I can’t remember the last time I was sick – that’s how infrequently it happens. But here I am, sitting in my bed at noon on a Wednesday, when I would normally be at work, trying to make this day at least semi-productive, despite my achy muscle and swollen throat. Even though I’m not feeling too hot, I’ve still dedicated this morning to work on booking my gigs for 2018 – making calls, sending Facebook messages/emails, and researching new venues to contact.
some shots from the last couple of months…
So far, I’ve felt pretty good about my progress. When I first started trying to book gigs back in the late spring of this year, I literally had no idea what I was doing – and even now, I’m still not even sure that I know what I’m doing, but I at least have a better idea than when I started. More than anything, the last eight months have literally been me learning – when to call, what to say, how to sound confident, how often to follow-up, so forth and so on. It’s been stressful to a certain degree because it has required me to develop a lot of security and tenacity within my being as I’m pitching myself as an artist to people I don’t even know. My confidence has definitely improved, and I’ve gotten a lot better at pushing myself and believing in myself, even in situations that are out of my comfort zone. So far, I have four gigs booked through January and the first weekend in February, as well as my final 2017 gig coming up Christmas weekend. I know that may not seem like much to more seasoned musicians that play out constantly, but it feels really good for me, and quite frankly, I’m proud of myself. Last December, we were recording my EP, and my confidence level wasn’t even close to what it is now. Trust me, I still have a long way to go, but I feel myself getting stronger, braver, and more determined everyday. 2018 New Year’s Resolution: believe in myself, and keep pushing!!!
Speaking of the holidays, this girl is PUMPED for Christmas. I have almost all of my gifts ready, my friends are coming home from college this weekend, and my heart is full with all the joy the season has to offer. I am obsessed with my Christmas decorations this year – I got my Christmas tree, which I have named Twinkle, for $25 from Target and it was so worth it. I also found some really adorable crèche ornaments at Target, so I made a “Noel” garland for my tree to go along with my “Jesus” theme. Because you know, #Jesus always.
Christmas truly just makes my heart so happy, and I never want the holidays to pass as quickly as they seem to. I think the “go-go-go” mentality that society teaches us can be difficult to escape, especially around this time of year. Friends, don’t forget to take a moment now and then to slow down and enjoy this season, because it will be over before we know it. Amidst the holiday hustle, watch a cheesy Hallmark Christmas movie, bake some cookies, and allow yourself to feel peace in this busy time. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
I hope y’all have enjoyed this little life update! What is your favorite thing about Christmas? Leave a comment below, I would love to hear! Happy holidays, and as always, much love.
READ MORE: Christmas Music Mini Guide 2017 (my Christmas music recommendations)
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