I love this time of year. Actually, I love many times of the year! The thing I love about right now is that it is a chance to start over! It is a chance to look at where you are and decide where you want to go. I try not to get too much into the New Year’s resolution, but I certainly spend some time evaluating my life and looking at what I want to change. So, what are my goals for this year?
Goal #1: Continue working on improving my health. I have lost 40 pounds since January of 2010. The year 2011 was a hard year as I lost weight, gained it back when my father died, lost weight again, and then gained weight at Christmas… I think in 2011 that in the end I stayed the same weight. I know that weight is not the best way to evaluate your health, but for me a number is something to work with… No set goals, but I want to continue on my path of improving…
Goal #2: Perform the cello in public. I have been taking cello lesson for two years now and have only played in public at student recitals and the Fredericton Music Festival. I think it will soon be time to take it public!
Goal #3: Give back to my community more. I am really lucky to be able to be a professional musician. It is a lot of work, but I feel like I am lucky to be able to work for myself doing something that I love! I really can’t imagine working a day job now. I quit my last day job in 2005… I do feel though like I take a lot and don’t give back as much… I feel like I am always asking people to buy my CD, pay money to come see me perform… I have a project in mind for giving back, so more will come of this later!
Goal #4: Become more proactive in all of my business so that I can deal with everything in a timely manner and not end up always being reactive and working in a panic. I have been working on returning phone calls and e-mails more promptly yet feel there is still room for improvement.
Goal #5: Record and release a CD of Christmas music.
Goal #6: Start a series of intimate concerts in the style of house concerts. Keep posted for the first concert in February!
There are many more goals I am sure, but this is what has come to mind for now. Hopefully I will accomplish some of these goals. They are all achievable, so now to work!