I've tried consistently writing blog posts. It's failed every time, but hopefully this one will continue to be regularly updated for a while. I'll be mostly writing about stuff that's happening with music, however knowing me I'll start oversharing and writing essays about redecorating my room or something.
This is a rather odd time to start a blog, you'd expect someone to start posting in the new year, rather than near Christmas, but I've always been a firm believer in making goals and starting new things whenever instead of waiting for a digit to change in the year.
The 2017 is exactly a week away which freaks me out. I'll be starting year 11 (when school grades actually start to count, send help) and have a bunch of new music projects in the works. I won't lie: every time I think about what I know 2017 has in store for me I get a bit stressed, however I am going to do my best to make it even better than 2016 was.
2016 has not been so great for the world. Terror attacks. Syria. The world's refugee crisis. The Manus Island and Nauru Refugee Detention Camps. Brexit. Donald Trump. Loss of many of the world's greats including David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Prince, Leonard Cohen, George Michael and Muhammad Ali.
However I'm lucky enough to call it one of the best years of my life (personally). I played over 50 gigs, released my first EP, did a TEDx performance, played on Canberra's biggest commercial radio station, sold out my first show, became an Australian National Busking Champion for the second year in a row, completed my 8th Grade AMEB violin exam, opened for my 9 year old self's role model's album launch, got the highest grades I've ever gotten, trained to become a Chiropractic Assistant, got involved with countless school events and had so much fun doing it and met some incredible people I am able to call my best friends.
Aside from that, I am most proud of how I've changed as a person this year. I learned to stand up for myself and be more assertive. While I'm still often quiet and a little scared to go talk to teachers if I have questions or confront a sound guy if he's got it all wrong, I am more able to voice my opinion when I think it's necessary rather than getting walked all over by others. The skill of assertiveness is vital when doing music, especially as a female and a young one at that. I guess I'm a lot more sure of myself now. I hope I don't come across as stuck up though! I get less intimidated by others now, and I'm more able to just go up on that stage, do my thing, and know I've done my best.
I've become much better at time management and working productively. Music really started to take off, but so did school. Suddenly, we were given college (year 11 & 12) level assessment tasks to prepare us for the following two years so things got more difficult. Before 2016, I had a tendency to be a bit of a last minute larry. I also had a lot of free time. This year, I had little to no free time each week and had to really buckle down as soon as I got my assessment and not spend hours aimlessly scrolling down my Facebook feed. My grades really improved this year thanks to my life forcefully making me manage my time properly.
I guess I came out of my shell this year. I was more confident in being myself. I've still got a long way to go, but I was a very different person at the beginning of 2016. I'm proud of who I've grown to be this year, and proud of who I've grown to be in such a short 15 years of living.
Bring on 2017!