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from brian thompson

(while this site has been discontinued and is not longer being updated, the huge archives remain)

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    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 although The DIY Daily website is no longer being updated, it will remain online as an archive for all the work i’ve done since it first began over three years ago.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,



    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.



    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.



    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.



    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.



    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.