Taking Back Your Time. (goodbye April, hello May)

Something I find quite funny is how bloggers usually apologize their absence on their blog at one time or the other ๐Ÿ˜› If you take your time to check out a whole bunch of random “hobby-bloggers” you will find entries with an introduction around the lines of “…sorry I haven’t been blogging that much lately” or “…wow..I had no idea I had been gone for so long”… it is actually quite a funny observation and makes me think of an article I read at the beginning of the year, addressing how most people slip out of their new years resolution before January is even over ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

It is actually quite scary to think of that unless you make active choices to change certain habits ย a change is not gonna happen. Writing down a plan on how to go about things, might seem quite obvious, but I’m sure there are a lot of people who just think to themselves that they should do a whole bunch of things without them ever getting done. There wouldn’t be such a market for “self-help” books if that wasn’t the case. A good example are some of the apps I got myself not that long ago. A great thing about apps is that they keep track of your activity; accomplishing streaks can be a motivating factor. The daily reminders have the opposite effect, in fact at a certain point during the first moths of the year; Duolingo ( the popular language app) stopped sending me notifications all together with the message: ” we will stop sending you daily reminders as it isn’t working anyway” which is one of the funniest notifications I’ve received from any app. Funny enough I remember it as it was humorous and different to the repetitive messages I had previously received. Maybe it can be compared to parents who tell you the same things over and over without it ever really taking hold in your brain, until there is some sort of threat attached to the message. I don’t necessarily think paternal nuisance or anger is what ย makes a child pay attention, it might just be that the message has been altered. Now the message is slightly different so we actually pay attention and remember it….or for sometime at least until it is forgotten again.

You literally have to make a conscious, determined choice to make a serious mindful effort to alter whatever it is that you want to change in your life, the push is not going to come from a nagging app, the push can only come from within. The good news is that it only takes 13 days to turn something into a new habit! Something else that I read in an article not long ago also revealed how thinking about options/choices is way more helpful when it comes to changing negative habits. If there is something that you gravitate towards that isn’t particularly good for you, think to yourself that “I’ll do so and so instead of this”, presenting options to yourself will give you the freedom to say no more easily, than if you rely on will power alone, according to said article.

Last month I re-read the outlines in the three books about mental training that I wrote about here on my blog previously. I spent a great deal of time revising if I was making the right decisions and if I had taken care of certain issues I had noted down in my planner earlier in the year. I was adjusting and reminding myself of certain goals, something that human beings have a tendency of doing too rarely. Something I noticed in my previous diaries was how I would very often write about “getting back into form again” something that struck me as 1) surprisingly repetitive and 2) sad – as you should feel and tell yourself that you are in good form (you are only improving.)

Thinking that you are constantly standing staring up at a goal instead of staring straight ahead thinking to yourself ” ah, of course I’m in good form, I’m always that” seemed a bit counter productive to me. I have not been particularly good at keeping diaries either, as the pages at one point or the other became empty or full of random ideas scribbled in all sorts of illogical places.

Last month I also decided to create some sort of “table-layout” when it came to my practise routine and figured that I was at my happiest if my time had been equally divided between the various things I do musically, than if all my concentration was focused on my guitar only.

Good time management or simply good awareness gives you the power to take back your day rather than the day owning you ;):)

So next time you feel like writing or saying ” sorry I haven’t been active on my blog lately” or ” woooops how long hasn’t it been since I checked into app so and so” bear in mind that ย only total awareness of your time will make you own that time.

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Pigeons. Pretending that they aren’t stalking my food….

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Spot the black swan!

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What you find in a London Park.

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I want to go there….

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Smallest exhibition ever.

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Salvation

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I was illuminati before it was mainstream ๐Ÿ˜›

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When you find out you got red tones in your hair ๐Ÿ˜€

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Moms getting married again

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Hmm..someone got older this month…

Messin’ Around!

I got a book out, both physical copies & kindle copies โค ! I wrote and illustrated this children’s book so check it out on Amazon worldwide and/or Barnes & Noble โคย My book on Amazon!ย My book on Barnes&Noble

 

How many do you got? 4 of these are limited edition ๐Ÿ˜› If you want signed physical CDs you can either inbox me on FB or go here:ย My store!

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Hmmm….a good reason for inviting more people over ๐Ÿ˜› We got this today from our lovely guest Bianca.

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Yeah…I’m on Snapchat…not quite sure what the point of this thing is :/ But this is the place to be apparently ๐Ÿ˜›

Time for some selfie fails…..

Taking a selfie can be really hard…Its not just done in 1-2-3 more like 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15…

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The conspiracy shot.

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The Zoolander Shot.

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The Bart Baker shot.

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Mirror, mirror on the wall…

trying to look pretty….

Oh shit look ๐Ÿ˜ฎ That’s what Christmas used to be about ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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Hey Look At Nicole’s Drawing!

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EMG Pickups!

So now I’m back home in the UK, after a hectic and fun week over in the US of A! I went over to shoot some cool shred vids for Guitar World Magazine and thought ” hey since I’m in the US I can might as well go by EMG!” Which basically meant flying over to Oakland, California!

So how long have I’ve been using EMG? I got my first set back in 2009, the Kerry King signature set, in fact my very first tweet, is a tweet about my EMG pickups ๐Ÿ˜€

So, here we go!

I almost lost my flight the 29th as I waited 1 hour for a SuperShuttle that never showed up! Becoming increasingly stressed out, I eventually grabbed a cab and as we arrived to the airport I jumped out of the car and ran as fast as I could and was barely able to make it in time to get myself checked in.

By the time I finally got to the gate, they were already boarding the economy section. Thank you “Super” Shuttle.

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The flight though, was absolutely amazing in terms of view! I also had wi-fi the whole trip ( you gotta love these American Airlines).

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Check out this iPod, seriously…it looks like one

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We flew over mountains and an area full of crop circles…Aliens anyone?

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Serious alien activity….

Anyway, check out the awesome orange soil!

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Is this the Grand Canyon? Looks totally awesome!! Check out the huge crack!

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Some desert, it seems like…

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And that’s a dried out river folks….draught in California…

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After my trans-American flight, I had to wait at LAX for a cute little plane that took me to Oakland, seriously I would like to own one of those and know how to fly one!!!!!

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Once I had arrived to Oakland, I engaged in a very interesting Peek-A-Boo sรฉance with my driver, which basically took a whole hour…lol…before we finally found each other…again ๐Ÿ˜›

I should have taken a picture of the car, but alas, whenever I get drivers I always forget to take pics, which is a shame, because having a driver totally rocks \m/

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It was a 2 hour drive

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When did I wake up? Around 3 o’clock and totally de-hydrated I went for a water-hunt around the hotel and did some blogging.

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Make-up time, warm up time, breakfast time & mall time.

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EMG TV TIME! SUBSCRIBE TO EMG TV & GUITAR WORLD ON YOUTUBE RIGHT HERE:

https://www.youtube.com/user/EMGpickupsTV

https://www.youtube.com/user/guitarworld

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We figured that I was gonna make an alternative entry and talk about the abuse and neglect you have to endure as an EMG artist…

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I can’t believe I had to walk from the airport and sleep like this!

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That’sย IT I’ve had enough! ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

Anyway, jokes aside, it was a VERY productive trip, we got a lot of material down and it was fun too \m/

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The day after we did a factory tour!

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Then Tommy took me to the airport, and off I went back to New York!
Thanks a lot to Tommy and EMG for the invitation \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/

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I would seriously love a plane like this.

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Hanging out at LAX again….

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Looking at dolls!!!! ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

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My first month Blogging! ( MY TOP 5 ENTRIES).

My first month blogging has now come to an end!

People from 58 different countries have visited this page and out of those my top 3 countries are:

1)USA 2)UK 3)NORWAY, which doesn’t come as a surpriser to me as these have always been my top 3 countries both with sales, social media traction, etc.

My top 3 referrers are:

1)Facebook 2)Twitter and 3) Search Engines

The top 3 links people clicked:

1) WordPress Media-(my pictures) 2) Guitar World link 3)Link to my store.

I’m glad I decided to do this and will do my best to keep it up! These are my top stories from this month:

1) “Getting Back Into The Zone!” I shared this entry on FB and saw to my great surprise that it went on to become my top entry this month! Me getting back into “virtuoso-shape” clicked with fans and the entry was shared & viewed by many.ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/getting-back-into-the-zone/

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2) “I’ve joined a torture club.”ย Totally “taking-the-piss” as they say in the UK. This became my most viewed entry this month! I think thats really funny actually!ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/ive-joined-a-torture-club/

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3) “Happy Mother’s Day to my mother.” This personal entry surprised me with becoming my most shared entry! I don’t know if people did that because they loved it or hated it, it was at least honest from my part and the rest of the family loved it too.ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/happy-mothers-day-to-my-mother/

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4) “20 Badass Women!” To mark The International Womens Day I compiled this list! 8th of May is a day to celebrate, regardless of your political affiliation!ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/20-badass-women/

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5) “The Hills are Alive with the sound of music.” My very first blog entry that I posted on FB along with the news that I was blogging! I was very surprised by the amount of interest and instantly had people signing up for my email list on here. In the entry I was totally stoked over my album being in top-10 chart and went out for a daring walk…in the wilderness of the British Countryside…The amount of views this article got was only surpassed by my “Torture-Club” entry.ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-music/

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My least popular entries suffered greatly from not really being shared anywhere, these are posts I made usually very late in the night and didn’t promote on FB.

1) “Illustrations For Children’s books“. Getting attention for original art is usually a slow burning process, this entry was my least successful this month.ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/22/illustrations-for-childrens-books/

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2) “St.Patricks Day a Christian Holiday?” – Writing about the origins of this used-to-be-religious- holiday gained NO traction. Guess if I had posted a top 10 most outrageous outfits it probably would have trended like crazy.ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/st-patricks-day-a-christian-holiday/

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3) “#1!My album is #1!”ย Written by an overly tired, overly excited, sleep deprived me and published around 3AM or something, my exctatic post about my number one album received little buzz on my blog.ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/1-my-album-is-1/

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Number 1!

4) “I’ve become addicted to blogging!” ย nobody cared much about that.ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/ive-become-addicted-to-blogging/

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5) “Dragon Age Inquisition!” It was well liked on youtube and got an overwhelming response on FB, but here on my blog besides a couple of gamers who stumbled upon this from search engines, it earned little buzz.ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/dragon-age-inquisition-m/

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Conclusion: It is unpredictable what will trend and what won’t, but sharing entries on FB certainly helps, especially if you have a featured image that catches peoples attention. Also, the one beauty related entry I did about nail polish got many likes from other wordpress bloggers, girls blogging about beauty tips. Which proves that certain topics can trend even without Social Media help, it’s just hard to know what will and what won’t.

Petitions I’ve signed! It has never before been easier to voice your opinion and hopefully contribute to some positive change! I’ve always hated injustice. When I was in high school I was a member of the Amnesty International Club, but at the time I felt like it was too passive to just sit and sign letters. I really wanted to bring CHANGE with big huge letters, but it can be hard to know what to do. Outside of signing petitions, writing letters and putting pressure on elected officials, the only other options are angry protest or running for office. So signing petitions it is, at least for the moment . . .

Overturn Asia Bibi’s death sentence #saveAsiaBibi https://www.change.org/p/david-cameron-foreign-secretary-philip-hammond-and-the-government-of-pakistan-overturn-asia-bibi-s-death-sentence-saveasiabibi

Pardon all of the estimated 49,000 men who, like Alan Turing, were convicted of consenting same-sex relations under the British “gross indecency” law (only repealed in 2003), and also all the other men convicted under other UK anti-gay laws. https://www.change.org/p/british-government-pardon-all-of-the-estimated-49-000-men-who-like-alan-turing-were-convicted-of-consenting-same-sex-relations-under-the-british-gross-indecency-law-only-repealed-in-2003-and-also-all-the-other-men-convicted-under-other-uk-anti-gay-2

We Want Facebook To Remove Having To Pay To Reach Fans And Followersย https://www.change.org/p/facebook-we-want-facebook-to-remove-having-to-pay-to-reach-fans-and-followers

Pass the new ordinance to allow street vendors to earn an honest living!https://www.change.org/p/chicago-city-council-pass-the-new-ordinance-to-allow-street-vendors-to-earn-an-honest-living

BBC: BRING BACK CLARKSONย https://www.change.org/p/bbc-reinstate-jeremy-clarkson

The only campaign that reached its goal, was the one about Clarkson, that says a lot about our celebrity driven culture!

#1! My album is #1!!!!

So I was having fun tonight, photographing my original artwork and listening to some awesome music,
until I decided I was just gonna take a look at the Amazon charts.

I’m now NUMBER ONE! I’m currently charting on 3 Amazon US Best seller charts at the same time! You can see the pictures below!

Check out my album here: http://www.amazon.com/2-Guitars-Classical-Crossover-Album/dp/B00QRDJTOM/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1424728504&sr=1-1&keywords=2+guitars+the+classical+crossover+album

I’m so proud ๐Ÿ˜€

This is so awesome! Such a shame that everyone else is sleeping, because seriously this is awesome!

So I guess I’m too excited now to go to sleep!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Look! I even got a badge!!!!

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I’ve become addicted to blogging!

I think it’s a good thing I started writing this blog, it serves as a reminder that there are other things to talk about than just music all the time.

I will try to maintain some mystery though, as this has been a trademark for what I’m doing for so long. Nobody really knows what I’m up to when I’m not working and I’m thinking maybe it’s better that way ๐Ÿ˜‰

In this age where everybody knows everything about everybody, it might be cool with a counterweight.

Those were my thoughts when I started promoting my music, but people change, and I think artist can have a tendency for dramatic image/communication & style changes that can baffle their fans.

I have therefore edited this entry and intend to only show you guys some peeks into my life with these pictures from last week, up to you to draw conclusions.

Helping my brother with school.

Helping my brother with school.

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Super yummy :P

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I don't know if I would be happy about an Easter head :/ :/ a bit strange don't you think?

I don’t know if I would be happy about an Easter head :/ :/ a bit strange don’t you think?

Hmm.....

Hmm…..

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Tomato allergy sucks :( I got some serious tomato cravings :(

Tomato allergy sucks ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I got some serious tomato cravings ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Mom's stalker tried to come into the house, he now comes everyday.

Mom’s stalker tried to come into the house, he now comes everyday.