Ukulele And A Letter From Cambodia

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West
2015 has been about finding my purpose and living it. Even in the confines of working full-time, I believe that I can find my purpose and live it. I have been thinking about it over the past few months. I actually cried out in despair a few days ago because I thought to myself, “I don’t know what my purpose is! I would live it, if I knew what it was.”
The universe heard my pleas and it answered in a bunch of ways.
I will share one of those stories here. I woke up on Saturday, March 21st, happy to be alive. I had had a great Friday night, laughing and hanging out with people from work. I thought to myself as I woke up, I haven’t laughed that hard and long in months! My throat was actually tired from all the laughing…
I had a busy Saturday ahead of me and I was looking forward to it. I had been filling my life with a lot of dancing, writing, learning, growth, yoga, cooking, and meditating. An ideal life for me.
I checked my email and saw a bunch of messages from friends, and an email from a name I didn’t recognize. I opened it up and saw the email below.

I finally got around to this email. A little under a year ago, I commented on your post “Why Is Travel Not Considered Real Life?” I’m a musician and ended up writing a song called “Real Life” and opened with the line that I posted on your blog. I was wanting to write a song about everyone making their own life choices without judgement and that dialogue on your blog was the tipping point.
Actually it’s turned into one of my favourites that I’ve written, and it’s the song I get the most comments about and that people actually remember lyrics to most often. I kept thinking, “I really need to share it with that blogger!!” but didn’t have a recording and never got around to it UNTIL NOW. I still don’t have a finished recording of it, though I did make one before I left China, but I do have a video recording of it here:


Masks against pollution in China

Masks against pollution in China


Absolutely insane, right?

I chatted with this awesome creature all morning, she was typing on a computer in Cambodia, and I was here in good ol’ Toronto.

I had to share this story as it reminded me once again (I keep on forgetting this!), that my purpose in life is to inspire others with my writing! I mean, it’s so simple, maybe that’s why it doesn’t seem important enough, but it is who I am, and what I do every week.

Brooke Palmer will be writing a few guest posts on my blog over the next few weeks, sharing her inspiring life story of ‘Living the Dream’.

Her brief bio is below.
Brooke Palmer: I am a singer, ukuleleist, and songwriter from Salisbury, North Carolina, USA. I have a degree in classical vocal performance from UNC-Chapel Hill, and I play piano, ukulele, and bit of guitar. I played commercial and bar gigs in China for 4 years, both solo and with a band.

I am passionate about exploring the Great Playground of the World and I have lived in 8 different countries since 2001.

Currently I’m enjoying the beach life and working as a musician in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.

For ukulele tutorials and other entertainment, please visit my travelinguke channel. For info on where I am currently playing music, hit like on my facebook page.

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