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Magical Moment 585, "Tackling Hills"

I got another life lesson while running the other day.
Hills. They can either kill your morale, or light a fire under you.
I might not be the fastest or strongest runner, but I don't often let a hill get the best of me.

Yet I've felt myself slowing down in other ways lately. There are so many obstacles in my path. Haven't I worked and sweat enough? I've become accustomed to the comfortable pace of 2 steady piano jobs (which I'm more than grateful for), but my original goal when moving here, was to song write and record. A process which is proving to be more time consuming and complicated than I would have ever imagined. Just when I think I see the finish line, another hill arises in my path. 

That's when I'm reminded of the old saying (and excuse the cliche) it's not the destination, but the journey that's important. And so with each step, I admire the view around me and appreciate more than ever those miles stones that I pass along the way. 

Chasing your dreams can be exhausting! Avoiding the hill might be easier, quicker, simpler. But as the opera singer, Beverly Sills once said, "There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."

One recent mile stone:
The first time any of my music has been played on the radio. I was included on Evan Ginzburg's "Legends Radio" during his show theme featuring Independent Artists. This link will take you to the archive of the show. Press play, and my song begins at about 8 minutes:

For those curious about the progress of my upcoming's coming up...I promise. :)
And here are the past posts, in order as I describe the process of recording!


You describe the Hill very well. It does take persistence. You are making it...your talent also. I guess it is always more complicated than we ever imagine.
Linda said…
The process is daunting, to be sure; but you've tackled daunting tasks before. You're an overcomer, and I'm sure you'll continue to be an overcomer as you pursue your musical dreams.
Eddie said…
The last time we ran together, she went half way up a hill and looked back and down at me to see where I was. Too out of breath to speak, I just waved my hand at her indicating that she should go on without me. She knew what I meant, but she came back and encouraged me anyway. I was waiting for her to crest the hill and leave me completely behind so I could stop and walk without embarassment, but she wouldn't let me quit. I do love and admire my wife.
Deborah said…
If any one can do it, you can! Enjoying the scenery along the way maybe a cliche, but it's very true. And how wonderful being on the radio!!! Onwards and upwards :o)
(I couldn't help but smile and feel al lovely at Eddies comment, just lovely)
Anonymous said…
I used to love hilly runs while I was still running. Loved the challenge of the uphills and the thrill of flying downhill... I look forward to the CD release!
Busy Bee Suz said…
Oh, this post has so many meanings to me....and everyone else I think. :)
Going to visit the link. Congrats on making it on the air!!!! Give yourself a huge pat on the back from me.
holdingmoments said…
I know all about hills at the moment lol
Good luck with overcoming yours :-)
Hilary said…
Somehow, I never think of you as doing anything but enjoying the journey. And sharing it.

Congrats on the air play. :)
Amish Stories said…
Even as a kid id run out of gas pretty fast when trying to run, but i did still try and thats the whole battle. Richard
Dawn said…
Ahhhh. The HILL. I hear's something we seem to have to tackle often...running or otherwise. And tackle it we must.
I like Eddie's comment:)
Frank Baron said…
At times, life seems to be an endless series of hills but your attitude is the right one. It will see you through.

Congrats on hitting the airwaves. It must feel similar to when I got my first byline. :)
Steve Gravano said…
Congratulations, it sounded great! Can't wait for a CD!
Rick said…
From having followed your posts for a while I know you're not a quitter, no matter the obstacles. And while you're conquering your 'hills', you manage to be an encourager too (Eddie's comment). And the view from the top of a hill is lovely too !
Amish Stories said…
Thanks very much for your visit to my blog, and for your comment. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon,Pa.
Leontien said…
haha yeah the hill!

my gosh girl it sometimes just seems to big!

But i know your gonna stick with it and do ok. tonight when i have my laptop i'll try to come back and listen to your song!

missing moments said…
Oh, I like that Beverly quote. Isn't so true! Keep at it ... one day it will be all behind you and new challenges to explore will come your way.
Pearl said…
Wow! Energetic and ambitious little thing, aren't you?! I say that with utmost admiration, by the way...

Good for you on tackling the hills. :-)

Jayne said…
Elizabeth- There's also the old saying Slow and steady...
And an album on its way! And airplay! You're already reaping rewards. :)

I agree w/Hilary, too, you do seem to enjoy the journey. That's what it's all about.
louciao said…
And the view is great from the top...of the next hills to descend and climb, to say nothing of the strength to be gained along the way.
Kappa no He said…
How exciting! Very soon you'll be standing on top of the very tall hill. I'm sure you'll enjoy it immensely and then continue on to the next one. An inspiration!
Que lindo o que você escreveu!
Gostei muito de conhecer seu blog achei muito bonito, e ja estou seguindo. Convido a conhecer meu blog e seguir-me se gostares. Um abraço!

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