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 

Jam of the week #43: In A Minute

This song has literally been on repeat at my house for like 2 weeks. My wife is constantly bumping it and texting the link to it to me and probably the rest of the crew/ most people reading this 🙂

Mad Skillz – In A Minute

The video’s dope. The concept is hype – where taking it/making it easy come first and life works out smoothly as it should.

And the rapper Mad Skillz has a super interesting history if you want to nerd out about a 90’s rapper with tons of ghostwriting cred and now a super inspiring artistic move: making cool new shit!

Also this cover is dope, and I can’t stop cracking up about the dude in the back of the vid with the mustache!!

Full Jam of the Week playlists are right here on Spotify YouTube

Harness the superpowers of professional chillers

My neighbor parks in front of our mailbox every day. We’ve gotten a super cool 80s note about it in our mailbox and it changed nothing. I started to think this has to be pissing off our awesome mail carrier – an older gent who rocks mutton chops wayyy tougher than any hunter or bro in history.

He remains unphased. Because he has to. His annoyance threshold is 100x higher than any of us. If it wasn’t every day would be totally crappy!

Same goes for bus drivers. They’re almost unshakable. Sitting quietly while people fight, drink, and even worse – clip their fingernails (seen it twice in life so far – one bus, one plane 🙏)

These pro’s don’t get annoyed because if they did everything suck! Their annoying threshold is lifted so high that stuff that bugs us out doesn’t even register. They hustle too hard to care, and since they work directly with the public if they decided to get start stressed it would create a never-ending shitty crescendo.

*Honorable mention: the badass cart attendant at my local Safeway 🙇

I’m going to give props to this gang for a sec before showing you how to harness their superpowers for personal inspiration.

I’ve always held mail carriers in the highest esteem.  I write thank you notes on the outside of packages that say ‘mail carrier’s patience appreciated.’ I dig their fashion and was once told I looked like one at a party  😊. I even tried to get some USPS gear once but learned its actually illegal to unofficially rock the uniform – which is pretty cool for making it a little harder for sketchballs to act like they belong ringing your doorbell. Still – let me get some shorts and a sweater!

And bus drivers changed my life for 12 years in Portland, especially the one who told me he was ‘bordering superb!’ If you ever road the 15 in the mid-2000’s you know… “Tripple Nickel!!”

One time on the 20 (Burnside) a rider was drunk and screaming (SURPRISE!)… The driver didn’t flinch, calmly stopped mid-intersection and asked him to get off the bus. Dude kept swearing and yelling “What is your name!!” The driver quietly answered “bus driver” and asked him to leave again.

Eventually this drunk cartoon knew he couldn’t frustrate the all-mighty-mega-chiller and hopped off. The whole bus cheered and laughed – the driver gave us a slight smile and drove on.

Let’s learn from the masters of only giving a fuck about stuff that matters. 

Save your energy for being an awesome friend and leave your problems confused and hungry for beef like the drunk fighty bro who eventually gave up. The stuff that annoys you will do the same.

Be for them

Been thinking hard about family and friends in prep for a trip where I get to see a lot of both! Letting it sink in how these people are the most important thing in life.

Fuck a job, a car, a _____ when you have a friend who will take you in and buy you groceries. That’s the wealth I’m proud of.

Relationships with friends and fam can also be really hard. We’ve all seen and probably experienced these relationships slip out of control. I’m thinking of ways to get through this without having an estranged homie who knows pretty much everything about you and likewise.

You gotta be down to have feelings. Your crew is going to make you feel certain ways at times and you need to be able to experience that while being supportive, helpful, modeling better behavior… whatever the situation is, expect to feel many things!

You also gotta be down to have the hard convo with someone going through it. As we get older we realize all the problems you hear about in peoples families and friend groups are actually a lot closer than we think. We all have people who have dealt with addiction and suicidal thoughts in our circle, I guarantee it.

So be ready to help – It’s really easy.
1. It’s not about you (remove your ‘self’)
2. Be for them

You need to experience the hard stuff, and you need to self-care of course – but first up is removing yourself from the situation. Don’t be stressed that you have to feel a certain way or pretend it’s not the best time. Because it’s never the best time, and we’re all busy, all the time. Not an excuse.

It’s also really easy to forget that comparing your experience doesn’t really help right off. It definitely can – but it’s way more impactful when asked for by your fam in need instead of bringing it to the situation right away. Let them have the feelings.

Remove your ‘self’ & be for them.

Just exist for your bud! Sit there and just be the rad experienced person you are. The awesome friend who knows a lot of ways to help and the best way to start is just listening.

Sometimes we overplan life and forget we can just park it with the crew and lounge. Guaranteed cool times will happen and we didn’t need to do anything but share space. When your crew is in a vulnerable space this is even more important.

They might not reach out or will feel weird about asking directly for help. If you know them well enough, just text that you’re coming by with a kombucha for some front porch chilling. They’ll know why and be grateful for what a dope friend-daughter-crew-brother-gang-partner-homie you are 🙂

Jam of the Week #31: Something (On My Mind)

Something (On My Mind) by Jack J off the 2014 Looking Forward to You 12″ 

I just really love this song! It’s such an uplifter for me, hope it hits you with the same. King kong heartbeat props to DJ Roane Namuh for putting this on Roane Zone #9 and introducing me to my new lifestyle of vibing to Jack J! Love you!

Full Jam of the Week playlists on Spotify YouTube

Jam of the Week #29: Teachers

Big thanks to my bro Tom for picking the 29th Jam of the Week!

Teachers by Daft Punk off their 1997 LP Homework

Teachers is the ultimate representation of the ‘face backwards, crew forwards’ mentality. [A] Jon Francois phrase. We saw a dude accepting a trophy turn backwards on the stand to rep his crew on the back of his jacket.” – Tom

This all went down at  Pedal Fabulous (a bicycle fashion show) and sounds magical as hell. Thanks Tom and thanks to the most hype / most polite Jon Francois!