Matthew Frederick | Seattle Writer/Blogger

Inspirational Perspective on Life, Love, and Self Mastery

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Celebrate the Success of Others

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Celebrate the Personal Success

of Your Family and Friends

My last post was a showing of love for my friends and family. 

This is something that has been at the forefront lately.

So much so, I decided that Sunday’s post:

Love, Creative Disciplines, Support, and Perfection

Would be part 1 of a 2 part post. This post being part 2.

I knew this before I hit the publish button last Sunday afternoon .

How did I know this?
It’s simple:

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Love, Creative Disciplines, Support, and Perfection

Do Your Friends and Family Encourage You in the Pursuit of Your Passions / Talents?

There was a time when this bothered me – the fact that some of my closest family and friends didn’t read or acknowledge my work, comment on or acknowledge my art, or check out my acoustic guitar stuff on YouTube


I’ll be honest, I was a little bummed that post after post to my blog, nearly every sketch I shared on Instagram, or music to YouTube – there was feedback, for sure…just not from the people I was closest to…and I wanted their opinions.


I truly wanted them to read my work or check out my newly discovered ability to draw. I suppose it mostly stemmed from wanting them to be proud of me and my work. Perhaps it would inspire them, as well. 

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Focus on Self-Mastery to Creatively Communicate your Art.

Photo by John Te

Can the result of a creative endeavor be significantly impacted based on the  surroundings of the creative? I ask this because I often question if I am receiving the energy of others nearby and inadvertently crossing our waves.

I do feel most at ease when I write in silence – alone.

Writers, artists, painters, dancers, sculptors, musicians, and so on have this to some degree. In fact, I believe even those who aren’t creating within the physical realm have this. We are all creative by nature. We are gifted these flesh-covered transportation systems with the same tools in the trunk.

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Create Time for All of Your Passions – Not Just One.



Music is Everywhere

I started drawing recently. (The picture to the right is a drawing I did last week) I’ve always enjoyed sketching random things during idle moments or while chatting on the phone. But, the last couple of weeks has been more involved than that. In fact, this is the first time I have sat down to write in 5 days.

During this 5 day stretch, I did a lot of thinking while the pencil (and erasers) danced across the paper. Moments of inner-chemical warfare. Moments of pure bliss. Moments of feeling like I am merely creating a new version of resistance. Moments of embracing this newly found talent and running with it. Moments of wondering how I could balance music, writing, and drawing to where I can maintain full focus on all of them simultaneously — and this is where I am tonight.

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The path to greatness is littered with failure

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How do you define greatness?

What does it look like? What makes it seem so elusive? I’ll tell you the answer to all 3 of these questions right after I tell you this:

When my time is up — My tank=E and my work=complete.

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Important Lesson From the Chinese Bamboo Tree

The message the Chinese Bamboo Tree offers is something that is difficult to grasp in our world today. Everything is fast. Millions of instant-result products are marketed toward consumers all over the world – every day.

Slowing down and allowing a natural progression to occur is a key ingredient to achieving calmness within you. Nothing is forced in nature yet nothing is left undone. Everything is completed and it’s completed on-time every time.

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Comfortable within


I want you to envision a tiny version of yourself sitting in your mind. If you want an example of what mine looks like; I sit on the top row of the bleachers.

The bleachers are above my left ear facing in. I barely move in either realm. I sit quietly and observe my thoughts. I have zero judgments or opinions as I watch. Each thought, or set of thoughts, come in from the right side through my ear. Sometimes it gets loud — it’s okay. That’s normal

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Code Sain. The Writing Journal Journey

wpid-screenshot_2015-09-05-16-44-12-1-1-1.pngCompassion. Dedication. Sacrifice. Intent.

Once upon a time on a dark and stormy night – I ponder, for hours, on how I can start a post about these 4 key elements.
Then it dawns on me — “Look in your private journal!”
I jump up and run to my desk. I sit down in my chair, scan the desk, and it occurs to me that I don’t even have a private journal.

That instant reaction to check something that I didn’t own at the time was a clear indication — It was time for a change.

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Be Still and Listen – You Already Have the Answers.

thinking-304955-mLife is short. We hear this sentiment often, don’t we? What does it really mean, though? When people say this, I believe they are referring to living a fearless type of lifestyle. Not wreck-less, but fearless. Purely intentional – stretching yourself and testing your own beliefs on limitations placed into your mind by a structured system.
This is what I believe is often lost in translation – Embrace the unknown.
When you stretch yourself, more specifically your mind – you put yourself in a state of feeling mentally uncomfortable or spiritually unsure. This feeling of discomfort is necessary.

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The Reason. My Son.

My Son
6/18 11:24PM- My son is my life. I’m sitting with him on the bed, where I’m sure I’ll be for the rest of the night. As I sit here and look at him, I’m often overcome with such emotion that I feel paralyzed. The love is indescribable. The sorrow I feel for him, I can’t begin to express in written form. He’s an extremely happy kid yet I know he’s missed out on so much. I just want my son to be happy. I know he’s going to experience pain, anger, sorrow, etc. But I want contentment for him. I want him to enjoy life and to experience love, joy, and fulfillment.

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