The moment that I opened my eyes this morning there was a song running thru my head. That happens to me a lot. The other day it was “Shiny” from Moana. Lol. Today it was “Give Love” by Andy Grammer – I have no doubt this was a result of my soul soothing evening on the water last night.
I had a very productive work day planned but every time I sat down in front of my laptop the song took my attention away from the “business” of the day. So, I picked up my guitar and decided to figure out the tune instead. Singing it over and over put me in such a good mood that I wanted to share it with you all – a little something to encourage everyone midweek.
I expected it to be quick and painless to shoot a simple video on my porch. Not so much. Continue reading “UNFILTERED”
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As I begin to sort through hundreds of videos and photographs from VI Jam Fest I am overwhelmed with joy and gratitude. For years now, my daydreams have included imaginings of my part in a musical lineup with artists that I love and admire…and in those dreams I was always here on the island. Thanks to the vision of Cruz Bay Music and Moe Angelo of Becoming The Lotus – along with the hard work and support of so many amazing people – that daydream is now a reality. To all the performers and all the helping hands, THANK YOU FOR THE MAGIC.
“I prefer the company of happy people who are believers in magic…and of magical people who are believers in happy.” -unknown
Often the most beautiful sunsets come after a storm. That was most certainly the case on Tuesday night. It served as a powerful metaphor. After 4 days on an emotional rollercoaster that quite literally began with crazy and unexpected weather on island, I found myself on the water witnessing the most awe-inspiring post storm sunset I have ever seen. Complete with a rainbow that lit the sky on fire, I knew that my personal storm had passed as well. I then sat down and played my songs and shared my story and remembered who I am at my core. Sometimes life is messy. Sometimes we stumble and fall…hard. What matters most is that we get back up, brush ourselves off, place one foot in front of the other and try again. And give thanks for those who reach out a loving hand to help lift you back to your feet. It is in this space that the growing happens. There will be storms but there will also be rainbows.
9 years ago, today, I moved to St. John. This is the first anniversary that I have not been on island to celebrate that life changing moment. I found my home that day – that place that you don’t even realize your soul has been yearning for until you find it and then…you just know. I have learned something valuable about my home over the last 10 months; when something is a part of who you are at your very core, you are never really without it. St. John and it’s community are at the very heart of the woman that I have grown into over these last 9 years. Love City is sewn into the fabric of my being and she has been with me every step of the way as I have traveled through the states sharing the story of her recovery; and with every event, I have been offered a glimpse of just how far the magic of St. John reaches past her shorelines. I watch people’s eyes brighten as they pull me aside, time and time again, to share the ways in which the island has touched them personally. St. John changes lives. I truly believe it is a place that adds more light into the world and I am so very proud to call it home.