Music Monday: Catching Your Breath

The month of June signals warmer weather, school vacations, graduations, and lots and lots of birthdays … at least in our family. The biggest reason we love June is it typically signals “Cabin Season” for the Belt family, and next week Tom and I will make the 2-day, 10-hour trek from Southern California to Echo Lakes (just south of Lake Tahoe) to officially re-open his summer family cabin, Silver Firs, for the season.

This is the place that we call home for most of the summer months. After a predictably busy Spring season for my business as well on the Ranch, we’re more than ready to slow down a bit and recharge our batteries. I still work from there but, aided by the peaceful pace of nature and the stripped-down version of cabin life, we use the time to catch our breath before my typically busy Fall season cranks up and the holiday madness envelopes us.

Before I ever met Tom, I would have told you that it would be impossible for me to leave my home and slow down my travel schedule for several months. What I know now is that with intention, creativity, and some great help at home and at the office, I can indeed create this experience every year. And, it’s important that I do. I work hard. I pour my heart and soul into my business, my family, and my friendships, and I’m more capable and resilient when I slow down occasionally and take care of me.

On this Music Monday (always the first Monday of every month), I chose a brand-new song by Jason Mraz called Have It All. Jason describes the song as a toast, a musical greeting card, one meant for sharing with people you love. “May you have auspiciousness and causes of success” was a common greeting in Myanmar that he heard while touring back in 2012.  Have It All is a reset back to the heart; a return to joy; a song with a message of generosity; a blessing disguised as a playful rap song; one meant to be paid-forward and shared.

My favorite lyrics: “May you get to rest, may you catch your breath. And may the best of your todays be the worst of your tomorrows. And may the road less paved be the road that you follow…”

Tom and I plan to rest, catch our breath, and follow some roads less paved throughout this summer season. I hope you’ll carve out some time to do the same. Taking care of yourself is not selfish. It fills the bucket which will quickly be pouring care, knowledge, ideas, and love into an army of the empty buckets in your world. And… I want you to have it all.

Jason Mraz

Have It All
“May you have auspiciousness and causes of success
May you have the confidence to always do your best
May you take no effort in your being generous
Sharing what you can, nothing more nothing less
May you know the meaning of the word happiness
May you always lead from the beating in your chest
May you be treated like an esteemed guest
May you get to rest, may you catch your breathAnd may the best of your todays be the worst of your tomorrows
And may the road less paved be the road that you followWell here’s to the hearts that you’re gonna break
Here’s to the lives that you’re gonna change
Here’s to the infinite possible ways to love you
I want you to have it
Here’s to the good times we’re gonna have
You don’t need money, you got a free pass
Here’s to the fact that I’ll be sad without you
I want you to have it all

Oh! I want you to have it all
I want you to have it
I want you to have it all

May you be as fascinating as a slap bracelet
May you keep the chaos and the clutter off your desk
May you have unquestionable health and less stress
Having no possessions though immeasurable wealth
May you get a gold star on your next test
May your educated guesses always be correct
And may you win prizes shining like diamonds
May you really own it each moment to the next

And may the best of your todays be the worst of your tomorrows
And may the road less paved be the road that you follow

Well here’s to the hearts that you’re gonna break
Here’s to the lives that you’re gonna change
Here’s to the infinite possible ways to love you
I want you to have it
Here’s to the good times we’re gonna have
You don’t need money, you got a free pass
Here’s to the fact that I’ll be sad without you
I want you to have it all

Oh, I want you to have it all
I want you to have it
I want you to have it all

Oh, I want you to have it all
All you can imagine
All, no matter what your path is
If you believe it then anything can happen
Go, go, go raise your glasses
Go, go, go you can have it all
I toast you

Here’s to the hearts that you’re gonna break
Here’s to the lives that you’re gonna change
Here’s to the infinite possible ways to love you
I want you to have it
Here’s to the good times we’re gonna have
You don’t need money, you got a free pass
Here’s to the fact that I’ll be sad without you
I want you to have it all

Oh, I want you to have it all
I want you to have it
I want you to have it all

Here’s to the good times we’re gonna have
Here’s to you always making me laugh
Here’s to the fact that I’ll be sad without you
I want you to have it all”