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Rest and Reflection February 24, 2014

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StephanieI’ve been under the weather these past few days. Someone in my office got a cold and try as I might, I got it too. I tried everything, vitamin C, echinacea, hand sanitizer, but it got me. So I’m taking over the counter meds, drinking water, taking emergen C to at least shorten the cold. Needless to say, no singing for me until this chest cold thing is gone. Trust me you don’t want to hear my voice.

One thing being in bed has done is force me to take it easy, sleep, rest. I know I need it, but it feels uncomfortable. I feel like I should be doing something. Like seriously, what use am I to anyone being sick, except spreading sickness. Right? So here I am in bed all day. My son brought me some Pho which always does the trick when I’m feeling yucky. I was so grateful not to have to go out.

I’m alone with my thoughts and they just wander all over the place. It’s like herding cats! I think about work, song lyrics, my family, all kinds of stuff. It’s like my mind goes on a rewind of my history. I can’t help but thank God for my life and all the things I’ve been through, the friends I’ve made, the places I’ve been and things I’ve yet to do.

I’ve come to the conclusion that life is an adventure, it’s what you make of it. When I realized, I am not alone that there is a purpose for life, I can push through the hard times, enjoy the sweet times and be joyful at any time. It is truly a blessing to be here. I think that’s why I’m restless. I want to make every day count. I don’t have time to be sick. But even being sick has purpose. So, I’m resting, counting my blessings and looking forward to what comes next.

What about you? Are you engaged in the adventure? If not, what are you going to do about it. You have the power to change your world anytime you want to. Just take a step and before you know it, you’re 5 miles down the road! Do something nice.
Give some one a kiss, pick up the tab, say “thank you” to the waitress, open a door, take the stairs, look at the sky, smell the coffee, call your Mom, connect with an old friend, Thank God. For real.

Work as you need to, rest as you should do. Love as you ought to, always.

Until next time,

Blessings and Peace,

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So how’s it going?

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Writing is a process.

StephanieEvery songwriter has a creative process. Sometimes a song will come to me organically. I’ll hear a melody and start humming a tune and then words will come and some time later the hook, bridge an verses will form. Most of the time, my husband will have a melody and ask me what I am hearing in the tune. I’ll sit down with a pen and paper and scribble. I’ll work it and re work it until I have a tune I’m ready to record. This is not a quick process at all. It’s like following a recipe that has been perfected over time. I need to follow the steps to get the results I want. When I write I always keep in mind what I want to communicate. I write about where my heart is, I write about love. My love for people, my love for life, my love for God. Not all of the tunes are for me, I have tunes waiting for the person they are meant for to sing them.

So how’s it going? I’m pushing myself to be disciplined to complete the task, to meet the goal I have set for myself. That is to have 3 new songs written. Ultimately I want to work full time as a minister and musician, using art as the message medium.
The going is tough, but I never thought it would be easy. By putting myself out there I have a mission that I must complete.

I have the beginnings of the first one working now.

I can do this, I will do this, I am doing this.

Until next time,
Blessings and Peace.

 

Procrastination stop it, and get started. February 15, 2014

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Wikipedia defines Procrastination as the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the “last minute”.

How often do we engage in this practice. I’m going to start that exercise and eating right plan right after….. I know its good for me but, the perceived pain of starting is not as pleasurable as eating those delicious cupcakes or having pancakes for breakfast instead of a spinach/kale carrot juice shake or, I’m going to finish that report as soon as this show goes off (after all its my favorite) or I’ll call him/her tomorrow, I’m just too busy right now. How about this one, I just don’t want to face that situation right now, maybe if I wait long enough, it will just go away.

Seriously though, I find myself procrastinating about more things than I care to admit. When it finally comes down to the wire, I know that if I had started earlier, I wouldn’t feel so rushed, or I probably would have done a much better job. I admit it. I’ve gotten away with doing a pretty good job on some things by the skin of my teeth, (yup I see you cosigning to that), so I push the boundaries to see if I can pull another one out the hat.

When it comes to doing what you are called to do, the thing that gives your life have meaning, you can’t afford to procrastinate. Someone you may not even know, may be depending upon you to move forward and see things through. I once heard someone say, “blessings for others are wrapped up in the things that you do”. I believe that’s true. It’s like the “butterfly effect”, one action causes another and another and so on. Doing the things that are uncomfortable, hard and even scary have purpose and mean more than what is on the surface. Sometimes the outcomes may not be seen in your lifetime, but they are vital to someones future.

So, with that said, in the words of my good sister-friend Dr. Peggy Norwood, I’m doing something different for a change! I am making a commitment to not procrastinate. I’m not just saying it, I’m going to ask someone to hold me accountable to my word. I’m asking you too.

I am committed to completing 3 more songs within the next 6 months. If you’ve ever written a song, its not as easy as it sounds. I’m a singer and songwriter, and encourager and exhorter. God has given me a gift and I need to work it. I’ll share my progress with you and maybe ask for feedback as the projects evolve. Wow, just saying that makes me feel a bit nervous, I’m already thinking have I over committed, I’m really putting myself out there, can I really do this? Well, I won’t know until I try so here it goes, I’m jumping in!

(praying)
Father please help me….I need You to do this… ok I’m pushing the button… publish

Until next time,

Blessings & Peace

 

Celebrate! February 7, 2014

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Happy anniversary

Today is a very special day. Today marks 33 years being married to my best friend, partner, musical collaborator, father of the children God has seen fit to bless me with and my running buddy.

Tonight. I’ll be singing for a group of jazz lovers and my sweetie who did all my musical arrangements, will be with me. This is just like the weekend we got married, we wed in the morning, went to the mountains for an overnight honey moon and were back at work singing and playing the next day. Thinking about that makes me chuckle.

I do not take it for granted that I have been very blessed to find someone who loves, supports, challenges and cherishes me. My husband is a person that I have grown up with. We met when I was barley in my twenties, we worked in the same band, went to college together, started and finished traditional careers and now a entering the best part of our lives. We are now seeing our children get married, become parents, start careers and find their own way in the world. It is truly a wonder to see life come full circle. Our children and grandchildren are some of our best work.

Now that I’ve grown up, it’s time to do something different for a change and move into the new role The Father has placed in front of me. I don’t know all the twist and turns of where this new road leads, but I am ready, willing and able to go.

For those of you who are still waiting, don’t be discouraged, ask God, be open, be listening, be thoughtful and don’t ignore the signs God shows you. I don’t know the answers, but I do know that when you open your heart, ask God, He hears and answers when you let Him lead the way.

Today and everyday I am grateful to have my wonderful husband to share this journey with me. Well, gotta go to work!

Until next time,

Blessings and peace

 

sing from the heart February 1, 2014

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StephanieContent is so important. I believe the message we as artists share has to have some meaning. Content is more than just beat, melody, rhythm. Lately, the music I hear makes me wonder. It grieves my spirit. Some of the lyrics are so dark, some are just stupid. I don’t care about your booty, or how much money you have or what you do in your bedroom. Seriously! As a vocalist, I listen to lyrics, what is sung should come from the heart, that it reflects truth. I haven’t always felt like that. I just dug the beat and thought it was cool, not really paying attention to what I was singing and how that was penetrating the hearts and spirits of the people who were listening. Have you ever had a song you hated, get stuck in your head? Exactly!

You know how a song will come on and in an instant you are transformed, you’re back there in that memory. You have a “remember that time” moment. Music evokes so many emotions – happy times, sadness, love. Music truly is the soundtrack of our lives.

I’m an artist who happens to be a Believer; I want to make a positive deposit into your spirit. When you hear my voice, the message, the words, I want you to be lifted.

I’ll share with you in the next few months a reflection of thoughts, feelings and insights that speak from my heart. Some are written by others, some are my own.

My dream is to live my life full of purpose, striving to be the best writer, vocal musician and evangelist that I can be. I will continue to share with you this journey. Walk with me, talk with me, share with me. Lets support, encourage and challenge each other. We will all grow.

Until next time, Blessings and Peace.

 

Going Home January 28, 2014

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Today I had the honor of singing at a home going for a friends mom. At one time we attended the same church and as the years went by, we saw each other less frequently . But Mom would often cross my mind when I would pass her home, always saying I would stop in and say hello. That time never happened and now I’m singing at her home going. I know I will see her again in glory so I don’t weep, I rejoice in knowing she is in His presence. The service was lovely and the tributes to this woman of God were heartwarming.

I saw friends and acquaintances I hadn’t seen in a while and it occurred to me that I’ve only seen some of them at funerals lately. It was a pointed reminder that I we are often so busy that time slips away day by day, and before you know it, years have past. Relationships are so important we must cherish them so much more now that we see our loved ones passing from his life. If you haven t seen a friend or loved-one in a while, give them a call, RIGHT NOW. Don’t wait.

Like my Grandma used to say, “Give me my flowers while I’m living so you won’t have to weep over me when I’m gone”

Until next time

Blessings and Peace
Stephanie

 

New Beginnings January 25, 2014

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“After a Few False Starts”

Here I am, writing. I want to be inspiring, real, energetic, pithy and consistent. After a few false starts I’m taking another run at it. I had to ask myself why have I started and stopped so many times. I have but one conclusion; Fear. What am I going to say that hasn’t been said by a million people in a million different ways? But that’s just it! I am one million and one. We all have a part to play in the great mosaic of this universe, each of us needs to place our piece in the mold so when the Father looks down He can see us come together in a beautiful pattern of light, music, sound.

I hope to engage you in thinking, pondering and considering your own journey. I want you to get in the game. Don’t be spectator, but a participant in your own life. It’s like that time you drove home, but don’t remember how you got there. This is a prime example of sleep walking through your life. I have decided to WAKE UP! No more sleep walking, this is a call to be engaged in your life. Dust off the dreams you had years ago that are still unfulfilled. They are still good. Do you think they were just put there randomly? I don’t. I believe God had a plan and purpose for them and as long as you are alive they can still become reality. Time, age, distance has nothing to do with it. If you are willing God is able! This is what I feed my soul with. This is what keeps me going at 50+ years old. If I didn’t believe it, I would have given up the first time I tried to walk out this dream and it didn’t go as planned. The ”failures” give me a chance to look at what worked and what didn’t. I am an artist; I’m a writer and vocal musician. God has given me a unique gift unlike anyone else, and I intend to use it for His Glory and to share the musical message He has given me with everyone I can. It may resonate with some and not with others, that’s OK. I will run in my lane and the people who need to be touched will be touched, but God gets the increase and the Glory.

My dream is to live my life full of purpose, striving to be the best writer, vocal musician and evangelist that I can be. I will continue to share with you this journey. Walk with me, talk with me, share with me. Lets support, encourage and challenge each other. We will all grow.

Until next time…

Blessings and Peace.