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The “Work-cation”

A few times a year I like to get away from the hustle and bustle of New York and spend some time in New Hampshire where I was raised. It’s a good opportunity to re-connect with old friends and contacts, spend some time with my family, and…..sleep.

That’s right….sleep! Don’t get me wrong, I love NYC but it’s a loud place where your senses are under constant attack. There’s always something to do, somewhere to be, and at the end of the night a gig you want to check out. NYC is beautiful that way, but sometimes it can be tricky to take a minute and relax. New Hampshire is my relaxation haven. Seeing my family and waking up where I grew up as a child is relaxing (the king size sleep number bed that somehow ended up in my room helps!!). It always allows me time to really think about my life. Where I’ve been, where I am, where I’m going, you know self-reflection stuff.

Self-reflection is important for all freelancers. We are expected to do it all in a world that is changing faster than ever before, and most importantly…we still need to be amazing at our craft. Our growth and survival depends on constant evolving, but it’s hard to evolve when you are stuck in the grind. Change of environment breaks that cycle. It lets us get out of that grind we are used to and lets us look at the big picture. This is why I love the “work-cation”. It breaks up my grind, refreshes and inspires me. My spot is New Hampshire. Where’s yours?

My March “Work-cation”

Special thanks to Dave Couture, Jeff Davison and BYPC who helped me schedule a great weekend of events which included; IMG_1084

A gig at a pizza shop I once worked at!





Not in New York anymore (check out the Sox hat)!



Recording some brazilian drums at Studio101A!










Lastly, I spent some time drumming with seniors at a local senior center and did a Brazilian Drum Workshop at BYPC.

Of course I wasn’t working all the time. 🙂 I was able to see two close friends and their new babies plus go cross country skiing! I’ll even admit to watching Downton Abbey.




What are your “work-cations” like?


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  • Jeff Davison on

    Hey Brendan – It was great “working” and playing with you last weekend. Hope to get together again soon.

    • BFinnMusic on

      Thanks so much Jeff! We had a great weekend.

  • Jasmine on

    This is so important ! I will share this with others!

    • BFinnMusic on

      Thanks Jasmine!

  • Tino on

    Inspirational… I will find my Work-Cation. And enjoy/reflect on my progress. Awesome.! Love the site!

    • BFinnMusic on

      Thanks Tino!

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