Transitioning Off Facebook Thoughts

My husband wonders why I don’t share our personal life on Facebook. But I point out that I also don’t even post my birthday or any personal milestones there. I am just not comfortable with sharing personal information with acquaintances (and expired friends) who are not soliciting for them (nor would I want to share with necessarily). Also, I am not interested in unsolicited useless information from them.  I unfollowed pretty much everyone. My brain has no benefit to register their life details. I took control of my newsfeed so I can see updates from the groups, places and pages that I should care about. The only personal information updates I am actually concerned about is my direct family and a few friends. And that’s my limit, and I think maybe once a day of that info is more than enough.

Also, the brain could benefit with some focus. Being inundated with constant tidbits about different things can’t be good. What can I achieve when I am scrolling through streams of other people’s consciousness, random pictures, announcements of other people’s accomplishments, etc? It’s good to dedicate your day to two or three things (family, work & fitness, maybe even real fun!). Your thoughts will be deeper, your imagination will be more vivid, you will be much happier, these are just some things that happened to me when I stopped using it.

There are other ways of archiving your life and you can use Facebook for other purposes. Sometimes I use it as a place where I share information I think that could better the world. Or I share positive things I did that I want other people to follow. For example, I planted fruit trees in my local public park so that the community has a constant supply of some free food! I also talked about planting milkweeds and all the endangered Monarch Butterflies being attracted to it.

I think it’s best to archive my life with travel photos, fun pictures, thoughts & milestones here on my website! My way!

Choosing A Child’s Name

I thought this would be easy, I had the perfect girl’s name, but I do not have the perfect boy’s name. And guess what I am having? Yea.

It has to be two syllables, at most three. Easy to pronounce. A nice ring. A strong presence. Very unique. I don’t want hundreds of people to have the same name (since his last name will be common). Also, I don’t want the name to be associated with any culture (nor any religion!). This has to be the name of a brighter future! So I thought about using scientific names, like Argon or Radon. My husband is against this of course. I’m also trying to invent a new sounding name, but unfortunately nothing unique is coming up, they are all taken! So let me know if you have something!

What was 2017 like?

What can you achieve with new years resolutions in the “business world” and “art world” when the “life world” has been jam packed with an international move, getting married and pregnancy news all in one year!?

It may be overwhelming for some, but not enough to hold me down!

Music 

  • Achievements
    • Worked on a few new songs
  • Attributes
    • Slightly increased my music production skills.
    • Got the attention from my dream producer.
    • Performed & collaborated with my husband.

Clothing Line

  • Achievements
    • Designed new clothes.
    • Made some sales and a reputation via etsy and artisan fairs.
  • Attributes
    • Learned natural dyeing.
    • My husband set up a fabulous sewing studio!
    • Learned more seamstress stuff (patternmaking, etc)

Garden

So what do I plan on doing in 2018?

  • I will finish an album.
  • Relaunch clothing line with at least 50 items and aggressive marketing.
  • Expand my YouTube channel with well produced videos at least once a week.
  • Expand Home in a Metronome with at least 10 more new posters.

 

Nice Band – Nice Horse

Amazing super-power NEW band you must listen to! Nice Horse! I get really excited when I come across something good because I rarely like anything!

✓ Very clever lyrics
✓ Creative songwriting and song structures
✓ Great musicianship
✓ Excellent production
✓ Great attitude

Bonus:
✓ Canadian
✓ All ladies

Full album stream:

My favourite tracks in order:

Beer Baby Banjo
Mansplainin’
Jim, Jack, Johnnie, & Jose

Thoughts about the album:

Okay so I bought the EP when it was first released, but didn’t buy the album yet. I think this will be the very very rare band that I will buy a physical copy of their CD because I want their vibes in my house and I want to see the production credits for each song! This album has NO FILLERS. So far I streamed this album a million times so I can take in all the small details. How did four people write such a genius album?! Who wrote which lines? Well, take into consideration that each member has been in the business for a long time and had successful projects before. Oh and two members have their masters in music. Oh and on their website they did say that they got a boost from two other songwriters and they had two hot shot producers. Teamwork makes the dreamwork!

I am very happy for Katie especially. She is back up in major stardom on her own terms and in her own right! She looks more happy and in her element with Nice Horse. This band has regular appearances on TV, they opened for Tom Cochrane and their video is being played on CMT. As some of you know, she started out as the lead singer of a famous band, Jakalope that had a lot of big names like Trent Reznor collaborating on their tracks. After two successful albums, it was a major decision to walk away from a band with mainstream attention. She says it was to play music that was more true to her. While I believe that was part of the reason, I have a strong feeling there is a lot more to this story (there are hints in interviews, lyrics and social media posts). There are many demons in the music industry and it definitely is not a safe space for women. I won’t go into details about my speculations (I studied this band very carefully), but I will say that I’m glad Katie stayed strong and didn’t let anyone bring her down as she went on to release solo albums and now an album with her true alliances! It makes me happy to see a team of female musicians banding up and creating something so amazing!

This album has added to my inspiration in my own music.