inspiration

Two Strategies for Overcoming any Setback

Hello from Copenhagen!

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Last night was my first gig on a 10 day music tour through Europe.  Although it went extremely well, my opening show was supposed to be two days earlier and in a different country.

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I'll spare the details for now, but just know it was a rough first two days for me on the road.  After having spent an unexpected 20 hours in airports on Day 1, and being sick in bed all day on Day 2, I've had a lot of time to think about the best mental strategies to overcome any setback.
 

Here are two takeaways I'm excited to share with you:


1) Learning how to overcome a setback is a non-negotiable skill you must develop if you want to create success for your life.  Setbacks are bound to happen.  They just are, especially if you want to do big and bold things in this world.  Because setbacks are a part of the path to success, when they do take place, view it as an opportunity to prove your own strength, and to show that you have the ability to keep creating success despite hardship.  

2) Your reputation is built in the difficult moments, not the easy ones.  It's easy for someone to call you "inspirational", "strong", "positive" etc. when everything is going your way.  But you don't really earn your inspirational, strong, or positive badge until you demonstrate those qualities in moments of crisis.  I'm not saying that you should deny feeling disappointed (it took me a good day and a half to move on), it's more that at some point in the experience, you have to make a choice about how you will now live in the world.  And your choice at that moment deeply embeds certain qualities and virtues into the core of who you are as a person.


I've read quite a few online articles penned by people who have been changed by challenge recently - and it's helped me greatly.  I've been indelibly changed by my challenge too, and so I hope this blog post can serve you the next time you encounter any setback that feels like the end of everything.  

You'll make it through - I'm here cheering you on,
Andrew

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The Small Moments Matter

The small moments matter.
 
"It's hard to believe that small moments matter when we're so focused on conquering big and great things.  But I've learned that the key to performing any great feat is actually by mastering a series of small feats along the way. So have patience.  Step by step, strive for excellence in every moment, even the small ones.  And when you start doing small things in a big way, the greatness you seek is bound to find you."


Big Moment for me: I've been invited to teach for the first time in Europe!  I'll be hosting an inversion workshop at Italia Power Yoga in Florence, Italy next month. (Fun fact: Americans refer to the city as "Florence" but it's "Firenze" in Italian) Check out this cool boutique studio in Firenze  :)
 
Small Moment for me: I begin my study of jazz piano this week! My first lesson is on Thursday and I'm more of a classical pianist so of course I'm kinda nervous, but I'm also excited - I teach so much these days that it's nice sometimes to just be a student and learn. 
 
Here's the interesting thing: It's the moment after moment after moment of being a diligent student where I collect the teaching tools I then use to be an effective teacher.  And being an effective and inspiring teacher earns me opportunities to expand my business to far away, and exciting places like Firenze.  
 
So yeah, the small moments do add up – and they do lead to the big moments!  Pay attention to the opportunity you have in this moment, because each tiny opportunity becomes the next stepping stone to your greatness.  (Do I dare say that the small moments are your greatness?)
 
Remember this month to celebrate every victory, especially the small ones.  

I'll be here cheering you on,
Andrew

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Retreat Weekend

Just got back from an inspiring weekend retreat in Upstate New York at the   Growing Heart Farm  . Special thanks to a long time college friend of mine, and fellow creative/entrepreneur   Jake Kahana  , for running the events this past weekend. The last few days were filled with reflection, revelation, laughter, and connection, and this experience has fueled me to continue sharing my personal brand of music, creativity, health and wellness with you all. Onwards and upwards!

Just got back from an inspiring weekend retreat in Upstate New York at the Growing Heart Farm. Special thanks to a long time college friend of mine, and fellow creative/entrepreneur Jake Kahana, for running the events this past weekend. The last few days were filled with reflection, revelation, laughter, and connection, and this experience has fueled me to continue sharing my personal brand of music, creativity, health and wellness with you all. Onwards and upwards!

Throwback Thursday

Meditation is a practice that has helped me immensely through the vicissitudes of my life. I've been doing Vipassana meditation for the last 6 years and I know it will be something I commit to for the rest of my life. This is a #tbt pic from 2014 while I was on tour with my former band @wearecloudwalkers. A lot of things have changed in the last two years, and I'm glad to have cultivated the partner of internal stillness to weather the storm of external changes.  #meditation #spiritual #spirituality #yoga #naca #band#tour #tourlife #stillness #calm #peace #change #buddha #vipassana#musicianswhomeditate

Fore!!! Four more days until the debut of the CHAMPION music video!

Fore! Yes!! 4 more days until the debut of the music video for my song Champion. The piece will feature 38 athletes from all over the world, including funny man golfer  Yves Nicollier   Opus 1  ‪#‎Champion‬    ‪#‎championopus‬  1  ‪#‎golf‬   ‪#‎golfer‬   ‪#‎golfswing‬   ‪#‎anthem‬   ‪#‎music‬   ‪#‎musicislife‬  ‪#‎indiemusic‬   # championopus1   ‪#‎song‬   ‪#‎singer‬   ‪#‎singersongwriter‬   ‪#‎songwriting‬  ‪#‎inspiration‬

Fore! Yes!! 4 more days until the debut of the music video for my song Champion. The piece will feature 38 athletes from all over the world, including funny man golfer Yves Nicollier

Opus 1 ‪#‎Champion‬

‪#‎championopus‬ 1 ‪#‎golf‬ ‪#‎golfer‬ ‪#‎golfswing‬ ‪#‎anthem‬ ‪#‎music‬ ‪#‎musicislife‬‪#‎indiemusic‬ #championopus1  ‪#‎song‬ ‪#‎singer‬ ‪#‎singersongwriter‬ ‪#‎songwriting‬‪#‎inspiration‬

Yoga Champion

The Champion music video premieres next week and I'm so honored one of my favorite, long time yoga buddies is a part of this project. Much love to @mackenzieyoga ...I can't wait to show her off in this video!     #yoga     #yogaeverywhere     #yogaeveryday  #backbend     #heartopener     #music     #song  #originalmusic     #indiemusic     #anthem     #inspirational  #singersongwriter     #bendy   #championopus1   #singer

The Champion music video premieres next week and I'm so honored one of my favorite, long time yoga buddies is a part of this project. Much love to @mackenzieyoga ...I can't wait to show her off in this video!   #yoga #yogaeverywhere #yogaeveryday#backbend #heartopener #music #song#originalmusic #indiemusic #anthem #inspirational#singersongwriter #bendy #championopus1 #singer

AMANDA'S CHAMPION MOMENT

Champion Music Video - Coming Soon!

Super excited to be releasing the official music video for my song Champion! I've had the opportunity to edit together video entries from over 40 athletes, artists and people with dreams.  I'll be releasing a photo of some of these inspiring Champions everyday up until the release of the video.  Here's  Vilte Radzvilaviciute , a Lithuanian ice skater I met via Instagram in her beautifully executed Biellmann spin.  Opus 1  ‪#‎Champion‬    ‪#‎figureskating‬   ‪#‎iceskater‬   ‪#‎iceskating‬   ‪#‎biellmannspin‬   ‪#‎biellmann‬  ‪#‎ladiesfigureskating‬   ‪#‎lithuania‬   ‪#‎music‬   ‪#‎song‬   ‪#‎originalmusic‬   ‪#‎indiemusic‬  ‪#‎songwriter‬   ‪#‎piano‬   ‪#‎pianist‬   ‪#‎inspiration‬   ‪#‎musicvideo‬  

Super excited to be releasing the official music video for my song Champion! I've had the opportunity to edit together video entries from over 40 athletes, artists and people with dreams.

I'll be releasing a photo of some of these inspiring Champions everyday up until the release of the video.

Here's Vilte Radzvilaviciute, a Lithuanian ice skater I met via Instagram in her beautifully executed Biellmann spin.

Opus 1 ‪#‎Champion‬

‪#‎figureskating‬ ‪#‎iceskater‬ ‪#‎iceskating‬ ‪#‎biellmannspin‬ ‪#‎biellmann‬‪#‎ladiesfigureskating‬ ‪#‎lithuania‬ ‪#‎music‬ ‪#‎song‬ ‪#‎originalmusic‬ ‪#‎indiemusic‬‪#‎songwriter‬ ‪#‎piano‬ ‪#‎pianist‬ ‪#‎inspiration‬ ‪#‎musicvideo‬