Don’t Be Afraid to Write

We’re about halfway through the month of January. How are you doing with following through with your new year’s resolution?

Last week, in my post “2017 New Year’s Resolution,” I shared my goals for 2017 with you. This week, I wanted to write about the following goal: Write and share any songs that I feel inspired to write no matter what people might think of them.

In 2015, in my post, “Staying True to My Songs,” I wrote about a challenge that I faced when writing music. I struggled with having the courage to write the songs that I wanted to write because of my concern that people may not like them.

Unfortunately, this is something I still struggle with, and it is very important for me as an artist to overcome this challenge this year.

I’m not sure when I began to have a war with my creativity-when I started to hold back because of my concern about what people might think.

I feel so proud of the courageous girl I used to be. When I was 11 years old, I wrote my first song! 😀  You can read about that story and check out that song in my post, “Throwback Thursday: My First Song.”

When I listen to the words of that song now, I feel embarrassed because I think it is such a silly song. However, I also feel ashamed of myself for being embarrassed because when I was 11 years old, I was so proud of that song! I didn’t change the lyrics to something else because of fears about what people might think. I sang my song with pride. ❤

That courageous girl is going to be my role model this year.

For fun, I thought I would share with you a photo of me when I was 11 years old. This was from my first trip to Disney World! (Thank you Mom and Dad! ❤ ) I actually recently found the t-shirt that I was wearing in that photo, and of course for fun I had to get a picture wearing it nowadays! 😀

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The brave songwriter in the photo on the left is someone that I aspire to be once again. ❤

I am working on a new song for the NPR Tiny Desk Contest, and I am excited to share it with you within the next few weeks!

May you inspire yourselves to follow through with your goals for this year! ❤

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