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 Does GOBBLERS KNOB Look Like BEFORE Groundhog Day?

“Ok campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties cause its cold out there…”

This was a spot we wanted to visit before we moved too far away. While many things were closed around town, it was cool to visit the spot that receives universal United States attention one day a year.

Goruck Sandbag: Build a Home Gym with the BEST

I went and did it…

I mentioned that I would be writing about some GORUCK gear that I got for Christmas. Well instead a made a video. Put your questions in the comments and I’ll answer what I can!

The New Peter McKinnon

I love the internet sometimes…

Sam Newton…is brilliant. 😂

Peter McKinnon actually watched this video and loved it so much he made his own reaction video to it…

If you follow Peter, or YouTubers like him, then you should ABSOLUTELY go and subscribe to Sam Newton. I would describe his as a sort of Jon Stewart of YouTubers…a YouTuber poking fun at the clichés of being a YouTuber. However, his skill level with his videos and storytelling is easily on par with the big names.

Check out Sam Newton here…you’ll be happy you did.

Pennsylvania’s BEST Steelhead Fishing – Walnut Creek, Erie PA

Such a peaceful video shoot

I have been lucky to live in an absolutely gorgeous neighborhood…and fall kicks that beauty in to high gear.

My wife and I didn’t realize it when we decided to rent our house that there is a world class steelhead fishing spot just down the street.

Here it is.

Walnut Creek, Erie PA

If You Love Books…You MUST Visit Powell’s Before You Die

I’ve had the chance to visit this treasure trove of books…

If you have never been to Portland but have wanted to go…put Powell’s Bookstore on your list of places to visit. SUCH a cool bookstore.

A Celebration of Life

This was not an easy video to make…but it was important.

My father-in-law passed away a little over a year ago and I avoided making this video for quite a while.

Emotional stuff like this is NOT my strong suit…but this was a way for me to process what I am going through. I also hope that it’s an appropriate way for me to say thank you to my wife’s father.

One of the things I have found about making vlogs is that, in some odd way, talking to the camera helps me process. I tend to internalize my emotions…which can work against me…but I have found that if I talk about them that it helps immensely.

Even if I’m just talking to a camera.

This video is a celebration of life in tribute to Larry Mitchell Sr.