Having All The Tools.

Life feels right lately.

Christie (my fiance, soon to be wife) and I just got back from being in Mexico for 12 days, and I've been working a lot since being home. I'm getting used to being tired all the time, but starting to master staying calm while feeling that way.

All I want is happiness, peace and calm, and I have all the tools to attain those things.

In other news, I've been very inspired, musically. I have a few songs in progress with my acoustic guitar, and a few songs in the works on bass.

Very excited to get things done.

Life, Lately..

My life as of late has been mostly a routine of; Wake up early - Go to work - Come home - Relax - Sleep - Go back to work.

I've been trying to remind myself how amazing this life is and to take a breath so that this current doesn't pull me under.

John and I are going to work or re-recording "Estate Sale" this week.

That's a track that won't be so easy for me. A lot of the original recording was more on the improvisational side.

I have some ideas, and I think the rest will come.

Everything At Once.

Passions, love, and stresses coming at me from every angle.  It's been a busy few months.  

I've been working for the past ten weeks on prepping for my power-lifting meet that's three days from now.  In the midst of training, I've had a lot of stress from work, and some issues that have arisen with family. It's hard to put all this into one blog, so I won't. But I'm currently getting myself in the right frame of mind to be able to squat, bench, and dead-lift as much weight as possible.

Lifting weights for me is a meditation. This meet is a great test for me to be able to just get into a trance and just let my body perform the way it knows how to. The weight doesn't matter. How it feels doesn't matter. What matters is trusting my body to just lift the weight. I'm getting a little scatter-brained, so I'll leave you here. My focus is strong, and I will accomplish my goals.

There Are Thirteen!

Final recording is underway!

Very excited to sit with these songs and give them the attention they deserve and make them as good as they can be. We have one song pretty much done as far as bass and guitars go. Need to work on mixing and finalizing tones. This Wednesday, we'll start working on one, and hopefully start another.

In other news, life is flying. It's hard to find time just to relax. I'm trying to take everything as it comes and not stress about not getting to everything I want. Keep moving!.

Loeff, out.

Moving Along.

The summer is a busy season for any moving company, and mine is no different. My days are spent moving, sweating my ass off and not getting enough sleep. I *will* say that I'm getting better at keeping my head clear and staying focused. The busyness makes it a real hard time of year for me.

Myself, Mike and John will be cranking out more podcasts and also beginning final recordings of songs in the coming weeks, and I'm very excited for that. I think that's all I've got for now!

May, Be I Will.

Me and my lady love are gonna be off to New Orleans in just a few weeks! I'm super excited for a break from work and to be relaxing with my bae. Everything has great, endless potential! Let's all do our best to smile every day and make things great!

Nevermind The Ballhairs!

Ball hair? Let's get a STRIKE here! I love saying that. I'm working on a project of my own right now, which I'm pretty excited for. Me and the boys are still putting in work on this Carry Grant album, but, I feel like I'm bursting with ideas and I just want to get them down before they leave me. Everything's going well!

Keep On The Tracks.

We're getting really close to the end of the album, I think. We've been working on an updated version of Like Waves for a little while now, but I really feel like it's starting to come together. I'm really proud of the music we're making! I can't wait to share it with the world!

Nearing The Finish Line!

Mike might have come up with a logo for Carry Grants first album. We just gotta have Johnny Boy use his art skills to redo it, beef it up a bit.

We're getting close to the end of the album! This is some of the best music I've been a part of! I'm really excited to share it with everybody!

Focus On The Moment.

Lately, life has been exhausting. Working long hours mostly outside, and being in traffic so much takes so a lot out of me.

I've been thinking a lot about other ways to make money. At the same time, I really want to work on living a more modest lifestyle. I want to be spending money on things I need instead of things I want. I have to stop spending money on going out to eat shitty, unhealthy food instead of making a decent meal at home.

I've taken the last couple of months off from the gym, but am now just about back in full force. It's crazy how working at a moving company and power-lifting actually makes my body feel better. A strong body will keep you from getting injured.

I plan on spending some time getting stronger, and then begin focusing on meet prep for a competition in the Fall or Winter.

Tomorrow, Mike and John are going to meet the girl that I am crazy in love with. I'm really excited about it.

Even with life not being exactly what we want, it's amazing to see and feel the love that's around us, as long as we're open to it.

I'm thankful for all the amazing people I have in my life. Let's stay grounded and enjoy every moment.

The Road That Leads Us.

Life has been crazy lately!

I've been working 50 hour (minimum!) weeks, all while moving into my new place. I'm ready to jump in the car and just drive away for a little bit.

Tomorrow, the boys and I get together for hangs and music.

I'm excited!

Feeling Frozen.

It's been at least a month since myself and the boys were in the same room doing music. Excited to rock tomorrow.

Life has been fast moving lately, mostly because of work. I work for a moving company, so the warmer months get pretty hectic, as you could imagine. For me, lately, it's been easy to forget to breathe and just be grateful for the great life I have.

I've taken some time to just get out of my head and see what's in front of me and realize that some if that shit that i let wrap me up isn't worth the energy I give it.

Let it go.

Let's Rage.

It's been about a week and a half since I've been to the gym.

I'm about an hour and fifteen minutes into the workout and I've worked my bench press up to 350, and a total of about eight sets.

I've now warmed up for squats, and about to get under 275. A lot of feelings are coming up. Mostly aggression. I'm going to beat myself up till they're gone.

315 next.

It's important to feel things as they come. Don't hide them inside.

365 next.

405 next.

435 next. Keep working it out.

465 next.

I finished the day with a 350 x 2 squat. It wasn't very smart to train this way, having been in the gym so little lately, but sometimes you need to let your body do what it wants to.

Closer.

It feels like we're getting closer to getting this album finished.

We're going to take a block of about three-or-so days and lock ourselves in John's moms house and re-record and finalize these songs. I'm really excited about it. We've been at this for a long time now (longer than I realize), and it will feel great to have these songs done and polished.

Now that I think about it, we'll probably have to take another block of two or three days to do vocals. It feels like we're about to turn up our effort here and get some stuff done before John's baby is born.

I know we can do it. 

In other news, I'm leaving on Thursday of this week to go to Pescadero, California to do some meditation processes. For the past ten months, I've really immersed myself into this world of introspection and meditation. It's really changed my life - but I'll save that for another blog.  It's just going to be exciting to get on a plane and get away for a while.

I think that's all I have to say for now.

Talk soonski!