Why Am I Doing This?

It’s the beginning of another week, and here we are at day 10 of the 31-Day Blog Challenge. For those of you who have been following and reading right along, thank you. I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback since I began this. And for those of you who are just joining me, again, welcome.

I have decided to take on this challenge in a giant effort to make more time writing my own content, to improve my writing skills and creative thinking, and to boost my own personal branding.

My First Inspiration

If I were to follow the 31-Day Blog Challenge topic outline to a T, today’s blog topic would have been: “My First Celebrity Crush”. But since I’m not 14 years old, I decided to put my own spin on this and talk about my first inspiration.

If you ask the child version of yourself, or of anyone for that matter, what you wanted to be when you grew up, you would probably have a different answer than your current career path. Maybe you wanted to be a veterinarian, a firefighter or a magician. If you were to ask 7-year old me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said a singer.

I was a late 80s/early 90s kid. I grew up listening to Selena, Madonna, Janet Jackson, and Pat Benatar. Through years of singing in the shower, in my room, in my car, and on stage, I only wanted to be one thing when I grew up: a singer.

I Was a Band Geek, and I’m Not Afraid to Admit It…

I first fell in love with music at age 10. I first took clarinet lessons in fifth grade, and played in my school band. I continued through middle school, high school, and even some college. I marched in parades, played in competitions, conducted the Star-Spangled banner at football games, basketball games, performed in at least six concerts a year, and even won awards.

My interest and my extreme love and passion for music only blossomed as I got older. And I took my singing performance in the shower to the stage—front and center. I got involved in chorus in high school, college, and even sang professionally for several years in my mid-20s.

And, let me tell you, here I am writing this to you in my early 30s, there is absolutely no greater feeling on this earth than performing in front of an audience.

One Chance, One Choice…

 So would I say that I regret my life choices or that I would go back and do it all differently if I could? Never. I’m very happy to be where I am today, and I wouldn’t change my life for a second. And as sure as I am writing this right now, I truly believe I was meant to be right where I am today.

But inspiration starts from somewhere. And if I were to be granted ONE chance to do one more thing in my life, I would sing.

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