It’s the last day of September 2015. What a month it has been. I don’t want it to enter the history books without my acknowledging it, if even in some small way.

After posting on Facebook a picture of a meal I had cooked using ingredients I bought at my local farmers’ market, my friend Robin asked me if I had ever made hodge-podge. I didn’t know what it was, so I learned on Google that hodge-podge is a Nova Scotian dish made in the late summer/early fall that includes seasonally appropriate produce, including potatoes, green beans, and carrots. I planned to try making it last weekend, but I learned that the coconut oil I have (extra virgin) isn’t suitable for making vegan butter, as it’s too “coconutty” in flavor. Who knew? When I’m done with this jar of coconut oil, I’ll look into getting refined coconut oil. Anyway, I thought “hodge-podge” is the perfect title to describe this musing, made up of memories that were made this month.

Here are the experiential ingredients that made September 2015 come alive for me:

  • Releasing my new song “Vesta”*
  • Celebrating my birthday with my mom at HanGawi, a beautiful vegan restaurant here in NYC
  • Watching Finding Neverland and Something Rotten! on Broadway with my mom, who has been my Big Apple, Broadway theatre-going buddy for 19 years now (thanks, Mom!)
  • Seeing Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love) talk about creativity, mysticism, and her new book, Big Magic (which I am loving and savoring slowly)
  • Performing for the third time with Sing for Hope
    • The first two times I performed, I sang a cappella. This was my first time performing with my guitar outside the comfort of my home (and local park).
    • I also performed an original song I wrote for my mom nine years ago, and it was well-received each time I played it.
    • I got firsthand experience of the show biz phrase, “The show must go on.” Despite getting a sore throat on Saturday, I made a quick recovery. I didn’t get to cover a song I’ve been preparing for weeks because I didn’t have full access to my upper range and, believe me, this song requires it. However, I was able to revisit my own humble catalog of original songs and let my own work take precedence over the cover. Thank you, sore throat, for encouraging me to step out as an artist. In hindsight, I see what you did there.
My own piece of Vesta
My own piece of Vesta

*Speaking of Vesta, my friend and soul sister, Lindsey, who has one of the biggest and most generous hearts I know, sent me a piece of the Universe for my birthday…

It’s from a specific type of meteorite (an HED meteorite) that landed in Africa. Lindsey didn’t know I was writing a song about Vesta until I released it on my SoundCloud. I didn’t know that Lindsey loves meteorites and had a piece of Vesta until after I released my song. She told me that when she looked up information about a specific meteorite she had, she learned that they are from the asteroid Vesta! I know, right?! What makes this even cooler? When I received the inspiration to write a song about Vesta, I used this inner flame work of art by Lindsey to help guide my way and see the song through to its completion. I know, right?!

Given the way this all unfolded, I’ve no doubt in my mind that this is my own personal, tangible evidence of Big Magic at work. I’d like to think Elizabeth Gilbert would agree.

Inner Flame - Credit: Art by L (Lindsey Keirnan)
Inner Flame – Credit: Art by L (Lindsey Keirnan)

6 thoughts on “Hodge-Podge

  • September 30, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    Well my sista, you have had one really good month. It will always warm my heart to see you finding your path piece by piece. It is like opening gifts you didn’t know you had coming. Entertaining the thought that you are more than you could ever imagine can make one smile so big everything seems possible and within reach. You can now say you have a part of the Universe in your hand. Which is also leading to say… to letting the Universe give you an “hand” in what ever you want to do.

    • October 3, 2015 at 2:04 PM

      <3 <3 <3

  • October 1, 2015 at 2:28 AM

    What a cool month you have had Allison! The story about your song Vesta and Lindseys gift and working with her art whilest writing your song, is so magical! Thank you for sharing!

    dikke knuffel!

    • October 3, 2015 at 2:05 PM

      You’re very welcome, Louise! Thanks for reading! Big hugs backatcha! <3

  • October 3, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    I’m so proud of you for following your dreams! I like the idea of reflecting on each month, at the end of the month. Maybe I will start doing that in the future!

    • October 3, 2015 at 2:06 PM

      Aw, thanks, Bev! That means a lot to me. End-of-the-month reflections are fun; definitely give it a try sometime!


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