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Jeff Finley

Personal Growth for Creators

I'm an artist, designer, music producer, author, and mystic with a passion for truth and personal growth. I like to share what I'm working on and working through each week, highlighting my creative pursuits and providing tips, tools, and resources for fellow creators.

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Finley Fridays #13 - The Anxious Generation

Hey Reader, It's Jeff Finley here. Welcome to all my new subscribers and a big thanks to everyone who's been with me for a while. I hope this newsletter is suiting you. If I can make it better let me know. Today I want to give somewhat of a thought digest. Inspired by one of my favorite "content creators" (shudder), Katherine Dee. Also known as Default Friend online. What I love about her writing is that she's so curious and she explores fringe internet subcultures with an open mind and...

4 days ago • 7 min read

Hey Reader, 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...

11 days ago • 2 min read

Hey Reader, I read this great article today called Everyone's a Sellout Now by Rebecca Jennings. It's a deep-dive about how the modern Internet and creator economy has forced all artists and creative professionals into becoming entrepreneurs and self-promoters on social media in order to find an audience and make a living. She referenced a few thoughtful TikTok videos where the artists describe the soul-sucking content treadmill they have to be on if they want to sustain any kind of income...

18 days ago • 2 min read

Hey Reader, Yesterday I was on a walk listening to some podcasts and had a good idea for what to write about this week. But then today, all that creative inspiration is gone and instead I feel blocked. I woke up from a dream this morning where I was talking to the lead singer of AFI about writing a post-punk song with him. I could hear the melody and vocals in my head and it was actually incredibly rich. Like I was literally inside the sonic vibrations of melancholy, with dark, gothic and...

25 days ago • 8 min read

Hey Reader, Jeff here for the ninth edition of the Finley Fridays Newsletter. Today's going to be a bit different than usual. A lighter and less serious breakdown of what I've been up to this week: What I've Been Into: Hanging out at the library. I gotta thank Cara for this. She's a former librarian and got me into this habit. I usually come hang out once or twice a week and work, read, and relax. It's such a nice environment. They also have tons of movies, shows, and other stuff you can...

about 1 month ago • 5 min read

Hey Reader, The biggest thing that happened this week is something I really don't want to talk about. I decided to get new tires on my car and the cost was more than I anticipated. It triggered all my money anxieties and the doom and gloom that comes with it, and to be frank, I'm kinda tired about talking about my money anxieties. I'm working through this stuff in a good way. Shifting into a new way of thinking, feeling, and being. It feels so hard to communicate this though. How do I...

about 1 month ago • 4 min read
Just one more pedal I swear!

Hey Reader, Jeff here on this rainy cold Friday in Dayton. Hope you've had a good week as we settle into the 7th edition of the Finley Fridays newsletter. I'm writing from a local coffee shop and got my cold brew and my laptop. My happy place. I woke up today not sure what I was going to write about, but then I saw this video by Venus Theory entitled Your Gear Isn't The Problem. He speaks about something all creatives I know struggle with and that is the dreaded G.A.S. or Gear Acquisition...

about 2 months ago • 8 min read
Wu Wei

Hey Reader, Happy Friday! It's Jeff Finley here, with the sixth edition of the Finley Fridays newsletter. Hope you had a delightful end to 2023 as we get 2024 rolling. I'm sure you're thinking about New Year's Resolutions and getting bombarded with life advice from every which way. As I look forward to 2024, there's a recurring theme quietly asserting itself in my thoughts. More play, less "work." More fun, joy, and ease. Less heaviness, seriousness, and importance. Me trying to get...

about 2 months ago • 8 min read
A black and white image of a woman in bondage gear

Hey Reader, It's Jeff here, for Finley Fridays number five! Hope you had a good holiday and are savoring the last bits of 2023 before it comes to a end. The theme of this week's newsletter is something I really wasn't planning on talking about, but here we are. I call it the "Getting Kinky" edition because I was a guest on a podcast this week and that's what the host decided to title her episode with me. Click here to listen to the podcast. Here's a YouTube link as well. The podcast is...

about 2 months ago • 5 min read
Conan music

Hey Reader, It's Jeff here with the third edition of the Finley Friday's newsletter. There's just not a whole lot to report because I've been recovering from a cold that sidelined me for the entire week. I had to drop all my usual habits and I put all my goals on hold. My productivity was terrible. I didn't get much sleep due to all the discomfort and coughing. Had to focus on my physical body and taking care of myself the best I could. I'm on the upswing though. Looking forward to getting...

2 months ago • 2 min read
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