Meditation and Creativity…

Hey friends! I hope you’ve been enjoying the influx of recent blog posts. I al hope that you’ve been enjoy the slight shift in format. I’ve really been enjoying posting with more frequency. I’m planning to do my very best to keep it up. To do that, I’ve been experimenting a bit with my blogging […]

World Book Day!!

Hey Friends! Happy World Book Day! Recently I had the chance to collaborate with Stuart Carter from the Simply Mindfulness YouTube channel, talking about…well…Books!How appropriate right? In video we cover six books that we think could help you to live a more mindful life. This was a lot of fun to work on, and I’m […]

Between Art and Archaeology…

Creativity has been heavy on my mind here lately. It started about two weeks ago, I had a couple conversations with two other creators and I’ve been mulling it over ever since. While I was doing some writing and research for the recent episode of my podcast, I came across this quote the great Renaissance […]

Obedience to the work…

I’m obsessively fascinated by and with creativity. There’s just something so mysterious about it. I’ve devoted so much time to pondering it and thinking about it and reading about it and practicing it…but I still don’t think I’m any closer to understanding it. And actually…I think that’s what I love the most about it. I […]

Episode 7 – Let’s Talk About Creativity…

Hey Friends! Happy Friday! I feel like everything I’ve posted on this page recently has begun with an apology… This is will be no exception then, lol. I haven’t posted here in a bit…I’m sorry… I’ve had a lot of projects going on right now, and I haven’t done a very good job “documenting the […]

New Episode – More About Sadness…

https://anchor.fm/duanetoops/embed/episodes/Episode-6—More-About-Sadness-e3i1o9 Hey friends, I posted a new podcast episode on Monday. If you haven’t had a chance to give it a listen, I would really appreciate it if you did! Really hope you guys like it! Below you’ll find links to all the books and content I referenced, as well as all the gear I […]

New Episode Coming Today!

Hey Friends! I’m sorry I’ve been rather neglectful of this page recently. That is a flaw I intend to do my best to remedy. If the title of this post didn’t give it away already, I’m dropping a New Episode of the Podcast today at 3pm EST. I’d love it if you gave it a […]

Maybe a “Reminder” is what we really need…

I use to see a counselor on a regular basis. I’ve dealt with depression and anxiety for probably most of my life but, a few years ago things got really bad. I went through some pretty catastrophic life changes and I handled them poorly to say the least, and that’s only if you can say […]

Maybe I failed, maybe I needed to…

There’s a line in a song called “I’m Ready” by a band called Jack’s Mannequin that says “I wake up to find it’s another four aspirin morning and I dive in”. I can’t tell you the last time I actually heard that song but, this morning I could feel it. I felt that song, that […]

Today was a shitty day…

I don’t know what happened. I don’t know what went wrong or where I went wrong. The day felt like shit as soon as it began, maybe even before it began. I got up on the same side of the bed that I always do but, today, before my bare feet even touched the cold […]