• Kari Martinez

Cliches and Lemons

Updated: Nov 9, 2019


My first ever visit to a lemonade stand. Honestly, I'm the sweet and salty in this picture, not the lemonade that is not there.

Recently, I have been bugging a lot of people so they can give me some wisdom. Some of those people are successful and have their life together, and I want to be like them...or so I thought.


A frequent conversation I have with some of these people is about how I think I'm giving my all into audio, but I see nothing happening. They tell me I just need to be patient and make the best of where I am now. DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD THAT IS FOR ME? I've been constantly trying to find the next opportunity to learn something, and for someone to tell me to take it down a notch is almost offensive. Audio is becoming who I am; do they not see that?! They do see that, and that's my problem...

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. - Philippians 1:6

God put me on this journey, and I forget sometimes; I forget that his timing is better than my timing. Let me explain:


When I first started audio, I had so much fun doing it; I had to stop when college started, because I didn't have time. In that time, I was stressing out because audio was all I wanted to do, but I had to continue with school. Keep in mind, I didn't know what I wanted to study, and long story short, I had to "compromise" and chose communication as my major. I saw this as a lemon thrown at me, as a setback with what I was doing with my life.


Through this lemon, I met this one classmate who was such an influence; he was the only christian I knew, and he gave me biblical advice that was much needed. Providence. Through this lemon, I had conversations which created better relationships between people. Through this lemon, I leaned on God with no choice but to trust Him, because I didn't know what I was doing, but I knew for certain He did. I was given guaranteed time to read the Bible on my 2 hour bus rides. I wrote papers about God, talked about Him in class discussions, which made me become more active in my church by talking to pastors, counselors, and mentors in order to help me with my class projects. Because of this lemon thrown in my path of my audio career, I met the audio guys at the church, and the rest is history being written as I type this. Isn't it crazy I'm on my audio journey, again, but with a better foundation. God wasn't done with my journey, he was only preparing me for the beginning of it!


All God's timing, dudes.


Keep in mind I've had more lemons thrown at me since then (and still have them coming). I'm learning to make the best of them. While I may not be ready for certain gigs, I have the opportunity to learn more and be prepared. So, while there are sour moments, I have to remember there are more sweeter moments than I want to realize.


When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.


I'M MAKING LEMONADE, PEOPLE. AND IT WILL BE DELICIOUS IN THE END.


If you stick around for the next entry, maybe you'll see the next sweet ingredient overpowering the sourness.



I'm still stressin', people. I'm human. I'm not going to pretend I have it together, because I don't. I still need to work at my trade and do my part. It's super hard. I'm still looking for opportunities to learn, but I'm trying not to make it my whole life. Putting God first is what I'm currently working on.


I have experience coming up at the SoCal Harvest on August 23-25, but I just want to dig in deeper, soooo...


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