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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Enjoying the Unknown

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Do I miss having a dishwasher? Yes. Do I miss having a large comfortable couch? Yes. Do I miss having hot water available immediately? Absolutely. Do I miss having faster and more reliable internet? Yup! Do I wish I had more space sometimes? Most definitely! Do I miss spending almost $1400 in rent every month? Not really… 

Despite there being certain things that I miss about having an apartment, I wouldn’t trade it in for what we currently have. We have freedom. Now if we were making an incredible amount of money, maybe I would want to have an apartment, an art studio and travel to and from there. Right now we are not making a ton of money, so that really isn’t a realistic option. Once we ended our dog walking business, we have had to start over. New business. New life. 

The problem is I get bored easily. I don’t like staying in one area for too long. I get antsy. Traveling in a RV is a great solution for this. Maybe one day we eventually have a house and travel from that or maybe we just always live out of a RV. Maybe we end up just finding a really cool place that we park our RV at for longer periods of time and then always travel from that area. If I could find a place that is pretty much always warm and has a music studio – then hell yeah. That could work. 

The problem with a home is a mortgage. I’m not interested. The problem with an apartment is they make you sign 12-13 month leases. Not really into that either. That is why traveling in a RV full-time works so well right now. Will it work forever? There is a strong possibility that it may. I feel like we could have millions and we would still end up just getting a nice toy hauler RV and having a small music studio in it. That would be freaking amazing! But, as we all know, life changes. We don’t know what will happen in the future, but that is exactly what we are enjoying now – the unknown.

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Andrew

7.25.18 | IL

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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?

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Andrew

7.13.18 | IL

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