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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”

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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…..

Crash!

Boom!

Bang!

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...

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So your to-do list is overflowing

You have calls to return

Texts are beeping

Email is outta control

The dog needs a walk

And your head is fogged up from all the details….

The long and short of it - Overwhelm has struck!

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“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.

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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.

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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!

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…..

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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?

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    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.

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    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.

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    How did this mission start….?

    Well, to be honest some things went awry last Monday for me, I was feeling kinda torn down by an interaction with a pretty unsympathetic doctor. Then, during my meditation practice, this quote came into my mind. It’s one of my favs and I hadn’t thought about it for a while….

    Three things in Human Life are Important

    the first is To Be Kind

    the second is To Be Kind

    and the third is To Be Kind

    So whether it’s a dr., a store clerk, a boss or a loved one who’s acting the so called villain….How is Kindness a relevant answer?

    Here was my epiphany…..Someone else had really cut me down…. It’s life, this stuff happens and it sucks. BUT

    I realized that I could combat that “meanness” by

    Remaining kind to Myself.

    And I’m thinking that’s the core of SuperHero Kindness.

    How?

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    Well, the funny thing about magic – you can’t hold onto it…. It’s an energy that exists around us and within us. Sometimes, it’s not tangible, however, we know it when we feel it. We can’t explain it, but it creates an inexplicable shift within us.

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    One of the reasons I’m touching upon this topic is that Balance is an area I’ve often struggled to maintain in my life. I haven’t shared this yet, but recently I was diagnosed with Adrenal Fatigue…. How? Stress and moving too fast have tapped out these precious energy glands in my body. Solution? Rest and Slow down. All that being said, this issue of maintaining balance is really key for me right now, so I thought I’d share some of what I’m figuring out and also feel free to drop a line with your comments! I always love hearing from you!!!

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      When a friend shared this with me on Facebook last week. My first thought was “How is it possible that a young child can have so much wisdom?” I work with kids everyday and they never cease to amaze me with their insights. They have such an incredible sense of intuitive knowing. We silly adults get so caught up in the chaos of life, it's easy to forget the the foundations of positive communication! Besides the fact she is adorable, here are 3 things I noticed

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      How to Spring Clean the Emotional Clutter

      This Sunday I was out to dinner with a dear friend.

      We both talked about a newfound A-ha that we each had separately. Let the grudges go! They are too heavy to carry and they steal the time, energy & joy from our precious lives. Grudges and other emotional garbage are akin to that messy closet or drawer that saps your energy every time you open it. So let’s delve in there my Beautiful Ones. Time to clear the emotional clutter so you can Shine On! Here are some thoughts to help :)

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