As Jansen and I drove an ATV through a wooded area in Palmer, Alaska, she turned to me and said, "Look at where we are right now and where this music career has taken you. To think, sometimes you question whether you are doing the right thing."
It's interesting how all of us go through high and low periods in our lives. Sometimes we feel super confident about the direction we are headed, and other times we question every move we make. For some reason, I feel like I go through these phases a lot. Maybe it's just my OCD (after all, it is known as the "doubting disorder"), or maybe it's the fact that having a career in music was NEVER a part of my plan. Regardless, I spend way too much time focusing on the low periods when I should really be focusing on the high periods.
TRIP TO ALASKA = HIGH PERIOD!!!!!!!
On June 20th, Jansen and I flew into Anchorage, Alaska to begin our short adventure. We were only staying until 12:00am on June 24th, so our goal was to make the most of this short trip. I sang a few songs, we made some new friends, and brought lots of awesome memories with us back to Pittsburgh. Below is a peak into some of those adventures...
Two nights at the Alyeska Resort
Hiking through the trails at the resort
Visited the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Drove the crap out of ATV's
went horseback riding in the mountains
Played with Reindeer and a baby Moose (the big moose aren't nearly as friendly)
This was definitely one of those trips that we will tell our kids and grandkids about! The people we came in contact with were some of the nicest, most grateful people I have every met.
I have to send a big thank you to Janet Dinwiddie for setting this whole thing up. Janet, If you happen to read this, I can't express to you how appreciative I am for having had the opportunity to visit Alaska. You have an incredible family and Jansen, Sam, and I feel blessed to have been able to spend time with you all and get to know each of you. I CAN'T WAIT to come back soon!
So, when I get stuck in one of my usual funks, I will open up this blog post and scroll through, as a reminder of what a privilege it is to be able to use the gift I've been given to make a living. Everybody has good and bad days, but do your best to hold onto those good days and if a bad day comes, scroll through the memories of the good days in your head to remind yourself that a good day is right around the corner.
It's crazy the places life will take you. Allow yourself to explore and travel outside of your comfort zone. You never know what blessings and memories are right around the corner.
p.s. I have a show in Pittsburgh on August 17th and would LOVE to see all of you there! CLICK HERE to get your tickets.