Music for Your Soul

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I LOVE music.  It makes me laugh, cry, dance and shout out loud – often at the same time.  It has helped me through some of the darkest challenges in my life.

For instance, when the 2008 recession hit, I lost just about everything.  It swallowed my business, my home, my relationship and my self-confidence.  I found myself sitting in an empty apartment, alone, scared and wondering what the hell just happened.  Then one day I heard this song on the radio: I Ain’t Settlin by Sugarland

It made such an impact on me that I ran out the next day and bought the CD (this was 2008 – remember???).  I played that song over and over again, singing at the top of my lungs.  I didn’t have any furniture, so I took advantage of the open space in my living room. I put on thick socks, ran and slide across the floor while shouting:

” I ain’t settlin’ for just getting by

I’ve had enough so so for the rest of my life

Tired of shooting too low so raise the bar high

Just enough ain’t enough this time

I ain’t settlin’ for anything less than everything”

It actually helped.  If even for a few minutes it made the emotional pain go away.  Even when I listen to that same song today, when my life is so much better, I still get tears in my eyes.  To me, the message is powerful and inspirational and funny.

Nine years later, I now have a new business, a new home and a new husband.  I’ve come a long way and I’m still shouting at the top of my lungs: I AIN’T SETTLIN’.

Do you have a favorite song?  One that makes you smile and feel like you can conquer the world?  Share it with us.  We’d love to sing along.

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“I Ain’t Settlin”!

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“Music was my refuge,” said Maya Angelou. And I couldn’t agree more.

During some of my darkest times, it was music that helped me keep my sanity.

Several years ago, life threw me a curve that I wasn’t expecting. I don’t have to tell you what I mean, because I’m guessing that you’ve been there yourself.  Maybe losing a job, feeling betrayed by a friend, trying to figure out how to survive the loss of someone you love…  whatever your challenge may be.

Well, that’s where I was. Trying to figure out how to make it to the next day.  I just lost my 15 year relationship, had moved into a very small apartment with no furniture, and had no money.   But what I did have was a boom box.  Yes, a boom box (remember those?)  It had a broken antenna so I couldn’t get any radio stations, but I could play one CD at a time.

One of the big hits at that time was a song called I Ain’t Settlin by Sugarland. I bought that CD and played it over and over again.

Then, in my darkest moments, when I felt like I couldn’t breathe and I just didn’t know how to move forward, I would blast that song as loud as I possibly could.

My small apartment had wooden floors, so I would put on a pair of socks, and singing at the top of my lungs, I would run and skid across the floor, pronouncing to the world “I ain’t settlin!!!”

And it helped – if only for a little while. I knew that I was going to be ok.  I knew that somehow, someway, I would find the strength and the courage to move on, recreate myself, and find my way to a better place.

So, here’s my song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FA26RstqSnw.  Just one of the many that made me stand taller, believe in myself, and not let anyone else define me.

Do you have a song you’d like to share – one that gave you strength, hope, made you smile? Who knows?  Maybe we can gather enough songs to create our own Power CD to be played whenever we need a little helping hand.

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