11.13.19-Forget Your Brand, Focus on the Work

Morning Musings

I’ve been on a really good streak here lately of productivity. There are plenty of good reasons: good sleep, good people, blogging, but today I’d like to focus on one in particular,

I quit worrying about my “brand”.

In the world of making things and putting them on the internet, a culture has arisen. It’s not necessarily bad, it’s just our human way of categorizing things.

We talk about trending, branding, hashtags, and all of these terms and even more that I’m only half familiar with become a part of everyday conversation.

But sometimes we can let those things become the goal and we end up in some sort of technological tail chase.

The best, most productive weeks I’ve had in a long time are because, instead of thinking about how things may look conceptually, I kind of just said “screw it” and put in the work.

Long story short, don’t chase a brand, chase honesty, consistency, and positivity. Do the work first and let your brand speak for itself.

11.12.19-Sleepy, Cranky, Need to Practice Gratitude

Morning Musings:

Didn’t sleep well last night. Long story short the potential for bad weather makes me not be able to sleep.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my tired state and how regimented I am with rest these days. If I can give anyone good advice, it’s that sleep, good sleep, matters. It’s easy for us in our culture to count sleep as a luxury, but in truth, so many top performers value sleep.

But that being said, how do we persevere through the tired? I think an effective way would be to actively practice gratitude.

Verbalizing our blessings out loud or writing them on paper is a wonderful reminder of how great things can actually be.

11.11.19-On Letting Spite Control Your Actions

Morning Musings:

My love for drumming has been reinvigorated lately.

Honestly, I laid off drumming for a while mainly out of spite.

I felt a need to do everything by myself and for the longest time I felt like drumming meant I had to rely on people. Which was foolish to say the least.

I got so in my head about being views as a “drummer” and not a “musician” that I was filled with disdain for the instrument that started my career.

Long story short, don’t let what your perceived notion of what others might think be your creative force. That way lies madness.

My guiding mantra this week has simply been this:

“Not doing the right thing out of spite is no different than doing the wrong thing out of spite.”

Find the thing you enjoy and quit worrying about what boxes others may put you in. You are in charge of that.

Happy Monday


Morning Musings

I’ve already written about early mornings before but they’re always so beautiful to me.

I love the idea of possibility, of potential. And nothing says “blank canvas” like the sunrise on a chilly fall morning.

There a chance for new adventure. There’s a chance to make something that wasn’t before. A chance to wipe the slate clean of the previous day’s struggles.