Oh yah mamas and papas.
There is dancing at my desk at this very minute.
iTunes shuffle uncovered a little forgotten gem that I now have on repeat, repeat, REPEAT.
*uninhibited desk dancing*
Mmm Mmm funky.
*she dances some more*
Stop reading... go get it.
The whole album.
*she kicks her heels off and gets crazy*
I'm thankful for laughter.
Nothing feels better than a good belly laugh. Or a baby laughing. Or laughing with someone.
I would laugh all day if I could. Even better, if I could make others laugh all day, I would.
The best part about laughter? It doesn't cost a thing and it gives so much.
On those days when laughter seems a long ways away, we've all got those people who know just what to do. One of my favorite memories from this past year, was Denice and I reading the DamnYouAutocorrect text bubbles out loud as conversation over the phone. I was sick of talking about all my crap... sick of everything... and she said, "Let's go look at DYAC." We proceeded to spend two hours laughing our asses off. (Thank you, Denice.)
Seriously, try it. You won't regret it.
Today, I'm thankful for laughter.
He will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. (Job 8:21 NLT)
Thankful for Nashville.12 years... plus infinity. That's how long I'll be here.
In Nashville, I've pursued two careers.
During the day, I get to help come up with solutions for my clients that move the needle forward. I get to work with teams of incredibly talented people who have a passion for marketing and serving. I'm just home from a meeting in Memphis where we're getting to make plans to move things forward. Strategically. It jacks me up. I hope I get to do this for a long long time. Not only does it afford me the life I lead, but it really helps me know that the last 25 years of my day gig career, I've learned a ton and have the experience to contribute in a way that will help propel things forward... I'm serving and making things happen. By the grace of God, I'm able to make a difference.
Musically, I've found myself in Nashville. From songwriting, to playing guitar, to sessions, to performing, to evolving as a BGV singer, to meeting some of the most incredible people and friends... I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. By the grace of God, I am here... fulfilling all my dreams.
Day and night.
No matter what personal issues I'm working through, my career, music and amazing friends get me through. I'm a comin' out of the fog peeps... and it is good. Thank you for helping me live my dreams. No regrets.
Can't Nobody but God + more Jeanne vids...
AND, there's more to come. Music City is the place where I continue to evolve into myself and have found my voice. This chapter is just the next step....
Nashville is where I was meant to be. I hope I take my last breath here... among the good souls I've met, among the music that is in my soul.
Today, I'm thankful for Music City.
1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT
"That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”"
I'm thankful for the one and only Tank Petersen.
He's smart. He's funny. He thinks I'm the bomb dot com.
And, well, I think he is, too.
Tank's a little ham and provides hours of entertaining distraction with his antics. So many tricks and commands in his arsenal. "Sit." "Lay down." "Wait." "Ok." Those are the staples. He flips treats off his nose and catches them. He also plays dead if I point and shoot him with my finger, catches a frisbee like a badass (and pretty much anything I throw his way). When he gets in trouble, all I have to say is "go to your mat" and he goes. Stays there until I say, "OK". He even rings a jingle bell hanging on the front door knob to let me know when he wants to go outside. When we go for walks, he heels on command and doesn't drag me all over the place. And, if I even say the word "ride" he goes out of his mind with excitement... He'll do anything for a ride in the car. Most of the time I have to spell it out to minimize the length of flippage. "Walk" in any context gets the same reaction.
|Tanky Livn' Large @ the dog park|
Tank is also my protector... my built in security guard. I defy anyone to not be a little scared of his bark. It's loud, assertive and I have no doubt he's freaked more than one visitor out. Sorry, peeps. But, I don't mind that he's that way. Tanky would totally have my back if anyone tried to bust in the house or hurt me. I'm okay with the occasional delivery person or maintenance person feeling a little uncomfortable. When I had my house alarm worked on last fall, the alarm dude said, "With him... you don't need an alarm." Pretty comforting.
If only they knew that he becomes a furry earthquake at the hint of a thunderstorm. He's chill most of the time... until someone comes to the door. Tanky loves loves loves visitors. (Thank you friends who've had to work around the first 5 minutes of arriving here... and the obnoxious jealous bark that erupts if we hug goodbye.)
Not gonna lie, sometimes the responsibility of having a dog and three cats can be overwhelming as a single person with a day gig and active music life. (Parents... I seriously don't know how you do it. It's probably best that I never became a Mom. LOL) But the benefits of having Tank, my loyal buddy, in my life way outweigh the occasional inconvenience. And, I'm blessed to have Annette and Robin next door for those times when my day runs long or travel plans change. They have helped me out in a pinch more than once... words can't express how much I appreciate it.
So, today is my Tanky day of Thanks.
GENESIS 9: 14-17
When I gather the clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds, I shall recall the covenant between myself and you and every living creature, in a word all living things, and never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all living things. When the bow is in the clouds I shall see it and call to mind the eternal covenant between God and every living creature on earth, that is, all living things. `That' God told Noah, `is the sign of the covenant I have established between myself and all living things on earth.'
Today... I'm thankful for Sundays.
|Daryl. Crunchie on the outside. Soft on the inside.|
Cleaning. Purging my old life.
The Walking Dead.
It doesn't get any better than this, folks.
Hanging with Nashville peeps... Nashville family.
Freakin' good stuff.
I'm thankful for Sunday's.
Genesis 42:11 NLT: "We are all brothers—members of the same family."
I'm thankful for songwriting.
Spent the afternoon "writing" with my brother in song, Jeff Anderson. We didn't finish a song, but we got some good stuff going on. And, among it all, shared our stories. Cause... well, that is what it is all about, right?!
|Bluebird. Can't Nobody but God.|
God supplies the ideas... the words... and all I can do is channel them the best I can. It's the ultimate problem solving, writing a song. Figuring out the best way to say what you've got to say in 3 minutes or so. Finding the right melody, tempo, feel.
I'm so glad I live in Nashville. Where the words and the song are written best. I've learned so much... and still consider myself an amateur compared to most of my songwriting friends. But I'm here. And I'll keep writing. Hopefully until my last breath.
I'm grateful that God put songs in me. Hopefully, some of them will help others as much as they help me.
So today, I'm thankful for the gift of songwriting.
Psalms 119:54 NLT
"Your decrees have been the theme of my songs wherever I have lived."
My actual family... and those in my life who've become family.
I'm thankful to have some really amazing, authentic, loving people in my life who like to talk and laugh as much as I do, who are always up for an adventure, who I would literally die for... and who know me better than me somedays.
Y'all know who you are... Thank you.
Matthew 5:14-16 NLT
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father."
Last night, a friend reminded me how lucky I am to have a Mom & Dad. Not everyone does. Sometimes I take that for granted. My parents are with us, livin' large and enjoying life.
Next week, they hit Music City. They're driving from Nebraska to hang with me over the Thanksgiving Holiday. We haven't been face-to-face since Christmas 2011.
We may be getting into some trouble around town... so watch out Nashville. Three Petersen's will be on the loose, stirring it up. (Translation: Eating, watching TV, going for drives, napping and hitting the antique shops.)
Thank you, Mom & Dad.
Ephesians 1:16 NLT
"I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly"
I'm thankful for music.
It's the thing that really propels me through life. The words. The groove. The melody.
I feel most alive when I'm sharing music.. whether it's performing, a session, a round, writing a song or seeing live music.
Just another reason Nashville is my home.
On any given night, there are so many choices. The hardest part about living here is deciding what not to see.
So... in celebration of music that jacks me up, helps me feel what I need to feel and rocks my world, here are some artists that you need to check out. They aren't necessarily mainstream... but they should be. Maybe this little post will give them all a few more fans. Some are the songwriters behind the songs you love... and they are the sheeot. Some are artists who are true to themselves and their music. Some are both. All will rock your world.
Please go listen... and if you love it. Buy it. K?
Blue Mother Tupelo
Lee Roy Parnell
Lee Roy Powell
This is just a little sample... no way for me to list everyone.
Just listen. Feel the love.
And, then, support music you love by buying their CDs / downloading them on iTunes.
Cause I love these people and it's how they make their living.
You wouldn't want it any other way.
Thank you to music... for always finding a way to help me feel whole.
Psalms 135:3 NLT: "Praise the Lord , for the Lord is good; celebrate his lovely name with music."
I'm thankful for the word "yes".
It's amazing what those little three letters put together can bring into your life.
Oh the adventure of it all.
Of course, sometimes I end up sleeping less than I should. But at the end of my life I don't want to be known as someone who rested well. I want to be known as someone who lived. Period.
There are so many things I wouldn't have experienced had I not said, "yes." Some of the most obvious are listed below... but what's really important among it all, are the relationships, friendships and stories that go along with "yes". There are so many who would be missing in my life today if I had said, "no."
No regrets on the Yes
|Bonnie Bishop, Lisa Gray & Me|
|View from the Top|
|Cassy Petersen & Jime Lynn|
|Josh, Me & Jake - Paramore Zippers|
Getting Hitched. Seriously. I know it sounds crazy. I never ever never ever never wanted to get married. Avoided it. Turned three people down in my 20s. Until the persistent one... Bandmates. Friends. Roommates. Spouses. We had an amazing run. We got to live the adventure together for a little more than 18 years. Partners in crime. It was totally worth it. Doesn't matter that it didn't turn out as we all hoped it would... it's still one of the best things I've ever done. I will never regret that I said yes.
Heck, yeah. I'm thankful for yes. Without it, I wouldn't feel alive.
Ecclesiastes 8:15 NLT
"So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun."
Thanksgiving is just 10 days away. How in the heck did that happen?
To celebrate, I've decided to post something Thankful every day until the turkey hits the table.
DAY ONE: I'm thankful for the sucky stuff.
Over the past year or so, I've spent a ton of time thinking about the past, the rest of my life and working towards acceptance of where my life is at this very moment.
My goal is to get better and better at right now. Right here. Not trying to control the future so much. Not trying to fix the past. Just being where I'm at and being okay with whatever that means.
One of the conclusions I've reached is that the sucky stuff requires the most gratitude.
Not for the pain (that would be the sucky part).
Instead, for the opportunity to become better. The opportunity to transform myself and re-record the whispers in my head to something more wonderful. The opportunity to use my experience to help others get through, too. The opportunity to lean into my faith, trust God and remember who's really in charge. (PS: It's not me.)
There is no denying it. Sucky stuff, you really do suck. But you're lighting the way to a better life and helping me recognize challenges that I wouldn't be tackling had you not sucked.
So, today... I'm thankful for the sucky stuff.
Here's big ol' *THANK YOU HUG* from me.
Jeremiah 29:11"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."