I usually don’t do this, but I thought since I blogged about it at the beginning of this year, I’d do a new year’s resolution update. I know I’ve already completed some of the things on the list, which I’m happy about: But not sure how many things, and want to look and see if anything has changed throughout this first half of the year I have to adapt. I think this will be a super fun exercise, and help keep all of my goals on track for the rest of the year! I’ll put a ** next to the goals I have completed, add any notes to ones that have changed at all between left and right brackets, and stick a – next to ones that are currently still in progress, and use // for goals that simply aren’t on my list anymore. After that, some closing thoughts. So without further ado:
2016 New Year’s Goals and Resolutions June 2016 Update
— Get my first single track on Loudr and bandcamp by February [Didn’t happen, and got cold feet a bit but am hoping to still do this by the end of the year]
** Finish recording the Mana Aeliria theme song by February, latest by March.
// Learn at least 1 cord on the guitar 😄 but I want to shoot for 3! [I’m really not interested in learning how to play guitar anymore, because I have a bit more interest in percussion and woodwind instruments]
— Buy an ocarina, and start learning how to play it. [I am going to save a decent chunk of money after I buy my jewelry haul and do an instrument haul, and this will be a part of it so it’s still in progress]
— Buy a keyboard, and start learning how to play it.
— Start composing music with instruments, instead of just with acappella
** Learn what it takes to make a fuller a cappella mix of a song
** Learn how to master tracks and try to with the ones I have atm. [I tried, and wasn’t that good at it. May try again though]
— Start releasing the tracks I’ve been writing, as singles. Release a full album by the end of the year. [I’ve released a few original songs on my soundcloud, but have more so it’s still in progress]
** Find an artist to do cover art for singles, albums, and other things I need (banner for YouTube, things like that)
// Pay for some hosting space and make a new version of my crystaldennismusic website. Preferably on bluehost with wordpress engine. [May still do this, but on a free engine]
** Get a better camera so I can start filming youTube vids of me singing and vlogs.
— Finish Terris Magic. [Episode 5 has been at a stand still and need to crack down as a producer]
— Finish new story I started, and start producing it. [Legit need to get on the ball with writing ing general]
— Get percussion instruments (jingle rings, bodhran or other type of drum for folk/Celtic/medieval sound
— Join Bandcamp, post songs on Loudr.
— Get a higher YouTube subscriber count [I have! But want more lol]
— Keep on posting on YouTube all year!
// Start doing live gigs again, and street performing [Don’t think it’s really feasible just yet, but hopefully it will be soon!]
— Keep on writing original songs
— Finally make a track for my Terra Lyrics I have haha.
— Buy a 2 channel preamp, and a microphone as well – ideally, get 2: another condenser, and a dynamic
— Keep on building my home studio with the stuff channels say to buy (keyboard, mics, computer, headphones)
** Overall just keep on building my craft in music and my internet presence
** Don’t slack on the blog!
** Start making jewelry again: buy a chasing hammer, wire looping pliers, and a nylon jaw plier.
** Get some 24 and 20 GA wire.
— Sell jewelry! Repurpose current pieces if need be to sell.
** Start working on wire work jewelry and with crystal clay since those are the 2 things I am most interested in. Also bead weaving and that metal engraving thing.
** Keep on writing stories, lyrics, start writing fanfiction again and just keep writing stuff.
** Stay creative! Don’t let that creative bone die.
– Spend at least one day a week off skype, and use that time to create stuff on the computer (or off lol) [Have done this somewhat but probably should try harder XD]
— Pay off credit card
— Bake more because it’s super fun
So I have completed 10 goals on my list, that’s major progress, and a lot more than I expected to have completed by this time of the year! I usually have about 5 done by the end of the year, so seeing this is really exciting, and makes me want to just keep doing what I’ve been doing, with improvements of course. I find it super interesting that even though I haven’t looked at these, they have still been in my mind: Like, I’m getting ready to buy a ton of jewelry stuff, and after that some instruments, and I haven’t even looked at this list until now. I’ve been getting a lot more active in the video game music community also, and I’m currently in the progress of setting up so I can get over my camera shyness and start shooting videos. I haven’t been very active on YouTube this month, but it’s because of that: I’m determined to have my next video be me on camera!
Here’s hoping the rest of this year goes as well as the first half has, goal wise!