Hey, friends! It's been a while, huh? I thought I'd give you a recap on what's happened in my life in the last threeish months. Here's the basic breakdown (reflection to follow):
July: I stayed insanely busy, but managed to squeeze in a trip to Nashville for some pro mentoring at NSAI! It was a great experience, and I got to play some impromptu music with Mark Addison Chandler (look him up) at a neat little Cajun cafe. I'm starting to get the itch to head out that way again, but it'll have to wait a bit longer because...
August: I got engaged to my musical partner and soon-to-be life partner Zack Harding two days before I started grad school (Cue fanfare, confetti, and general jollity)! If you want to be busy, try working full-time, being a full-time grad student, AND planning your wedding. I'll most likely not write too much more about my wedding here as I would like to keep it private. But I will say that I'm super excited and I'm marrying a good 'un. ;)
September: Well, as you can imagine, being that busy was taking a toll so I had to quit my full-time job. Yes, this was absolutely scary, and unfortunately it was necessary. I worked for a great company and awesome people, but my work and my school performance was on the decline. But new opportunities are coming this way, and I'm very excited. Stay tuned for more show dates!
With all that being said I figure now is a good time to come out of the closet and admit that I have an autoimmune disease. I'm now being tested for several, including lupus and RA, as well as some other potential health issue. The last few months have been quite difficult in terms of my physical health. I'm not debilitated by my disease, but it certainly can interfere with my lire. For example, I have joint pain daily. It literally never goes away. I'm 23. And I'll admit it sucks that it sometimes keeps me from being able to play guitar.
Yes, I push through and do my best at everything I can, and I intend to continue doing that. But I have to it differently than I used to if I'm ever going to feel better physically. I've had to give myself some permissions lately-- permission to rest, permission to say no, permission to accept help. And you know what? That's all great! We aren't meant to operate alone or to operate all the time. We need rest and we need help.
This is not my best piece of writing. It's random and kind of sporadic, but I'm okay with that. I hope you got something out of this, reader friend. Thanks for listening.