Weekly Wishes [Hosted by the Nectar Collective]

I haven’t ever done a “link-up” before but I recently discovered The Nectar Collective and have become a fan of her blogging style, tips, and cute dog. She hosts “Weekly Wishes” where she discusses a goal she wants to focus on for the week and she allows other bloggers to link-up and support one anothers’ weekly goals. I think it’s a pretty cool thing, so I’m joining in on the fun!

The Nectar Collective
I had been meaning to write a check-in post on my goals for this year, and now I have the perfect excuse.
One of my goals for this year was to focus on Teen Jazz and get it back up and running. I’ve been doing pretty well at it, but it still needs some help (suggestions are always welcome).
Teen Jazz’s bounce rate is still pretty high despite a lot of the searches being for what is exactly on the site, so for this week my goal is to do a bit of testing and see if I can the bounce rate a bit lower. I also have a not-so-new project in the works that I’d like to get on its feet this week (I’ll announce a bit more about it later).
Lastly, since I’m feeling a bit ambitious, I’d like to start promoting a show I have next week. It’s going to be a preview of that secret album I’ve been working on for so long. If you’re in the Southern California area, it would mean a lot to me if you made it out! We’re playing Friday, July 5th at Q’s Restaurant in Oceanside at 9PM. I hope to see you there!

My 365 Project for 2013


Last year I started a 365 project with photos of one of the places I love most in the world – Paris. Unfortunately, I pulled the blog down where the pictures were hosting for various reasons. This year, I intended to do a 365 project with photos of France in general, but I decided to do something else instead.

My 365 Project for 2013 is to practice EVERY SINGLE DAY. I’ll chronicle my adventure here on the blog, through my YouTube channel, and through various social outlets such as Instagram/Flickr, Facebook and Twitter.

I’m pretty excited about this project even though I know it will be difficult! I can’t wait to see how much my playing changes over the next year.

If you’d like to follow my 365 project, I’ve listed my information below:

My Web Site | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram (or @sksaxgirl) | Flickr | YouTube | Google+

I hope you’ll join me on my journey! If you’re doing a 365 project this next year, I’d love to hear what it is!



Making My New Year’s Resolutions Early

Shannon Kennedy recordig sax on U-Nam's album Weekend in LALast year I gave myself 6 resolutions to work towards and I can gladly say that I accomplished five out of the six. I had a few big ones on the list and hopefully I can maintain the momentum into the New Year. I’ve also upped the ante by adding a few more resolutions this year. You can read the original post here on my foreign language learning blog.  Anyone want to take a guess as to which I let slide? Haha.

So, this year I figured I would post my resolutions again. It helps keep me accountable and is a great way to reflect on the year. Here are my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions.

1. This year I’d like to finish another project whether it’s another one of my own or the collaboration idea that’s been discussed. It doesn’t have to be a full album, but it needs to at least be an EP.

2. Release a few singles. I have had a few ideas of releases and I’d like to get them all done. I have plans for about four singles.

3. I think that it’s really important to find the time to exercise more regularly. My exercise schedule is pretty irregular, so I’d like to make more time for it this year.

4. I hope Teen Jazz continues to grow the way that it has over the past few months. Ideally I’d like traffic to the site to be twice what it is today.

5. Be able to have basic conversations in language #5. I’m not sure if I announced what language I’d be studying this year, but I’m finally going to do share which language it will be… and it’s… Croatian! I had initially decided to study Russian this year, but my heart just wasn’t in it. Croatian is closer to my heart (my grandfather and my beau-fils) so I’m more motivated to learn it. Learning a language is already difficult enough without having to force yourself on top of it all.

6. Write a couple more eBooks. I recently wrote my first eBook for Teen Jazz and I’d like to write a few more.

7. Do the one thing I’ve been dreading for quite some time now… Fix my teeth. I’ve had braces but I stopped wearing my retainers and so they’ve moved and quite a bit. I’m going to take care of that this year.

8. Practice/play everyday for an entire year. This is going to be my most ambitious resolution. I practice almost everyday, but I haven’t EVER practiced EVERYDAY for an entire year. I’m going to make it a goal to practice or at least play EVERYDAY for an entire year. It doesn’t have to be my saxophone – it can be flute, piano, or guitar, but I have to do something. I’m going to use a don’t break the chain chart to keep track.

9. Cross at least one thing off my bucket list. More if I can.

10. And last but not least, I’m going to steal one from my goal list: Do something I’ve never done before. I know this sounds vague, but it’s really easy to fall into a routine. I’d like to try to do at least one thing I’ve never done whether that’s traveling to a new place, trying new food, a new activity, etc.

What are your goals for the new year?