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Weekly Roundup: New Podcast Project, Music Collabs, and Anti-MLM Content

So it’s been a productive week. Got a lot of things going on and we’re seeing some movement on the creative front. Excited to share this with you. Here’s the rundown for the week:

What I’ve Been Doing:

🎙️ Podcast Recording: Not launched yet, but soon! On Monday, we recorded the first episode of We Should Be Working, our new podcast project. In it, my co-host ​Zach Hendrix​ and I go into the what it’s all about and why we’re starting a podcast. We’re both excited and can’t wait to officially launch it in the next week or two. Stay tuned!

We Should Be Working Podcast Cover Art
Podcast Launching Soon!

🎹 Music Collab: On Tuesday, I spoke with all-things-80’s enthusiast ​Joshua Blum​ about a music collab. He ​found a old Roland KR33​ digital keyboard at Goodwill and it’s got a nice retro sound. I was already working on an 80’s pop tune and thought it’d be fun if he wrote something for it. Josh and I have done collabs before including the synthy pop punk track ​Arcade Days​ and some ​handpan tunes​. He ​interviewed me​ on his podcast awhile back discussing astral projection and ​Brent Simon​. Cool!

🏀 Women’s B-Ball: This was just awesome. Yesterday, Cara and I watched Caitlin Clark ​make history.​ She broke the all-time women’s scoring record, while also scoring 49 points (career high) and dishing out 13 assists. And she ​did it in incredible fashion​. What a thrilling thing to witness since following her journey since 2020.

Caitlin Clark breaks the scoring record in the most “Caitlin” way

Earlier this week, we went to see UCONN (our other fav team) play Xavier down in Cincinnati. It was ​a blowout​, as expected, but we had great seats ten rows behind the UCONN bench.

✨ Feedback on AI Therapy Tools: I had a brief call with the developers of ​Refract​, the AI-assisted IFS (internal family systems) self-therapy app. I hadn’t used it for a few weeks, and they wanted my feedback. I took that opportunity to provide my honest thoughts on the complex nuances of using digital technology and AI to help us with our mental health.

On one hand, we all agree that getting away from screens is good for us, but the devs also want you to use their app. We talked about the business pressure to onboard more users and get paying subscribers and how it conflicts with the goal of a healthy userbase that doesn’t need the app anymore. Kinda like how dating apps can’t make any money if people are in healthy stable relationships.

Founder ​Brent Baum​ is aware of this paradox and I’m glad other people are thinking about it.

What Else I’m Into:

I’m still exploring the seedy underbelly of self-help and business. Just questioning the cult-like nature of work, making money, marketing, and the entire paradigm of “success”.

It’s complicated for artists ya know? We gotta eat. We gotta pay bills. But ​do we really have to sell out​ to do it?

That’s all for this week.

If you have any thoughts or questions about the nature of work, money, success, or self-help, I’d love to hear from you. We want to answer your questions on the podcast.

Can’t wait to share it all with you when it’s launched.

Have a good weekend ✌️

Jeff

Featured Photo by Soundtrap on Unsplash

Jeff Finley
Jeff Finley

Jeff is a graphic artist, designer, musician, writer, and mystic with a passion for truth and personal growth. He's the author of Wake Up, Maker/Mistaker, and Thread's Not Dead, as well as the creator of Starseed Supply Co. Learn more about him here.

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