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Life for me, often has synchronicities….
A theme this week was Peace. I was producing a track for a film/tv placement. When I dug up my song to record, the original version incorporated the Prayer for Peace by the Sufi Poet Hazrat Inayat Khan. Then a very talented writer friend of mine invited me to an event where she is going to be singing her version of “Grant us Peace” adapted from Gates of Prayer. I Love my Friends and am so grateful for their amazing creativity that often brings me inspiration.more
So, last week I was relaxing on the couch watching one of my fav funny shows…. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Love her!
Through the giggles, I actually garnered an important lesson. The episode featured on a very judgmental type of old lady and let’s say, she was not the most likable character. Kimmy called her out! Surprisingly, the woman responded with tears in her eyes. She said that she was aware of her gossip and criticism of others. It was habit she was trying to change and that she was doing her best to be a better & kinder person.more
Let’s start with a little science 101.
“As children, many of us learn about the wondrous process by which a caterpillar morphs into a butterfly. The story usually begins with a very hungry caterpillar hatching from an egg. The caterpillar, or what is more scientifically termed a larva, stuffs itself with leaves, growing plumper and longer through a series of molts in which it sheds its skin. One day, the caterpillar stops eating, hangs upside down from a twig or leaf and spins itself a silky cocoon or molts into a shiny chrysalis. Within its protective casing, the caterpillar radically transforms its body, eventually emerging as a butterfly or moth.”more
I want to begin with this quote
“I once asked Aragon, the historian, how history was written. He said, ‘You have to invent it.’ When I wish as now to tell of critical incidents, persons, and events that have influenced my life and work, the true answer is all of the incidents were critical, all of the people influenced me, everything that happened and that is still happening influences me.” - John Cagemore
Last week I had a Classic Beautiful Moment Challenge…..
The opening line to Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful is this….
“Sometimes, I’ll say nothing at all, Speaking up feels too vulnerable, It’s easier to let silence take the fall…..”
OK! Got that?more
Kids are such magical beings.
While teaching today, I went to greet one of my amazing students for his weekly lesson. I said Hello! Without a beat, he looked at me and asked
“If you could have any superpower, what would it be?”
I was taken aback, I said, “Wow! what a great question - I’ve never actually thought about it”more
OK, so here I am. I’ve spent nearly a year working on this new single and video. The release party Rocked! So grateful!! (footage forthcoming:) I’m getting great feedback on the track (Wowee!) and Then…..
I had a huge glitch to my CDbaby upload - the artwork had an error. I had to cancel the whole online distribution at the precise time I was beginning to finally share the music!
I got crazy sick with a flu/sinus/fatigue thing that kept me comatose for almost a week
By the time I got back on my feet - I then had some unforeseen delays with the mastering of track….
And the kicker - all of this chaos killed my sharing mojo!!!
Indie Artists out there, can you relate? We put so much blood and love into our work, it’s so painful when we end up in a standstill place and we can’t move forward. The feeling of being Stuck really takes a toll on our precious spirits. Feeling like we’re in the mud is something we all can relate to, in any profession or endeavor.
This UnBeautiful moment forced me to dig deeper...more
“Maybe Our Difference is Our Strength - what’s the point if we’re all the Same?”
That’s the little pre-chorus to Be your Own Kind of Beautiful. I was talking about the project with a dear friend last and she shared this magical story. I wanted to pass it on because it epitomizes a huge piece of my message and gives an awesome example of our unique beautiful as well as teach our children about the magic of being different.more
I moved to Nashville over 5 years ago and at that time said, “ it’s time to hang my hat as an artist and just focus on songwriting” I never felt as though as I was giving up on myself, my creativity or my music in any way. I simply had made a decision to change course and zero in on writing for other artists as opposed to performing and touring as an indie artist.more
Last week I sat in a meeting with friends. The gathering was focused on setting intentions for the year. We began by talking about the difference between intention and resolution. This Slight shift in verbiage enabled me to create Huge shift in mindset. Resolution to me (and the group) felt very rigid, hard, inflexible and subconsciously put a little bit of anxiety in my psyche. On the other hand, intention felt fluid, gentle, and open to possibilities. I wanted to share because it was helpful for me to think of setting intentions for the new year as opposed to goals or resolutions. The reframe (and keeping it simple, as I talked about last week ;) was really empowering for me!more
So as I was daydreaming on my plans and goals for 2017 an interesting thing happened this year….. Instead of grabbing a notebook and writing down every thought, mission and task,
I allowed myself to slow down and actually think on the big picture
What’s the point of all this to-do-ing if our mindset isn’t on board?more
I know I’ve said this before, but the act of sharing is such a powerful way to empower our beautiful. My wise mom used to say to me, there is often a right way and wrong way to do something…. As a kid I rolled my eyes, but now I see how she was right, even when it comes to sharing. So today’s article is a little pep talk on what to do! a little bit ‘bout what not to do and important lessons to remember.more
The opening line of “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful” is this….
“Sometimes I say nothing at all, Speaking up feels too vulnerable, Easier to let silence take the fall”
The core of our beautiful is our unique voice. Yet sometimes we get so trapped in “shoulds” and saying the “right” thing that we stifle our true expression.more
So last weekend this interesting book called, The Dalai Lama’s Cat (David Michie), came up on my Kindle. And it has been amazing! The narrator is a Himalayan feline whom the Dalai Lama rescues from dire circumstances.
The story is adorably told from her feline perspective as she observes the monks, his holiness, the famous people who visit him and other colorful people in the village.
This book is an incredible and easy dive into Buddhist wisdom. And it shares a lot of messages that I think can help us to cultivate peace within ourselves and in our world.more
For those of you who’ve been on this list awhile, you might remember some prior posts about my amazing dad. It’s been almost 20 years since he passed away and I marvel sometimes how the ache of losing someone we love can still be present after all of these years. Do we ever actually heal from grief & tragedy? I believe it's really important to honor our emotions and simultaneously trust that it will get easier. I liken it to a hole in my heart, it never goes away, but eventually we learn to rebuild our world around it.more
So as I embark on the release of this project – I’ve been thinking more about what “be your own kind of beautiful” means. (as if writing the song wasn’t enough! Lol)
The obvious answer is that it’s about inspiring people to embrace their uniqueness and truly feel the words, I am beautiful. But if it were that easy, we’d all be overflowing with confidence, dancing with abandon, singing our individual versions of Kum Ba Yah and rockin' our beauty 24/7…..
Kudos if you already are :) but for the rest of us, well, why not?
So Here’s my secret admission about why it’s HARD sometimes for me to embrace my beautiful.more
Set Fire to The Rain
This is one of my favorite song titles. If you are not familiar, it’s a song from Adele’s “21” record. I had such an amazing time at her show in Nashville last weekend, I wanted to share it with you! see the clip below! Magical virtuoso goddess lighting up the stage Enjoy!
Set Fire to the Rain, What does that mean? Well I can’t get inside the writers brain and tell you what they were thinking. That’s another cool thing about songs, we receive them from the vantage point of what we need to hear in a certain moment. So all I can do is tell you why this lyric speaks to me…..
No :) Why such chaos over such a tiny word? I can’t speak for you, but in my experience…. I think it’s because I love helping people, I want to do everything, be everywhere and not let people down. Then it dawned on me, by saying yes to everyone else – I was in a way creating a life where I was saying no to another very important person, myself!more
Last week I was having lunch with one of my fav girlfriends at one of my fav restaurants (shout out to The Wild Cow in east nash). We were discussing some recent interactions with people that left us feeling ‘less then’ It’s always a twisty feeling when someone we love says or does something that doesn’t resonate with our heart.more
About a year ago, I became so swamped with music students I chose to stop teaching yoga. It’s still a passion and I continue to maintain a daily practice, but as I became busier with music (and this upcoming EP!!!) it became necessary to let some things go in order to maintain focus and sanity.more
So the idea for this missive came from the fact that even though I had some bonus time today, it seemed I was doing everything BUT sitting down and writing this post. I was answering emails, cleaning the kitchen, texting, taking phone calls and doing everything BUT this BIG To Do on my list!more
So many self-help authors, coaches, motivational speakers and those sorts of folks tout the power of gratitude as being a life changing mindset and practice. Many successful people will tell you that consciously being grateful is a foundation to their mindset and success. Why?more
I am not a fan of the news, truth be told, I don’t have cable or a TV.
My pop culture addiction is more of a Netflix variety…. Bingewatching. LOL
I tend to avoid the news because of the violence and negativity makes me sad. I do my best to stay ‘informed’ by scanning headlines.more
As I was researching my Kindness Superhero article, I came across some amazing and inspiring quotes that related to this whole idea. This one in particular really touched me. It was one of those moments that actually created a shift in me by offering an empowering perspective on the whole idea of learning to be a better ME. And hope it helps your journey of Learning to be a better YOU
It made me see that,
Oftentimes we live our lives in reaction to other peoples actions. When we function this way, it takes us out of our true self, distracts us from our goals and also drains our energy. This idea is a core piece of the whole Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful concept.more