Happy Holidays and Happy New Year
Dec 22 2009
I couldn’t end the year without at least one more post! It has been quite a year, and I needed to take a break so that my off blog/real life wouldn’t bleed too heavily into my online blog life as it seemed to start to do. For those of you who are writers, you know how hard it is not to let your real life affect your writing even if it’s only subtly profound. For those of you who are writers (or creative people), you know how hard it can be not to write. It’s like holding back the tears or your laughter when you want to cry an ocean or laugh uncontrollably.
Not only did I cut down on blogging (although I am the main blogger for the Austin Technology Incubator blog in case you really miss my blogging), but I also significantly cut down my twitter usage (probably by 90%) so I tweet maybe once every couple of weeks but they haven’t been very inspiring ones. However, I do find myself on facebook every couple of weeks which is up from every few months. Maybe 2010 will be the year twitter and facebook figure out a winning business model?!
I hope to be blogging more in the new year about one of my next entrepreneurial endeavors which currently involves music. In lieu of blogging, I have been singing more. I continue to take voice lessons from my great voice coach, Gene Raymond at Octave Higher. He is so encouraging, and I know my voice and singing confidence have improved significantly since I started taking lessons from him some 6+ months ago. Singing is such a personal journey that to find someone you feel safe enough to miss a note, croak, or fall flat occasionally is priceless.
I was introduced to Gene by Scarlett (who is featured on his home page), who I met when taking the Landmark Forum. Being involved in Landmark was the beginning of me finding my inner voice and facing my fears, and I wrote about the forums in a couple of posts called A Transformation In Process and Who I Was Being Was Not Exactly Who I Am. I also took a course recommended by one of my business advisers/mentors and his wife called The Search Within, which was much more music, heart, and soul based, that totally knocked my emotional socks off! As I re-read those posts, I am reminded of how much has changed in my life since a year ago this month when I took the first course. As a child who experiences growing pains, the pains are just as real when you are an adult but it’s not in your bones…it’s in your mind, heart, and soul. There are too many changes to list here, but suffice it to say I will be heading in new directions in 2010!
So you’ll probably see more entrepreMusings about my musical endeavors next year and maybe more purple hat wearing. I’ve been writing lyrics and Gene introduced me to another student of his who plays guitar and wants to collaborate in songwriting. To me, lyric writing usually comes easy although I have no idea if they are any good or not. I’ve never written music but according to Gene and the guitar player, the lyrics are the hardest part and to me the instrumental is the hardest part. I don’t know how to play an instrument so if the easy parts for them are the instruments, then we just might create something!
My boss introduced me to a fabulous musical guy called The Fat Man who hosts jam sessions from time to time. Oh how fun and uplifting they are! I feel so honored that they include me. I can’t always keep up because my voice is comfortable in certain vocal ranges and they play some songs in keys that don’t work for me as well as play songs that I don’t know…like for example written by the Rolling Stones. I can imagine some of you rolling your eyes.
Anyway, that’s a long winded way to say Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! May the entrepreneurial road(s) for you and/or your loved ones lead you to peace, love, and success. May you find an IDEA that is worth fighting for as much as this mother fought for the life of her successful son who is 27 years old and should have died 26 years ago.
“To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.”
from Jeffrey Fry’s Potent Quotables