Amy Mantis


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So...About That...

I was supposed to write about how my scheduling went just before I went to LA to record.

Well, it went.  I wasn't the best at it.  I noticed that on days where I didn't teach, I did better with keeping things together.  I think that was because I felt less pressure around my tasks.  Weird.  Then when I was in LA, I did not keep to a schedule because I had no idea when I would be recording or eating dinner or getting home.

I'm on Day Three of my second Whole30 of 2016.  Between my trip to LA, going to Maine for a weekend, and then going to Austin, I needed a reset.  I'm also the type of person who needs limits, even self-imposed limits.  I, like Billy Joel, go to extremes.  I ate eight scones in less than 24 hours while I was in Austin.  Yup.  Eight.  On a Whole30 I will have zero scones.

I'm almost back into a routine.  I head back to LA in 20 days (!!) for the ASCAP I Create Music Expo.  And between now and then, I'd better get my act together.  Including things for the Expo.  Including a better upkeep of this blog.

I will be sharing my songs with you all in the near future.  And I'm excited about that.  I know I'm biased, but they sound real good.

This..has been a scattered post.  I'm gonna go now.

Chain - Keep Us Together

I have a habit of when I miss one thing or day of my to-do list, my whole life gets derailed for a few days.  I look at what I missed and think, "Well, I didn't do it.  So now I have to start over or makeup for it tomorrow - who has time for that?"  And it could be something as simple as a breathing exercise to help with my singing - which is important to me.  Or so I think it would be.

Sometimes it's not.  I don't doubt that I want to be a musician/songwriter/guitarist/singer, but sometimes I don't want to put in the work on the latter.  That's the truth.  I don't always want to practice singing in the way I want to write songs or play guitar.  I want to do it because I don't want to depend on someone else all the time to sing my songs, but I also would rather write songs!  It's a conundrum of sorts.

The point is, I use an app called Way of Life and my goal for the week is to not miss a day in my eight things.  So far I'm doing well.  My eight things are:

  • Up by 9AM
  • Meditate
  • Stretch
  • Mobilize - 10 Minutes
  • Practice yoga twice a week
  • Take a walk (or do 30 squats if it rains)
  • Vocal Exercises
  • Read for 30 minutes or more

I haven't had an all-green / perfect chain for all of them yet.  So I'm going to fix that.

And then I hope to never break the chain.

This, That, and Everything Else

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.