An Update on my Life

Hi everyone 👋 I’m back from a short break. I’ve been sick from the flu and I’m actually still recovering from the flu. I haven’t been doing much of anything besides watching movies and resting. I’m trying to get back on the working train and start working again, but I’ve been afraid. I’m afraid to overextend myself and to work too hard when I know my body needs to heal; that is mainly why I’ve been cooped up in my house for a couple of days. I also know how my body reacts to stress and being overworked. I’m not the type of person that can work when I’m sick.

I have been working on my blog though. It’s easier to do because it’s on my phone and it’s one of the only work related things I’ve done in the past couple of days besides going to teach one lesson. It’s been nice to work on my blog and give it the attention it needs. I’ve been obsessed with mommy blogs because I want to be a mommy blogger in the future. Motivational blogs are also my favorite.

I’m probably not going to write too much. I’m going to return back to my resting after writing this. I’ve been watching movies on Netflix. Olympus has fallen has been my absolute favorite movie so far. I also watched the other two movies In the series. I even watched Anger Management with Adam Sandler. I really hope I feel better tomorrow because I have my lsat class tomorrow. And I have a couple of lessons to go to. I’m also meeting my friend to hang out tomorrow. I’ll talk to you guys later!

Burnt Out

I’ve been constantly on the go moving from task to task. I haven’t really had time to relax. My job requires me to be there six days out of the week and I’ve finally hit the wall today. My brain is fried. I know that if I push myself to work today, I will end up regretting it later. And I’ll also be very miserable.

So what did I do? I canceled my lessons for the rest of the day. I knew that it would have repercussions because not everyone has the ability to make their own schedule. I do, however. I rescheduled my lessons for another day. For my own mental health, I had to do it.

It’s good to always be on the move. People strive for progress and are always surrounded by responsibilities. What happens when we finally relax and give our mind a break? Great things. Even better. I think we come back stronger than ever. And we are recharged to start again. Just like a low phone battery, we have to recharge. And then, we’ll be ready for another day.

Update: What Have I Been Up To?

Hi everyone, I’ve been diving full term into teaching lately. And it’s been something I’ve been doing since last December. My schedule has been hectic. Every day is a busy day filled with tasks, errands, lessons, and chores. It’s been nice to find the time to write this post for all of you. I haven’t had much time lately. For the past two months, I have been working with my best students in completing their level 1 musicianship exams. They have been studying and practicing their songs diligently. That also means we had to cram in multiple lessons before their testing days. On top of that, I hosted my third recital! This recital was split into two different days. Parents could pick which day they wanted their child to perform. I organized it this way because I have too many students. And I didn’t want my students to sit through a three hour long performance. (that would be a nightmare haha)

Ohh, and what else is new? I’ve been leveling many of my students up in their lesson books. They have also cashed in on their star pages. The star pages track their progress and helps motivate them to keep working hard. I’ve also been introducing some of my more musical students to singing. This is something new to them but it would really enrich their lessons. They have been working on singing This is Me from The Greatest Showman. Another thing that I’ve been doing is introducing my students to Hanon, and getting them back on track with working on technique exercises and sight reading again. I’ve been working on performing more and my next performance is tomorrow actually! My interest has shifted more into performance and overcoming my fear of playing in front of large groups. I’m getting better at it now!

It’s been great! I’ve been so busy and I wouldn’t trade all the work for anything. Being a teacher is tough. You are definitely pushed to your limits on some days. And I definitely have not shared all of the stuff I’ve been doing these past months, but I am still here. Blogging is something that I love, and expect more blog posts soon 🙂

Is Blogging Even Worth it??

Short answer: Yes, if you are using it to push other products out. Long answer: It’s not so easy to explain.

When you start a blog, you have this great dream of becoming a huge blogger. You’re so excited to choose the name of your blog, start creating blog posts, and you’re pushing out content all the time. A month goes by, and you still have your momentum, but it’s starting to wane. And you’re finding yourself upset because your viewership wasn’t as strong as before. A couple weeks go by and you haven’t posted a blog post in awhile. You’re unmotivated… You’re thinking, “it’s just not working!” What do people even want to read? Why aren’t they reading my posts?

And then you ask yourself: is blogging even worth it?

First of all, ask yourself what your goals are. Blogging is a tool, people. You use it to supplement your other stuff. It shouldn’t be considered a business even though it takes so much of your time like a business does. And you have to actually like blogging!

Blogging is not something that you pick up as a whim. It takes SOOOOO much time to build. And it takes patience, effort, and a passion for blogging. Eventually, you will build something successful. You have to keep telling yourself that. As for now, stay calm. Don’t overwork yourself. Keep going and keep a smile on your face 🙂

Too Much Stress

I am SO stressed!!! Guys, let me take a moment and explain to you all of the things that I have to do… I have a recital to plan with about 16 students, a handful of students to prepare for musicianship exams, about 40+ lessons to teach each week, going to my own viola and piano lessons, taking care of my puppy, taking care of myself and dieting, studying for the GRE, preparing my personal statement, managing my blog, and managing my expenses. That’s what is inside my mind every single week. And it gets worse…

I’m not sleeping at night. I know, it sounds horrible already, but being sleep deprived is another facet to stress. I only get about 2-4 hours of sleep each night and that is not enough to keep me going throughout the day. I actually need a TON of energy to be efficient. It’s like I have to be at 100% every single day. I don’t know if I’m going to eventually fall asleep and have a good night sleep. However, as of right now, I really wish I can take a nap.

I really think that I have to reconsider what my priorities are and let many things go. I’m currently using Google Calendar and HabitBull to keep me on track. If you also feel stressed, I suggest taking a break from whatever it is. Stress ruins your body and limits your overall happiness. I’m only beginning to learn how to manage my stress, but today was a bad day. I only slept for about 3 hours and I woke up not feeling tired at all.

Please help. Send help!! Haha