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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Travel and Love Wherever You Are

When you disembark on a journey that you have never been, don’t just accept the image of what has been told. Instead, explore the possibilities, gain a visual, discover new truths, make social bonds and find the commonalities of the people wherever you are. You’ll be tickled more by it.



If you stay present moment oriented while you are there, you will not jump to conclusions about what might or might not be and instead you will find ways to inhale the environment like you would oxygen by going with the natural flow of the experience.

Let the surroundings resonate with you while navigating your way around. Try to make sense of where you are camped from a different vantage point other than the stigmas. You will find that the people you meet seem very familiar and are not that different than you. Just bare the fact that we are all a result of our surroundings and we all get on with our days in our own personalized fashion yet, these are not things that should prevent us from loving each other as we are. We can still bring people smiles and capture the hearts of many while doing what we can with what we have while tackling life with the uniqueness we all showcase in our own individual way.

It’s crazy to think of the multitude of responsibilities I had to carry on just to do what I love to do the most. Though it was taking the familiar path of singing before a crowd, I was being pushed outside of the comfort zone because I was no longer in my home court where I had grown accustomed to performing. I had to deal with the freezing cold temperatures that NY doesn’t always get. I had to be able to intentionally communicate with folks who spoke in a different language than my knowing. I had to professionally work with all my heart whether I was at 100 or feeling under the weather. And I had to know the difference between being in a place where it is a party everywhere and always attitude as opposed to being in a place where I am working. I had to be able to stay centered and think clearly even if I got wounded in the field or was met with condescension. I had to believe in God’s ability and have faith in the journey that he lead me on.

I wasn’t chasing happiness however; I was experiencing it. I was walking the atmosphere of a place I had never seen and am still recovering from the potency of it. Experience changes the essence of who we are because you are better able to form your own opinions of the world. You get a taste of it for yourself. To me, it causes positive change. And the fact that I was doing what drives my soul is in fact one of the greatest honors of my life. Each moment was a moment of growth on my humble first steps into the world of music touring and each moment to me as precious as gold.

As I backed away and came back to my reality, I realized there is so much to love. The rhythms and sounds of the unthought of dimensions I was fortunate to see stays spinning around in my mind. Love for it resonates with me. I love to love the simple idea of planting my feet on different grounds around the world. Based on that, I know that the
best is yet to come.

Today is songwriter Wednesday. I wrote this song "Wherever You Are" and had the pleasure of performing it live at Ufa Jazz Club in Ufa, Russia. I think that you can find a reason to love something about wherever you are positioned in the world when you are where you are. And so, I dedicate the song to all you lovers of travel who inspire me. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, photos and stories of your travels. God bless you all!


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66 comments:

  1. This is amazing. I'm so in awe. What a beautiful voice you have and what a talent for songwriting. I'm a traveler myself. I always say "The Journey is my Home". You are so right - you just have to love wherever you are and come to your own realizations about where you are in the world. I love this post!

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    1. Yes. That's why traveling is so very important.

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  2. I love the differentiation between chasing happiness and experiencing it.

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  3. I so enjoyed reading this. I think it's imperative that we all follow our passion, no matter what it is. That's the only true path to happiness. When you stray from it, life becomes more about breathing in and out than about really living.

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    1. That's right. We are most happy when doing things that make our hearts flutter.

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  4. Thanks for sharing. I don't travel often and prefer staying at home but it is important to go out and experience different places and cultures

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  5. I love where you said let the surroundings resonate with you. Every time I go some where new I take it all in.

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    1. Yeah it is such a great thing to do. Makes a difference.

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  6. I love that the surroundings fit you. I'm the same way. So much to take in.

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  7. What a lovely way of looking at life, living in the here and now. Right in the actual moment.

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    1. I love it. Gives people reasons to genuinely smile.

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  8. This post served as a great reminder :) one of the lessons I had to learn this year was to be fully present in the moment.

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    1. Thank you. Yup. Or we will miss something.

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  9. I live life as if the best is here and more to come. its a wonderful feeling and outlook.

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    1. Yes. It feels great to believe in yourself that much.

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  10. What great music!! This is a wonderful post.

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    1. I appreciate the compliment. Thank you!!!

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  11. At first, it's always scary to take a step into the unknown but so rewarding afterwards.

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    1. Yes and what a great thing to reap the rewards of seeing new things.

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  12. I loved reading this.... a great read to end my day :)

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  13. Those are some really powerful lyrics. So congrats to you that you were able to write your own words from your hear stand sing them loud and proud. The message is so full of hope and positive vibes.

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    1. Thank you for watching and for listening to the words. I love that you did!!!

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  14. You have a gorgeous voice, Stephanie! This was so eloquently written. What an amazing talent and opportunity you have been blessed with! Thank you for sharing it with us all!

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  15. What beautiful words! Such incredible vocal talent. I miss singing, it was always one of my passions in university. You have such a wonderful outlook on things.

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    1. Wow! Sing if it is in your heart. So worth the joy!!!

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  16. You are so talented and lovely! I have become more and more of a fan of your music with everything that I have heard. I always look forward to your writing as well as getting to hear something new from you.

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    1. Thank you Christina. that is so inspiring and truly motivating. God bless!!!

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  17. I watched the video twice and I really liked the song. Nicely written!

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    1. Wow! That's awesome to hear. Thank you!!!

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  18. This is great and truly inspiring. Thank you for sharing :)

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  19. I enjoyed reading this post. Let the surroundings resonate with you; I love this because it's how it really should be.

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  20. Absolutely beautiful post!! You write with such passion and invoke such deep understanding within the human psyche

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    1. I love to write and everything that is life and the world must factor into who we are. It is so real. Thank you. This is so meaningful to me.

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  21. Lovely post:) I'm glad that you are happy being on tour. You have beautiful voice! Good luck with your music

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  22. You have such a way with words! I loved reading this post and taking in your thoughts about your experience performing and traveling in Russia. I absolutely agree with you that you can always find something you love around you. Beautiful song, as always!

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    1. Thank you. I made sure to bring a notebook with me so I could journal everyday that I got opportunities to write about my surroundings. It was some place great to be and I truly enjoyed it. Thank you Phoebe.

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  23. Nice read! Traveling is an addiction and it always inspires you to expand your horizon!

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    1. It is. The more I do travel, the more I want to.

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  24. wow what an amazing voice you have and how awesome ;that you have that gift to share with the world. I love that you get to travel to do this as well. I mean, if we love what we do it;s not work at all. Keep it up ;)

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  25. You've done so much in life and you deserve the happiness that you're feeling. The song is amazing and I would love to hear more of your compositions!

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    1. Oh that is great to hear. I have a website if you would like and also if you have time, check it out at http://www.jnotemusic.com where you can hear some of my music and see videos and other stuff. Thank you for that. Very inspired by your words.

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  26. Wow, amazing that you got to perform a song that you wrote yourself. You definitely have a way with words. I could never get up in front of a crowd and do that!

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    1. I used to be afraid to do it and sometimes still shake with fright before others but I also love to sing and hope that I am able to do it for a long time. As long as God allows me to anyway. He has been so good to me in so many ways. Very thankful!

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  27. You have been able to travel and meet so many new people. What a great experience. I am sure it is eye opening and amazing. I love your work.

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  28. So happy for your success and hope that you continue to grow. I would love to travel more some day. I love meeting new people and learn about different cultures.

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    1. Me too. Traveling is so great. Hope to do it more and more.

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  29. Oh my comfort zone is such a wonderful place to be. Yet, I like your viewpoint on it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. I like being comfortable but for some reason cannot seem to sleep when I am on vacation. It is the weirdest thing.

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  30. It's good to read this very inspirational for the traveller's and musicians.. They have a great voice..

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