“The holiest of all holidays are those
Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
The secret anniversaries of the heart,
When the full river of feeling overflows;”—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, from “Holidays” (via bookoasis)
How are you? I hope all is well and you’re enjoying your countdown to Christmas (if that’s what you celebrate). I’m enjoying mine so far. Although, I haven’t done too many festive activities yet. I plan to though! This Sunday my friends are coming over to bake some holiday treats. One of which who is visiting on winter break from her schooling in Toronto. So, I’m looking forward to that. :) I still have to wrap Christmas presents and get a couple more together and I’d like to go skating sometime soon. But other than that, I’m prepped and ready for the 24th (our annual Christmas Eve party) and of course, the 25th- Christmas day!
It’s my first Christmas as a graduate. So, it hasn’t been as hectic as I have plenty of time for all there is to do. Lately, I’ve been seeing my family a lot. Last week, I visited my grandma and great grandma. I’ve been seeing my cousins quite a bit and staying up late often hanging out with my brother. It’s certainly been a month of quality time. And treats and warmth- all lovely things. ^^
I’ve finished producing Get Yours- the latest addition to my upcoming album. Listening to it makes me happy. It’s a very positive, uplifting song. Full of warm fuzzies. Can’t wait to record it and here it all come together. I’m now going on to work on I Think I’m Ready, which might just be the last song I produce for the album. Like I think I’ve mentioned once already, that’ll be an accomplishment on its own.
Things are well. :) With my music, family and friends- the things that are most important to me. They’re sailing smoothly.
Today (my father’s 51st birthday) was one spent with family.
My cousin Tisha came over to our house at 1 o’clock to get her nails done by my mother. I stayed to chat with her for a while, listened to her read more chapters from her novel she’s working on, cooked lunch and talked with her and my brother until we departed for my dad’s birthday dinner. We dropped Tisha off at her apartment and headed to the restaurant. It was just the four of us (my mum, dad, my brother and I) and we had a great time. The food was exceptional, everyone seemed to be in good spirits. We talked and laughed and stayed for desert, which is always my favorite part of any meal.
Being there tonight; enjoying my family’s company without having to worry about anything is such a stroke of luck. I am so lucky to be living where I am, to have the family that I do, to have the resources that are available to me… All of these things are the necessities. Everything else I strive for is a bonus. Like my career for example. I’m striving to be able to make my living off of my music, but if that doesn’t work out, I can do something else. It is in fact not a necessity. It is my plan A, but my life will go on- and it will go on well- regardless. There will not be a point where I can’t feed myself, where I have nowhere to turn to for help, where I am not safe. I am not faced with these obstacles. I am only faced with choices. Choices of what I want to do with my life.
Every time myself or someone else reminds me of this, any little thing that has bothered me or that I have worried over or that has upset me seems to vanish. Those little things do not matter in the scheme of my life or in the scheme of the world. Whether someone doesn’t like me or I missed an “important” deadline or I can’t make my plan A work, I will always have something to fall back on. I will always be safe. And that is so much more than what so many people in this world can say. It is a tragedy, but it is the truth.
Like I’ve heard before, “It takes every kind of person to make up this crazy world.” And every kind of circumstance. All that a person can do is what they feel is right, to help make it a little better.
Here’s to being thankful and making that luck count for more than just one’s self.
I’ve been wanting to write a new blog post for quite some time now. I just wasn’t sure of what to to say or how to say it. I don’t know if I’m more sure now, but here it goes regardless:
I’m doing pretty grand. :] Looking back on my past entries, I noticed how I mentioned my producing lull quite frequently. But now, I’m happy to announce, I have been working on a song -producing it- and it’s almost finished. It appears I have broken through the rut I was in. It seems I have gotten my “mojo” back.
It feels great. I feel more like me again. :-)
I am getting closer to the completion of my album. One step and one song at a time. And I’m having a lot of fun getting there. I tried some different techniques and sounds out on the latest song I’ve been working on (called Get Yours) and it really payed off. A lot of them stuck and again, it feels like old times. Working in my room on Garageband for hours on end. I’ve really got back to the place I used to be in; being experimental, having fun with it and doing it for me. Doing it for the sake of doing it- not for the sake of getting it done.
A balance has been restored. I am thankful.
That’s always something I strive to achieve more and more: balance. With music, with downtime, with friends… I think it’s one of the most important aspects of life. I have found this to be true for myself, anyway. And lately, I feel I’ve got a pretty good hold on it. Which makes me happy.
I’m into my passion and am getting things done, I’ve been seeing friends and family more and Christmas is just two weeks away! How could things be better?
Again, I am very thankful.
Oh- and I’m eighteen now. Didn’t write about that. So far, eighteen’s been treating me well. I do feel like I’ve entered a different stage in my life- but I like it. I’m still writing in my journal as well.
Even though my year of writing everyday is up. It seems to be a habit I don’t want to break. So, I won’t.
I’m rolling with the punches, trying new things, opening my mind, staying passionate and maintaining a balance- or at least trying to as best as I can. That’s what life is all about. As a very wise songwriter once said,
"Trying is more rewarding than wishing."
Jason Reeves said that. Seriously, look up his music if you haven’t. It’s simply brilliant.
Well, I’m off to get organized and keep plugging away. I’m nearing the end of songs I want to produce, which will be a huge accomplishment in itself.