I go down to the shore in the morning and depending on the hour the waves are rolling in or moving out, and I say, oh, I am miserable, what shall— what should I do? And the sea says in its lovely voice: Excuse me, I have work to do.
You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees,6 the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -- over and over announcing your place in the family of things. —Mary Oliver
Pay health insurance first every month, no matter what. So far, so good.
Walk or swim daily. Lose 5 pounds monthly, 60 by year-end. On track: eating right and walking every day. Down 16 pounds since the new year.
Increase number of workshops nationally from 54 to 100. Way behind on this. Only 23 booked so far. Redoubling my efforts.
Increase touring income by 20% while playing 20 fewer shows. Fail. I'm working more but making less. Net income YTD is 43% greater than in Q1 2014, but 40% short of goal, and per gig average is only 88% of 2014 levels.
Bump per gig average by 5% and increase total net income by 27%. Not looking good (see above). Need to improve these margins.
Eschew cynicism, laugh often and see the best in people. They sure don't make it easy but I'm mostly grateful and happy.