I have been home since the last time I sent a blog post and I have also celebrated my 59th birthday. Last year on my 58th birthday I released my sophomore CD Shifting Sands . I can’t believe how much has happened in the past 12 months both from a music and personal perspective. I have had the pleasure of performing at three festivals, have had more Regina shows then ever before and became a grandmother. I continue to be challenged with the business side of things and know that I love to perform and I love to write songs. I have enjoyed being involved in the songwriting group I co-coordinate as it has allowed me to see the fruits of our labour as a group. We are attracting more songwriters who are committed to being a part of the group. We have also managed to develop a welcoming and safe space for songwriters. I am reminded of the power of like-minded people banding together to share a passion. We are right now in the middle of a songwriting challenge which I love because it is forcing me to finish my songs. I get so distracted with other things that this often doesn’t happen.
My challenge to myself these past couple of days is to try to figure out realistically what is possible to accomplish musically on the days that I am working as a nurse. I am thinking as I move into the last months of my nursing career ( I am retiring in July) that I could be kinder to myself, perhaps less demanding. I am feeling tired these days and perhaps my expectations of myself have again ramped up a bit too high. Being the type A personality that I am these expectations can sneak up on me and be a bit of a surprise. I am often telling others about the need for self care and yet I find this challenging to apply to myself. I think this is true with many caregivers. So as you move into your day may you find a way to grant kindness to yourself and others.
Yours in creativity and music,