A few months back, I had a blog consultation with Katie Winn from Something Winnderful. She’s a blogging consultant who taught me how blogging works when I first started out and helped me to find my own blogging path. Among her pearls of wisdom was one major piece of blogging advice; she told me to be more open about my life. It sounds simple enough but this piece of advice terrified me. Share who I am on the internet? Where anyone from around the world can judge me? No thank you. I figured so long as I put out good content, it wouldn’t matter if I talked about my own life or not.
Turns out, she was completely right. The more I read blogs regularly, the more I realize that I am drawn to blogs where the author talks about herself. The bloggers who share part of their day, their struggles, their successes and where they are in life are simply more compelling to read. I don’t just read their blogs for content, I read for a piece of their story. Katie tried to tell me this and I wasn’t ready to hear it, but I get it now and I’m ready. So here we go…
Opening Up About Opera
Twenty months ago, I walked away from a full time career as a professional opera singer. I was getting hired all across the country, winning competitions and moving up in the opera world. Leaving it all behind was a huge life decision I made in August of 2013 and after a lot of hardship and coming to terms with my choice, I feel like I’m beginning to live my best life. I know myself better, what makes me happy and I take better care of myself both physically and mentally.
By not being an opera singer, I now have a salary. The financial security that comes from having a set income has made a world of difference in my life. Also, I no longer have to travel for months at a time. I used to have to balance how many months of the year I would have income versus how many months I would get to sleep in my own bed. Now I get to stay in one place, earn my living and have a home. I have a great job as an administrator at an architecture firm. I am in love with a wonderful man who lives in a different city and we can afford to visit each other. I have finally found stability in my life and with it has come a sense of peace and fulfillment.
That said, I still love love opera and I still love to sing. I will miss singing for a living and I deeply miss having “the dream.” Letting go of “the dream” was by far the hardest part of all of this, but I am far happier today than I ever could have been as an opera singer.
Ok, that wasn’t so bad. :)