Girls Garage Band

Last weekend, we had the pleasure of listening to a live performance by The Girls Garage Band. This local, Eldorado group charmed us. While they managed some great three and four part harmonies, had us tapping our feet and wriggling in our chairs, it wasn’t the music they played, or even the way they played it, that inspired us.

These women, dressed in blue jeans and black tee shirts, bespoke the true power of the feminine with grace, charisma, and generosity. Not every member of the band was equally skilled, but that didn’t matter – to them or to us. Instead, they supported each other. With bright eyes and encouraging grins, swaying hips and swinging locks, they embodied courage, warmth, joy, and love – love of themselves, their music, and each other.

Their bodies weren’t perfect, their hair was streaked with gray, and their faces were lined with experience and years, yet they were the epitome of beauty. We would go to listen to these women and the music they make over many others because they weren’t trying to be anything they are not, weren’t trying to live up to some magazine generated ideal of what a female band (or women) ought to be, weren’t worried about being judged. Instead, they were real, going for something, engaged in the process and unconcerned with the outcome. Because of it, their outcome was fabulous.

The Girls Garage Band is all about living well and not living in fear. Kudos and thanks to them for inspiring us to be ourselves, embrace our ages, and pursue our dreams.



10 Quotes for Living Well

Utopia is about living well, feeling good, and getting going. While we can save you time, save you money, and offer a bit of delight, there’s more to life than shopping. Here are 10 quotes from people who knew a bit about living well. Enjoy and share.

1. “The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.” – Carl Jung

2. “Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.” Leo Buscaglia

3. “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain

4. “Don’t complain about getting older, it is a privilege denied to many.” – Unknown

5. “Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.” – Emily Dickinson

6. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown

7. “Get busy living, or get busy dying.” – Stephen King

8. “Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” – Hans Christian Andersen

9. “I woke up and realized life is great and people are awesome and life is worth living.” – Hulk Hogan

10. “Life is too short to be living somebody else’s dream.” – Hugh Hefner