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I don't know about you, but for me, being in nature, whether it's the ocean or the mountains, brings me so much joy! I feel better when I am hiking, walking the beach or exploring new places. It feeds my soul. If I go even a couple of days without connecting to nature, I start to feel anxious. The same is true when I take breaks from singing. Having been a singer for many years, (really all my life), I get the same feeling I do from being in nature... it's natural, nurturing, and where my spirit feels 100% aligned.
When I was first diagnosed with Breast Cancer in January of 2014, I was singing with Danny Click and the Hell Yeah's, a killer, original Americana band based in Marin County, CA. I LOVE this band. I was singing with people I had known for many years, and loving the songs Danny wrote. Our voices sounded amazing together and singing backing vocals on his songs with my other long-time dear friend Don Bassey, was definitely a highlight of my career.
When you get a diagnosis such as Breast Cancer, life comes into sharp focus. For me, it was both a blessing and one of the worst experiences medically I have ever had. Suffice it to say, I learned A LOT, and would do things a little differently now. When you know better, you do better. That said, I did pretty damn well all things considered.
I took a break while in treatment from performing. The first break in many years. And initially it felt good to focus on my healing and to allow my body to recover. I returned to performing only a week after my final round of chemo, bald head covered in a beautiful scarf, signing at one of Rancho Nicasio's famous BBQ gigs in August of 2015 with Danny Click and the Hell Yeah's. I was excited, and also curious if I would have my voice. Turns out I did. I was touched by everyone's love and support, but I wasn't ready to return to gigging full time. As I recall, I did a few gigs here and there before I decided to take a break altogether. I wanted to spend the time I would have been gigging with my young Daughter, time I would never get back. I am so glad that I made that choice.
In October of that same year, 2015, I performed for one of my all time favorite charities "Wine Women and Song", Founded by my dear friend Susan Zelinksy, to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer. I have been performing with WW&S since 2009. This year will be their 20th!
I also performed for another local Breast Cancer organization "To Celebrate Life" in 2015. Both of those events were near and dear to my heart, and reminded me of why I loved singing in the first place, to connect soul to soul, to be of service, to have that special connection to the divine. Throughout my career, I have performed for charities and non-profits such as Bread and Roses, The Narada Michael Walden Foundation and more.
In December of 2016, I had a recurrence of Breast Cancer and again, had to put life on hold to heal from yet another surgery. This time however, I did not do any other treatment. 2017 Was a big year for healing and for re-grouping. I joined a fabulous on-line community of women called "Origin" founded and created by Kate Northrup, who developed this business to support women who are entrepreneurs and mothers. I don't know where I would be without Origin. It gave me the tools and the spark I needed to start fresh, and focus my energies on my business as a vocal coach. I have been teaching voice for ten years, and have been blessed to have a music studio and amazing students, all by referral and word of mouth. I have a desire to offer more than private voice lessons, so I joined Marie Forleo's B-School on 2/26/18, Twenty five years to the day I took my "leap of faith" moving from Maine to California! Time yet again to re-ignite, create, and SHINE!
I look forward to the unfolding, the discovery, creativity, and yes, the work. Change requires focus, discipline and consistency. I have been self-employed for nearly all of the 25 years I have lived here in the Bay Area, and I am ready to ramp things up to create more of what makes my soul leap with joy!!
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What are you passionate about? What have you taken a break from, or are excited about creating this year. Email me at Lynn.firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you.
Shine on you crazy diamond!