Kristin Martz stated, “We lose ourselves in the things we love. We find ourselves there, too.”

Inspiration exists all around us. How we find and connect to these euphoric experiences is uniquely different. For me, I find great comfort in movies, books and connecting with family and friends. However, hands down, music is the one activity that energizes my spirit the most. It doesn’t matter the genre, just hearing a musician’s lyrics, the strum of a guitar or the stroke of a keyboard and my mood shifts like the snap of a finger. It’s my great escape. Music has the ability to silence the world and my worries.

When I get inspired by something, be it a new song or an uplifting lyric, I feel the need to share it. Below is my first playlist, titled, Not My Buddy. Every song has helped me heal at various stages of my five year journey. I hope it can do the same for you. So, turn up the volume, close your eyes and let the music take over!


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Music On ~ World Off


 Days Like This by Van Morrison

When Words Fail ~ Music Speaks


 Lift Me Up by Kate Voegele

Music nourishes the soul and inspires dreams!


If You’re Out There by John Legend

That moment when you hear a song and every word describes your world perfectly!


 The Awakening by James Morrison

Music is the voice of the soul!


Lose Yourself by Eminem







Parenting & Perfection








I love books that inspire me. However, true stories are my Achilles heel. I find myself consumed, mesmerized and awe-inspired when an author combines my two favorite crafts of writing successfully: the right amount of narrative vs. dialogue as if I am a fly on the wall during each scene, and a willingness to expose their deepest self to the world, believing their own scars are mere stepping stones for their readers’ wounds to heal. While my list could go on forever, I chose only twelve books. The quotes in each are as powerful as the next. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough space for every time I reread a sentence or paragraph because it was THAT profound. May these bring a little incite into your life as they have done for me.


“The true hero is flawed. The true test of a champion is not whether he can triumph, but whether he can overcome obstacles – preferably of his own making – in order to triumph.”


“I feel like a newly discharged soldier, a kid who was drafted suddenly and shown things she can’t forget and then paraded around town on the back of a shiny convertible waving to the crowd of admirers who don’t know the half of it. I wear the uniform, I show my scars, I nod through the hero talk. Other vets repel me, and then, just as regularly, they fortify me. Among them I am completely real, not a cancer ambassador, not a patient representative, not “an inspiration.”


“This tug-of-war often obscures what’s also happening between us. I am your mother, the first mile of your road. Me and all my obvious and hidden limitations. That means that in addition to possibly wrecking you, I have the chance to give to you what was given to me: a decent childhood, more good memories than bad, some values, a sense of tribe, a run at happiness. You can’t imagine how seriously I take that – even as I fail you. Mothering you is the first thing of consequence that I have ever done.”


“A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. Status symbol means nothing to him. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his. It was really quite simple, and yet we humans, so much wiser and more sophisticated, have always had trouble figuring out what really counts and what does not. As I wrote that farewell column to Marley, I realized it was all right there in front of us, if only we opened our eyes. Sometimes it took a dog with bad breath, worse manners, and pure intentions to help us see.”


“Having a great narrator is like having a great friend whose company you love, whose mind you love to pick, whose running commentary totally holds your attention, who makes you laugh out loud, whose lines you always want to steal. When you have a friend like this, she can say, “Hey, I’ve got to drive up to the dump in Petaluma–wanna come along?” and you honestly can’t think of anything in the world you’d rather do.”


“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.”


“We must assume every event has significance and contains a message that pertains to our questions. This especially applies to what we used to call bad things. The challenge is to find the silver lining in every event, no matter how negative.”


“It’s something I call an invisible thread. It is, as the old Chinese proverb tells us, something that connects two people who are destined to meet, regardless of time and place and circumstance. Some legends call it the red string of fate; others, the thread of destiny.”


“You make some big grandoise decision about what you need to do, or who you need to be, and then circumstances arise that immediately reveal to you how little you understood about yourself.”


“There is only one way to learn. It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.”


“You don’t need to control emotion,” he said. “Emotions are natural, like passing weather. Sometimes it’s fear, sometimes sorrow or anger. Emotions are not the problem. The key is to transform the energy of emotion into constructive action.”


“To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real is perhaps the greatest single act of daring greatly.”