The Friday Five
Although I don’t know about you, but I feel like I could have used another workday or two in this week. It was one of those weeks where I worked my tail off, but somehow only seemed to check off half the things on my to-do list. Especially when it came to the joy of all joys of self-employment — taxes. Wouldn’t you know, there were just so many other things on my list that sounded more fun than receipts and 1099s and check-writing galore? :)
So, ahem, I might just procrastinate those one more week. But after a week of working hard, I’ve been looking forward to a weekend of playing hard — although in a nerdy, literal, music-geek sense. You guys, I bought myself a set of harmonicas!! And I am ridiculously excited to try and start learning how to play them. I even got the awkward little harmonica holder that goes around your neck, so that I can multitask while playing guitar. They are definitely a bit more complicated to play than I imagined (didn’t realize how much of harmonica is actually sucking air in). If I get decent though, maybe I’ll serenade you over Instagram.
Speaking of playing instruments, I found this gem of a photo in an old scrapbook last night. I have to admit that I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic lately about my old career working in music 40+ hours a week. Don’t get me wrong, I was totally burned out on the specific job I had when I left, and blogging has turned into the most incredible second career ever since. But still, it’s a strange thing to invest literally years and years of your life learning a craft and a career field, and then transition into something completely different. Sure, there are tons of things that overlap between career fields. But then there are other specific skills (say, the years I spent getting lightening-fast at Sibelius, or learning how to rehearse a band) or networks I formed that completely don’t relate to my new career. So I’m trying to sort through if there are any of those past skills that are worth continuing to grow, of if their season has just come and gone (which is ok).
I don’t know — have any of you made that sort of total career change before? How did you handle it?
Would love to hear any thoughts. I may process through more of that on my life page soon since it’s on my mind. If nothing else, though, it has made me remember how much I used to adore cooking and blogging when they were my hobbies and music was my career. So now that the roles have been reversed, I’m re-learning how to really make music a hobby again, and kind of excited about what that might look like. Who knows, 2014, who knows…
I do know, though, that I had a fun time pulling together this week’s version of The Friday Five. We’ve got everything ahead from grown-up school supplies, to happy hour drinks, to some talented kids who are bound to make your day. As you can tell from this intro, my train of thought is all over the map this week. But I hope you enjoy.
5 Reasons I Want To Go Grown-Up School Supply Shopping
5 drinks to make your happy hour all the happier
- Whiskey Lemonade | Foodie Crush
- Ginger Beer Margaritas | Minimalist Baker
- Coconut Mango Mojitos | How Sweet Eats
- Rose Sangria | The Cilantropist
- Ruby Red & Rosemary Honey Cocktail | Cookie & Kate
5 maxi dresses I adore to the max
5 reasons to fall in love with the PS22 chorus (just in case you haven’t already)
5 of my favorite salads on the blog that you should totally try