Being Wired

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Recently I have been considering ending my stream a half an hour an early. Not because I want to stream less, I would like to stream more if I could, however I am finding that I am often extremely wired before I go to bed and I cannot fall asleep fast enough such that I can wake up at a reasonable time in the morning.

I often end up not getting enough sleep such that I sleep in and then I don’t often eat the best breakfast I could, or I have to just buy some fast food before work; which is not only unhealthy but it also adds up.

I will likely mull it over, the next few days, but I think I am leaning towards ending my show at 11:00. This way I have some extra time to slow down in my bed and fall off to sleep. Currently I end the show at 11:30, sometimes later, and then I try to brush my teeth and get ready for bed as fast as I can so I can get enough sleep for tomorrow only to get myself even more wired in the process.

And then I just sit in my bed awake, asking for sleep in futility.

Now, I will be honest my sleep is not that bad right now. When I lived in Washington D.C. it was absolutely terrible. I often did not fall asleep until 3:00 in the morning and that was awful. It’s nothing like that right now, but I also don’t want it to become that again. So I think I am going to be a little bit more responsible and try to get to sleep a tad earlier.

I know it is going to be a little annoying for the stream, and the fans will be bummed that I am offline for 30 more minutes, but I think streaming for 3 and a half hours is still a good amount for a show, and because streaming is a marathon in its nature, I need to make sure I don’t burn out.

I have made this mistake in the past, and I don’t intend do it again.

The goal this year in 2019 is to truly dedicate myself to my show and do it every single day without excuses. The show is absolutely important to me and it must succeed, and thus that means that I have to be wise in how I run it. If I am not keeping myself in a good state for the show, e.g. not getting enough sleep and being too exhausted to stream well after work, then the show obviously will suffer.

Sometimes the best decisions at first seem like they might be harmful to your goal, when in the end they are very supportive. Here it looks like streaming another 30 minutes less every night may be not the best move as it is less time on the air and thus less time to entertain and get my stream out there. But if I burn out because I am too exhausted, as lack of sleep has a way to stack up if one repeatedly fails to get a quality nights rest, then I won’t even be around to stream at all and then no one gets entertained at all. Including me!

I would be the most bummed person out of anyone believe me.

I think for the rest of this week I am going to keep my regular schedule from 7:30 to 11:30 PM and see if I can get my sleep schedule under control such that I can easily wake up early every morning feeling rested. If not, I am going to cut the show shorter by 30 minutes next week and then see how that works out.

Thank you again for all the support, I will see you in the chat later tonight. And for those reading that also feel that they are too exhausted when they wake up or get home from work, try evaluating your sleep schedule as well and see what you could do to improve it. Sometimes small changes to your routine such that you get even just a little bit more sleep can totally transform the next day.

And it any of you succeed, let me know how you did it.

 

Keep Smiling,

Nolan

How to beat the DMV

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While much of the time I write about intellectual topics, or theoretic, things to consider etc., today my post is very practical. Real world real problem talk today.

Today I will teach you how to beat the DMV.

That’s right settle down readers. I know you are on the tip of your toes as to how. Trust me I got you, and the answer is simple.

Wait for bad weather.

Nobody wants to wait outside at the DMV when there is rain. Except for me, and all the intelligent people that I ran into at the DMV today (which were few.) Normally, you could plan on waiting in line for hours, but no so with terrible weather. And what was even better about today was that the real bad weather doesn’t start until later in the afternoon.

But the threat of bad weather did the trick. People that normally would have gone to the DMV today to take care of their respective issues decided to stay at home and wait for another day. I got to tell you, I have never spent less time in a California DMV than I did today. I literally waited in the post office afterwards for almost a longer duration of time. Funnily enough, I ran into a woman that I was in line with at the DMV prior. Pretty crazy coincidence right?

I got her number.

Boom! One win having a short line at the DMV and then, Boom! Second win getting a cute girls number, and then, Boom! Third win when I freestyled this in the car right afterwards to my new friend 80purppp’s beat while driving away in the BMW with my new vanity plate that I picked up today.

“Woke up got a number

I just got another

she a pretty girl yeah

might be baby mother

shoutout to the brother (80!)

future lady lover

getting undercover

but I ain’t undercover yeah”

 

So far its been a rad day. And I thought it was going to start off bad, just because the entire world know that the DMV is the worst place on earth, and I feared that I would have to spend a good amount of time there. But I had the idea what if it will go quick because the of weather? I decided to give it a shot anyways and the weather the weather no matter whether there was weather or not. (I can’t help but even rap when I write now, its too much fun ya’ll.)

No issues though. My idea worked, so I got my new license plates and then some free time on top. Just enough to get some envelopes and stamps for sending out fan mail as well as time to write a new blog post and grab a coffee. And got a number on top.

The day really can’t get off to a better start can it?

Well now its time to wrap this up and get on going about the regular day. Time to clock out of the blog and block in to the normal job. Then afterwards tonight I’ll get to clock into the fun job. See ya’ll in the chat.

 

Beat the DMV and keep smiling,

Nolan

Being too busy

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Yesterday I dropped my first recording of my rap track during my show last night. It’s not done, but it’s a complete product with verses, hook, etc. My show was highly receptive of it but also critical in a good way such that I am working on it this week to improve it.

I asked all of my fans and viewers for honest feedback and some of the comments I got back were very interesting, especially one in particular.

Boneicide, a long time fan of mine, said something like,

“I think the track is quite good, but to be honest I think you have too many creative projects in the kitchen.”

I read it, said thank you for the comment and put it in the back of my mind. Over the past  night and day I thought about it some more though and I quite agree. I really do have too many creative projects going on. One I work on my stream every night, Two I blog every day, three I try to maintain some sort of presence on social media, and now four I am writing and producing raps?

And that is not even mentioning by day job and my family business matters that I still oversee.

So Boneicide really has a great point. Even though I may be good at all the things I do, (or not depending on your opinion) I don’t have all the time in the world to do them all.

I need to choose.

So I think what I will do is stick to my blog and my stream as my main points of outlet, and not let the rapping take up too much of my time because I don’t want it to consume my stream, since that is the most important project of mine.

But, I have to say, making the rap with TopShelf was really fun. I definitely am going to do it again and we are going to master this track and make it really cool. I would honestly love to make more.

But, I am listening to Boneicide. I will work much more consciously to manage my time and be real with myself and my project ambitions. After all, I need some time for eating and family/friends too.

Budgeting time is tough for me since I have that type of personality where I want to do everything because it is all fun and it is all interesting.

It’s a blessing and a curse at the same time, but it is my responsibility to keep it largely a blessing.

And thank you to my chat, tonight Boneicide in particular, as through your comments and feedback I have new, interesting topics to think and write about.

 

See you all tomorrow, keep smiling,

Nolan

All Day Long

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Today Tyler and I have been in the studio all day long. Currently while I type this, he is recording his solo for our track.

Man, serious musical recording is a ton of work.

Making quality music is not easy at all. We will be done with the track soon. Stay tuned.

 

Keep Smiling,

Nolan