Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

I tried to post yesterday and I sat in front of the computer and thought to myself, “what will I post about today?”  Nothing came to mind … just the sound of crickets.  Huh. 

It reminded me of years ago in college in an English class I was in.  I had this great teacher that looked like a droopy dog from a cartoon that I can’t recall the name of right now.  He taught us to meditate on the first day.  Now I lived in Visalia and really, meditation was FAR from what was the norm.  In fact, I believe a lot of the kids went home and told their parents who promplty filed complaints with the school.  I wasn’t one of them because I saw that it actually worked.  He walked us through relaxing our bodies and minds while we sat in that chair and then taught us to just write whatever came from our head.  Kind of like our intuitive painting class a few weeks ago.  So that’s what I’m doing this morning … letting it fly – haha. 

I have so many topics in my head right now but none that seem very clever or witty (which is what I like to write on most). 

I read a blog this morning that inspired me.  I found it through the tag surf feature and it showed up because of the common “friends” tag.  It’s written by a guy that has a great voice in his words.  You know what I mean … when you feel you that you can hear their voice as you read their story.  He wrote about friends today, but in digging through his blog a bit more, I learned about his real story.  He and his wife are adopting two children from Haiti – Amos and Story.  If you have some time, take a look at his blog … I think you’ll dig it.  

I remember years ago when my ex and I decided to adopt.  It’s a scary and exhilarating journey.  You have so many naysayers to contend with, yet you know in your heart that you are on the right path.  The first time I saw the picture of Zac, I knew that he was meant for me.  In a weird way, I’m grateful to my ex for opening that door for me (even though he didn’t stick around for the long haul).  If I hadn’t met him, I wouldn’t have adopted so early.  There is a lot more to that story, but I don’t feel like getting into that now.  I love the journey that Zac and I (and now Ron too) have been on together.  There are days I freak, days I yell, days I cry and quite a few days where I laugh a lot. 

I can’t wait to hear more about their journey too. 


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In college, I was the manager of our small radio station and I really enjoyed discovering new music and promoting new bands.  In fact, I told everyone at our cocktail get together tonight that I really wanted to be an A&R rep for a record label and go out searching for new talent when I was in college but I was too scared to follow that dream.

As I got older and got a “real job”  I stopped going to listen to live music and lost a part of myself.  A couple years ago, through events which could be another post I rediscovered my inner rock chick and starting taking her to shows again.  It’s different now, I’m totally into the music.  I don’t care whether I look hip or not and I’m having a blast!  I’ve discovered some new groups and have gone to some big headliner shows.

Last night I had the good fortune to see the Foo Fighters show at the Forum.  What an awesome show! Dave Grohl is amazing and makes a venue as big as the Forum seems personal.  He can sing acoustic or scream out the rock without a break in his voice or energy. I love watching people perform who truly love what they do and throw themselves into it full on!  That is the feeling you get from the Foos. 

They played for over 2 hours.  I was fortunate to be up close for half the show.  They had two stages one traditional up front with a long cat walk that led to a second stage in the back.  A friend of a friend who works security at the Forum told us to stand by the back circle and boy am I glad we did.  I had what felt like an intimate view of the acoustic part of the concert.

When you look for inspiration you can find it everywhere. Here’s some messages and inspiration I got from the show. 

Be yourself.  Dave Grohl is one of the most successful rock stars around right now.  He’s been in two top bands: Nirvana and the Foos but what strike me about him is how goofy and fun he is.  Totally real.  How often do we put on roles of what we think we have to be like if we have a certain job?  I think what shines through is he is being himself and having fun and everyone has fun with him.

Surround yourself with friends.  With our up close view, I could see these musicians really like playing with each other.  You could feel the comraderie.  I enjoyed the concert because I was sharing it with my friends and the new friends we made standing next to us because of our mutual “foo” love. 

Don’t play small.  Do what you do full out!   People love to come along on the journey when you are ready to commit full out.  As we drove away my friends and I commented on how tired the band must be–as the performance was so energetic and connected to the audience.  They gave it 110%.

While I’m tired tonight from my late night out last night, I’m also inspired to let my inner artist take flight. Music does that for me.  And I’m so grateful I let my inner rock chick back out! 



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