Dreaming Out Loud

Michelle Sandlin

I really wanted to write something awesome and post it on my birthday, which was on Tuesday. But as luck would have it, I was completely blocked the night before. I am rarely blocked, but when I am, I know better than to force it.  Although, I have to admit that I painstakingly spent 2 hours doing just that.  By midnight the night before my birthday, I had nothing but a few disconnected sentences that were anything but awesome.

So the next day, on my birthday, I decided that if I couldn’t write, that I could at least make a new drumming video.  I was short on time, so my goal was simple:  Do it as close to perfect as possible on the first take, make sure you look cool doing it, just in case your timing is a little off, or you drop a drum stick, or something, and post it to Facebook. Thankfully, I achieved both!  I nailed the drum stick twirls, and the drum cover of “Headlights” by Morning Parade (my favorite song of the moment).

For your entertainment pleasure, I hope you enjoy my video, which now has a permanent home on YouTube.  I ask only one thing of you.  If you like it, even a little bit, please do me a favor and click the thumbs up button so that I will know.  It’s a little thing, but means a lot to me.

Here’s the thing…

I love playing the drums!  I know that I have a long way (a really long way) to go before I will be really good at it, but I am having fun.

Right now, I am dreaming out loud.  I have never really done that before, or at least not to this degree.  It is very freeing, and I highly recommend it.

I have spent my whole life dreaming quietly about “one day…”  Now, I am finally seeing to it that a lot of those dreams play out in real life.  That’s really the point, isn’t it?

I cannot stress enough that if there is something you have always wanted to do, don’t wait any longer.  Just do it. You know, feel the fear and do it anyway.

Finally, the image at the top of this post is my new logo!  It will be featured soon on my new website, which is in the final stages of a really cool redesign. I hope to be launching it within the next 30 days, so stay tuned…and keep creating rock star moments!


  1. Love it Michelle! Can’t wait to see the new site design. I am currently designing a super-awesome blog for our media company, Flight Media. (http://flightmedia.co!) I’ll let you know when it’s up! our entire team is comprised of bloggers, so we figured we would mix music, photography, film, web design, and business into one blog! 🙂 Keep writing, my friend. It is refreshing. -Josh

    1. Thanks for visiting Josh and sharing your comments! I checked out your website last night and look forward to your upcoming blog. Your site is very cool! It sounds like we are combining our love of a lot of the same things: writing, music, drumming, video, and photography.

      I will always keep writing…it’s what I do! Please keep reading and look for the launch of my redesigned website within the next couple of weeks!


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