Happy New Year!

Shall we revise the saying New Year, New You?

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Yeah, I know. Bit late to the club here. 🙈 Am I still allowed to say Happy New Year???

I know we’re already a few weeks into 2023, but it’s taken me a while to through my thoughts on what this year is going to look like for me. I made some big life decisions at the end of last year and feel excited about all the things I’m going to lean into for this new chapter of my life.

It’s this time of year that you start seeing lots of slogans saying ‘New Year, New You!’ and I can see the appeal of that thinking. What’s more exciting than a reinvention of the self? We should always be evolving and tackling new challenges, so this idea of rebirth is tempting.

But I wonder if we shouldn’t rethink that saying, a reframing that takes into account the fact that we’ve all grown in powerful ways in order to get where we are right now. There’s nothing wrong with reinvention, but surely we want that reinvention to build upon everything we’ve learned before, rather than throw it all out the window. So what about:

New Year, BETTER You!

What would that mean to you? What growth are you proud of from the last year (or even years) that you’d like to build upon? How are you going to reflect that in your resolutions? Please let me know! I’d love to hear!

For me, this means leaning in to my teaching and love of flute. I’ve been a bonafide flute nerd for as long as I can remember. I think that’s one of the things that helps make me a good teacher – I just love sharing my love for this pretty hunk of metal. That’s the part of me that I want to build on.

That means I’m going to find more and more ways to nerd out over the flute: experiment with cool techniques, dive into my own development as a player, and discover new ways to think about music and playing.

So here’s to 2023! 🥳 I can’t wait to see what it will bring!

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