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I'm not going to say that this time I'm going to blog every day because, while I hope it is the case, I have no idea whether or not that will happen.  What I will say is this: I will share more.  More of my ideas, practice tidbits, videos, and anything else that I think may be of some value.

I read the other day that there are over two million blog posts published each day.  Thank you for taking the time out of your day to stop by my humble pages.  I appreciate it.

So, what's cooking?  A myriad of things!

I took a tumble skiing a month ago and sprained my right shoulder.  I've had chronic wrist problems since 2011, but they have come to a head since my fall.  I believe this is - while not a good thing, but more of a flashing warning sign .  While I was proactive when the problems first occurred, as long as I was able to play guitar and do things with relative ease, I took things as they came.  Now that five minutes of playing guitar turns my right arm into jelly, I'm being ultra-proactive.  I have dry-needling scheduled, and I'm going to do acupuncture in the mean time as well as some massage work.  I'm going to LA in March to do a record (!!) so I want to be well on my way OR at 100% by the time that happens.

I decided to take a Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter break (my Twitter has some auto-updates that I've lost track of) for February.  Why?  Because I think I'm a better person when I'm less engaged on various feeds.  I spend (waste) enough time online as it is and I would like to spend that time writing, reading, healing, volunteering, outside, at yoga, or anything else that is more engaging than scrolling through photos and blurbs.  I'm available by email, and I think I can be of more value on other platforms, such as this blog.

I'm in the midst of a Whole30.  I'm on Day 17 and I'm going strong!  I've done them in the past, but I was never 100% compliant.  The first time was for lack of reading the part about paleo waffles and added sugar (had a lot of waffles), but I think I got what I needed out of it because when I went back to my old eating habits I felt awful.  The second time I had some veggie chips, which are not compliant.  This time I've been within the lines!  I don't find it hard.  I noticed that I snack a lot, and that I don't right now because I don't have many munchies around.  Cashews, seaweed, and cold cuts.  But those aren't as fun as chocolate.  I miss having milkshakes or ice cream whenever I please - including times when I shouldn't.  I like to think I eat paleo the majority of the time as it is so this isn't a huge change, but my skin is clearer, and that's one reason why I do it.

Well, my elbow says we're done here, so I'm gonna go.  I'm crafting my February so perhaps I'll share that once it's done.