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Soo ho ho...

It's been quite some time. Not entirely due to my lack of enthusiasm. I moved into my new, very own spanking apartment about a week and a half ago and was without internet (f u comcast) until yesterday. It's funny, I feel like I've been constantly on the move for the past two years. And really, I haven't spent more than 6 months in any given place since I graduated high school. Which I suppose wasn't all that long ago (not even two years ?!) but it sure does feel like another lifetime ago. 

Anywho, I've been living with my dear friend Gabbles and let me tell you, I had great expectations, but not this great. Life is smooth, hilarious and full of joy! I couldn't be more pleased or blessed. 

My plan is to Geocach tomorrow. Where people have hidden boxes of goodies and notes all throughout the world and you get the GPS coordinates and go find them. Who knew, according to their website there's one hidden just 471 ft from where I'm sitting in my bedroom right now! 

Looking forward to getting a bit more settled here (school starts April 4) so I can start playing more music! 

Feeling like a bird 

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A song from the past spring boarding into the future! 

My world has been taken over by my latest creative endeavors. And let me tell you- it feels great! I had my first voice lesson on Saturday which gave me great pride in my singing voice. I'm constantly remarking on songs I would love to recreate myself yet have felt that I lack the knowledge and tricks to really showcase my voice. But it's coming out! I have quickly remembered that a cherished goal of mine is to sing in front of many people. Though i have a lot of experience performing on the piano in front of large crowds of people, the piano has signified a friend of mine on stage; it is something I have great confidence in and feel I can always rely on. On the other hand, standing in the middle of a stage, just my own self and my voice is something I've never quick tackled as having 100% pure confidence. But I feel a shift. My new goal is to find a group of people with the same mindset and really delve into all of those great songs that are meant to be performed again and again. 

Also, my father is taking me TOMORROW to Guitar Center to purchase my first, very own, mandolin! I'll be playing the mando in no time. I never recognized- but it's the perfect instrument for me! Right size, right sound. I look forward to being a wayward traveling mandolin player! 

Inspiration flocking! YEs!!

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 "If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944)

Some other favorite de Saint-Exupéry quotations; 

"A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral."

"How could there be any question of acquiring or possessing, when the one thing needful for a man is to become - to be at last, and to die in the fullness of his being. "

Men have forgotten this truth,' said the fox. 'But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.'
-From Le Petit Prince (incredible book!)


Wow. Plane crash in the Sahara? 

BLOWN my mind more like it...
Last night I had the privilege to see Victor Wooten perform live on the UPS campus. I have never experienced a more talented man perform so sincerely, even though he has performed for millions of people before playing for us last night. He played with members of the UPS Jazz Band who shocked me with how they got down! Especially the sax player- he wailed! Wooten spoke with SUCH eloquence- I was brought to tears several times during his talk. He spoke about the importance of not forcing our teaching on others but instead letting others find the true feeling of things on their own! We don't teach our kids english, we show them. To him, music and language are completely interchangeable. The one difference being, in music, we don't have to speak the same language to understand someone else. His words were so beautiful. Like he said, it's all about embracing! And recognizing the blessings! 

I was beyond inspired and moved by the performance last night. To round it out, he played his famous Amazing Grace solo. It seemed like I was suspended in anti-reality for a moment. I just couldn't believe the whole night he was standing 15 feet in front of me. I wasn't star stuck in the sense that he's a famous guy. I was much more in awe of the fact that his realness was unmistakable. I don't know if I've ever witnessed a more genuine performer or person in my life.


Check it out- 'The Lesson'

What a wise man.  

1:21 and i'm havin' some fun
 Another day and a few more dollars. My life has become centered around a goal of attaining practicality! Practical boots, practical life planning. Blah! But really, practical boots are the greatest and most rewarding investment- in my life anyway. Time for new February resolutions! Didn't give all too much thought to resolutions when the near year came around but it seems to be just that time! I've set a lot of short term goals for myself and have yet to be satisfied with following through! Some, yes. But certainly not all. Must start journaling again (in my handy, beautiful blue notebook- not the internet). I wonder how long I'll keep up my Life Journal-seems to keep reappearing!. Resolution- use up everyday!  I'm tired of only getting things done halfway through my day.
On the other hand, my knitting and various other crafts have been quite rewarding! I finished my grey scarf today which kept me so pleasantly warm all through out this blustery night, My skirt is coming along great! Just need to size it. And I have some great  visions for my dream catcher project.

I wonder if Life Journal could be a crafty place to put pictures of my artwork.. 
If people could start checking it out.. This could be a great idea! Will give more thought to that later. Much beading and crafting to be done. 

So happy that my dog Zack likes to sleep in my bed. Even if he is taking up almost all the room and snores sooo loudly.   

Reminiscin' 'bout the days in the brick backyard
 My day has been one filled with nostalgia, laughter and a bit of healthy self loathing. Looking through the annals of my past Live Journals, I feel some sort of guidance from younger, more naive me. 13-year- old me's greatest wish? 5. What is the one thing you want the most that you can't buy with money? A life

So here's to more guidance to my future self, sealed and preserved in man's most reliable resource! The INTERWEB! Oh wait.. Y2K what?