Nomadic Lifestyle Tips

Nomad Notes: Find Your Prosody

In typical Hilary fashion, I’ve been spending most of my downtime pursuing self growth and inspiration. You know, in between the chaos of red carpets and work commitments.

Photo by Vegas Kool

Photo by Vegas Kool

When I’m not traveling, I feel like it’s harder for me to recognize the strides that I’m making in my life. Too much of my day-to-day is routine, which makes me feel stuck in my microcosm.

Self growth is always more apparent when I’m surrounded by the unfamiliar and forced to acclimate.

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Being comfortable makes me lazy about my progress. Or so I fear.

So in an effort to shake things up a bit, I started taking an online songwriting course from Berklee College of Music. Many notable musicians have attended this school, including one of my all time favorite singers and guitar players, John  Mayer. It’s safe to say it’s been vetted.

Not that I really need one more thing to add to my plate, but with a little encouragement from some of my musically inclined friends, I’m now in the third week of coursework. I got a C on my first peer-reviewed assignment. This may in fact be the first C of my life. But I’m learning. And that’s what matters.

And even though it’s challenging, I’m already finding that concepts have a lot of crossover to life lessons. One particular idea stuck with me so forcibly, I wanted to share it with you, adventurers.

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Finding Prosody- A guide to living a harmonious life

Prosody– loosely defined as an appropriate relationship between elements. All contributing factors should work together to support the central idea and message of the song. Above anything else, we must ask ourselves if the pieces come together.

Any great work of art, as my professor would say, uses prosody. There are no unnecessary elements. And by removing the white noise distracting from the central idea, the message becomes all the more powerful.

Hilary Australia

And while I agree with this, I am inclined to take it a step further and say that any great life uses prosody.

People achieve their goals and find enrichment when the people and lifestyle they surround themselves support their motivation.

Verdine White

This concept has been forcing me to reevaluate some of my decisions. And it should do the same for you.

Ask yourself…

1. Are the people in your life supportive of your ambitions?

2. Do you feel drained or uninspired by some of the interactions you have with friends or loved ones? Why is this?

3. Can you mold these relationships to be uplifting and empowering? And if not, is it time to let them go?

4. Which of your friends always make you feel good when you see or talk to them? How can you spend more time with them?

5. Every day you are given 24 hours to contribute to your bliss. How are you using these hours to support your goals?

6. Are the activities you’re involved in empowering?

7. Does your work align with your life goals? If not, how can you change or improve your situation so it does?

8. How are you enhancing your loved ones’ life goals? Are you providing positive reinforcement, encouragement, and leading by example?

9. Are you doing anything that feels unnecessary or draining?

10. Are you happy with the big picture of your life that you’re painting?

Analyze your answers and see if the life you want to lead is in a similar vein of the life you are currently leading. If you’ve answered ‘no’ or ‘I don’t know’ to any of these questions, you may need to get a head start on your emotional spring cleaning. Make sure your intentions are clear and the people and environments you surround yourself with enhance that intention.

While we are all constantly rewriting and reworking our end goal, having an idea of where you want to go and how you want to be supported while getting there will greatly increase your ability to do so.

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Use prosody to find harmony, and you’re sure to find your life will be a hit :).

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15 Comments

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    El Guapo

    February 13, 2014

    Nice thing about learning as an adult is that it’s more for the education than the grade.

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      Hilary

      February 17, 2014

      Yeah. The Type A perfectionist in me still wants to be at the top of my class. But the realist and experience ‘adult’ in me knows that the ‘real’ grade comes in application. But still… A C?!?

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    Jordan Hoggard

    February 13, 2014

    Full-on diggin’ the variety and intense spice of life, the breadth you’re bringing. It feels you are building a wonderful currency of experience… at least from the (presumptuous) outside view. :-)

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      Gry Ranfelt/Lythya

      February 15, 2014

      I feel like we’re always underestimating experience as a value, although in fact it’s one of the most important values in life. What makes one director better than the other if they have the same education? Experience. And that experience can come from many places.
      I know that to get into the police they like people to be above 20 so that they have a certain life experience and preferably they should have some sort of education first.

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        Hilary

        February 17, 2014

        It’s true. Nothing is a substitute for being an active player in life. I suppose life is all about taking the opportunities to grow and learn each day, and find a way to set yourself up for the best possible outcome. :)

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      Hilary

      February 17, 2014

      Thank you so much, Jordan! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the variety of my blog! I always welcome outside perspective and opinions :).

      How do you find variety in your world?

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    Gene

    February 13, 2014

    Great questions and a great post. Something to think about.

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      Hilary

      February 17, 2014

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it :).

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    Gry Ranfelt/Lythya

    February 15, 2014

    George R. R. Martin should learn about prosody …
    Great post, wonderful questions. I’m surprised to find that I can answer positively to most of them. That really gives my self-confidence a boost. I must be on the right direction :D Traveling and writing is awesome … but my bank account is empty XD

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      Hilary

      February 17, 2014

      Haha! Poor guy… :)

      And thank you! I’m so thrilled to hear you are answering most of the questions positively! It should make you feel good to know you are working with the universe :).

      I’m so glad you are enjoying it! Yes, there is always that downside to being a traveling writer… Making money can be difficult. What kind of writing do you want to get into? How can I help you?

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    sylvia

    February 17, 2014

    Chica, you rock! Keep spreading the love.

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      Hilary

      February 20, 2014

      Thank you so much, Sylvia! I appreciate it! How do you embrace prosody into your life?

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    Rodney Gottier

    February 18, 2014

    Hi Hilary!
    I am much into going & doing new things also to keep me interested in all I do to have things to talk about & mention later when replying to others a lot. I am into so many things & seeing others while out in the world & away from my laptop. very interesting indeed!
    Rodney

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      Hilary

      February 20, 2014

      Hi Rodney!

      That’s awesome. Sounds like you keep yourself entertained and fulfilled! Keep up the good work :). Happy adventuring!

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    Erica

    February 18, 2014

    My favorite little buddy makes an appearance again! ;)
    Love the list of questions. They are definitely all things that have been on my mind lately.

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Hey fellow adventurers, my name is Hilary! After being rejected from grad school, I took off on a solo journey around the world. Now I constantly challenge myself to take on new experiences. This blog documents my journeys from Europe to Fiji, swimming with sharks and living with tribes, to becoming an accidental beauty queen and working for one of the top national media outlets. If you like what you're reading, please subscribe! Here's to the next great adventure!

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