I often pursue creative outlets of all kinds to keep my mind off the chronic pain I deal with each day. I have a background in Art Education and while I can not teach in a traditional sense anymore, I find myself teaching myself new things. I started to learn how to play guitar during the pandemic and then a few months later I picked up the ukulele. I have recently started to learn how to play the piano as well. Learning how to play has been so therapeutic and I can’t believe I didn’t try something musical in the past. I found it too intimidating so I never dreamed I’d actually be playing an instrument, let alone three…and now composing music.

My medical conditions have me sidelined from a lot of activities. There are so many places I can’t go because I don’t have the energy, or activities I can’t do because of the pain. I have been trying to figure out how to still live a fulfilling life, but it’s a constant work in progress. Wellness looks differently for everyone and I hope that others can extend some grace and understanding to others who are battling invisible and visible disabilities. Feeling constantly judged can be so difficult.

I have self published a book of instrumental ukulele music, Ukulele Expressions – Illustrated Ukulele Fingerstyle Etudes for the Picking Hand and a book of poems combined with my ink sketches about my medical conditions, Ink Sketches for Wellness – Poems on My Life with Invisible Disabilities. I hope to continue writing and composing as it is a top passion! I look forward to finding more ways that I can help others through art and music.

I have a favorite quote I like to keep in my mind… “Often, what seems like an impossible climb is just a staircase without the steps drawn in.” Robert Brault, American Operatic Tenor

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