Today is my birthday! I’ve been reflecting a lot on the past year, and I wanted to share some of my thoughts…
Growing up, I spent my birthdays looking forward to the next one. I couldn’t wait to be older.
At the age of 12, I looked forward to turning 13 and being a TEENAGER.
At 15 I looked forward to turning 16 and being able to drive, get a job, and get out of the house!
At 17 I looked forward to graduating high school and becoming an “adult.”
You get the drift…
Well, today is the first birthday where I am not looking forward… and, it’s not because I’m nearing 30…
This is my first birthday where I am looking BACK.
In the past year, I graduated from college with my third (and a half) degree. I was converted from a temporary intern position, to a permanent position at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (my day job). And, after 7 years with this company, I was finally eligible, and received a promotion! This is a huge accomplishment for me!
Throughout the year, while attending school, I was working on recording my first EP with my producer, Chris Rafetto. This was hard at times, because we were trying to work around his touring schedule, and my school/work/show schedule. But, we did it, and the EP will be released in a couple of weeks (07.13)!
Looking back on this past year, in addition to these accomplishments, I’ve learned to love deeper, dream bigger, and to trust harder.
LOVE DEEPER. Love myself, and love my family and friends more and more, everyday… because we never know when our last day on this planet will be. I’ve watched my friends bring life into this world, and I’ve also watched my friends say goodbye to their parents. So, love deeper, every day.
And, because we don’t know when our last day will be… DREAM BIGGER. Every goal I have ever set for myself and my music, I’ve reached (minus a few). So, I just keep making bigger goals.
I am so thankful to have an amazing support system! Because of you, I am able to follow my dreams, reach my dreams, and push even further. This EP is as much yours as it is mine!
And through my music, my dreams, and my support system, I’ve learned to TRUST MYSELF. Trust my heart. Trust in that inner voice that has always been there.
Dwell less on what could have been, or what will be. TRUST and LIVE in the moment.
Above all else, this last year has given me an amazing respect for my parents. My two biggest supporters. They’ve been backing me since day one. They paid for my first four years of college, and allowed me to live at home rent free for the remaining years of school.
Because of their support, I’ve been able to work full time, pay my way through the last few years of school, out of pocket (no loan), and pay for the recording/production of my music. I wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without their encouragement and support.
I want to thank every person who is a part of my life. Thank you for making this last year my most amazing year yet. The first year I am truly sad to see go.
I look forward to next year, not as another year of getting older, but another year of learning, growing, loving, dreaming and trusting more in myself and others.