Let Me In Baby 2.0IMG_3423                                                                                                                                                     In my hotel room in Baltimore. Just finished playing my violin and I’m headed to the gym.

Feeling blessed and thankful.

One of the most profound things I’ve learned while playing music on the road is that I have to MAKE time to do the things that make ME happy. Now, I know that sounds selfish but believe me, the sense of gratitude and fulfillment that I get when I spend some time on filling my tank is amazing and the feeling carries me through the day.
Now, I am an active father as well as a performing musicician and like everyone else, my free time at home is precious. When I’m traveling, the free time is a little more abundant but I can let it get away from me if I’m not careful. But when I’m at home, I’m HOME and I would rather not take any time away form my family. But it essential to my happiness, my longevity, my being. And when I fulfill Me, my happiness, I’m a better person and it in turn, spills over into my families happiness.
If I don’t carve out time in the day it can quickly become so packed that even the thought of spending an hour to focus inward is lost and never given a chance. Then, at the end of the day I beat myself up.

             I know what I have to do, I know how to do it, it’s all about making the commitment.

It’s ME vs ME and I will emerge victorious                                                                                              IMG_9442

We have to be happy to make others happy. We have to love ourselves before we can fully love others.

Everyday devote an hour to your happiness. Whether it’s working out, painting, riding a bike, or just drinking a cup of tea and sitting still. Find those good feelings and fill your tank.
Every second spent worrying about things we can’t control is one less second spent loving and being happy.
Spend your seconds wisely!

Taken at Red Rocks Colorado.

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