I’m not normally a huge fan of reflecting on the past. I find it’s not a very emotionally useful thing to do. On the other hand, it is useful to systematically and kindly look over the things that you’d like to achieve in the year ahead that perhaps didn’t materialise in the last year, as well as mistakes that you’d like to release as you step into a new year. Which all sounds like quite the tedious cliché, but I think there’s some merit in all of this.
I’ll be sitting down with my journal and my wonderful Leonie Dawson workbook to do all of this stuff later today, but I wanted to share some of the fun and successful things that happened this year, along with a couple of funny disasters!
First of all, I got myself back up and running in the UK after three years of living in Prague – cue immediate trips to favourite London haunts such as the V&A museum:
and the Natural History Museum:
and meeting up with a fellow musician friend, soul/jazz singer Rajdulari Barnes from NYC:
Secondly, I released my single this year, with the video that was shot in Prague.
For which I got barcodes, registered the songs with PRS and VPL and created the 3-track CD itself all on my own. It was a HUGE amount of work (believe me, reading about registering tracks and ISRC codes and barcodes was extremely TEDIOUS but using a Pet Shop Boys template for creating my ISRC code was at least amusing…) but I got it done! I also got great reviews, got BBC Radio 6 Music airplay
Thirdly, I got myself a day job at a globally-renowned tech retailer and now know WAY more about core processors, RAM, iPads, wifi routers and iCloud so that I can help little old ladies understand what a backup is and explain it in words they can understand. And not only that, but I got to lead a meeting at work, speak to a customer in French and another one in German, and even one in Czech.
Not bad, but it could certainly have been better. As for funny disasters, the best one might be the rubbish day I made up a silly song about:
Or it could be the way in which the Danish TV drama I acted in, which was broadcast in Denmark this year, cut my best scene and dubbed me so that I can’t actually use the footage for my showreel – except that’s not particularly funny. Although what IS funny is that on the last day of the shoot, having worked alongside Rainer Bock, playing his wife Johanna to his Otto von Bismarck, when he had mislaid his glasses for the umpteenth time I remembered where I last saw them and retrieved them for him. As I did so, I looked up at him and said, “Now I really am your wife!”. To which he, briefly, looked quite frightened.
Having looked honestly but with a sense of humour about the triumphs and the losses of the year, I am definitely looking forward to inputting this wisdom into my Leonie Dawson workbook. I love this woman for being the sheer, out-and-out hippie that she is, but with a ‘tell it like it is’ attitude. Her fun workbooks and calendars have influenced and inspired me all year. If you would like a copy for your own end of year / beginning of next year journalling, click on the image below and scroll down the page for a video of her explaining more about it in her inimitable whimsical style…
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