Jodi Mann / Blog
Vacation vs Reality
Is there such thing as an escape from reality? I have seen some of the most beautiful places that God and man have created. I am also lucky enough to be able to take off work if I need to travel or play hooky... Im not saying this to brag but rather to say that reality really isn't that bad. When i was in Europe, the euro wasn't in my favor and I was scared to spend a dollar. In return I saw the most beautiful architecture, smelt the most amazing foods and shopped at the coolest second hand stores. The hair do's and don'ts that passed me by were very fashion forward that Ican still picture them today. It was the first time I saw boots with fur and fell in love with Burberry. The streets of London and Paris were lined with artists and it actually snowed on New Years day. We attended a mass that day and the church was breathtaking. We had no idea what they were saying but we knew we were in good company. On our honeymoon we went to the Bahamas. That trip was romantic and expensive. I literally had like $200 to my name and had never been on a cruise ship. I don't think that Im claustrophobic but that trip it set in! That was the smallest "cabin" in the world and we were so low on the ship that it almost had an underwater view! Well sort of;) What is the point of this blog you may ask( because Im asking myself the same question)? My point is that home , family, work and the everyday hustle is paradise. Barbecue on the back porch, baseball practice, being healthy and your own bed is paradise. A clean house, a new favorite song and the bills being paid is paradise. Maybe that is what vacation is for... to make you appreciate reality.
This Thing Called Life
Well I had another successful day at the salon. Blondes, brunettes, and shape ups flooded the salon today. Its that time of year. People are realizing that Christmas isnt as far away as they thought and they need to freshen things up for the holidays. Its time for them to shop so we have to stock and its time for change. Change is in the air for my business and for my dreams. Its alittle scary to think about change as a distant dreamer because that of that first step. BUT that is how we learn to walk - we take baby steps - so my feet are gonna do alittle more walking towards the future and Im gonna give this thing called life my best shot! Step aside - Im back!;)
What Am I So Scared Of?
Well Im up to my old tricks again! I will be having a "release" show on November 20th and i am sooo excited abt it! I am searching far and wide for some really good covers to do also so that we can boogie down on the dance floor!;) I think about this all day at work and after my little one goes to bed its the first thing I drown myself in! My poor husband didnt know what he was marrying:) I guess some people read - some people watch movies - some may even sleep???- I love to write - I love to find a song that I havent heard in forever and it remind you of why you love music sooo much - I have built my career aka "day job" around the idea of getting me one step closer - and now ten years have passed and I know that I am gonna have to ask myself a very important question - Do I stay or do I go - the only problem is there is no such thing as I.....I comes with a beautiful 9 year old and a fabulous husband who has to think I am nuts!;) So.....I need a plan - 10 years later and a lifetime of dreams are constantly making me think out of my comfort zone.... I have so much to lose ( money, career) but im 32! When else am I gonna try!? After all - All I have to lose is money!!!!
We may not have tomorrow
We just got back from a looooong weekend from Panama City Beach. It was great to have time to visit and love on our cousin that is fighting cancer... She is only 32 and has thyroid cancer... She, Ashley Mann, had a way of making us feel comfortable and her spirit calmed us all. She is schedule to have her second surgery this thurs and i would really appreciate your prayers! But on the brighter side of things- the "backstage girls" are having a photo shoot today! Im excited because i again get a chance to create! If only i could figure out and put as much time - money and hard work into music! Im slowly getting there! This weekend just helped me realize that we may not have tomorrow or a year from now - or next week - Everything could change in the blink of an eye -or after one doctor visit - so thats it - Im chasing my dreams! Nothing is gonna hold me back - no negative comments - no weight issue - God has a plan and he put this burning into my soul to create music and thats exactly what Im gonna keep doin! Thank you for listening to my songs and reading my blog! I appreciate the support!
Back to School
Well school has started at the "Mann" household. I just got done teaching my son about fossils, calling out spelling words and how to round to the nearest ten. I remember third grade being hard.... actually all school was hard for me because I was a constant day dreamer - i have always dreamed of being a singer....i remember picturing myself singing a Gloria Esteffan song in front of the class and everyone loving it! It was one of her slow songs....i cant think of which one it was but i remember writing out the lyrics.....its amazing that I got through school wout having to repeat a grade;)
Tues after work
I have that song "I Wanna Be a Millionaire" on my brain....I dont know any of the words but the chorus is so catchy! We listen to the top 20 all day at work and they literally play the same 20 songs all day it seems! I hope to have a song on the top 20 one day!;) I think my next step in becoming an artist is to learn the guitar... Ill keep you updated on my progress - I mean all you really need to know is three chords to write a song right? hahaha Three chords is all i know but I guess thats a start!;)
Rainy Day at the Beach
Its raining at the beach. We have a spiderman puzzle being assembled, ribs on the grill, cole slaw and baked beans....mmmm - nothing like the fourth of July! Despite the rain you still need your shades because the overcast is blinding!! This is where my husband got the name "Red Hot Ronnie" like the song "Red Hot Mama"!:) That was a hard lesson learned! There are many reasons we should love the rain, actually too many to count. Just one for today would be that it is allowing us to lay back and enjoy eachother.:) Happy Fourth of July!
Starting a new book
Today has been a long day. On our way back from north Georgia we stopped at a yard sale on hwy 441. We didnt really find any diamonds in the rough but one thing did catch my eye.... the book "Rich Dad, Poor Dad". I have heard that this book offers some wonderful advise! Not a bad buy for only 50 cents!
Well Saturday night we had the 3rd annual Blush fashion show! It was a hit to say the least! I was super duper tired on sunday from doing 20 heads of hair and singing with the Bo Henry Band BUT when Bo started to play "Stay With Me" - out from the audience was my co-writer, Jared Humphries, along with Blake Cook and Dennis Frazier who played on the cd and we rocked out! It was super nice for Bo to let us take over for a few songs He enjoyed the break Im sure;)! Ya know Im 32 now and I always thought Id have to be somewhere else to get anywhere in music or just to be surrounded by musicians but lately God is revealing something different! Now that Im am actually sitting down to create and write my own music, I am starting to find my own voice. It was always the hardest thing for me to figure out what my "sound" was.... Well my "sound" is just me - I hope you have enjoyed the three songs on my page and I cant wait to get back in the studio for the next three!
love you guys! Jodi
loving what i do
Every morning I wake up and am thankful for God giving me the opportunity to do what I love! As you may know I am a hairstylist and own a salon in Albany Ga called backstage. I get the pleasure of working with three of my talented and creative friends and love meeting new clients and catching up with my old faithfuls! My clients, friends and family inspire me everyday and give me wonderful material to write! My passion in life is music because i believe that it really is a universal language that all can understand! Thank you for listening to my first three recorded songs and my next three will be out soon! Love you guys!