And today I can cross off Tower of #Pisa off my bucket list.
Driving with the bride and groom to Italy from Hamburg. Stopped by Rhein Falls in Switzerland.
A still and lovely #Hamburg sunset...
With my lovely sister in Hamburg a week before her wedding in Italy. She's promised to find me a few Italian men to pick from... we'll see how that goes ;)
I can cross #Stonehenge off my bucket list! Human beings can be amazing!
Oh London! You always capture my heart with your old and new... and by the way, your men (most of them) are so impeccably dressed... I'm a fan!
There's nothing quite like seeing the real thing. #eiffeltower #overwhelmed #paris
Helmie wrote me a while back and asked if I could come play a show in Paris and as fate would have it, I was already planning to be in Europe for all of September. So here I am in Paris getting ready to play at her birthday party... words can't even begin to describe how I feel.
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is to love and be loved in return". So ridiculously thankful for this group of friends/witnesses who's love has lifted and carried me through the good and the bad. Truly privileged.
#gratitude #friendships #lifelong
Thanks to Northwest Music Scene for capturing this moment #Bumbershoot #nwmusicscene #iamanafricangirl
So great to meet @yunamusic last night at the #Stabucks #Stage during #Bumbershoot. Such a lovely soul and incredible artist!
I can't even begin to describe how excited (and nervous) I am to play #Bumbershoot this weekend and that I get to play before #Yuna and the legendary #MavisStaples !!! Joining me as my band: Farko Dosumov (bass), Teo Shantz (drums), Lalo Bello (percussion), Katie Costello and Aubrey Zoli (backing vocals). This will be something else!
#Bumbershoot #livemusic #seattlemovement #folk #singersongwriter #seattle
What a night! My heart is totally overwhelmed by the love and support from some amazing people in my life. I'm so deeply thankful and my heart overflows.
#thankful #privilege #Chicago
Dear #Chicago, you were the best home for a naive and scared #africangirl for 11yrs. Come see what I've done with everything you taught me on:
Thursday Aug 21 | Elbo Room | 2871 N Lincoln Ave | 8:00pm | $5 | 21+
#elboroomlive #africangirl #livemusic #Chicago #tour #home
Oh New York, you alway take my breath away.
To say the last few days have been rough would be an understatement. Sometimes even when you plan things well, the rug can still be pulled under you, leaving you breathless and disillusioned.
I'm challenging myself to be open to the unknown, the pain, the disappointments. But especially the shame that is tied to things not going like you planned. It's even harder when others get to watch you flounder about. I’ve always tried to weather that shame by pretending I’m unaffected. But what I'm now discovering is that shame is actually easier to bear when you can share it with people who make you feel safe. Shame is easier to hold when you can unload its crushing weight in the space of trusted companionship.
So I'm working hard at staying present and fully conscious even in the awkward and painful 'I want-to-run-away' moments. For the end goal is to expand my heart and capacity to be all of myself without the need to hide or lie about parts of myself. That is what it really means to be ALIVE!
#imalive #lifelessons #pain #disappointment #hurt #love
So very excited to play @Musikfest this weekend in Bethlehem, PA at the Lyrikplatz stage 9 pm on Sat Aug 2.
#musikfest #festival #seattlemovement #folk #pa #singersongwriter #africangirl #tour #livemusic
I am a total nerd and can't even begin to describe how thrilling it was to go to the Kennedy Space Center. My favorite part was getting to hear the story of the Shuttle Atlantis. What I didn't expect, after the presentation, was to actually see it... I was so overwhelmed, I started crying and I didn't care. Perhaps it's realizing that someone had a dream to design a reusable shuttle to space and after so many trials and failures, finally achieved that dream and the shuttle had 36 missions. Perhaps it is the realization of what man can accomplish once they put their mind, heart and effort into pursuing a dream... and never giving up. In the end I came away in awe of the human race and the capacity we have to do such incredible things. But I also wondered how the world would be if we put as much effort, hard work and heart into brokering peace, caring for the less fortunate, fighting for the equality of all... regardless of race, gender, religion, class and really believing that we all have the potential and capacity to do amazing things.
Once again, never be afraid to follow your heart.
#overwhelmed #thankful #space #kennedyspacecenter #potential
This is my childhood best friend Phyllis and we've been friends for 24yrs! When so many kids didn't like me and treated me unkindly, she opened her heart and arms to me and didn't really care what people thought about me. We had some crazy stories in our teen years and so glad I got to see her and her husband Josh after 12yrs.
Thank you for saving my childhood Phyllis. So much love for you 💜💜💜 #truefriendship #lifelong #love
Sunrise over Nashville. My heart overflows with gratitude for the continued affirmation of this journey I'm on. Now off to St. Petersburg, FL.
#gratitude #nashville #stpetersburg #florida #nofilter #sunrise