This post was created in partnership with UMe
Love the life you live. live the life you love. ~Bob Marley
I love this quote because it reminds me about being happy with the life we have but reminds us of the possibilities when we take an active role in shaping our realities. This is especially relevant during this time of year while we are setting a fresh tone for the new year full of our aspirations and hopes.
One of the greatest goals that I set as a young girl living in the plains of Saskatchewan was making Hawaii my home. It all started after I found out Hawaii existed. haha. My dad had a bunch of flight vouchers from work and I made a sly remark about going to the place that was on our screen saver (Hawaii). I jumped around our house for a good week trying to convince him of the genius idea of going to Hawaii. I didn’t think it would ever happen but long story short, we found super cheap tickets, the night of Y2K, and went for it!
Coming to Hawaii as a 13 year old who had never even seen an ocean was like entering the twilight zone. I remember driving with my parents as a young girl through the North Shore country side, the windows were down , and Bob Marley was playing in the background. I was in full on la la land. I’ll never forget the sweet smell of plumerias, feeling of the warm humid ocean air on my skin and watching the surfers drop into waves of different shades of blue while feeling completely lost in the music...it was magical, and was the beginning of my new life purpose… to make Hawaii my home.
At this point I had fallen in love and made it my goal to do everything I could to pack up my life in Saskatchewan and move it to Hawaii. All of my friends started to share this same dream but it was real to me. I saved all my money, wore the same jacket and same pair of falling apart shoes all of high school just to save money and every time I would hear a song that reminded me of my short time in Hawaii it ignited my soul and kept me moving forward. It kept the dream alive! I have music to thank for keeping my dreams real, and making my goals a reality. It spoke to me in a way that no one else or anything else could.
I love sharing music with my children because of its power to uplift and inspire their tender little hearts. As a parents we may never know the effect that music will have on their little minds and souls but I know what it did to me and I want that for them.
If you come over to our place while we are cooking you will know our love for music and good healthy food. It’s always pumping! As a young girl I would play Bob Marley while I daydreamed as it blizzard outside. Now as a mother before getting going in the kitchen I will throw on those same records, that feel good and deliver positive messages. A quote that I love by Bob Marley about music is, “One thing good about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” Isn’t that beautiful? Sharing these types of messages with my children through music while fulfilling one of our resolutions this year by cooking healthy food together is something that is so special. My hope is that when they grow older that this music is reminiscent of times that we shared and traditions that we created.
With 2017 in full in swing and sustaining new life resolutions let music be a tool to uplift, encourage, comfort and just get lost in. My advice to anyone needing some additional motivation and comfort is to find a track that speaks to your heart and makes you want to get up and make life happen! Seems small, but it could make all the difference in the world! Grateful every day for music…
I selected a few classic vinyl records from UMe that I loved as a kid and still listen to today including:
Eight Days a Week Blu-Ray: http://smarturl.it/EDAWBRA
Pet Sounds http://smarturl.it/BBstorePS
Bob Marley: http://smarturl.it/MarleyCompleteA
2Pacalypse Now: http://smarturl.it/2PacalypseNowA