Hanging out, singers and meditation apps

Opera Nuova with Kim Barber, me, Kathy Gable, Sally Dibblee, Laura Lowen, and Donna Fletcher.

Opera Nuova with Kim Barber, me, Kathy Gable, Sally Dibblee, Laura Lowen, and Donna Fletcher.

May and June and Opera Nuova

I thought last year it was time for me to write a book highlighting the life coaching tools I’ve honed for young singers. Working as a voice teacher and life coach at Opera Nuova this year really convinced me it is time.  The singers were an amazing group of young artists who came ready to explore and grow.  And as always, when you teach, you learn and grow right along with them.  The classes and private sessions reminded me of many things.  First off, how important it is that every artist take the time to know themselves.  Without that ground, it is impossible to give freely in performance.   That more often than not, we aim low and hit, rather than aim high and miss.  We are so allergic to disappointment that we stop before we start.  Remember, in creating a SMART goal, the R and the T are for Resonant and Thrilling. Never settle for less.  It’s your life, and it is here to be lived!

June and me and Hanging Out on CBC Radio One

I had a great time creating a little piece for NXNW on CBC Radio One about the lost art of hanging out (at

I discover hanging out at its finest at Dude Chilling Park in Vancouver.

I discover hanging out at its finest at Dude Chilling Park in Vancouver.

10’12” on the July 19th episode)  I interviewed ‘experts’ of all ages and even a Professor of Psychology from the University of Victoria.  Those who do it successfully allow there to be time to just be. With no doing. Nothing to achieve. It can be done alone, or with someone, but the key is space.  Nature seems to be popular, swinging in parks too.  For me, my favourite way to hang out is in my backyard, just watching the squirrels fight and the sun set.

 

July and August on the East Coast

I’m in St. Andrews right now coaching in the art of creative living with the young artists in the opera program.   So far, St. Andrews has been hot, cold and foggy.  All in a 24 hour period.  The first day of coaching has been filled with goal setting and chasing into the light those dark voices of the inner critic.  another week to enjoy here.  A lobster roll must be in my future!

Listen for me coming up this fall season on Tapestry on CBC Radio One

On one of the meditation apps I tried, I got a this sticker for 3"  of sitting!

On one of the meditation apps I tried, I got a this sticker for 3″ of sitting!

I’m in the process of mixing a personal essay I wrote for Tapestry.  In it I share my difficult journey in listing our house for sale this summer and how employing meditation apps for support work for me.  It will air later this fall.  Date to be announced.

 

That’s is for now, all that’s left this summer is a long weekend of vacation in Vancouver.  Vacation? That’s long overdue.  See you in September!

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