Before I start with this first post for 2017, I just want to say that I hope you all had a wonderful Xmas and New Year.
I would’ve posted sooner but we’ve had no internet and home phone since Xmas Eve and it has only come back on yesterday (thanks, Telstra). That is an indication of how 2016 was for most people judging by the conversations I’ve had and the posts I’ve been reading on social media.
For me, however, 2016 was a year of consolidating on what I already had and from there, rebuilding a solid foundation to move forward with.
After undergoing some financial uncertainty for the last few years, 2016 was a perfect opportunity for me to really knuckle down and relieve myself of that uncertainty.
The main lessons that I’ve learnt from 2016 are…
- To be patient
- To keep life simple
- To not pile too many things onto my plate (both with work and food)
- To take a step back and breathe
These are the lessons that I want to continue on with into this year and with that in mind, here are some things I’ll be concentrating on for 2017…
My financial situation is a lot better than it was three years ago. This is mainly because I now have a day gig that’s able to relieve the financial pressures left over from the past.
Thankfully, there’s plenty of work around and it’s not going to be slowing down anytime soon. My current employment is as secure as you can get through being a subcontractor.
Sometimes the unpredictable nature of being on-call can throw a spanner in the works every now and then, but if I work on managing my time better this year, the unpredictability will start to work for me rather than against me.
If anything, this will give me lots of practice in being patient, tolerant, malleable and flexible when it comes to reacting to what life throws at me which works in well with the main lesson I have learnt from last year.
As for my online work, expect a lot more blogging activity which will include doing a lot more video but more about that in later posts.
Through practising intermittent fasting (IF), I’ve been disciplined with my relationship with food over the last three months and besides relaxing my IF regimen for December (due to it being the holiday season), my health has improved and the payoff has been very noticeable.
Now that Xmas and New Year’s celebrations are out of the way, I’m back onto my IF schedule and my health will get back on track and beyond for 2017.
(I’ll keep you updated periodically as to my IF but I promise you, I won’t bore you with all of the stats and intricate details)
After a year off I’m now ready to get back into playing live again, however, over the past 12 months, I’ve been concentrating on developing the recording side of my skill set while at the same time building up a nice home recording setup (SongMachine).
The main goal with SongMachine is to increase my recording skillset so I can create, release and publish my music in-house and online. I know that means that I’ll be doing most things myself but at the end of the day, I will be in control of my own affairs and master of my own destiny beholden to no-one.
I’m getting confident enough to show off my home recordings with the world which will culminate in putting together my own self-produced, self-recorded album for 2017 using SongMachine and what I’ve learnt along the way and I’m really happy with that.
As for live performance, I’m not sure what that is going to look and sound like at this stage but I do have the urge to move forward with that. I am, however, going to start experimenting with streaming live with the goal of putting together some sort of regular streaming performance gig for myself.
I’m still researching this concept and I’ll let you all know what I find but I can tell you now, I’m excited about the possibilities.
I didn’t want this post to become one of those boring New Year’s resolution lists that I know I won’t stick to, but I just wanted to give a brief outline as to what to expect from me and this site for this year.
Did I say I’m feeling a bit excited by all of this…