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”. 


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. 


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.

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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 You ever been in a jam, or just needed a place to stay for a while? … Maybe while traveling? “Just for a few days.” It seems like we all know someone who will say, “You can stay as loooooong as you want”. Now this sounds great, but we know that most of the time, this extended welcome runs its course at some point. 

People love their space, and when you’ve been in their space for too long, the atmosphere seems to change. My boy @nathanleeroma is the exception to this, but if i stayed at his place long enough, I’d have to guess things would change too.

Hints would start to drop: “Well, how long are you gonna be in town for?” … “Have you found a job yet?” … “Maybe you should give your wife a call?” … “How’s the ‘looking for a place’ coming along?” … “I only made one plate of food” … “I’m going to bed early” … (you can even add a couple more) The hints get colder and colder as the time passes. 
There is only ONE person who’s love for you will never grow tired of your presence. 

In fact he has already prepared a space for you, a mansion in his mansion, with YOUR name on it. 

With a type of welcome that no MAN can offer. A place where your welcome will NEVER grow old.

The only hints that you would sense in the air would be of an Unconditional Love. An atmosphere of true belonging. “Welcome… You are Home” 
All you have to do is knock, and with arms wide open, HE will answer. (Your knock could even sound something like this: “Father, show yourself to me”) I hope you understand me. 

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