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Chalk up another week of 3 hours/day of practicing!!! Yay! In between my 9-5, taking care of kids, spending time with my wife, cleaning the house, hitting the gym, and of course… sleep, I’ve managed to stay consistent. It’s all about planning the day and prioritizing. Same old story, but in practice over time is the real test. And again, just like any other muscle you are working or developing, I’ve learned that I NEED to give myself time to recover and heal. I’m getting
Planning is Recalibrating.
Life comes with challenges, and with each challenge, comes opportunity. Even though I’m stressed at work trying to get everything done all at once, I need to step back and do one thing at a time. And for that one thing, do it well. This also means that there are some things that may take priority at certain moments and time and then it will flip. Just as in the GuitarBorn project grant application, that was the last month’s priority, and now it’s flipped to my day job. So t
"No More Blues"
This has been a great week getting back on track with practicing. I’ve found ways to get at least 3 hours of practicing a day all week WITHOUT staying up too late. Remember that old routine of finishing practicing at midnight or even 1am, well it simply wasn’t sustainable. This week, I’ve got it down to around 11pm every night. Every day, I’ll look at the schedule and find where I can fit the 3 hours in and plan day by day. It’s a much more flexible approach that adapts t
The guitar build is moving in slow motion. I’ve fallen behind schedule on account of my day job priorities, and recalibrating to accommodate the Telus Storyhive ‘direction’. This is how my life and all of this has to unfold. I’m learning about myself and perhaps learning about priorities. When I’m much older, I’ll most likely come to a realization that work should never come before family, or even life altering projects like this. Although, I’m still living the mantra, "nev
Stay in your lane.
If there is one thing I’ve learned since starting the GuitarBorn journey, it’s that there will always be challenges. It’s never going to be a smooth ride from point A to B. Anyone out there thinking of pursuing or even just leaning into their creative passions a bit more, should expect the same thing. As cliché and over used the word “passion” is, when we refer to “passion” in this project, we are describing a feeling, or thing, that drives us to the point of suffering, or
My Focus has Shifted
Let’s face it; distractions will steer you away from the things you want to do most. We call that life. Work is taking control of my current state of being. You could say I am work. There is an important milestone coming up at work and a lot of up front effort and preparation is required. On top of all this, a trip to Colombia has been on the books for such a long time now, and it is finally arriving. I’m not complaining, actually I'm very grateful that this is all happeni
Dust off, drive forward.
Last week was a tough one for our team. We managed to put together the completed STORYHIVE grant application...but by the skin of our teeth, and it really took a toll on us. In the end I don’t believe we put our absolute best foot forward, but I’m hoping it'll be enough for us to get more funding. Still, there's a lot of work to be done. My family and I spent the last 4 days at our friend’s cabin in beautiful Invermere, BC. It was well-deserved time away from work, from o
Success is not found in Solitude.
This will probably be the one of the more important blogs that I write. What can I say . . .this project is REAL. It’s a combination of things, and a few mixed emotions at the moment. I’m excited, I’m pissed off, I’m tired, I’m nervous about the next steps. Over the past weeks, the team fought hard and just barely made a significant deadline. It was a mad struggling dash to complete the 2018 Telus Storyhive Documentary series application. Don’t get me wrong, it was a tr
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