Since 2010 I have been blogging my Twelve Days of Christmas. That is, I have been sharing the stories of each day of my life from Christmas Day (the First Day of Christmas) through to the 5th of January (the Twelfth Day) and then concluding on Epiphany with what I have learned during the Christmas Season.
This year I have not kept up with my blogging challenges. I didn’t complete #blogjune and I haven’t even commenced #blog12daysxmas. I’ve been busy in other aspects of my life.
2017 saw a massive downturn in my income via my music endeavours. I had previously earned enough to be a full time stay-at-home-mum to my little one. By March, our financial stability was well and truly on the rocks. We limped on and economised on every front. I took on piano and singing students…something I’d been asked to do by various people for many years now.
Around the middle of the year I applied for a job outside of any career I’d previously had. I had all the skills required and it seemed appealing enough. On the day of the interview I had the most dreadful head cold. I coughed and snuffled my way through. About 90 minutes after I left I got a call offering me the job. I’d lost my voice by then but squeaked out a “Yes!”
I’ve been working in that job since August. It’s only a part time position but it’s enough to keep us in the black. It’s also been good for me to establish a routine work schedule and for Snugglepot to have extended time with other children through daycare.
So what has that to do with blogging?
Well, half my week has been taken up with work and the other half has been spread amongst the things I used to have a whole week do to. I’m tired and not much in the mood.
That said, I’m determined to regain my energy and I look to the things that feed my soul. What am I passionate about?
Despite not working as a librarian anymore, I’m still passionate about delivering authoritative information to anyone who needs it. In my role as a parish secretary I have all kinds of people on the phone and through the door at the office wanting all kinds of assistance. I’d like to think my librarian skills are still at play in my new role and will continue to serve me well for the rest of my life. The world is my library now.
Despite not being in charge of the music coordination of a parish, I’m still passionate about good liturgy. I have brought those skills into my new liturgical parish secretary role and I take pride in making whatever constructive contribution I can make to whatever parish I’m in…regardless of whether I am a parishioner or employee.
Despite not playing for as many funerals as I used to, I’m still passionate about music. I always will be. Music lives at my core.
Given my great love of music and my desire to reconnect myself with what feeds me, I would like to challenge myself to post at least one song a week (probably a YouTube clip) and blog a little about why I have chosen that piece. It may be a song. It may be instrumental. It may be some weird creative hybrid. I was going to call this #songoftheweek but I wasn’t sure it would be weekly or even that it would be a song. So, I have settled on #mymusical2018.
Stay tuned for my selections.
Feel free to use this as your inspiration to post your own take on #mymusical2018.