3 on Thursday – 8/10/23

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Hello All! 

Here’s the latest 3 on Thursday, where I share three things I hope bring a little joy to your inbox. As always, if you have questions or comments, just shoot me an email.

Here’s this week’s three:

  1. That time (last Thursday) when my Instagram post about our family’s number one rule went viral.
  2. Austin Kleon on parenting as an artist.
  3. What are the steps from honing your craft to having a career? 

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That time (last Thursday) when my Instagram post went viral about our family’s number one rule

Just for fun

It’s not like I tried to make a viral post last Thursday. I’m not that smart.

It’s just that we have this rule in our house, we’ve been working on it for a long time. So much so that everyone knows it, like two plus two is four.

Yes, there are exceptions. The three Bs: blood, breathing, and burning.

But those are exceptions.

What’s the rule?

Don’t wake up mom.

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Austin Kleon on parenting as an artist

I’m always trying to learn new ways of thinking about things, especially things as important in my life right now as being a parent. 

That’s why I was inspired by Austin Kleon’s interview with Ryan Holiday. 

I’ve been a fan of Austin’s since reading Steal Like an Artist.

I thought some of his insights during the interview were profound. I particularly liked his comparison between being a teacher vs. a librarian (time stamp).


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What are the steps to having a career as an artist?

One day just for fun, I wrote down the big phases/steps I think you have to go through (probably) in order to have a career in music. The rough outline was this: 

Coincidentally, longtime music analyst, Bob Lefsetz, shared his thoughts in an article called “The Ladder.” His version is way more comprehensive. He fleshes out each “rung.” If you’re a young artist, I highly recommend reading it. 

Ok, that’s it for this week. Thanks for reading! As always, feel free to reach out to me for any reason.



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