Road Noise - Life one mile at a time with business owner, author, and professional artist, Michael Blackston

A life journal podcast from the viewpoint of a Christian husband, father, author, professional artist, and business owner. Topics range from opinions about every day family value issues and spirituality to helpful tactics that help make life easier and beyond. Michael is a southern story teller and cherishes the opportunity to help others through their struggles by sharing his own experiences. You're invited to come on along and join him in learning to live life one mile at a time.
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Dec 13, 2017

"Batching" is a popular business practice that you can use in your regular life to simplify things and cut some stress. I'll give you three suggestions for ways to do that and an example in my life using this very podcast.

Aug 7, 2017

I find it difficult to follow my own advice sometimes, and that includes all the advice I've given about staying focused. I've become fragmented again when it comes to my projects and pulling myself back together takes some thought and strategy. Maybe you can glean something productive from this episode.

Aug 20, 2016
Be Excellent - RN 045

Life's too short to spend it in mediocrity. The theme of episode 45 is excellence.

In everything you do and everything you are, Be Excellent.

This week's Positive Review: The CLOSE 5 app

Jul 29, 2016
Permission To Rest - RN 042

The topic is simple. Many of us go non-stop and don't allow ourselves time to recharge. I'm giving you the permission you won't give yourself ... the permission to rest.

There are no bullet points here, no lists. There is only one goal and it's up to you to achieve it if you're feeling drained. You're no good to yourself or anyone else without keeping fuel in your tank and giving yourself some time to cool down.

So take my advice (I'm preaching to the choir) and get some rest every day. You'll feel better, perform better, and you'll thank me for it.

This week's Positive Review: The ROADIE app

May 20, 2016
Defragging Your Life - RN 032

Life is messy. After you've figured out who your real friends are and kicked the unnecessary stuff in your house to the curb, it's time to "defrag" the rest of your life. Let's dive in and see what kind of fun we can have.

Five areas to focus on when defragging your life:

1. Family

2. Hobbies

3. Projects

4. Mind

This week's Positive Review: The literary works of Jules Verne

May 6, 2016
Defragging Your Friends - RN 030

There's nothing wrong with having a lot of friends. But today, there are way more opportunities to connect with people than there ever were before and because of that, life can get messy and confusing. One way to simplify things is to do a little "defragging". The idea comes from the old computer process that takes chopped up and fragmented systems and repairs them by placing things in their proper order and getting rid of unnecessary things that slowed the computer down.

Defragging your friends may be a good idea for you to simplify your life and makes it less of a whirl wind.

It has been said that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.

Three ways to defrag your friends:

1. Thin out your social media "friends" to those who are true friends. Some "acquaintances" in your FB friends list and the like may be unneeded and only there as a number. Keep your social media connections manageable and real.

2. Keep work relationships in their proper priority. It's great, even healthy, to have friends at work and to get along with your co-workers. But make sure your work relationships prioritize work over play. If you're not careful, friendships without a focus on priority can affect your job performance and have an impact on your life.

3. Keep your closest and truest friends at the top of your attention and thin the herd around you. Again, it's great to have friends. And I encourage you to be a great friend to everyone you come into contact with. But if you want to have truly blessed relationships, surrounding yourself with those you call real friends is a great start.

My week included going to see my son's final 6th grade chorus concert and dealing with a hotel stay alongside three busloads of drunk college kids on spring break.

This week's Positive Review: Disney's live action treatment of The Jungle Book.

Apr 1, 2016
Permission To Change Your Mind - RN 025

Four stories of personal decisions that took my plans and turned them on their heels and why I'm okay with it:

* A new host for the Road Noise website

* Backing off my daily word count for the novel I'm writing

* My decision to resurrect The Everything Arts podcast INSTEAD OF creating The Artist Brainstorm podcast

* I changed my mind on the very topic of this episode at the last minute

For you, the decision may be more or less important than these, but sometimes we have difficulty allowing ourselves the flexibility of changing our minds once a plan has been made. So, I am giving you the permission to change your mind.

This week's Positive Review: Stephen King's book, ON WRITING.

It contains the backstory from his childhood that explains how he became the person and writer he is today and an in depth account of his philosophy and how-to for writers. IT'S A WRITING CLASS BY STEPHEN KING!

Mar 18, 2016
A Return To Focus - RN 023

"Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The susn's rays do not burn until brought into a focus." - Alexander Graham Bell

How do you learn to focus?

I champion the cause of focus as often as I can, but I, like most people, can get sidetracked. I lose focus. I've learned it's essential to stay on task.

I also have a review for a great podcast for people who want to learn how to market their products or services.

Feb 12, 2016
Who Knew I Could Dance? & What Do I Do When I Feel Like Giving Up? - RN 020

"What winning is to me is not giving up. No matter what's thrown at me, I can take it. And I can keep going." - Patrick Swayze

Do you ever just feel like giving up?

Part 1: For the longest time I thought I couldn't dance. I warned everyone that they didn't want to see me try it. But my recent involvement in The Addams Family - The Musical has shown me that when i put my mind to it, I can do it.

Part 2: When we create something that needs an audience, we tend to overestimate how fast it will grow. Many times, this can lead to insecurity and a desire to just give up. Before you throw in the towel, do these three things to make sure you're not quitting your project before it's seen the top of its potential:

1. Pray / Meditate on it. Ask for guidance or seek introspect to figure out what it is that's making you feel this way. Many times it's simply a temporary emotional toll life has taken on you.

2. Remind yourself why you began your project in the first place. Was it to make money? Were you seeking popularity or fame? Or was the root of your engagement a love for whatever it is you are considering throwing to the curb?

3. Sleep on it. A good night's sleep (or several) can be a great refresher.

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Jan 22, 2016
How To Finish What You've Started - RN 017

"Why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me." - J.K. Rowling

How do you finish what you start?

You'll find a change of pace from the normal format as I attempt to mold the podcast into something that is authentic and personal, but also useful for you in your own "one mile at a time" journey. As an artist, I spent years struggling to maintain focus so that my projects might be completed. And for the longest time, they never were. Not, that is, until one night when my boasting about a play I was writing backfired on me and I was forced to admit to a friend and myself, that all I had was an idea. From that night on, a dedication to focus has changed my life and projects are being completed. Here's the story of that night and the mental devices I've developed to keep me moving forward.

Jan 4, 2016
Sharper Focus, Don't Make resolutions - Make Real Change, & No Means No - RN 014

"Deciding what NOT to do is as important as deciding what to do." - Steve Jobs

How can I focus better?

Resolutions, to me, are hollow and cliche. I want to tackle 2016 with sharper focus and real change. That means saying "no" to some things and being the type of person that makers a difference. I have a vision for this podcast going forward and some advice for being a world changer this coming year.

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Dec 5, 2015
Ten Reasons For Stress - RN 010

"It's not the load that breaks you down, it's how you carry it." - Lou Holtz

How can I relieve stress?

The Road Noise podcast is officially in double digits! That's a big deal for a content creator because according to statistics, most podcasts don't make it past seven episodes before they burn out. Not me. I'm going strong. And although I was extremely busy this week and didn't get to record an episode while driving (I didn't go anywhere), I had this one in my back pocket and it's a great way to celebrate the tenth episode.

There's some fantastic life-application content here as I delve into ten of the reasons we tend to get stressed and what we might be able to do to relieve some of it.