As 2017 comes to a close my thoughts now turn towards the coming year ahead and what my resolutions will be for 2018.
For me, this time of year is one of self reflection on the past/present and a renewed sense of purpose, vigour, enthusiasm and optimism for the future.
Here’s just a very quick summary on the year that was and what’s in store for 2018.
2017 was a challenging year personally but a very productive and prolific year musically.
2017 year saw major health issues take centre stage for both Mara and me which certainly got me rethinking some priorities in life but, it also had me writing and recording the most songs ever in a 12 month period thanks primarily to the FAWM and 50/90 Songwriting Challenges.
This health induced rethinking of priorities plus the creative momentum I’ve experienced this year will be serving me in good stead for 2018.
2017 was also a year where I concentrated on reshaping my finances and work my way out of some pretty hefty debt especially with the credit card.
Thankfully I’ve managed to rip up the card, pay off the car and consolidate everything else into something far more manageable than before and once I get my taxes all sorted out I’ll be able to breathe a little easier.
2018 will be the year that I get back into playing gigs again on a regular basis. I’ve been spending some time getting my online profiles all sorted out so it would be easier for bookers to find me online and get an idea of my music and what I can provide for them and their/my audiences.
I’ll also continue to write and record new material plus, the idea of participating in FAWM and 50/90 for 2018 doesn’t scare me as much as it did the same time last year.
I also think it’s about time I recorded another physical CD for release. I know I put out the FAWM and 50/90 releases online however, they are more collections of demos rather than something that I would formally release into the world.
I can see some songs from those online releases being re-recorded and making their way onto my second CD.
These are just some of the things I’ll be saying either goodbye or hello and of course I’ll be going into more detail about things in future blog posts but whatever happens, I’m genuinely excited about the possibilities that 2018 will bring for me on both a personal and professional level.
I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season and that 2018 will be everything you want it to be… And more!