I'm still flying high after a great time recording in Chicago last week. I almost forgot how much I love playing with a band. It's great to be a part of a group.
And I'm not just talking about music.
I'm not certain why it's taken me decades to figure out how to let others into my life. For the longest time, I thought I needed to have strong boundaries. (Boundaries are the battlecry of my generation: we don't want to give anybody the power to hurt us.)
But I think that--in my effort to have boundaries--I may have missed the joy of being impacted by others.
Reader, letting other people into my creative processes has been transformative for me this week. Truly magical. The music that we made as a group in the studio was so much more interesting than what I would have made alone. The events that were thrown at my restaurant were so much more inventive than anything I would have created on my own. And the garden bed that my kids and I made at home was so much more whimsical than anything my stubborn mind would have made without them.
With that, I hope you and your band have a great week. Remember not to let people bring you down, but don't forget to let them bring you up, too. I leave you with this picture of an event my staff and I threw on Wednesday (another great idea made better by involving others). I'm so grateful to be a part of several squads these days. See you next Monday. -Em