Blog: Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!

As Thanksgiving approaches, I’m getting very excited. I LOVE this holiday for the gatherings and the opportunity to try new recipes. A celebration sometimes spent with family, sometimes spent with friends, and often a mixture of both, it is always memorable. This year is going to be particularly warm for me. I’m heading to visit my brother and sister-in-law to celebrate in their new home – I’m bringing my apple pie recipe with me, and I know this year will be a blast!

A view of the world from the plane

I guess it’s natural for one to begin to look back on the past year to find things for which to give thanks. But I find myself almost startled by this past year. Exploring new roles and new countries, it’s been quite a year. And what a remarkable journey it’s been. I mean, this time last year I was fretting over my first turkey, hosting the family holiday at my house for the first time. Great friends and family joined, and we celebrated at a makeshift family dining table in my living room – very La Boheme :) But that was just the beginning. So to sum up my year, I’d like to give thanks.

Thank you FAMILY. Y’all are amazing. We’re all so different, and I love that we celebrate that. Thank you for being there, no matter what – I truly couldn’t ask for anything more. You bring me home, no matter where we are.

The beautiful North Carolina Beach

Thank you FRIENDS. I am blessed to know you, and am happy you are in my life. Sprinkled all over the world, I love your variety of personalities, interests, and professions. Thank you for accepting me and including me, despite my dropping in and out of your cities. You motivate me, from updating my fashion to inspiring me to run a half-marathon. Awesome.

Thank you MUSIC, I mean “WORK”. Every day I am appreciative to be in a profession that I love, one that I believe is important in our world. No matter the difficulties or frustrations, I always remember that the bottom line is that I am so privileged to have the opportunity to be a musician.

At the Asakusa Temple in Tokyo, Japan

Thank you TRAVEL! I glanced at my calendar to remind myself where I’ve been, and I mean, to spend time in Alabama, California, Illinois, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Texas, Vermont, Belgium, Germany, France, Japan AND Spain??? Even typing it I can hardly believe it. Seeing the world has opened my eyes to so many ways of life, and I love seeing both the cultural differences and similarities.

Thank you MARLBORO. This summer was a formative one for me – I took a long-needed breath. Thank you for that opportunity.

With my teacher, Cynthia Hoffmann, just after receiving the Beverly Sills Award at the Metropolitan Opera!

Thank you BEVERLY SILLS. Yes, the reward this year was an unexpected and MUCH appreciated honor. And for me the most moving thing was that I grew up listening to you – your voice is in my ear, and your contribution to opera and the arts as a whole is invaluable. You are missed and fondly remembered.

I could go on, but as I think about it, the thing I’m most grateful for this year is the opportunity to explore the world geographically, musically, and personally. What a marvelous world this is. I hope you ALL have a very happy Thanksgiving surrounded by those you love. Cheers!

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