a journey of sorts…

"Rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness, give me truth." – HDT

Month: April, 2014

There’s so much that I want to do.

You have your schedule set for the week. Such-and-such event this day. Work this many days of the week. You have your time you set aside for this hobby and that hobby. You make time for exercise. Time for rest. Time for sleep. Time for eating. Time for socializing. There seems to be so many things in only roughly 14 hours of the day depending on the amount of allotted sleep time you set aside for yourself.

To my friends and family who keep their schedule as complex and dynamic as I do. I have so many different interests and unique hobbies and it comes to mind a lot that perhaps I really do too much. Not that being so interested in all of these things is a negative thing. But what I am getting at is that if I am constantly spreading myself amongst a network of many different activities and devoting my time only partly to each of them, am I really doing myself a favor when I should be honing in and focusing my skills to excel quicker in one or two things?

I recently read a quote that if you are a “jack-of-all-trades” than you are simultaneously a master at nothing, since you are spread around so many different areas. Does anyone else agree with this? I am constantly kicking myself for not being able to devote as much time to each of the many different things I do because I am constantly jumping back to something else I have been putting off, and then back again and the cycle goes on and on.

Related thoughts, inspirations, similar pitfalls, stories, are genuinely appreciated. I am hoping to not feel so alone in this aspect.

 

P.S. While you were all doing your thing yesterday, I went ahead and made my new branding project, which I am working on and have been for some time now, public. Please visit it, and join me as I begin to transition in to a newer piece of work and begin to set down this project as it stands. I know, sad day to something like this website, which I have put so much heart, time and effort into, while traveling the states and finding myself in new cities, and in new perspectives, but the show must go on and I must continue to improve and grow. With that, my art and personal work continues to grow. Hence, the new website. Alexanderjohnnybeat.com.

Bless.

 

-Alexander Johnny

Time flew by.

Well, it looks like it has been three weeks since my last update on receiving letters from friends. Wow.

The city here definitely does sleep, and so do I but it seems that somehow time has slipped away from me as I have put so much effort and time into apartment hunting, and then following up with a dramatic move to the new man-cave in the midst of a torrential snowfall in the dead of night. Not the choicest of times to move, but was I excited to sleep that first night in my very own, downtown bachelor pad? You bet I was. I slept on the floor while a pile of life’s essentials and items I have collected from my travels and year in Denver lay strewn next to me. Snow continued falling outside and I slept soundly. Now here I am, a couple of weeks into this new space and have begun to try and settle into a groove, but the art has been nonexistent unfortunately. I like to have my space comfortable and livable, and perhaps have a chair to sit in while working, and have since then found such items, and will be jumping back into my endeavors like a mad man.

Funny story about a chair. (I know, suspenseful opening line to a story right?) Anyways, I came about receiving a chair this very afternoon, so I consider myself very fortunate and grateful. Upon pulling up to the building, I was given the opportunity to hold the door open for a cute girl, who happened to be my neighbor across the hall, and had her hands full with groceries. I shared in small talk with her and we carried conversation into her place where she invited me to sit. We sat at her table and found many shocking similarities between us. Love that.

She graciously offered me to borrow one of her dining table chairs after hearing of my lacking situation, and now here I sit. Amazing.

I love good neighbors. 

 

My writing has been scarce, as I have been putting more focus into the music itself when possible, or otherwise serving tables to make that bread cash, know what I’m sayin’? Much of my freelance has been put off in the meantime as well as I try to get a more grounded footing. So here goes nothing, after this week. Let the awesomeness commence. The website was even put on hold as well. (gasp) I know.

That should be finally up shortly after redoing photos and touching up the layout a tad. I think my family is beginning to question where I have been as well, after receiving texts and calls from them wondering where I have been or if I was still breathing. This made me realize how much I really put my nose into what I am focused on. I can get caught up so easily and often forget what is going on outside of my man-made, invisible bubble. I need others to come up and just pop it sometimes. Give me a refresher.

So here’s to not sleeping, setting up foundations, and starting fresh. You can all do the same in your own unique ways, whether through trying out a new project, or just getting rid of some life clutter. Clear up some physical clutter or even that mental/spiritual blockage that keeps you from being you. I probably should get some rest though.

The blood moon is tonight. Keep your eyes to the heavens.

 

Alexander Johnny

 

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