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Breathe success.

24 Apr

Most likely you have seen this floating about the interwebs, but I couldn’t pass up putting it on my blog.

Success: How bad do you want it?

An excerpt from the top comment describes what I felt when I watched it: “When you understand the hunger, you can’t get through this without crying. And if that’s just me, I’m fine with that. But if you watch this and don’t feel something powerful inside, if you don’t feel the God-given potential you were born with rising in the back of your throat, then you’re already in the middle of what you’ll be doing for the rest of your life.”

That God-given potential rising in the back of your throat. Wow. That’s what it is. Even as I think about it, the sensation returns.

I immediately applied this to my singing. It is my #1. So what am I doing every single day to improve that? What am I doing every single day to get myself closer to achieving a career in music? What am I doing every single day to live in my destiny?

Then, of course, fitness is a very close second. I was reflecting on this earlier today- I may think I know what I am doing… but obviously what I know and my actions are not producing the changes I want to see. I have been thinking for a while about having a trainer/nutritionist, but the excuse of it being fiscally possible was always my excuse. It shouldn’t be. If I want something bad enough, I will make it happen no matter what. As long as I can find an unbiased third party to take a look at what I am doing, and what I want to achieve, and who is very honest I think it would be extremely helpful. Jury is still out.

I was struck when I went to watch the video of the whole speech (Full speech here) and he mentioned cell phones. o.o I have gotten in the habit of using my cell phone in bed, looking at Facebook, YouTube, email, and I am loosing sleep for what? If I am loosing sleep it should be contributing to my success! New Goal for the board: no cell phone in bed. Oo. Sacrifice.

I have to say, this is the kick in the butt I needed. Stop whining, stop wondering. “You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.” (Irish proverb)

All this being said, I do have a tendency to go really hard after something, and burn out at about 2 months. So I know I need balance. This is just a nice little fire ^.~

PS- Dress rehearsal was grand! A little too grand…I was getting quite nervous by it going so well until a screwed up, and I felt better.  But alas, it was not enough. I has many more flubs on opening night, but overall it went quite well. I sang great, which was awesome! Also, we had more audience than anticipated, which was a pleasant surprise! I don’t have my hopes high for tonight, though :/ Ah, well. I shall have fun! Honestly, it is such a fun show, and I love hanging out with everyone, and my on-stage twin ^^ I should have pictures for you next post!

Where do you find motivation? Are you good at long distance goals or better at shorter ones? Have you had to enlist outside help?

LAZARUS, COME FORTH!! – Pains and gains

3 Apr

Seriously, this image is burned into my brain >_<

 Carman? Anybody? Anybody??

In short, I AM BACK FROM THE DEAD.

Sorry, I’ve just been crazy busy. As I mentioned before, I was in 3 shows at once. Now I am down to 1, but there have been many happenings…

So I had very little time to go to the gym, but I also wasn’t going because of pain. I have had a lot of tightness deep in my right  hip (middle of my glute) up to my lower back, and this is something that happens occasionally, especially when I stop working out all of a sudden. I usually just have to tough it out, but it wasn’t getting better. I got a massage, which made it worse, then it got a little better, then when I finally had no pain on my right, the problem appeared on my left! (It is always one side or the other, not both, thank God.)

Unfortunately, it got so bad last week that at 2 AM it seized up so badly and was sooooo paralytically painful I went to the ER. Sadly, they only gave me one pill, so in the morning I was back in pain (it took me an hour to inch out of my bed and hobble down the mile to the bathroom using a folding chair as a walker) but I was able to move more as the day went by and my sister helped me to a clinic to get a prescription for muscle relaxers. I am still wary of it, so I haven’t done any running or leg exercises. This afternoon I shall atempt intervals! *fingers crossed*

My other interesting incident occured on Friday. I was super excited to finally be performing a leading role I am perfect for, and to show off the progress I have made vocally. So, all through work I am fine, and I go to my alma mater to warm up my voice. The middle range seemed fuzzy, but I was taking it easy. Top notes? Fine.

I go to the theatre, and suddenly it is all not fine. Somehow, in that 45min it took me to travel I had lost my voice. Like, NOTHING coming out. It was pretty disappointing. Everyone was super sweet and supportive, though. An announcement was made to inform the audience of my condition, but most of the audience were my firends anyway. I squeaked through my first 3 numbers, but knew I couldn’t do any more. The director told me he wanted me to finish the show rather than having the other girl go on, so I was on stage acting, and the other girl was singing for me. I ended up having a blast! Of course initially I was frustrated, but there was nothing I could do to magically make my voice come back. I had a great time just acting the role. By not having my attention divided on singing (technique, tone, breath) I was able to act very specifically, and turned out to be a very rewarding experience. ^__^ Crazy, huh?

Like I said, my time has been taken up with shows, but to be honest I also haven’t been posting because I haven’t been working out. I guess I just feel shy about it. Or that if I did post Holden Caulfield would stick a fat finger in my face and declaim “PHONEY!” But thusfar, no hunting caps have made an appearence, so I think I’m in the clear.

Whew! So wordy! Luckily, I have still been snapping photos of noms >_>  Comin’ at cha on the morrow!