You’re an Actual Miracle – Quick Busking Documents – 11th May 2018

Whilst I was playing a man came over and asked;
“How old are you?”
“24”
“I just lost my boy at 25, he would of absolutely loved this music, this is from him”
I was lost for words, his loss hit me really hard, and throughout that busk and still now I can’t stop thinking about that. To lose your own child at such a young age, must be a pain unimaginable. It hit me hard as well because I turn 25 this year, making me realise how soon a life can end. Such a young age, there was so much more his son still had to give and explore.
This makes me think about life way more, and the fact it can end unexpectedly and death is unfortunately inevitable.
To live it to the full and live it the way you want to, there is only one chance at this life, one chance to make your own legend. The odds of being alive are – 4 Trillion to 1, which technically makes each individual is a miracle – you, yes you are a walking miracle. So take all the light within you and shine it bright so the world can see, give this world everything you have, go all the way with your dreams and goals, take every moment as a chance to enjoy this life you have. Enjoy each moment, cherish everything you have and be grateful for all the tiny details of your life, for this moment right now could be one of your last.
Don’t stop shining your light!
Take fucking control of your own path and do everything you ever dreamed of!
You’re a miracle, an actual miracle, so live life to the complete full!
I wish you all the best!
Love,
James.

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Planning out a Busking Tour

Hello!
Gonna be a short little blog post about my current planning and mind thinkingness….? words – can’t do em.

Anyway.

I’ve recently been out visiting new places to busk and gig, these trips have only been short little bursts. They’ve been really great and eye-opening to a nomad lifestyle, and when I come back to my Mum’s in Kidderminster, I quickly lose this creative drive and it gets me down, unsure why that is, multiple things I guess, but, seeing family and friends is great! I just really really enjoy being on the road and visiting and busking in new places, seeing new things and meeting new people. So I’m itching to just get up and go.

This is where the idea of a busking tour comes into play, which is a tour without an end-date. I guess it’s the lifestyle I want, to travel freely visiting new towns, cities and countries, busking and exploring as much as I can. So it’s not an indefinite amount of time I’ll be away from ‘home’, but I know that it’ll take me far away for a long time. I realise this need to ‘break free’ is whats making me feel down right now, as I feel trapped, hmmm, not necessary trapped, I don’t know, because I’ve realised that I can just leave whenever I want. Which is what I will be doing very shortly – leaving. Which then also gets me down because I know I may not see certain people for a while, but it’s something I know I need and have to do. I realise the dreams and goals I currently have could be very lonely journeys, in certain ways – but this is definitely going to progress me as a person, traveller and musician, and give me more knowledge on the world. I feel this step is crucial to my existence and my ‘legend’ – I want to leave my children & grandchildren (If i’m to have them), as many stories, music and advice for them as I possibly can, which is a major reason I love the idea of documenting everything and releasing every piece of music I make, I want to inspire them to take these leaps of faith and follow the dreams in their heads.

So this tour! I’ve been pin pointing places in the UK I really want to visit, and mapping out a route from that. But with this kind of ‘music nomad’ lifestyle, I realise you can’t plan too much because there are too many factors that can change it all within a few days. So it takes me south from my current location (Kidderminster – close to Birmingham UK), starting with Oxford – then towards Brighton stopping off at different towns along the way, then follow the coast around going East for a while and head up towards Canterbury and go north from there – that’s all I have set in mind so far. I’d like to go back to Cornwall and through Wales, or maybe head straight to Europe and go around the Netherlands – too many places I want to visit – but I’m young so there is so much time, which really excites me!

For travelling I will be mostly using trains, as it’s the most direct, comfortable rides (buses gives me travel sickness) and there’s normally a good place to store my gear – I’ll be travelling with my bass (bass case stuffed with clothes, Jaco style), guitar, bigger bag for clothes/towels/chargers/essentials and my amp with the trolley and small backpack for busking gear. I don’t fully know what I need to take on this trip, but I’m sure I’ll learn on the way and I can always get things along the way – travelling with minimal stuff is preferred.
I later plan to get a van, hopefully a VW T-25, travelling with this would be so sweet! I’d be able to find home in the van and sleep amongst mountains and deep in forests – the life!

For accommodation I’ll use AirBnb as my first choice, but then use websites like – booking.com to find the cheapest and most comfortable hotels/Bnb’s I can find. I’m not the keenest on Hostels, as with my music stuff I’d like to 1. have a safe place to keep it 2. have the space to practice in my own room, also I’ve stayed in a few in London recently and it was very tightly packed and quite uncomfortable for myself.

I want to document this adventure with Vlogging and more Blogs! Vlogging will be very new to me, but I think I could edit some cool little videos with the whole journey.

But yes! This is whats currently on my mind and from the looks of things I’ll be setting off next week, as we’re expecting more frost and snow this weekend – boooo!

I’ll keep you all posted on here with my journeys! Thank you for reading!
If you have any ideas or tips for this busking tour, please give me a message or leave a comment!

Here’s my face, containing excitement for this trip..?

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I hope you’re well!

Lots of love!

Don’t stop being you! You’re awesome! Follow your heart and don’t give up! Keep moving forwards!

Seriously – lots of love!

xxx

The Importance of Goal Setting

I want to start writing more blogs that focus on giving some advice. I sometimes feel as a musician that I’m not giving enough to the world around me, so I want to give more and hopefully add some value to your life! I’m no expert at giving advice so with these blog posts I’m just collating all the information from books, podcasts, and research that have personally helped me and presenting it to you. Motivation and self-help books are things I’m really interested in and I feel it’s important for yourself to take a look into, as it’s massively helped my life both personally and musically.

So the first blog post on this subject will be;

The Importance of Goal Setting

Why are Goals Important?

I feel that setting and having goals is a hugely important thing for personal growth, as progression = happiness. Seeing yourself develop as a person, within relationships, friendships, financially, spiritually, with your personal health, within skills like music etc. These developments give you a sense of achievement, this expansion, this journey onwards, truly helps you feel happy.
When I look back at how nervous I was when trying to socialize and how much anxiety used to beat me, to now, where, I still struggle but, I feel much calmer with talking to strangers and enjoy socializing more, reviewing this personal progression makes me feel accomplished and happy, I feel amazed at myself for breaking certain barriers, a step forward as a person. This came from setting the goal – I want to feel comfortable socializing and connect with more people – then I best start doing! It was having a clear vision of who I wanted to be that really pushed me, the ‘Why’, is so important! – something I’ll discuss further in this post.
So not only do goals make you progress, they give you a sense of direction. How’s an archer meant to hit the bullseye if there’s no target insight? If you feel lost, stuck in a routine and just pondering around twiddling with your toes all day, it’s because you don’t know where you’re going, you haven’t set a destination in mind to break you from this routine.
So goals hey? They progress you as a person making you feel happier, give you a sense of direction and what else? They excite the fudgeballs out of you!! (not literally, if you have fudgeballs stuck inside you, then erm…I don’t think that’s good, call a doctor? –  Are you struggling with those darn nasty fudgeballs? In places, they shouldn’t be?! Then call Doctor. Anti-Fudgeballs NOW!). They’ll make you jump out of bed, they’ll make you want to dance with excitement when you think about them and see yourself step closer to them! (Goals that is, not fudgeballs)
Goals excite you! 

The Destination is Key

To have a destination is the first step to set any goal! Where do you want to take your life? What do you want to do? Choosing the destination is the hardest thing about goal setting, as there are infinite destinations you can take your life. So you have to really think about what you truly desire. If you had no worries in life, no financial issues, no health issues and everything was completely fine, how and where would you spend your time? Really be honest with yourself, what would you truly be happy and satisfied with doing? It might be a good idea to write down all the things you can think of, and start from there on what you want to do!
(I’m not intending on teaching you how to write goals, just advising why they’re important. But! If you feel I could help you conclude some goals, message me and we’ll draw some ideas out!).
Once you have a destination clearly written out and it’s clear in your mind’s eye, once you know the ins and outs of it all – your energy will pull towards it, and with the more you think and talk it, the more of its energy will pull towards you! When you have that feeling of clarity of what it is you want to achieve, make it a habit to speak it out loud, to sing it, draw it, converse it and most importantly visualize it!
I read and hear a lot, that you should keep your goals and dreams hidden, I totally disagree with this! Without talking to others about it, how is anyone going to help direct and aid you, if they don’t know where you’re going? Imagine jumping into a taxi, “Hey mate, where are you going?”, “Ah no, I can’t tell you that”, “Ehh?” the taxi driver stares at you for all eternity and, you become a fudgeball….
Speaking it aloud will bring things closer to you that will speed up your journey, your best friends’ work colleague may have a son who’s doing a similar thing to what you wanna do and can arrange a coffee so you can pick his brain! Sing your dreams and goals to the universe and the universe will respond by presenting opportunities to you.
Knowing where you are going will also tell you where you shouldn’t be going, i.e. it’s just as important where you are not as it is where you are. If you start doing things that don’t align with your goals, then you know to pull away from that and focus that attention on more productive things – stopping you from feeling stuck and running in circles.

The Most Important Part – Why?

Why? Why is it important to make a why? Well, why can tell you that…terrible nonsense pun.
There has to be a reason why you want to achieve and reach a certain goal. Clarifying the why both a) starts mapping out the actions you need to take, and b) gives you purpose, it drives you, uplifts you and opens your eyes to how you’re going to progress!
Once you build this reason for why, your goals will begin to morph and take shape more clearly. You may think you know your goal, but then when you start thinking about why you want that, a completely different goal opens up. For example, you want to earn a large sum of money, why? because you want to travel around Australia? Well instead make the goal – I want to travel around Australia – there are plenty of ways to earn a lot of money whilst traveling and many opportunities to move to another country and build a business or work there! With this change of perception, your path and daily tasks differ completely.
Focus on the why more than the how. Don’t get too caught up in thinking about how you’re going to get somewhere that feels beyond reach, sometimes this may overflood your mind and focus, putting you off from your goal. Prioritising the why, keeps your focus on your goal and beyond it.
It’ll give you purpose, a reason to keep on stepping towards the goals. If you know what the outcome of achieving the goal will bring to you, it’ll drive you more to completely smash it!

Conclusion

Set BIG goals – life goals, your dream goals, 10/20/30/40 year goals!
also
Set SMALL goals – daily/weekly/monthly goals, 1-year goals.

Start writing down your goals and dreams, figure out where you want to go, who you want to be and your reasons WHY!

See yourself progress and celebrate the small victories!

You can do whatever it is you want to do! Set the goals, spend time really focusing on the goals and start taking steps, one day at a time!
Patience, persistence and lots of hard work!
You’ll get there!


Here are a few books that I’ve read recently, that have helped me set goals and learn about their importance;

Crush It – Gary Vaynerchuk
Awaken the Giant Within – Anthony Robbins
The Idea in You – Martin Amor & Alex Pellew


 

I’ve tried to keep this blog post short, I hope it’s helped in some way if it has I would love to hear how! Inform me so I can start making it a regular thing to blog this content!

I didn’t go into too much detail on how to plan your goals or how to achieve them, but I will include these subjects in later posts!

All the best,
Keep being awesome,
Follow your heart!

Love,
James x