Writing “What I’m Thankful For” seems a little like a 2nd Grade project, but I wanted to take some time to remember what really keeps me going in this life and say how grateful I am that I get to live it.
Belly Laughter. There’s nothing more unbelievably touching than the belly laughter of a child. I’ll never forget when I had Ethan’s 6 month old pictures taken and the photographer got him so tickled. I’d never been able to get him to laugh that hard. It was adorable. Still is.
Words. Granted they can kill you, but they can inspire you to new dreams and motivations within yourself. I love to read a good book. I love a great song with powerful lyrics. I love a 2nd Grade writing project. I love a good talk.
Tears. Sometimes you just need a good cry. In sadness, it’s cathardic. In laughter, it’s enhancing.
Songs. God I love melody. And harmonies too – but the power of melody is so grossly underestimated today. There’s nothing that touches my soul more than great lyrics paired with a beautiful melody.
The Human Spirit. Despite the ugly side of humanity, I will always believe in the innate good nature of man. Since I was a child, I was always drawn to reading biographies (ok so I’m a nerd), and I am still drawn to those stories of weakness and struggle and finding the strength inside one’s soul to overcome and persevere.
To get more personal, I have been blessed with parents that love me and have supported me completely in this “business” of music – from babysitting to loans to shoulders for tears, a partner in my life that inspires me and understands me, 3 amazing kids (with another on the way) that continue to teach me valuable lessons about myself, DJs and fans that continue to encourage me every single day with emails telling me how much my music has touched them and inspired them, and friends that force me out of my own thinking and remind me that this life is a lot more than the box I try to put it in sometimes.
Here’s to life and the living. Here’s to music and all the things of soul and spirit that remind us that we are alive and that we mean something.