Day 43: Improving My Marathon/Life Balance (Update #1)

So far, balancing marathon training this time with the rest of life is going well. I wrote a few weeks ago that one of the reasons I chose the Galloway program is that I hoped the spacing of weekend long runs would allow a more flexibility with other activities, since I don’t have double digit long runs every weekend. So far I’m finding that to be the case. Yesterday I ran a bit over eight-and-a-half miles, including four mile repeats under 8:05. This was an excellent challenge and by no…

Day 42: Appreciating My Resilient 2020 Posts

Last month I wrote I was enjoying re-reading old posts from 2020. I have continued to be impressed by the mindset I see in my words that first year of the Pandemic. I remember I was clear that I wanted to “make my own weather” and make the best of the situation. I’m inspired even today by the clarity and resilience I read in posts from that year. Here are some highlights from April 2020, when the new Pandemic lifestyle was just getting underway. 1. “An Infinite Supply of Well-Being,”…

Day 41: Reaching for Satisfaction (Music-Sharing Edition)

Today I sat at the cafe and blissed out for three hours writing mostly about (you guessed it) investing. However, at one point I was reminded that it wasn’t the topic that was important so much as how the topic was feeling. In other words, I was having fun, so I kept it up. And because it felt good, I know it was good for me 🙂 That’s how I am learning to think of things these days. It’s not the subject, it how it feels. It doesn’t matter if…

Day 40: I Love Feeling Good After a Run!

This morning’s run begins rather dubiously but ends just as triumphantly. I wake up still groggy after being very tired yesterday, which I attribute to the lingering effects of my fifteen-miler last weekend. Over the past few days I noticed a significant drop in my energy by late afternoon. This mid-week fatigue is something I also experienced last year during marathon training. It reminds me that I need to be very intentional about keeping myself well-hydrated and fueled throughout the day, and as well-rested as possible. Back to this morning.…

Day 39: “Sweet at Home (for strings)” [Original Music]

“Sweet at Home” is a piano piece I put on my previous album, “The Cherry Rainbow Piano Experience.” I always wondered what it would be like to hear it played by strings. Thanks to my growing Logic production skills, using my digital orchestra I can… and so can you! To me, this piece is very personal. I conceived the idea one day when I was hanging out with family to celebrate my dad’s birthday. I felt a sense of well-being and love, and the idea of the music’s opening came…

Day 38: The Drama-Free Game of Growing Share Ownership (Part 2)

Recently I wrote about how investing is really a game of growing share ownership. Whether that is owning stocks & bonds, or any other asset (such as real estate, individual businesses, intellectual property), ownership is the path to wealth. When it comes to index fund investing, the regular purchase of shares over time becomes a powerful wealth-creating force. The daily gyrations of one’s portfolio balance are not nearly as important, though they can be plenty distracting from the true purpose of investing. One benefit of focusing on ownership rather than…

Day 37: Allowing My Way to Enjoying “Masterclass”

I believe I am getting better at “allowing.” This is a term that Abraham-Hicks mentions a lot. They call it the “Art of Allowing.” My way of understanding this that instead of trying to make things happen in our life, we get into a state where we are inspired first and then take action accordingly. This idea of inspired action is so much more powerful and effective than forced action. Allowing is about Ease. It is about Inspiration. It is about Flow. Sure, sometimes we gotta “warm up” to the…

Day 36: My Short-But-Sweet “In the Heights” Adventure

A few nights ago I was about to close up for the night and relax, when my friend Lisa called. A few years ago we worked together on several musicals at a high school in Elk Grove, including “Frankenstein,” which I wrote the music for. Lisa is now doing “In the Heights” in Woodland, about a half hour outside of where I live in Sacramento. She explained that their keyboardist had taken sick, opening night is two days away, and is there ANY possibility I could maybe… drive over right…

Day 35: Now You Know What I Care About!

The best way to know a person’s priorities is to see where they allocate their time. Personally, this is how I have been allocating my time (in no particular order): Piano Teaching Personal Growth & Self-Care Health & Exercise Creativity My Relationship Household-Related Duties Friendships & Family (Honorable Mention) Let’s go over these one by one: Piano Teaching: This priority is self-evident as my “bread and butter” for 10 1/2 years now. I get a lot of satisfaction out of helping my students, seeing them progress, helping them focus on…

Day 34: “Ragamuffins” (Original Music)

Last weekend I got the idea to write an honest-to-goodness ragtime piece modeled after Scott Joplin’s rags. I tried for as accurate an emulation as I could while still hopefully being original. To me, this was as much as historical “study,” based on my experience of playing rags, as it was an original composition. I certainly had fun, and wanted to add strings to practice with my “digital orchestra.” I also ended up adding tuba to double the bass notes, which I quite like. Enjoy!