Movement, Nutrition and Mindset: The three pillars of Health and Performance for those surviving the rock star lifestyle and interested in becoming a better human. Stay tuned for tips and tricks on how to last the party a little while longer.

I know, right?

What a thing to say in a world that is so focused around getting to the next level, pushing and climbing your way to the top. And for what? Do you feel happy? Is that success?

I dunno, I must be getting soft in my old age, but now more than ever I’m more inclined to put myself in only the situations that bring my joy. When I’m happy, I thrive. I like feeling restored, energized, positively happy, and I really like to help others feel that way too. It’s super cool to help someone make that flip. That’s what we talked about in therapy this week; how to make that switch with as limited emotional duress as possible. A part of that is reflecting on my days and recognizing what I’m grateful for. Do you do something similar?

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The shadows show more than the eye can see as I ride back home up the monster hill. It’d been far too long. 

Today was a really nice day. I rode my bike for the first time seriously for commuting

purposes. I want to get back to that again. I just feel so much better. It’s freeing. And that’s what I want to write about, how once you find something that’s freeing, you should do it. And do it for as long as it brings you peace. One of those things for me is cycling.

 

 

 

 

This whole weekend was great actually. I’m very happy to be back enjoying movement again. Saturday I was invited by my friend, Jess Smith to accompany her for a Yoga class that’d feature us in the beautiful Yoga Passage, a gorgeous studio fulll of beautiful humans, here in downtown Calgary, Alberta.

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However, prior to the super mindful, health conscious Mike – the rock star lifestyle Mike happened…

unfortunately for my wellbeing, but par for the course (as an industry it’s not uncommon to be out all night) I had to “take one for the team”. I  ended staying out waaaaaay past my bed time after the Canada’s Music Incubator, AE West program wrapped up. Well, of course I’d like to go to the afterparty….

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There’s a lot of stories. So I’ll give you a bit of Matt Blais… good friend of mine and our shenanigans with some food (that turned out to not even be ours!)

Let’s just focus on how great the music was. Canada, you have a lot of amazing talent coming up out of the West. I’m happy to help foster and develop all of these amazing talents.

This is Atlaas – she’s from Winnipeg and you should check out her EP. She’s an amazing soul. And that voice…

 

but yeah… and I got in around 4:30 am. Good thing I didn’t have any plans until Jess and I had yoga to cleanse the soul and stretch the mind and body…

Sunday I got up, headed over to a train an in-home couples training session and then ripped to the stairs to hit up Sunday Funday.

After the workout, I ripped home let Dar out and got down to toss a Teddy Bear on the ice at the Hitmen game. Here’s what that looks like. Must have been somewhere near 22,000 Teddy Bears out there.. it’s an annual thing. Super fun. I go every year.

I did have this weird revelation that I’ve had in passing before. I nearly bought an art set with canvas, an easel and something like 110 pieces. I have no idea how to art though. Are any of you artists? What would you recommend for someone who is looking to get into it? I feel pretty strongly about abstract art. I like rad stuff. I have a lot of energy and creativity and for some reason art seems like a really cool outlet when I don’t music.

Any recommendations for what to go for, what to look out for and the like would be awesome.

And in the meantime… find stuff that fuels your creativity, fuels your happiness and I really think. you’ll see that success thing everyone is always talking about. Don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t done this and feel silly for not figuring it out. Sometimes it takes getting out of your lane in order to find what you’re lane truly is.

Thanks for reading. Until next time, stay sweet.

M

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…and I wouldn’t have had the chance I had tonight. Thank you.

It’s amazing what a snap decision can lead to, good or bad. I was invited to score a band residency and brewery endorsement at Mikey’s on 12th (awesome live music venue if you’re ever in Calgary) and hat was a privilege and an honour. I got to see some great acts of never seen before. As a musician, that’s what dreams are made of. After that wrapped up, I made a decision – as always, snap – to tag on with my newly made musical accomplice, Sonia to the sister bar, the original Mikey’s to catch a little jazz/Latin jam.

I’ll be honest, at first I really wanted to just get back to hang out with my dog and go to sleep, but something about the way Sonia talked about this, with sheer confidence and swagger like I have never seen before made this a no brainer. We said our goodbyes to the bar and hopped to the next one.

I was a little bit behind Sonia, but she found me amidst the packed bar, and we sneaked up to the front. From the time i got in the doors, it was like I had left the planet. We had left the planet.

Meanwhile, fires are burning on the coast and I’m getting the inside report. But it didn’t matter. I was here. A totally different place. The video doesn’t even do it justice, but this is an improvised jam. The way I learned to communicate. From behind the drums.

It was so inspiring. All of it. The music. Sonia. And like a meteor across the summer night’s sky, we parted ways as quickly as we had met earlier, two completely unqualified judges for an artist event. That good ol’ universe opened up a whole lot more than that, and it’s usually those moments that change the direction of life. You know, the ones you don’t expect at all. I had zero expectations. I just thought, “sure, she’s rad.”

Check the link – Amazing singer joins improv jam at Mikey’s in Calgary.

She is. And that is very, very exciting.

As I stand here, warming up in the bomby -2.5C Calgarian November morning, I look around to see nothing but open park, glorious cityscape and a few tourists over the stairs at Crescent Heights. The same stairs that the team and I meet every Sunday, at 11:07.

Not this Sunday though. I was the lone wolf.

I heard lots of inquiries, lots of interest, some were unfortunately sick and others had previous engagements and that’s all fine. I’m okay if you don’t show up. I have zero influence on what people prioritize until they see what health and wellness will do for them.

Ironic because most of the excuses I hear revolve around “I’m tired, I’m gonna sleep in, I’ve been working nights, I’m getting sick, I have no time for that…” which all stem from the root of why you should be joining me every Sunday at 11:07!

I don’t do this because I like it all the time. I do it because I know the alternative of depression, anxiety, poor conditioning, sickness, lethargy, zero motivation, ambition and the feeling of insecurity far outweighs the shitty 35:07 of a little hard breathing, muscle soreness and pounding heart. Yeah. I show up.

I’d encourage you to do the same the next time you say you will. Physically and mentally. At the end of the day, you’re only letting yourself down.

I did my reps.

We all live in patterns. It’s been brought to my attention a few times this week so I figure I should address the importance of recognizing these patterns, good or bad and then having the ability to channel them in your best interest, so here it goes.

Consistency is something we tend to talk a lot about but rarely deliver, or at least I know it’s a constant conversation I’ve had with myself over the past few years. It’s good now though that I recognize that I don’t always deliver (ironic seeing as though it’s a vital part of my job to make sure my clients deliver…) sometimes it’s just easier to not have to dig in… not be accountable… to grow up and blow away.

Here’s what I noticed about myself. And I was talking with my friend, and hairstylist about this trend. When I undergo or at least crave change, I alter my appearance.

Easiest and most common through the years was the hairstyle, and as I you can tell – here we are. Another big change, another change in hair. It’s a trend of my reinvention of myself. Cleansing myself of the impurities of my old self, and opening myself up for a new challenge. Personally I love the idea of change. I embrace it, and I’d encourage you to, too.

Here’s a snapshot of a few of my hairstyles and corresponding life events that played a role in the reinvention.

“The Sick Flow” 2005 (Found drums)

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“The Workin’ Man” 2007 (Discovered my career, my passion for life)

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“Hairodynamic” 2014 (started speed skating, became a full time athlete)

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The “JD” 2015 (reinvented myself in single life)

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“Straight Up” 2015 (rediscovered music)

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“The Clark” 2016 (joined The Sweets)

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“Change of Shade: Violet Undertones” 2016 (Started writing my book)

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Hair Massacure “Dope Soul” 2017 (Started working at INLIV; NMC + CMW connection)

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“Mull-Hawk” 2017 (MusicFit, Monkey Tree, The Sweets, more writing)

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As you can see, I welcome change and manifest my reinvention through physical appearance. Adapt. Change. Learn. Grow. Darwin. Moral of the story is I tend to manifest positive change, showing that you can too. Most recently, I dumped the old me. Battling depression, sadness, fear and embraced optimism, vibrance, empowerment and confidence – all represented through a haircut. Just like I did before speed skating, after high school and right before I joined The Sweets. See the trend?

I’m back with The Sweets, MusicFit is taking off and as luck would have it, I just had my hair did by an old bestie… weird how the universe works, right?

If you change your environment, you can change the outcome.

Thanks for listening,

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The minute I quit the snow removal job last week, not officially, but in my head.. was the minute everything came together.

I’ve since gained 3 new clients, secured another 3 month term with Ronald McDonald House and most importantly, felt happy about life.

If you’re thinking, I need a “what if” safety net, you’ve already allowed yourself permission to fail and thus the likelihood of you succeeding is greatly reduced. Instead, I want to challenge you.

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This is a shot of me with my friend, Garth in front of the exact machine he learned how to produce on with his late father, Jack, which is now housed at National Music Centre in my hometown, Calgary Alberta. I spend a lot of time at NMC. Had I not committed to my dream of immersing myself to the music community a few years back, I’d have never met this incredible human. I’m so grateful to call him my friend. He’s changed so many lives and is genuinely one of the most caring humans I’ve ever met.

Dare to dream your wildest dreams. Dare to go above and beyond what others, maybe your closest, nearest and dearest think is absolutely insane. Super high risk. “Not something they’d do”.

Why?

Well, no one was ever inspired by someone that excelled at mediocrity.

Take an effin’ chance and commit to what you love.

Instead of thinking “What’s the worst that could happen, think:

 

“What’s the best that could happen?”

The kids loved this tour, Jason was amazing. Thank you, NMC.

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This is one of the 9 pianos David Foster has donated from his foundation. Look closely, see if you recognize any names. What an inspirational tour – behind the scenes at NMC.

That was my day. Had I tried to stick out the Plan B, earning a steady paycheque, grind out the bullshit hours for “income” I wouldn’t have had the chance to be with my friends and in my lane as a leader and educator in the community that has given me so much in return.

Cut the horse crap. Cut the Plan B. You’ll be successful when you believe you will be successful.

Happy Sunday, thanks for listening.

If you’re feeling inspired to dig in to what you do truly and help express yourself, I’m here. I’ve created an online course to help you get there and learn how to exploit your true weirdness and personality.

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If you’d like to learn more about my role in the Canadian Music Industry, I might recommend you check into my first book, “The Musician’s Guide To Surviving The Rock Star Lifestyle”

And for any musicians out there interested in learning more about MusicFit and the services we offer, please head to MusicFit.ca We have a ton of resources and services geared specifically towards musicians. So, let’s chat.

 

 

 

 

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Okay, for real now. Thanks for listening, have a great week.

M

 

I don’t expect anyone to understand.

But support is more than just providing a bailout, or your infinite wisdom and sagely advice… it’s about having the courage to drop your own values and encourage the crazy, even if deep down you might doubt it. Don’t let them hear that doubt… Their crazy is what’s going to change the world. You don’t realize how powerful the removal of all doubt can be in that. So let them know that they have got this. They’re crazy. But you believe in them.

Until you’ve been there, it’s not something you can fake the “I understand” bullshit sympathy symphony.

You don’t. And that’s okay.

Sometimes you just get cold, confused people and their reactions.

Putting yourself in their shoes won’t always help either. If they don’t have the same level of empathy, care and compassion as you – you’re about to be destroyed. Emotionally. But that’s okay cause a real man doesn’t show emotions.

That’s all this is though, right? Just me not able to handle my emotions. I’m not a real man. You know the drill.

Oh what the difference “I think I’ve got the flu…” would have made…

Thanks for hearing me out. This right here goes to show the power of just listening without judgement or expectation.

For those of you who are battling mental illness, reach out. In Calgary and area, 811 will get you on with health link, and they’ll take care of you. Otherwise, go see your doctor and stay sweet.

Paaayce!

M