Happy New Year, kind krafters! 2018 was a great year for me and I’m having fun reflecting on my adventures, achievements, and challenges. I rang in the first few days of 2018 in Cape Breton with my amazing friend and her family, I then traveled back to visit family in England in family and met my newest baby cousin, my class and I raised money through music for a great cause, I competed in the Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers’ Association competition and placed first in my class, I traveled to Newfoundland for the first time for my third year in the National Youth Choir of Canada where I added more friends to my ever-growing choral family, toured Ontario for the second time with Xara Choral Theatre, and then completed my first semester of third year! I definitely experienced some challenges last year, but I think that 2018 was a very important year of growth for me. I have learnt a lot about time management and organization, how to conquer insecurities, and what I need to maintain a healthy and balanced life.
In 2019, I plan to continue to grow as a person, an environmentalist and activist, musician, and friend. Some of my general goals are:
I also want to continue to work hard in my courses and have a successful recital this coming semester. I hope that I can have new solo experiences in the summer and have lessons with instructors for possible graduate programs. I plan on performing in a few recitals outside of school and am excited to plan my own concert and learn about that aspect of my music making too.
All in all, I want to take control of 2019 instead of letting the year fly by. I want to make every moment count and every action that I make be purposeful. I want to listen to my body and know when to push harder or to allow myself rest. I want to continue to put others before me but know when it’s okay to put myself and my own needs first. I want to explore our beautiful planet while I am still able to, and I need to do everything I can to help preserve the earth and treat it with the respect it deserves. I want to continue to love my friends and family and help them whenever they need it and support them in all of their triumphs.
I am so excited for what 2019 holds and I hope that you are as well! I wish you a year full of adventure, fun, and love. All the best, kind krafters!
During exam season it’s pretty easy to feel claustrophobic in a one-road town. I love Wolfville and the valley, but sometimes I can go a little bit stir-crazy if I don’t have a quick trip elsewhere every once in a while. Right now, it’s exam season at Acadia and so the majority of students are crammed in the library or other study spaces. I like to take myself to a coffee shop and switch up my surroundings instead of sitting in a cubicle on the 4th floor of the lib. As well as constantly changing my study area, I like to allow myself breaks every day to do something fun. Here are some of my favourite things to do during an intense study period:
See an AWESOME sunset or sunrise.
Go see some animals!
Start a new hobby!