My Celebrity Pic-Post!

Ray Nate Recovery Pic

I’ve seen it a million times, the “Celebrity” picture-post.
The I’M with So and So!!!!! Well, here’s MY Celebrity picture post.
Who & Why?
First of all, right here in this picture, there are over 60 years of clean time (no drugs or alcohol). And more importantly, these men have dedicated their lives to helping thousands of men, women, and children from all over the country who struggle with addiction.
In all reality, “Celebrities” should be taking pictures of them and posting it on THEIR feeds.

But nope, not in this world… Not “COOL” enough.

Well, I think these guys are Rock Stars and it was a privilege to be able to hang out with them and talk about the future of helping others in need.

Pay attention to the real celebrities sometimes.

I hope you understand me.

PS – God has taken me way outside of my comfort zone.

Raymond Rivera
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I Smiled Today!!!!

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I smiled today and you’d never imagine why.

Lunchtime and I stopped at a Panera Bread to grab me a Squash Soup & Quinoa Salad (I haven’t eaten meat for about 5 months BTW). As I’m walking back towards my truck I spotted a Stop & Shop Supermarket in the same Plaza.

My son Jadon needs orange juice so I might as well head over and grab one.

Anytime I’m at the supermarket I get this nagging voice in my head, “call your wife and see if she needs anything”. A phone call or text I normally HATE to make because grabbing an orange juice turns into a full-blown grocery list, which quite frankly S-T-R-E-S-S-E-S ME OUT!

Why does it stress me out you ask? That’s funny because for some time now I’ve been asking myself that same question.

You see, I started to not like the feeling of getting stressed out/upset because my WIFE asked me to grab a few things for her while I’m ALREADY at the Supermarket.

This way she doesn’t have to go when she gets off of work.

She does have a forty hour a week job that she has to drive to and from, while I am blessed to be able to work from home, where I can come and go as I please

(don’t stone me).

And, because of that, I started to call her every time I went to the supermarket to train myself not to get stressed out. In other words not be so SELFISH.

Honestly, it wasn’t easy at first, but a lot of deep breathing helped me out (LOL). It took me about a year to get better with it.

Hence today’s smile.

While shopping I realized that I was on the phone with her the whole time, and you guessed it, that orange juice, well, it turned into an entire Christmas Dinner shopping spree, a COMPLETELY full shopping cart.

The difference was, I wasn’t stressed out at all.

In fact, I had fun on the phone with her while shopping.

I smiled because I changed, and that felt good.
Bad habits aren’t forever. Free yourself.

I hope you understand me.

Raymond Rivera
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Who’s more Uncomfortable then me!?

Uncomfortable Tour

What a lot of you guys don’t realize is how much of an introvert I am.

I was the type of kid that even if I knew the answer in school I wouldn’t raise my hand, and If I didn’t grow up with you, well, I just didn’t speak to you (literally). Later on in life as a young adult in the “game”, it actually worked in my favor.
But you see in my new life, a life where I don’t have to worry about getting set up, robbed, arrested or even killed, being quite just wasn’t a tool anymore. It actually made me feel like I was in a prison, the prison of the mind (think about that for a sec). After years of not being able to express myself, I grew extremely frustrated.

I started to challenge myself to do things I didn’t feel comfortable with, like walking up to complete strangers and striking up a random conversation (ahh hey, the sun looks really nice). As I grew comfortable with the challenges I would always look for ways to raise the bar.

One day I even texted @AndyMineo and asked him if I could face my fears by sharing my story on his up and coming tour, The Uncomfortable Tour, after all, who is more uncomfortable than me.
Andy excitedly responded, “That’s a great idea!” and the next thing you know I’m on a 28 Day Tour jumping on stage in front of thousands of fans.

Was that difficult for me? Heck yeah, but it paved the way for my new found freedom.

You see, I feel like God has something extremely powerful lined up for me and he doesn’t need an introvert on his team. So bear with me as I continue to challenge myself in pursuit of God’s will in my life.

Please Keep me in prayer and if you relate to this I challenge you to Face Your Fears head on! 💥👊🏼💥 I hope you understand me

PS That Dance on my IG Story was a super stretch. 😂😂
Raymond
The 3Sixty House
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Chris Rock made me hate my Dad.

 

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Chris Rock made me hate my Dad.

There was a point in my life when I literally hated my Dad.

We just couldn’t see eye to eye. To the point that when I was sixteen, I packed a bag, threw it out of our bathroom window and never looked back.

Been living on my own ever since.
And, it wasn’t always easy. From couch to couch, rooftop to rooftop, train to train somehow thank God I managed to survive.
Anyway, there was this one time that I was able to rent a room for a little while and that’s where I caught this HBO special with Chris Rock.
His (Chris Rock) whole skit was about parents and how they like to through stuff in their kid’s faces and take credit for things they are supposed to do.

He said that he hated when parents said, “I always had food on the table” and with that “Chris Rock” humor, he went on to say, “You’re supposed to have food on the table for your kids stupid. That’s like taking credit for breathing or something”. The audience busted out laughing, but not me, I was as serious as one could be.
You see, that struck a chord. My dad ALWAYS said that to me, so if I didn’t like him up to that point, now I hated him!

I held on to that hatred for years, till this one day when I thought about him and the fact that both his parent’s died when he was around three years old and how he was shuffled from house to house never ever really feeling wanted and how that must’ve affected him?
Man, that broke me. Gave me a whole different perspective on him.

Shortly after, I reached out to him and slowly but surely we rebuilt our relationship.

My dad passed away just about a year ago and I was right there with him.

One of the last things he said to me was, “You came a long way son”. Love You Dad. RIP.

And, PS. My Dad ALWAYS did have food on the table :o). I hope you understand me.
Raymond
The 3Sixty House
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Why are you punishing him more?

Ray and Gammy

My brother has been in and out of jail his whole life.
2 years, then 5 years, then 11 years, now he’s doing 18 years to Life.
Yeah, that’s a lot of time.
For some reason, this last bid (jail term) did something to me.
In and out, in and out, in and out.
It made me cold. I was mad.
Mad to the point where I basically ignored his calls and letters for the first 5 years of his jail term. I didn’t send him any money or any packages (I agree, shame on me). I was upset and sick and tired.
Until this one time when God interrupted my day, speaking to me (in his deep voice) by saying, “He’s already punished, why are YOU punishing him more?” In shame, I almost fell to my knees.
WHY, AM I!!??
Who am I to not forgive him and not be there for him.
As if I myself had never been to jail.
More importantly the fact that even though I’m a much different person today, I STILL fall short, ALL-THE-TIME.
What if God got sick and tired of me?
What if after a certain amount of sins God stopped being there for ME.
A cap on forgiveness? (OUCH!). I immediately ran to BJs, put together a package, and sent it to him along with a money order… And I’ve been holding him down ever since.
Take a look around you, are YOU punishing someone, more, right now? (They don’t have to be in jail either)
Are you expecting to be forgiven, when you yourself are not forgiving? —————————————————————————
“Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?”Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.” ————————————————————————— Free Yourself.
I hope you understand me.
Raymond
The 3Sixty House
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A wise person… 

My son Jadon was running down the street the other day and I was like, “Papi, stop running, you’re gonna fall and get hurt”.

He confidently responded, “No I’m Not Dad” as he continued to run (on with his plan) as if he knew it all.
And you know what!? I know that he really believed it from his heart, that he wasn’t gonna fall, that he knew more than me, and that I had no idea what I was talking about (LOL).

The thing is because I’ve fallen many times in my life, it would be WISE for him to take my suggestion.

There are times when you absolutely think that you are right only to realize that you were wrong, and it’s usually accompanied with some pain.

Don’t ever be too close-minded.

Especially when the person giving you the advice loves you.

A WISE person learns from OTHER people’s mistakes.

I hope you understand me.

Raymond

The 3Sixty House

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