I’ve gone through a bit of a life overhaul in the past few months. I’m on the path to creating the life I want to lead.
It was kick-started by the disheartening realisation that I was unwell and things would have to change. Since my first sinus surgery in 2012, my sinuses and headaches were getting worse and worse. Leading up to this time, my 9-5 job was getting more and more stressful and unsatisfying. I was battling a constant headache and a migraine once or twice a week on top of that. I wasn’t writing music and I thought I had lost my hunger for a music career. I felt like I was letting friends and family down by only being physically present in their lives a fraction of the time I wanted to be and there for them even less emotionally. Something had to give.
I left my five day a week job and said goodbye to the three hour/ day commute and am now working three days a week, closer to home and in a role that is creative and better suited to me. I get home from work and feel inspired to write music again. I am gigging two to four times a week, am teaching some students singing and piano and am on the waiting list to get surgery for the second time.
I am learning to manage the pain and flare ups by eating well, minimising alcohol, taking a liquid herbal mix, cutting out caffeine, doing lots of yoga and meditation, seeing a TERRIFIC chiropractor and learning not to over commit to things. I am very fortunate to have a loving and patient partner and a family that supports and understands I’m not always on my A game.
Life is good. I have my mojo back, I’m making a living out of doing something I absolutely love and am breathing in the good and saying goodbye to the bad. Some days are a struggle but I’m hoping this second surgery will do the trick.
I went to Falls Festival over New Years and the Sydney Laneway festival a few weeks ago and I’m working on new material to play at a showcase on March 12th at Symposium in Chippendale, Sydney. I’ve also been working with a bunch of electronic dance music producers and doing some co-writes. I’ve surprised myself and am listening to a fair bit of country at the moment including Johnny Cash (better late than never) and Adam Hood (Tennessee Will is my fave track).
List of legends:
YOGA: Powerliving, Manly
CHIROPRACTOR: Kylie @Bay Chiropractic, Neutral Bay
MASSAGE: Sah Sin, Manly
NATUROPATH: My Goodness Wellbeing, Brookvale
ENT: Dr. Naidoo, Hornsby
LIFE COACH: The Mindful Coach, Manly Vale
Everyone is fighting their own battle, whether it’s a limp you can see or anxiety that bubbles under the surface. We should always try to remember this.