This is a story I’ve only ever told a few people.
When I was in college, I won my orchestra’s concerto competition and I had the opportunity to perform ‘Spring’ from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with a full orchestra. Needless to say, it was a very big deal for me.
I invited a bunch of my friends at the time -
These were people who usually didn’t attend my orchestra concerts - and I was BEYOND THRILLED when they told me they would be there. As an artist, there is simply NO BETTER FEELING than seeing your friends supporting you in the audience. It’s vulnerable to invite people to an event - and even more vulnerable to risk being disappointed if they can’t come.
I performed my piece at the concert and as I was on stage receiving my applause, I proudly smiled at my ‘friends’ in the audience... and noticed that every single one of them was standing up... and walking out. They heard me play my piece for 5 minutes, and now they were leaving... even though the concert wasn’t done.
I was crushed. I knew that my friends weren’t classical music lovers, but I struggled to understand their actions. Childhood memories of being bullied... picked last... abandoned... I was completely devastated, but I hid my feelings because I thought I was being ridiculous.
Last week, I had the incredible opportunity for @kulacloth be featured by @arcteryxseattle at their Fall Celebration. Kaitlin, the marketing coordinator, went out of her way to share my mission with Kula. People who had only ever met me online (Amanda Jane ❤️) showed up to offer support and kind words... people who knew me because of my music... my friend @marievanderpoolphoto and her husband drove to see me... and Rose Freeman rearranged her piano teaching schedule so that she could be there for the event. My friend Diana, who has been with me since I hinted at even a GLIMMER of this dream, was right there beside me too. (Contd in comments)
Another #mountainmonday ⛰ hike with @mtmendez79! The fires🔥from summer really destroyed this part of the forrest🌲. But still loved the good workout 💪. Lots of inclines you could feel it in the 🍑! The photos don't capture how scary this monster hill was! I literally had to slowly slide down it 😂
It’s not very often I post my photography on this Instagram page (usually only on @snapbg) but I figured I would today. I’m trying to take advantage of all these beautiful fall colors this season, so I solo hiked one of my favorite trails in New Jersey. I hiked 7.3 miles on the AT. One day I’ll be back to thru hike the whole Appalachian Trail, you better believe it. 💪