Photo by Robbyn Dodd Photography at Camp Comfort in Comfort, Texas
As a singer/songwriter and artist, I am at home just outside of Austin in Kyle, TX. I have two grown daughters that I love to spend time with as well as my 3 dogs, 2 grand-dogs, fiance and father that lives with us.
At this stage in my life, I am more mindful than ever about how quickly life passes us by. I'm all about making memories and living in the present moment instead of the dwelling on the past or ruminating about the future. Mindful living is a skill I work on daily in addition to mindful self-compassion.
My professional life also includes working as the executive director of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit program I founded in 2009, The Austin Harmony Project, whose mission is to enrich the lives of adults with developmental disabilities through art, music and community. I also work at an inpatient/outpatient psychiatric hospital as an art therapist and LPC Intern (counseling and art therapy work accruing post-graduate hours for full license) under the supervision of Alice E. "Bess" Green, LPC AT/S, ATR BC.
from a small town on the Texas Gulf coast
I grew up in the 1970s and 80s in a small Texas town on the Gulf Coast about three and a half hours South/East of Austin, TX called Lake Jackson. The Fishing Fiesta, Mosquito Festival and the Brazoria County Fair were annual events where the community came together to celebrate "all things small town" and music was always a big part of it all. The night was never complete without dancing to the Cotton-Eyed Joe and joining in unison with the whole crowd to sing, "Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother" by Ray Wylie Hubbard, which became a touchstone to my youth and subsequent aging that followed.
Photos by Robbyn Dodd Photography