Short and Sweet Way to Say – Just Do

I sit here, in my car, bed for the night, as the accommodation around here in my budget are all booked up and it’s too late for tent setting now. The car, its tiny, but it’s comfortable to some degree! Being summer it’s a good temperature to sleep outdoors/incars + I’m parked up by the sea so I can swim as the sun rises, amazing!

But as I sit here I think, what do I write? What do I talk about and what should I upload? This question comes with a lot of things I do, when it comes to song writing, what do I do? Where do I start? Same with travelling too, what do I do? Where do I go?

The simple answer to a lot of creative and progression related stuff, is – just do. Just start something in relation to the question and do something, even if its just a little bit. Just do. Do as much as you possibly can fit in to the time frame you’ve allowed yourself to do! Then keep doing it on a daily basis. Eventually the question will be answered and a new question will arrive.

So in a short and sweet way of words,

Just do. The dreams, goals and desires which you have – just do one thing that steps you closer to them, then do another thing, and repeat, one thing at a time. Just do. Get started, even if only 5 minutes a day, just do!

Words from an expert;

Les Brown – his words have changed my life completely! I listen almost daily, I recommend you do to!


– a wonderful evening view of Tenby!


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Nice Spot for Songwriting :) + A Few Hostel Tips

Songwriting with a view! A lovely spot to spend the morning. Songwriting is something I need to make more of a habit, to extend my song selection and musical vocabulary. With the dual guitar setup I’ve found songwriting to be the best way to practice, as it opens up new technique ideas. Improvisation is also a great way to write songs, as at times ideas jump out like a frog running free from the hands of an excited explorer. But I at times feel improvisation leads to repetition, maybe that’s just me, I think that’s sometimes due to the fear of doing something ‘wrong’, so reverting back to the patterns and riffs that I know so well. But as my teachers at university said, within performing and improvisations there isn’t such thing as ‘wrong’, unless you state that is wrong, so I suppose just chill out and let it be!

Well here’s some ideas from the writing session. I want to change my sound by slowing down and being more melodic, I’ve been listening to cinematic scores recently so massively inspired by that. Check out this song, it’s beautiful;


A couple tips for staying in Hostels!

1. If you find clothes on a made up bed in a dorm, it’s probably because someone has claimed that bed.

I’d been in the Hostel for a few days, settled in etc. A long night of CD making in the main lobby, till about midnight maybe. Walking back into my dorm for sleep, to find a very large man spread out in my bed, my clothes scattered on the floor….. Okay? I had my journal and padlock keys under the pillow, he was far out. What will be will be, there were plenty of other beds to sleep in, but clearly, that bed was THE bed!

2. Not everything in the hostel is free to use. Especially fancy coffee.

Making breakfast and coffee in the morning (with a slice of ginger and Turmeric root added, it’s amazing, do it!). I leave to go set my table up and turn my laptop on to upload videos. Go back in, the same man who stole my bed was now stealing my coffee. Ha! I just laughed and let it be. His face and body language suggested he was a ‘tough guy’, my mind state was super relaxed I didn’t want to disturb the peace.

3. Keep your dorm key on you. If you get locked out, don’t act like a burglar!

Last night, about 2am I was flying across great big green landscapes, filled with volcanoes that spurt out this dark green gas, I was flying to land upon it… Then “ahhhhhhhhh!” THUMP THUMP THUMP THUMP! The volcanoes dissipated and the dorm room screamed alive. The door sounded like a battering ram was awaiting to siege with an army. THUMP THUMP, followed by squeaking feet, going into the distant, then returning quickly, THUMP THUMP THUMP! I actual freaked the fridge out! ‘ahhhhh!’ whatever was trying to get in, was, f**king crazy! This happened for about an hour, because I was ridiculous tired I was totally in a freaked out mood. So I feared actually letting this battering ram in. AHHHHH! Hostels can be so so creepy! This is a YHA = Youth hostel, there were plenty of families here, so imagine the children’s fear when they heard the AHHH followed by thumping. An angry parent did come out and kindly (not kindly) told them to “shut up please” (didn’t say that). I mean really I should of let this man in, but he was freaking me out so much I didn’t want to move. Eventually he got let in by a staff member with a master key… But then he tried to get in bed with another person,
“What?! Excuse me sir! Get off! I think you’re sleep walking!”
“No I’m not”
“….get off me”
“Sorry”
Then climbed up onto the bunk bed in the loudest possible way. I had to contain the laughter, but also the fact I was freaked out so much.

So if you follow these three rules, then your stays at Hostels will be some what normal!

P.s. Hostels are great, they just have the potential to get a bit weird. But what’s life without weirdness?


A Busk in Tenby after a fantastic night sleep….

Today was great!


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Thinking of Busking? Do it for Happiness, Love and Bringing Value to Others

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Want to give busking a go?

Do it with love. Do it for the enjoyment and the fact it brings you happiness. Do it because you know it’ll bring value to others. Those three things, I’ve found, are the most important things when you commit to being a busker. You’re going to be spending a lot of time sat amongst strangers, a continuous stream of first impressions is coming your way. You’re energy has got to be good, in order for good to come from it.

We’re all passing through this life bumping into one another and shaping our paths. As a busker you sit amongst a flow of people moving from A to B, you’re partial interrupting their day with your presence. Some notice it, some don’t notice it, some don’t care and some notice it only subconsciously. So for those that do notice it give them a reason to fully acknowledge you. Smile, be good, be the best version of you, gift them with incredible sounds, gift them your skills and talents. Help shape their path in a positive manner. We’ve got to make positivity louder!

I’ve crossed a few buskers who have sole intent to make as much cash as they can, which will shrink their enjoyment, because when people don’t tip, it hurts and upsets them. No one has to pay you, they’re not obliged to, so be grateful for those who do. When you take on this mindset, your energy and enjoyment will go down a level and everything else will also follow and dip down.

It’s a strange thing, busking, as there are many varieties that shapes the productivity to a busking session. There isn’t just a single attribute to what makes a day right for busking. But one massively important attribute which you have complete control on is – you – your energy, it has to be of good intent. This is why love, happiness and bringing value to others should be a priority to the reason you busk.

I feel that love, happiness and bringing value to others are key things that can apply to all careers and hobbies. It makes sense, when you’re happy and enjoying yourself it shows, your essence will glow and attract people. It will also make others happy enjoying watching/listening to you – and with busking that’s the whole point right? To make people enjoy their experience in a town centre. High streets and city centres were designed for consumerism, they were designed to bring people to buy stuff and give money to many companies. Street art takes people away from consumerism, it shares something pure and something real, a gift and a feeling without a price-tag, there is no need to ‘buy’ you just gift, you share your smile, your time and you gift to another human who also has a beating heart, a whirlwind of emotions inside, a list of desires and dreams, a whole history and a whole other story to tell. This art, takes you and the performer to another state of being, you’re just there, in that moment, you, them, the street and everyone around you, it’s a beautiful state of presence.

That’s why;

Love

Happiness

Value to others

Has to be your priority when you busk. Lets make positivity louder. Lets collectively wake up happy and share happiness in every street, in every city!


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Writing Intentions


Taken and sent by @atiwitw on Instagram – Oxford, April 2019

I’ve been sat here writing the beginning of many different blogs, my drafts on WordPress has now tripled in size! I’m writing and not liking what I put, I feel inclined to write because I’ve found a love for it and just want to keep on writing. So that’s what I’m doing, determined to make it a habitual thing. Reading more and listening to more podcasts, drives this desire to explore words. To piece together the knowledge I take from books and podcasts, and present these small essays on life and the ideas that float in my mind. As well as taking the experiences/adventures that music, busking and travelling bring forth to me, and telling stories from it.

So the facial expression above captures what I felt reading back through certain beginnings I wrote. ‘That makes no sense’, ‘not feeling that’, ‘that’s not true’, ‘boring’ etc. It’s fun though, just experimenting with art forms you enjoy exploring. So if you’re an artist, explore and experiment with it; paint with your eyes closed, walk and draw at the same time, sit in the middle of a high-street and paint – with the public eyes on you it may inspire you to create differently. It inspires me to perform differently when I play outside of a busking environment, recently I got asked to play a song at a hostel, there were only 5 people at that bar, ‘Jiawei Liu’ (Chris) was leaving for Beijing the next day so it was a leaving gift for her. Playing slower and softer, as I feel I have more time to compose as I already have the audiences attention, differing to a busking environment where it takes time to get an audiences attention.


Whilst busking yesterday in Tenby, on a beautiful sunny day with amazing crowds and amazing kindness, a fear jumped on me and sat in my mind. This fear that I may for some reason lose the ability to busk, maybe I have an accident that dysfunctions my ability to play or the world completely bans busking for some unknown reason (because busking is truly amazing for communities and high streets – and I need to start working towards making this know). Pondering on these thoughts I mind mapped what other ‘careers’ and curiosities I could follow – writing and blogging being my favourite idea from them all. I busk daily, so why not blog daily? But what would I write about each day?

I took what I am doing now and dissected it into different categories that have plentiful subjects to ponder ideas about and write many words on. A travelling musician, street performing, often reading, an interest to learn about this world and explore it, with an interest in a green lifestyle, on a plant-based diet, an avid fan of motivational speakers and listens to podcasts and YouTube videos regularly.

That, right there opens up a lot of subjects to write and speak about. I massively enjoy writing words and music, so if I could do both side by side, that would be incredible. A list of 100 things to blog about sits on a notepad in the phone. So expect more words from myself.

If you too want to start a blog or a vlog or a podcast, and you’re not sure what to write about. Begin with a summary of who you are; what you enjoy to do, the places you are in often, the job you currently have and the things you have done and been through. It may bring to you a list of titles, jot them down now and then delve into each title with fine detail. I’m no blogging expert, but I feel this would be a good start.

Eventually a podcast would be fun, there are so many amazing and interesting people on this journey, I feel it’d be a shame to not capture the conversations had on the streets and in hostels with interviews etc.

“You can’t build a house until you’ve built the house” – Jim Rohn

This blogging/writing house I wish to build. To be able to write about the things I enjoy, exploring ideas and concepts, capturing moments from this journey and telling stories from those moments. To have plentiful of content on this website and around the internet. To be able to collaborate with other bloggers, get featured in magazines and other websites. To write for companies that are exploring; travel, music, busking, well-being and everything in-between. To bring value to those who read it. Most importantly to continue enjoying the process of writing, because I thoroughly enjoy it!

Build your house before you begin to build it – define what your goals and dreams are, picture them clearly and give them life inside your mind, visualise them and meditate on them. Once a goal has been defined you can then start taking one step at a time towards it, if the goal isn’t defined, well then you may be stepping in circles constantly and wondering off in too many directions. If you feel lost, then take the time each day to write out things you wish to do, look at others you admire and see what they’ve accomplished that you would also like to.

Most importantly, work towards them, even if only for 20 minutes a day, work is the answer.

Notes jotted for blogging/writing thoughts.
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