I know it’s important to begin each day with self-care — simple rituals that get your mind and body right. Meditation. Exercise. Spiritual pursuits. Journaling. Intentionally carving out that time is so critically important to being a happy and productive human.

Except I don’t do it. It’s far easier for me to hop out of bed and race down the litany of to-do’s and handling “this one little work thing”. Before long, morning has turned to afternoon and the hamster wheel is still spinning. Oftentimes I’ve given away the best of my energy and brainpower to things that don’t require much of either.

I’m trying to be better. Today was a start. One of my passion projects is our podcast with Evergreen, Riffs on Riffs. We are beginning work on the next season and had a brief online meeting with the sound engineer, Eric. Eric has one of the best laughs I have ever heard, and it never ceases to put a smile on my face.

For the first time, I had a short recording of said laugh at my disposal. The opportunity was too good to pass up — I had to create something with it. For me, creating is what feeds my soul. That creation can take many forms, but music would be near the top of any list.

I gave myself an hour. Don’t overthink it (another specialty of mine), just create. This is what came out, and hopefully this 25 second snippet puts a smile on your face, too.

No big surprise, I’ve felt energized and productive today.

What are you doing to feed your soul?