Wanted to let you know that I will be performing at the new music series, Music at the Mill, at Evins Mill Bed and Breakfast in Smithville, TN on February 21st at 8 pm. The talented guitarist, Luke Metzger, will be joining me onstage for the evening. Here is a write-up about the event for you to check out:
In addition to the concert, the “Music at the Mill” package includes hors d’oeuvres, four-course dinner and a hearty gourmet breakfast and is $295 to $360 per couple depending on the room reserved. Reservations for dinner & concert only are also available at $120 per couple. Call 615.269.3740 (Nashville) or 615.286.2090 (Smithville) for reservations.
As I thought about my twenties reminiscently last week, I realized something that brought me to tears. I wouldn’t trade those years for anything. I have cultivated so many friendships, experienced adventures and cultures, made strides in person character growth, felt the pain of difficult moments, learned how to push myself weary for people I cared about and beliefs I held, served in foreign lands, became a part of something bigger than myself, tackled my dreams, completed goals that were difficult to attain, graduated from college, cooked with and for those who I have loved and tried to make my own impact in God’s kingdom.
And as I look back, I’m not sad that I was single. I have such a beautiful decade of amazing adventures and stories to share with others someday. I’m so thankful to have experienced life and learned lessons that will make me better qualified to show true love to another individual. Love isn’t about all the warm fuzzies. It’s about putting forth the time and effort when it’s difficult. Love is about reaching out even when your hand gets bit. Love is about being there even when there are a million places in the world you’d rather be. Love is something that holds back in times but also walks onward too. It can also be walking away when it is time to leave it be at that point in time and walk on alone for now.
I don’t have many regrets at 30. The ones I do have, well I still have time to work on putting them in the “no regrets” bin. I prepared myself much better for my 30th birthday. I am aware of the shortness of my life as I have now officially found 2 grey hairs on my head- what? I’ve begun to realize what things are most important to me. As my friend group grows more intimate, it it also becomes more genuine and full of quality. I’ve learned to say no. I’ve learned some things about human nature that are both disheartening as well as hopeful. And I am always learning, changing, growing and breathing in the world of my Maker.
So here’s to the 30s and what they hold. May we all appreciate every day as it comes.
“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” ~ Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Last week, I had my first experience to try my hand at sailing. The Learn at the Helm program is an excellent opportunity for any Nashville-ers who are interested in the sport of sailing. With our crew composed of our skipper, Fred, his son Brandon, Paulo from Italy and a sweet couple named Spencer and Andrea, we were fully equipped for a great trip! It was great to be out on the open water and learn about the mainsail and the jib sail and more terms that didn’t sink in as easily. But you can easily connect with the forefathers who set out in search of exploration for exploration’s sake when you hit the water. Before we set out, Andrea pointed out the neat sounds that the wind made as it danced amidst the clinking pieces on the boats in the harbor. It makes sense that ships weren’t made for harbors when you see them tied up. In fact, it’s almost as if the vessels are horses just waiting to be launched and chomping at the bit for a slice of adventure. We shall see if I am able to get certified in the Keelboat class they offer, but there’s a waiting list for that.
Well, if you’d like to try out sailing try out the Learn at the Helm program by Kathy Ware and then join the Percy Priest Yacht Club after a few times going.
Wanted to say thanks to PorchFest in the Westhaven area in Franklin for letting me play this past Saturday. Here are some photos from the event. It was such a great event to play and meander the neighborhoods to see live music on the porches of homeowners. I had the opportunity to enjoy musical acts like Boy named Banjo and Alyssa Bonagura. Everyone should come out to next year’s PorchFest in Westhaven!
I’m excited to announce that I’m participating in the 3rd Annual Westhaven Porchfest. Come on down for this free event June 21st for some great music & food trucks. Swing by 1120 Westhaven around 4 pmto hear meplay the stage with several other great acts. Lightning 100 will also be broadcasting with some great bands throughout the afternoon and evening!