fathers’sDay 


My wife’s pregnancy with my son Jadon was rough for me. 

You see, I was already head over heels in love with my daughter Emily, and I couldn’t see how I would be able to love a second child the same way. 

It almost felt like I’d have to fake my love for him. 

That worried me, I didn’t want him to grow up feeling neglected. 

I struggled in silence.
It wasn’t something I felt comfortable sharing with just anyone, let alone my pregnant wife. 

I shared this concern with my cousin Richie (a father of three). He felt my pain, but assured me that I would be able to love him the same way. “Differently, but the same” is what he said. 

After months of talking to my cousin and praying about it … I still couldn’t shake the feeling (feel my pain). It’s delivery time and this little guy is ready to hit the streets. “Waaaaaaaaa … Waaaaaaaaa” were his first words, or should I say sounds.
And guess what? My cousin was right. 

As soon as I set my eyes on my brand new little boy, I fell head over heels in love with him, and I have NEVER struggled with those feelings ever again. 

Happy Father’s Day gentlemen. 

I hope you understand me. 

Raymond 

Grateful Apparel 

The 3Sixty House 

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Happy Fathers’s Day 


When my daughter was around 4 years old (she’s about to be 18 now), we were sleeping on the floor of my one room basement apt, and when I say one room, I mean one room, not one bedroom, just ONE room. 

At around 3:30am my daughter decides to wake up and call for me. 

It was dark, so she couldn’t see me laying right next to her. 

The calls starting out low, but got louder and louder … “Daaaaddy … Daaaaddy … Daaaaddy”. The only reason I didn’t answer the first one, is because I just wanted her to go back to sleep. I was tired and I didn’t want her to be up at like 3:30 in the morning. 

Finally I had no choice but to answer. 

With a little frustration in my voice I replied “Whaaat Emily”

She replies with the most sincere and cutest voice ever “I Looove You”, followed by her rolling over, as she puts her tiny hand on my chest and goes right back to sleep. 
I melted!! The little things! 

Happy Fathers Day fellas! 

Hope you understand me. 

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I’m not going to PICK you up!


My 4 year old son caught a tantrum today because my wife wouldn’t carry him. The truth is, he’s getting too big for her to carry him, even though he felt like he “needed” to be carried.

I watched him laying on the floor, kicking his feet, arms extended & waving wildly towards my wife who was planted on the bottom of the steps. 
He was screaming, “Pick Me Up! Pick Me Up!”
I thought to myself, this is crazy, all he has to do is get up, walk down the stairs, get in the car, and go on his merry way. So MUCH Easier
When it hit me, it was like watching myself!
Not too long ago, I was lying on the floor kicking my feet (not literally, stay with me), “God Pick Me Up! … If you want me to do this, make it happen … Pick Me Up!”.
You see, God has called me to do something, something other than Grateful Apparel … something that just doesn’t come easy to me.
I want to take the “blue pill”. I want him (God) to Zap Me. I want him to “pick me up!”.
Man, God has a funny way of communicating with us! 
So, I might as well just get up and do what I gotta do. 
Because just like my wife, God is not going to “pick me up”, especially, when I don’t “need” to be.
I hope you understand me.
Raymond

The 3Sixty House

Grateful Apparel 

I’ve put some miles on this bad boy! 

  
I’ve put some miles on this bad boy. 

A lot of people have dreams but don’t really do anything with them. 

A dream is worthless without the WILLINGNESS to do some footwork. 

I’ve driven this truck across the country a FEW times. Sometimes driving 15 plus hours to only sell two shirts. Was I discouraged Heck Yeah! -But I never gave up! I kept on truckin’ …2 shirts sold turned into 10, then 50 then to where we are today. 

The point is, NOTHING comes easy! Especially for me! Everything I do is against the grain, a challenge, but I never let it stop me. I just face my fears head on and take it as it comes! 

I figure it out as I go. And so can you! 

If you have a Dream, Don’t sleep on it! 

I hope you understand me. 

Raymond Rivera

Grateful Apparel

The 3Sixty House 

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