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D.I.Y. Rock Star Rewind: Not like ANY Thanksgiving yet…. (January 2023)

Not like ANY Thanksgiving….

— I don’t know. THIS doesn’t feel like ANY Thanksgiving I have had before and I can’t decide if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. 🙄🤷🏽‍♀️😳

6 Benefits of doing a song challenge (for the D.I.Y. Rock Star):

You can do ANYTHING…..

I guess I feel informed by that saying that I heard on somebody’s podcast this past week: “You can do ANYTHING, but you can’t do EVERYTHING!” After waking up from what felt like a fog (in 2016, when Mom passed), I think I have been EAGER to do EVERYTHING. And so we have been BUSY, busy, busy! But now, after having SO many obligations and responsibilities that sometimes I can hardly breathe, I DON'T think my value is in my busyness anymore. Now, I am back to that idea that, more than ANYTHING else right now, I want to enjoy my life, and the life I have built and enjoy the people that “get” me—instead trying to CONTINUE to reel in those folks that DON’T. And I just want to dwell in this place. In the now. In savoring. —But since I am SO accustomed to looking around to see what “can” be done, wanting to be in this new headspace is requiring me to CONSTANTLY ask myself if this is something I WANT to do or if it’s simply something that I “can” do, which is weird. 🙄 What it means is that EACH day I realize that some things stay firmly while others, that I have grown so USED to doing, fall by the wayside pretty quickly, which makes me feel guilty sometimes. —I don’t want to be a flibbertigibbet, but if THAT’S where I lie, then that’s what it is, I guess…

Is the Taxi Road Rally Worth It (for the D.I.Y. Rock Star)?

"Severance" binge, baby!

At first, I wasn’t feeling great, but by cutting things off the list, I was able to spend a restorative Black Friday with my baby, find some deals I WASN'T even expecting–or seeking–and end it on the couch with the whole family watching a show my daughter has been TRYING to get us to watch for a while now (called “Severance”). When all was said, I enjoyed the small window of time that we had together BETTER than if I had shoehorned ALL that I originally had planned to finish.

How to be a better boss (for the D.I.Y. Rock Star):

Can’t buy time, but….

So, I guess what I am saying is that, as D.I.Y. Rock Stars, who are trying daily to build a creative empire that will leave a legacy on the world, sometimes it’s nice to stop and take stock of enjoying the moments we are in. If there’s ANYTHING that I have learned over the years, it’s that we CAN'T get time back, so when we NEED to rest, we should rest, and when we need to stop and enjoy the people in our lives—even in the simplest ways—we should do it. —This is our daughter’s last year of college, so this is the last of her Thanksgiving breaks like this one, so I decided to lean in and savor this. —We hope that you will take a moment to hug your cat, decorate with your kids, go ice skating, or whatever else helps fuel your life and by extension your creativity. You have our permission, if THAT'S what you need to hear in this season.

Nature vs. Nurture: What makes a musical genius?

Thank you!

If we haven’t said it yet, we appreciate YOU! And we look forward to hear what you’re doing during this holiday season. Respond DIRECTLY to this email with a note about your Christmas 2022 plans.

If you aren’t in it for the long run, don’t even start (for the D.I.Y. Rock Star):

Curious about minimalism can benefit the D.I.Y. Rock Star?

And if you’re up to it, check out our upcoming look into minimalism and how it can be a benefit to D.I.Y. Rock Stars in whatever stage of the journey you find yourself in. ( )


Here’s what we’re most proud of this month!


What’s Poppin’ at Prejippie (November 2022):

Gab & Jam:

255. If you aren’t in it for the long run, don’t even start (for the D.I.Y. Rock Star) (video: and podcast: )

256. Is the Taxi Road Rally Worth It (for the D.I.Y. Rock Star): (video: and podcast: )

257. How to be a better boss (for the D.I.Y. Rock Star) (video: and podcast: )

258. Nature vs. Nurture: What makes a musical genius? (video: and podcast: )

259. 6 Benefits of doing a song challenge (for the D.I.Y. Rock Star) (video: and podcast: )

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Song Clips:

191. “Feeling My Best Now” @Sandberg #Sandberg #bass

192. “On Our Way to L.A.” @Fodera #Fodera #bass

193. “Keep Me Smiling” @Fodera #Fodera #bass

194. “Come Along with Me” @Fender #Fenderjazz #bass

195. “Celebrate Today” @Fender #Fenderjazz #bass

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