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    Tuesday
    Oct282014

    a requiem for The DIY Daily

    a few months ago i decided to shut down The DIY Daily, including both the newsletter and the podcast i published five days a week. although The DIY Daily website is no longer being updated, it will remain online as an archive for all the work i’ve done since it first began over three years ago.

    i realize i left rather abruptly, without ever really explaining myself, so here's a few words from behind-the-scenes.

    Seth Godin once wrote, “if you are willing to do something that might not work, you're closer to being an artist.”

    but if the thing that “might not work” is following your passions and dreams, then how could it ever be wrong? so here i am, willing to practice, to publish, to fail, and to learn.

    this is the journey i now find myself on.

    so let this be a requiem for The DIY Daily.

    the audience i found there was inspiring and motivating beyond words. without you, i never would have been able to find my natural voice and gain the confidence i needed to pursue my own creativity, my writing, full time.

    the work i did there changed my life, and it probably saved it too. you were there with me, every day, rallying me on as i documented and shared many of the lifestyle changes i was making as i tried to become a happier and more fulfilled person. you were my support network. you were there alongside me as i quit smoking, when i quit drinking, when i became a vegan, when i gave my entire life’s music collection away, and you were even there when i decided to pack up my life in the city, sell my home, and move to a tiny town you can only get to by boat.

    i can’t thank you enough for all of your support with The DIY Daily, sincerely. you truly made a difference in my life.

    but i needed to move on. i needed to keep growing, improving, and to not allow myself to stagnate. i simply outgrew what The DIY Daily was originally intended to be, which was a daily marketing resource for independent musicians. the ideas i grew into writing and sharing with you became much more than just advice for artists. it evolved into less of a business resource, and more into an inspirational, spiritual, personal development site.

    so when i took a step back and looked at The DIY Daily from how an outsider might perceive it, i realized it sounded more like a website for a handyman, a place where home renovation tutorials might be found, or perhaps where parents could find new craft ideas for their kids. it's because of this branding disconnect, between the name, the look, and the type of content i shared, that i was limiting the potential audience of what my daily writings could find.

    i was letting myself down. i hit a plateau. i wasn’t getting anywhere. i needed to climb another peak.

     

    i needed to create more and consume less. i needed to spend more time writing original work, which is what makes my soul sing. i needed to spend less time searching the web for other people's ideas, so that i could work on my own instead.

    i needed to focus on what mattered most to me, undistracted. i needed to finish my book and launch a new website where all of my creative works could live, without hiding under the cover of a marketing or business site.

    i needed to step forward and finally call myself a writer. i needed to finally become what i had always wanted to be.

    so this isn’t goodbye, it’s actually an entirely new hello.

     

    if you’ve been following me on the social networks, or you've already visited my new website before, then you already know what i’ve been up to these past few months. my book is called Sparks to Awaken and you can pre-order it on Zen Thinking.

    i'm back.

    much love,

    Brian

    Thursday
    May152014

    The Currency of Optimism

    choose to trade in the abundant currency of optimism,
    be not bankrupt by your own negative complacency.

    reclaim your sense of awe,
    and let it guide you.

    be a wonder junkie,
    watch as the cosmos wink
    and give you a knowing nod.

    be driven by curiosity,
    embrace the creative improvisation
    of your natural, intuitive states of flow.

    be in tune with the jazz of your consciousness.

    get out of your own way.
    refuse to listen to doubt.
    follow your bliss
    and have a rapturous awakening
    to the limitless, infinite potential
    that exists within all things.

    surf the waves of profound possibility
    that hide within the authentic appreciation
    of our untapped universal ecstasy.

    bt
    05.15.2014

    Monday
    May122014

    Being Incongruent with Yourself

    do you recognize those parts of you
    that are incongruent with your personal philosophy?
    do you ever see your own hypocrisy?

    at some point or another,
    we all contradict what we claim our values to be.
    we all sometimes say one thing, while we do another.

    this is where our unease and discontent begins to flow,
    and left unchecked, it can grow
    into a poisonous, uncontrollable, and unforgiving weed.

    it’s this internal opposition with our true self
    which our subconscious fights,
    whose anguish then seeps into other aspects of life,
    tainting the calm and peace we long to feel.

    when we live our lives
    misaligned with our ideals,
    we resist our truth inside.
    we struggle with the very core of our being.

    we suffer,
    without even realizing why.

    yet if we're honest with ourselves and ask,
    where do my words go against my actions?
    where do my deeds go against my beliefs?

    we can become aware of our misalignments,
    and can then be mindful of our actions,
    and correct and adjust moving forward as need be.

    in doing so, we realign ourselves with our intended direction.

    we no longer live a contradiction.
    we no long live with internal conflict.

    we right our ship of self,
    that veered off course.

    what parts of you do you deny?
    the discomfort of your resistance and avoidance
    is the source of much of your personal pain.

    bt
    05.12.2014

    Friday
    May092014

    Unbind Yourself

    unbind yourself.
    unravel the rope
    which wraps around and constricts you.

    clinging to expectations
    of how others might act
    causes us much suffering.

    it binds us to pain.

    attachment to outcomes
    causes much of our inextricable grief.

    continually grasping
    at how we hope something might be,
    hurts us when things then don't go as planned.

    attachment to assumptions
    is our struggle, defined.

    when we try to control any moment,
    rather than just accepting it and letting it flow,
    we needlessly waste energy.
    we let our emotions overtake control.

    when we cling to certain thoughts or ideas,
    or how we wish things might be,
    we close ourselves off to what actually is.
    our mind becomes rigid and set in stone,
    unable to hear or consider anything else.

    release yourself.

    strive to be mindful,
    to live in the moment
    without forecasting any predictions,
    or bemoaning the past,
    rather, only dealing with what actually is.

    we must swim with the current of reality.
    when we resist or fight against,
    strife thrives and resides,
    we drown.

    bt
    05.09.2014

    Thursday
    May082014

    Go With Your Gut

    the answer to finding your truth,
    is to go with your gut.

    trust intuition.
    find your inner wisdom,
    and listen.
    it’s already there,
    waiting to be heard.

    nothing speaks stronger.
    nothing with better advice will ever suggest
    than that which first emanates from your heart,
    unfiltered by assumption or expectation,
    untainted by conformist or cultural belief,
    unfettered by needless pontification
    obfuscating the simple essence
    of the answers your seek.

    you already know what needs to be done.
    the choice is yours.

    your antipathy for indecision
    makes moments of speculation insufferable.
    your weariness to feel your feelings
    and to listen to what your body suggests,
    is derisive and damning to your soul.

    when you sit on the fence
    unable to decide,
    it’s because you’re too scared to finalize
    the option your fear most,
    yet which you innately know is best.

    push past fear.
    ignore doubt.
    go with your gut.

    bt
    05.08.2014

    Monday
    May052014

    What are you avoiding?

    what are you avoiding?
    ...with each website you visit?
    ...with each video you watch?
    ...with each game you play?
    ...with each snack you eat?

    what are you avoiding?
    ...with each night out on the town?
    ...with each channel you change?
    ...with each shopping trip you make?
    ...with each shiny object you chase?

    what are you avoiding?
    with all the time and energy you pointlessly waste?

    what do you know of yourself that lacks?
    that plagues you inside,
    that you know desperately needs to be done,
    yet which you constantly run from and hide?

    what are you avoiding?

    is it matters of the heart, mind, or soul?
    is it facing your fears?
    or admitting and dealing with
    those deep, dark habits
    in which you uncomfortably rely?

    confront the unkempt corners of your mind.
    embrace the reality of your current self,
    see the truth of your nature for what it is.

    your foremost creative weakness,
    the thing that blocks your happiness, fulfilment, and awakening,
    is in your inability to finish something,
    to commit to it and take it to the final end.

    how long will you wait?

    know that perfection is unachievable.
    it’s something which we may forever strive,
    yet will never achieve.

    so how long will you wait?

    what you resist persists.
    what you deny, will only grow
    until it’s presence looms so large,
    it overbears and overwhelms.
    it will become a beast of burden on your back.
    it will suffocate and turn all your inner light to black,
    leaving you in the shadows of your unfinished business.

    when you choose (and it is a choice)
    to continually press pause
    on what you know needs to be done,
    when you plug your ears and avert your eyes,
    when you run away and chase distractions
    rather than taking action,
    you delay the inevitable,
    you prolong the pain.

    what are you avoiding and how long will you wait?
    your life is an evolution, waiting to progress...
    your next breakthrough awaits.

    bt
    05.05.2014

    Friday
    May022014

    From a tiny spark may burst a mighty flame

    from a wee little inkling,
    an idea, a mere thought...
    from a curious or insightful wonder,
    mighty things can erupt.

    stay curious.
    be intrigued by subtle nuances.
    investigate your hunches,
    nurture all those suspicions
    for which you hold to be true.

    one can never predict
    which wick might first take a match's flame,
    or which candle may be the last to keep lit,
    before it loses its last wax,
    and its breath is snuffed right out.

    inside us all
    exists an impressive and powerful force,
    the seed of potential,
    the spark of creation,
    the possibility of greatness yet to become.

    but how many before us have ignored intuition's call?

    how many silent epiphanies
    never found their voice
    and given their chance to be?

    how many missions to Mars has man never explored?
    how many transformative works of art might we never see?

    what greatness resides inside of you,
    waiting for its chance to ignite?

    it starts with a spark.

    bt
    05.02.2014

    Thursday
    May012014

    Give a damn.

    when you lack compassion
    you fail to consider another’s feelings,
    of how they may have ended up
    wherever they find themselves to be.

    when you lack compassion
    you think only of yourself.

    you become rigid in your opinions,
    thinking yours are the one and only way,
    rather than exploring your feelings
    to possibly see things how others may.

    compassion is patience,
    it’s respect and tolerance,
    it’s having an honest and empathetic sense of concern
    for others' struggles and suffering.

    compassion is being kind to everyone,
    despite their pains or problems.

    compassion is not being so rigid with your views
    that you’re blinded by them,
    it’s being flexible and understanding
    of how we’re all simply trying our best
    however messed up it might seem to be.

    compassion is being willing to listen,
    or lending a helping hand.

    compassion is not jumping to conclusions.
    it’s not judging or blaming either yourself or others,
    it’s not reacting in haste
    to other people’s sorrow or hurt,
    even when it might spill over
    and fall onto you.

    compassion is grace of spirit.
    it is forgiveness.

    compassion is respecting life,
    in all its incarnations,
    despite colour of skin
    or thickness of fur,
    whether from land or sea.

    compassion is the path to peace,
    and when we walk this road,
    we’ll find love and equanimity.

    bt
    05.01.2014

    Tuesday
    Apr292014

    The trouble is, you think you have time.

    the trouble is,
    you think you have time.
    and because of this,
    you endure what causes you pain,
    and you resist pursuing
    for what your soul screams
    and for what you know inside
    is innately true about you.

    thinking you have time,
    you put off
    all of those uncomfortable things,
    like confronting those things
    that seemingly hold you back,
    saying, "meh, maybe some other day."

    when what you really need to do,
    is to try, even though you may’ve failed before,
    or to finally get started
    on that thing you’ve forever longed to do,
    or to finally go to that place you’ve always want to see,
    or to stand atop that mountain at last,
    to feel what it’s like to climb,
    to put in the effort and the energy,
    to commit, to achieve, to finally be.

    you ignore the need
    that you know is true
    to initiatie internal change
    and to confront your fears,
    and so you persist and you settle,
    and you continue to live the same ol’ hell
    over and over, again and again.

    the human condition is to eternally grow,
    to evolve, to gain insight and wisdom throughout the years
    because of all the things we’ve experienced, have done, and overcome.

    but you deny yourself of that,
    thinking you have more time.

    you multiply your suffering
    each day you decide to ignore
    that restless spirit inside
    that knows your time is limited and finite,
    and there’s many things yet to be done.

    cast away the compelling urge
    to wait one more day.
    get started on whatever you dream or desire,
    today.

    bt
    03.29.2014

    Monday
    Apr282014

    Intangible Castles of Thought

    when was the last time 
    you were truly alone 
    with yourself? 

    not on a bus,
    not in a coffee shop,
    but alone,
    in perfect solitude?

    with no distractions,
    with no music, no radio or tv,
    with no phone nor gossip, 
    with no friend to lean on,
    alone, 
    allowing yourself to just feel, 
    and be?

    who might that person be?
    do you know?

    just the two of you,
    you and yourself, 
    inseparable and intrinsically entwined,
    who together make one.

    have you ever tried 
    to just sit and experience, 
    to witness the world
    both around you and inside, 
    to listen to your inner dialogue 
    without judgement or opinion, 
    to attempt to cease all thinking,
    to breathe deeply and just be?

    when quiet and alone,
    your one true self
    finds its space to awaken.

    this is bliss.

    perfection in the moment.
    it exists and is available to all of us at all times,
    yet it proves itself most elusive,
    difficult to obtain and out of grasp,
    for our hands are always too full
    with other things less important
    to which we hold tightly to and cling.

    mad, sad, hurt, angry, and full of fear.
    bitterness, resentment, and prejudicial beliefs,
    stress, anxiety, and despair.
    jealousy, confusion, and blame, 
    suspicion, remorse, and shame.
    rejection, frustration, and disappointment,
    the list is long of how we all might feel.

    but when we let go
    of these intangible castles of thought,
    we find that they collapse
    without the presence of our attention.

    when we let go,
    all our grievances disappear.

    when we shift our focus
    to the natural state of present awareness,
    away from the labels we affix to our thoughts,
    when we tune in to what actually is,
    to the here and now in this very moment,
    our preconceptions and misguided mental concoctions
    of the turbulence we've projected onto our lives, 
    settles into the calm tranquil waters of our true selves,
    unbiased by ego, no longer abused 
    by consuming, self-destructive thought.

    bt
    04.28.2014

     

    Thursday
    Apr242014

    Live Like You Mean It

    hey friends,

    i have something really exciting to share with you this morning. i'm the guest on today's new episode of the Live Like You Mean It Podcast, published by Story Shelter.


    i had an absolutely fantastic and refreshing conversation with host Kerri Lowe. we dive deep into my personal journey and things get quite introspective.

    in fact, i even surprised myself with one of my answers to Kerri's questions, something which i never quite realized about myself before it spilled out of my mouth.

    powerful stuff.

    below you'll find the summary of our conversation, as written from the Story Shelter website. click the links below to listen to the episode or to download it on iTunes.

    i'll chat with you again soon.

    much love,
    bt


     

    The Live Like You Mean It Podcast

     

    Getting Back to Your True Self with Brian Thompson


    Do you think you’re being your true self? Or have you lost something along the way?

    This week I talk to Brian Thompson, a writer, teacher, music consultant, poet, and creator of the DIY Daily – a daily email newsletter and podcast that brings the best inspirational web content to your inbox or iTunes. Brian has undergone a huge transformation in lifestyle since he committed to creating the DIY Daily and it’s totally inspiring and exciting to hear about the way he’s gotten back to his true self. It’ll maybe even inspire you to start your personal revolution!

    Listen to the podcast here

    You’ll Learn:

    - The importance of letting go of the past to release anger at others and gain compassion towards yourself.

    - How to fill your mind with things that help you, not hurt you.

    - The development of Brian’s personal transformation and how he got back to his true self.

    - It’s never too late to adopt a healthier, happier lifestyle.

    - The amazing transformation that happens when you commit to something every single day.

    Listen to the podcast here

    Thursday
    Apr172014

    Wrong Intent and the Damage Done

    wrong intent, 
    and the damage done.

    when we do things out of desire or haste,
    when the methods are incongruent 
    with what we hope to achieve,
    we do a disservice to the hard work we’ve done,
    and to what we wish to fulfill and create.

    when we cling 
    to what we aspire to too tightly,
    we inadvertently risk losing the integrity 
    we’ve fought so hard to hold.

    when we’re overly anxious and ignore 
    our values, our ideals and our true selves,
    we damage our peace of mind with dis-ease,
    we blister our soul with the red hot embers of deceit.

    our potential gets burned.

    but the power of good intent 
    somehow channels our unseen powers of potential,
    it mystically aligns us 
    with the altruistic life-force that lies dormant within, 
    awaiting to be discovered and revealed,
    within our yet-to-be-realized acts of creation.

    pure intent 
    summons the magic of the ages,
    it’s the elixir for positive change
    that’s within us all.

    it’s the alchemical answer 
    to all of our untapped abilities. 

    we create the world around us.
    it’s through our desires and aspirations 
    that we paint the perceptions of how we see our life,
    and how others view us too.

    captivate and charm your muse
    with positive, untainted energy.

    paralyze your opposing forces

    with an honest, ambitious, 
    and patient state of being.

    let your goals be aligned with your heart.
    let your actions be in harmony with your dreams.

    and when all things align 
    and are together in synch,
    it is then when your world will open 
    as a blossom does in Spring.

    bt
    04.17.2014

     

    Wednesday
    Apr162014

    The DIY Daily Podcast #537 - Your Calling Doesn’t Always Look Like You Think It Should

    On today's episode I discuss:

    Your Calling Doesn’t Always Look Like You Think It Should
    and

    Give up Living Your Life to Other People’s Expectations and Live It Your Way Instead

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    Share your personal story with The DIY Daily audience by sending an email for Brian to read on air at: thediydaily@thornybleeder.com.
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    The Featured Song of the Week is Never Letting Me Go – Luca Fogale & Good For Grapes.

    Download this song for free at http://peakperformanceproject.com/roadsongs/.

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    Wednesday
    Apr162014

    The DIY Daily Newsletter - April 16, 2014



    The Wednesday Edition

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    Tuesday
    Apr152014

    The DIY Daily Podcast #536 - What We Hold Onto Makes Us Who We Are

    On today's episode I discuss:

    How Embracing Failure Can Help Us Deal with Anxious Thoughts
    and

    What are You Made of?

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    Share your personal story with The DIY Daily audience by sending an email for Brian to read on air at: thediydaily@thornybleeder.com.
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    The Featured Song of the Week is Never Letting Me Go – Luca Fogale & Good For Grapes.

    Download this song for free at http://peakperformanceproject.com/roadsongs/.

    Click to read more ...

    Tuesday
    Apr152014

    The DIY Daily Newsletter - April 15, 2014



    The Tuesday Edition

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    Thursday
    Apr102014

    The DIY Daily Podcast #535 - Take Chances, Make Mistakes, Get Messy!

    On today's episode I discuss:

    If You Want It Badly Enough, You'll Find a Way to Get It.
    and

    There Is No Perfect Age

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    Share your personal story with The DIY Daily audience by sending an email for Brian to read on air at: thediydaily@thornybleeder.com.
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    The Featured Song of the Week is Never Letting Me Go – Luca Fogale & Good For Grapes.

    Download this song for free at http://peakperformanceproject.com/roadsongs/.

    Click to read more ...

    Thursday
    Apr102014

    The DIY Daily Newsletter - April 10, 2014



    The Thursday Edition

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    Tuesday
    Apr082014

    The DIY Daily Podcast #534 - What We Can Learn From Bruce Lee’s Moment of Self-Awareness

    On today's episode I discuss:

    What We Can Learn From Bruce Lee's Moment of Self-Awareness
    and

    Artists: Is the world outside your skull a minefield of chaos? Ignore it, carry on & do the work. Avoid Distraction.

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    Share your personal story with The DIY Daily audience by sending an email for Brian to read on air at: thediydaily@thornybleeder.com.
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    The Featured Song of the Week is Never Letting Me Go – Luca Fogale & Good For Grapes.

    Download this song for free at http://peakperformanceproject.com/roadsongs/.

    Click to read more ...

    Tuesday
    Apr082014

    The DIY Daily Newsletter - April 8, 2014



    The Tuesday Edition

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