Sarasota to Nashville

Well, Sarasota was so inspiring from a standpoint of fitness that I am still getting up early to workout. There is no Siesta Key, but I do an hour on the treadmill and mat Pilates afterwards five times a week every morning and feel so good!

I am working on three new songs and excited about recording them next month with some of the greatest musicians here, some of whom are now in the Musicians Hall of Fame. It is especially fun since I have worked with all of them in the past, and this will be the first time we have worked together in many years. I am happy about working with my old sound engineer again who has now won a collection of Grammys for his sound engineering. We are keeping the music simple and real, starting out with guitar vocals and going from there. I have written them all, so this project is close to my heart. I am really enjoying the creativity in it all as I am producing it  all.  It’s  good  to  be  back  where  I  live  in  creative  Franklin, TN.The first thing I did when I got back in town was get to my outreach to underprivileged children who live in the crime-filled projects of East Nashville to see them again for the first time in so many months. I love them so much! God is at work as I will be starting back up our Christian-based Character Counts Club this Wednesday with treats donated from Publix. I will also be in touch with Walmart and Target via my 501c3 for more help going forward, as we have rewards and incentives for good grades, too. We have the “Honor Your Mother” program to reward each child with ten cents a day for every day they obey their mothers, to equal $3.00 per month per child, and we have seen kids go from bad behavior to perfect behavior. I am also planning to teach a child, already in the fifth grade, how to read. I plan to get them all Bibles, and we are excited about learning songs, playing games and learning more about Jesus this Easter season.  I plan  to  begin  auditioning  them  for  a  singing  group,  as  I plan  to  teach  them  new  songs,  harmony  and  choreography. I plan to call the new singing group “The Rich Kids” because they are rich in God’s love!www.lightingthewayworldwide.org

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Writing and Working in Sarasota

I am not missing the cold weather now up North, still in Sarasota working on new songs here I am writing, which I plan to record when I get back to Nashville, and expanding the work of my nonprofit here to help more underprivileged children. My brother came to visit, and we had a great time with my mother. I had planned to be back in TN by now but with the weather and COVID, I am so thankful to be able to work from here. I have a very healthy lifestyle here, up at 5:00 and walking the length of Siesta Key and back (almost 7 miles) by 8:00, then Pilates at 8:30, and then working all day from here. I am enjoying being a snowbird and plan to be back in Nashville next month. And, in addition to web site updates for DwaynaLitz.com  and new songs, I am also working with new health coaching clients via DwaynaLitzHealthCoach.com. It’s easy to practice what I preach here in healthy Sarasota! I love every minute of it! With new friends here from NYC, I feel right at home.

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My 501c3 got “Best of Manhattan” in Missions Again

My 501c3, Lighting the Way, was awarded the Best of Manhattan from the Business Hall of Fame again in missions for 2020. Even with the world and city changing so much last year in the pandemic, we are continuing our work in and around Manhattan and starting new outreaches all over America this year in 2021. We are thankful for this award, though we certainly do not do our work for such recognition. Seeing someone’s life changed is more than enough. Still, we appreciate it. We began in 2002 at Venice Beach, CA, and then it spread to West Hollywood, CA, then to Boulder, CO, then NYC and all over the world. www.LightingTheWayWorldwide.org 

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