Today I'd like to get candid, just taking a moment and sharing with all of you a glimpse into my life.

The other day my son and I were in the backyard admiring our very small vegetable garden. We used to have a big spread but due to critters, the weather, infestation and what have you, this year we kept it simple- two tomato plants, a zucchini and a squash plant. My son especially loves tomatoes, he eats them like they're candy, so naturally he heads straight for them.

There's something immensely satisfying about growing your own food. Looking out your window and seeing a luscious ruby of a tomato fully ripe and ready for picking. And knowing that although nature is the true gardener here you got out there and dug in the dirt.

For my One Little Word in January, I chose the word Cultivate - I wanted to cultivate more business, more connections, more skill and more confidence. I feel as though my identity is coming into formation as an artist more strongly than ever. Much like planting our garden I was selective and worked hard to produce the fruit I've been able to enjoy and provide for my family in the process.

I don't mean to be corny or cliche, but this has been my truth. I think our work, our passions, are like a garden that we have to sustain. It gives us life because we give it life. Not all of us can afford to have other people do the work for us so it's even more rewarding when we get to do it ourselves. I'm grateful to have come this far....

So take a lesson from Gabe - don't be afraid to get your hands dirty! It's good for the soul!

Lastly, I want to take a moment to honor those affected by September 11th, 2001, our military, first responders, victims, their families. I will never forget that day and I pray for our nation!