She reads truth

For a long time I have missed having a small group. It’s been a few years since the last one I was in dissolved. Life as a musician is tricky. Having a regular schedule arranged around odd hours can be a slight challenge when one tries to get together with people on a weekly bases. Especially when they have regular working hours. And then I came across #shereadstruth over at Eat Live Run. A group of ladies online who all wanted to read the bible more, and encourage each other. Sign me up!

In the week that I’ve been following the plan the program has gotten so popular that they’ve created a webite for She Reads Truth along with continuing with other studies after the first is finished. It’s super easy! All you need is the reading plan for Soul Detox from YouVersion, a bible, and instragram. Each morning you can work through the day’s reading, and then post thoughts to share with the rest of the group.

PRSFit Nation in Atlanta

A little over a year ago I was fortunate enough to start working with Jeff Kline from PRSFit to work towards some of my running goals. Recently we’ve been chatting a bit about where I am, where I’m going, and how I can use my skills to help others. Working with Jeff has been fabulous! I’ve learned so much about running, and training. I’ve become both a stronger runner, and person because of what we’ve been doing. We’ve been talking a lot the past couple of weeks about getting a PRSFit group going in Atlanta!

Jeff and I were talking and thought training would be more fun with people! Who doesn’t love training with friends? So, we thought it would be fun to put together a PRSFit training group right here in Atlanta for a fall marathon or half marathon. Join me as I train for the Rocket City Marathon December 8th, or train towards one of our local events like the Atlanta Marathon & Marathon relay October 28th, or Atlanta ½ marathon on Thanksgiving Day.

How does it work you ask? All you have to do is fill out a questionnaire to determine your running level (beginner, intermediate, or advance), and what your goals are. Then Jeff will create a 4-month training plan tailored to YOU. Then I’ll mentor you through the training schedule with some group runs to help keep you motivated, and answer any questions you may have. So, for $120 you get a 4-month training plan, personal coaching support, and a full array of team discounts to companies such as Zensah, Hammer Nutrition, Natural Running Store, Desoto, and others.

Interested? Just head over to the contact page to send me a message, and I’ll send you the questionnaire to fill out, and then we’re off and running!

The violin search comes to an end

Yes, I am a blogging slacker. A great big one. How big? Well, I’m writing this while I’m getting my hair done (yay mobile apps!). So yes, I owe you the rest of the story.

Things got pretty complicated, and dramatic a couple of weeks ago. To say I was frustrated was an understatement. So frustrated that I sat on the floor of my hotel’s bathroom sobbing one night while in savannah performing. No said this would be easy, but what happened was not anything I was prepared for. What happened? Well, in the end we figured out it was a communication issue, but it felt like anything but that while it was going on.

After the last post I decided which violin I wanted to buy. Really the choice was obvious. It was the best out of all of the violins I was looking at, and it was the only one that I could see that would really help me improve as a player. It is so easy to play, so responsive, and has such a clear sound I can really hear what I’m doing so that I can work towards getting better as a musician. So I let the seller know I was interested in purchasing it. Since it was someone I knew we were trying to work on a deal to make the purchase happen. So, I went off to Savannah to perform while trying to figure out how to make it work. It is a lot of money to buy this particular violin, and I got pretty stressed out about the financial bit. It came down to either buying a violin or continuing weekly lessons. As a musician I know that you never truly stop learning. The moment you stop listening to what you’re doing so that you can continue to improve is the second everything goes south. No instrument can guarantee improvement. For me I needed a violin that could give me accurate feedback to continue improving. When I told the seller that he wasn’t happy. Apparently reading my e-mail incorrectly he withdrew his offer to sell the violin if I couldn’t continue lessons. Even after talking to him I couldn’t understand the problem when I agreed with what he was saying. I was frustrated, mad, and ready to walk away from all of it.

After a phone call with my parents we came up with a plan, and presented it to the seller after I got back. I was so nervous! Mostly because I was so confused and upset. Turns out everyone was on the same page after all. So, with a loan from my parents I bought the violin. I love it! I feel like it was made for me. I can hear where I need to work, and while I can’t afford to take as many lessons I still want to when I have a little extra money.

Lots of other things have been going on too. I’ll save those for other post. There are new audition opportunities, new running adventures, and other craziness on the horizon.