the Simplicity of the PAST

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There once was a time before the internet, 1,000 + TV channels and cell phones. It was a time of simplicity. It was a time of riding your bike in the autumn leaves, climbing trees, playing hockey and listening to music. This was my childhood. 

As a child I remember quite often listening to rock n roll. That was it? Yup, that was it. I recall many times just sitting on the floor or running around the house to the music that blasted out of the stereo speakers; Van Halen, Def Leppard, Aerosmith, Whitesnake, etc

I have a love / hate relationship with technology. I love it, I need it, but I do miss the times when you could just sit in the same room with other people listening to music instead of staring at screens. I love how social media can help connect you with others and help with spreading a message, but it can also be incredibly time wasting.

I remember a short time period where we didn’t have to dial the area code, there were no cell phones to text people you were going to be late and facebook did not exist. I miss those times and that is one reason why we started to RV full time. We wanted to spend more time outdoors and having adventures. To be real though, we have to maintain a balance. To earn money, I have to be at the computer helping others with English or editing videos and writing blogs. I guess it goes with anything life – balance is key.

Do you remember a time when things were just more simple? How do you keep a balance of technology and staying away from screens?
Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

11.5.18  | AZ

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Look in the Mirror

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this letter i need to write

and this fight is a fight

sit down you know I’m right

you hesitated, so now you feel the bite

Snap out of the denial 

Years can turn easy on the downward spiral

the hope you may have left

Go ahead and flush it down the toilet

Your last run starts now

It begins with knowing how

to stay the course despite heavy winds

the only sin are the cracks you fall through in your mind

Stay strong and you will be fine

line after line, the right words will come

the effort will fall when this world is aligned to the sun

No longer a victim when you look in the mirror

Accepting my own failure

Accepting my own right to move on

I feel like there was a part of me that knew this all along…

-Andrew

Learning on the fly

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We are in love with Tucson! The weather is great here. Of course it isn’t summer right now and the temperature can get pretty high then, but the humidity is so low here. I loved being near the beach when we were staying at a RV park in New Jersey, but I couldn’t stand the humidity there. To be honest, dessert vegetation is not my favorite, but with the combination of the mountains and great weather, it can be overlooked. Something I just found out was that Tucson is one of the most bike friendly cities in the U.S. That is one thing I do miss when we lived in Chicago. I really enjoyed biking throughout the city. I love the freedom that comes along with biking.

Traveling full-time and working on our business has been an on-the-fly learning experience. In the outskirts of Chicago we worked at yoga studios and spiritual shops. There were parts about it we liked and of course parts of it that we didn’t. We eventually shifted to just focusing on workshops and have not found much success in doing that. I think what we are going to do now is put all of our energy into YouTube. While for us YouTube is primarily a place for us to upload adventure videos, but we can also add yoga and meditation videos. I also have a podcast I just started that I can use to discuss topics in spirituality. 

We have about 2.5 weeks until we leave Tuscon, but there is still a lot we want to see here. After Arizona we will be heading to southern California. I am excited to continue to have warm weather despite us heading into winter. I have been getting the urge to practice vocals more and more and to my surprise our next RV Park has a room that I can use to practice. This is awesome, because we will most likely be there for about three months.

So we are just going to continue exploring, putting all of our energy into YouTube and I am going to be practicing singing as much as I can. I have always wanted to learn to sing and I can’t put it off any longer. I really want to get better so I can do some covers on YouTube and then eventually create original content. Like anything, I just got to take it day by day. 🙂

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

11.1.18 | AZ

Sixth Layer

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Do you feel your purpose burning in your heart?
Won’t you sing your heart out?
Won’t you speak your mind?
Won’t you release control?
Won’t you ditch perfection and be real?
All the plans in the world won’t compare to the moment
The stars crave the Earth
These dreams are not dead
I have endless words that I’d hope would hit home
I want to move to the energy
I want to destroy limitation
I want to feel the waves rolling inside of me

Do you crave an experience like I do?
Chain after chain, let’s break free
Think back to when you saw the sixth layer
When you saw the dream
When you lit up like a star
And said this is what I shall become
The journey to this picture
The agony and heartache 
Let it fly out like nobody is listening 
Let the whole world hear you scream
The dream inside will come alive
Live it so you can smile when you die
To feel satisfied, to know you were really alive

To my Dreams.

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Tell me, tell me what’s going to happen here
Because, all the wasted time, I fear…
That it all will catch up to me!

(Falling away, falling away!)
All the pain I have collected
(Rising above, rising above!)
All the growing pains that take me
To my dreams!

Tell me, tell me what’s going to happen here
Because all I have are words, words sitting inside of me
I’m ready, ready to fire, to release the lack of clarity
To hear my voice, to hear my voice!

(Falling away, falling away!)
All the pain that I collected
(Rising above, rising above!)
All the growing pains that take me
To my dreams!

Swirling mixture of agony and peace
To find resolution would bring me back to the beginning
When it was easy to talk
I’m just happy to be singing

Falling away
all the pain
Rising above
All the growth, that is taking me
To my dreams

-Andrew

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the day I become an artist

I already am…

the day I recover my voice

it will all make sense

it’s easy to sleep

it’s easy to not know

To push the clouds away

and see the wall between yourself and a dream

to be reminded your own resistance placed brick by brick

what a nightmare I am starting to feel sick

So much that needs to come out

Will that stage feel like bliss?

I could travel the world and it wouldn’t be enough

I need the stage like my lungs need air

I inhale for a scream

Words recognized is the dream

It seems so easy, but years are what I need

The inability to commit has been the death of me

But I have opened the casket door time and time again

I won’t stop until I can build a wave and send

Won’t you smile with me?

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the discomfort, the emotions – all that I feel
You slip away and I become stronger
Why does it have to be this way?
The differences between
I love who I am
I’d hope that everyone could feel
Feel the magic inside
Today it is all very real
The sadness, the happiness
The growing pains that push me to my dreams
I remember myself as a child, when I used to smile
Dancing in the living room, crazy and wild
The music I heard, the music I felt
Don’t you know it is why I chose you
But my eyes were wide for the world
And just because I’m gone
Doesn’t mean I don’t love you 
I am just living my dream
And I’m starting to smile
Won’t you smile with me?
All my failures, all my risk-taking
It is just the desire to breathe the air of my purpose
I’d hope you’d understand, maybe you never will
What happens to my heart
When the tires spin down the highway
When the sun is crashing behind the mountains
With this fade to black I can see
All my childhood memories
My bike and the autumn leaves
Thank you for the good
Thank you for the bad
And today I stand as a man
Starting to smile again
Won’t you smile with me?

-Andrew