There was a time....

Photo by Sarah Char

Photo by Sarah Char

When I was not always kind to myself.  In the past, I made some pretty big mistakes.  I am an alcoholic - recovered.  I don't tempt myself anymore with alcohol. When I drink I become a very different person, angry and violent. I don't want to be that way.  I also tried drugs, and I hated them and what I felt afterwards.  I didn't like how out of control I was.  

I am so #grateful that I did not get addicted to the drugs I tried and the smoking.  I turned 40 shades of green trying to smoke.  I know where my life would be were I taking all that bad stuff into my body. I'd be nothing and I'd be nowhere. I would not be the woman I am today.  Now I am a wife and mom and musician.  I love who I am.  I love my friends and family.  I am so grateful that I have children each and everyone of them are good, strong, smart and very different from each other.   My husband has been my biggest cheerleader - often encouraging me when I am down.

Life is not always easy - but with the good people in my life, I am always encouraged to be better even though I am not perfect, even though I am a flawed human bean.  ( Yes BEAN!)  

What have you struggled with?  

Kori Carothers

A musician's path to her/his muse is sometimes an easy one. Other times, it is filled with potential pitfalls or unexpected obstacles. Kori Linae Carothers faced just that when, during a kindergarten health screening at the age of 5, it was discovered she was deaf in her left ear. Her young peers found out and the teasing began. In addition, throughout elementary and high school, Kori was constantly told she would never become a musician. Undeterred, she kept learning and practicing, never surrendering her dream. Despite these discouragements, Carothers was passionate about her calling and now, years later, she is an acclaimed pianist and keyboard player with four albums to her credit. Clearly, she is an example of a person following her muse with courage, humor, and determination. - Bill Binkelman