Be Brave. Be Yourself.

The last couple of weeks I have been doing a lot of new things. Some of these adventures I chose, some I was forced into, but all of them left me feeling the same. HAPPY!!

Last night was the highlight of my adventures. I had the privilege of seeing Lindsey Stirling perform at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY. I give my boyfriend all the credit for finding this gem. His innate ability to find super interesting things and identify trends light years before the rest of the world is just one of the many reasons why I love him! Stirling is rock star violinist…literally.

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She combines classical violin with modern dance, dubstep, rock n’ roll and even the Legend of Zelda! Stirling became famous on YouTube for her unique talents and gamer appeal (she currently has over 1,800,000 subscribers and 263 million hits). She was a finalist on America’s Got Talent, performed at video game conventions and now has a world tour and millions of fans all over the globe. Talk about being interesting!

At one point in the show, Stirling talked candidly about some of the obstacles and barriers she faced while trying to follow her dream. I can only imagine how hard it must have been trying to get people on board with her act, let alone understand what she’s all about. People told her she wasn’t marketable. But she didn’t let that stop her.

She pushed on and did so in her own way, becoming an international inspiration. Watching fans rock out and fist pump to a violinist playing and dancing to Phantom of the Opera was truly epic…and definitely marketable!

What did I learn? When you are feeling down and dull, try something new. You don’t have to go to a rockin’ violin concert (even though I highly recommend it…at least check out her YouTube channel, that’s free), but you have to get out of your comfort zone. Go to lunch with someone you usually avoid, go see a documentary, read a new book, visit a new local place, call your mom just to say hi…anything! Getting out of your comfort zone is the best way to learn new things, make new discoveries and gain self-esteem….all of which make you a more interesting person. This one event sparked a half hour conversation with my dentist today. I discovered some great local concerts to go to, and that even old dentists can be Metallica fans.

So get out there and be brave. Be you and try something new. Feel free to share some cool (and not so cool) new things you’ve done recently too 🙂