It has officially been 3 years since the evening I pulled up to Nashville in my CRV as a fresh college graduate ready to start my life in Nashville. I remember the night clearly. I arrived around 6pm on Saturday May 19th, 2012, and went straight to a house show. A house show where I would be inspired, intimidated, and find a whole web of people just like me. Through the show I made friends, and was invited to go to a new church Sunday morning. The next morning I made my way to Journey Church. I saw people I knew was instantly connected to the youth ministry, and was invited to this thing called Sunday Funday. Not knowing much about it, I just showed up. It was at this big house, there were tons of people and food, and music. It was kind of like a writer’s round where everyone would gather around and a guitar would be passed and all of these talented people would play songs they wrote and other people would join in on other instruments. Then it turned out all these friends hung out together all the time and did really cool adventures. It was an amazing summer. I released my EP Love and Fate, had Artists passes to Bonnaroo, was in my cousin’s wedding, recorded often,every day was an adventure.
Today I am 25 and I am excited. As the day approached, I was worried I would hit some sort of small quarter life crisis as people often do. But instead I am empowered. I woke up and thought back on the quarter of a century I have now been alive. I have accomplished so much. I have learned another language, lived in multiple countries, attained many degrees, moved to a new state, have multiple cd’s of original music on itunes, found not just one, but many passions. And, and, I spend a good chunk of this first quarter being a baby and learning how to walk and talk and stuff! If I can accomplish this much in just my first quarter, imagine what the next three will hold. I even have so many amazing friends that I had three separate birthday celebrations to see them all! I live a blessed life and am filled with gratitude. In conclusion, cheers to the next quarter, may it be even better than the last!
I often wonder if I am a woman of too many hopes and dreams. I have been so blessed to find more than my fair share of things that make me feel alive. Some people go through life never finding their passion. I, on the other hand, have so many passions I sometimes feel paralyzed with possibility and feel I spread my self too thin.
At my core I love making music. I am a songwriter. I was also struck with wanderlust at the age of 11 and have made it a priority to somehow leave the U.S. on an annual basis ever since. I am a traveling soul. I love yoga and all it has to offer, it has changed my life. I am a yogi. I find Spanish to be magical and every moment I spend listening to or speaking Spanish is pure bliss. I am a Spanish speaker. I love Jesus with my whole heart and soul. I am a Jesus Lover. I have spent countless hours developing photos in a dark room. I am a photographer. I am the girl on your barbie boxes and Nordstrom catalogs. I am a model. I have best friends in many different states and countries. I am a road trip extraordinaire. I am a daughter, a sister, a grand daughter, a friend and girlfriend. I am a baker. I am a cook. I am a hostess. I am an adventuress. I am a youth minister. I am a worship leader. I am a lover of the arts. I am a Californian. I am a Nashvillian.
I am trying to find my way through life connecting and utilizing as many of my passions as possible. Sometimes I lose sight of my blessings. I think the best way to reconnect to the core of me will be through sharing. Here we go.
Photo by : Lori Mae Photography
Today an really cool youtube channel was created. It is called My Day with Leonard Knight. It is designed to be a place where people can upload their videos of their experiences with Leonard and his mountain. The wonderful creators even used part of my music video in their promo.
Check it out!
And if you missed the music video, here it is again!
Wow, this is so exciting. Some wonderful people have worked together to create this lovely recording and video. I really hope this can help spread Leonard’s message and legacy!
This has been a week filled with mixed emotions. Leonard Knight the 82 year old creator of Salvation Mountain passed away. He was one of my real life heroes. He not only created my favorite place in the world, but loved everyone to truly and simply, in a way many people have never encountered before. His mantra was “Keep it Simple….God is love” amongst other sayings of similar thought.
Over the past 5 years I have visited him and his mountain about twice a year, and every time I leave inspired. Leonard has been a huge inspiration in my life. He will be missed.
Mumford and Sons cover Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” and I find it magical.
So watch this…
Then if you like it, you can download it for free here!
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