On Saturday, October 11, 2014, Brooke took me to The Pearl for a belated birthday brunch of chicken and waffles. After a couple hours of conversation and brainstorming, we came up with the idea of trying something new every month for a year (which turned into two) and writing about it every couple of days (or once a month). We created our lists of goals, had a photoshoot, Chris built our website, and just like that, Gals With Goals was born. 2015 successfully came and went in a blink of an eye, and it was hard to believe that we had each completed 12 goals! Instead of saying goodbye to Gals With Goals, we decided to stick it out for another year. 2016 brought some heartache, a few hits and misses, and huge successes for both of us. My year included two trips to the west coast; one as a finalist for a college job and the other as a presenter at the National Flute Association’s Annual Convention, an article written in a national newsletter, trips to Ireland and Italy, an invitation to audition for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and a web feature for Music & Arts.
It’s now Saturday, December 31, 2016 and here we are at The Pearl yet again eating chicken and waffles to celebrate everything that is Gals With Goals; 2 years, 48 goals, 224 total blog posts, readers in 5 different countries, 10,400 readers, 17,300 total views, and 2 very tired, yet energized gals. There simply aren’t enough words to express our gratitude and thanks to our friends and family, our readers, and our husbands for putting up with our crazy ideas. Brooke, thank you for your support and motivation on this journey. It’s hard to believe that on February 11th, 2017, you will be celebrating the release of your first book and I’ll be fluting it up as the guest artist for a flute festival in Utah. It’s very fitting I guess, that we will both be hard at work in two separate cities, on two separate projects that wouldn’t even exist without our blog! We are exhausted and even so, I know we both have endless lists in our phones of goals just waiting to be accomplished. Here’s a list of things I would like to pursue in 2017.
Angela’s Goals for 2017 and Beyond
Certification & Training: In 2017 I hope to broaden my horizons and experience with Suzuki teacher training, body mapping, yoga, and meditation training.
The Thoughtful Flutist: Stay tuned for a new podcast, workshop, blog, and maybe even a book that will cover a wide array of topics, such as health, wellness, performance, auditions, etc. My goal is to create a platform for flutists near and far, encourage personal growth, and maximize creative potential.
Groupmuse Columbus: I can’t get enough chamber music. Who wants to host a concert in their home here in Columbus? (www.groupmuse.com)
Recording Projects: I think it’s time that Joe and I work on a CD together. I’d also like to record an album for piccolo and piano.
Research our roots: With a simple swab of the cheek, I hope to learn a little bit more about my ancestry though DNA.
Travel: I recently stumbled across this inspirational quote attributed to Saint Augustine of Hippo, which I believe to be true: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” I will continue to choose travel and experience over material possessions in 2017. According to the app Been, we’ve only experienced 7% of the world!
Home improvement projects: Insulation inspection, a fresh coat of paint, declutter and organize in a minimalist sort of way, a new office space, etc.
Website Updates: The new pages are drafted, I just need to continue to post new items.
Telemann Fantasy project revisited: Along with my monthly goals for 2016, my hope was to learn and record a new Telemann Fantasy each month. Well that lasted for about a month and fizzled. Perhaps I will return to this project in 2017.
One Final Thought…
It’s New Year’s Eve, a time for reflection and a time to reenergize. We are only given one very short life, so I ask you, what are you waiting for? Give yourself a little bit of time each and every day to be creative, dream big, and whatever you do, write your ideas down! Create a list of things you would like to experience, and then pick something, ANYTHING! Explore a curiosity, pursue your passion, embarrass yourself, fail a million times, try something only to realize you hate it, or try something to realize it was the very thing that makes you feel alive, complete, and whole. These two gals with goals will be here to cheer you on!
Cheers to Gals With Goals and new adventures in 2017!