ZERO OBLIGATION

A few months ago, I felt the desire to wake up in the middle of nature on my birthday…

So, I decided I'd go glamping.  Yes, I love Mother Nature. But this sassy jazz diva needs a few creature comforts!  With pink champagne and a few slices of Torta de la Nonna packed away in a cooler, I set out for Pioneertown!

Destination… Cultus Camp, a secluded AirBnB nestled in the midst of joshua trees with rolling hills and blue sky as it’s border.  No cell phone coverage, no internet, just Mother Nature and… 

Lots of music at Pappy & Harriet’s.  I can’t be cut off from music…that’s my happy place!

And, the cherry on top was catching Jonathan Karrant’s show at the Purple Room inPalm Springs.  Masterful, touching, and humorous, his style sends me back to the hey day of lounge acts.

Now back to glamping…

It was daunting, going on my own.  That first night, coming back to camp and finding it engulfed in a black night punctuated only by a blanket of stars floating in the sky, scenes from all those psychological thrillers I’ve seen flashed across my mind!

The next morning, opening the tent and being greeted by a deep blue sky, the desert landscape, and a welcome breeze, a smile landed on my lips.  I breathed in the dry air and knew that being there on my own was the perfect scenario.

It’s funny...  when I listen to my gut, regardless of nay-saying voices in my head or from friends, the experiences I create fit like a glove and offer unexpected gifts…

The gift my birthday weekend held for me was the experience of zero obligation.  With nobody to meet, no appointments to keep, I tasted a slice of life I was unfamiliar with.

Initiated by compassion, obligation slips quietly into my life.  And without warning, it morphs and becomes more a function of another person’s needs while I disregard my own.

Thanks to my intuition I now have a template of how it feels to follow my own path.  And on the other side of my bday, I’m choosing to find more balance in my life by listening to my inner voice… a wise ally I’m learning to trust blindly.

And since nothing happens in a bubble, my journey to creating my EP is offering many an opportunity fo follow my inner voice.  It’s piping up and I’m practicing listening more because I understand this…

My artistic choices will only ring true to me, and you, if I have the guts to do what sometimes feel uncomfortable.

Oh boy!!! This is going to be interesting!