At My Own Pace

Well I am happy to say I am still here for week 7 of Music Success in 9 weeks. This process has been far more time-consuming than I ever imagined yet, it has been an informative ride introducing me to many essential social media tools that I still have much to learn about. It has also connected me to a supportive cyber community of dedicated and talented fellow musicians. The best part!  Admittedly it has also reduced me to a cinder of exhaustion yet it is good to know, I am not alone. I highly doubt my fellow musicians in this process, could keep up this rigorous pace all the time either, so I feel we have all done amazingly well. Here are a few links of their experiences to check out as well:

Karen Ellis:http://karynellis.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/poor-poor-baby/
Tom Shea:http://hundredmilemicrophone.blogspot.com/2012/02/open-arms-closed-doors.html
Jessica Speziale:http://www.jessicaspeziale.com/2012/02/28/week-7-getting-intimate/
Anysley Saxe: http://aynsleysaxe.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/saturated-snowballs/

As we head to completion in the next two weeks, it is fulfilling to see all our progress. As for me, my Klout score increased by 28 to 43, I’ve updated my website https:www.christiegracemusic.com and my YouTube Channel, http://www.youtube.com/christiegracemusic, I joined Reverbnation with my fan page https://www.facebook.com/ChristieGraceMusicPagecom and attracted many new fans . I am networking with super cool bloggers, http://thejazzbreakfast.com/http://withmusicinmymind.blogspot.com/, to name a couple and I had my first podcast in the US with Instrumentally Speaking Podcast. http://traffic.libsyn.com/ispod/ISP_35_Grace.mp3. Finally, I’ve now also set up a regular monthly newsletter with Fanbridge!  This is something I have wanted to do for sometime so for starters it will offer a brief update of my musical goings on, with cool contests and musing about world musical events. Do join in the fun! http://christiegracemusic.com/news-sign-up.php

On the downside, with all the added computer work, I have experienced several episodes of intense cyber daze! The remedy has been quick walks and regular unplugging . Make no mistake about it- too much time on the computer does create serious brain draining fog. The good news? With squashed time for practice, and little to no time for family and friends I have become more focused on my priorities and have returned to my St. Francis of Assisi touchstone: “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” ~ Saint Francis. 

A turning point for me this past week was when I gave myself permission to go at my own pace, in my own time and in my own way . My experience totally shifted from a place of grumpy stress back to curious enjoyment . Otherwise, what was the point of doing any of it?  Once again, less is more. With less focus on what doesn’t matter and more focus on what does, I have found more space to digest what matters has opened up. Wonder of wonders. Along these lines here’s an inspirational blog that pulls in this theme and more by one of my favorite bloggers, Julien Smith. I hope you enjoy.

http://inoveryourhead.net/100-tips-about-life/

Happy spring blossoming and thanks for hanging out!

Christie