Resting to Reset

focus motivation rest Jan 22, 2020
by Michelle FitzGerald

Oh boy. These past couple of months have been a doozy. 

We got the podcast up and running in September, then had a family emergency and health scare in October that made us slow way down, then discovered in November that changing banks for all the business and personal accounts takes a lot more effort than we would have thought. 

And on top of that, we’ve been doing our normal full time work of running a makerspace and making sure our freelance work keeps pace, which both keep us busier than normal through holidays. 

Oh, then we got put out of commission with a New Year’s flu. 

So, I’ll admit, we’ve pulled back from other activities for a bit, and that is not at all bad. In fact, Nat and I have come to realize that taking time to slow down and rest periodically is actually a vital part of living a full life. 

Now, if you’re an introvert, like I am, you won’t take much convincing of this, but if you...

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The Close Of A Decade

focus motivation Nov 20, 2019

In just over a month, we close the door on the 2010s and walk into a new decade. And while this is an admittedly arbitrary dividing line, these markers can be helpful to track the big-picture trajectory of our lives.

Ten years ago, Michelle and I were planning our wedding. I had just moved home after a brief stint in Chicago trying to make it as a full-time musician and had gotten a job as a substitute teacher. She was working as an administrative assistant at a nonprofit and going through a program to get her teaching license. She had done art all through college, but had set it aside for a bit until she finished her program. 

Ten years later, she’s running a makerspace to help other artists. I’m planning music festivals, hosting shows, and fresh my band’s third release—second on vinyl—all while I write freelance for a living. 

It wasn’t an easy journey. The past decade has been filled with frustrations, artless seasons, career detours,...

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