Chris Cornell — ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’

I’m not normally one to jump on the social posting bandwagon when someone that I didn’t have a personal relationship with passes away, but this song seemed appropriate with the sad news of Chris Cornell’s untimely passing. I can’t count the number of times that my husband and I have listened to this cover on repeat since its release. Like his career, a classic. 💛

International Women’s Day

To all the women out there, happy day of you and your counterparts.

International Women’s Day. March 8th.
It was yesterday in Australia, but it’s still today in the USA. No matter where in the world, let’s take those other 364 days each year and continue celebrating and supporting women (along with all kinds of people). Let’s make it an everyday affair.

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Image from For All Womankind. They have posters, tees, and pins available for purchase. All profits support not-for-profit organizations working to advance reproductive freedoms both in the US and globally.

Uniting America.

I don’t often share my political views publicly, mainly because they have evolved over the years just as I have — and that evolution continues. I will say that that the presidential candidate that I voted for is not the president-elect.

That being said, today there are no winners or losers. As you celebrate or drown your sorrows I encourage you to consider that statement from both an economic and human standpoint. As you talk to friends or foes, this is not a time to brag with “We won!” or sulk with “We’re F*cked!”. This is not a joking matter. This is a time to understand that the United States of America is truly divided — and without understanding, we will never be united. This is a time to come together and work together. No matter what political party you do or don’t identify with, we all need to better understand the opinions, challenges, and needs that every American faces no matter their gender, race, or class — and only then can we truly work towards making America great.

As a reminder, I’ve lived abroad for the past 7 years. The reason, my husband is an Australian and his career brought him back here. And while I’m a tax-paying permanent resident of Australia — I work in a global role for a US company and I travel back for work, conferences, and friends/family time several times per year. Despite my current address, I fully intend to live full-time in the US again sometime in the future. I’m an American and I love my country dearly.

Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment – Sunday Candy

I love everything about this song — yep, everything.
It’s one of those tunes that I can listen to several times in a row and not tire of it. I recently rediscovered it — and I’m not ashamed to admit that I probably listened to it 15-20x today.
The lyrics make me smile, the music makes me wanna dance, and the video is just pure happiness.

In particular, the below lines are simply brilliant —  with the main love story aside, the affection and admiration that Chance the Rapper shares for his grandma is heartfelt in the sweetest way. It reminds me of my own grandmothers whom are now gone, but each had a library of their own pretty awesome adjectives.

I got a future so I’m singing for my grandma
You singing too, but your grandma ain’t my grandma
Mine’s hand made, pan fried, sun dried
Southside, and beat the devil by a landslide
Praying with her hands tied, president of my fan club, Santa.

I’m not a religious person, but I’m surely spiritual and I love some good heartfelt gospel… and ‘Sunday Candy’ is just that. Brilliant gospel.