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The courage of showing up

The courage of showing up

You’ve heard of FOMO, right? The fear of missing out? It’s a real thing — countless therapists have penned articles on how to conquer the stress that “FOMO anxiety” brings and it has even made its way into the Oxford English Dictionary. But here’s the thing: I’m not...

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Why Success Isn’t a Dirty Word

Why Success Isn’t a Dirty Word

Are you afraid of success? I’ve come to realize that I was — absolutely. And I don’t think I’m the only one. Admittedly, we can’t all be millionaires, we’re not all cut out to be brain surgeons, or to have a thriving Broadway career. But … for many of us, there are...

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Embrace the competition, because abundance has no limits!

Embrace the competition, because abundance has no limits!

Imagine with me for a minute that you’re looking at your favorite painting, one that makes your eyes light up every time you see it. Or think about your favorite poem –– the one that speaks to your heart and brings the world into complete focus whenever you read it....

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What Music Can Teach You About New Year’s Resolutions

What Music Can Teach You About New Year’s Resolutions

Hands up if you’ve ever set a New Year’s resolution and failed by February 1st. Let me guess … I’m looking at a sea of hands right now? Don’t worry; my own hand is up there too, waving along with the rest of you. And while we often have a tendendcy to blame ourselves...

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Singing At the Edge, Music At the Heart

Singing At the Edge, Music At the Heart

People randomly burst into song in front of the fireplace, others wander through the garden humming a tune, friends harmonize in line for the buffet, guests serenade you at the dinner table. You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d wandered onto the set of a 1940s MGM...

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Vocal Improvisation: the unexpected antidote to a crazy world?

Vocal Improvisation: the unexpected antidote to a crazy world?

I imagine all previous generations have had similar thoughts, but we really are living in a crazy world, going through crazy times. We could despair, shake our heads, and lose hope. But I see hope all around us and nowhere is it more obvious than when I’m taking part...

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How to use music to find connection in a disconnected world

How to use music to find connection in a disconnected world

You’ve probably noticed we live in a culture of busyness — we judge and are judged by our productivity, our “hustle”, our packed schedules. The busier we are, the more successful we must be, right? Not that this is necessarily a problem. Having purpose and working...

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Folk music: food for the soul, food for society.

Folk music: food for the soul, food for society.

It’s no secret that one of the things I love most about music is its inherent power to change how we feel. It brings us joy when the world is dark, it brings us connection when we feel alone, it brings us confidence when we feel doubt. We’ve all felt the changes a...

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