THINGS THAT ARE SHAPING US: PART SEVEN

PLAY / WRITE / RECORD / REPEAT

 In January 2015 I got a tattoo on my left forearm that was to be my mantra for the year.  A friend of a friend offered me this piece of advice that as musicians & creatives (& probably as humans) we tend to overthink things & that maybe we need to keep it really simple:

PLAY / WRITE / RECORD / REPEAT

PLAY / WRITE / RECORD / REPEAT

Below is a chart of how setting this mantra impacted January 2015 & all the ways I set out to achieve one of these four goals every day of the month:

COUNTIN'

To keep me accountable to my goals I started to do a lot more "countin".  Strategy is in my top 5 strengths according to Strengths Finder 2.0 and so in 2015 I got a lot more focused about setting goals, making plans, tracking progress and then celebrating successes by sharing them with people. 

My 2015 stats as an infographic

My 2015 stats as an infographic

I shared this infographic on my new website celebrating milestones of 2015 & I also wrote a song called Countin' just for kicks.


GUILD vs ISLAND

In the very start of Genesis God says that "it is not good for man to be alone" & I believe that art, like life, is better when you create it in community.  I could not have achieved a single thing without the amazing people & artists around me in guilds & I highly recommend you get involved in one ASAP if you're searching for honest, vulnerable, & momentum building community.  Lance shares some amazing thoughts on the lie of the lone wolf artist and guilds on his blog.  Here's a few things the Songwriting Guild achieved together this year:

Lindsey Luff's debut EP funding a successful Kickstarter campaign

Lindsey Luff's debut EP funding a successful Kickstarter campaign

David J from BK's debut EP

David J from BK's debut EP

Guild Collective event that united all Guilds under one roof to tell a story about #process

Guild Collective event that united all Guilds under one roof to tell a story about #process

SEASONS

I've written so much about the liturgical calendar on our blog before.  If you don't already know I have a worship project called "The Calendar Years" and I'm always looking for ways to make the seasons of the calendar meaningful & practical in my life.  I've just started using a liturgical day planner which I backed on Kickstarter called "Sacred ordinary days" and they've also launched a podcast.  If you've never heard anything about liturgy or the calendar then the podcast is a great introduction & they're full of great ideas on how to bring the seasons into your home with practices, rhythms & even decorations.

RANDOM STUFF

Here's a few other things that I loved this year:

Listen to it on Audible.  Nadia is salty, honest & brutal.  I cried through most of this book

Listen to it on Audible.  Nadia is salty, honest & brutal.  I cried through most of this book

Ryan Phipps' fault.  But really this is the best TV show of all time and contains all you need to know about leadership

Ryan Phipps' fault.  But really this is the best TV show of all time and contains all you need to know about leadership

This podcast has profoundly impacted my life in 2015.  Stan's message on "Sin" has me reading the Bible through a new lens

This podcast has profoundly impacted my life in 2015.  Stan's message on "Sin" has me reading the Bible through a new lens

And of course there's the music:

Lastly I feel 2015 really taught me just how beautiful & brutal life was as it flowed in, out & around all of us. So many reasons to celebrate from marriages and births but yet so many times when all we could do was mourn as we buried people and said goodbye.

The question which Gungor put to music this year is the words of the poet Mary Oliver and haunts me as I stare into 2016:

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”