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SCOTUS & Marriage Equality: what it means in my relationship with my mom 

Read this- An interview with my dad: Catholicism & coming out - By Cameron Esposito  I identify with this article so much. 

My mom Amy was the first person to text me today after the SCOTUS decision because she knows that marriage is something I'm looking forward to with Nicole. I cried.  I know that it's been difficult for us both to come out & handle the "coming out". But to have my strongly catholic mother support me today and everyday in becoming the person I truly am is the greatest gift. 

Today is about more than just equality for me & the woman I love & am going to marry. It's about thousands of families & couples. It truly is about LOVE. #lovewins



Quote of the Day: Respond


Quote of the Day: Respond

IMG_0001 A little over a year ago, I started this blog. It was a great outlet for me while I was mostly working from home, contracting event and marketing work.... basically "finding myself" (for about the 18th time in my 30 years on earth, having just celebrated that landmark birthday).

My spirit was responding to a lot of calls - personal ventures, life lessons, growth "opportunities", work. Albeit haphazard at times (and honestly half-assed as well on some accounts), answering all those calls, each and every one, that my spirit was whispering to my heart (or slapping across my face), was exactly what I needed.

I've said it a hundred times. Let me say it once more right here - live your life in the moment the best you can. It will be hard. You will not understand it sometimes. You will fall. But the reward is great. The destination is where you are supposed to be. You will meet people and share moments and have experiences that will make you feel like your cup runneth over.

But you have to follow your heart. You have to listen to the whisper. You have to find that joy that sets a spark that has the potential to light a big, bright, satisfying, life-changing, passion-driven fire.

"Respond to every call that excites your spirit."  - rumi


The Circus Life Podcast


The Circus Life Podcast


Justin Trawick, myself, Levi Stephens & Nathan Cristler "Life is a circus and this is The Circus Life." Justin Trawick begins each of the podcasts he records with partner & co-host Sean Russell with this tagline before introducing Sean, the show's sponsors and the guests for the episode.

The Circus Life podcast airs its 35th episode today, with yours truly as a guest of the show along with the super talented Levi Stephens and Addverb Bottle Co. founder Nathan Cristler! The first Circus Life podcast aired on August 12, 2013 and all the episodes are available both on their website and via iTunes. I listen to the new episodes, which come out each week on Tuesday's, via the Podcasts App on my iPhone as I get ready for work. The episodes are comprised of interviews, stories and performances from musical acts, local business owners and generally interesting people who Justin and Sean come across in their daily lives (hence, my "in").

Justin is a local DC singer-songwriter and does quite a bit of work to help promote other local acts as well through his "The 9 Singer Songwriter Series" and a new video project with photographer/videographer Rafael Suanes, of RCS Photography, called "Unrehearsed DC" in addition to The Circus Life. He also has a band, Justin Trawick and the Common Good, with fiddler Pete Daniels, mandolin & banjo player Josh Himmlesbach and upright bassist Jean Finstad.

Sean is multi-platinum award-winning sound engineer (remember Paul Pfau from last week? Sean did his album, just as a point-of-reference for you, dear loyal reader). His bio lists his work with industry titans such as India Arie, Damien and Stephen Marley, Idan Raichel, KIX, Roy & Yvonne, and Dobe Gnahore.  He engineers for producers such as Gordon Chambers (Aretha Franklin), Rich Harrison (Christina Aguilera, J-Lo),  Jim Ebert (Butch Walker, Cowboy Mouth), Glen Ellis (TroubleFunk, Chuck Brown).

The podcast is recorded out of Cue Recording Studios in Falls Church and, though not the quickest trip from the city, I was happy to make the trek to Virginia for my first show recording a couple weeks ago. I studied Music Industry briefly at JMU and have spent a little time in the studio for various musical ventures. I have to admit, I was pretty excited to be back in the studio environment again.

yes, this is a car selfie. I forgot to take a studio selfie.

As I mentioned, I'm a fan of the show and have listened to most, if not all, the episodes, so I had a basic understanding of what I was getting into. I had never met Levi or Nathan before, and honestly, I think it was helpful to keeping the show interesting. Sometimes I think if people know each other too well, especially in a scenario where you are recording voices and don't have the option for video or audience participation, the participants may be too familiar with each other and make references to things that the listener may not understand. In our case, I think the fact that we didn't really know anything about each other allowed for genuine reactions and kept us engaged with each other while keeping it interesting for the audience.

Justin, with his trusty notebook containing all his guests' details

So, I'm not going to tell you about the show, because you should listen to it, but I will let you know that I personally chat about a lot of the different "hustles" I currently participate in - the DC MEETMarket, Ulysses Room and our amazing clients at Tea Time DC, event planning at Strawberry Milk Events and of course, this blog! I also tell my favorite WWII veteran story from when I used to run association reunions.

Murray & Sparky- you'll have to listen to the podcast to hear the story!

I am now accepting offers to work in radio by the way. Please comment below or contact me directly. Please & thank you.

I'll also be briefly appearing on next week's episode, airing April 8th with a bunch of amazing people- musicians Mundy & Paul Pfau, rapper Laelo, pie lady Jacqueline Francis, photographer Rafael Suanes and of course Justin & Sean. It's the Pie Show (yes, I got free delicious pie) and I provided the whiskey.

Paul Pfau & I recording episode #36

Drinking whiskey during episode #36

Be sure to listen to the show and check out The Circus Life on: Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Additionally, videos of the musical performances are posted to their website and YouTube each week!

I highly recommend you also check out  all the guests, but because this post is fairly specific to episode #35 and I'm going to single out Levi Stephens. After spending even more time with him after the show, not only am I a fan of his music, but this guy is a great person as well. He's just kicking off his college tour but for for local DCists, he'll be at the Cherry Blossom Festival next weekend (April 6) and plays at Solly's on U Street fairly often. Dates for his shows are HERE.

I'd also like to thank any new readers, led here from the podcast! Be sure to sign up for updates to the blog and follow me on Twitter and Instagram!

Finally- support local music, myself & Justin this Friday at The 9 Singer Songwriter Series' first UNPLUGGED show- Friday, April 4th at Hierarchy in Adams Morgan. Doors at 8pm. Show at 8:30. Details HERE!


#throwbackthursday: Cherry Blossoms & Japan

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#throwbackthursday: Cherry Blossoms & Japan


Today I'm remembering my incredible trip to Japan, which was exactly 1 year ago! My brother, Seth is currently living there and treated me to a trip as a graduation gift/gift to cover pretty much any future birthdays or christmases. I was lucky in that it was Japan's cherry blossom season when I was in Japan and then DC's when I returned so I had a long time with lots of beauty. I spent about 3 weeks with my brother traveling between his home in Atsugi, where the Navy Base is (he's a Weapons Systems Officer on the F-18 Super Hornet with the VFA-102 Diamondbacks) and his apartment in Tokyo, as well a trip out to Kyoto. I spent the trip in a walking boot, having broken my foot and ankle in 4 places which was annoying, but it wasn't going to stop me!

Enjoy this little picture story of my adventures!

My brother flew in from Guam via Australia the day after I arrived in Japan- it was awesome watching the jets arrive back.

An F-18 Super Hornet from the Diamondback's hangar

A temple & cherry blossom's in Kyoto

Prayers tied to trees at a temple.

Lanterns at a shrine

The "menu" at a lot of restaurants are faux replicas of the dishes

Beautiful, traditional Sake presentation

My brother and his roommate & fellow WSO, Dan

The Golden Temple in Kyoto

Torii (traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine)

At Shin's Sushi in Atsugi/Yama province - Shin is a huge supporter of the Navy guys & serves some of the best sushi in Japan. These crabs were flash fried.

Cherry Blossoms over a canal

Spicy Ramen at 3 or 4am was typical after a trip to Gioronimo's Shot Bar

Traditional Japanese picture pose!


Now who wants ramen??!! Let's go!!

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