Going to be releasing an album soon. In many ways, it’s the first one I’ve ever really shared with the world. And in true fashion I have chosen an entirely new genre of music that is going to be polarizing. So many thoughts run through my mind. Most days I worry that it’s stupid and will lead to my creative downfall, sending me into a dark reality of having to find a “real job.” Other times I think it will be my salvation, that this project is finally freeing me to be my authentic self and is going to lead to the kind of artistic success I have been working towards all these years. Total honesty - it is giving me terrible anxiety. BUT, with all the work I’ve done on myself as a person I come back to a truth — none of the thoughts are fact, they are all just thoughts. So I try to pick the thoughts that make me feel strong, that make me feel excited, that give me hope, and that send the message to the universe that I’m ready for my dreams to come true. Anxiety is worrying that the thoughts and fears of the future might be real, but the opposite may also be just as real if not more real. When I feel the anxiety coming up I try not to fight it. I welcome it in. I say okay anxiety, what do you have to say? Giving it a voice always somehow releases it, especially when I respond to it with compassion. I then give it the alternatives. I show anxiety we are allowed to believe in the positive possible outcomes just as much as the negative ones. If you’re feeling anxious today it’s all good. Let yourself feel it. Then let yourself believe the opposite of the fears and worries if even just for a moment. Pretty soon it might feel like everything is coming together exactly as you hoped.