Oh my, what a year it’s been!! I wanted to do a quick recap of some of the main events that transpired in my life. If I was to pick a word to describe what happened to me in 2015, it would be the word “transitions”. I found myself changing my life in very organic and thoughtful ways.
Before I carry on, how about the legalization of Gay Marriage all across the USA in 2015? This was AMAZING!!! It was one of the most powerful moments of the year overall!!! Congratulations to all of the newlyweds of the world. Anyway, I digress.
Without further ado, here we go . . .
As far as performances go, 2015 was a relatively light year for me. I opted for quality over quantity and had some fun shows at Cafe Coco, BB King’s Blues Club, the Inaugural Art Pod Event, the Larry Keeton Theatre, Nashville’s Centennial Park, the Outcentral LGBT Community Center, and two very memorable house shows. Three of these shows were with fellow pianists Christopher Hopkins, Avi Wisnia, and Aeryk Thomas, and guitarist extraordinaire Andrew Weitze added his magic to my songs at three of these shows as well. I met a lot of warm and kind people along the way, and I can’t wait to do it all again in 2016!!
2. A New Home and a New Beginning
I spent pretty much all of Summer 2015 planning and carrying out a big move to a new home. First there was the hunt to find an apartment that was in a desirable location, came at a reasonable price, and had the amenities I wanted. I visited and researched over 20 different properties and was lucky to move to the one that I liked the most. Quite anxiously, I needed a new beginning, and it came with a warm and cozy new abode.
It’s worth noting that ever since moving to this new place, it has been robbed once. The perpetrators messed up my house and stole my brand new laptop. So things haven’t been all good, but I have worked with the property manager to remedy the situation as best as possible. Other than this, I love mi casa!!
3. Oreo and Buttercup of Where Pianos Roam (WPR)
For several years now, I’ve had an ongoing photography/writing project. I had to put the brakes on it for a couple of years due to other commitments, but I finally started it up again this past year. Equipped with lots of new imagery and stories, I pressed the reset button and launched Where Pianos Roam on Instagram. You can now follow the adventures of a miniature travelling grand piano and her rowdy bench. This little side project has been dear to my heart, and there will be more photos and shenanigans to share in 2016.
4. My Sister Lette and her Fight Against Breast Cancer
My sister Lette found out she had breast cancer in early 2015. Since then, it’s been a year of debilitating chemotherapy, countless doctor visits, lots of medication, a full series of radiation treatments, a double mastectomy, and the emotional roller coaster ride that came with all of this. At this point, she is still in the thick of things with a five-year regimen of hormone pills, surgeries to reconstruct both breasts, and taking steps to fend off lymphedema. Thankfully, much of my immediate family lives in Nashville, and we’ve stuck with her 100%. This has been one of the scariest experiences my family and I have faced, and it has certainly made 2015 much more meaningful to us. My sister continues to be in good spirits and is looking forward to being a breast cancer survivor.
4. Riding my bike on the Nashville Greenway
What started out as an occasional joyride through the park has morphed into a life-affirming and invigorating pursuit. I’ve actually owned my bike for years now, but 2015 is the first year that I’ve used it to its fullest extent. I’ve been on numerous greenway rides over the past year. Just last weekend, I road through 28 miles of the Nashville Greenway, and I LOVED IT. This is the farthest distance I’ve ridden by bicycle so far, and I hope to at least double that amount in 2016.
I love my bicycle!!!!!! Sigh.
5. 365 Days of Thankfulness
I wanted to try an experiment having to do with one’s sense of abundance. I decided to spend every day of 2015 posting about all the experiences and gifts for which I am grateful. If you follow me on social media, you will have no doubt seen my thankfulness posts with the hashtag #365daysofthankfulness. As I write this year-in-review, I have one day of thankfulness left. In an upcoming post, I’ll share what I have learned through this exercise and how it has changed my life. In ways both subtle and transformative, my life has changed for the better. I will continue to always be thankful. It is a truly worthwhile way to be.
6. Caturdays with Steinway
As sidekicks go, I couldn’t have asked for a better one. Living with a cat, with cat cuddles and purring galore, has been the best thing EVER!! I’ve posted so many “Caturday” photos all year and all over social media that most of you probably think I’m certifiable by now. That’s ok. I probably am. At this moment, he’s almost 3 years old now, and he’s as sweet as ever.
It’s clear that I don’t “own” anything in this situation, but Steinway certainly owns me.
I am perfectly fine with that.
Outside of what I have mentioned above, I’ve had numerous moments in 2015 with family and friends that have been tender and oh-so-wonderful. I will not share them here (nor will I share them in social media, for that matter). Some things are better left with the hearts that keep them. We are all entitled to sustain our own privacy. With that said, just know that I have lots of love in my life right now, and I am most thankful for this.
So, Year 2016, I’d like to introduce you to my loved ones, my cat, my music, a miniature piano and her rowdy bench, my bike, and my Asian Power. Come on in!! Make yourself at home and stay a while. We have a lot to do . . .