I’ve got this new thing I’m trying.

For every month in 2014, I want to establish a new habit.

For January, it’s developing a morning routine, which involves slowly getting up earlier and earlier until I’m regularly waking up around 5 am or earlier.

But see, here’s the thing about trying to do something healthy, or smart, or productive — it ain’t easy.

In fact, some days it feels like the entire universe is conspiring against me.

Like this morning, for example.

I got up at 5:15. As soon as I walked down the hallway to the kitchen to make a cup of coffee, I heard one of the 7-month-old twins in her room. (I think it was Lyla.)

This happens more often than not, and it frustrates the heck out of me.

When I DON’T wake up early, it seems like they sleep in.

When I DO wake up early, they wake up, too.

And instead of a relaxing morning to myself, I have to listen to them talk to themselves and eventually start crying and screaming.

But I’m realized something lately.

Life’s supposed to be messy.

The perfect morning doesn’t exist. And I can either accept that and make the best of it, or I can pout about it, thereby ruining the morning myself.

What about you?

Do you have these grand plans of getting amazing things done in your studio, only to find that your plans always get thwarted?

Don’t let it defeat you.

The same thing happens to me in my tutorial videos, for example. I’ve created hundreds of them at this point. Mistakes happen. I try things that don’t work, but I leave them in the video.


Because life’s messy.

If I put out completely perfect, mistake-free videos, you wouldn’t be able to relate to me.

I want you to see that messing things up is just a part of the process.

But staying the course — not calling it quits — THAT’S what matters.

If you want to see some helpful but imperfect tutorial videos that will make your recording life a little bit easier, check out:


Joe Gilder
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