Happy New Year my friends! If I could sum up my past year with one phrase it would be: 2017 In Review-The year that marked the beginning of my next chapter.
Obviously many things happened over the course of the last 365 days, however there are 5 notable parts that I will be elaborating on in this post. Keep in mind, this 2017 In Review post will be a personal one, therefore, I won’t be touching on the many political/world events that have also happened this year. *Cough, cough, I hate Trump*
The 5 notable topics of my 2017 In Review include:
- Musical Theatre
- Mental Health
- Being in a serious relationship
- The recording of my 3rd Album
- And of course, starting Satisfy Her Soul.
In February, 2017, I began my first unionized contract in a professional musical production. This was a big step for me, because although I have been in professional theatre before, I was never contracted as an Equity member until this year.
As some of you may know, after high school I attended and graduated from the Canadian College of Performing Arts where I studied singing, acting and dancing. Musical Theatre has always been a passion of mine since I was a child, and this year I feel as though I have tasted success in this field. Being the leading lady in such a high quality production was a thrill and definitely an experience I am longing to work toward again in the years to come.
Although the show was a success and I couldn’t have asked for the run to have gone any better, it was still an emotionally trying time for me. Thank goodness the cast and crew were supportive because it was the most pressure I had ever had on my shoulders in my entire life.
That leads me to my next topic…
The Canadian Mental Health Association says that every year, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness. Anxiety is something that 5% of the population deals with, causing mild to severe impairment. I have always been an anxious person, and have dealt with moderate to severe anxiety since 10th grade.
With lots of high pressure responsibilities and opportunities that came to me this year, I had slightly elevated anxiety compared to most years. Thankfully, because I have a supportive group of family and friends, it never got to the point where I backed out of anything.
I am doing really well the last few months and hope that my mental health stays this stable into the New Year.
All in all, I thought it was important to speak about the normal, common struggles we all have with mental health. I have seen a lot of positive change this year with breaking the stigma and sharing our struggles with each other. These moments are normal and should never make anyone feel weaker, or less than. In fact, pushing through and persevering despite my anxiety actually made me realize how strong and brave I can be.
Being In A Serious Relationship
I’m going to try my best here not to gush too much about how amazing my boyfriend is… but David is definitely deserving of the #Goals hashtag.
David and I began dating seriously in November 2016, so 2017 has really been our first official year together. We met at an ice cream shop called Dutch Dreams in 2015 and have grown our friendship into the love I have always dreamed of.
He is the first boyfriend I have had whom I actually speak about the future with. It is a new exciting chapter for both of us to have dreams and plans that include another person. I am extremely grateful to have him in my life.
Recording My 3rd Album
I have been writing original songs since I was about 14 years old. At 16 years old, I released my first album, my second at 19, and now at 24 I am working on my third album! I have began recording it at Oak Recording Studio in Toronto and I can’t wait to share what I have been working on.
This month I will be in the studio 4 days total, and will be about half-way through the recording process. Seeing my songs come to life has been really exciting and I’m hoping to release the final product in May! If you want to be part of my music journey, you can find my music pages on Facebook Instagram or Twitter!
Starting My Blog – Satisfy Her Soul
The last chapter of 2017 in review, is of course, starting this blog! Youtubers, Bloggers and Influencers have always intrigued me. I could spend hours watching videos or reading articles on content creation, freelancing and being your own boss. This lead me to wondering whether I should start a brand of my own.
When deciding on a niche, I wanted to choose something that I was passionate about. I realized that with all the negativity we see on the news and on our social media feeds, it might be nice to add a source of positivity to everyone’s day. In September, I decided on the name Satisfy Her Soul. I wanted to create a safe place to inspire and empower women in hopes to ultimately Satisfy Her Soul.
On October 25th, after a lot of research and website building tutorials, I launched Satisfy Her Soul with my first 3 Blog Posts: Boss Lady Buzz: Wellness Tips With Natty Valencia, A Lesson in Productivity and Discover Now: Toronto Women In Music – Volume 1.
Since then, it has been 2 months of posting every single day, and loving every moment of it. I have expanded the brand to Instagram Pinterest and Twitter. My hope for the New Year is to also begin creating videos for a Satisfy Her Soul Youtube account. If you are interested in finding out more about how my blogging journey has been going, here are my 1st month and 2nd month posts.
That is a summarized look at my 2017 in review. I am truly looking forward to what 2018 has to offer, and am excited about learning and growth in my personal life and career. Wishing you and your family a year of good health, love and success.
Happy New Year!
Love, Satisfy Her Soul