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(noise)letter: One Word That Changes Everything

Updated: Nov 30, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm going to try to keep this one short because I know there's cooking to be done and loved ones to visit.

Whether you're spending today with your family or you're on the road with your band fam, I've been thinking about what it means to be thankful...

My family has a tradition this time of year (which I have unapologetically forced upon my circle of friends). Instead of planning New Year's resolutions, we each pick a word. We don't like setting ourselves up for failure, and let's face it, most resolutions last about a month anyway. By focusing on one word, we can make holistic, lasting changes in our mindset and carry that growth with us year after year.

And every year is different. Some years, you need to focus on momentum. Some years, you need closure. Maybe you'd like to focus on gratitude. Maybe resilience. Faith. Motivation. Purpose. It could be anything.

What I love the most about this tradition is it makes me step outside of my own head and pay attention to what life and time have been trying to teach me, where I've been led, and how I got here. I can look at my circumstances with new eyes and truly be grateful for what has happened, good or bad, and truly be brave in the face of the unknown.

It's not an easy practice, by any means. Looking at yourself that vulnerably and setting an honest goal can be terrifying. But the beauty of it is, you get to decide how to make it better. And if you come to the end of the year and realize you need another 365 days with your word, it's totally allowed.

Whether you're looking for clarity about your career, searching for opportunities with your art, or just in need of some peace in your life, here are a few questions to ask yourself:

• What do you need (not want)?

• What is in your way?

• What do you need more of or less of?

• What needs to change?

So, what's your word? Be honest. Be brave. Aim for true growth.

I know this idea isn't exactly music industry advice or professional tips. With that, I hope you know that you mean much more than what you do. You matter. And I truly want to know what's going on in your world. If you have a new song, send me a link! If you have a new idea you're excited about, please share it! If you just figured out your word for 2020, I'd truly love to hear it.

I'm thankful for you and your story. I hope all of your dreams present themselves to you in your journey, and I hope you find the courage to discern and pursue the ones that will change everything for the good.

Finally, In light of this day of gratitude, I'm reflecting on this gem from Brené Brown:

To your success, Naø 🖤

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