Is That the Mountains or My Kids?

Coffee can help…

Sometimes I wake up and I don’t know if it was the mountains calling me…or if my kids just woke up super early.

That is why God created coffee. ☕

Purchase here…so I can buy more coffee.

My Blog

I can identify with this….

What I wanted my blog to be changed, and although I tried to rekindle that romance last year, it is now something made just for me. A reflection of myself.

​I’ve enjoyed Greg’s blog for a while. Primarily because it’s just what he says…his.

As someone who has started and stopped his own website/blog a couple times, I like hearing (reading) someone else who has done the same. One of the few reasons I didn’t just stick with writing over on Medium was that I wanted my space.

This is my blog…I hope you enjoy it. 😁

What Is Your Blog? – Greg Morris

Therapeutic Value of Reading

I miss reading a good book, not sure why I don’t do it more…

When we hit that glorious “flow state” of reading where we’re fully immersed in a book, our brain’s default mode network likely calms down, says Jud Brewer, a psychiatrist who directs research at Brown University’s Mindfulness Center. That’s a network of brain regions that is active when we are not doing anything else and that can get absorbed in worrying and rumination.

​Just started reading Obama’s new memoir. Not only is it really good, but I can feel my mind calm down as I focus on just one thing…reading.

The Therapeutic Value of Reading

The New Colossus

Have you ever read the full poem at the Statue of Liberty?

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Setapp: The Superhero App Subscription Service for Mac and iOS

It saves me just in time…every time…

It seems that every time I write about Setapp it is when it saves my day. Yep, Setapp saved my bacon right when I needed it most…again.

Simon Sinek has a podcast called A Bit of Optimism and I have been making my way through every single episode. Like most things of his, I HIGHLY recommend checking it out…a free, 30 minute podcast, that will uplift anyone who listens to it. Guaranteed.

the most recent Simon Sinek podcast

This podcast has caused me to think a lot more about what “life lessons” I have learned over my career. Specifically in leadership, service, and how to leave a positive impact on the world.

Last Thursday, as I’m thinking about capturing these thoughts, I opened up Ulysses to start jotting down notes and I get a “Subscribe monthly or yearly” screen. My notes were now read only and I couldn’t add any content to it.

Subscriptions

Now don’t get me wrong. I COMPLETELY understand why developers have moved to a subscription based model and I harbor no ill will towards them at all. There is no such thing as a free lunch right? These folks have to make a living too.

What this shift has caused me to do though, is really scrutinize what apps are most important to me. Ulysses is normally one of those apps. I used it through my Master’s Degree program, I keep future writing ideas in it, I use it to publish here 99% of the time, and it really is a pleasure to use.

Ulysses pricing is quite reasonable for all it gives you across Mac and iOS and if I were to subscribe to one or two services…it would be Ulysses and my todo app of choice.

As I was starting to put together the reasons I was going to tell my wife why I wanted to spend $50 to subscribe to an app that I love using, use often, but that has not given me a monetary return on investment (yet) – I remembered Setapp. In fact, Setapp has Ulysses amongst its suite of available applications that is covered in its Netflix-like subscription model.

BINGO!!

I open up Setapp on my Mac and search for Ulysses.

I download the app to my Mac, open it up, and boom! All of my notes are there, ready to be edited. I can now delete the Mac App Store version of Ulysses and I’m ready to go.

Now to figure out how to get this to work on my iOS Ulysses app…since it still seemed to be tied to my now expired subscription.

Well…Setapp has that figured out too.

Notice that little iOS app button?

Setapp thought of that and I was surprised at how easy they make it to get your iOS app to sync up with your Setapp subscription apps. I just clicked on that little iOS app button, Setapp gave me two QR codes to scan with my iPhone – first to download the app and second to open it under the Setapp subscription account.

Viola!

I was now up and running. SO FREAKING SIMPLE.

Setapp For the Win

There you have it. Not only did Setapp make switching my subscription simple…it did it with one of the highest quality writing applications available for Mac and iOS.

Spoiler alert…I do NOT have any sort of affiliate association with Setapp, so I don’t get anything if you click any links or sign up to try the free trial. I just think they are an amazing service that has A LOT of great applications available.

Maybe you will too. 🙌🏻

How Do We HEAL Society? Understand THIS Brené Brown Advice FIRST

This will change you for the better…

I was inspired after listening to a recent podcast by Brené Brown to help bring awareness to the unconscious Dehumanization we do every day. Brené does a fantastic job talking about how recognizing our bad patterns of doing this, is one of the factors that can help our country heal in 2021.

It is an incredible half hour of real introspection on why America has a feeling of some societal divides that reared their ugly heads higher in 2020. I cannot recommend this highly enough to anyone interested in how we can better ourselves by recognizing our own potential blind spots and hopefully how to avoid them in the future.

The Newest (and BEST?) VLOG Music Service…And It’s FREE!

It’s rare you find a free service this good…

When I started my vlog a couple years ago, I never realized how difficult it would be to find good music for my videos. Or at least how difficult I would make it on myself.

I found out fast that I couldn’t just google “free vlog music” and find copyright free tunes that I actually wanted to use. Finding free music was relatively easy – but finding free music that I could use and that I actually liked was hard.

The Various Music Services

The big copyright free music services out right now are ones you may have heard of.

  • Epidemic Sound
  • Artlist
  • Musicbed
  • etc…

The last service I tried was Musicbed. Honestly I really liked the music selection and that they had tracks with voice and no voice options. I had subscribed early enough that I was in on the “early” annual pricing (only $100/yr)…something that recently changed and was bumped up to $160/yr.

Unfortunately, I can’t currently justify spending $100/yr (as much as I wanted to) on a side hustle that hasn’t seen any returns yet.

The Newcomer Announced

I’ve mentioned Cody Wanner a couple times here. He’s a filmmaker, YouTuber, father, and then some.

Well just the other day he shared the newest kid on the creator music block, Upbeat.

Cody usually recommends good stuff so I checked it out and was surprised to see the home screen header “Free music for creators”. Is this too good to be true? Even the Premium price is relatively inexpensive.

$67/yr if paid all at once
$67/yr if paid all at once

My only guess as to how they are doing this, is that they collected a bunch of artists who were already putting their music out there for free. (total guess) I don’t see some of the bigger musicians on this service like I saw on Musicbed…but this is a new service and it appears that these kinds of sites are experiencing big growth right now.

Funny aside…I’ve registered for their affiliate program (haven’t heard back yet) hoping that they don’t turn me down because I don’t the volume of traffic they are looking for. I guess I never learn. 🤣 Hoping that a new service just wants to get the word out there..and I’m willing to help with that!!

I am still exploring Upbeat, and I’ll be using one of their songs for my next vlog…If you’ve been looking for a site that has a bunch of free music for your growing YouTube channel…this is the spot.

What We Do For Others

In the end, most of us will wonder if what we’ve given ourselves to has been worth the fight, especially if no one remembers our names. And that’s why we must never forget that what is done for ourselves will one day be forgotten, but that what we have done for others will be remembered for eternity.

Erwin McManus