Feel Good 5 Friday … On a Saturday

21 Nov

I missed my Wednesday calling … my Words on Wednesday. Twice. Not that anyone is counting really. Feel like I’m performing a one-woman show in a giant theater to an audience of five, but at least it’s an awesome five who bring good vibes and thoughtful conversation.

It’s weariness. I think that’s what’s biting me in ass on Wednesday nights. I need another trip to the CVS vitamin aisle to get some Vitameatavegimin. I feel like the older I get the earlier I go to bed. What is that? I used to stay up until 1 or 2 on a consistent basis. I got parenthood wearing me down now and my silver fox look gaining some ground. With the change of life I haven’t been consistent. I have spurts. But I only have a month left to get a first draft together. I need to whip myself in writer shape. I used to stop by this lady’s spot a while back … 4 a.m. Writer.


That’s exactly what it sounds like.

I don’t know if I can hang with that though, I’ve never been a rise and shiner. My entire life the crack of dawn hurts, unless I’m in the Australian Outback. I didn’t feel a thing when I traveled to Ayers Rock. First time in my life that I was excited for 4 a.m. in whatever time zone. I was up to watch the sunrise, freezing with a runny nose, but it was one of the best moments of my life. Funny how weariness hits me more when I’m at home.

But I think I made up for it with a surge of writing. Good music and morning pages. I got turned onto Morning Pages by Tim Ferriss and Brian Koppelman, but I found the source … Julia Cameron.

It’s supposed to help with my creative recovery during this Bill Murray Groundhog Day Adventure we’re all trying to survive. You know, all the procrastination and putting everything and everyone else before your project. Handwritten morning pages in a notebook every day are supposed to empty out the clutter in your mind and free up some space for creative efforts later on in the day, get in the habit of writing no matter what or how I feel. The morning routine of the pages starts the creative gears moving, that along with other Julia Cameron tips. But it took a while for it to kick in, at least for me. But I’m grateful to have been able to make progress.

And as I mentioned before progress means you’re going forward, and forward is a direction.

And along with this spike in activity I was able to hear some jams during some quick dance breaks that helped keep the vibes going. I hadn’t heard a couple of these in a while and they made it to my playlist this week and I was feeling better because of them. I especially enjoyed the funny.

I don’t usually hear Thanksgiving Day songs, Christmas is creeping and trying to take over the waves. But this tune right here … right here at the 4-minute mark from The Roots is my favorite Thanksgiving Song. Ever. In November this makes my day. I get my James Brown Janelle Monet dance moves and it just feels good. Dancing and funny feels good.

So I’m sending it and the rest of my Feel Good 5 Friday out to you …

Buen Camino my friends!

The Queen of Hearts –Juice Newton

Give Me That Side Dish … Stuffing in a Dead Bird — The Roots (starts at 4:00)

Blinded by The Light — Manfred Mann

El Chico Del Apartamento 512 — Selena

Life is a Highway — Rascal Flatts



7 Responses to “Feel Good 5 Friday … On a Saturday”

  1. claywatkins November 22, 2020 at 6:21 AM #

    good morning – 3 out of 5 this week. Nice songs for the week, I am enjoying catching your five tunes, thank you. I feel ya, the older I get the earlier I want to head to bed. My daughter has taken to calling me ‘grandpa’ when I head up the bed at 9:30 or so. I et up at 4:30 -5 on weekdays and yesterday morning I woke up at 5:15 – minutes before my alarm and this morning, at 6 with no alarm. I have found the quiet of the morning the best part of the day to plan and think and even write some times. Have a great day and peace.

    • The Guat November 28, 2020 at 10:10 AM #

      I’m super glad you enjoying them! I hope that someone sees a tune they haven’t heard before or in a long time and it brings them a feel good vibe boost they need. Grandpa that’s funny. Getting up at 4:30 I imagine you get a lot of inspiration withe quiet of the morning. I high five you for the internal mental alarm wake-up. I agree with you the morning … getting up before everyone else is definitely productive:) I’m not quite at the 5 a.m. mark but working my way bit by bit 🙂 I like the quiets whether they’re the night time kind or morning.

  2. Sorryless November 22, 2020 at 4:00 PM #

    Nicely done Cali.

    I wish I could stay up till 1 or 2 in the morning the way I used to. But it seems I get sleepy around 10, fall off and then am up in the middle of the night. I don’t sleep in any longer, which I miss as well. It’s that advancing age thing I guess, but me no likey.

    I do however, likey these songs.

    And 4 AM is still doing her thing?

    Sunshine and waves, hermana

    • The Guat November 28, 2020 at 10:15 AM #

      Right? I’m always tired. I never used to take naps now I find myself needing one once a month I just randomly doze off on the couch. Aren’t these great! I always feel like someone out there will connect with one and just feel good after hearing it or maybe time travel to a special moment and the feel-goods come washing in. And sadly no don’t think 4 am is still doing her thing BUT I TOTALLY remember her from Cayman Thorn days and I thought she was good people and what an awesome concept 🙂

      • Sorryless November 28, 2020 at 12:24 PM #

        Nothing like a good nap.

        You are so right. I always find a couple myself. We have pretty similar tastes when it comes to the tunes, so it’s not like I don’t connect with all of them because I usually do.

        That’s too bad. Yeah 4 am was good peeps. Maybe she’ll be back.

    • The Guat November 28, 2020 at 10:16 AM #

      Plus the Side Dish cracks me up mo MOST favorite Thanksgiving song makes me laugh every year just for fun 🙂

      • Sorryless November 28, 2020 at 12:25 PM #


        We need the “just for fun” in our lives. I tell myself that all the time. I am constantly looking to make others laugh but I don’t laugh as often as I need to.

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