At the beginning of the year I made a commitment to practice every single day for an entire 365 days regardless of anything that might come up.
It hasn’t always been easy. I’ve had the flu, other colds, conferences, shows out of town, etc. that have made practicing a bit difficult.
A few examples?
Practicing in a hotel while preparing for a show in Vegas.
Practicing late at night after returning from shows out of town and conferences.
Practicing at my parents’ house in my old bedroom while everyone else was enjoying the conversation outside.
On a number of days, practicing in my car while out doing other things.
Actually falling asleep, waking up late at night and forcing myself to get up to practice (hence the title “thank heavens for the EWI”). For those of you that don’t know, the EWI is an electronic wind instrument similar to the saxophone that allows me to practice with headphones. It also forces me to be more accurate with the movement of my fingers.
Practicing everyday has also had its effects on my body and my instrument – my horn is a little more worn out than usual and at times my lip/neck/hands can be too. Finding a balance between “too much” and “too little” is something I’m still trying to do.
Despite everything, I’m proud of the fact that I’m on my sixth month and haven’t missed a day. It’s really rewarding to commit to my craft in the ways that I have this year.
I’ve already started to plan a few projects for next year and I hope to continue my newly developed habit not only through the end of year, but beyond it.
In the meantime, here are a few photos of my Project 365. To see my project “battle wound” follow me on instagram @sksaxgirl -or- check out the bottom of the page on my website shannon-kennedy.com