Wednesday, 31 December 2014

ANOTHER year is over and a new one has begun. 365 days have passed in the blink of an eye. I can't believe how fast 2014 has gone by. It's been my busiest year, which is probably why I feel that this year flew past. So many events and experiences that have come my way. Some wonderful and life-changing ones, and some negative ones as well. This is a reflection to the past year, also known as one of the best years of my life.

The first half of the year was such a busy time with juggling long shifts and studying for my university exams it's almost a blur. I feel so happy that I've managed to get through two sets of exams without any help whatsoever, as I have managed to keep my anxiety levels at bay.

2014 has also give birth to this blog. In March the very first post was published. I am so very proud of how far I have come in terms of this website. I definitely have been taking it more seriously in the past couple of months as I've been posting new articles more regularly. Moreover, I successfully managed to get a domain name and a fresh new look all by myself despite being the least techy person in the universe. With some perseverance I've managed and I think it looks pretty darn good. I have got a lot planned for 2015 regarding to this blog, including getting back to the monthly music favourites and sticking to it this time!

April is when my life started to change. 2014 has proven to be an eye-opening year where I learnt a LOT about myself and what I'm capable of. As I have highlighted in previous posts, I've struggled with self-confidence. A trip to London with DLS Productions for "A Week in the Life" started putting everything into perspective. This was a whole week of musical theatre training at the Margaret Howard Theatre College, where we learnt all 3 disciplines. It was a challenge for me since I've never had a dance or acting lesson before and I was suddenly learning ballet, contemporary, jazz and hip hop! All this made me realise how much I want to leave my country and actually study more about music and eventually pursue it as a career.

On went the journey of making big decisions as soon as I came back home. I cried, searched for schools, went to work, studied for my finals and practiced. In August I attended an even more life-changing week: Ultimate Artists Masterclasses. Here I confirmed even further what I want to do and what truly makes me happy. I found myself performing under pressure and was faced by very intense tasks. Once again I proved to myself that I can do so much  more than I give myself credit to. New-found confidence emerged and my life continued to change. I made new friends whilst I bid farewell to some old ones.

I took part in another production by DLS Productions and i was trusted with some solos this time around. I flew to London a couple of more times, including one which was my first time flying solo. Personally, I got over some people who were making my life horrible. I've made sure to surround myself with people who love and support me. I've managed to somehow keep up a social life, I caught up with some series and started new ones, I successfully managed to grow my CD collection to a 100. These beautiful albums sit proudly in my room and are my pride and joy.

This year has therefore been full of new experiences and I am so proud to say that I have managed to overcome every obstacle that came in my way and succeeded with diligence. Furthermore, I have grown so much. Most importantly, I had to take extremely important decisions on my future. Even though the life I'm currently living isn't of a regular 19-year-old and I'm aiming towards totally different paths to my peers, I am working hard to achieve my goals. I have NEVER been so happy in my life. I know what I want and I have a lot of sub-plans just in case. I'm willing to make 2015 even better. I don't know what's in store for sure, but I hope that whatever it will be, it's for the best. I'm hoping to do more of what makes me happy: write more, sing more, blog more, save more and practice more. I'm excited. Cheers, everyone!

Wishing you all a very prosperous New Year 2015!

Maria x

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