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adoptee singer-songwriter

Hello folks! How’s it going? I wanted to introduce a fellow adoptee and singer-songwriter, Ferera Swan, whose new single release, “Second Time,” will debut on February 1st.

second timeFerera Swan, is an artist, adoptee, and advocate who intends to use her musical talents to bring greater awareness around mental health, trauma, adoption, foster care, and victim abuse. Her own adoption journey inspires her songwriting and will truly resonate with other adoptees. Ferera learned that she was adopted at the age of ten, and like many adoptees, felt the ache of unanswered questions. This she channeled into songwriting.  She wrote her first song at age 12, then quickly moved on to compose her first cinematic score, “Serenity,” at age 14. “Serenity” was eventually performed by four different orchestras during her senior year in high school. Her original piece, “Lighthouse,” was featured as a soundtrack in the film documentary, Swim for the Reef, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival (2016) in France. Ferera’s music has been featured in soundtracks, film festivals, and she has written with hit makers including Pam Sheyne (co-writer of GRAMMY award-winning Christina Aguilera’s ‘Genie In A Bottle’).

Ferera’s debut single, “Second Time,” is a deeply personal work and was written for her birth mother following their reunion. This event once again sparked feelings of great loss and woundedness. Swan says: “By allowing ourselves to be vulnerable, we inspire others to be curious about their own pain. Together, we spread the kind of love and healing this world needs.” 

To learn more about Ferera, visit her website and blog, soulnotes. Please give the sneak peak below of Ferera’s song, “Second Time,” a listen, and be sure to grab a copy or stream it on February 1, 2019!

“Oh, you’ve shown me everything I need to know about you
Now I finally understand just why I’ve been without you
How can you say you love someone you don’t even want to know?”
– “Second Time” lyrics

Connect With Ferera Swan: Website  | Facebook | Twitter | InstagramYouTube | Soundcloud

letting go of 2018

Greetings from sunny La Jolla, California! I hope that you’re enjoying this holiday season, whether with family and friends, or alone, and making time to recharge. My family and I had a quiet Christmas with some close friends. We watched Die Hard after eating lots of sweet potato casserole and apple pie! Now that was a blast from the past! Lots of laughs.

It’s been refreshing to soak up the sun, get in some retail therapy and eat at some super fun restaurants in San Diego. We found this great place called Sipz Vegetarian Fusion Cafe in North Park. Great vibe and fantastic vegetarian faire. North Park city block was lined with boho boutiques and trendy restaurants. And this morning, we ate brunch at a quaint little cafe called Farmer & the Seahorse. There was an old vintage silver RV right in the middle of the restaurant. Most of all, I’ve enjoyed spending time with my daughter and having all this time off from work! I could get used to this kind of life.

As I have reflected on 2018, I’m glad to let go of a rather difficult year. Worries about loved ones and mental health challenges, people pleasing, health scares and losing our beloved dachsund, Peppermint, in November caused intermittent fears and anxiety. There are always worries about finances and relationships. I enjoy listening to podcasts about living a life with more ease, creativity, mindfulness and gratitude, but it’s not always so easy. I have much to be grateful for, and with all the terrible things that have happened in our world this year, I have nothing to complain about. Yet, fears have a way of rearing their ugly heads.

I don’t set New Year’s resolutions, but I do plan to focus on a few things in 2019 in the hopes of becoming a healthier person physically, emotionally and spiritually. I came across a quote from the Dalai Lama recently that I love,

“We are, you might say, ‘brainwashed’ into thinking that money is the source of happiness while what we really need to know is that inner peace is something that comes from within.”

Inner peace for me comes from better self care and self compassion. I did not do a good job of either in 2018. Life is short. We must make the most of everyday and live as though it were our last. I hope to glow in 2019 with peace, despite the challenges that life inevitably brings. More yoga practice, intentional self-care, creativity and mindful eating. May 2019 be your healthiest, happiest and most abundant year yet! ❤️