Surfing a Dream

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I’m tired of singing in my head
I know that this won’t get me anywhere
It is time to sing instead
the judgment I must not care

this mountain is a beast
I’m out here in the west, 
but grew up in the east
I’m a man on a mission, man on a quest

love me for me, let me be free
I’ve just always had a big dream
the road and the music
one day you will see

the artist in me, I do believe
All I want is to ride my own wave
I want to the feel the energy
Experiencing my dream during the day

-Andrew

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The only thing between you and your dreams is ENERGY.

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Yesterday I turned 34. Being in my thirties is very interesting because it is a time in which our society believes that you should have your life together. If you don’t have your life together, you are a failure. If you have not achieved your dream you might as well give up and get a “real job.” If you are doing what you want by this age, then good for you. That is the overall energy I felt once I hit my early thirties. 

Well, I have created a small business with my wife and sold the client list. We are now traveling full-time in a RV. These are two dreams that have come to fruition in my early thirties. I feel good about this, but I am failing still as an artist. This is hard for me, because becoming a successful artist is my ultimate goal. 

Performing in front of thousands of people, starting my own clothing line, writing a best selling novel, making movies – the list goes on. It all sounds crazy and perhaps impossible, but these are my dreams as an artist and entrepreneur. Big dreams take time and I am willing to be patient. 

My life is so different now. My wife and I travel around the United States, typically staying in one place for a month at a time. We both teach English online which is what allows us to keep traveling. We all also do workshops at yoga studios and I do readings over the phone. It is taking longer than I anticipated in regards to growing our new business. Luckily we can both teach English online. I love it because I get to meet people from all over the world, help them with their English and learn new things about their culture.

I’ve always known that I was a late bloomer. It is why I am not afraid of getting older. I know I will achieve all my dreams. The key for me is letting go of the societal expectations that create that feeling of failure. Aside from that the big component is staying persistent; practicing music, writing, making films, etc. 

Anytime I go to pursue a bigger goal I am always met with doubt, but I can always rely on my growing confidence and self belief. Every wall I break through, I use that strength I gained to battle through the next wall. The only thing between myself and my dreams is energy. I know how to move energy. I have and will continue to move it out of my way. Dreams are possible. We have seen many people live their dreams. If you believe dreams are impossible, that is where you are stuck. That will greatly limit you. Dreams are beautiful because it is a time in which you can shine. Dreams allow the spirit to be engaged. 

Where are you in your life? What is your next step to reeling in your dream? #makeithappen

-Andrew

10/5/18 | NM

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Return to Music

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It seems that when I return to teaching, I end up returning to music. When I taught meditation in Wilmington, NC, I also started practicing music. That was a long time ago! I’ve messed around with music since then, but definitely not consistently. What the hell have I been doing since then? Well, I traveled, took more spiritual trainings, got married, worked on film and writing, failed a lot and managed to build a small business and sell it.

Here I am years later, starting a new business that involves teaching and I am already feeling the urge to sing. I have a huge passion for singing, but the funny thing is, I’m not very good. Drums is what comes natural for me. I love the drums, but I not only want to sing, I HAVE to. I can’t explain it.

I honestly put music out of my head. I thought, well, if it returns to my life, great and if not, no problem. I was focused on writing, film and business. I love all of those things, I really do, but they are not music. You see, performing music in front of others would be the pinnacle for me. Life couldn’t get better than that. Just the thought of visualizing being on stage gives me a rush. Music is my greatest passion, but it is also my greatest fear. I think that is the reason I have to return to it. Sure, I have other talents and the passion for them, but I think it is very important to come face to face with your greatest fear. Music is it. It is the ultimate form of expression for me.

I’m not someone who can just do one thing in life. I love too much to just do one thing, but I feel it is time to bring music back and make it a priority. I have gone way too long not working on music. It makes me sad, it really does. I’ve never been one to just not pursue any of my dreams. That is just not me, but I think that I gave up music and thought it would be okay to just pursue one or a few of my smaller dreams. I’m not okay with this. I’m upset with nobody but myself. The only person I can blame is me. I shifted my focus to other things in life. I’ve become a better digital video editor and I think that will come in handy at some point, but it’s time to return to music. I’m ready to climb the biggest mountain of my life. I don’t care what it takes, I’m getting up this mother fucker. I’m thirty-three. If you haven’t made it by now as an artist, you are suppose to just move on in life. I don’t subscribe to that. What I do know is that, I have to make it a commitment to practice. I already know how to write. I’ve been doing it for years, but singing will take time and I’m okay with that.

I’m feeling a lot right now. I’m angry, I’m sad and I’m incredibly happy. It seems as though you can’t run from your greatest dream. It will haunt you like an obsessed ex girlfriend screaming at you saying, “we belong together!” Well it is time we reunite. Music that is…

What is your greatest dream? How have you struggled with pursuing it?

Find Your Freedom,
Andrew

7.13.18 | IL

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Things They Don’t Tell You About Following Your Dreams

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Since embarking on this amazing journey I have had lot of time to think of what I want and how I want it to be. 

I want to be an EPIC yoga teacher. 

I want to be an EPIC yoga teacher all over the world.

That is one of my dreams. Now the hard part is getting those things to happen. I am already an epic yoga teacher. BUT I still want to be better. I want to learn more, do more, and overall, be more of an epic yogi. I want to see that when people leave my classes they are satisfied with the experience they just had or get a message from someone online that they loved my video and that it has helped them boost their self confidence. 

But HOW do I make these dreams a reality.

Well the quick and easy answer is TIME and WORK. Seems simple right? However, there is so much more to it than that. No one tells you how it FEELS. 

I woke up today with at realization that what I want is going to take a very long time. Not just to get people to notice my epic-ness online but for my expertise to grow. The old saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day” is hitting home here. The people who find success in their dreams are the ones who never quit. That is not to say they never felt discouraged. 

It’s easy to say “follow your dreams” but what does it really mean?

If you go after your dreams you might experience these side affects

– impatience

– rejection

– success for a day, rejection the next day

-discouragement

-you screw up

-get laughed at

-get judged

-feel shameful for not being as successful as you want

-the unknown will drive you mad sometimes

-bank account may get low

This list sounds pretty scary. I have, am, and could experience some of these side affects. You might be thinking. Why in the hell would I go after my dreams if its going to be so hard and take so long???? Well that is for you to decide. 

I know that I will be a success because I refuse to throw in the towel. I refuse to let this list get the better of me. I am determined to keep going and that mindset is half the battle.

-Heather

6.12.18 | NJ

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What picture would you paint?

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It has almost been a month and a half since we have been in New Jersey and I must say I am ready to move on. I think two weeks is my ideal time to stay in one place, but a month is the max for me. What can I say, I like to keep moving. For example, I worked a seasonal job in Colorado and it was amazing. The place and the people were great, but by the time we left, I was ready to move on. 

We have a few more things lined up here in NJ such as another Cape May visit, Stone Harbor and more yoga videos to shoot. After that we hit the road. To be honest I am excited to get out west. I have always been drawn towards it and really like the energy. I also like warm weather.

This experience has been great so far, but it is also very bizarre. I can feel everyones energy. When are you going to settle down? When are you going to get “real jobs?” When are you going to buy a house? When are you going to have children? I feel the demands and expectations for someone who is married and in their early 30’s. 

I would be deeply sad if I did not see the world. You see I’m not afraid of the world. I think it is incredible. I like the idea of exploring others cultures because I have an affinity for new experiences, but also to really see what a place is like. Sometimes I think the television paints fear over certain countries, cultures and groups of people and I just don’t buy it. 

I’m going to travel this world; one state a time, one country at a time, one continent at at time. I’m going to document it through writing, film and music. I don’t care if it takes my entire life.

Life to me is not what my parents say it is. It’s not what the church says, nor is it what my teachers have told me. It is not written in a book. My friends all over the country don’t have the answer. I hold the paint brush, I paint the pictures. This is my life. 

My words may be disappointing, but also may be inspiring. I have to ask though, do you have control of your paint brush? What colors would you paint with? What picture would you paint? What would your life look like?

Find Your Freedom,
Andrew

6.11.18 | NJ

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Internal Landscape

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March your energy down the canals
How could you not, stand strong, stand proud?
If I plugged into my voice, would you hear me clear and loud?
Got my wisdom channeling through, you know my energy is ocean water blue
I like to keep it loose, keep it free, feel my energy move, I like to be me
I can create hip hop beats, but rock concerts are what I see
Man I’m telling ya this is gotta be the ultimate dream
What steps do I need to take?
To feel that rush, to feel like a god
Do I have what it takes?
To step towards this future 
To blow the picture of being a loser
I can see the stage with such clarity
Waves of blue ripping through the fifth with such sincerity 
And a heart open wide, I could connect with the crowd
They won’t be saying I’m quiet anymore, I’m too damn loud
The struggle of reelin in the big fish
Gotta be crazy with what is on my wish list
Some days I’m good, some days I’m pissed
But I know I’ll breakthrough, I know I will find that flow
To master the circuit inside, this internal landscape
You’ll finally hear my voice, you won’t believe what I can create

-Andrew

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Standing in your Truth

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Sometimes standing in your truth takes courage. People may not understand or accept what you are doing, but that is okay. Standing in your truth takes strength. The judgment and invalidation will always be there, but will you? 

“You talk too much,” “You are weird,” “You create too much,” “Sorry pal, big dreams aren’t real.” The list goes on and on. Whatever you handle, will you let it bring you down, or will you laugh it all away? You might not think you are, but you’re stronger than it. What if you stood your ground and continued on your journey? Where would you end up? Would your vision come to life? 

Standing in your truth takes commitment. The way you take care of your body with a good diet and exercise, you have to do the same with living your truth. You have to be loyal to your cause. Remaining loyal will provide a payout better than winning the lottery. Huh? How could anything be better than winning the lottery? Well, in my opinion, experiencing your dreams is worth more than any lottery payout. The peace, the fulfillment and happiness that comes with a dream are priceless. 

I often read about people giving themselves only a certain amount of time to pursue their dream and if it doesn’t work they close up shop. That doesn’t resonate with me. I’m willing to spend my entire life fulfilling my dreams. So, all the invalidation that comes my way, it doesn’t matter. What matters is my courage, my strength and my commitment. A silly judgment from the sideline doesn’t stand a chance with that kind of defense. 

I’m an unusual person, I know, but I’m willing to let things fall apart in order for my truth to sprout. I’m willing to be patient. I’m willing to be criticized. I willing to endure all the growing pains. I’m willing to fail. I’m willing to succeed. I’m willing…

Find Your Freedom,
Andrew

6.4.18 | NJ

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