The question “What do you do?” has always stumped me. I could pick one of the many things I am involved with to define myself in that brief moment I have to answer the question, or I could rattle off a grocery list of all my activities and wild ambitions, but neither of those responses seems quite right. Do I prioritize the pursuits where I have had the most success, the jobs I have had the longest, or the dreams I have held the most deeply?
For too long I have allowed the hats I wear through life to be organized on separate hooks, never fully realizing until recently that they are all parts of a single fabulous headpiece; a cohesive and expansive tapestry! This site you have stumbled upon is part of my attempt to answer that first question and celebrate my tapestry; a life defined by many contradictions, passions, and crazy ideas.
I have decided first and foremost to strive to be a WELL ARTIST. There’s a lot implied there, so here’s a quick unpacking of what I mean in those two words.
If I am an ARTIST, than I am actively creating. This expresses itself in my work onstage singing, dancing or acting; offstage directing, producing and writing; molding events for the socially driven eatery PS Kitchen; crafting meaningful and productive experiences for my personal coaching and group fitness clients; or trying a new recipe at home.
If I am WELL, than I am serving others at my best by investing in myself. This means looking at what I do each day as an intertwined web rather than a checklist of accomplishments. The sleep I get, the way I eat, the physical activity I engage in, the people I surround myself with, and the time I invest in my relationship with God are all just some of the little things I forget have a massive impact on my career, relationships, finances, happiness and more. It’s not enough to be a fierce triple threat if my soul is starving. What good is a fit body without meaningful relationships? Knowing my talent doesn’t mean I know my worth.
It is my desire to keep exploring and discovering how to be an artist who is truly well within and without. Not perfect, not always happy, but nurtured, growing and full of life.
For anyone reading this, perhaps our journeys will collide. Maybe we’ll work on a show together, maybe I’m the coach and trainer you need to move your mind and body forward, or maybe someday we will simply share a meal and a laugh, but until that moment, keep creating and be well.