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Join me Monday-Friday where I muse on books, personal development, and whatever happens to catch my interest, all with the joy of sharing ideas in this strange and short life. Daily Musings can also be found on YouTube. Allysia is a rock musician, entrepreneur, piano teacher, writer, mother and chef (among other things). She runs an online business and YouTube channel (PianoTV), is working on her second album, has self-published on Amazon, and reads voraciously. This podcast and YouTube chan ...
 
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A simple idea I've been mulling over which you also might find useful - the idea of "detail obsession" being several steps past "enthusiasm" when it comes to your interests, talents and passions. Where do you obsess on the details? Where do you experience the least resistance to this detail focus? Visit me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/ally…
 
I've been working on my own music lately - specifically the part about getting it out into the world. Here are 10 things I've been working on (or want to work on) in this process. Enjoy! Follow me on Spotify to be notified when I release new music! https://open.spotify.com/artist/2r7pS4I5hmUlVOon82Kzwp?si=uLz8tJskT3Km_QVWwASyHg TCK on instagram: ht…
 
Today's episode is my final spin-off discussion from Chris Bailey's book Hyperfocus. We'll discuss what our major distractors are, and explore some ideas on how to stay more focused. Not just to be more productive, but to have a better life. Subscribe for episodes Monday-Friday, and visit me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/allysiamarie…
 
Over the last few days, my province has implemented a "vaccine passport" system for entering restaurants, gyms, and a few other places, so I figured this would be a good opportunity to explore the history of vaccine mandates, the murky ethical territory of freedom restriction vs. the freedom of health, and other questions arising from this pandemic…
 
Today's episode is a simple tip in theory - but it can be a challenge to actually do! Take breaks. Put away your phone when you're in line. Don't try to fill every moment of your day. Space allows your genius to appear and for perspective to be gained. Subscribe for episodes Monday-Friday, and visit me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/allysiam…
 
In today's episode, I share 12+ books that my toddler has requested dozens of times. She started some of these books when she was 2.5, and now her books have increased in complexity at age 3.5. Most of these books would be great for children aged 3-5 years. Enjoy! Subscribe for episodes Monday-Friday, and visit me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.co…
 
Today's episode is about relating to yourself like you would to your own best friend. We tend to be really mean to ourselves (aren't we the meanest to those closest to us?), and this is a relationship dynamic I've been working on changing. Enjoy! Subscribe for episodes Monday-Friday, and visit me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/allysiamarie…
 
We think productivity is all about the left-brain stuff, but humans are primarily emotional beings, so I think some of the biggest productivity gains come from managing emotions. Keeping balanced emotionally is the biggest area for me where I stand to gain. I've probably spent accumulated months feeling pain about something I blew out of proportion…
 
One of my shameful habits of both the distant and recent past is ... smoking cigarettes. I picked up the habit again around Covid time after a long hiatus, and I've managed to be smoke-free for the last month. In this episode I share what that experience has been like. Enjoy! Subscribe for episodes Monday-Friday, and visit me on YouTube! https://ww…
 
I've been using the "story" frame for my life for quite some time, and though this has led to many a priceless memory, it's also led to plenty of pain and conflict. The "game" frame feels healthier and more congruent with living a happy life. Enjoy! Subscribe for episodes Monday-Friday, and visit me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqYH…
 
Hey friends! It's nice to be back after a summer break. In this episode I share what I spent my summer doing, and I encourage you to conduct your own simple summer review - and think about the three big things you'd like to do by the end of the year. Subscribe for episodes Monday-Friday, and visit me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqY…
 
Today's musing is a thought exercise that I find very productive in creating gratitude and immediate joy, even though it's a little counter-intuitive. What if your current situation (whatever you're dissatisfied with) never changed? Interestingly, I have found this to be the way out of not only the feeling of dissatisfaction, but out of dissatisfyi…
 
It's deeply satisfying to grow something with your own hands, or bake your own bread, or (I presume) starting your own fire. I didn't grow up with these experiences in a direct way, but I find much joy in exploring self-sufficiency in adulthood, for no good reason besides the fun of it all. Stay tuned for episodes Monday to Friday!…
 
Hey friends! Today's episode is a continuation on yesterday's ideas on intellectual development. This episode was a lot of fun for me, exploring the benefits and "daemons" of imagination and reason, the two critical faculties of intellect, as well as our various intellectual desires and how they spring us forward - but lay traps for us too. Stay tu…
 
I've been devouring Charlotte Mason's education series, but her fourth book in the series, "Ourselves", is not about education at all - at least, not in the traditional sense. It turns to the subject of character growth and development and explores how to be a virtuous, intelligent and well-rounded person. I'll be talking about her ideas here throu…
 
Another book commentary! This book from the early 90's is still quite relevant, and a lot of the early research on children and television that the author discusses has been heavily explored in modern times, since "screen time" has certainly not decreased since the 90s. Here I share my main takeaways from the book. Thanks for joining me!…
 
I read a lot, and I like to talk about what I read! Recently, I picked up the book Fluent Forever, which has gotten me all hyped up to learn French. I'll discuss this system and share my opinion on if it seems worth a try! Subscribe for episodes Monday-Friday, and visit me on YouTube! https://allyvb.com/dailymusings/…
 
I don't claim to be a skilled parent - I'm a first-timer with a three-year-old and feel very little authority on the subject of parenting. However, there are some things that seem to work well in our household. My daughter and I have a good relationship with chores, and I'm not just being biased; her daycare provided has expressed how she "loves to…
 
In today's episode of Daily Musings, I share four question a friend of mine shared. These questions are a good starting point for goal-setting, as they explore where your heart is at. Too often we set left-brained goals that sound good on paper, but don't reach our hearts. I think this is a big reason why we don't achieve our goals! Subscribe for e…
 
In today's podcast-only episode, I wanted to share with you my notes, thoughts and quotations from Alan Watt's book "What is Tao?". He's one of my favorite philosophers, and this tiny book is very clear and interesting. Subscribe for episodes Monday-Friday, and visit me on YouTube! https://allyvb.com/dailymusings/…
 
A decade ago, I was 25. I recorded my first album with my band titled "These Blue Walls Are Faking Freedom", which expressed some angst of growing up and losing the fire of my younger self. But more than that, it was a moment I woke up and remembered I was alive. I reflect on these "waking up" experiences in this podcast-only episode, and share an …
 
In order to solve problems, it's useful to have a variety of frames on hand, just like you want a variety of tools in your toolbelt. However, we tend to get really attached to the tool of logic, to the detriment of our sense of meaning and purpose in life. Subscribe for episodes Monday-Friday, and visit me on YouTube! https://allyvb.com/dailymusing…
 
Sometimes I have to thank Past Allysia for her tendency to get really absorbed into one interest or another. Sometimes the curiosity doesn't lead anywhere, but following my curiosity with intensity is a key component of creating a ton of content. Subscribe for episodes Monday-Friday, and visit me on YouTube! https://allyvb.com/dailymusings/…
 
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