Martin Luther King Jr Quotes

Martin Luther King Jr Quotes

Martin Luther King Jr Day.

Today is the day that the United States celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. It’s observed on the third Monday in January, which falls on or near his birthday of January 15th.

Today it falls on his actual birthday.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an American Federal Holiday. President Ronald Reagan signed it into law in 1983 and it was first observed three years later. Growing up in Florida, I have a distinct memory of when our school calendar changed to observe King’s birthday. While trying to find the exact year that Florida began observing it (which I could not find, but I’m pretty confident I was in high school…which was in the early 90’s.), I learned that it was not observed in every state until 2000.

Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

You all know how much I love quotes. In fact, I have quoted Dr. King in past. I shared his words in this post, written after hatred reared its ugly head in Charlottesville. Today I thought it would be appropriate to share a few of Martin Luther King Jr.’s quotes.

Be Bold. Take the first step.

Whatever you do…Keep Moving Forward.

Spread Love and Light.

Let your light shine!

Amy

Friday Faves Edition 48

Friday Faves Edition 48

 

Friday Faves.

I’m rounding up my Friday Faves for the week. On Saturday, I had a nice visit with my mother-in-law, along with my niece and her babies. For me, the week has been spent mostly behind the scenes, BUT the hubby and I did brave the frigid cold to head to Downtown Roanoke on Sunday. Our destination was the Taubman Museum of Art, so we did get to spend most of our time reveling in warmth.

Megan Whitmarsh.

Even though I will be doing future posts on our visit to the Taubman, I thought I’d give you a sneak peek at just two of the artists whose work I enjoyed. The first gallery that we came upon included works by Megan Whitmarsh. According to the write-up, she is an American Contemporary Artist based in Los Angeles. She uses her childhood memories from the 70’s and 80’s in her creations.

Being a child of late 70’s and the 80’s, I think this is what drew me to this installation. The entire piece is titled Your Thoughts are Forming the World. In it she creates the “impression” of a 1970’s female artist’s working studio. I have included only a small fragment of the piece for today. The segment I have shared reminds me of the large gold chains worn by Mr. T., Run DMC, and probably a plethora of others whose names I am not digging deep enough into my mental recesses to find. If you are a product of the 70’s and 80’s, you know what I mean.

I also loved that she has it say “ALL IS POSSIBLE.” It’s such an uplifting and motivating statement.

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Paul Villinski.

The gallery that was probably my favorite was the one containing works by Paul Villinski. This installation was located on the entrance area of the gallery. Look for a future post where we walk around the gallery.

The write-up lists Paul Villinski as American, Born 1960. This specific piece is titled Prescience. It is made of found aluminum cans, wire, and soot. The dozens of butterflies become a whole, large swallowtail.  According to the artist, this work is a nod to a higher presence among us “…the many become the one”.

Look closely at present you are constructing: it should look like the future you are dreaming. -Alice Walker

Behind the Scenes.

I mentioned that most of my week has been behind the scenes. I don’t really know if that’s the best term, but I’ve been busily laying groundwork for things I want to accomplish in 2018. If you recall from last week’s Friday Faves, school had been cancelled for my teens. WELL… freezing rain kept the schools closed until this Wednesday! That meant my behind the scenes groundwork moved at a snail’s pace. They also have Monday and Tuesday of the upcoming week off from school.

Blogiversary

However, I did manage to find time to acknowledge the two year mark of this blog. Yay! Blogiversary! The comments that you all left were enough to warm a girl’s heart and fill up her love tank. I truly thank you for all of the sweet words that were left on that post. And I want to thank you all again for following along and coming beside me on this journey.

Layout.

If you are wondering about any of the behind the scenes things I’ve been tackling, I can share a few. I’ve tweaked a little of the writing layout on the blog, hoping that it flows a little better. I’m still debating a change to my theme because I want the front page to be excerpts so that you don’t have to scroll through an entire post to get to the next and I’d like to have my categories in the header. I like to take my time pondering a process, so it’s likely this will be a slow migration if I go down that path.

Photography

I also have over 15,000 photos and think that I should (and have started) start deleting the blurry ones and organizing the rest before it becomes 50,000. As a note of excitement on my part, I finally added Lightroom! That was very recent, so I haven’t played with it much. I plan to schedule in watching YouTube tutorials to work my way through its learning curve. That’s another behind the scenes thing that I’ve been working on….time management.

Maverick.

Occasionally, Maverick stops for long enough for me to snag his picture. He’s been naughty lately. Finally, after having torn up my prior calendar, eating a number of toilet paper rolls, demolishing a tape measure, and damaging (but not decommissioning) a fireplace remote, it has been decided that he must again sleep in a crate. He is not unhappy about his crate, which makes that easier. Not only was he ruining things, but we became concerned about his safety. And yes, we’ve tried picking everything up, but he always finds a random, stray thing.

During the day, he’s an angel…mostly.

Twitter.

I don’t really understand Twitter. I’m not sure that I’m willing to put in the time to learn. Mostly my posts just get automatically tweeted, but I did put out this post on Wednesday.

Anybody else with me on that one?!

 

Music.

The song I found this week is by the American electropop duo Frenship. I hope that you enjoy it!

I hope that you have an amazing weekend and a wonderful week to come!

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Let your light shine!

Amy

 

Inside the Royal Yacht Britannia

Photo Diary Inside The Royal Yacht Britannia

 

Royal Yacht Britannia.

With all this talk of Royal weddings, I thought that today we’d visit the Royal Yacht Britannia. The Royal Yacht Britannia served the Royal Family from 1954 until it was decommissioned in 1997. It traveled over 1,000,000 during that timespan. But you may already know those facts. Indeed, it’s likely that you do if you’ve toured through the Doors of the Britannia  or if you were along for the Photo Tour of the Britannia, which mainly encompassed the bridge of the yacht and the views from the yacht.

Today, we’re going inside the Royal Yacht Britannia.

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Inside the Royal Yacht Britannia.

The entrance to the Sun Lounge, is located beside the bell and binnacle that I shared in the photo tour from the the bridge. You then follow the cordoned areas along and get to view the Royal bedrooms. It’s interesting when I look back at what I actually chose to capture because I can see that I had my Thursday Door  friends in mind.

Door between Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s Bedrooms.

I was not enamored at capturing shots through glass. Interior shots are still a technical area that I am working on. Then you add glare…and oh my! However, I did love this door, with its floral parts, that was located between Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s bedrooms.

Yes. You read that right. They have separate bedrooms on the Britannia and a door adjoining the two. When I saw that I was reminded of a story that the salesman told when the hubby and I finally went mattress shopping last year. He told us that an elderly couple had recently been in to look at mattresses. The wife asked the salesman if he wanted to know the secret to a long marriage. He, of course, said “sure!”. She told him it was separate beds. Perhaps the Queen has found the secret is separate bedrooms as well.

Prince Philip’s Bedroom.

In case you are wondering, both the Queen and the Prince have twin beds. The audio tour does go into detail about the linens. Much of it was recycled from linen originally purchased by Queen Victoria and used on a prior yacht. Queen’s Elizabeth’s bedspread is floral patterned, while you can see in the above photograph that Prince Philip’s is a solid red.

I’m sure that these quarters are probably considered large, since this is a royal ship after all. I have never been on a cruise so I have seen nothing for comparison.

If you’ve ever been on a cruise ship, tell me if this room would be considered large.

Honeymoon Suite

Across from Queen Elizabeth’s and Prince Philip’s bedrooms is the Honeymoon Suite.  The Honeymoon Suite has been used for four Royal Honeymoons. It was used in 1960 by Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones. It was used again in 1973 by Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips. Then it was used in 1981 by Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Prince Charles had the double bed installed for his and Princess Diana’s honeymoon. It is the only double bed on board. The final honeymoon on the Royal Yacht Britannia was the Duke and Duchess of York in 1986.

While I chose to use the mirror to reflect the closet and to also include the dressing table, I’m so glad that my mom captured the image above. I was able to crop out the mirror so you didn’t have to stare at us.

I’d love to think that many beautiful memories were made in this space. However, with regards to the double bed being added, a letter from Princess Diana has made it seem as though that honeymoon was filled with less than beautiful memories. The letter has made it to public auction. I’m not really sure why somebody’s private thoughts are deemed necessary to be made public, but I guess that’s the downfall of  having lived in the public spotlight.

State Drawing Room.

The state drawing room was the Royal Family’s main relaxation room. Located in the drawing room is a baby grand piano. To keep it from moving in stormy seas, the piano was bolted to the floor.

Engine Room.

While I do have many photos from the quarters below deck, today I’m sharing a few from the engine room. The engine room was kept in pristine condition. In fact, according to the Royal Yacht Britannia website, the Queen was fond of the engine room and would often take guests down to see it after dinner.

Emergency Door.

I just love a good, strong door with lots of character. Don’t you? This emergency door fits the bill in the character department. Wouldn’t you agree?

Porthole.

I also love portholes and the ropes that you find on sea cruising vessels.

So here you go!

Royal Yacht Britannia’s Royal Barge.

You can also see the Royal Yacht Britannia’s Royal Barge while on the tour.

Yottie Statue.

Lastly, I wanted to share the Yottie Statue.  The Royal Yachtsman working aboard the Britannia were affectionately called “Yotties”. Commissioned by the Royal Yacht Britannia Trust, this bronze sculpture is a tribute to the Officers and Royal Yachtsmen. The “model” was Ellis “Norrie” Norrell, the longest serving Royal Yachtsman, with nearly 34 years of service.

I think that it the statue is a wonderful acknowledgment that it takes a dedicated, hardworking crew to make for “smooth sailing”.

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Let your light shine!

Amy

 

Two years of blogging on bedlam and daisies

Two Years of Blogging

Today I celebrate two years of blogging on Bedlam & Daisies.

It’s still hard for me to believe that I’ve been coming to this space and blogging for two years. I’ve been sharing my thoughts and you all have been kind enough to show up to read them and comment on them. I’ve been sharing my photography and you all have journeyed along as I began to learn a little more about the process. I have been seeking my voice and you have listened.

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Blogging.

Those facts alone never cease to amaze me. I mentioned in yesterday’s post that my niece was the one who encouraged me to go ahead and start this blog. I first considered blogging back in 2009 because my youngest was starting kindergarten. In the end, I was too fearful to put my voice out there in the public. Fast forward 7 years…and I was ready…another two years and here we are. I feel so blessed that my voice has been received amongst you all and met with kindness.

In any given moment we have two option: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety. - Abraham Maslow

Evolution.

As I approached this two year mark celebrating the birth of this blogging process, I perused some of my older posts. If you’ve never seen my first post, here it is. In it I state the fact that I’m sure the blog will evolve, just as I am evolving. I read those words through the lens of having done just that. I am reminded that one of my favorite mantras from my challenge of 30 days of meditation is “I am committed to my personal growth and evolution.” I often find myself repeating that in my mind on those occasions when I want to give up because the challenge seems to hard.

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Photography.

After my introduction, my next post was about my love of photography. I had no experience. Just a love. That love has grown over the past two years. I’ve learned a few things about capturing the beauty that my eye beholds. I still have a tremendous amount of knowledge to gain about the process, but when I reflect back to two years ago, I can see that I am moving forward. This was a helpful recognition because I still struggle with comparison. Struggles around the loss of Instagram followers. Struggles around the fact that my skills aren’t growing as quickly as others. Reflecting helps me stop and realize that this is a personal journey. I am not everyone else. My growth may be slow, but it is growth and that is good.

The hardest step she ever took was to blindly trust in who she was. -Atticus

Comfort Zones.

A big part of creating the blog was to force myself outside of my comfort zones. Placing my words out into the public was one of those beginning stretches. I had so much anxiety and fear over that process that after I hit publish, I went into the shower and cried. And yet, as I reflected on the journey in this post written at the end of 2016, I see that pressing outside of my comfort zones was exactly what I needed. That journey of testing comfort zones was the catalyst for having me finally secure a passport and decide to travel outside of the United States.

It’s still amazing to me that receiving my passport was a recent highlight that I spoke about on my celebration of one year of blogging. 2017 would see me traveling to Amsterdam and Paris with my husband and children. Six weeks later I would travel to Edinburgh and Glasgow (and stops in Stirling, Shotts, and Airdrie) with my mother and aunt. While I only took two trips, I am eager for more and found a love for travel.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr "A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions"

Going Forward.

I remember talking in this post about how I was a work in progress. Truly, I am still a work in progress. In that post, I mentioned 2016 being a year of seeking clarity and saw 2017 as a year of becoming more focused and disciplined. Honestly, I see 2018 as a mix of those both. I am still seeking my passions and discovering my voice. Part of the goal of my 30 day challenges during this year of being 40 is to continue to find who I am below the expectations placed upon me. Going forward, I plan to do more seeking. I plan to continue to press outside of my comfort zones.

And going forward, I plan to evolve.

Thank you so much for joining me on this journey. I hope that you will continue on with me in the coming year.

I’d also love to know what topics you most enjoy on my blog! Be sure to let me know in the comments! As I continue to tweak the layout of the blog, I want to be sure that you are hearing about the topics that drew you to my blog.

Sending all you much love and light on my second blogiversary!

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Let your light shine!

Amy

 

 

 

Forging through life's curveballs

Forging Through Life’s Curveballs

 

Forging Ahead Through Life’s Curveballs.

Sometimes life is messy. Sometimes you’re cruising along and think that life is wonderful and you are following the path that you were called to follow…then life throws you a curveball. What can you do when this happens? There is only one thing to do. Keep forging ahead through life’s curveballs.

I have dealt with many of life’s curveballs during my 40 years on this planet. But this story is not about me. I don’t often share other people’s stories, but am making an exception because the woman behind the story is my niece. And also because she has publicly spoken about parts of her story.

My niece, Azalea, amongst the many hats that she wears, is a vlogger on YouTube at Way Crunchy. Like me, her online journey has shifted over time. She originally wrote on a blog.

She is the person who helped encourage me to move past my fears of rejection and start this blog. Also, like me, she considers her role as a mother to be one of her most precious jobs.

Divorce.

About 5 months ago, life threw her a curveball. Divorce. It was not how she saw her life going, but it was the new reality. She did share on her Instastories that she was going through some heavy stuff, but it wasn’t until her YouTube video last month that she was prepared to share that she had spent the past 5 months as a single mom. I had been aware of this before she was ready to share it publicly and my heart hurt for her. Watching the YouTube of her announcing it made me ache with sadness for her again.

I have no experience in single motherhood. I do know that the two times that my husband traveled ahead of us to begin new jobs, the time on my own was hard.  Raising children is hard. I have had plenty of hard moments in raising teenagers. She does have a support system, but that doesn’t make the journey easy. She was a stay-at-home mom for the most part and suddenly found her life being upheaved.

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Another Curveball.

Even though life kept throwing her curveballs, she kept up her spirits and kept forging ahead. I’m sure she had her moments… who wouldn’t? Then life decided to throw her another curveball. Her vehicle died…needed the engine replaced and wasn’t worth the repair. She felt like that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. That no matter what she did, things kept going wrong. A friend of hers set up a go fund me to help with the car situation. This is her most recent YouTube video.

I’m sure that her stress is exacerbated by the fact that her daughter will soon be going through some major medical things. As a mother, I know that alone is enough to make the waters rise and threaten to engulf you. When you add all the other things that she is going through, I can’t begin to fathom the overwhelm.

Learned lessons.

However, I did recently speak with her and while I’m sure she would never have wanted to walk this journey, she has been able to reflect and find learned lessons. One of the lessons that she mentions in the video is learning to accept help. This resonated deeply with me because I am so reluctant to accept help. In this realization, she became open to possibilities she wouldn’t have considered. Being open to accepting help is why she asked that her YouTube video be shared. If you have a media channel that you’d like to share it on, please do.

It’s important that we share our experiences with other people. Your story will heal you and your story will heal somebody else. When you tell your story, you free yourself and give other people permission to acknowledge their own story. -Iyanla Vanzant

I admire the strength that she continues to show as she walks along this new journey of single parenting.

I have do doubt that all of the lessons learned will be very helpful as she continues her journey as a phoenix rising from the ashes.

Have you ever been thrown one of life’s curveballs? Did you find strength that you didn’t know you had as you forged through the curveball? Do you had advice for navigating life’s curveballs?

Let your light shine!

Amy

Friday Faves Edition 47

Friday Faves Edition 47

 

Friday Faves. Edition 47.

Another Friday and the first one of the new year! On Wednesday, I shared some of the lessons that I learned during the Gratitude Challenge. I found it so helpful to take the time to focus each day on what I was grateful for. I am reminded of how grateful I am for those of you who come by each week to check out my Friday Faves.

I hope that you all have had an amazing beginning to 2018.

Cold Weather.

My teenagers did not go back to school until the 3rd…and school was cancelled today due to this cold weather with dangerously low temperatures.

If you’ve been watching news of the United States, then you might be aware of the bomb cyclone over the East Coast. I have relatives in central and upper Florida that got snow! Snow in Florida!! I lived in South Florida for my first 36 years of life and never saw more than frost (our pipes froze in the winter of 1988. This is seared into my memory because I had chicken pox and my mom had to heat water on the stove).

I do realize that some places have school when it is much colder, but I think each city makes its judgement on the norm for their locale. Having children walk to bus stops and wait in coldness without owning clothing in preparation for that kind of temperature increases a danger of hypothermia. While my teens are lucky enough to have me available to get them where they need to go, not every family has that luxury.

Needless to say, I haven’t returned to a normal routine.

But I do have some faves to share this Friday!

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Bath Bombs.

One of the gifts that I got for Miss Sunshine was a set of bath bombs. She had been asking for some every time we saw them.

A few weeks ago,I mentioned in my Friday Faves that I am trying to move toward greener, cleaner living. In fact, that’s something I’m steadily making strides in and is its own future post. I’ve always been pretty particular about what products Miss Sunshine uses. Believe it or not, her skin is more sensitive than mine. While I’ve always checked to be sure her soaps are paraben free, I haven’t read most of the ingredients much closer. In looking at bath bombs, I was appalled by the amount containing artificial dye. I’m not a huge fan of ingesting dyes (my kids rarely drank colorful drinks) and I don’t think soaking it in with you skin being your largest organ makes too much sense either.

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Beauty by Earth.

After scouring Amazon, I found these Beauty by Earth bath bombs. I like that they listed all of their ingredients. In fact, the information says their product line is gluten-free, non-GMO, and mostly vegan. The company was formed by two families looking for safe, natural products to use and are made in the USA.

As you can see, Miss Sunshine already put one of them to use.

Also, I’ve linked the product for your information only. I’m not an Amazon Affiliate.

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Columbia Gloves.

I can’t find gloves to fit my hands…like, ever. The hubby tries every year to purchase some for me and they NEVER fit. Finally…as I head into my 5th Virginia winter…he has found success. Let me just start by saying, gloves are apparently like all clothing. There isn’t any consistency to sizing. It’s just trial and error. I have very long fingers and can’t stand a glove that doesn’t come down all the way. I’m also guessing I have a wide span. I want to be able to move my opposable thumb and not feel constricted in the palm. These Columbia gloves actually fit! And in case you’re wondering…I took an Extra Large in Women’s.

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Marmot Gloves.

Now I’ve been able to find some thinner gloves that fit, but the biggest struggle has been a set of thick gloves. In the past, I’ve taken to layering thin gloves. This still didn’t help enough with the cold weather. The ones the hubby got me did not fit this year either… BUT…we went to the sporting goods store to try them all on and I found success. Not perfect success because the palm is a little big, but enough success to claim victory! These Marmot gloves were hanging in the men’s section and are an XL, so I’m guessing they may run a little small. While I do have big hands, both of my teenage sons have hands larger than mine.

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Pecksniff candle.

I popped into TJMaxx the other day and while I was checking out, I was looking through the items lining the checkout line. A candle with a “Made In England” tag on the lid caught my eye. When I saw that it was Pecksniff, I suspected that it would smell wonderful. The hotel we stayed at in Edinburgh carried Pecksniff toiletries in the bathroom. I fell in love with the Calm hand and body moisturizer, so much so that I absconded with my mother’s and aunts and brought them home to use and savor each time I apply it. The Pecksniff candle scent is bamboo & vetiver, so it doesn’t smell like the calm lotion, but it still smells wonderful.

 

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Bath Bomb Relaxing Collection.

You didn’t think that when I bought bath bombs for Miss Sunshine that I wouldn’t buy any for myself did you?!  For myself, I purchased the Bath Bomb Relaxing Collection,which was a 2 pc set instead of 6. The size of the bath bombs in this set are about the size of a tennis ball and the 6 pc set is only slightly smaller. This set came with Keep Calm and No Stress vanhazelnutty.

Since January 1st was a full moon (a supermoon even!), I decided to take a full moon ritual bath. I don’t know why I always feel like I need a justifiable reason to soak in the tub, but I do. Moving beyond that need is part of my self-care growth process, but I’m not there yet. I’ve read about water rituals on full moons. I didn’t really follow any. I just lit the candles around my tub (including my Pecksniff candle), put on some music, dropped in the Keep Calm bath bomb, and then thought about what I wanted to release from last year and what I wanted to carry into next year.

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Clean Eating.

Part of what I’m carrying into this year is trying eat better. I don’t know if the term clean eating is the best term, but I do want to eat less processed foods. I am on day 5 of the January Challenge of eating vegetarian. Originally, I planned to cut out dairy and gluten for the first two weeks as well. My husband laughs at me because he says that I always try to take everything as far as I can. As it turned out, I didn’t eat any eggs either, thereby, being effectively vegan so far. However, I’m finally catching up with a girlfriend tomorrow over breakfast. Since the ultimate challenge is vegetarian, I will be focusing on enjoying my time with my friend more than being concerned about eggs, dairy, and gluten.

We recently got an Earth Fare grocery store. The grocery store only carries foods that fit their food philosophy. This philosophy involves the banning of certain ingredients from their shelves. I found fresh ground Almond Butter when I visited Earth Fare. I love that there aren’t all types of preservatives and almond butter is one of my daily sources of protein.

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Kate Spade Agenda.

One of pitfalls of owning a puppy is that they like to eat your stuff. As cute as Maverick is, in this department, he is no exception. I left my little pocket calendar on the coffee table and found it strewn throughout the house the next morning. I’d been wanting a larger desk-sized agenda so I can keep track of my daily schedule (instead of just calendar appointments) as well. I needed to replace it rather quickly so I popped over to TJMaxx to see what they had.The first agenda that my eyes fell upon was this Kate Spade Agenda. The agenda had the setup I was looking for. I will point out that the downfall to spiral bound things is that it creates some awkwardness for us left-handed people. However, I’ve been living in a predominately right-handed world for 40 years, so I’m quite adept at being adaptable.

While I didn’t include the front cover, it has a silhouette of a woman looking through the telescope at the stars. I’ve always found the stars to be fascinating. I used to lay out upon the grass and star up into the night sky, pondering the enormity and mystery of it all.

I thought that the drawing summed up where I see my journey for 2018.

Growing beyond my boundaries.

Finding who I have always been.


Native – Oceans

The song choice this week came up on my recommended YouTube videos. I am from the ocean, so the words drew me in. I tried to find a background to share about the musician. He shares the links to his other media channels on the video. If his hashtags on his Instagram are any indication, then he is Swiss, but don’t quote me on that.

I hope that you all have a glorious weekend and that the week ahead brings you many moments of joy.

 

Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you should have always been. - David Bowie

Let your light shine!

Amy