Mezzo-soprano & business coach for creatives. Singer, dreamer, Ren Faire nerd. You can hear me on 3 GRAMMY-winning albums.

The art of the holiday card.

Image by Maren Montalbano

When I was a kid, my mother used to sit me down every year so we could write holiday cards to friends and family.

I often saw it as a chore, even though all I needed to do was sign my name on each card and, as I got older, write a one-sentence greeting: “Merry Christmas!” or “Hope you are well!”

But Mom insisted, just like she insisted I write out thank you cards…

What will people think?

For as long as I can remember, this phrase has been playing on loop in my head. I hear it nearly every day — sometimes soft, sometimes loud — but it’s always there.

I’ll be performing in a show this weekend where the audience will expect…

Photo by Bankim Desai on Unsplash

It was coming.

I could neither see nor hear it, but I knew it was approaching. Slowly, deliberately, it was coming. For me.

I waited, suspended and bound in a prison of my own making.

I shivered.

I had been careful. I had been conscientious. My home would be strong…

Maren Montalbano

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