Adam’s and Nick’s recent posts have gotten me on a thinking jag about blogging, life, work, balancing everything, and remembering what’s important. Please forgive the rambles below, and let me know if you’ve got anything to say on the subject as well. Oh, and stay tuned for Part II, later this week.
For me, blogging started as a creative outlet for when I couldn’t think about music anymore, as well as a way to document my kitchen creations and share them with my family and friends. Within months, though, my hobby took on a life of its own, and for a few years, I found myself managing social media for an organic food company as well as maintaining my own blog, all while attempting to make sense out of a career in classical music.
Over the last year and a half, my work life has been just about evenly split between food and music gigs. On the music front, I lead the soprano section of a church choir, as well as a temple choir during High Holiday season, sing with a local Renaissance music ensemble, teach voice lessons, and take my own voice lessons with a private teacher every couple weeks to keep the pipes in tip top shape. As food writing goes, I maintain this blog, do freelance work for my favorite food website, and write stories and recipes for a local print publication.
It’s an enormous privilege to have my voice reach so many people through my singing and food writing. Each comes with their own set of challenges and joys, and I can’t imagine deciding to give up either pursuit. This lack of singular focus in my life may have prevented me from having a linear path to full-time employment, but I’m confident that in continuing to do what I love, producing work that I’m proud of, life will roll on in the way it’s meant to go.