It’s been awhile since I’ve done a more personal blog post, so I thought it was high time to let you in on some more of my interests, hopes, and dreams. Personally, I love setting short and long term goals because it helps me maintain a good perspective, gives purpose to every day, and it’s the best feeling ever when my hard work pays off. Here are some things I absolutely cannot wait to get back into after I move and settle into my new place (in a week!).
Reading for pleasure. I do a ton of research all the time, but I really want to get back into reading fiction. I love a good book – as long as it is intriguing enough to hold my interest. Mystery/Crime/Thriller (not horror) has to be my favorite genre (huge Sherlock Holmes fan here) but I love a good drama if it is well crafted, relatable, and entertaining. I haven’t had the time or energy to read much as of late so I can’t wait to chill at the library or sit myself down with some of the books on my Goodreads list.
Writing. I used to write all the time. Honestly when I was growing up I spent more time in fantasy worlds I created in my head than in reality (not something I recommend). I still love the freedom and challenge of creating my own story, and I plan to self publish my own book someday. I’ve got way too many ideas swimming around in my head that need put on paper. I can’t wait to write poetry, prose, and fiction.
Recording piano covers of popular songs. I’m currently saving up for the Yamaha P-115 keyboard (best digital alternative to an acoustic grand piano). I took 9+ years of intensive piano lessons growing up, and since then have made a genuine effort to improve my playing-by-ear skills. My teacher mostly focused on playing advanced written music, not so much playing by ear, so that is something I want to work on. One thing I love doing is taking popular songs and turning them into piano covers with my own unique feel. I love singing but I don’t think I have a very good voice so I absolutely love “singing” through my piano music. Not that I’m that great or anything I just love making music. I’ve got a long list on Spotify of songs that I think would sound amazing as acoustic piano covers. I’d like to record them as I perfect them, partly so I can hear my mistakes and improve myself, but also I think there is a shortage of quality instrumental covers and someday I’d like to share them for others to enjoy. Taking a song with lyrics, melody, rhythm, etc. and turning it into a meaningful cover on a single instrument is an art in itself, and one I can’t wait to learn.
Learning CrossFit or a martial art. I’m torn between joining a Crossfit gym that is just a few miles from my apartment, and learning a martial art like Tae Kwon Do or MMA. All the good MMA gyms are almost an hour from where I’ll be living so that would make it tough. There is a Tae Kwon Do class near me for adults, but I’m still trying to decide if I’d prefer that or something else. I would do CrossFit but honestly I’m not sure I want to get that into it as a sport. I love challenging and intense WODs but I don’t think I want to do only that all the time. Martial arts are more appealing to me for the art of them, so my first choice would be MMA if a good gym was closer to me. So we’ll see what happens but I want to learn a physical sport of some kind eventually.
So there ya go, those are some dreams that are currently fueling me, what are some of your goals for the near future? What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t done yet (for whatever reason)? Share your thoughts in the comments!!