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Go For It!

I have always been a little stymied by individuals who declare their boredom. I grew up as an only child with a family that was always doing something! I was bored once and my mother decided I should be occupied by cleaning the house. Her response to me was “I’ll give you bored!” Needless to say, I never said it again.

There are so many wonderful things to do that can make life rich and succulent. My biggest regret is that I don’t have enough time on the planet to do them all. Our mind, body and spirit need to be challenged or injected with enthusiasm and passion on a regular basis. If we don’t invest in exploring the vast opportunities this journey affords us, we may soon resemble a dry, withered river bed.

I like to walk my talk, and so several years ago, I began going to a nearby recording studio to do some singing. I didn’t tell anyone, since most people are so afraid to try anything new that they will often try to protect you by trying to dissuade you. “Why do you want to do that?” often becomes standard feedback instead of “Great! Go for it!” Since I have never been one to follow the path of least resistance, I persevered. Initially, I sounded more like Ethel Merman, who was a Broadway diva with a bodacious voice. As time went on, my instructor encouraged me to find a softer voice and viola! One day my new voice emerged.

I also believe in serendipity. Four years ago, I met my partner Kenny, who is an extraordinary jazz musician. I decided that we should make a CD with jazz standards that I felt spoke to our relationship. It was a long and tedious journey. Recording an album is quite a task. I discovered a new appreciation for musicians and the many vocalists I’ve listened to throughout the years. I also learned how important it is to deliver a song with the right emotion, phrasing and of course the right pitch. The most important facet of doing something different is the recognition that you can!

Lighten Up Your Week:

I encourage you to get inspired to “change it up” this week. Take some dance lessons, learn to fly a plane, join a cooking class, become an advocate for your favorite cause. Don’t just sit around and wish life was more exciting. Become the excitement you wish for.

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