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do what you love. the money will follow.

In the late 1980’s, I left my former profession and moved to California to “do music and nothing else”. Just saying that was not enough. I quickly found out that I had to pay the bills. And those California bills were considerably more costly than the ones I had left behind in Texas. At many points along the way, I thought that the message I was getting from the universe was “you’re not meant to express yourself musically”. At the same time, there was some driving force in me — the same one that resides in many musicians that I know — that kept the dream of creating music for my own enjoyment and for public performance. I loved to make music. I just wanted to find a way for the music making to love me back.

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I had tried my hand at composing, arranging, recording and performing music by the time I moved to California. I enjoyed each of these to some degree. But my “true love” was yet to come.

My life started to change dramatically when I brought a repetitive-motion-injury (RMI) on myself in 1996. After weeks without a weekend off from computer work and every spare moment practicing piano, my hands just couldn’t take any more. Using chiropractic, massage, biofeedback, meditation, authentic movement and finally InterPlay, I began to learn to breathe deeply and to express myself in new ways through these practices. And that led to relief from the pain of the RMI.

Especially through InterPlay, I learned the joys of theatrical, storytelling, movement and musical improvisation. When I began applying improvisational techniques to instrumental and vocal music, I discovered a kind of true love that has been a constant in my life ever since.


Though my day job in computers has continued to be more lucrative than any of my musical pursuits, over time I have found a myriad of ways to provide some income from music and other creative pursuits. In my case, the money was a little on the slow side to take up its following what I love. These days I enjoy a delightful variety of music outlets. I sometimes smile at the fact that I have to choose which gig to take.

So, it’s true. I did what I love and the money followed. See? It does happen. I’m wishing you the same.

Playful blessings,
Stan (aka @muz4now)

15 thoughts on “do what you love. the money will follow.”

  1. Gppd morning, Stan,

    I really liked this post. It pointed out the need to perhaps vary our goal and to go with what is placed before us. You, for example, started making more money at your music when you went to InterPlay and you discovered a whole new world there. The event that led up to that, your repetitive stress injury, was unfortunate, and yet, it forced you into something you would perhaps have never discovered. The Universe guides us in round-about ways sometimes. 🙂

    1. Thanks, CJ. Well put regarding the “hardship” turning into a blessing.

      It’s always great to have your input here, on Twitter and all around. I still enjoy your picture/quote book, Opening the Gates of the Heart and like the ease-of-use in your new web site.

  2. this is great stan. thanks for sharing it as i know that the “do what you love and the money will follow” mantra does tend to be one that is tossed around all of the time.
    so, thanks for the inspiration. i am off to make some jewelry with the thought of loving it and selling it!

    1. Maybe I should have said “abundance” instead of “money”. We have both, though there seems to be more of the abundance…

    1. Let there be millions of happy endings for each of us!
      Hey, Susan! Good to hear from you.
      Sending blessings across the miles.

  3. Stan, your message couldn’t be better timed! I left a lucrative livelihood to do what I love, too–and, yes, those high CA bills do pile up! 🙂 Thank you for the encouragement!

    1. Good for you, Alice! I believe that we create a better world by aligning with what we love.

      Great to see you outside the Twittersphere and glad you are encouraged.

      Playful blessings,

  4. Even though I’m reading this a little late, today is the day I really needed this reminder. Thanks!!!

    1. Thanks again, Jerneal! Really appreciate your support.

      Yes, doing what we love is vital and I think makes us more vital.
      Note that I didn’t say how much money or how long it takes to get some. 🙂

      Playful blessings,

    1. Hey, Kerri! Great to see you on my blog! I love your work so much and I’m so grateful for our connection in social media … and now here. 🙂

      Many blessings,

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