Writing Tool Suggestions (companion post to Episode 35)

Want to get into (or back into) on-paper writing and note taking, but not sure where to start? Here are Amazon links to help you get started! As always, if you have any questions, feel free to email me at getsomegritpodcast@gmail.com!

Pens

It’s hard to beat a fountain pen from the German company Lamy. Click here for a package that combines the Lamy Safari with ink cartridges for a no-mess option.

Paper

It’s hard to beat this AmazonBasics hardbound notebook to make shopping lists, journal entries, and scribbled notes for under 10 bucks!

Inks

If you want to expand into artisan ink colors or keep multiple pens with different color inks, below you can find some links to what you’ll need to take your writing game to the next level!

The Lamy Refill Converter allows you to ditch the cartridges and stock Lamy ink.

Noodler’s EEL Black ink will help a new fountain pen writer write with ease. The contrast is pretty amazing. Not all black inks are made the same! There are many colors available in the Noodler’s line – check them out!

I keep everything in this canvas bag from Rapiddominance, and I love it!

 



Episode 34 – “Becoming a Bookworm…Again!”

This episode’s topic outlines my return to reading after years of not being much of a reader, how reading has really helped me with some struggles that I thought I might never overcome, and how I believe reading is the best thing you can do right now to “break the logjam” in the creative part of your mind.
My list of ten books that have really made a difference include:
“The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield
“Fully Alive: Lighten Up and Live” by Ken Davis
“Psycho-Cybernetics” by Dr. Maxwell Maltz
“The Talent Code” by Daniel Coyle
“The Little Book of Talent” by Daniel Coyle
“The Dip” by Seth Godin
“Effortless Mastery” by Kenny Werner
“Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown
“The Art of Happiness” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
and the Holy Bible 🙂
If you’re having any trouble getting back into reading, maybe I can help! Shoot me an email at getsomegritpodcast@gmail.com.

Get Some Grit! is available in on iTunes, Google Play Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIN, iHeartRadio, and at www.getsomegrit.com. You can find us on Twitter and Facebook @getsomegrit so reach out today!
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Thanks to Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com for the use of his music!


Episode 33 – “Margin”

This week’s topic, margin, is near and dear to me, and I hope that if this episode speaks to you, that you’ll consider your margins as you go through the week. You probably know the word margin as a part of your word processing software.  If you look on a page in a book, the margins are the blank spaces around the text.  The narrower the margin, the more words you can fit on the page. The wider the margin, the cleaner and less cluttered the page can look, but few words fit on the page.
Margins also exist in many facets of life: financial, emotional, etc. The more margin you have, the better! It’s easy to justify giving up ground when you call it “working hard” or “not settling for average.”  It’s hard to stand your ground, be confident in the work you do, and let the world know when you’ve reached your limit. You have to learn how to say no! Remember, “Each time you say yes to something, you’re saying no to something else.”
The things on your calendar should fall pretty squarely into three categories:
1. something that is directly tied to our job description
2. something we simply do because we want to do it in our free time
3. something we do because when we don’t do it, others make us feel guilty about not doing it
The first two are healthy, but the third is not! Want to learn how to trip the guilt trippers? Tune in next week!

Get Some Grit! is available in on iTunes, Google Play Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIN, iHeartRadio, and at www.getsomegrit.com. You can find us on Twitter and Facebook @getsomegrit so reach out today!
Enjoying the show? Tell a friend! Want to do more? SUBSCRIBE in iTunes! Want to do even more? Leave a review in iTunes!
Thanks to Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com for the use of his music!


Episode 32 – “Be What You Don’t See In The World”

Folks, there is A LOT of anxiety in the world right now. Whether it is justified or not justified is up to your politics and personal opinions, but I think we can agree that 2017 is starting to feel more like an extension of 2016 than a separate, bright and shiny new year. In this episode (the first episode of 2017, I know, I know…) I take a few minutes to talk about the sadness, frustration and general anxiety I feel from so many people around me these days, and an idea for how to counter those feelings with something good.

If you love the show, let someone know!  There are lots of ways to reach us.  If you want to help, tell someone who could benefit from listening.  If you want to do more, SUBSCRIBE, and if you are an overachiever, leave us an iTunes review!  If you aren’t tech savvy and want some help with subscribing or leaving a review, email me at getsomegritpodcast@gmail.com and I will walk you through it. 🙂
Thanks to Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com for the use of “Eyes Gone Wrong” and “Memory Lane.”


Episode 31 – “2016 Reflections”

This week’s show is built in two parts: 
 
Part One, reflections on past holiday seasons when I had the choice between giving up and persevering, and Part Two, how a late night “mind dump” into the microphone changed my perspective on the show, and helped me define what the show means to me, and how to move forward.
 
 
If you love the show, let someone know!  Lots of ways to reach us.  If you want to help, tell someone who could benefit from the content.  If you want to do more, SUBSCRIBE!  If you are Santa’s biggest helper and want to do even MORE, leave us an iTunes review!  If you aren’t tech savvy and want some help with subscribing or leaving a review, email me at getsomegritpodcast@gmail.com and I will walk you through it.
 
Take care of each other this holiday season.  There will always be someone more fortunate, and someone less fortunate.  Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.
 
Thanks to Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com for the use of “Thinking Music.”


Episode #30 – “To Grad School or Not To Grad School?”

Welcome back to Get Some Grit, the show where we learn the many ways that grit can serve artists as they press towards their goals. You can find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio! No matter what you’re going through, GRIT is the armor that will protect you from the barrage of attacks that can stifle creativity and output!
“Work or Grad School Next?” was the clear winner with 58% of the vote, so that is our topic for this week.
Things to remember about the “work or grad school’ conundrum:
  1. If you have a mentor teacher, reach out to them and get their honest opinion.  Professionally, they should know you better than anyone at this point.
  2. Each person’s path is unique.  What worked for me was the opposite of what worked for my wife. Revisit the decision regularly and consider as many angles as possible.  If you think it through, it’s hard to get wrong.
  3. Some consider grad school another hoop.  Others cherish life long learning. If you are the hoop jumper, consider going straight to work, use what you have learned right away, and see if the allure of grad school comes to you later.
  4. If you are a “natural” learner, you can go right ahead, but remember that the benefit of working first is that you can really gain a laser focus on what you want to learn more about.
If you love the show, let someone know!  Lots of ways to reach us.  If you want to help, tell someone who could benefit from the content.  If you want to do more, SUBSCRIBE!  If you are Santa’s biggest helper and want to do even MORE, leave us an iTunes review!  If you aren’t tech savvy and want some help with subscribing or leaving a review, email me at getsomegritpodcast@gmail.com and I will walk you through it.
Take care of each other this holiday season.  There will always be someone more fortunate, and someone less fortunate.  Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.
Credits to Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com and the good people at freesound.org for the use of their music!


Episode #29 – “Failing Forward”

Welcome back!  Episode 29, “Failing Forward” is a bit of a mixed bag of a show.  Follow along as best you can!

First and foremost, GSG is now on iHeartRadio! We are expanding our reach to serve you, the listener, better each week.  Check out the weekly Twitter poll for your vote on future episode topics! @getsomegrit

On my most recent Indiana road trip, I listened to the entirety of Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art, and consider it one of the finest books I’ve read in recent memory. Three big “take aways” include:

  1. Pressfield struggled with early professional failures, and his biggest commercial success only came about because he didn’t listen to those who told him it would be a failure.
  2. Don’t fall victim to comparison!
  3. Resistance to our work is very real, and evil!

You can learn more about Mr. Pressfield at his website, www.stevenpressfield.com

This is followed by a discussion on how to “fail forward” in all that you do, and the dangers of diminished grit once you reach your goals.

I believe that this is one of my better recent episodes, so please don’t wait to check it out!

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“Eyes Gone Wrong” and “Jingle Bells” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


Episode 28 – “5 Tips to THRIVE in Final Exam Week”

Tomorrow marks the last day of classes on my college campus, and final exams begin on Wednesday.  When I was a student, I felt like I had a pretty good plan to get through exam week each semester, but now when I look back on it, I wonder how I made it through.  Here are five tips that can help you get through finals relatively unscathed and ready to enjoy the holiday season:
  1. When you have the choice, do something selfish each day for 20 minutes.
  2. When you have the choice, don’t wait on deadlines.
  3. When you have the choice, spread out your studying.
  4. When you have the choice, drink water and eat a balanced diet.
  5. When you have the choice, choose sleep.

f.lux is available for download at justgetflux.com

Enjoying the show?  Let me know and tell a friend!  I would love to hear from you, whether it be an encouraging word, your questions, or ideas for future shows!  Our listeners are our lifeblood and why we do this show!

“Eyes Gone Wrong” and “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


Episode 27 – “Scrap It!!!”

Episode 27 is a call to action episode!  This week, I take a few minutes to talk about why growth of the show is important to me (it’s not about the numbers), and why my original plan for this week’s episode will have to wait a week.

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Thanks to Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com for “Eyes Gone Wrong” and “Acid Jazz.”


Episode 26 – “Happy Thanksgiving!”

Just a short message during Thanksgiving week! Frustrated because your “recipe” for life doesn’t seem to be working?  It’s OK!!!

Have a great holiday, everyone!  We all have lots to be thankful for.

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Thanks to Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com for “Eyes Gone Wrong.”