Following Inspiration: Why I left a great job to create my life

Following Inspiration: Why I left a great job to create my life

I’ve spent close to the last 4 years working at an SEO / Digital Marketing agency and I loved the experience, the people, the clients and all the wonderful lessons I learned there.  As I mention in the video above, I resigned on Friday, Jan 23, 2015 (last day Jan 30) because I was inspired / guided to pursue an expanded vision for my life… all with no immediate “guaranteed” income in sight and a family of four to support.

How did this happen?

It’s all (life) lead to this, but some recent events stick out.  A few months ago, I sat down to re-evaluate the most important categories of my life and put them in priority order.  As a result, my first priority category was Personal development (knowing and loving God/Source, Self, & others, etc.). The second, Family (immediate and beyond).  Third was Music, followed by Marketing in fourth place and Business in fifth.  I realized the only category I was giving priority to in the order I made was personal development.  Business (e.g. making a living) seemed to eclipse everything else even though it was the last priority. In fact, I was spending 60+ hours per week working but was lucky to get 20 hours of quality family time each week.

On Jan 22, 2015, I asked my good friend, Ade, to hold a vision of me freeing my time. He encouraged me to re-phrase that as seeing myself Financially Free to use my time as I see fit, which I did. The very next day, I got to resign from my day job.

Although the day I resigned was a surprise to both my wife and I, we knew the day would one day come… just not so soon.  See, we frequently use meditation and prayer to get guidance in our lives and we’d asked several times about my role at my job.  We got that I would be there for a time to help “bridge the gap” and would eventually leave.  We asked if we could have replacement funds for my salary in place (e.g. BEFORE leaving) and got “yes.”  So, the day I called my wife to let her know I was getting to resign, she was understandably concerned b/c neither of us could see the replacement revenue.  As she noted, this seemed like a change in plans.  We’ve received guidance before that seemed to change later on (though not exactly like this situation), so I figured something happened to make it necessary for me to leave earlier.  Of course, I kept checking to make sure this was “best” and  I’d get the same answer to resign that day each time.  So, my wife agreed to trust w/ me and I got off the phone and resigned.

What I was later reminded of is that what we see with our eyes isn’t always what’s actually happening in that moment.  If life / Source /  God (the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent) / spirit / LOVE gives us a clear message to go one way and tells us we will be blessed, we can trust that going that way will lead to our blessings whether we see how or not.

So, I took the leap and 6 days in, things are unfolding beautifully.

The agency gave me an extra week to be “available for questions” remotely and asked to be one of my first clients.  We’ll continue to work together where the need arises while I pursue my priorities. I’m grateful for that.

What am I up to now?

As I mentioned, I’m continuing to invest in the four priority categories. For Family, I’ve been blessed to spend more quality time with my wife and children.  My son, Johnny, and I launched a new Youtube series called Science Sundays.  The first episode goes live Sunday, February 8th at 11:11 am.

Through meditation and whatever I find works, I’m aligning with source / God / spirit / love moment to moment, knowing that I can trust the very power that created and maintains the universe to lead me to what’s best.  As a result, I received inspired action and follow through to support ventures that fit the categories, including:

  1. Launching a boutique digital marketing consultancy.   I’m already serving clients as a digital marketing architect who helps design plans around SEO & Inbound Marketing.  I’m also grateful to have a new Marketing Evaluation specialist on the team, as well as amazing SEO resources, including the agency I worked for, EverSpark Interactive.
  2. I’m working on my first solo album and will release it on a new record label platform that will be part of (in some way) the label I founded with State of Man, PolyPlat Records.  I’ve dreamed of creating a label where both the fans and artists were the owners, so now’s its time to make it a reality.
  3. A virtual community surrounding the forthcoming indiehitmaker.com platform and reporting apps.  The focus of the platform will be providing A+ Revenue, Opportunities, Development, Education & Services (R.O.D.E.S.) to performing artists.
  4. Developing sustainable luxury communities / “neighborhoods” with cottage industries (Music, Organic farming, etc.). I first got inspired to go this new direction 3 years ago but kept getting it wasn’t time to fully pursue just yet.  Now, I’ll put my energies into this as guided!

I know my journey will continue to be financially abundant and fulfilling spiritually, mentally and physically b/c I’ve learned how to “seek the kingdom within” and continue expanding on that.  The most important part of life is the internal. The external follows to match it. So, if I’m “in the flow,” creating internal abundance, the external follows!

If you’d like to keep up with my journey and receive uplifting, empowering updates, join my mailing list above and I’ll keep you updated on what I’m learning in hopes it inspires you. I’ll also let you know when my music is out!

Bon Iver & James Blake – just now “discovering” and enjoying both

Ever find out about a new artist and can’t get enough of them?  That happened to me recently when my friend at Everspark Interactive, Aaron Chapman, skyped me a recommendation to check out Bon Iver (where “Iver” is pronounced “ee-v-ay-er”  and rhymes with “Slayer”).   I took one listen and I was hooked, which lead to discovering another great artist: James Blake.

One BI track that nearly brought me to tears is “Holocene”

I dug deeper in the Bon Iver catalogue on Spotify and discovered I was already familiar with “Skinny love” and “Lost in the World,” the latter a track from Kanye West featuring Bon Iver:

“Skinny love”

“Lost in the Woods”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-KiTmhR_v4

I like the Kanye track a lot and found a similar BI release called “Fall Creek Boys Choir“, that moved me AND  introduced me to James Blake who’s featured on the track:

Check out James Blake’s performance of “Retrograde” on the Dave Letterman show:

the official “Retrograde” video:

and this Cochella performance of “Air & Lack thereof“:

I’ve added several of the Bon Iver tracks to my playlist called “Jams I’m listening to” on Spotify, so if you like the tracks above and want to explore some of my personal favorites, check it out and follow for updates.

Of course, if you have some recommendations for me, please leave them as comments so I can check them out!

My Birthday show this March 8, 2013 at Vinyl in Atlanta, GA

Join me this Friday, March 8, 2013 at Vinyl for my BIRTHDAY SHOW and return to the rock stage!  It’s been a long time, and I’m excited to play at Vinyl  for an ALL AGES show that starts at 6:30PM.

Advanced tickets online are only $8 right now for the next 10 DAYS ONLY using the EARLY PURCHASE PROMO CODES below…. thats $3.00 OFF Online Tickets price of $11 (27% discount) and $7 OFF the door price of $15 (47% discount).
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This is my first solo show at a rock venue in a LONG time, so I’d truly appreaciate it if you could join me and bring any friends you think would have a great time!  Your support and help spreading the word for this show would be the best B-Day present I could receive!

I’ll know my set time closer to the event and plan to perform solo acoustic/electric,  but I may have some special friend join me as well, so sign up f0r my mailing list at http://www.reverbnation.com/johnstringer and I’ll keep you posted on set time, etc.!

I look forward to seeing you there,

John Stringer
www.johnstringerinc.com
Limitless Love & Light”

 

 

State of Man, Making of “Swallow Your Fears” Video – Never Before Seen

We (State of Man) filmed our first music video with the amazing Adam Bush (R.I.P.) and our friends from Face2Face MEG some time ago, but due to Face2Face defaulting on their part of the music video deal, we never got to see the final footage…. until now!

One thing couldn’t help but notice while watching this is how much I’ve changed (for the better, IMHO), but it’s still nice to look back on those fun days.  Enjoy:

State of Man, making of “Swallow Your Fears” Part 1


State of Man, making of “Swallow Your Fears” Part 2

 

Latest: #1 Billboard Heatseekers Album hit, Daily Guidance

Latest: #1 Billboard Heatseekers Album hit, Daily Guidance

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So, last I posted I mentioned the new direction I was heading thanks to Life Visioning. That is going well and much more has come about since.

My company IndieHitMaker.com recently helped our client, One Less Reason, chart #1 in the country on the Billboard Heetseekers Album chart.  They even charged on the Billboard 200, Independent Artist and Hard Rock charts! That is truly incredible and we’re grateful to provide the service we do for all of our artists.

I’m also enjoying posting the daily messages / guidance at my other blog, www.askrealitylove.com. You can always find out what I’m focusing on mentally / spiritually there. In fact, check out the latest message here and subscribe if you like:

“All is perfect at all times” http://wp.me/ps2i5-Nu

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New Spiritual CD, Book and Site Launch

New Spiritual CD, Book and Site Launch

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I’ve been enjoying Life Visioning: A Four-Stage Evolutionary Journey to Live as Divine Love from Michael Bernard Beckwith over the last few weeks (thanks in part to my good friend Ade), and as a result (CORRECTION: I realized later that this idea came up in a separate meditation session a day or so after a Life Visioning session), one of the steps I’ve taken is to launch a new spiritual website, book and musical CD.  More on this as it unfolds.

Another big step, and probably the most surprising for me of all, is that I’m pursuing a new  career in addition to some of my other entrepreneurial ventures. Its exciting and I’m grateful to have the clarity to pursue it.  Again, I’ll keep you abreast once more details have unfolded!

Love & Light!

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