Leaves are an indicator that seasons are changing and can symbolize vitality. Even though they appeal to the eye they can also be hazardous, especially when wet. Leaves can also choke the life out of things that are trying to thrive (swipe left) but a little bit of spring cleaning can remove the clutter and barriers to abundant living. Just because something or someone “presents” as the best version of themselves or the answer to what you are looking for, remember a little excavating can determine if there is a strong foundation.
By definition a work in progress is an unfinished project that is still being added to or developed.For the second Spring season I have been nurturing my gardening skills As a beginner, I planted annuals literally thinking I had to “do the job” once and they would grow back every year. I was mistaken and only enjoyed the fruit of my labor for a season. This year I was advised by family members with a green thumb that perennials, or flowers that live more than two years are the best flowers to plant and will give you a return on your investment. From the natural eye or the outside, a person, place or thing may seem to be thriving, “overnight” but the proof is not what is on display it is in the root. Being able to tell the difference is the key to fully cultivating the finished product; you.
During my initial undergraduate studies, I pivoted from majoring in Pre-Dental to English Creative Writing (because 10 years was too long but keep reading). I sat in one of my English classes listening to Junot Diaz as he read from the pages of his own work (Drown), his real life story coming to life right off of the page. At that moment, I saw each scene vividly as if I was a bystander and wanted to know, how could I captivate an audience in the same way.
I briefly shared that I recently got out of a relationship (the one that inspired The Love Quest Foundation) and wanted to write a non fiction piece about it too. Junot told me I WAS TOO CLOSE to the situation and needed more time to reflect on the story, for at least five years.
Twenty plus years later (twice the amount of time to be a dentist), I think I am ready to captivate and inspire an audience the same way he did. Too close can mean a variety of things: a situation can be staring you right in the face, you don’t have room to breath, you can be smothered to the point you are not safe and/or you can be at the brink of a pivot that can be a matter of life and death. If you have to take one step at a time or take a leap of faith, whatever you do don’t DROWN, there is always someone to save you or a resource to get you to the other side, even if everything feels too close…
Two songs written and performed by BHS Music students during the 2019 Alumni Songwriters Bootcamp, will be performed live at the 2020, Annual Beacon Rising Women’s Concert fundraiser at the Town Crier, Saturday, February 8 @1:00 pm. Partial proceeds will go toward TheLove Quest Foundation in preparation for next years, Alumni Songwriters Bootcamp. You can purchase tickets here:
The Love Quest Foundation’s 2020 Annual Take Back the Night Benefit EP will be available for purchase at the annual, Hudson Valley Women in Corrections and Community Supervision Training Day. You can show your support in the vendor section and take a picture on the purple carpet. Proceeds benefit our Alumni Songwriters Bootcamp and our other programs that prepare our future alumni on the journey, called #TheLoveQuest.
The Love Quest EP will be featured in the vendor area of the Hudson Valley Women in Corrections and Community Supervision (HVWICCS) on 3/14/19 along with signature items from SOUL Makeover Candles and Mynk Beauty.