The highlight for me this year was being recognized as Classical Artist of the Year by Music NB. I was shocked that I won the award, but delighted at the same time! I figured this would be a good time to look back at my goals for the year and let you know how I did…
Goal #1: Improving my health. This goal is going really well! I have become completely obsessed with food, and have been spending more time in the kitchen, and a lot more time chopping veggies! I have lost 20lbs this year, which brings me to a total loss of 60lbs over the past 3 years. Honestly, those weren’t the numbers I was hoping for, but I will take them! I am really proud of myself for maintaining and continuing to loose weight over 3 years.
Goal #2: Perform the cello in public. I have now done my first professional gig on the cello. I played solo cello for a wedding in October. I was absolutely terrified, but it was a great experience, and now the next time won’t be so scary!
Goal #3: Give back to my community more. I still feel the need to work on this more. I have been taking some of my groups around to perform in hospitals and retirement homes on a volunteer basis, but will be looking for more ideas for 2013.
Goal #4: Be more proactive in my business. Things are going really well with my business. I have redesigned my website, gotten my in-box under control, blogged twice a month, sent out newsletters twice a month, been more active on facebook and twitter, have joined a couple of on-line fiddle forums, have been updating my records every month, and in general, just feel like I am more organized than ever before. I still have days when I feel completely overwhelmed and that I will never get everything done, but in general I am please with how things are going!
Goal #5: Record and release a CD of Christmas music. This project has been tabled for right now as I don’t think it should be my focus at this time. Perhaps you will see this goal pop up again next year!
Goal #6: Start a series on intimate concerts in the style of house concerts. Success! I held a total of 6 concerts in my studio this year. I went through a little period of doubt in the summer and was considering tabling the whole plan, but got back into it and had two great concerts in the fall. I will definitely be continuing with this next year.
Now it is time to look ahead to the New Year and decide where to go next!