D.I.Y. Rock Star Rewind: Not Twisting into a Pretzel Anymore (January 2021)



Here’s the backstory…

—Okay, so our family watched a movie called Spree this last week and it highlighted one of the issues that has been on our minds during this last patch of time and that is trying to please people without any real consideration of your own needs and values.


No spoilers here…. ⚠️

I don’t want to spoil it for you, but I assure you that we are in no danger of going on a mad killing spree (as is portrayed in this movie). However, we KNOW that perhaps some of the things that we have considered—and have tried—have been more in an effort to get folks to dig us than to fulfill the needs of our souls.

Gab & Jam Ep 151 I’d Rather be Awful, Than Be Blah….

(video: http://bit.ly/Ep151Awfulvid

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Unsubscribes USED to be the worst… 🙄

Take for instance my old morbid fascination with caring whether people unsubscribed. —Did you know that several times in the past 3 years, I have considered changing the Welcome Letter that people receive after they subscribed, because I realize that it is artsy and not very specific about the experience that they will have by being on our email list? The experts that I follow say that we should be crystal clear and up front. But what we realized is that we ARE messy and artsy, and that our train of thought DOES wander. I mean, in the letter, we promise not to waste folks’ time…..

Gab & Jam Ep 153

Why ugly is so pretty: The power of “grow on you” tunes

(video: https://bit.ly/Ep153growonyouvid and

podcast: https://bit.ly/Ep153growonyoupod )


Not chasing THAT anymore…. 🐁

What we decided is that the KIND of folks that we want to hang out with would LOVE that quirky, meander into uncharted areas and it is THAT which would make them WANT to stick around! So, three years into sending the letter, I have only edited it once and that was to change the social media links that had grown outdated. —But that’s not the ONLY instance where I realized that IF we change, it would be to conform to some algorithm, or for some social media bot crawler (that would be offended by bad language), or some Puritan nerd, who is just NOT our people. –We are realizing that it really is NOT a thrill to “win over” folks who don’t really get us, so we’re not doing that shit anymore. 🙄


Vision Board ( http://bit.ly/rockstarvision )

Gab & Jam Ep 152 What’s the MOST important asset of the D.I.Y. Rock Star

(video: https://bit.ly/Ep152Importantvideo

and podcast: https://bit.ly/Ep152Importantpod )

What am I trying to say?

We have two BIG goals; one is to stay authentic to our own vision and another is to grow our tribe. We have started to be very clear that we are doing the former FIRST and that growth will have to come as folks feel as if we are the people they want to be with—and that we can’t court them ONLY because they have the ability to make our numbers tick up.

That’s it, really.

My final thought is that, if you are STILL sticking around after we’ve told you that we’re taking you on a journey that we’ve NEVER been and don’t know where it will lead, then we KNOW that you’re OUR kind of people. And vice versa; if you find that you are not looking for this type of long-lasting, winding road type of quest, we invite you to unsubscribe. —Our bet is that, if you’ve hung around this long, you’re in it to win it and we count you as a true—even if virtual—friend. 🥰


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Let’s celebrate! 🥳

We hope your turkey day was great and we look forward to sharing yet another season for thankfulness with you. We’re thankful for YOU. Period. People that just GET us. And support us in all our human, messiness.

Gab & Jam Ep 154 The Value of Refreshing Your Vision Board

(for the D.I.Y. Rock Star)

(video: https://bit.ly/Ep154refreshvisionvid

and podcast: https://bit.ly/Ep154refreshvisionpod )


What are YOU most thankful for?

Please feel free to respond directly to the email to tell us. We want to share in your gratitude. –Seriously, we have a giveaway going and we’d love to choose you as a winner! 🎁 —Because even though many are focused on all that is wrong right now—and, sadly, there is quite a lot going wrong—but we like to focus on finding that ray of light that we find in the things that ARE going right. Here’s to finding YOUR ray of light. 🥂


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