Category Archives: Music


add to the beauty

I recently discovered Sara Groves’ song “Add to the Beauty” and was immediately connected with the thought provoking lyrics. The song was a powerful reminder and inspiration that I should be sprinkling more and more beauty in my day-to-day life. All of us have the opportunity to wake up every morning with the mindset that our lives were created to construct a larger story of beauty and redemption and possibility – and then live out of that mindset.

Watch the video here.

We come with beautiful secrets
We come with purposes written on our hearts, written on our souls
We come to every new morning
With possibilities only we can hold, that only we can hold

Redemption comes in strange place, small spaces
Calling out the best of who we are

And I want to add to the beauty
To tell a better story

I want to shine with the light
That’s burning up inside

It comes in small inspirations
It brings redemption to life and work
To our lives and our work

It comes in loving community
It comes in helping a soul find it’s worth

Redemption comes in strange places, small spaces
Calling out the best of who we are

And I want to add to the beauty
To tell a better story
I want to shine with the light
That’s burning up inside

This is grace, an invitation to be beautiful
This is grace, an invitation

Redemption comes in strange places, small spaces
Calling out our best

And I want to add to the beauty
To tell a better story
I want to shine with the light
That’s burning up inside



I’ve shared JJ Heller music here and here and was inspired and touched by her latest single “Loved.” The videography is simply beautiful – and the song lyrics spoke to my heart in a very real and honest way. I hope today you realize just how extremely loved you are. It’s an easy thing to forget; so take five minutes to soak up that goodness and refreshing reminder.

Find more JJ Heller music here. xo

 Do you dream of a home you never had, an innocence that you cannot get back? The pain is real; you cant erase it. Sooner or later you have to face it down. You have to face it down.

You are loved.

Do you keep your thoughts inside your head? Will you regret the things you never said? You have a voice – you have to use it. You have a choice – don’t let them shut you down. Don’t let them shut you down.

You are loved.

Do you feel that ache inside your soul? You’ll know you’ll never make it on your own. Sorrow is too great for you to hold it. You’re gonna break – why don’t you lay it down?

Freedom comes in letting go. Open up the window to your heart. Freedom comes in letting go. Open up your heart.

You are loved.

I and Love and You

I’m in a big The Avett Brothers music phase of life – not the first time, and certainly I hope not the last. I was reaching an old To Write Love on her Arms blog post that shares the liner notes from The Avett Brothers album and was blown away. It’s a pretty beautiful and brilliant thought if you ask me. I highly recommend listening to their I and Love and You song here.

Have a great day!

The Words “I” and “Love” and “You” are the watermark of humanity. Strung together, they convey our deepest sense of humility, of power, of TRUTH. It is our most common sentiment, even as the feeling of it is so infinitely uncommon: each to proclaim these three words with his or her very own heart and mindset of reason (or lack thereof); a proclamation completely and perfectly new each time it is offered. Uttered daily and nightly (and irresponsibly) by millions, the words are said in an unending array of circumstances — whispered to the newborn in a mother’s arms; shared between best friends on the playground; in the form of sympathy—said by a girl to a boy, as the respect continues but the relationship does not. It is said too loudly by parents to embarrassed children (isn’t it sad that our children are embarrassed by love) in the company of their friends (true friends would respect love), and by grown children—to their fading parents in hospital beds (oh the inhumanity of the anonymous hospital, the terrible final destination for too many). The words are thought in the company of the photograph and said in the company of the gravestone. It is how we end our phone calls and our letters… The words at the bottom of the page that trump all those above it, as a way to gracefully finish a message, however important or trivial, with the most meaningful gift of all: the communication of LOVE.

And YET the words themselves have been the victims of triviality, a ready replacement for lesser salutations amongst near strangers, burst forth casually as “love ya!” Truly? To what degree? Why? How much? And for how long? These are questions (deserving answers) befitting the stature of LOVE, though not the everyday banter of vague acquaintance. The words have also been TWISTED by the dark nature of deceit: to say “I love you” with a dramatic measure of synthetic emotion: a SNARE set by those who prey on fellow humanity (I am so sorry), driven to whatever selfish end, to gain access to another’s body, or their money, or their opportunity (I intended neither of these). In this realm the proclamation is disgraced by one seeking to gain rather than to give.

In any case, and by whatever inspiration, these words are woven deeply into the fibers of our existence. Our longing to hear them from the right place (from the right person at the right time) is maddeningly and simultaneously our finest strength and our most gentle weakness. As living people we are bound by this unavoidable parallel. We are powerful yet weak, capable yet temporary.

We are products of Love surrounded by STRUGGLE.

A chapter in the story of young men (explaining to young women) The Avett Brothers bridge the space BETWEEN the uncertainty (I Understand) of youth and the reality of its release. As far as questions go, there are plenty—the most basic and relatable doubt comes through with a resounding clarity. OUTSIDE of the eternal theme of Romantic Love (let us be friends)—there is a landscape of light-filled rooms, word-filled pages, time machines, forgiveness, singing birds!, falling leaves, beautiful trees, moving clouds, ocean waves, art, change, confessions of short-comings, AND REASONS TO CONTINUE ON.

HOPE and a cause for smiling follow naturally. In the midst of all of this, there are allusions to the less-than-ideal conditions of LIFE: the loss of memory, the inability to control temper, insecurity, indecision, jaded indifference (Causing so much pain), and the general plague of former and current weakness. Emotional IMPERFECTION is a reality.

The words “I Love You” have become “hard to say.” And perhaps that difficulty is as common as its counterpart. Perhaps the inability to say these heaviest of words is as much a part of life as the lighthearted candor of those who say them without any difficulty at all.

—The Avett Brothers “I and Love and You”

I and Love and You

But I know who you are.

I recently discover JJ Heller‘s pre-released track Who You Are and have played on repeat several times over the last couple of weeks. The song is an excellent reminder that sometimes there life is really, really hard and really, really unfair. Sometimes there are no answers to the questions we have and sometimes bad things happen to good people. I look back on quite a few times in life where I felt completely stuck, shocked, hurt and had zero clue why this or that had happened to me. The words to the song reminded me to say a special prayer for those in that situation now asking that they find peace and comfort in trusting that God is bigger than our wildest, hardest problems. I’ve seen first-hard His transformative power and love wash my pain ad hurts and questions away.

You can listen to the song here.

All she wanted was a baby to hold
She’s still waiting at 41 years old
Her life feels like a tragedy
And it’s driving her down to her knees

She says, “I don’t know
I don’t know what you’re doing
But I know who you are.”

It was after midnight
When he answered the phone
The doctor said his daughter
Was never coming home
Sometimes life doesn’t make any sense
Full of war and pain and accidents

He’s praying, “I don’t know
I don’t know what you’re doing
But I know who you are.”

You have a father’s heart
And a love that’s wild
And you know what it’s like
Yeah, you know what it’s like
What it’s like to lose a child.

Sometimes I don’t know
I don’t know what you’re doing
I don’t know, I don’t know
Sometimes I don’t know
I don’t know what what you’re doing
But I know who you are.

Who You Are

With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair

polish my crownPolish My crownPolish My Crown And there will come a time,
you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart,
but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see
what you find there,
With grace in your heart
and flowers in your hair.

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The above lyrics are my favorite from the Mumford and Sons song After the Storm and the photos are from my lovely friend Lisa. Today’s post is a collaboration with Lisa to share photo inspiration for this song; to tell the song’s story through the photographer’s eye.

We all have those experiences where we feel completely helpless – whether it’s the loss of a loved one, the loneliness that sets in after an ended relationship, being a stranger in a brand new city. Today, I want to encourage you to rise above whatever you are going through; take a leap of faith and move forward – “get over your hill” as the song lyrics state.

For me, this song is a statement of hope. The words explain {and Lisa’s photos show} the journey of recognizing doubt, fear and darkness and then pressing forward to find peace in a place, literally or figuratively, where there are no more tears. It’s important to face these uphill battles by abandoning our fears and embracing grace and forgiveness.

This song is quite an inspiration to Lisa and myself and we want to hear what song inspires you! We’re hosting a giveaway to all Polish My Crown readers – all you have to do is comment on this post and tell us what song you go to for inspiration. Want an additional entry? Tweet us the song that inspires you. A sample tweet is here: “I’m inspired by the song ‘XXXXX’ Enter @luckyandi & @Lerbee’s photo giveaway:

One randomly selected winner will receive any 8×10″ print photo of their choice from Lisa’s portfolio {I have her photos all over my apartment and get compliments all the time!}

The winner will be selected on Saturday, April 7! Good luck and we’re so excited to hear your answers!
Find Lisa’s work on Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr and her portfolio.

Change your mind

Hey, Hey
Did you ever think there might be another way
To just feel better, just feel better about today

Oh no, if you never want to have
To turn and go away
You might feel better, might feel better if you stay

Yeah yeah
I bet you haven’t heard a word I’ve said
Yeah yeah
If you’ve had enough of all your tryin’
Just give up the state of mind you’re in:

If you want to be somebody else,
If you’re tired of fighting battles with yourself
If you want to be somebody else
Change your mind.

Hey, hey
Have you ever danced in the rain
Or thanked the sun
Just for shining- just for shining
Over the sea?

Oh no, take it all in
The world’s a show
And yeah, you look much better,
Look much better when you glow

Hey, hey
What ya say
We both go and seize the day
’cause what’s your hurry what’s your hurry anyway?

This song brings back a lot of memories for me. A few weeks back, we randomly saw a sign that Sister Hazel was playing in San Francisco and we started singing the popular “All for You” song. I remembered there was another Sister Hazel song I loved and finally remembered “Change your Mind.” I first heard this song my freshmen year of high school and the song reminded me that I have the power to change. I have the power and the opportunity to do different, to be different. 

Hope you enjoy the song as much as I do! Listen here. xo

Love is not a fight.

Love is not a place
To come and go as we please
It’s a house we enter in
And then commit to never leave
So lock the door behind you
Throw away the key
We’ll work it out together
Let it bring us to our knees

Love is a shelter in a raging storm
Love is peace in the middle of a war
If we try to leave may God send angels to guard the door
No, love is not a fight but it’s something worth fighting for

To some, love is a word that they can fall into
But when they’re falling out
Keeping that word is hard to do

Love is a shelter in a raging storm
Love is peace in the middle of a war
If we try to leave may God send angels to guard the door
No, love is not a fight but it’s something worth fighting for

Love will come to save us, if we’ll only call
He will ask nothing from us, but demand we give our all

Love is a shelter in a raging storm
Love is peace in the middle of a war
If we try to leave may God send angels to guard the door
No, love is not a fight but it’s something worth fighting for

>>>This morning calls for an old favorite song “Love is Not a Fight” by Warren Battlefield. In my day to day life, I often overuse the word love. I love my perfume, I love my shirt, I love avocados, I love painting, I love the bus driver, I love this and that and absolutely everything. It’s important to not lose sight of the TRUE meaning of love. Such inspiring words to remember – listen to the song here. Happy Friday beautiful queens – be full of love today.