Maximizing post-travel inspiration

I’m just back from a trip where I spent time with my parents, a bunch of crew at our 17th annual yearly camp out, and my sister and her 3 awesome kiddos.

Here are 6 reasons I’m freshly hyped and how I’ll use these travel vibes to crush it.

1 – Coming home

Years of jobs, relationships, and everything life has thrown my way lead me to my current house in Tucson, living with my amazing wife and our dog and cat. As much as I love the vacay vibes – coming home is kinda the best. It represents returning to my intention – the space in the world I’ve worked hard to create.

Our place feels like vacation sometimes, from the homemade blue curtains my wife made out of fabric I thrifted in northern AZ flapping in the wind, to the outdoor cast iron tub in our backyard, to the shed my friends helped deliver, fix up, and paint into the trippiest/hypest creative space.  We laugh and remind ourselves “This is real life!”

Coming home is a reminder to maximize this inspiring place! Oh you have a rad recording studio? Use it! A dope bike – hop upon! An amazing parnter – hang out with them a ton!

2 – Unreal friend/family support 

Sharing space and time with a crew living vastly different but inspiring lives is like reading 2,000 self-help books at the same time while swimming in the coolest waterfall you found on a cross-country road trip with your dog.

It’s such a great challenge to do you to the utmost.  The crew isn’t going to check up on me when I get home – “Hey, Nick are you still feeling super inspired by your trip, I hope so!”  It’s more like – go forth and kill it – we believe in you, and that should propel dopeness until we hang again and re-up the hype.

A couple years ago at the same campout 2 of my main dudes took me aside and thanked me saying they might not be here if it wasn’t for me. Both are incredible artists, musicians, friends, and humans. Thinking about it still makes me shake a bit. When doubt comes up I go back to this memory and know if these 2 have my back this hard I’m 100% good.

3 – Kids

Kids are better at living in the moment then every adult who’s ever preached or read about it.  A couple years ago the first thing my then 6-year-old niece said to me after not seeing each other for more than a year was something like “If you close your eyes really hard it looks like a laser light show.” Hells ya it does!

Same kiddo this year was going super hard jumping off the dock and boat like it was no big deal. She didn’t brag about it – just wanted to do it over and over and over again! Reality is she humbly conquered a fear and it’s f’n incredible! Last year she was scared to do both. Now it’s second nature. Killing it ✓ moving forward ✓ and having fun ✓

4 – Sacrifice

Crew-ups like this get you thinking about people who couldn’t make it. As an avid hater of FOMO, I get inspired by the sacrifices they’re making to do what they need to do.

My brother is killing at work and couldn’t come. It would have been dope to hang but he needed to keep crushing it for his life and that’s exactly the choice he made. Same with my wife. I missed her a lot but what an amazing person she is to prioritize the incredible work she’s doing.

My sister had to take off to go run the summer reading program at the library she started – DOPE! My best bud had to roll early to get back to Detroit and prep for leaving to go cook on the Drake tour. Fun Professionally amazing!

5 – Passion

My 14-year-old nephew is so down for this new X-Box game its crazy. When I told him I didn’t know what it was he stared at me blankly for the weirdest 10 seconds we’ve probably ever had. Totally cracked me up and reminded me how down I used to be for stuff at his age!

I was into vids, basketball, Wu-Tang, and Tribe. I remember listening to every song on every CD I owned with a best friend – carefully deciding that Award Tour was the greatest song in the world. It was for sure the most important thing to do that afternoon – and we questioned it Ø!

6 – Parents

I’m incredibly lucky to get to learn from parents who’ve been married for 46 years. They’re so inherently down for each other at this point it’s one of the sweetest and inspiring things I witness.

They have a small sailboat and are the coolest team for getting it set up and out on the water. I got to be their boat hand which mostly meant watching them carefully rig the boat and make sure their partner stayed safe while hopping on and off during the process.

They eat together, volunteer together, and talk about the future together. They live each other’s dreams realizing how much one partner benefits from the other’s – whether it’s living on a lake in a small town, or traveling to a specific place to escape the cold Minnesota winter. It’s a version of compromise that isn’t really compromise at all, but being down for your partner and knowing them being happy will make you happy too.

What motivates you post-travel? How do you use it to do more of what you love? Comment or send that hype my way!  nick@hype.church 

Bazooka rug

I’m not sure how I feel about this. I definitely don’t love weapons. And am not a fan of joking about heavy shit (to a fault). But I was so hyped about the bazooka rug the GM of a local restaurant ‘shot’ at me and his sous chef the other night!

It was one of those inspiring moments where someone working a chill job is having 2,000 times more fun than people making hella loot. Like when you randomly have the nicest interaction with someone at a fast food spot. Shit is incredible!

I’ve been lucky enough to have some pretty cool jobs. And been surrounded by people who (myself included) sometimes forget our jobs are dope and have lame ass days! Fuck that forever and ever and ever!

Then you got someone hustling hard running a bar and cleaning up shooting you with a ‘bazooka’ he made out of a rolled-up rug out the front door of his really empty bar (to the point he could have been bummed out).

Laughing and having an amazing time wins again!

Official hype chart 1.0

I know this isn’t a totally new idea and probably has a name but it came to me during DO(OM) YOGA this 12/31 – And I have no problem with ‘corny’ New Year New You plans. Why diss any idea working to do you better? 

Here’s what I think this it’s saying in case you want to try it:

  • Purple – some things that rep you the most (or you want to rep you the most)
  • Green – Expand the circle of those purple things
  • Blue, orange, light green – Hype ideas your circles make you think of in the moment

*Don’t worry if you miss something,  I know I did (sorry LUG and V). Mine definitely changed from my head at yoga → frantic credit card envelope chicken scratch → Xandu whiteboard.

It seems like you can continue these circles forever, but my favorite part of doing this was realizing it’s enough and so much of what we do is inherent based on our core (whether or not we acknowledge it).

It points to who you are and recognizes the years of experience of your badassedness. Rad vibe to take to the next job interview, walk around the block,  or art project – realizing you already have it dialed, just jump in and crush!

Did you try this or have a different way to rep yourself via Expo marker? Let me know bud!🤗

Jam of the Week #15: Much

Busdriver’s been a massive inspo for me (and the crew) since the early 2000’s. I first read about him in either Life Sucks Die or Wax Po, or maybe that old uk rap zine Big Daddy. Pretty sure I was intro’d to Edan in the same issue… s/o reading!

He’s always done whatever he wanted (official fun pro / church of hype mission)! I used to love Busdriver because he was different. Now I think about it more along the lines of the change and vibe he’s pushed for over 20 years, and how fucking incredible his legacy really is.

That’s why Much from his 2015 album Thumbs is the 15th Jam of the Week! It’s a feel-good song, it’s weird, it’s hella creative and coded, and it comes from decades of experience in music and in life – totally showing his growth and comfort as an OG.

I read an interview lately (hip-hop nerd glasses, on!) where he was talking about having more fun as of late. He talked about smoking weed more, where he didn’t used to party as much because everyone was doing it. Now he’s sliding in super comfy and imo is able to share a pretty rad perspective on life in general having not been smoking solid for like 30 years (no diss!). Maybe just a different take.

Ending it on that dork out^. Thanks for the forever catalog of music Busdriver!

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Fun

We’re fun pros – but I need a reminder to max every once in a while and got it huge lately.

The other day Dâm-Funk tweeted this out:

^^So needed. Doing this all day (trading sardines for Gardein nugs) post road trip to hang with my crew in PHX last night.

Work’s been cray and will be again. Gotta refresh to really kill it there and (more importantly) stay present for the crew.

 

Jam of the Week #13: Gang Nativity

Super excited for the first extra-special guest edition of the Jam of the Week, chosen by my most hype, ultra-inspiring, and forever dope friend Christian!

Full disclosure – she chose my group’s song Gang Nativity, from our release on Hit+Run earlier this year 😊

The great Motëm once asked me if I was Grand Cooley. In that moment I realized that, without even noticing it, I had become a part of the most unfuckwithable crew!

I’m incredibly grateful to have such a strong, supportive community of people who are so full of love and positivity. Gang Nativity has served as a continual reminder of this from two of my all time favs and is one of my ultimate hype jams for this week and on! – Christian

🧡Dang thanks Christian! You’re why the gang is unfuckwithable! 💙

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CREW! 

Waiting to Exhale

A while ago one of the baddest/raddest yoga teachers in Tucson shared this poem in a yin class (Thanks Shraddha)!  Been staring at it daily every since and loving the re-re-re-re-re-re-reminders it preaches.

Got a dream for re-writing it through my crew lense soon Call Me Hand on Microsoft Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Jam of the Week #12: Grown Up

Making it a clean dozen with Grown Up by Danny Brown off a 2012 promo 7″ released by Scion

This tack’s literal (growing up and being successful), hype (cuz Danny!), and the beat’s simplicity and classic sound give it the right vibe for that kinda upbeat hip-hop feeling. It’s not my favorite Danny Brown song… I’d prolly say XXX , 30, or Red2Go are right now… but those are the more crazy/scary DB songs I DJ at inappropriate times whenever I get asked to bring records out.

Enjoy yall! Max love 💖

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I love when the world calls me out!

Or as my wife put it – “No need to put your assumptions around on people!”

Today started out rad. Woke up feeling great with all my favorite people and animals.  Chilled listening to Laraaji’s Sun Zither doing yoga and staring at clouds (cuz I Do Whatever I Want).

Then my attitude got off track… Had a flat tire I needed to fix before starting my bike messenger gig, and went through a tube I just bought yesterday and couldn’t repair.

For whatever lame-ass reason this stuff put me in a less-cool mood (lame-ass = less-cool). Anyways I took off for my first order and thought I’d shake the weird vibes by riding.

Picked up the food and brought it to a sorta bouchie college-kido apartment downtown Tucson, where I noticed someone running on a treadmill in the window. My current lameness questioned why he wasn’t outside, it was so nice out! Go walk outside bro!

Oh… He was the one who ordered the food and was just exercising while waiting for me to show up. Dude was super nice and added a solid tip.

I biked away happy and laughing, thanking the world for calling me out on being a huge dick! Rest of the day is looking up ↗↗

Working backwords

Alright want to go to yoga tonight, get ready in the morning. Get your stuff together (water bottle, yoga mat, incense, chakra shades…). Put them by the door. Make sure there’s air in them bike tires, and chilllllll! Work backwords and watch your day open up w i d e !

I think I stole this idea from a Herzog moment in the massive interview collection, A Guide For The Perplexed (aptly titled 👊). He talks about packing for trips a day early, making sure to leave from a settled place. By working backwords we can even do this in small ways, like if you just have an hour to work with and you’re not leaving the country to rip a ship over a mountain.

I do it with my bike messenger job almost daily. I wake up and get the lights on the charger, make sure my bike is still working (today’s morning I’m fixing last night’s tire explosion which lead to a comically slow fall into a drainage ditch), fill my water bottles (whoa just like yoga !💥 !), and then enjoy the openness of my pre-work day.

Maybe you already do this, hells ya. Lemme know if it works, if it doesn’t, or if you’ve discovered an even better way to get ready in the morning than reinterpreting Herzog. 💖

Church of Hype: Jam of the Week #4

The 4th installment of The Jam of the Week is a track that came to mind instantly when the idea of starting the playlist hit me – J Dilla’s Nothing Like This from his Ruff Draft LP.

Dilla is one of if not the best rap producers ever, no question. This is why this track’s simplicity and vibe carry such huge weight! It’s a massive flex and testament to his creativity and ability to shine beyond any expections or even loose ideas of what music can sound like.

I’m straight up scared to look up the sample because I don’t want to question the magic it’s laced me with on every listen since Stones Throw reissued the record in 2007 (OG came out in 2003, fuck!)

Nothing Like This is a timeless, genre-free love song to someone or something he felt really good about. Let’s take this love to something we care about too y’all and party to it, honoring the incredible legacy Dilla left on this planet 🎉❤️ 🙏🏽

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It’s harder to dream

Ever get stuck thinking about things you don’t want to? Gossip from work you honestly don’t care about keeps coming up in your head, or anger towards a person or group of people for something that already happened and doesn’t really matter right now… You know these aren’t the healthiest thoughts, but it’s hard to let them go.

Try dreaming. Literally start making stuff up in your head. Your dream scenario. Wherever you want to be. You’re in total control and its all imaginary so go deep! I’m thinking about being on a cross country bike ride on a bike I don’t own with skills and gear I don’t have yet. I’m visiting new communities and making rad connections to keep doing the things I love!

Dreaming is harder than staying stuck on unnecessary and mostly irrelevant issues, which is why I love doing it! It exercises the mind in a really cool way, while getting you closer to your totally attainable, realistic, and ok-to-dream-about goals!

It’s also harder to dream – like street hard. I’m way more into someone thinking about doing incredible shit than being a big ole bummer.

Obvious right? Dream!

Start with Spit

I was gifted a massage as a wedding present from my friend Kerrie at Sun of Metal Body Work (who you should totally call if you’re ever near Tucson)!

Before my session I started having those awesome thoughts about starting a new and more intentional life, making this massage my catalyst to be a better human – for myself, my fam, and the world.

Then I thought why not have these revitalizing feelings around anything and everything? What if you put that much thought and energy into eating dinner with a friend, taking a walk, or just straight up spitting on the ground?

Try it and let me know if it works. Just go spit outside your door (or even better the door of the cafe you’re at) and start being the new you you’ve been dreaming of.

I’ll go do the same right now – each of us putting a little effort into making our lives and the lives we touch better ✌🏽

It’s my best friend’s birthday

And I almost forgot to reach out. Life got too crazy for me to remember.

Friends are more important than money,  bigger than stress from jobs or life, and the least replaceable thing you have. I doubt if I know someone who would disagree, but we all forget this sometimes and that’s natural and ok. Just be on the lookout for reminders to check back in with what really matters.

Today I was reminded by my best friend. Thanks, and Happy Birthday Tom ♥