2013 has been a year which I’ve learnt a lot about myself including my strengths and limitations when it comes to my work/life balance.
For most of the year I had overcommitted myself to the point which it affected my health both mentally and physically leaving me feeling stressed, worn out, sick and depressed.
All in all, I was thoroughly exhausted and therefore not a nice guy to be around.
The last six months of my life has been an exercise in letting things go with the two major casualties being the Open Mic Network (August) and the SCALA Presidency (November). With all that taken place, the question I ask myself is… “How do I feel now?”
Right now, I feel like I’m getting back on track again. For a start, this blog post is an indication that my life direction has changed as I’ve started to regain the motivation to blog again (the last post on this site was on June 10th).
Slowly but surely I can feel my recovery taking hold over every part of my life. This realisation has manifested in a number of ways…
I’m starting to write songs again and collaborating with the most wonderful people
I’ve started to address my physical health and have embarked on a process of changing some aspects of my life to match.
I’m embracing the fact that I now have time to devote to myself, my family, my relationship and to my friends rather than feeling like I have no time for anything.
I now have the choice to do whatever it is I need to do rather than have that choice made for me through external influences.
Another major step in letting things go that I’ve taken is deciding to phase out my covers gigs to concentrate on my own music.
I know I’ve been saying this for a while but until now, I hadn’t found a way to replace the income I was making from playing covers. I’ve been able to increase the activity in my day gig to compensate and I’m actually feeling really good about working a day gig (more on that in later posts).
The best thing about all of this is that I’m actually starting to feel excited about life again and that’s what life is all about isn’t it? Just watch this space.