I was thinking about the “new rich” an idea I read about in The 4 Hour Workweek (Tim Ferriss) a few years back. Most people think that it takes lots of money to be rich. But the “new rich” value freedom more than money. The ability to write to wherever my imagination takes me, play shows, and control my schedule is pure freedom. I wouldn’t trade it for any amount of money. In fact, I traded the money for this life. Who ever thought a lawyer could drop everything to become the artist she wants to be? The truth is that we ALL can become who we want to be.
It’s one of my favorite times of year! Wishing you a happy, healthy and joyous season!
I found recipes for White Cake with Bourbon Buttercream and Gingerbread Cake with Buttermilk Frosting in this month’s issue of Southern Living magazine. I plan to spend the entire day baking – which is one of my favorite hobbies! The song I wrote for my second EP, Passport to the South, was inspired by the magazine. When I read it, I simply think of a cozy home filled with good food and fancy decorations. The magazine also makes me remember all of the ways my mom used to plan and prepare the house so it would be beautiful and special for us around the holidays. One of my favorite memories is my mom waking up earlier than everyone else so that we’d rise to the smell of fresh coffee cake. My dad would start cracking the eggs and building the fire. Though my mom is no longer physically here with us, her spirit sure is. She was truly special. And so are the holidays! Here’s the pic. Made it myself!
I spent the week in Washington DC, still winding down my law practice. I had some wins and losses this week, but the biggest win in my book was realizing the type of person I DO NOT want to be and the type of life I DO NOT want to have. I had a fundamental and decisive shift in awareness. Every human being is created with a full range of possible human emotions both good and bad. Stress and pressure simply forces out the bad ones. We become what we focus on. If we focus on what brings us stress, as opposed to what brings us peace, fulfillment and happiness, then we move farther away from what’s good and simply invite more stress and unhappiness. Our actions then alter how we feel about ourselves and how other people view us. When we fail to stay true to what brings us peace versus what creates strife, we create our own unhappiness. When we allow ego, money and silly disputes to enter our minds, we lose valuable fun time and engage in worry and lamentation. Quit the Firm, Join a Band is the mantra. It’s about focusing on what you love, what you need to be happy, and how you are best able to contribute.
I was interviewed on Jeanette Harris’s long running show on Houston Public Television about balancing a law practice and a music career. So nice of them to feature me on the same week they featured Joel Osteen and Beyonce’s mothers! I am grateful for every opportunity to get my music out there. Please watch the link and share it. And if you’re in Houston, watch Choices with Jeanette!
When Oprah interviewed Carrie Underwood on her Next Chapter series, she asked “What do you want most?” Carrie responded “I want to do things that are beyond singing on stage and making albums…” Carrie, I’m sure, is grateful for the opportunity to achieve her musical dream, but I imagine that her American Idol win and meteoric rise to the top of the charts left her with a feeling years later of “what else can I do that would be fulfilling”? Many of us seek that knowing feeling that we have used all of our talents to make an impact on the world in the WAY we want to make an impact. Carrie may have found that although she has made a huge impact with her voice, she has other talents that she can use. Those ways might not be high profile. When I talk about my own journey, many people ask why I’d leave a successful law practice in Washington to write songs and perform. But it’s a knowing feeling that I seek. I am using different talents and abilities than I did before, and I know that I am making an impact however large or small. I intend to keep doing what I want most: living a grand adventure and creating new possibilities. I love finding like-minded people.
It’s my last day visiting my family in Houston. Had such a great time! Heading to DC tomorrow for what will hopefully be my last jury trial ever. Following your dreams is incredibly challenging! I’ve been living between two cities, to work on songwriting and performances, for five years come January! But over those years, I’ve gradually decreased my trial work and grown closer to prioritizing the people and things that bring me joy, fulfillment, and peace – and that’s not jury trials! I think I am about to arrive at a place where I can say #whatarelief #goodbyetrialwork #lowstressisbest Join the movement! My first book Quit the Firm, Join a Band is coming soon! In the meantime, follow the blog. I hope to inspire you to seek and find what brings you the most joy and satisfaction. It’s not about money, it’s about freedom.