I would not say that today was completely uneventful, but it turned out quite a bit differently than expected.
Here’s a short summary:
Last night, I had the most wonderful meditation session but not the best sleep. I got the day started early because I knew I would need to walk the dog, and I had high hopes of it being a productive day.
Well, I ran an errand, attended a few meetings, and even got a couple of blog posts started, but after lunch, I crashed hard and ended up spending most of the rest of the day resting.
I probably still need a lot of rest on the path of recovery. It’s at least starting to feel that way.
I met a couple of friends for lunch. This was rather spontaneous and while I’m still not entirely in the mood to entertain a lot of comings and goings, I think it ended up adding some life to my day.
In my leadership program, it was announced today that there would be the opportunity to participate in the acknowledgment party online, in person in Victoria, and in person in Vancouver.
Just for reference, I checked to see how close the address for the Vancouver location was, and it turns out it’s a mere one-minute away by car and four minutes away by foot.
The woman hosting it happens to be someone I’ve coached in the program. When I told her that I was a mere minute away, she called me up, excited to chat about putting together a business plan, podcast, and so on.
I don’t think of this as a coincidence myself but think what you will.
Love is at the heart of this experiment. Have I gotten away from it? I feel like I need to remind myself, because more than anything, this is not an experiment of doing as much as it is an experiment of being.
It’s been six days since this experiment began and already people, resources, and tools are showing up to support me on my journey and contribute to my life.
And the best part about it is that no part of it is forced – it’s all happening with ease.
So, here’s what happened today that’s of special significance.
More Time Outside
I expected having to go out to shop for groceries and do my laundry yesterday. I certainly didn’t feel like doing it, but I made the trip and I survived.
Today, I ended up visiting multiple grocery stores with a friend (we always find it more fun to shop together). I didn’t think we’d end up going to so many places!
Fortunately, I was okay driving for the most part. While I am in no rush to come out of the cave, I am starting to feel like I might be able to make the occasional appearance in public again.
I said at the beginning of this journey that there would be unexpected blessings. I knew that would be the case because I am surrendered as I never have been before. I am unattached to outcomes in the best way possible.
Today, I got a text from a friend I had drinks with the other night. He asked me how much I would charge for a 10- to 12-second jingle. After I told him, he asked me whether I’d like to join his company to compose music.
At this time, I don’t know whether it’s a casual part-time sort of thing or a full-time position, but I am interested in learning more, as it could be just the change I’ve been looking for.
This will not be my first time dog-sitting but it will be my first time doing it for someone other than my mom or best friend.
I ended up with one of the quietest, most laid-back, smartest golden retrievers I’ve ever met. What a blessing. I don’t think I will be teaching this dog anything – he’s already taught me things about the neighborhood I didn’t know.
Two vigorous walks a day (even on the weekends) means I might skip cardio / lower body days and only do my upper body workout twice per week, especially since I’m still wrapping up my participation in the two-year intensive leadership program.
I had some resistance to clearing out of the Airbnb in Surrey and driving out to stay in a stranger’s home in Vancouver. Not because it’s unfamiliar. More so because I was kind of comfortable in my puddle of existential quandaries at the Airbnb. It became rather familiar. I bet the room I stayed in needs to be cleansed of low-vibe energies now.
But the fact that I’m dog-sitting seems like a setup in the best way possible. Walking him twice a day and taking care of him could be just what I needed to shake off how I’ve been feeling. My overall condition has been improving, but some sadness lingers. I could see it leaving relatively quickly at this rate.
A change of environment does the soul some good.
I have only been in Penticton, BC since February, but I have traveled to the coast (Vancouver, BC) three or four times already (usually for a few days). In fact, I spent this week in Maple Ridge, BC.
Penticton has yet to grow stale for me, though it certainly isn’t a large city, and it doesn’t take too long to get acquainted with it. Even so, I’ve been finding value in getting away from the status quo.
A change of environment can:
- Give you a fresh perspective.
- Inspire new ideas.
- Offer a change of pace.
- Give you the opportunity to interact with different people or visit friends or family.
- Give you the opportunity to eat different food.
- Offer the chance to see new or different sights.
- Give you time to think and reflect.
- Offer you the chance to reset your habits.
If you’re not getting away at least once every three months, consider making changing your environment a part of your quarterly routine.
Halfway through March?! Time is really flying by, isn’t it?
I continue to seek out a new space to call my own and I think I may have found one… But if you’re privy to something I’m not (like an awesome, spacious basement suite for $700 per month in the greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley area), you’d better let me know.
Today, I added the following PDF resources to the Music Entrepreneur HQ PDF Vault:
- 051 – The 6 Types of Summer & How to Interpret Them
- 052 – The Basics of Music Copyright
- 053 – 5 Monetization Opportunities for Blogging Musicians
- 054 – 10 Types of Emails to Send Your Fans
- 055 – The Importance of Ongoing Self-Education for Musicians
- 056 – General Update: August 2017
- 057 – How Important Are Boundaries in Building a Music Career?
- 058 – How to Develop an Effective Routine as a Musician or Music Entrepreneur
- 059 – Why Read Books?
- 060 – Go With The Flow
- 061 – How Important is Fan Engagement? – with Eddie Meehan of Wonderful Union
- 062 – Your Questions Answered Part 1
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Over the course of the last two years, I’ve remained in the same basement suite in Abbotsford, BC (aside from a few trips to interior BC and Alberta).
It’s been a great experience. I love the locale. But I’ve always wanted to move in a little closer to Vancouver, where there is more access to various amenities. It didn’t make much of a difference during the pandemic, but now that the world is starting to open again, it’s become a more immediate matter.
My landlords just told me the other day that they would be selling the house. Staying here is an option. But I thought this might be a good opportunity to begin the search, to see if there might be a new space I can call home, even if only temporarily.
So, while it might be a long shot, people know people. If you happen to know of people who might be renting, or if there are any relatively affordable and well-equipped spaces in Langley or Coquitlam area that you know of, I would love to hear about it. Keep me in mind! 😉