Take Me To The River! It’s about time…

Tomorrow at 1:30 PM I will jump into the water of the Solar Stage at the Take Me To The River! Music Festival in Draper Park, Hastings-On-Hudson, NY and it’s about time.  This is an act of tremendous courage for me and I hope that it inspires you to “Dare Greatly…” as the author, Brene Brown says.  I had been a closet singer/songwriter for too long.  I would write song after song after song and basically keep them for myself.  I wanted to share my songs but then my fears would usurp my desire to let them out into the universe.  However, it became too painful to keep them in an invisible vault and so, one decision at a time, I shared them with individuals. I went to open mics. I practiced. I wrote more songs. I asked musicians to join me. I asked if there might be a spot for me at Take Me To The River! and I was told, YES!  As time went on, and I began to prepare for the performance, there was a moment where I imagined faking a broken arm.  However, I kept moving forward, one decision at a time.  I talked to my friends about my fears and I kept taking action.  I didn’t want to go back to keeping my songs in a closet.  I am doing everything differently.  I actually invited people to come and hear me.  I have three musicians backing me up and they are all wonderful people.  At this moment, I feel more excited than terrified.  That could change at a moment’s notice but I could also make a decision to be in that moment and the terror could also leave.  Being courageous doesn’t have to happen in one heroic event that is twittered all over the world.  Being courageous can happen quietly with one decision, and one after that, and one after that.

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13 Responses to Take Me To The River! It’s about time…

  1. Joe Novara says:

    Thanks for the great post. I completely get what you’re saying. When I made the decision to pursue a Professional Speaking career, I quickly made the decision that I must be wrong. Luckily I went with my first decision and haven’t let fear stand in my way. The few times I have spoken have gone better than I could have imagined and hearing people say that I actually helped them is so gratifying.
    You already know I am probably your biggest fan. Your music is very inspiring and you have a beautiful voice. I’m very disappointed I can’t be there. Have fun! You’re going to be great!

    • PixieGrowsUp says:

      Thank you Joe! That is all nice to hear. I like what you said about going with your first decision. I believe there is a lot of wisdom in our gut and trusting it will take you far. I know you’ll be a great speaker and I hope to hear you one of these days as well! Thanks again for the support!

  2. Firefly758 says:

    I love your blog, “PIXIEGROWSUP”, and I think that you act of tremendous courage is wonderful. I’m so happy for you, and it’s makes me think about a lot of things that I always wanted to do, but was afraid too. In my heart I’ve always believed that it’s never to late to do anything, but for me I’ve always put it off by trying to help others do things and be happy for themselves. After reading your blog, it’s makes me want to do something and be something for myself that I’ve always want to, but was afraid to because of many underlined reasons. But today I’m thinking about maybe jumping into the water, like you did one day soon. Even though I think that you are very talented in you music, you are courageous for following your dream. I hoped that you taped your performance because I would love to see it one day. Inspired me, you have. In the mean time, I’m so happy for you, and wish you nothing but continued success moving forward with your music. You should be so proud of yourself, I am.

    • PixieGrowsUp says:

      Thank you for the encouragement Sheila! Go for it! Even if we have a big goal, there is always a small action that we can take right now towards it. I had been putting off my goals too but when the pain of putting it off outweighed the pain of moving forward, it was time to jump in the water and wash off the fear. Keep us posted on your next step!

      • Sheila Arceneaux says:

        Erin, I’m feeling what you are saying about the pain of putting off the things that you want to do. I’m taking one small step at a time, but I am moving forward a little. I want to just jump in, but I can’t right now, but it feels so good to hear your story. You have given me some hope, through my fears. Thanks! And I will keep you posted!

        • PixieGrowsUp says:

          Hi Sheila,

          Moving forward a little can be a big step! Glad to be sharing some hope and looking forward to hearing more about your journey too!

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  4. PixieGrowsUp says:

    Thank you! Glad you found it!

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