Friday, September 21, 2012

The Gratitude Project - Day 52

I am grateful for my spirituality and the path I walk. My faith is a huge part of my life and I can't imagine it any other way.

Thanks for joining me for the Gratitude Project! I think it's important to remember the things you have, especially when it seems like everything is falling apart.

Blessed Mabon, everyone!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Something Totally Different

I did something new with my violin yesterday. I started playing with absolutely no music in front of me to read.

I've been asked before to bring my instrument to jam sessions and drum circles and I never have because I was taught on sheet music. How can I jam when I need to read the notation of whatever I'm playing (unless it was committed to memory, but I still had to read it at one point, so it's much the same thing)? I'm not a song writer, at all, and that makes me really limited in what I can play- limited to things that someone else has written, on paper that is in front of me that I can read.

So, last night I just pulled out my instrument, picked a key and started playing. I kept it moving and just let my fingers find the notes to play. It was so fun! I feel really accomplished at being able to free play my violin. I’m going to work more with this. Lots lots more. Maybe I'll tote the electric to the next drum circle after all.

The Gratitude Project - Day 51

I am grateful for experimentation and having the courage to leave my comfort zone. Even if it's something small to most, it's a huge leap for me.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


There is a song within my soul. I hear it all the time. It wants to be let out, but it's trapped and I don't know how to unlock the door.

The Gratitude Project - Day 50

I am grateful for sudden energy.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Gratitude Project - Day 49

I am grateful for my ability to keep an open mind.

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Gratitude Project - Day 48

I am grateful for the element of fire. It grows our passions and feeds our desires. It does not consume, but transforms. What it seems to destroy, it changes and makes room for something new.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Gratitude Project - Day 45

I am grateful for my new nephew. He has brought so much joy to his family. Seeing my brother with his son was more amazing then any words I could possibly choose to describe it.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Gratitude Project - Day 42

I am grateful for the ability of people to continue on even when it seems like the world has ended.

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Gratitude Project - Day 41

I am grateful for my kitchen, where I can experiment and explode as I will!

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Saturday, September 08, 2012

The Gratitude Project - Day 39

I am grateful for being able to step into another world for a day, or a weekend, or even a moment, and leaving reality behind.

Friday, September 07, 2012

The Gratitude Project - Day 38

I am grateful for my the element of earth. Grounding, stabilizing, and holding me up when I don't have the strength to do it on my own.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

The Gratitude Project - Day 37

I am grateful for my brother. Sure, we fought as kids and mostly tolerated each other as teenagers, but he grew into such a wonderful, amazing person. I wish we lived closer, but that makes the time we do get to spend together that much more precious.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

It's A Boy

My brother and sister-in-law welcomed a baby boy around 2020-something this evening. His name is Jefferson Andrew, named after our great great grandfather. I am so very happy for them!

Happy birthday, Jefferson! 

The Gratitude Project - Day 36

I am grateful for my sister-in-law. We met in violin class in 1992 and she met my brother some years later. They married on October 31, 2004 - because they met at a Halloween party. Since then, they've got through so many ups and downs, and some very very painful downs, together. My sister-in-law has been through so much in her life, so much before my brother and so much after. Her strength, her passion, her kindness, her creativity are inspirations. She is such a wonderful, beautiful person and I'm so glad to know her, and so glad that she is happy and makes my brother happy. He could not have fallen in love with a better person.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

The Gratitude Project - Day 35

I am grateful for the ability to fix things on my own.

Monday, September 03, 2012

The Gratitude Project - Day 34

I am grateful for old friends who suddenly appear in surprising and unexpected places!

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Saturday, September 01, 2012

The Gratitude Project - Day 32

I am grateful for days when I can get stuff done without rushing or thinking of the next thing on my list.