Photo share :: Dec. 11, 2016

This week’s photo share come from Tuesday night, when my husband played a shift at AJ’s Good Time Bar on Broadway in downtown Nashville.

Let me just be straightforward here: I’m not a huge fan of Broadway, but I respect what it is and it’s importance to Nashville. I also respect that its quote photogenic.

Downtown Nashville

Tootsies is the most well-known of all the bars on Broadway. And I think, in some way, as a tourist you have to find your way there for a moment. But, don’t look for too many locals lurking around inside. At least, not any of the locals in my circle of friends.

Downtown Nashville

As many of the older businesses have been moved out to make room for more honky tonks (like Hatch Show Print and Gruhn Guitars), I love seeing Ernest Tubb’s still kickin’!

Downtown Nashville

But, back to the music at hand… AJ’s Good Time Bar is strictly country. Specifically 90s country and older. And, frankly, I LOVE THAT!

Downtown Nashville

But let’s face it, when your husband is on stage, you end up wandering around taking random photos as the time passes.

Downtown Nashville

While having a yummy beer from Texas…

Shiner

And before you leave downtown, you check out the Christmas tree at Public Square.

Downtown Nashville

This coming week will be BUSY and should net me some awesome photos to share next Sunday. Two Christmas parties, a Christmas tradition with friends, another night on Broadway, and a paid photoshoot… I’m seriously counting my blessings! Have a great week!

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Joy in what you do

A private Facebook group of which I am a member had a great discussion recently about, “What would you do for a living if money were no object?” I loved all the various answers that were given, but I found myself holding back and really soul searching the answer.

I’m either blessed with or cursed with an interest in a wide variety of “jobs.” I actually enjoy building spreadsheets and doing office-type work. I find a deep joy in photography and in writing. I like to organize events (even if you’d never know it the way I will stress and complain.) I want to work with my university. I’m a listener and briefly considered psychology as a second degree. And I love bartending and the bar business. The list could go on and on.

At the end of the day, I could only think to say, “Help people.”  If money was no object, I want to help people. But not in any sort of set conventional way, per se. So I can’t say, “Oh I’d go work for this organization.”

No, when a bride just can’t afford a photographer, I’d love to do a wedding for free. When someone needs someone to talk to, but can’t afford professional help, I want to sit and listen and give them a shoulder to cry on. When a band needs a ride to the airport, I want to load them up in my truck, gear and all, and take them there. A fundraiser needs a flyer for their event, I want to make it for them. I  would be that go-to person who makes life so randomly easier for people.

A few days later, in the same group, a member lamented being alone in a new city. Advice quickly came in on how to meet new friends.

Suddenly, I realized, my want to help people is exactly why I do some of the things I devote way more time to than I probably should, because they DON’T pay the bills.

When I moved to Nashville, I had a small set of built-in friends through my husband. But I knew I needed and wanted to set out to make my own friends. I needed that. And the first place I turned to was my alumni group… they offered me a chance to make friends who WEREN’T tied to my husband, but tied to me. And it made such a difference for me as I settled into life in Nashville..

And that is why I devote more time to that club than I do almost anything else. Because it helped me… and I pray that by keeping the club alive and growing it that I can help others.

The photo prompt for today on Instagram was, “Joy is…” The photo above is what I took for the prompt, because I looked around me and I realized joy can be finding something you love to do and doing it. I love working with my alumni group. I love taking photos. I love blogging. I love working on business stuff for my parents’ business. And I love a good cup of coffee.  Right there in front of me was all things that give me joy.

So maybe… maybe at the end of the day, I’m already doing what I would do even if money were no object. It might be obvious even to me, but its my driving force at heart. And that’s pretty cool to realize.

The wife of a touring musician tells it like she sees it…

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