October 2016 Travelogue: We’ve Still Got Further to Go…😎

Well hello there, Everybody…
I hope you’ve been enjoying the fall. I’ve been wearing hoodies and sweaters and wool socks and kind of loving it. How do you transition to the cooler weather and to the darkness? I start out fighting it but once I’m in, I’m in all the way. Bring on the apple cider and the big fun Thanksgiving dinner…

And a lot has happened in the last month and a half! I presented at the NEDA conference in Chicago and then attended the FAR-West Folk Alliance conference. At the NEDA conference I met amazing professionals in the Eating Disorder treatment, awareness, activism and advocacy field. At the FAR-West folk alliance conference I surprised myself by getting really into the late night showcases. I met awesome new artists from the US and Canada and reconnected with many friends. Really the best part was the ladies lair….which included Karrie Pavish Anderson and Emily Anderson(no relation, Alaskan beauties!) and Amber Ikeman from Montana. And speaking of Amber… I am putting on the first Poison Apple Medicine presents house concert on November 20th in SLC. Amber will be our featured performer. She has a wonderful spirit and story to tell. The concert will be at my tiny house in Salt Lake City. RSVP to me by clicking here.

So, I had beautiful adventure with my sweetheart up to the top of Mt. Olympus on Saturday. We climbed up there to celebrate several bits of good news! That’s one of the tallest peaks in the Wasatch Mountain range…the mountains I see out the window to the East, everyday that I am home, in Salt Lake City! We could see the whole city sprawled out from our perch almost right at the top. After a fierce scramble up the rocks at the top that left our thighs and calves aching and burning, (Mine in fact, still are…) we lost the trail on the North summit and ended up finding our own version of the top, basking in a very private sunny spot on a comfortable rock couch…

On the way down the sun sank behind the other set of mountains to the West, the Oquirrhs….and it was marvelous! (That’s the picture at the top of this message.) This hike gave me some new perspectives about where I’m at with my music and my creative pursuits – and with life. Sometimes, I’ve been struggling to keep up with it all. I’ve got my Mindy Dillard Music, folk musician/singer-songwriter/musical alchemist; my Princess Fearless act, folk music superheroine for families; and Poison Apple Medicine, new production company that produces music & art events that promote awareness of eating disorders and addictions. I’m headed to the SW (UT, CO and NM) this weekend for two weeks of shows. Plus I’ve got pretty full roster of students here in SLC. It’s a lot to keep track of. I’m close to wanting to hire some help, actually. I am grateful that everything is growing! But the truth is that things are not quite where I want them to be yet.

What I realized though, 9000 ft up there, almost on top of Mt. Olympus, is that there will always be further to go! I want to be happy with where I am every step of the way, even when my thighs and calves are burning. It’s a strange season and I know that you all have your own version of feeling overwhelmed. My wish for all of us is that we can figure out something that is great about where we are now…and why it’s almost better to be looking at the top, than to be standing on it. Maybe where we are now is good enough and it’s ok if things don’t look perfect, ever. And we’ve still got further we want to go! Yes we do! But– that’s a joyful thing because life is for living and songs are for writing and art is for making…and we never ever wanna take the verbs out of our creativity.


Mindy

PS – And ALSO, please save-the-date for Saturday, December 17th. Otter Creek Duo and I had so much fun joining forces for our Mother’s Day show in May we decided to do it again! We will be collaborating on this Winter Show celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and the Winter Solstice. Peter and Mary are such fabulous people and musicians both! Please don’t miss this. More details on this event very soon…

Posted on: November 18th, 2016