Dreams to Reality at SalmonFest

Back at the end of 2014 I decided to quit my career as a a full-time real estate agent of 5.5 years to pursue my passion for music.  I didn’t know exactly what I was doing, but had faith that if I followed my heart and persisted, I could thrive.

While contemplating the move toward the end of 2014, I was inspired by other artists pursing their purpose, such as Dustin ThomasNahko & Medicine for the People, and Rising Appalachia.  I was moved by these artists’ authenticity and ability to positively influence the masses using their gifts.  Right before making the jump into music, I sent Dustin a message on Facebook letting him know how he inspired me to follow my dreams as well….

Here’s one of Dustin’s songs I was hooked on at the time I was experiencing this transition.  I wanted to experience this sort of inspiration in my life:

Fast-forward 3 years and I’ve just returned home from a 5 month summer stint working at Stillpoint Lodge, Halibut Cove, Alaska.  This journey was filled with magic from beginning to end.  One of the most magical events of the summer was getting to attend SalmonFest and seeing Dustin Thomas & Rising Appalachia perform right in front of me.

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Mesmerized by Rising Appalachia. Photo cred: My Brother, Mr. Thom Angel, with Moving Mountains Photography

After the show, my friend Jenny and I snuck around the side of the stage, where I saw Dustin and Chloe hanging-out & dancing along to the following act.  I reached over the railing and asked Dustin if I could get a pic of he and Chloe together.  Dustin cooly ushered me into the shot and Jenny snapped the below pic…

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In this life I am constantly impressed with how following our hearts and acting-in-faith, the mot beautiful, unexpected things transpire.

This life is magic, Kids :0)

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