With January fast approaching, I’ve been thinking a lot about my goals for 2020 – both personal and professional. To be honest, I don’t ever make New Year’s resolutions, because I know it’s more than likely that I won’t keep them, but this year is different. It’s actually necessary that I make myself some specific (and realistic) goals and make myself keep them.
I feel like 2019 has been me trying to find my place in both the blogging and music communities and as such my focus has been all over the place, and unfortunately, it’s caused me to neglect little (though important) details in both areas.
So, after a lot of soul searching and really spending time to think about what direction I want my life to go, these are the goals I came up with. Will I be able to keep them all? I have no idea lol. I certainly will try and now that I have a clear path I want to take, I’m hoping my focus will be more narrowed and not all over the place, which just causes me to stress out and put everything to the side.
- Get my health to 100%. I still have a long ways to go with this one, but I know exactly what I need to do – it’s just a matter of keeping myself motivated and not giving up. Exercise especially is a big part of this, which will not only help my overall health, but my singing as well.
- Scale back on the beauty blogging. I hate to even write that since from day one I’ve been almost 100% focused on green beauty and skincare. But when I say scale back, I do not mean stop, but rather I want to feature the brands that I truly love and actually use the most and less of so many new brands. Green beauty will always be a part of my routine, but I just don’t have the time to test and review anything new.
- Focus on really honing and strengthening my vocal technique. I’m going to be honest, I’ve been a bad student for a very long time. I don’t practice nearly as much as I should and it’s why my technique is not where it should be. Going forward, I am going to make a point to spend at least 10-20 minutes a day (except when sick) on my technique, even if it’s just 5-10 minutes dedicated to breath control exercises or vocalises.
- Spend more time studying and less time web surfing. As fun as surfing the interwebz can be, I need to buckle down on my studies. There is so much to studying music and I want to make sure that I am keeping up with the latest science and info so that I can not only be the best singer I can be, but also the best teacher to my own vocal students that I can be. And it’s not just studying repertoire that I need to spend more time on, it’s also vocal pedagogy, voice anatomy & physiology that I need to keep fresh in my brain!
- Spend more time on my language studies. As a classical singer, it’s important to know your languages – particularly Italian, French and German as those are the most commonly used in opera and classical arias/songs. I’m pretty good at singing in them, but I want to actually be able to understand what I’m singing without constantly consulting a translation app or book. Opera singers generally are multi-lingual since they perform in so many countries. But even if I never sing in an opera (which chances at this point in my musical life are pretty slim), I’d still like to be more proficient in as many languages as I can so I can better translate my repertoire and also so I can converse with non-English speakers in the community.
- Find my niche in the music community. Just like with blogging, it’s important to find your special place in the music world. That thing that you are known for, that sets you apart from everyone else. My vocal teacher is known for singing Slavic music – opera arias, folksongs, and art songs. She still performs in “standard” operas and recitals, but her specialty, what she is popular for is Slavic music. I’m still trying to find my special “niche”, though I keep going back to recitalist, concentrating primarily on classical art songs and concert arias. I just need to figure out if I want to be known for a specific composer, language or what. This one is going to be hard for me because I love waaay too much music in the classical genre! I’m hoping my teacher can help rein me in lol.
- Work on getting my website to reflect my musical endeavors and get my social media channels more in line with that too. This coming year I want to really focus on my musical profession as that is not only where my biggest passion lies, but it is what helps pay my bills. No matter how hard I tried, I could never get my gb blog to be the success I had hoped (and sorry, but unless it’s a hobby, it does cost money to run a blog) so I need to put 100% of my energy into what does provide a return for all of my hard work and monetary investment. And as I stated above, I am not ditching or giving up sharing green beauty, I’m just going to be sharing it in a different way – as part of my performance looks or daily life.
- Spend a bit more time each week preparing for lessons. I’ve been a little lax in this area too, and I really need to step it up. While I do always make sure I am prepared for each lesson (I even have a binder with all of the students, their instrument of study, previous musical experience, their progress, what we work on, when they pay, etc..) I feel I can do even more. And again, much of my lax-ness stems from just having too much on my plate. So now that I plan to unload a big part of what consumed so much of my time, I feel I will be able to devote more to lesson prep.
There are a few other things I hope to accomplish next year, but I will wait and see how far I get with the above before adding more to the mix. My main goal is to lessen my load and narrow my focus, so I’ll start with what I already have and see how things go. I’ll definitely keep you posted on my progress!
What are your goals for 2020?
Until next time!