Monday, January 11, 2016

At least...

It would be so easy to finish that sentence in so many ways :)

Right now though, the ending comes courtesy of my friend Rose (she picked her own internet/blog/persona name).  We have phone calls periodically that last hours.  I'm not kidding, hours.  That's how I know we are such good friends :)  We can live over a thousand miles away from each other, have not seen each other in over 6 months, will likely not see each other anytime soon, and still manage to find hours of things to talk about!

I am in the phase of complaining about how long it is taking to get myself established as a free lance teacher and player.  I am doing well considering I started about 4 and a half months ago, but I am definitely not where I want to be yet.  Her laughter inducing response was "At least no one is trying to marry you off!" 

It is so true!  No one is trying to marry me off :)  I am (for the most part) not asked about when/if I'll ever find a guy by my family anymore.  They have stopped making veiled references to children and only occasionally make direct comments.  This is great because (at least in my mind) it means they see that I have the potential to be successful in my own right.  All by myself.  Alone. 

Now, don't misunderstand, I am not saying it wouldn't be nice to find someone to share my life with, but as my dad likes to remind me, I'm super picky.  About lots of things.  Which is totally true.  But shouldn't I be?  Part of the reason I am able to be successful is that details are important to me, I want everything to look/be great so that other people see the best of me.  Maybe that isn't the best protocol for everything, but those are thoughts for another day!

Monday, January 4, 2016

New beginnings!

My favorite time of year is the entire season from Halloween through New Years.  I love the lights, the family time, the kindness of others, all of it! 

And, at the end I get to reflect on the year and make some goals for the new one :)  (we all know how much I like lists!)  So, in that spirit, I am sharing what I am most proud of from 2015 and what I'm looking forward to for 2016.

I graduated from UWM with a Master's Degree in Violin Performance!!! This is the thing I am most proud of, from last year, and from my life as a whole :)

I finished 4 couch or bed quilts, the most I've ever done in one year, 2 tree skirts, 2 other quilt tops, and 1 mini quilt. 

I became a cross stitcher!  It's so much fun and has slightly taken over my quilting time...

I moved back to Colorado and have been attempting to make a go as a freelance player and teacher (so far its working out) while living on my own as an adult.  Some days are better than others. 

In 2016, I have plans!  Not crazy ones, but some exciting ones none the less. 

I have 13 students and I want to triple that number so I am no longer needing to work as a substitute teacher (which is fun, but not what I really want to be doing).

I am practicing (what else is new???) like crazy now that I'm full recovered from my wrist injury so that I can win an audition for a paid orchestra job!  This is my main goal, I am super excited and hopeful.

I joined my first ever swap on Instagram.   I'll let you know how that goes, it should be fun.

I have several quilts planned/in progress and I would love to be able to finish them up.  Let's be honest though, I have the attention span of a gnat, so I'm not sure how well this one will go. 

No matter what comes, here's to a fantastic 2016!