I have some thoughts that I wanted to share as the New Year begins. As the world is talking about how challenging 2016 has been, I keep thinking about the fact that I have had one of my best years ever. My summer was especially good with a songwriting retreat where I co-wrote two songs that I still love. As well the silent retreat I attended this past July that was spent in nature and was both empowering and nourishing. There was a contrast between the songwriting workshop and the silent retreat, but both were so enriching.
I have spent a lot of time in my life thinking about ways of taking care of myself. When I was a young mother, wife and nurse I was often over caring for others to the point where I became an empty shell as other’s needs became more important then my own. I spent my thirties and some of my forties trying to figure out how to take care of myself. The point of this conversation is perhaps that I am now doing something that I love so much . As I have recently said to friends, I would talk nonstop about songwriting and music if I could. It is my passion and one that I have only been partly aware of until these past few years. I feel that I am right in the middle of my life, not off to the side.
So I would encourage you to find some passion that brings you delight. Creativity comes in many forms and I have found that the more I inhabit the Center of my live the more creative my whole life becomes. I hope that 2017 brings you much joy and love and a big dose of hope!!
I am off to get back to my goals for the next ninety days and to keep my core values ever before me, authenticity, vulnerability, wisdom, creativity and compassion.
Yours in music and all things creative,