today is the first day of February break, also known as Reading Week. This year, I am actually planning to spend my week doing productive school-related things. I have two papers I plan on writing in full, and I also plan to start the research for the rest of my papers for the term. Even if it's just preliminary stuff, I really want to feel organized going into the end of term, and I want to make sure I don't leave anything to the last minute, like I did last term, which I found entirely too stressful. Even though I'm taking 6 classes this term, I feel like my workload is ridiculously light in comparison to last term! I guess it's just the way the classes are structured, but I don't feel a constant sense of imending doom each day, and I am mostly caught up in all my classes in regards to reading, which is kind of a miracle! In any case, I'm pretty much set to begin my research and organize myself.I also plan to practice my new violin each day, as well as my piano. I haven't really played my piano very much in the last couple years, but it's amazing to me how quickly and easily technique and fingering comes back. I have a couple very favourite Debussy pieces that I perfected at the end of my last round of lessons, and my fingers are finding the keys very easily after only a couple of times playing it again. That makes me feel very good and happy, and makes me think I can tackle some more difficult pieces. I ended lessons 5 years ago, and I was at the grade 9 conservatory level. My skill has slipped for sure, but I think if I concentrated, I could get back up there again within a few months. The violin is going really well, I am happy with myself! I am getting the hang of fingering, and I can play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, This Land is Your Land, All Through the Night, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, The Water is Wide, and the start to Pachelbel's Canon. I'm pretty pleased with the sound I can get most of the time, but it's the bow that is giving me difficulty. It's a lot to concentrate on all at once. That's why I like it, though – it works more parts of my brain I think. I think I can feel it!
I have three more goals for this break. I want to begin my day each day with yoga, because I miss it and it helps me focus for the day and feel good in my body. I also want to make sure to get a cardio and weight training session in at least four times this week, because the malaise has zapped my energy and I gotta get it together again. My second goal is to work on a new writing project I began on the weekend. I don't want to share much about it right now because I'm not sure what it is going to turn out to be, but I think it will be challenging in a few different ways. Last but not least, I began a painting project in the summer that I haven't finished, and I am determined to get that done! Maybe this is too many goals. We'll see how it all comes together!
Happy Reading Week to you all!