With a Wink and a Smile (NOT a Nibble and a Taste)…..


I write to you this evening in honesty and transparency in an effort to voice a goal (so that I have accountability to not only myself but also to you). Sticking to my program these past few weeks has been ridiculously hard. The scale doesn’t seem to want to budge, and I have found myself desiring naughty foods (although I am thankful I have had the strength to resist!). I know that there are outside factors working against me……more early morning kitchen shifts than usual, more gigs, less sleep, and more stress as my busy season approaches.

All that aside, only I can be responsible for my success, and I am approaching tomorrow with a refreshed sense of purpose. So, here I am sharing my game plan with you. You are welcome to nag me about it, or join me on my journey:

~Adhere to my strict meal plan, measuring my protein and fresh vegetables with minimal condiments.

~Avoid almond milk from cafes at all costs…..choose tea instead! And no half&half in my tea!

~Try to fit in 30 minutes of exercise, six days a week

~Prioritize sleep

~Focus on maintaining a sunny disposition and a positive outlook on life!

So now I’ve said it. It’s out there in the blogosphere, and I need to stick with it. I know it will be difficult, but I know I can do it, because I am a conqueror.

And now, for a little bit of life. Today we started the week of celebration for my Dad’s birthday! We spent the day wandering around tasting rich coffee at Acre Coffee in Petaluma, shopping for soft, luscious wool at the yarn store, sampling cheeses at Freestone Artisan Cheese (a happy Instagram find that resulted in fascinating conversation, and an exchange of stories and interests), and exploring Luther Burbank’s Gold Ridge Farms. I am anxiously awaiting a morning off and breakfast with Daddy on Thursday – I’ll get him all to myself for the morning, and I’m so excited to be celebrating another year of health and success for him!

This past week I performed with a quartet for San Francisco’s largest Chinese New Year party! It was such a vibrant time of sight-reading Haydn and Beethoven quartets with incredible musicians, watching dancers, and taking in the sights and sounds of the city (although I was happy to come home to the fresh air and our tiny bit of wilderness).

With that, I wish you a successful week full of joy, love, and rest! Goodnight, friends 🙂