Time after time we are taught to be kind. Be real. It’s still something I’m working on, but it is starting to show itself in my day to day life and tonight I would like to talk about the importance of putting the light out there and staying humble. Everything comes back tenfold, and it truly has. I’m 3 days in to my trip and I keep on saying “I can’t believe it.” But I really can so I’ve got to stop saying that. It’s everything that I’ve been working at. Someone famous once said, “stop discounting yourself. Accept the gifts and roll with it.”

I’m rolling.

Thank you

On a much lighter note please check out my new and improved podcast: MikeDrop Radio. I had the pleasure to sit down and chat with some real beauties in the completely undiscovered world of traditional healing music, Ancient Echoes. Please take a listen and subscribe to the show wherever you listen to your podcasts.

Copy of Mike drop radio

https://anchor.fm/mikedropradio/embed/episodes/Ancient-Echoes-Live-and-In-Conversation-e1dafh

New intro tune. Similar message. “Spinnin’ tracks and lifestyle hacks.” Tune in if you’re into health and wellness and good music. Or tune in if you have a heartbeat or if you’re breathing.

Pre-qualifiers, right? Haha.

Big day tomorrow… a potentially huge shift, pivotal in my career… but here’s the lesson I wanted to get across today.

Be kind, be positive and no matter how hard things seem, they will turn around. You always had the team around you and the time just has to be right for everyone to show up. The time is now for me and boy oh boy are people ever showing up.

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Namaste sweet!

xo

 

M

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He Brandt’d it this time.

“Have fun storming the castle” he messaged me earlier today. And in one weeks time, I will.

Tuesday I will have secured a spot on the Board, and either way I will continue to push my health and wellness agenda upon the music community.

We have so much to gain. In light of the recent tragedies in our musical community, I’m sure you’ll agree that there’s a dire need for solutions to the growing problems associated with musician health and wellness. Things like chronic pain, high stress, poor nutritional habits, and a growing need of physical and emotional therapy plague our industry like every bad Nickelback single of the early millennium. We need to find ways to subsidize products and services to fit the budget of our membership; those musicians and industry that can’t afford to pay out of pocket for a massage therapist, chiropractor, nutrition coach or personal trainer.

What if we had the ability to go on the road with bands or host lifestyle workshops in places like OCL or NMC? What if there was a mobile medical service we had access to on tour? Could we create digital content like video documentaries and podcasts that bring to light the realities of the life of a full-fledged musician to others? We would only help raise awareness of this message, right?

I do believe we can. It’s my dream to bridge the gap between health and wellness and the music industry. I’m like the RUN DMC meets Aerosmith version of “Walk this Way”. And we can breakdown that wall of the stereotypical “rock star lifestyle”. We can change the landscape of the industry forever.

Because I will connect Alberta Music and it’s members to professional health and wellness service providers, our membership will have the tools to truly “next level that shit” and become the greatest version of themselves.

Now’s our chance to lay the foundation of which all other industry organizations envy. We have to start treating ourselves like professionals and investing into our development on a deeper level. With attention to personal growth, self-care and a healthy and active lifestyle, we will inspire amazing lives. With that, we’ll in turn inspire amazing art.

Thanks for listening, stay sweet.

M

If my platform resonates with you, please throw your name down below in a comment and tell me. The health movement in the music industry knows no boundaries. It’s up to us as to how we approach change.

Take action. I don’t care if the path you’re going down leads to another fork in the road. Worry about that when you get there. If you’re thinking about whether or not you’ll need bug spray, you’ll never take that first step.

So this week I’ve been getting up at the crack of dawn, going out for a walk with Darwin, or a nice bike ride first thing just to get some movement in. It’s the “me” time I like before I get set on the tasks of work and settle into productivity. I find this stimulates my mind and my body and allows me to really lean in on all of my activities and interactions through out the rest of the day. Well, Tuesday morning rolls around… it was a walk day with Dar and I was up out of bed, to quickly down a glass of lemon water and start out on a quest to the big off-leash park, a playground for my super excited Golden Sheptriever pup… all before 6:15. (yes, that’s a hybrid super dog mix – Golden Retriever – German Sheppard)

We start out down the back alley and turn east towards the beautiful Calgary sunrise, seeing all those commuters stuck on the early rush hour mess that is Deerfoot, day in day out. Not too long after I let Dar run wild with his homies, leashless – I feel a sharp little stab in my ankle. Shit! I think. I forgot the bug spray. Long grass. Bit of rain last night. Perfect breeding ground for a bunch of those nasty prairies “skeeters’ to feast on the unsuspecting morning walk-n-podcast types such as myself. Meanwhile, Dar is off chasing a bunny that’s the size of a small kangaroo…

Needless to say, it was a less-than-awesome and abbreviated walk, however on the plus side, I got my heart rate up a lot higher as my pace was reminiscent of those power walking women you tend to see at most community centre running tracks… so go me! Dar didn’t care. He met some doggo-friends and had a good time sniffing butts and breaking girls hearts and stuff. Typical boy…

The next day. Do you think I remembered the bug spray? Heck no. But I stuck to the plan and got eaten alive again at 6:30am on Wednesday and have been consistent all week. If I had concerned myself with the bug spray…

As a sidenote, anyone who thinks they’re powerless because they are just one person… one small tiny voice in the world… try going for a walk in the off-leash park behind my place and experiencing the relentless mosquitos of a Calgary post-summer sunrise…

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So many of us get paralyzed when we over-analyze. I’m telling you, anything I’ve ever achieved that’s worthwhile in life, I have had to make some big, nasty adjustments to what I knew as safe and just trust in the process and leap. With. No. Fear.

I’m going all out. I’m leaning in, so to speak. Here is what I am doing.

Das Challenge

Ask yourself this question: How am I living in action?

If you can’t answer that, or need some help towards starting the process, I have a challenge for you. I call it “Start With U”. It’s a completely FREE resource I’m building for you that’s an accumulation of the work I put in to build healthy lifestyle habits in mind, body and soul. Basically, the difference maker between being good and being great each day. With this week’s challenge I will show you the first three steps towards consistent habit shaping, the foundation of self-care and my “Start With U”, project.

Are you in?

I’m only looking to help those that are highly motivated, ready for change and able to take constructive feedback. No prima donnas, no fence-sitters. You’ve got to want it.

If that’s you, here are the rules.

  1. Head to Instagram and follow my account @coach_schwartzy
  2. Comment “I’m in!” on this post on my Instagram account (it’s the little pad and pen picture if you have trouble with the link) https://www.instagram.com/p/BXGc_SqBP6f/?taken-by=coach_schwartzy
  3. Follow the challenge rules on the post. To recap they are:
    1. Make sure you commented on the post
    2. Click the link in my bio to ensure you’re on my radar and get some free stuff from me
    3. Affirm, move and create/learn each day until Friday. Be sure to write it down each day and take a picture once you’ve done it (to make it real and to PROVE it to both me AND yourself…we’ll discuss accountability later)

Pretty easy, eh? Share this post with anyone you feel could use a little more consistency and self-care in their lives. I look forward to seeing all of your comments littering up my IG feed.

 

 

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!

That’s right, the eerie guitar tones and the deeply personal stories of the power couple had the entire Stampede crowd entranced. Fitting, as the scene was reminiscent of a night chase to the Mexican border after somebody shot the wrong drug lord after the deal went south. Hard to believe you’re not in a Tarantino flick, eh? Opening up with a full on rock band backing them this time, Whitehorse had the crowd right from the drop of the hat with the sultry sounds of “Sweet Disaster” – a self-explanatory track from their 2015 release “Leave No Bridge Unburned”. the only way I can accurately describe the rest of the show without resorting to “you had to be there”, is that over the course of the night a seductive storyline unravelled between his six strings and her smooth vocals. The mystery of the enchanting tales take us back to the desperado land of relationship perils, love, lost and found again, booze, addiction, incoherence and all the real talk – it’s almost like tracks like “Nighthawks” were crafted under the New Mexican desert moonlight; just chilled enough to leave you with goosebumps all over.  The show closed down and we were dosed with a little bit of alt country, a little pop, a little rock n’ roll. Whitehorse is true chemistry by means of heartfelt expression, electric groove and an authentic feel that is definitively homegrown Canadiana. There’s swagger. And then there’s a Whitehorse show. Get out to see these cats in the fall, Calgary. They’ll be back with another one for the books.

Pick up Whitehorse’s new album “Panther In The Dollhouse” on iTunes here

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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!