Tuesday, September 27, 2016

'Tis Autumn!

Autumn is definitely the perfect time to take in the wonderful beauty of nature. 



I love when the colors of the leaves start to change. Even though I get so cold sometimes that I feel like I want to run away from it all, the mere fact that I am able to see and experience these moments such as the changing of seasons means that things are going according to plan.

Life is an endless development and it is a joyous necessity to include things such as change into the mix. I mean, in reality, we are not able to be sitting along a white sand coastline every day in bikinis while sipping margaritas with salt on the brim. But if we were, we would never truly appreciate the talents of gold we are blessed to recieve with things always being peachy; all the time.

Fall divides the future from the past. It gives us time to reflect back on the year as we prepare ourselves for the time yet to be born in the new year that is about to embrace us. Emotional scars are there for a reason. Some people may view them as glitches. Others may see them as the bare tree branches and the red colors that colored in the leaves that have fallen from those branches onto the ground. But for me, autumn has always been a great time for embracing change and I cherish the memories of it.

Here are some 

of those things 

that I am proud of.

1. I started crocheting and I got so good at it that while I was selling my merchandise at a fall street fair in Brooklyn, NY, a store owner saw my display and decided to purchase hats from me in bulk to sell at his Greenwich Village store. Though the store is no longer open, I am still happy about it because it was my first ever experience of being a creative designer and selling tings I made at that capacity.

2. I took my last sip of alcohol and this year makes three years since.

3. I started my last stretch of college and am proud to say that I graduated with high honors.


4. I sang my original tunes at the TCS NYC Marathon to enhance the athletes' running experience and it was awesome.  I will also be doing it again this year which to be exact will be on the first Sunday in November. If you are running, wave at me singing to the beat of your sneakers hitting the pavement where Bay Ridge Avenue and 4th Avenue meets. I am looking forward to being there, rooting you on.

5. I took my road test, passed and became the angry driver that occasionally writes blog posts about experiencing road rage.



6. I produced a music video for my friend Stuart Thomas for his song entitled “Can We Try to Live” and what went from him wanting to perform the entirety of it in front of a building, turned into a full production. I did all the editing and the video became a video. You can check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIkauL1qfYg






7. Producer Paul Garrod and I went into a park in Wyndanch, NY, and after three wardrobe changes in my car, we completed the filming to the video Paul produced for my song, “Harmony.” You can check it out here: https://youtu.be/Et2DjrOKJAo?list=PLtEabtb9kz4JfOcuFHckwPhoyjqiYJTdq



8. With this year being no different, I walked into the classroom and saw my students singing my song “Time Machine” (off the Finally JNote album) with the small band and it made me want to cry to see them. They know my lyrics. They know my inflections. So happy! You can check out this song and others from the album on Spotify. Here is the link: https://open.spotify.com/track/6PX6lWw1RWc115RkjmU72I

I feel invigorated. I feel alive. 
I feel like I’m getting old. 

But . . . 

I think that we’re gonna be alright. It is Autumn!

Have a great fall season everybody!




32 comments:

  1. You're a wonderful person. You really go ahead and pursue your goals in life. Thank you for sharing your story and your music.

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    1. Thank you for reading and for your lovely words. They are so encouraging and uplifting. Have a great hump day!

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  2. These are some great accomplishments! You have a lot to be proud of! I'd love to learn to crochet. I feel like I'd get too frustrated.

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    1. Crochet is nice to do on an off day when it is raining or snowing outside and you want to stay in under your covers. You can make some nice things in about an hour or two for family, friends or even yourself. Kind of cool.

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  3. Fall is definitely my fave season. I love the crisp air, falling leaves and all the yummy food of this season. I also love the temps in the 70s.

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    1. Yes! Can't wait to have some pumpkin soup. I think that is one of my faves; besides the pomegranates. I love those things.

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  4. Fall is one of my favorites as well. I love the crisp cool evenings that make it perfect for cuddling!

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  5. Fall is most definitely one of my favorite seasons! I really do love seeing the color change in the trees, and the crispness in the air.

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  6. I love the fall.I love the cooler temperatures,pumpkin flavored everything, changing colors on leaves and so much more!

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  7. You have a lot to be proud of! Congrats on the high honors in college. Sorry the shop selling your crochet is no longer open, but what a great opportunity that was.

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  8. I'm the biggest fan of fall - it's such a lovely season! The temperature, colors, and air :)

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  9. I LOVE fall so much (honestly I love every season expect summer, I'm not a big fan of the heat). I really want to start crocheting, it seems like so much fun.

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    1. My favorite season is spring. Summer is too hot. Winter is too cold. Autumn is okay minus the hurricanes but the spring, great.

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  10. Fall is my favorite season. It's tranquil almost and the colors are wonderful!

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  11. you certainly have accomplished a lot! i think autumn brings out the best in myself too. crochet would be a fun thing to learn! -caitlin

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    1. You should try it. It is is fun and very mind relaxing

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  12. You have so much to be proud of yourself for, I'm even proud of you! I love your view on life, thank you for that little bit of inspiration.

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    1. Thank you for that. I am so happy that you could find inspiration through this. Oh wow! That just blessed me in so many ways.

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  13. You've some amazing accomplishments this year! You are highly motivated and I bet you just light up a room

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    1. I try to stay motivated. There are so many things in life that can hinder that but thank God for the things that keep our eyes focused on moving forward and trying to make a difference in your own existence; you know!

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  14. I love autumn too. I have also always wanted to learn how to crochet or knit. One of these days I need to take a few lessons!

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    1. It is such a nice pastime thing to do. You would enjoy it.

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  15. Congrats on being three years without a drink! Also, how amazing someone took a chance on your crafting. That is cool!

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    1. Thank you. It was hard but sometimes you have to decide what is right for you to do and simply do it. Can't believe it is three years already.

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  16. Fall is most definitely one of my favorite seasons and congrats for these great accomplishments!!

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    1. Yes! I love the fall. One of the best seasons. Have a great day Jasmine and thanks for the well wishes. God bless !

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