2016 November

Thankful and Grateful

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During this time of Thanksgiving, we would like to take a moment and thank all of the amazing students and families that we have the opportunity to mentor and influence each week. We are truly thankful for each and every one of you and appreciate your commitment to the Arts.

Here are a few words of thankfulness from some of our staff:

This Thanksgiving season I have so much to be thankful for. God not only has giving me life, family and love but has giving me strength that I didn’t know I had. Life messes with you sometimes but it’s our choice how to deal with those situations. I’m also learning to be patient. Not everything is going to happen when I want it to but through him, I’m learning to wait. I am also really thankful for true friendships. We encounter so many people throughout life but it’s the two or three true friends we really lean on! Life is good! It’s not perfect all the time but I’m proud of my students. I am honored to be teaching them! Thank you!

~ Abigail Lane
Voice and Piano Mentor

This season I am thankful for being  surrounded by very supportive and loving people. This year has been full of encouragement through both blessings and challenges. I am especially thankful for being able to share the love of music with students at Passion. It has been awesome seeing how they grow and change overtime in their musicianship and as people!I am also thankful for being able to study and pursue a career in music. I am of course thankful for family, friends, furry animals, and food as well. Definitely thankful for the food.

~ Colleen Christman
Voice Mentor

I’m thankful to be doing many things that I love, especially teaching my dancers. It’s been wonderful getting to know each and every one of my students. I’m grateful that my life has been so enriched by the unique personalities, senses of humor, and beautiful souls inherent within each dancer I’ve had the honor to mentor.

~ Savannah Singletary
Dance Mentor

This year has given me more than enough reasons to be thankful for. In 2016 I was accepted into the VCU School of Music, I started a promising career of teaching with Passion Academy, and I married the love of my life; Sarah Elizabeth. I am thankful for my family, friends, students, colleagues, and my wonderful pets! Of course, I am also overwhelmingly gracious for music and the joy it brings me everyday. Music has had an unprecedented role in my life, and I am eternally grateful for its impact on myself and my destiny. Beyond all else, I am absolutely thankful for my small presence in this seemingly endless universe.

~ Jeremy Hook
Guitar Mentor

I’m thankful for many things in life- family, friends, good health, and things of that nature but one thing I am truly grateful for is how teaching music has impacted my life. Having taught private lessons for the past nine years I’ve been able to interact with many different types of people which has helped me gain a broad perspective on many different issues. I have also been able to act as a mentor to many of my students and help them with challenges unrelated to music. All-in-all it has been, and continues to be, a very rewarding experience for which I am truly thankful.

~ Trey Harrell
Drum Mentor

In one way or another I am thankful for everyone in my life. Each person that I have come into contact with-whether it was just one time or a continued relationship- has either helped me, taught me, encouraged me, or loved me, which has built me into the person the I am today. I am particularly thankful for my husband and family who have always supported my passion for dance and the way of life surrounding that passion.

~ Sarah Ruppel Bullis
Dance Program Director

We are so thankful to God for what he has brought our family through and all of the good that has come out of tough situations in trusting His plan for our lives. We are also thankful for the amazing opportunities Passion Academy has provided for children and adults. We love our students, parents, and family of amazing mentors that do such an amazing job at teaching and growing the talent of each and every student.

~ Daniel and Katie Johannesson

When we look back over the past few years, it’s difficult to put into words how thankful we are for everything that has occurred in our lives and business. We have been blessed with so many wonderful relationships and partnerships. We are thankful for the endless support that our family and friends have shown through encouraging words and selfless acts of kindness. Helping others achieve their dreams and goals in the Arts is a tremendous responsibility that we take very seriously. We’re honored and thankful for the opportunity to be involved in so many precious lives through Passion Academy. The best is yet to come!

Derek and Deb Smith

A few other mentionable quotes

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~ William Arthur Ward

Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie. ~ Jim Davis

We must find the time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. ~ John F. Kennedy

What if, today, we were grateful for everything? ~ Charlie Brown

If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share. ~ W. Clement Stone

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving. ~ W.T. Purkiser