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Weekly Favorites

Enjoy weekly favorites from the Stephan Stubbins short, sweet, creative and upbeat weekly newsletter

November 17, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
The fastest way around it
…is through it…
dodge the doubt
and just do it

SONG  “I Won’t Say I’m In Love (Mash-up)” by Thomas Sanders
If you like a good mash-up, like me, you’ll love this too… it’s seamless, stylish and beautifully sung. Enjoy!

RESOURCE  “17 Questions That Changed My Life” by Tim Ferriss
As we enter a season of gratitude, celebration and reflection, here’s a great resource to add to your reflections. There’s a lot of free wisdom to be explored here.

November 10, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Act now
and pay the price
…or hesitate
and pay for it twice

PLAYLIST (Spotify)  Bad Mama Jama Radio
This groovy playlist is an automatic mood-booster. I dare you to wake up to these songs for a week and not feel more energized

AUDIO BOOK  “Fierce Intimacy” by Terence Real
This book offers deep insights and actionable steps for showing up with courage and vulnerability to our most valued relationships

November 4, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
How long will it take
There’s no way of knowing
Commit to completing
…and just keep on going

SONG  “Vivaldi Recomposed: Spring 1” by Max Richter
Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” reimagined and recomposed. This has been some favorite “work music” for me this last few weeks. Enjoy!

VIDEO (1 min)  The 80/20 Rule
Want to get 80% more done? Consider the 80/20 principle and find your 20%.

October 20, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Failed attempts
don’t last
Act now
fail fast

SONG  “Desafinado” Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd Sextet
This is my favorite “breathe and relax” jazz recording. Listen, relax, enjoy.

BOOK  “The Creative Habit” by Twyla Tharp
Looking to unlock more creativity? Get inspired by the creative habits of artistic genius, Twyla Tharp.

October 12, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Life is not a problem to be solved
or an answer to be shown
but an experience to be felt
and a living to be known

October 5, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Beneath the drive to succeed
and the hustle to grow
there’s a power in stillness
and a magic in the slow

SONG  “Geronimo” by Sheppard
Are you standing on the edge, hesitating to make the leap on something important? Try playing this song… then go for it. 

APP  “Insight Timer” Free Meditation App
As you consider the power of stillness and the magic of the slow, this is a free meditation app that could be valuable to you.

September 28, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
A bad day
can stir up strife
don’t see it as
a bad life

SONG  “Tennessee Whiskey” cover by The Light Parade
I’m not sure what it is about this that makes me emotional. Perhaps it’s the feeling of being saved from the bottom of a bottle by a partner… or perhaps it’s the heart in the sound

BLOG POST  HALT… before making your next big decision (by Stephan Stubbins)
H
ungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired? Those are first indicators that it’s a good time to “halt” during important decisions. Check out this blog post and these resource links that can help

September 22, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
From a different level
of being
comes a different level
of seeing

SONG  “Fast Car” cover by Boyce Avenue
I hope you love this cover as much as I do. 

VIDEO (3 min)   Understanding “The Drama Triangle”
Did you know you can be the hero and still be operating in and enabling more “drama.” Check out the triangle and recognize the shift from drama to presence.

August 25, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Let the fire of your failure
fuel the furnace of your soul
obliterate what binds you
and alight you to your whole

SONG  “Yellow” bluegrass-style by Old School Freight Train (by Coldplay)
You’ve heard Coldplay, but you’ve never heard Coldplay like this. I love it!

RESOURCE  Seth Godin’s altMBA and more from AKIMBO
Two years ago this month I graduated from Seth Godin’s altMBA. Check out altMBA and all of the workshops AKIMBO offers if you’re looking for opportunities to level up your career and community.

August 17, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
The most valuable action to take
might not be something new
yet something your forsake
and something you choose not to do

SONG  “No More” from the musical Golden Boy (with Sammy Davis Jr.)
The emotion of this song is palpable… a definitive “no” can be a powerful thing.

A Powerful Question
What’s the one thing that would give you the most, if you gave it up?

August 11, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
With a simple rephrase of a question
You can alter the path of a plan
From the victim approach of “why did…?”
To the hero approach of “how can…?”

SONG  “Tenderize My Heart” by The Sisterhood
A vibrant song that feels like summer

VIDEO  What is VUCA?
VUCA is a leadership acronym you may be hearing more and more. This two minute video gives you a quick sense for what it is and how to apply it in your life

August 4, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Special through and through
you are the only you
…ever

VIDEO & SONG  A “Special” Announcement
Three years ago today I married the love of my life, Libby Servais. Today we’re excited to make an extra-special announcement… through song, of course

July 27, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Look within and name it
To transform the fear
and tame it

SONG  “Dark Green” by The Prayer Boat
A great song that used to make it’s way onto many of my mix tapes… “Close your eyes, let it rise inside of you. Sit beside me now darling, oh we’re gonna see a change”

BOOK  “The Go-Giver” by Bob Burg and John David Mann
If you’re feeling stuck these days, give this book a try… I really enjoyed this tale of generosity. Plus, the Audible Audiobook is only $1.

July 20, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
When seeking something new
and feeling you’re off-track
your fear can be the clue
…of where you can break through
and where you’re holding back

SONG  “Be Ok” by Ingrid Michaelson
This blast from the past is a fun way to reclaim a sense of center.

QUIZ  The Four Tendencies 
When it comes to the expectations of others, are you an Upholder, a Questioner, an Obliger or a Rebel? This quick free quiz can be insightful.

July 13, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
I need a daring hero
to free me a fresh start
So stronger every day
I become the part

SONG  “Brand New Day” by Joshua Radin
“It’s a brand new day, the sun is shining, it’s a brand new day, for the first time in such a long long time, I know I’ll be OK”

LAUGH  Outhorse Your Emails 
In the midst of summer, as you look to put that auto-responder on your email to let people know you’re on vacation, consider this Icelandic alternative 

July 6, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Brightly through the ending
share each ember of your spark
Time is yours for spending
Live with love
and bravely make your mark

SONG  “If I Fell” played by Gil Goldstein
A sweet and gentle jazz version of the popular song by the Beatles. It’s perfect for relaxing after a big day.

June 29, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Within the music
of the music
sing stories
deeper than song

SONG  “The Aftermath” from The Brave One
This instrumental speaks for itself

Two Favorite Quotes
What’s my favorite quote about music? It’s this …which pairs so perfectly with one of my all-time favorite quotes. I hope both inspire you too, my friend

June 22, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Clarity of purpose
clarifies the mind
Distilling from distraction
right action
…and what to leave behind

SONG  “Blindsided” by Bon Iver
This is a song that’s been with me when I needed it most. Sometimes in the release there is clarity.

DRAWINGS  Some favorite illustrations by Liz Fosslien
Check out these insightful drawings that will give you a smile and make you think.

June 15, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
The soul of the tree
was enormous
indeed
From the moment
it started
as seed

SONG  “A-O-K” by Tai Verdes
This song feels like summer. Turn this one on as you pull away from your house on your way to vacation.

VIDEO  “How to overcome procrastination” by Myron Golden
A powerful and wonderfully-articulated talk on how to serve others and how to serve yourself to create change and overcome procrastination. Enjoy!

June 8, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
I am
The miracle
Seeing
The miracle
…you

SONG  “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison
This one’s a classic that can soothe and slow down the energy of the room in an instant. 

VIDEO  “8 Intelligences” by Practical Psychology
This is a four minute overview of Dr. Howard Gardner’s “8 intelligences.” It can be an eye-opener for anyone who’s seen intelligence from just one perspective.

May 25, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Choose with care
and only share
that delicate new idea
with those with the ability
to dance with its fragility

SONG  “Nothing I Can Do” by Ben Taylor
This song is the presence of kindness

BOOK  “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert
In her own words… “What I wanted to write about was what it means to live a creative life that is not based on torment, suffering, martyrdom and angst, but on a joyful collaboration with the mysteries of inspiration.”

“Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?”

Listen to her great live reading of an excerpt from the book here.

May 18, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
I’m a string on life’s guitar
tuned with the tension to ring
Too loose and I flap
too tight and I snap
When plucked with a challenge
I sing

SONG  “Adore You” played on acoustic guitar by Richie Aikman
When you need a break today, lean back for a moment and listen to these sweet sounds

FREE ASSESSMENT  “Wholehearted Inventory” by Brené Brown
This is a valuable free assessment for seeing more clearly how tension and resonance are showing up for you these days

May 11, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Our garden now is filled
with many tiny sprouts
gently set amongst
the flowers we know
A little love to each
and they sweetly upward reach
surprising us with blossoms
as they grow

SONG  “Warm With You” by Hayden Calnin
This is the calming sound of a warmer life. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

10 Gratitudes 
Right after reading this, I dare you to take 30 seconds and write down 10 things you’re grateful for. I promise you, that time will be a gift to yourself.

May 4, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Hurrying forward with tension and fear
The meaning in life slips past
In taking the time to slow and get clear
Meaning is centered
…and centered is fast

SONG  “Sweet Disposition” by The Temper Trap
Going for a morning run or needing a mid-day dance break… this song is a sweet escape.

A Random Act of Kindness
In honor of “Mental Health Awareness Month,” I challenge you to perform one random act of kindness this week. Whether it’s to a stranger or to someone you love. Surprise someone in your world and see how it brings a smile to you both. 

April 26, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
The Creator…
Plants the seeds, grows the trees and gives them root
The Curator…
pulls the weeds, prunes the limbs and picks the fruit
When taken in turns and each given time…
they rhyme

SONG  “Red” by Carrie Manolakos
This song is like the sweet beginnings of spring

QUOTE  “Strange jewels” from Elizabeth Gilbert
This quote is one of my favorites. What “strange jewels” are already waiting within you, wanting to be discovered?

April 20, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Beware of the thoughts that compare
Like quicksand they trick us
to sink in despair

Three Questions
A wise friend of mine recently pointed out that the word question begins with the word quest. Here are three small “quests” for you:

  • What is your most cherished memory?
  • What are you most grateful for in this moment of life?
  • What within yourself do you value most?

April 13, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
When facing creative resistance
And freezing with thoughts of rejection
Step into the path of persistence
And out of the trap of perfection

SONG  “Gold (A Cappella)” from the musical “Once”
This song is magic. Turn it on when you’re needing some healing vibes.

FREE ASSESSMENT  Take the “Saboteurs Assessment” by Positive Intelligence
That perfectionist within us is a saboteur that can hold us back. Get to know the rest of your saboteurs by trying out this free assessment by Positive Intelligence

April 6, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Happy is
not just for after you win
Happy is
how to begin

SONG  “Love Today” by Mika
If you’re looking for a boost of happiness, try doing some jumping jacks to this joyous beat

HAPPY ANIMALS  Lions and Tigers and Bears… and Frogs
Just some happy animal friends to give you a reason to smile today

March 30, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Beneath
the inner stories we allow
Await
the inner glories of the now

SONG  “Elysium” from the Gladiator movie soundtrack
If you’re finding yourself anxious or moving too fast… start this song, close your eyes, take a deep breath and feel into the space of this sound. It’s only two minutes, yet it’s powerful.

VIDEO  A short moment with Eckhart Tolle and Larry King
Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now, in two minutes so quickly gets to the heart of seeing beneath the stories that can sometimes hold us back

March 23, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Built upon the losses
of all we tried and failed
The loss turned into learning
and that’s how we prevailed

SONG  “Beautiful Child” by Rufus Wainwright
This is a song to turn on and turn up when you’re done letting small hesitations hold you back and you’re ready to just “go”

BOOK  “The Comfort Book” by Matt Haig
“Nothing is stronger than a small hope that doesn’t give up.” This book is full of inspired phrases and bite sized thoughts that comfort and inspire… like this “Pizza”

March 16, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
I’ve made the mistake
and suffered the price
Now let the guilt go
or pay for it twice

SONG  “Here Comes the Sun” with Ofra Harnoy and the Orford String Quartet
Hearing this song with these classical artists on these instruments colors the day with hope

VIDEO  Don Miguel Ruiz with Oprah on SuperSoul Sunday
Enjoy these deeper moments with Ruiz and Oprah discussing the 4 Agreements and his generous perspective on life

March 9, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Persist through the droughts
Move forward and know
Where dry desert ends
Green grasses grow*

SONG  “Never Give Up” by Matthew West
Need a spring in your step? This is one we’ve been dancing to lately.

THE TEN SCROLLS  From “The Greatest Salesman in the World” by Og Mandino
If I had to pick a book that has had the greatest impact on my mindset it would be this one. Some of the concepts and phrases in this book deserve framing.

* Adapted from Og Mandino’s “The Greatest Salesman in the World”

March 2, 2022

POEM  by Stephan Stubbins
I wish for…
A wise and patient coach
Showing up for me
Reflecting and revealing
Gifts
That I can’t see
I can’t see

SONG  “Big Country” with Edgar Meyer, Béla Fleck and Mike Marshall
This bluegrass song feels like a coming home. Take a moment, if you can, and breath it in.

GIVING  Donations for Ukraine
In March and April I’m donating 10% of my coaching income to Ukraine relief. If you’re looking for a way to support those suffering from the crisis, please consider these trustworthy non-profits: 

February 23, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Looking back at the loss
While wearing the bruise
Am I victim or hero
…with my actions I choose

SONG  “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah)” by Andy Grammer
This song is a jolt of positivity and summer aliveness… I hope it gives you a spring in your step (even if you’re surrounded by snow)

IMAGE  18 Things Mentally Strong People Do* 
How many of these resonate with you? Are there any that you find challenging these days?

*thank you to the original creator of this “18 Things” concept and image, who is unknown

February 16, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Either conform
into what you can see
Or transform
into what you can be

SONG  “Good Day for Marrying You” by Dave Barnes
If you’re needing a smile today, turn this one on and do a little dance around the room. You can’t help but move

VIDEO  The Power of Teamwork
Penguins, ants & crabs… in under two minutes this short video will give you a great laugh (while reinforcing the power of working together)

February 9, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Feedback is a diamond
freshly from the earth
Hard to see the sparkle
in that state
Yet polish off the edges
and recognize its worth
Reflection can reveal
a change of fate

SONG  “How Deep is Your Love” sung by The Bird And The Bee
A gentle sound for a relaxed morning… this is my favorite cover of this song.

BOOK  “Thanks for the Feedback” by Douglas Stone & Sheila Heen
This great book has a ton of insight on how to receive and give meaningful feedback… while managing the emotions that inevitably come into play. 

February 2, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Grasping for love
propels it away
Giving with love
attracts it to stay

SONG  “Love Like This” by Ben Rector
This sweet song has the gentle wistfulness of a Randy Newman song… it’s deeply felt.

RESOURCE  “What’s Your Love Language?” free assessment
I thought I knew my love language, yet got a much clearer picture after taking this quick assessment. (If you’ve never heard of the 5 Love Languages, check out this book)

January 26, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
I walk through art-filled halls
of what has come before
dreaming of the future
in my heart
Then…
I turn and climb the stairs
to look on empty walls
…and start

SONG  “Putting It Together” sung by Bernadette Peters (from the Oscars)
This montage of a video, set to Bernadette singing this classic Sondheim song, is so fulfilling to enjoy (with a snapshot of movies from the early 90’s).

BOOK  “Steal Like An Artist” by Austin Kleon
This spark of a book opens up a whole new realm of freedom in making art… it will open your eyes. Also, check out his amazing 11 minute TED Talk.

January 19, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
This forest is enchanted
with a million shades of green
and in the small are galaxies
of endless wondering

SONG  “This is why I need you” by Jesse Ruben
This is such a warm song… “You make the darkness less dark, you make the edges less sharp, you make the winter feel warmer”

BOOK  “Search Inside Yourself” by Chade-Meng Tan
This is mindfulness, as taught by one of Google’s earliest engineers. His personal motto… “Life is too important to be taken seriously.”

January 12, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
My struggles
struggled free
a higher view
of me

SONG  “Nyepi” by Nahko and Medicine for the People
A passionate song of momentum… “I will do things I’ve never done before. ‘Cause I’m powerful and I’m not afraid no more”

DANCE  “Murmuration” by Sadeck Waff
What an inventive and visionary approach to dance. I hope this gives you the same feeling of wonder it gave me.

January 5, 2022

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
While shortcuts
can make changes fast
It’s habits
that make changes last

SONG  “Feel Like This Forever” by Leucadia
Here’s an energizing workout song for a good morning run… to start the year off right

STRIDES, STREAKS or HABITNOW  Habit Tracking Apps
If you’re looking to take your commitments to the next level, try using one of these habit tracking apps and enjoy seeing your progress grow.

December 29, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Be what you can be
and do what you can do
For what you surely seek
is surely seeking you

SONG  “One Day Like This” by Elbow
This song is an energizing way to begin a day. It’s the sound of possibility.

TED TALK  Mary Morrissey
I encourage you to give yourself the gift of watching this before the new year begins… a powerful story loaded with wisdom and insight.

December 22, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
The “now”
is like a peacock in flight
A million tiny miracles
suspended alight
Moment after moment after moment
In majesty

SONG  “White Christmas” played by John Bayless
This musical artistry in this piano playing is off the charts. Listen to the way this song glows… and then how it builds, expands and explodes. 

Gratitude Burst
I challenge you, friend… next time you’re feeling low in energy, set a timer for one minute and give yourself a Gratitude Burst. Hit go and as quickly as you can (without thinking) say out loud anything at all that you can be grateful for.

Do you have sunshine, teeth, a place to live, people who love you, socks, a beating heart… whatever it is, get it out… and let me know how it makes you feel.

December 15, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Know the prize is there
…but don’t stare

SONG  “Everyday” sung by Allison Young
What a sweet cover of this favorite Buddy Holly song

INFOGRAPHIC  “Process Goals vs. Product Goals” by John Spencer
It can be really powerful to distinguish process goals from product goals. As an artists there’s real power in falling in love with the process… and watching the product take care of itself.  Enjoy the illustration.

December 8, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
We are far more 
Than what can be seen
Forever and now
And all in between

SONG  “Normal Sea” by Common Rotation
There’s something so magically calming about this deep song. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

SPEECH  Jim Carrey commencement address at MIU
This speech is such a resonant combination of humor and wisdom. If you’re looking for a spark today… this is it.

December 1, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Remember your triumphs
In challenging times
History replays in a
Spiral that rhymes

SONG  “Chinese Translation” by M. Ward
This cycle of a song is like a wise and gentle smile.

PODCAST  Ken Burns on the “Smartless” Podcast
From a man who’s spent a lifetime telling America’s greatest stories, this podcast episode is one that’s stuck with me. And my favorite quote… “There is no them, there’s only us.”

Novemer 17, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
This New Year…
Releasing the old
Inviting the new
Say “yes” to the brave
Unstoppable You

SONG  “Let My Love Open The Door” sung by Michael Cavanaugh
This is my favorite recording of this great song. And yes… I may be guilty of playing this on repeat on long road trips. Enjoy!

POEM  “IF” by Rudyard Kipling read by Michael Caine
This poem is a masterpiece of wisdom, and it’s made even more powerful through the voice of Michael Caine.

Novemer 10, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
How many times
Have I intended to change
Yet stopped with the words
“I tried”
Look at the choice
Consider the costs
And once for it all…
Decide

SONG  “‘Til You Can’t” by Cody Johnson
This is the first true country song I’ve shared in my emails… and it’s a song I wish I’d written.

TED TALK “Know Your Inner Sabateurs” by Shirzad Chamine
Those parts of ourself that get in our own way can be considered “Sabateurs.” The more we can recognize them, the more we can acknowledge and let them go. 

Novemer 3, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
“And then the hero walked in…”
A classic story
Where a winner with glory
Shows up for saving the day
But what if instead
In the hours ahead
…the hero within led the way

SONG  “The Trappings” by Yo-Yo Ma, S. Duncan, E. Meyer, C. Thile & A. O’Donovan
This song and its album have brightened my last couple weeks. Enjoy!

COACH YOURSELF QUIZ  by Stephan Stubbins
I created this quick quiz in order to make more of a difference in more lives. Give it a try! [Average time is 2 min.]

October 27, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
The quest is yours
As long as you’re alive
Success is how you live it
Not how you arrive

SONG  “Raiders of the Lost Ark” played by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
This is the sound of adventure… perhaps best listened to with eyes closed, in the still of the morning, on a day you want to begin with a sweeping burst of possibility.

15 BADASS QUOTES  from Inspiration Feed
This has several favorite quotes… the one that hit me most was the one from Aristotle. (Thanks to my Dad, for sharing this with me!)

October 20, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Letting go
is investing
in the new
you’ll come to know

SONG  “Atlas In Your Eye” by Dustin Tebbutt
Have you ever heard a song in public and stopped in your tracks so you could figure out how to get it? This was one of those for me.

“So as you leave it all behind
just keep your head up and follow
the atlas in your eye”

QUESTION BURST  by Hal Gregersen
This is such a simple, yet effective, tool I’ve been experimenting with on my daily walks. When considering a new challenge, see what a few minutes of only questions can unlock.

October 13, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
The better the team
the closer the dream

SONG  “I Don’t Know” by Lisa Hannigan
This is a song to those important people in life that we haven’t met yet… waiting just around the corner.

INSPIRATION  A Pep Talk from Kid President
I know of no better way to make you smile than this blast from the past from Kid President. “If life is a game, aren’t we all on the same team?” 

October 6, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
I will toil if I must
As I shake off the rust
I will polish
This silver to shine

SONG  “Diamonds” by Johnnyswim
What a jolt of energy and inspiration. This is a perfect song for a morning run.

BOOK  “The Dip” by Seth Godin
Considering a major life change or career pivot? This is one book I’d highly recommend.

September 29, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Allow yourself to live in the discomfort
Embrace the tension you’ve been running from
Wrestle with the silence of not knowing
Then marvel at the artist you’ve become

SONG  “Fake Plastic Trees” played on piano by Christopher O’Riley
Turn it all the way up and listen to it with your eyes closed… I promise your heart will feel something.

DANCE  “Between Dreams & Reality” – Adrien M & Claire B
This 1-minute video completely took my breath away. Enjoy this stunning combination of dance, technology & light. My favorite moment is at minute 0:51. What’s yours?

September 22, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
With solo ambition
the path can become
a blind competition
Yet, what if instead
together we led
to share in the prize…
Together we’d rise

SONG  “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” sung by John Legend
There is something so pure and true about this performance of one of my favorite songs.

LAUGH  “Grocery Bag Challenge” by Studio C
Anyone that’s had to shop for groceries in a big city can laugh and sympathize with this. A little gruesome, but so funny. 

September 15, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
I try, I fail,
I know
I shrink, I stretch,
I grow

SONG  “Can’t Help Myself” by Fiona O’Kane
Such sweetness. This song, made famous by “The Four Tops,” has never sounded so gentle and loving.

QUOTE  “Start Now” by Ijeoma Umebinyuo
I couldn’t have written this better myself…

September 8, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
These chains of reaction
Hold heavy their bond
Yet, unravel and fall
When we pause…
…then respond

SONG  “The Natural” from The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
One of my favorite soundtracks, this music is what “magic” feels like. 

BOOK  “Atomic Habits” by James Clear
Have you ever gotten so much out of listening to an audiobook that you bought a hard copy too? This book is a wealth of insight on how to make changes that last. 

September 1, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Address the mess
and it fades away
Avoid the stress
and it’s here to stay

SONG  “Simple Life” by The Weepies
One of my favorites, this song is the essence of making it to the other side of a great adventure and breathing in the sweet morning after.

PODCAST EPISODE  “Get Yourself The Job” with Brandon Maslan and Jennifer Hill
…with special guest, Stephan Stubbins (that’s me!)
If you’re looking to go from stressed out to standing strong, this podcast can help. Brandon Maslan is a top coach, as well as one of my closest friends and trusted advisors. Enjoy!

August 25, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
When the enemy’s words enter under the surface and sting
To attack the attacker redoubles the harm that they bring
But by looking within to what’s giving the venom its bite
There’s a shadow of self worth befriending
And a nobler battle to fight

SONG  “The Part Where You Let Go” by HEM
This song feels like an answer to a prayer. “Is this the part when you find out I’m there for you?”

FREE MASTERCLASS  “How To Become Indistractable” by Nir Eyal
One of the ways I’m upgrading my life these days is by developing greater indistractability. I think you might find this pursuit valuable as well. This free masterclass is eye opening.

August 18, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Deep in the heart
Ready to roar
There’s a lion inside
Hungry for more

SONG  “Fighting for it all” by Mindy Smith
In NYC, there was one cd I’d wake up to each morning as I’d leave before sunrise for auditions in Times Square. Mindy Smith’s “One Moment More.” Enjoy these sweet songs.

WOOP  by Gabriele Oettingen
Whatever change you’re seeking to make, “WOOP” is a valuable tool to help you make it… check it out! And, of course, I’m always here to help.

August 11, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
I thought these shields would serve me
yet they kept the world at bay
Now every shield I shed
casts more fears away

SONG  “Boom Clap” sung by Lennon and Maisy
This recording is just magical. It’s that much more special knowing Maisy was only 11 years old when they shot this video.

FEAR SETTING  by Tim Ferris
Fear setting is not only a good counterpoint to goal setting, it can help with some of the most challenging life decisions. What fears are ready to be acknowledged and let go?

August 4, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
My heart beats the rhythm
of rising up high
This seedling is seeking
new reaches of sky

SONG  “Unchained Melody” sung by Libby and Stephan 
Two years ago today I married the woman of my dreams, Libby Servais. Last year we created our own version of “Unchained Melody” and recorded it in Los Angeles with the help of the brilliant and talented Daniel Weidlein (video shot and edited by the amazing Brennan Spark). Thank you for sharing this love with us.

July 28, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
The keys of this piano
One by one are each profound
Yet when they sing together
There’s magic in the sound

SONG  “Just The Way You Are” from The Piano Guys 
Here’s a piano song with some magic in it. You can feel a glow when taking your time to really listen.

INSPIRATION from NBA Finals MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo
Well said, from a champion… “Focus on the past, that’s ego. Focus on the future, that’s pride. Focus on the present moment, that’s humility”

July 21, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
I hit a big home run
Yet scored no points at all
For though I had the greatest swing
The game was basketball

SONG  “Bright Lights” by Ziggy Alberts
A breath of sweet calm, this song feels like a reconnection to nature. 

LAUGH  “Flirting Academy” by Studio C
Libby and I got such a kick out of this sketch. Whether it’s flirting or trying to hold your own at an awkward networking mixer you can probably relate to this on some level.

July 14, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Like a shadow that’s cast ten times larger
Than the object in front of the light
My guilt seems to grow that much bigger
The more it is hidden from sight

SONG  “More Like Myself” by Blake Whyte
This song is an invigorating rush of hope and freedom. If you want an even bigger rush, check out this live version in NYC with some incredible dancers.

LAUGH  “Dogecoin Rap” by Remy
This gave me a great laugh. If you don’t know what Dogecoin is, this isn’t for you… if you do, here’s to hoping you didn’t follow this guy’s lead!

July 7, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
I have come and I will go
And what I do with what I know
I will give and help to grow
Those who follow

SONG  “I Will Not Take These Things For Granted” by Toad The Wet Sprocket
I hope you love this song as much as I do, in high school I would listen to it on repeat. The title itself is a mantra.

QUOTES  by Mother Teresa
What powerful quotes Mother Teresa shared… words that resonate deeply.

June 30, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
What if
Your grandest vision came true
What if
The path was waiting inside you
What if
Your story was extraordinary
What if
Your next step was
…Legendary

SONG  “Santorini” by Yanni
For years this song has been one of my favorites when I’m looking to close my eyes and feel energized about the future. It has a legendary feeling to it. Enjoy!

PODCAST  Upper Limits from the “The Spark File”
Do we limit ourselves because somewhere deep down we don’t believe we deserve to have it “that good?” How do we break through? I really enjoyed listening to this

June 23, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Every day
Sure and steady
And when it’s time
You’ll be ready

SONG  “Grown Ocean” by Fleet Foxes
Listen to that beat… perhaps it’s what momentum feels like

BOOK  “The Practice” by Seth Godin
A book all about the “sure and steady” path to creative success

June 16, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
The sun can hit a wooden plank
for years without a mark
yet magnify the focused rays
and flames begin to spark

SONG   “I Make My Own Sunshine” by Steven Tyler
This song itself is sunshine… please tell me that you’re singing along.

VIDEO  Harvard Commencement Speech by Pete Davis
When you’ve got 8 minutes, watch this speech. I love it… it starts light and packs a punch.

June 9, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
I face the pesky problem
and send it to my head
to find the answer hiding
in my heart instead

SONG  “Let There Be Love” by Nat King Cole
This song is pure relaxation after a long week. Close your eyes, turn up the music and see if you don’t just start smiling without trying

LAUGH  “Pizza Business” from Saturday Night Live
One of my all time favorite SNL skits… maybe because pizza is my love language

June 2, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
What is it I create
With the time today I borrow
A compound interest shaping
What I’ll make tomorrow

SONG  “Feeling Fine” by Dylan Rockoff
This song feels like the beginning of summer to me. Hopefully it gives you a grove and a smile.

BOOK  “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron
Many of my artist friends know and love this book… it was a life changer for me. If you’re looking to bring more creativity and insight into your life on a daily basis, this is a great place to start.

May 26, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
Your words and music are strong
Yet your spirit sings louder than song

SONG  “Shower The People You Love” by James Taylor
A favorite early summer memory of mine was driving through the glorious countryside of Sonoma County while listening to this song and feeling grateful for all of you I love in my life. I hope it reaches your heart too.

GOAL SETTING  from Lululemon
Looking to clarify your life goals? You might enjoy this goal setting worksheet from Lululemon. If you’d like any help, book a free 1st session with me and we can look at it together.

May 20, 2021

POEM & BLOG  by Stephan Stubbins
I focused heart and mind
to find the game of true success
and beneath the game of checkers
I found the game of chess

SONG  “Hundred Days” by the Bengsons
There’s so much passion in this song. It doesn’t seem like it’s from a musical, yet it is!

LAUGH  “Best Volleyball Blocks Ever” by Studio C
You have to let me know if you laugh out loud like I did watching this… enjoy!

May 14, 2021

POEM  by Stephan Stubbins
I didn’t even think to clean my lenses
I was used to looking out that way
It took a moment’s pause
To get down to the cause
Now life’s a little brighter every day

QUOTE  by Sanford Meisner
“That which hinders your task is your task” – Sanford Meisner

SONG  “On My Way” from Brother Bear
I was introduced to this one at our favorite local juice shop (Local Roots) on my Birthday last week and it’s been on repeat in my head since.

PODCAST  Jay Shetty & Will Smith from the “On Purpose” Podcast
This episode has so many mindful ideas. Will Smith is a great reminder of commitment.

ARTICLE  Configure Your iPhone To Work For You, Not Against You
Many great insights on how to optimize your iPhone to serve you better.

VIDEO  Non-Zero Days by T.K. Coleman
An inspired 5 min video from one of my altMBA coaches that packs a great punch.

Wishing you the best,

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