Keeping in the theme of looking back at stuff I posted years ago, let’s check out what my goals were and how I tried to accomplish them.
From September 2007:
Looking forward to next summer, I’m going to do the following:
– Take singing, alto sax, guitar, or dancing lessons, and possibly get my Grade 8 piano.
– Work out and gain an upper body (which I may be able to do at Katimavik).
– Improve on fashion more (which I have since I’ve worked at BR. I’ve became quite knowledgeable on stuff for men and women).
– Learn sign language and improve french (I’ll be able to improve my french at Katimavik).
– Post more in this blog (if I get off my lazy ass and do it).
– Find out what I want to do with my future career-wise. Music or Social Work? Or maybe something completely different all together?
– Visit friends in other towns more (I’m talking to you, Windsor/London/Sudbury/Ottawa/Cambridge people!).
Mission accomplished? Enh, somewhat. Jumping ahead almost a year to July 2008:
I can say that I have or am starting to accomplish most of those things in that list, except for the sign language (I’m going to be learning Italian, Spanish, or Japanese instead), and taking sax, guitar, or dancing lessons (I opted for vocals). Everything else I’ve done during Katimavik and I am continuing to do now… Might as well continue the list:
– Get a demo recorded with original songs
– Save money by only using so much cash a week
– Buy clothing that expresses individual style and has a fantastic price (I’m going to start buying sweaters and knits. I don’t do much layering.)
– Get at least a 3.3 GPA in all of my classes
– Receive my Grade 8 Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate
– Continue to exercise
– Learn another language (Spanish, Italian or Japanese)
– Network in Toronto to help music career
So what have I accomplished since then? Let me tell you. Not exactly what I set out to do…
I tried recording a demo later that summer and had 2 songs done. One them was alright, but the lyrics were so contrived. So I’d like to take another stab at it someday and actually have proper stuff prepared. Maybe this year, but it isn’t high on my list (probably should be because of Japan).
Because of studying in Red Deer, I certainly did learn Italian and Spanish. I also learned German and Latin. Thanks Voice program! I now know what I am singing in classical music! I also picked up Portuguese when I was in Portugal in 2012. I can read it at least and maybe figure out what is going on.
The save money by only using cash thing was definitely inspired by Gail Vaz-Oxlade. I loved watching her shows. I’m pretty good with money (my taxes were already set for submission on January 1st), but I do spend a lot go money on food. My mission should be to bring food in every work day. I will save a lot of money I think.
As for fashion, I still like reading The Cut and GoFugYourself and Fashion Week, but I have become frugal with my fashions. Like I mentioned recently in a previous post, I wear dress pants almost all the time and almost always a button up shirt and a cardigan or blazer. Right now I am wearing jeans (shock!) and a button up with a sweater. Red in honour of Valentine’s Day! I’m kind of sappy now, I know.
My grades were pretty good in College in comparison to how awful they were in University. I was definitely in my element, that’s for sure. Plus I graduated so… Mission accomplished!
I was about to do my Grade 8 exam when I left for Red Deer, but I left before I could do it. However, I’ve played much harder material in college and sang Grade 10 pieces, so I feel like I don’t have to do it anymore. However, I do have the Grade 10 piano books. They’re fun and kind of challenging to read. Ballet takes up most of my time and my reading has become stronger and faster now thanks to the sheer volume of books I have to play.
Continue to exercise… We all know how this turned out. When I get back from Montreal, I’m going to start that running app I mentioned before. Some cardio is better than none, though what I really should be doing is weight lifting. Get some muscles!
As for other things I want to do…
– Bring food and tea from home for work
– Write a song every day and record a demo (before Japan)
– Start running AND lifting weights again
– Keep mastering French and Japanese
– Learn a new piece on piano every day and get it up to a good performing level
– Talk to someone I haven’t talked to in a long time every day (or at least try to reach out to them. I don’t maintain friendships as well as I could.)
I think that is plenty. A lot of daily stuff, but considering that I work almost every day, the music stuff shouldn’t be that difficult. Just gotta do it!