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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.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
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.
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!!!
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 noticedmore
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 :)more
Inspiration & Celebrate Music!
I know in years of late the Grammys are not highly regarded by a lot of musicians.
Most of my indie music pals think it’s a load of bunk, with pomp & circumstance and no substance. Also, many feel that it doesn’t acknowledge the heart of music and creative artists. Ok. I see that. It’s a televised event run by the big guns of the industry. However, I still kinda dig it…. Maybe it’s the fond memories I have from attending as a kid. Or maybe I just honor, it’s a celebration of Music. The best song, album, artist, etc are all just opinions anyway. In any given category we can all add (or subtract) artists whom we feel are more (or less) deserving. We all have our preferences and that’s what art Should be – Subjective.
Is it possible for one event to cover ALL the incredible music that was created over the past year. NO
Is it possible for artists to be inspired by the glittery affair? Yes. Here are 4 reasons why…..more
Love Below the Surface
Well, the point of Valentines Day is celebrating Love - Generally a proclamation with gifts and a romantic dinner with someone special.
Naysayers claim & I agree that we should let those we love know they are special every day! And in taking that a step further I think we should also take a bit conscious effort to remind ourselves that we are loved 365!more