After experiencing my first stateside winter in nearly a decade I find myself mesmerized by spring. It is the ultimate exhale. The dramatic emergence of colors and smells, in such stark contrast to the past months, shoves the reminder of LIFE right in your face. I can’t stop recording it. I don’t want to forget what this feels like. #livinglovinggrowing
As I am settling back into island life, and looking forward to the last few weeks left in 2016, I cannot help but think back over the year. It has been packed full of “bucket list” items. I want to bask in these memories so that I don’t get lost in the daily “to do” list. It is so easy to feel a dash (or a bucket load) of anxiety creep in when that second list becomes the only focus. In those moments, I want to redirect my attention to the things I have accomplished and the magic that I have experienced. Those memories are what will keep me inspired to continue living out my dreams and encourage the people around me to do the same. So, as I clean my apartment and pay my bills, today, I will remember this beach in Anegada that I finally had the opportunity to sail to this year. ❤To everyone with whom I have been blessed to share these adventures, I send you all of my love and gratitude❤
#livinglovinggrowing #keepdreaming #thankful
Brand new video for the studio recorded original song “Freedom in the Wind”
(click on image to view video)
FREEDOM IN THE WIND
I want to ride on the waves,
Sail on to another place.
Won’t you take me away?
I know there’s freedom in the wind.
I hear the ocean call my name
And feel this blood course through my veins.
Strength it washes over me,
My fears release and I am free
To see this world for all it is,
So full of blessings, full of gifts.
Gifts of love, of hope and peace
Flow out and then rush back to me.
I watch the sun rise in the east
And dream while everybody sleeps.
In waves my thoughts roll by and by,
They ebb and flow just like the tide.
I think of all that I’ve been shown,
The greatest wonders I have known.
As sure as anything I’ve seen,
I know I’ll have all I believe.
The shade is pulled on the sunshine
And stars, they fill up the night sky.
Some will fall and some will shine,
But we all know when it’s our time.
–music and lyrics written and performed by Erin Hart–
–video features photography by Erin Hart (with the exception of photos that include me) —
Some days are easier than others. For those that are not, remember to be gentle with yourself. Focus on the things that offer relief. Trust that it will pass. Don’t stop believing that you can have all that you have dreamed of, even if it doesn’t feel like it in this moment. And remember to be kind to one another…we all have hard days.
photo location: Bahamas (June 2015)
After 16 days of sailing (Puerto Rico — Bahamas — Florida Keys) and a few days getting the lay of the land, IslandGirlMusic is thrilled to be gigging in Key West, Florida! Kicking things off tomorrow night (Saturday, June 6) at Viva Saloon on Duval Street (7-10pm).
photo location: Middle of the Ocean, somewhere between Puerto Rico and the Bahamas (May 2015)