28 pages later, I have completed this lovely little journal/scrap/art/lyric book.
This book came about when my label, EMI, came to me and asked me if I would like to contribute to the auction they are doing benefitting our friends in Japan.
OF COURSE I SAID YES!
What started off as a “lyric” book, has quickly turned into something really special.
Simply put, once I started working on this, I couldn’t put it down. Nothing speaks to me quite like a glue stick & paint-pen fumes do, especially when its for charity!
The intention of this book is to be whatever you want it to be. Its got a welcome & a congratulations, and a whole lot of collaging, lyrics, art, quotes and randomness in between. The other pages are left blank, so that the new owner can use it like a journal. The journal itself I got in Japan a couple years ago, and never had used it. I must have unconsciously known I was gonna use it for something amazing.
Please check out EMI’s auction, there will be so many awesome items from many amazing artists!
The auction will launch April 4. You can search for it by entering: EMIFAMILY4JAPAN on Ebay.
Hopefully, my peeps will update my twitter and my website, cause I will be in Costa Rica getting my yoga retreating on for the next 12 days!
Love you all tons! Thanks for supporting!
Big LOVE LOVE LOVE to our friends and family in Japan.
I woke up today, in love! In love with a whole bunch of fun stuff!
As I began to reflect on the weekend and beyond, I thought I might as well share!
So without further adieu: Things I am loving today:
Everything Free People! The new line for 2011 is SO CUTE!
I have been living in this bralette: I love it.
Loving this RAIN!!! Rain on the first day of spring! Ahhh!
For me this symbolizes washing away what no longer serves me, and gladly making way for all the goodness that is about to bloom!!!
Loving my new back patio…It has a tin roof on it, and it sounds so magical when it rains! My Dad just finished building it, he is such a stud! Go Dad! Thank You for being so handy! You rule!
Loving my man. Loving him for his amazing communication skills and his ability to listen. Loving that he continually chooses his relationship with me over his relationship with fear. Loving that both of us hold space whenever EITHER of us FREAK OUT!
I feel like all GREAT relationships, require GREAT work! I am so grateful to get to be a full time employ of this amazing creationship! Together we make it amazing!!! After 9 years of knowing each other, there’s still no ceiling on our love. And I LOVE that!
Loving my friend Katie B, who recently moved to Asheville, NC, and sent me this awesome house warming present :) I heart her <3
Loving this reminder every time I get home:
Which reminds me to honor the divine spark within.
I am also super loving all the ladies in my life. I think perhaps when I meet women, they are super skeptical of how excited I am to meet them!? But its true, I am in love with most all the women I meet.
Whether it be their songs, or their style, their way with words, their laugh, their smile. Their blog, their sharing. I always feel like I can find a little bit of myself in all the women I meet. I am so grateful for all the strong, super mama goddesses in my life, whether they offer a shoulder to lean on, a counter to eat on, words to live by or lessons to teach by. I am definitely learning so much about myself through my relationships with them. Thank you for all that you do sisters :)
I am also super thankful for my new home, its half the size of my old place, which has proven to be quite a blessing in disguise! So far it has been a great teacher in helping me LET GO. I’ve been letting go of everything from clothes, pots, pans, books, cups, journals, jewelry, linens, appliances, knick knacks, etc… If i look at it, and it doesn’t bring me immediate joy, to goodwill it goes!
I am now committed to living a life free of clutter, so that I may always have room for the incoming. I can already feel the effects of clearing. Morning meditations, more reading, more writing. Creativity is on the move. Less rush, more flow.
Who would have thought a living space would affect all that?
Inviting you to take a moment today and acknowledge what you are loving :)
After 2 back to back yoga classes this morning, I was elated. Inspired. Open. Free. Humble. A student. Grounded. I have decided to go for it, i’m adding yoga teacher to my list of awesome things I love to do.
My training begins April 1st in Costa Rica, and will continue as time allows with the recording of my new record. I am so excited, as this is something I made up I couldn’t do cause I already had another ‘career’. But, hey, who says you can’t do it all?
Weeeeee! I look forward to touring and coming home to teach yoga classes :) Rad sauce.
Here’s to doing whatever the f makes you happy, and doing all of it! :)
I’ve never been anywhere as much as I have been to Japan, 13 times.
Its one of my favorites places, ever, in the whole world.
Upon the release of my first album, Twenty-three, I visited 3 times for promotion, followed by another 4 for more promotion and tour and a then another visit to play at the Fuji Rock festival.
The love I felt there is unlike any kind of support I have ever felt. Twenty-three sold nearly 150,000 copies in Japan alone. To which I would proudly say, ” I’m huge in Japan”.
The culture, the markets, the shopping, the streets, the people, the style. I immediately fell in love with all of it. My favorite restaurant in all the planet lives in Tokyo, and is called KaiKaya. I go there every time I am there, they are like my family.
At 9:45 on Thursday night, I was headed over to Jason’s house, and checked my twitter to find update after update that a 8.8 earthquake had hit Japan. My heart dropped.
Every memory of my travels there flashed before me.
If there was ever a place, I feel a bigger than life connection to, its Japan.
I immediately reached out to my friends there, to make sure they were ok. I contacted my friend Yuria first, who I worked with on my first album. Her and I quickly became friends, and even though we are miles apart, we have always kept in touch, she’s like a sister to me.
I just now heard back from her:
my favorite girl,Tristan!!!!!!! How are you???? I’m OK and my family is fine…and happy to hear from you. Your mail makes me so happy and brave. No EMI Japan person are injured. But as you know, it is far beyond my imagination….what a disaster…!
I was surprised at your mail. Because the night, after the big earthquake, I went back to my home. It was at a mess!!!!!!!! I thought someone had broken in my house! Then, i cleaned up and i found your photo with me in 2005!! and please find the file attached. My friend, orange bird is injured…. I miss you so much.
Yes Japan loves Tristan so much. There aren’t any emergency food, bread, dry cell battery and diapers in supermarket! But i found banana cheese cake today. And I keep a lot of kind of ice cream in my freezer.
miss you so much. please send my love to Jason!!!! You and your music make me always happy.
Hearing back from my friend, is like winning the lottery.
To know that in the midst of such chaos, her spirits remain high, represents what the Japanese culture stands for. They will prevail, and make it through this. But as a world community, it is necessary that we come together and support our Japanese family during this disastrous time.
Donations are good, but if you cant donate at this time, then take a moment out of your day, and envision Japan surrounded by golden light, healed and full of love.
I hope to help by doing more than donate. In the mean time please send some love their way, and your way.
For more ways to help, I found this link to be helpful, click here.
In the end, my journey has nothing to do with you.
For the past couple years I have been battling the feeling of not knowing what I am going to do with my life, and what I am doing with my life.
Its a strange feeling, cause there are a lot of obvious pathways I could choose.
Music is an obvious one, and more recently a yoga instructor.
Spirituality lives inside me, though I know I don’t often come across as a stereotypical blissed out super being, or talking in beautiful tongue. I respect the spirituality within, and I don’t rush it. Cause I know its in there, and I know that it is perfect. I never know when I will see glimpses of it coming. I like that. Im always surprising myself. Probably cause I have no expectations of it.
In a lot of ways, I mostly just like stretching. Stretching my imagination, stretching my limbs. Its all the same, for me it symbolizes growth.
For the past 3 years, I have been trying to figure out “What I want to do with my life?”
I love playing music. In a lot of ways, it comes easy for me. I don’t have a lot of expectations of it. When I was heavy into it, I was embracing it because it was flowing. I was feeling everything, and sharing made me feel good. To see how touched people were by the music, by the lyrics. Its an honorable feeling.
Then somewhere in there, my intentions shifted, and It felt like more of a chore than a pleasurable experience.
Im pretty sure everyone can relate to that last statement. Whether in career or relationship. At the end of the day, you have to check in with yourself, and ask yourself: Is this really serving me?
Its OK to change your mind.
There is a part of me, that really would love to just be there for my man. To support him and love him, to travel with him, and to be the mother of his children. Success would be our kids asking mama for kale chips over Cheez-its. Success would be hours of play time, and big hugs. I sometimes get a strong feeling, that that is where my next step should be.
I am often conflicted by the whole I am a powerful woman, I have a career, I can bring in as much income as my man, etc…I make up that the whole “stay at home mom” is really not empowering, for me anyways, and that given the position I am in, would it look like I was just trying to land myself in that position? Would people say, “Yeah she was a singer, then she married a rock star and now she just quit everything and became a Mom…” Well yeah, put that way, that doesnt sound very empowering does it? We choose our own adventure, and we choose to make things mean whatever we want them to mean. I can see, I am not even there yet, and im already creating the possibility of my possibility being wrong, or not good enough. “We make things so hard..”, chimes in Tricia.
Im caught in a story, and I am hung up on looking good. When really, I should just get clear with myself, and those around me.
I know I will make another record, but I don’t think my goal is going to be to become Lady Gaga or anything. Ive never been super technical when it comes to music, Ive never been a super fancy guitar player. I dont know scales or chord names, Ive always been fueled by feeling.
My goal for this next record is to be authentic, to be myself, to be genuine. To share about all the things that have come up for me over the last couple years. Sometimes I feel like Ive grown so numb to a lot of music, including some of my newer material, trying to come up with something that I think someone else will want to hear, or that will sound good on the radio. Its easy to loose sight of why I started down this particular path in the first place. The work I get to do here however, is very rewarding. Its a challenge. I never thought I would get myself into such a complicated situation, especially with the one thing I have always felt has come easy for me. Ive always thought the best songs are the ones that are born from a very innocent place. A place of no expectation. A place of love. I have to let go. Why am I so scared of being successful? Its time for a little stretching…
I also know I will be a Mom someday, its something I have wanted since I was in my early 20’s. I know my kids are going to be amazing. My instincts for motherhood, my undying need to tend to people, to make sure the they are safe and sound, my yearning for making sure everyone has a safe space to flourish, create, and spread their wings and fly. Combined with all that LOVE I have inside, Im gonna rule at being a Mom. Plus, I have a good one of my own to reference.
I cannot wait to join my Yoga Tropics family in Costa Rica for 10 days of surfing, yoga and hammock action !!!
I have been praticing at this studio for almost 3 years now, and I seriously think Margaret, her family and Leah, my long lost mother in universe, might be the best thing that has ever happened to me. I have come so far in my practice, and in my life, and I have met so many wonderful people over the last couple years.
How blessed am I feeling right now? F’N Blessed!
I’ve always wanted to do a yoga retreat, but never had the time in my schedule until now!