Monday, July 24, 2017

July 9, 2017 - First Sunday Alone and Working to Keep My Mind off of It

Family

It is so weird being in Cheyenne on a Sunday.  I don't really like it.  I am used to this day being my full day with the family and I am just alone.  They went to church without me, they I'm sure played on the trampoline without me.  It sucks.  I am thinking that this will be the only time I do this, I hope. 

Work

To keep my mind of just how much this sucks, I am working nonstop.  Today I caught up the editing part of my daily diary blog...which is a months worth of entries.  I also reviewed how to launch a successful podcast and I caught up our todoist which got behind and I did something else crazy that I can't remember what it was.  I just drank an energy drink here at 10:30 pm and I plan to get several more hours worth of work in today. 

Obstacles to a Healthy Balance

Money.  We need to make money.  Please God get us back together soon.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

July 8, 2017 - Lost Our Phones and Business Presentation

Family

Today was another day of practically no family interaction.  It sucks.  My phone’s minutes are up…Heather left her phone on the car right when we went on to the highway, lol.  Needless to say, it is nowhere to be found.  I am able to get ahold of her on FaceTime and iMessage, but it is so much easier and more often if we have our cell phones in commission.

Work

I finished two pretty big projects today.  The first was creating a set of Lesson Studio agreements.  We definitely needed it because we’ve had numerous students giving us last second heads up on vacations, or not paying in time.  Don’t get me wrong, they are all still awesome…it’s my fault we don’t have measures in place to prevent all this from happening.  Well now we do.

The second project was creating a Keynote Presentation about our business model and how we plan on taking our band to the national level.  I need this to communicate to our team, clients, and other people as well.

Obstacles to a Healthy Balance

While I wasn’t able to get much together in the way of family today, the work that I did was definitely work that will get us closer to bringing our family back together and creating more family time.  When people don’t pay us, that’s going to make it take longer for our family to get out of this hole.  So I made a set of measures to prevent that from happening.  This is a long process, but we have to do it right.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

July 7, 2017 - No Family Time Again and Hired a Band Manager!!

Family

I left my family this morning at 6 am to go to work.  Which sucks.  I didn’t get to spend very much time with any of them.  I didn’t end up having a FaceTime session with them. It sucked.  Completely unbalanced day.

Work

Work was exciting.  I had a meeting with an old friend named Aaron.  He has been doing concert promotion here in Cheyenne and has brought it big name Christian groups like Superchick, Mannafest, Pillar, Disciple, etc.  Pretty awesome. I wanted to discuss two things with him: becoming our Band Manager and Starting a Podcast.

I envision interviewing musicians with families on our podcast, discussing how they balance their career and their family lives.  Among other things he can help with, he can definitely help us get people on the show!!  Very exciting!!

As for the band manager part, I was very impressed with his knowledge of what the job entails, and he seemed impressed with our band’s business model.  We are definitely going to be working together!!

Obstacles to a Healthy Balance

I am very bummed out about how the family isn’t here with me at the shop.  It is, after all, Dunlevy Family Band Studios…not the Dunlevy Lonely Man Studios.  I am just so bummed out about it.  I am staring at this Green Screen thinking about how cool it would be to teach the girls how to use iMovie to make their own little films.  Very sad.

July 6, 2017 - Dr.'s Appointment and Taste of Actually being a Family Band

Family

Today Heather and I had to take our son to an doctor’s appointment down in Denver.  His appointment went great and his shunt is working well, reducing the amount of spinal fluid to normal levels!!  Thank God!! We took the younger two girls with us as well, which was fun…and interesting.  It was a much needed break for all of us, I just wish that we had a vehicle that would fit the entire family.

We ended up getting back to the house we’re staying in around 7 pm.  I got to hang out with the whole family for a couple of hours…but I’ll be leaving again in the morning…this time for 5 days until Wednesday.

Work

We made a pit stop to Guitar Center to pick up a new guitar slide…as I’ve lost or broken nearly all of mine.  I picked up that is open in the back so you can turn the slide around and play with your finger.

Heather and I also hung out at the shop together, working together there for the first time in over two months.  It felt really good…but at the same time we were bummed out because it wasn’t very long and we don’t know when it will happen again.  I can’t even imagine how far we’ll go and how much we’ll get done with her here everyday.

Obstacles to a Healthy Balance

It was a much heavier family day than work day.  That is a good thing, as it evened out the work heavy week I’ve had before this.  Again, I would say that it would be much better to have all of our family together in a larger vehicle, but other than that it was a pretty evenly balanced day.

Friday, July 21, 2017

July 5, 2017 - Special Time for 3 kiddos and Feelings of Inadequacy Resolved

Family

We spent half of the day with the entire family, and left for Cheyenne around 2.  We took our son and our 2 younger girls.  They got some special time with their parents.  We took them to the mall to eat and walk around.  They got to hang around the shop by themselves. They had a lot of fun.  We both just wish that we could’ve brought all of the kids.  Hopefully we’ll get a vehicle big enough soon.  

Work

When we got to work, Heather was overwhelmed with a sense that she didn’t belong here (Which isn’t true of course, this is her shop as much as it is mine).   It’s totally understandable…and quite sad.  Everyone in the building knows me.  They know her too, but only what I’ve told them about her.  There is so much to be done here that she didn’t know where to start.

Her feelings of overwhelm and unimportance quickly came to an end when Mark and Sara came by the shop for a couple of hours.  She quickly realized how important she was to this business and how appreciated she is. 


Obstacles to a Healthy Balance

Obviously the moral to this story is we need a bigger vehicle and to live together again to get the balance back in order!!

July 4, 2017 - Warzone and Trying to Book My First Show as a Talent Buyer

Family

Today was Independence Day.  We celebrated by reorganizing the room we are staying in.  The flow is much better now...with good ventilation for the cat litter, better storage system and more floor space for Heather and I to sleep on.  We hung out with the kids all morning while we rearranged and none of us ate or drank anything until it was done.  And we finished pretty quick!!  There's one of those life lessons I was desperate to teach!!

We walked to a park to watch the fireworks...but the walk home was the best part.  It is legal in this town to shoot off fireworks for a week leading up to July 4th.   It literally sounded like we were walking through town during a war!!!  It was crazy.

Work

I am trying to put together my first show for the Asher building.  We are looking at a couple of lead singers from big name Christian rock bands to play solo acoustic sets.  I am worried about it a little though because it would only be 9 days from now...not sure how successful we could make it in this short of time.

I also did a little work on the rest of business...but not much other than practice.

Obstacles to a Healthy Balance

It was a good balance today.  A little family heavy...but that's ok on a holiday for sure.

July 3, 2017 - 'Ya Gotta Watch Out Kid and Arranging Our Set List

Family

Today was much heavier on the work side of things. I still feel like I'm not adequately giving them guidance and instruction as a father should.  I addressed this today by explaining a song that I wrote for them called "'Ya Gotta Watch Out Kid".  It's pretty much an entire song of me teaching them valuable life lessons.

Work

I was able to arrange all of our songs into a set list today.  That should keep us on track for the show coming up in 33 days.  I also was able to print off chord sheets for a couple of new covers we're going to do, as well as begin arranging "Lean On Me". 

Obstacles to a Healthy Balance

I need to be more intentional about teaching the kids life lessons in a daily basis.  It is a very difficult thing to do when you don't live in the same town for most of the week.