Monday, April 18, 2011

Forms and more forms

My brain is going to explode...
Paperwork is killer. When you stare at all these blank administrative documents it feels so hopeless at first. Pages and pages of questions like, 'What is your Marketing Strategy?', 'How are you specifically going to achieve the goals you have outlined (please provide facts)?', 'How do you plan to market to an international audience?', 'Please provide a brief budget summary (and when they say brief, it's 6 pages long).'
Seriously? I am not God. I do not have the answers to my future at this time. I do not know what is going to happen and how exactly I plan to become successful. I just want to make great music. But you know what? You can bet your ass I will work my butt off to get them those answers. And truthfully, its good. It gives me perspective, provides me with experience and will always - no matter what - help me in the long run.
It's just a matter of taking a deep breath, putting my boxing gloves on and tackling those pages. One by one. Until finally, I'm finished...and I am euphoric. Just, brimming with happiness and relief when I slip that thick orange envelope into the mail....
Then, I go home and start on the next one.

Diddy of the Day: I wanted to start planting a garden in our backyard. I started digging up the lawn (after planning the size out in my head). After about 1 hour I had a square foot done. Then, the Garden Nazi came and made me put back all the grass and dirt that took me so long to dig up.
Fact: I can no longer plant strawberries because by the time I dig up the lawn again and make my 'garden' it'll probably be June.
Fiction: Happiness is a coconut (unless of course it's a fresh young coconut from Chinatown in Toronto...I'm ecstatic when I get to have one of those!)

PS: I still haven't found a good gum yet. :)


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Gum!

I've been really busy that last few days trying to get my East Coast Tour finalized.
There are still a few places pending, but so far it's been great and I'm really excited to go out there again this year. :)

But, the real reason I wanted to write today is to talk about gum. Haha, I know...
For the last two days now, I have woken up with a headache and I couldn't figure out why.
The culprit? Aspartame. In chewing gum.
So, I am going on a quest to find a long-lasting gum that does not use aspartame as a sweetener (one without sucralose in it as well would be even better!). I'm kind of an all natural girl and I only like to use safe sweeteners such as stevia and xylitol. I stay away from all types of sugar except for honey and agave occasionally.
Stevia, is derived from a noncaloric herb native to Paraguay . The leaves of the plant are 30 times sweeter than sugar, and Xylitol (though it sounds like a chemical) is actually found in the fibers of fruits and vegetables like berries, oats, corn husks, and mushrooms.
Pretty cool huh?
These are both safe to consume and I use them in baking and many other things as well. :)
But back to the gum.
If any of you know a good lasting gum that doesn't have aspartame (or sucralose) I'm all ears. Most of the natural gum lasts about 3 minutes and then it's Kaput. Booo!

Diddy of the Day - My bird is a master of escape. I have so many twist-ties, links and locks on the cage doors it's ridiculous.
Fact: I will post a video of her escaping on youtube (keep checking in).
Fiction: Margaret Atwoods, 'Oryx and Crake'. Yet, many of the things in the book are coming true. By the way, if you haven't read it, pick it up. You won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

It's April already?

What the heck? I haven't posted a new blog since November 23rd?
....oopsies....
Sometimes I find that over time I slowly get lazy updating things like this - which is bad, very bad. :)
So, I'm going to start out by saying, 'I will now update you at least 3 times a week.' (But please don't kill me if I flake out again haha).

So, what's new....
Well, I went to Memphis, TN in February for the Annual Folk Alliance International Conference and made many new friends. I had such a blast. :)
I also got to meet an amazing inspiration to me - Eliza Gilkyson. If you haven't heard her stuff definitely check it out. You will be an instant fan.

Another thing...I'm not vegan anymore! (yes, I said it. Even after all the harping I was doing in one of my previous posts). Here's how it all happened.
I started a workout program in November called P90X which is pretty extreme. I was making progress, but it was very slow - much slower than I felt it should be and I was always pretty drained after the workouts. In about January I got sick (and this was for about the 3rd time this winter) and so I had a counseling session with myself about what is healthy and what isn't.
I, obviously, was not healthy despite eating an incredible amount of fresh veggies, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds, grains etc. There was something missing.
So, I introduced dairy back into my diet and felt an immediate energy surge. And that was the turning point. About a week later (took me a little longer because of my moral conscience) I began to eat meat again.

But you should have seriously seen me in the grocery store buying that first carton of eggs and yogurt. I was probably standing there for 25 minutes in front of the display internally arguing with myself whether or not I should get them. :)

Oh! And I can officially do 2 pull-ups unassisted now, and 3 chin-ups. Yep, pretty exciting seeing as I could barely get half way up before.

Diddy of the Day: I am a tea addict! Not really, but I drink a lot of it. :)
Fact: Matcha Green Tea is now my favourite and it takes me about 10 minutes to prepare it every day.
Fiction: I have Japanese Tea Ceremonies every morning and I dress up like a Samurai and fight the Blonde-haired chick from SuckerPunch who totally kicks my ass. (Even though that would be super cool).



P.S. - This picture is from a TV show called 'Samurai Jack' which I used to watch religiously.

P.P.S. - I really think I want to sign up for Jujitsu...