2010 Handbook

I LOVE things that make you think about building character.  The following is a call to action for those who feel the same.  I got it in an email from a good friend and it suggested that I, “forward this to everyone you care about” but I don’t do that kind of thing so the best I can do is share it here [of course, I added my 2cents – #38]:

1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants..
4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Make time to pray
6. Play more games
7. Read more books than you did in 2009
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
9. Sleep for 7 hours
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile

11. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about
12. Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment
13. Don’t over do. Keep your limits
14. Don’t take yourself so seriously.. No one else does
15. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip
16. Dream more while you are awake
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need

18. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others
20. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime
23. Smile and laugh more
24. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree…

25. Call your family often
26. Each day give something good to others
27. Forgive everyone for everything
28. Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day
30. What other people think of you is none of your business
31. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch

32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful
34. GOD heals everything
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change…
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up
37. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
38. Instead of asking yourself, “What makes me happy?”, ask yourself, “What can I do that will excite me?”

Judy Blume Super Saturday Smackdown

I like to laugh but I love things that stimulate the imagination. Therefore, the title just does it for me. Judy Blume has authored many books for  pre-teens girls to adult-women including Blubber, Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret and Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume. So to have her name and ‘Smackdown’ in the same phrase gave me a chuckle because of the bizarre picture in my head.

MMA: Gina Corano vs Judy Blume
MMA: Gina Corano vs Judy Blume

By the way, Gina Corano is one of the best MMA [Mixed Martial Arts] fighters in the world. She kicks butt daily. So after the initial picture in my head, I definitely had to see what this was about. As I did, I just laughed at myself saying, ‘What am I thinking?’


I wondered how many other people had comical visions just from the title instead of the real Judy Blume Super Saturday Smackdown. I guess that was part of the plan so good job, marketing department.

There is a lesson in there: The mind can be a power entertainment tool

Anyway, check out Gina Corano:

the formula

I’d like to define success in my own terms.  I believe this is one of the best formulas:

know – discover – desire – aspire – plan – do – learn – criticize – qualify – persist

1. know: take inventory of what is already acquired (know, learned or mastered)

2. discover: establish the existence of something different than what is known

3. desire: measure the will to know, learn or master that discovered thing

4. aspire: create a belief & vision (goal) for acquiring the discovered thing proportionate to the desire level

5. plan: create action steps to acquire the goal

6. do: execute the plan

7. learn: take inventory of  knowledge acquired from the experience of doing

8. criticize: compare what was known at the start with what was learned

9. qualify: determine if the proximity to the goal is defined as a success or failure

10. persist: repeat until desire is satisfied

There are a lot of details to this formula that I will explore in the near future.

audacity – software. definition. way of life.

I love audacity.

Audacity Software
Audacity Software

I like Audacity, the free, open source software for recording and editing sounds, but I was specifically speaking of the word.

Audacity: Insolent boldness, especially when imprudent or unconventional; Fearless, intrepid daring

Many have said I’m just rude. I was born an underdog so I have a kinship to insurgents, rebels, guerrillas, hustlers & the unorthodox. My good friend, JNOTA of Redefinition Records, shared an article from the New Yorker Magazine – How David Beats Goliath: When underdogs break the rules (by Malcolm Gladwell) about a unskilled basketball team of twelve year old blonde-haired white girls beating the crap out of every opponent they faces who were unquestionably more talented.  How’d they win?  Read the article for the full answer but here’s the skinny: audacity. Quoted from the article:

“All the things that distinguish the ideal basketball player are acts of skill and coördination. When the game becomes about effort over ability, it becomes unrecognizable—a shocking mixture of broken plays and flailing limbs and usually competent players panicking and throwing the ball out of bounds. You have to be outside the establishment—a foreigner new to the game or a skinny kid from New York at the end of the bench—to have the audacity to play it that way.”

My life never (hardly ever feels like never) follows the ideal path so I relate to this team who wasn’t supposed to win but won anyway.  The article is long so I’ll keep this short.  Read it & let me know which team you are on.

Life Lesson: It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you make happen.

defining hushbeats: silence the noise

I love the meaning of the name, hushbeats.

silence the noise
silence the noise

The concept is based on something I learned in the recording studio.  Most people trying to record vocals or live instruments have issues with ‘creating quiet’ on recordings .  There’s so many sounds around you that you probably don’t pay attention to such as; a car driving by, refrigerator hum, computer fans, ticking clocks & nearby noises that you wouldn’t notice until you turn on a microphone and start recording.  One time, I was at my home studio trying to lay down background vocals on the day the lawn guys came to do the yard. I might as well had been sitting on the lawn mower with the mic in my hand!

I tried to build a soundproof enclosures to eliminate noise. It took a lot of time, money & work and in the end, I was frustrated because I never achieve complete silence. I reached “the moment” – a place past believing anything will actually work but I gotta try anyway – and discovered how to manipulate the signal to noise ratio (that minimal sound interference can be masked by or even used as an effect for the intended sound depending upon the noise level).  So in a nutshell, I made music (beats) that would create the illusion of silencing the noise (hush).

Life principle: don’t let minor interferences distract you, take everything you’ve got & make it work for you.