For the ChronicBabe New Year's blog carnival, Jenni posed a few questions:
What's your plan for the coming year? Is there something you've committed to doing, and do you have an accountability buddy? What's going to change? What's going to be freakin' awesome? Tell us! Not only do we want to know, but also...you'll help inspire others.January - Performances for me include the National Gallery of Art Orchestra and a concerto competition where I'm accompanying two young stars; lots of medical procedures and treatments for both my mother and myself (including a round of Rituxan); and tickets to see "The Lion King." And my mother will start coming to my weekly "Gentle Yoga" classes.
February - 8 months before the wedding, it's time to go dress shopping!! This most likely means a trip to NYC. Continue yoga (you know you'll need it. Lisa).
March - At least one conference to attend; time to push the students in preparation for their upcoming solo performances. Practice, practice, practice!!
April - Solo Festival time. I will be accompanying a friend's entire horn studio (approx. 14 students, I think) as well as my own students and others who hire me each year. It will be a very busy time. The fingers better be on their best behavior, that's all I'll say about it.
May - Studio Recitals for my own students as well as for my friend's students. Finally it's time to take a breath....oh wait, now it's probably time to think about the wedding again.
June, July, August - Work on getting the house ready for visitors in the fall. Clear out all the old stuff, fill up several boxes for donations, and make room for Rob's things.
September - Schools starts back up and so do lessons. Will probably have at least one conference to attend.
October - THE WEDDING!!
November, December - Holiday time again already?
Everything mentioned above are things which I'm committed to doing. My mother (who is now officially retired) will be there to help me along the way. How convenient is that?
During her retirement ceremony, she surprised me with a bouquet of flower and a small thank you speech. My mom shared that I was her best friend, as well as her nurse at times. It's true. We've really become close during the past 12 years since we began sharing living space in DC. We've both experienced tremendous health challenges. A true blessing, she's always there for me and I'm there for her. Although I want and NEED my alone time, it is comforting to have such great support and friendship at home.
This next year will be one of many transitions and challenges. Hang on to your seat folks, it'll be a whirling, twirling, unbelievably quick ride. 2012 - here we come!!