This summer so far I’ve been creating a good deal. I’m not usually one to pump out a huge quantity of creations, but rather one who creates a few that I invest everything into. I nitpick and refine until they are what I feel are the best quality and version they can be. It takes more time than you would think, and it can be tedious! But in the end it always ends up being rewarding, as it’s what the creations and I need.
Amidst all of this, I am happy. I am truly happy creating. Maybe because I already recorded an album where I was creating mostly with expectation, with some kind of reward or end result in mind. But now that I’ve experienced and processed all of that, I am now at a point where I am really and truly creating just because I want to. Because my heart needs to, to feel light. Of course there’s always the money issue when you are a recording artist, but I’ve decided to not let that bother me, I will just enjoy the moments fully and know that I am making something that I can leave behind in this world. This is not to say that any reward would ever be turned away 😉
I felt the oh so familiar gnawing desire in me yet again – the one I know I can never escape – but this time, I acted on it. And now I find myself in the studio with an amazing producer, and I am just so very happy and fulfilled seeing my songs come to life. I am truly blessed that I have the opportunity to witness and experience this.
Although there’s still some to do before the songs will be ready, I decided it’d be a nice time for a mini weekend getaway to Woodstock 🙂 A place Joseph and I go to often. A cute, artistic town full of character and of course, creativity! I felt it would be a nice break from writing and rewriting music, for a bit. To remove myself from it for a little while so I can come back with a sparkly clean, refreshed perspective.
And refreshing, this trip was! We stayed at a Bed and Breakfast, so of course the breakfasts were beautiful.
At night, we walked to the back of the B & B and I was truly excited at the view – the sunset was beautiful and the trees looked heart-shaped to me, what do you think??
Of course because we were in the Catskills, we had to sneak in a hike even though it was supposed to be a relaxing getaway. But this one was short and I felt like a little wood fairy sitting under this enchanting structure, on the wooden benches.
It was especially rewarding when we came upon this lake, full of lily pads! We stayed here a bit and I was able to get a shot of Joseph doing the yoga pose, Warrior 2!
A stop to the Garden Cafe is always a must for us, one of our favorites! It has healthy, absolutely delish vegan food, and the best kale – I do love my kale! I ordered a vegetable lasagna and we shared a yummy chocolate beer float, with vegan ice cream in it, it was heaven!
It was definitely a happy little nice getaway 🙂
As we packed to go home I felt I wasn’t quite done yet with being in this beautiful part of NY. So we stopped by a little farm and picked up some local fresh produce, and as we drove along the little road, I saw a sign that said “Clinton Vineyards” out of the corner of my eye. Yes! Another little adventure before going home! I convinced Joseph to follow the signs and we ended up in a beautiful vineyard! I was ecstatic.
We tasted their wines, purchased a couple of bottles including their award winning Cassis – a lovely black currant dessert wine. Then we walked outside into the vineyards. It was absolutely beautiful, and there were plenty of grapes growing among the vines.
What a nice little surprise excuse to elongate the trip just a bit, which happened because I saw some signs to a vineyard. I think the best adventures while traveling are when you find unexpected little gems while just wandering around, when you’re not even looking for them <3
I was truly able to remove myself from my world for a little while, and come back with that sparkly clean, refreshed perspective. I feel new and am ready and excited to go back into the studio to make some more music! Music makes my world go round, and life can be quite intriguing, can’t it?