One Step at a Time

One year ago, I launched my website and newsletter, and I started to blog.  It wasn’t an easy birth.  The idea of facing the technical aspects of creating an Internet presence had me in tears on many occasions.  It was overwhelming, and I had to keep identifying where to put my next foot down.  I asked for help where I could, and one step at a time, my website, newsletter and blog came into being.

I am taking a breath now, as this milestone and my birthday approach, to acknowledge the journey, and to take a good look around at where I am standing – at the top of a steep hill, looking at the base of a mountain.  As overwhelm threatens again, I am taking stock, making lists, and figuring out where to put my next foot down. 

At the top of the next mountain is a world where I have connected with enough of you who want my songs and stories in your lives, to pay my bills consistently with money earned through my music and writing.  I am working to get clear on what that looks like.  That is my task at hand.

Sometimes, it is hard work to shut the voices up that tell me I can’t.  They are familiar and easy to hear.  But, there is an inner knowing that I can, that I just have to keep moving forward.  Every step up the mountain gets me closer to the life I am creating.  Sometimes I will slip back down, but I don’t intend to stay down for long. I am committed to taking consistent action, and to changing my life.

Thank you for sharing the journey.  If what I do speaks to you, please tell someone else.  Thank you, from my heart…  

8 comments

  • Mary Levasseur

    Mary Levasseur

    Keep going Denise! Just listened to "Here Right Now" and loved it! - light and laughter -Mary

    Keep going Denise! Just listened to "Here Right Now" and loved it! - light and laughter -Mary

  • houstonalle

    houstonalle

    Good for you for holding that vision! If you don't keep moving forward, you're moving backward. Someone told me happiness is overcoming obstacles. Once you overcome one, you put the next one out there. Always something to look forward to. And, don't forget to appreciate yourself for everything you have accomplished so far. Happy Birthday!

    Good for you for holding that vision!
    If you don't keep moving forward, you're moving backward. Someone told me happiness is overcoming obstacles. Once you overcome one, you put the next one out there. Always something to look forward to. And, don't forget to appreciate yourself for everything you have accomplished so far.

    Happy Birthday!

  • Denise

    Denise

    Thanks for the encouragement Mary, and for listening to the song. Appreciated...

    Thanks for the encouragement Mary, and for listening to the song. Appreciated...

  • Denise

    Denise

    Thanks Alle, Sometimes the vision gets clouded, and I am left squinting to get clear. It can be scary, because my living is tied up in it. I am choosing to believe I can make this work during scary times. And, you are right, I need to always remember the accomplishments. That is what the show on Saturday is about. Thanks again!!

    Thanks Alle, Sometimes the vision gets clouded, and I am left squinting to get clear. It can be scary, because my living is tied up in it. I am choosing to believe I can make this work during scary times. And, you are right, I need to always remember the accomplishments. That is what the show on Saturday is about. Thanks again!!

  • harry

    harry

    hi d, i watched Amanda Palmer. thank you. she was inspiring and seems to be echoing in your journey right now. awesome u r to be climbing yet another mountain; for another view, healthy exercise, and an awesome experience. a wise man said,"if the mountain was smooth we could not climb it." you go girl.

    hi d, i watched Amanda Palmer. thank you. she was inspiring and seems to be echoing in your journey right now. awesome u r to be climbing yet another mountain; for another view, healthy exercise, and an awesome experience. a wise man said,"if the mountain was smooth we could not climb it." you go girl.

  • Denise

    Denise

    Thanks Harry, for seeing Amanda in my journey. She is a role model of mine. I appreciate the thought about the mountain not being smooth. It is a good metaphor and something good to remember. Thanks for cheering me on! I wish you were closer and could come to the show Saturday night. Who knows, maybe one day I will have a show in Maine!

    Thanks Harry, for seeing Amanda in my journey. She is a role model of mine. I appreciate the thought about the mountain not being smooth. It is a good metaphor and something good to remember. Thanks for cheering me on! I wish you were closer and could come to the show Saturday night. Who knows, maybe one day I will have a show in Maine!

  • alisa

    alisa

    There's a quote I like that goes: “Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that afterward we see ourselves as we really are, and not merely as we might like to be.” I think you have spent the past year being extremely brave. I also think that whether it feels like it or not, you now have much deeper resources of strength to draw on to help you get through the coming year of trials and unknowns... and the longer you live in a way that's true to yourself, the greater your personal strength becomes. You're a true inspiration for artists everywhere who are trying to live by their creations (including myself). :) p.s. I'm excited about the idea of an internet show!! p.p.s. HAPPY BIRTHDAY this weekend!!!! :) :) :)

    There's a quote I like that goes:
    “Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that afterward we see ourselves as we really are, and not merely as we might like to be.”

    I think you have spent the past year being extremely brave. I also think that whether it feels like it or not, you now have much deeper resources of strength to draw on to help you get through the coming year of trials and unknowns... and the longer you live in a way that's true to yourself, the greater your personal strength becomes.

    You're a true inspiration for artists everywhere who are trying to live by their creations (including myself). smile

    p.s. I'm excited about the idea of an internet show!!

    p.p.s. HAPPY BIRTHDAY this weekend!!!! smile smile smile

  • Denise

    Denise

    Thank you Alisa for the validation. It means a lot! I like that quote too. I am glad you shared it. It feels like I am in the woods. I am happy to know I have friends like you with me who have flashlights! Come to think of it, I have always felt at home in the woods. I will keep on forging a trail. Thanks for the birthday wishes! :)

    Thank you Alisa for the validation. It means a lot!

    I like that quote too. I am glad you shared it.

    It feels like I am in the woods. I am happy to know I have friends like you with me who have flashlights! Come to think of it, I have always felt at home in the woods. I will keep on forging a trail.

    Thanks for the birthday wishes! smile

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