I just had a brief “aha” as I was perusing through my social media feeds…

Authenticity.

Is it today’s overused catchphrase. A trend? Or can we still milk some sort of value amidst the shadows of hashtags, followers, filters, overproduced content and the need for the dopamine hits that result from that pesky like button.

Do you agree with me? Listen in here. “Authenticity”

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Again.

Today was a lot better. It’s a constant battle however, to delay the emotional suffering until you are in a safe place. You fight through. You kick. You almost have to wear it on your back instead of power it through your feet.

But that’s only sustainable for short amounts of time. The healing needs to take place and Flo says it best, “it’s always darkest before the dawn.”

Keep chipping away and things will turn up. Keep chipping away and do things day by day. They will be better. It’s just around the corner, I promise. When it rains it pours, and things are going to get real good, real soon. Just chip away.

I’ll wear the Albatross for one more day.

 

I’m participating in Movember to help support men in the music industry that battle the depression, anxiety and mental illnesses like I have – feel free to check out our team page here – https://mobro.co/coachschwartzy?mc=1

Thanks for listening,

Ciao

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I have had a reflective week. I am on a really good path to abundance and have found that a few key things have led to my success. I want to give back to the community that has given me so much in support so I am crafting up the “Start With U” journal to help others live with passion, intent and be better humans regardless of if they’re with themselves or with others. I am not charging anything for this awesome tool, but just ask that you pay for your shipping. I plan on having it out in the fall, so if you’re interested please click here. http://eepurl.com/cxDWIv

Heck, I’ll even send you a free kitchen rescue kit. Click it.

Here is my insight for the day – weigh in below. Each day, wake up and:

  1. Positively affirm yourself. Language shapes behaviours which lead to actions. So intention is everything. Self-talk up how grateful you are for the day and what you will accomplish.
  2. Move! When you start the day with a little movement (walk around the block, jump rope, do some yoga) you will help get your mind connected to your body and since we can all use a like “sweat once each day” therapy, this is just plain good for everyone and…
  3. Pick up a book, a guitar a pen and paper and get to work. Always be learning and pushing the mental boundaries of what you know to be possible. Learn. Create and grow!

Start With U

With the passing of yet another legend of popular culture, and another childhood hero of mine in Chester Bennington I have just one question: when are we going to wake up and start realizing there’s a problem and we need to do something to solve it?

I’m not suggesting rock stars get special treatment, but the level of fame, high stakes pressure and status is obviously taking its toll on the individuals we the public see as untouchable, perfect and with it all. These are the leaders that shape our youth and the stigma associated with mental health. If more celebrities, high profile artists and bands felt comfortable sharing their battles with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues then maybe the rest of us would feel better talking about it in an open forum much as we do about the flu, a rolled ankle or stubborn cough. It’s all sickness. Not optimized health. Mental vs. physical is irrelevant. It just needs to be discussed.

Clearly we are skipping steps. The industry needs to set up and advocate for a program of proactive health to which all areas of strength and confidence in both mental and physical wellbeing are treated. Here’s the thing:

I have the platform.

I wrote the book on it. Get it on Amazon – The Musician’s Guide To Surviving The Rock Star Lifestyle

I host the podcast to which we talk about it. Subscribe on iTunes – How To Survive The Rock Star Lifestyle Podcast

I train people to be fit, mentally, physically and emotionally. Check us out here – INLIV.com

All I need is the support.

Together we can help raise mental health awareness and break the stigma associated with depression, anxiety and addiction. Let’s talk, because I am sick of reading headlines like this every month or so about the rock idols that I grew up worshipping….

https://consequenceofsound.net/2017/07/r-i-p-chester-bennington-linkin-park-singer-has-died-at-age-of-41/

It’s getting really frustrating because it’s something we can fix by just opening up avenues of conversation.

Contact me here if you wish to speak on my podcast. You don’t have to be a rock star, musician or even musically inclined. However, if this story has made an impression, if you have been affected by mental health in any capacity, I want to offer you a platform to speak to it and inform others.

I am going to host a special edition podcast once we have some input in order to bring to light the darkness that is mental health awareness. It’s a safe, respectful, environment for those of you that wish to say anything about your experience with mental health. It can be a story, a specific experience you have had, how mental health has affected you or a friend/family member or how the loss of these amazing talents to something so silly has impacted your life…. anything at all. Even just a quick few sentences. I want your stories to help others realize there’s outlets for assistance. There are places to seek help and a community that supports you in your darkest of places. Together we can break the stigma. I’ve been down that road a couple times myself, but fortunately never to the point that some get to because I’ve had resources to help me through. Let’s showcase these resources for others that may not be aware. Let’s make it cool to talk about mental health.

I’m here to share your story. Please help me break the stigma!

I’m back!

Hey everyone! If you’ve never taken a breather, I highly recommend it. Be it from social media, the phone and emails or just from the daily hustle and grind – it all adds up and sometimes it’s nice to just recharge and breathe.

I spent May doing just that. I’m refocused, energized and have realigned my vision, got a few projects really rockin’ and rollin’ and most importantly, I’m the fittest I’ve ever been.
I find that I have more energy than ever! I’m waking up with the sun every day, going for a jog with Dar or doing some yoga in my living room and then heading in to either volunteer at Ronald McDonald House or down to INLIV to work with an all-star personal training team to inspire some amazing lives! I even bike almost 200 kilometres every week for fun!
I can’t say it was all me. I owe a lot of it to resetting my mindset and that only really started to kick in about 6 months ago when I started getting coached through the same system I teach my coaching clients, Precision Nutrition’s Pro-Coach.

Between volunteering, creating, coaching, catching live music events around town, hosting two shows; one on TV and the other, my very own radio show (now available on iTunes!), entertaining (or more like being entertained by) my pup Darwin, it seems like there should be a lot fewer hours in my day, right? It’s all in how you manage your time, I s’pose.
I’ve attached some links for you to take a peek at some of the things I’ve been up to. I hope you enjoy it, share it and remember the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, burnt out or out of control – take a step back and breathe. Reach out if you would like some help or even just an ear to vent to.

SoundScape

Check out the TV show I host, SoundScape YYCTanner James plays some tunes, talks about the upcoming release of his debut novel and chats with me about the changing landscape of Calgary’s music scene and how he’s thriving as an artist in the wake of the gunslingers and oil barons of the wild, wild west. It’s a real doozy. Tune in.

PPLSKLZ RADIO

The first episode is out! Be sure to tune in on that commute to work or over lunch break for your hour-long dose of local music-fused with real discussion on proactive healthcare for musicians and music lovers. Chalked full of value, this episode includes the first part of a new gender series “What Is A Man” I’m unrolling this month, some great local artists including Jo-Jo O’ and the Woods and The Heirlooms and tips and tricks to help keep you moving and feeling great! Check it out below.

The Musician’s Guide To Surviving The Rock Star Lifestyle

Now available on amazon.ca, get your copy of my book in either old school paperback or fresh, like the kids these days – e-book. Order your copy today!

Thanks for reading, until next time… stay sweet!

 

This year I have already learned so much. I am going to spend the next few days digesting everything and try my best to communicate it all back in a way that hopefully resonates with someone out there. Now’s a great time to talk about the first lesson, gratitude.

Gratitude

Oftentimes ignorance gets the best of us. I have definitely been guilty of this. I have (re) learned over the course of this past week to take time and be thankful for what I have in life, who I have around me and what I am able to accomplish, which, not to sound pretentious or anything – is a lot. We are all quite capable. One of the most profound statements that keeps recurring this week is one that one of my favourite humans ever, Mr. Wes Knight has hammered in my head. It’s actually a quote from Bill Gates:

“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”

Food for thought, right?

Now being grateful doesn’t mean I sit down and write out an essay or anything, it’s just reflection. Mindfulness. Being present. Taking time to appreciate.

That said, I am grateful for my able body. I have injured myself playing hockey, soccer, speed skating, just about any sport – it is such a humbling feeling not be “able”. However, my dedication to personal health and wellness, eating the right foods, sleeping, not abandoning my health for the thrills of life – all of that has allowed me to be able to help friends and family when called on, perform drums, sports, my job, play with my nephew, my dog and otherwise enjoy all aspects of life. I am forever grateful for that.

Secondly, I’m grateful for my ability to communicate these types of messages to folks like you. Reading my thoughts, paying attention to the words I spit. I am grateful for your support and that of anyone’s that follows even just a bit of my story. I am slowly building a following in my specific market and I am grateful to see my thoughts are starting to stick, but I couldn’t do any of it without you. So thank you.

Moving forward, expect more shout outs to the people and the things I am grateful for and proud of in my life. It’s a great expression of self-care to appreciate. I don’t believe everyone has to do it publicly, but if that’s your thing (and it is for me) I’d strongly encourage telling the world you’re diggin’.

Okay, that’s my bit on the first thing I’ve (Re) learned – thank you 2017. Stay tuned over the next few posts for more and see if you can relate, share with anyone you know that may benefit from any of this. Show your love!

Front page. Centrefold. The way it should be. FACT: Musician’s tend to lead shitty lifestyles. I’m here to help! My article for Canadian Musician’s November/December Issue has been out now for a little while and I’m very excited to see how well it’s received. Listen, if you’re a musician, please contact me! I want to add years to your career. And I have the tools to do so.

My goal when speaking with the magazine, editor Andrew King specifically, was to help inform musicians and music industry members about the common issues I see, as the health ambassador to the music scene and present some proven solutions.

I’m the guy that wrote the book on how to survive the rock star lifestyle, and it’s my mission to help as many industry pros that are dealing with these ailments in movement, nutrition and stress management as I can. Especially when we start to see and feel a sub-par performance.

So, to my American readers, happy Thanksgiving weekend. Please consider spreading the news that I’m out to tear it up and help anyone combat the wear-and-tear of the rock star lifestyle! Here’s the link to pick it up.

www.nmcmarket.com

Remember, you don’t have to be a rock star to start, but you have to start in order to become a rock star.

Stay sweet!

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