Gratitude Is A Practice, And You Gotta Show Up If You Want To Make It To The State Finals (Look, Metaphors Are Hard...)

First off, I want to thank each of you who have in recent days reached out and expressed an appreciation for this here Morning Missive newsletter. This whole thing started as a way to channel my anxious energy about the upcoming 2016 election, and 740 (seven hundred and forty!!!!!) Missives later, it’s become a delightful way for me to wake up in the morning and connect with y’all. Thank you.

And while we’re on a gratitude kick, as many of you know music has always been near and dear to me, and I’ve been lucky enough to be playing my guitar again for a full year (I know this because my Ultimate Guitar subscription went through on my credit card yesterday and it made me smile.) Last January, after a decade of shuttling my un-played guitar in its case from apartment to apartment, I finally picked it up again (10 min a day to start,) discovered that playing a song over and over again until I understand it is a great anxiety salve, then invested in a gorgeous Martin Dreadnaught Junior (this lady’s got tiny hands, y’all…,) and now spend hours a week on it, including this past weekend playing and singing Kacey Musgrave’s* Slow Burn on loop (h/t to my Dad who kept texting me every day until I listened to the damned tune because he knew I’d love it.) So as we all look at our New Year’s intentions, I am just so happy to report that this is one I stuck to, and one that paid off exponentially.

Anyway, the internet is out there and probably making you a bit insane, so let’s take a look at it, shall we?

I adore you all. Be kind to each other.

xoxo Amy

*PS: Supposedly Kacey wrote this song after dropping acid and you know what, I am HERE FOR IT.