Hello, dear readers, and happy new year! I hope you enjoyed whatever holiday festivities you took part in (or chose to abstain from).
I’m starting 2019 feeling a little scatterbrained, but I want to take some time to acknowledge what 2018 held for me, and look a bit at what I’m hoping for in 2019.
So here’s a (far from complete) list of what happened in my 2018:
- I completed my first FAWM.
- I started going to a Unitarian Universalist church. I joined the choir at the church. I quit the choir and stopped going to church.
- I turned 30.
- I played a lot of D&D with some really awesome folks.
- I wrote 48 songs (blowing away what I thought at the time was an impossible goal of 40).
- I played five Acoustic Explosions.
- I went to Song School for the second time.
- I hit five years on testosterone.
- I made new friends and strengthened some existing friendships.
- I reconnected with my grandmother via letter writing.
- I finally started to really track my finances.
I’ve been thinking a lot about possible themes for 2019, and I think I’m going to steal mine from Ellis (a musician I greatly admire who I met at Song School), who posted on Patreon that her word for 2019 is Embody. I’ve been feeling very disconnected from my body, and I think this is my year to really get grounded and learn to sit in my body through all its aches and pains and quirks. There’s also something in the word embody that feels like reaching for more genuineness, more honesty…and I think that is going to start with me being more genuine and honest about my needs, rather than constantly worrying that I’m being an inconvenience.
Other things I hope to do this year:
- Find a new therapist.
- Complete a second FAWM.
- Write 30 more songs.
- Read more (I fell short of my Goodreads goal of 30 books in 2018; I’m hoping for better focus this year).
- Go back to Song School.
- Play out at least four times.
- Find at least one opportunity to play out somewhere that isn’t an Acoustic Explosion.
- Play more D&D.
- Keep tracking finances and get to a point where I feel solidly in control of my money.
So here’s to a new year and new opportunities. May the lessons we learned in 2018 not be wasted so we don’t need to learn them again this year!