From Self Loathing To Self Love

From Self Loathing To Self Love

How I Cast Out The Real Demon Inside Me: Originally published for Huffington Post on 01/02/12 Some believe that our past defines us. Others would say that being too precious with our past inhibits us from making a better future. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. I’ve never been great at balancing the…
How To Know What You Want

How To Know What You Want

I’m such a guy when it comes to shopping.  Send me to the mall with my gal pal and I glaze over and find the nearest vending massage chair.  $1 for 3 minutes.  My avoidance tactic gets expensive.  I just don’t know how to enjoy Claire’s without having a clearly defined objective.  Ladies, men need…
How To Deal With An Alcoholic

How To Deal With An Alcoholic

We called grandmother the morning of July 5th.  Here in the country, we celebrate Independence Day by making our own fireworks show out in the fields.  We knew it had been a loud night for her.  Me:  Grandmother, how did you sleep last night?  Grandmother: Well, not at all!  The kids were throwin’ Roman Catholics…
How To Stop Seeking Approval

How To Stop Seeking Approval

I was 9 years old.  We were driving back from a church dinner where I was the musical entertainment.  Everything seemed to go well so my mother couldn’t understand why I was pouting in the back seat. She turns to me and asks, “son, what’s wrong?”  I peel my face off the window so that…
How To Overcome Low Self Esteem

How To Overcome Low Self Esteem

People ask me where I keep my Tony Award.  It’s proudly on my bookshelf nowadays, but I occasionally confess to others that for a long time I hid it from sight due to an uncontrollable panic.  Surely this is odd to many of you as any sane individual would display it prominently in their home…
Back to B’way, Film Release, Music Update

Back to B’way, Film Release, Music Update

Tracking for Levi’s November 2017 album release finally wrapped last Friday, March 3rd in Chicago.  This means that all of the instrumental and vocal performances have been recorded and we are ready for the mixing portion of the process.  For those of you learning as we go, the mixing process is like having all the…
5 Things You Never Knew About Del Shores

5 Things You Never Knew About Del Shores

LK: So fitting that you are my first interview for the new blog.  Thank you for doing this.  I’ve told my fans before how we met, but I want them to hear it from your perspective. DS: Oh what an amazing night meeting you, someone who has become such a vital part of my life…
Loving Your Skin

Loving Your Skin

I have vitiligo.  Like many of you who also have a variance in your appearance, I too have spent too many hours trying to hide my body from view.  But if we were to compare today’s attitudes about the body to the norms of the Victorian age, we’re actually not as far from fearlessness as…
A Holistic Approach to Time Management

A Holistic Approach to Time Management

The following is an assignment for my third year writing class.  I thought it would be a good topic for my “Imagine Paradise” readers.  A good portion of our inner pollution during the day is the anxiety we create around an overwhelming schedule.  This may help you shift that experience.  Enjoy.  -Levi Time is a…
Where Your Liberal Education Failed

Where Your Liberal Education Failed

The following is an assignment for my third year writing cIass.  I thought it was also an important conversation for my “Imagine Paradise” readers.  We are daily arguing with ourselves for a reason to follow hard after a deeper communion with the divine.  Here we talk about why this desire is actually a key characteristic of…
Things to Do: Puerto Vallarta Music Scene

Things to Do: Puerto Vallarta Music Scene

Levi Kreis interview by Evan Warner, Vision 9 Records There are a ton of things to do in Puerto Vallarta. Tours and activities, ziplining, outdoor adventures, dinner cruises, or just a daily routine of beach bumming and great mexican food. But more and more, people are discovering the steady rise of quality musical entertainment available on their…