A Brief Hiatus, and What I Want to Tell You, But Can’t.

To you, my readers, I return.

I haven’t taken this break unintentionally.

Far from it, in fact.

I have been incredibly busy performing as Adriana in Comedy of Errors for all of July, but that’s not what has been keeping me away. Busyness is (generally) an excuse. I find time for what I deem important.
Incense and Sounds is important, incredibly important to me, because I view it as an outpouring of a lifestyle. My lifestyle. A place where free spirits reign.

But I digress. The reason I have been away is because…

I have a secret.

(commence oooing and ahhhhing)

And just like my doppelgänger Lily, from How I Met Your Mother, it is very hard for me to keep a secret. Like ever. Like I wanna type everything out right now and my hand is about to gahhhhhhhh a;lksdif&*$(ksdjf;lak@#(*&c;elre!!!

You see my point? (Also, yes, I did use the word “doppelgänger”.)

There will be a time when I will divulge said “secret”, yet now is not that time. Which is like bringing a kid into a toy store and saying, “You can look, but don’t touch.”

Anticipation is half the fun though, right? 😉



Yep, I’m Jess From New Girl.

I have always been a rather…. strange person.

Now, I like the person I am, don’t get me wrong. However being weirdly introverted isn’t always a great thing. I’ve had friends invite me out for drinks and instead of saying, “Sure, I’d love to!” I’d make an excuse and stay home to watch New Girl. (Which is like watching my life. I am the awkward, quirky Jess, of course.)

I am perfectly content just chilling at home with my husband. We don’t have any kids yet, (I say ‘yet’ because he wants five of them. I then start coughing, and suggest three.) and so its quite easy for me to just have a quiet date night whenever our schedules allow. This brings me to the topic of THE BOX.

I have a beautiful little box I have created for myself. It’s wonderfully comfortable, with lava lamps, and hippies who dance under the moon. In fact, it’s spacious enough for a couple of cool cats to join me on occasion. Somehow, by the grace of God, I have found myself out of that lovely box lately. A couple of days ago, I would’ve said, “I am a singer, and have not found any way to sing in over two years!” and then it donned on me.

“I am a singer, and I have the power to make this happen.”

And so, I gingerly dipped my toes into the proverbial pool of creativity. The proverbial fish apparently nibbled on my proverbial toes, because here I am with an audition coming up, a blog with readers I love, and creativity is oozing out of my every orifice. (Ok, ew. Oriface? Gross word in general.)

The point I’m trying to make is this:

You have the power to change your life.

My best friend Amanda helped me to learn this by starting her own store. She’s passionate about simple, minimalist living and believes it can be applied to every aspect of ones’ life. So what did she do? She quit her office job. She decided that the idea that we work our entire lives at a job we hate is ludicrous  and she chose to be fearless. She dedicated her life to helping others, and created http://www.tshirtsntwine.com. (Check out her site, her craft is incredible!) I have never seen her happier and more full of life since she did this. Why don’t we all do this? Because we get caught up in the lie that says we are powerless. That things just…. happen to us. Sure, we see inspiring people like Amanda and really admire that they had the courage to take a leap of faith, but certainly we could never do the same…. LIES. What are you passionate about? What brings you joy? What have you never dared to do because it’s just too stinkin’ scary?

Do that thing.

Are you really living if you don’t?

Peace and Love!