But the main reason I haven't got around to making new posts here is that I've spent about twenty hours out of each of the last three weeks busking in the NYC subway trains. That's right, on the moving trains. Like the mariachi groups. To my pleasant surprise, I'm earning enough money there to pay all my bills and get me totally out of debt by mid year. But I guess I'm getting ahead of myself...
I've put a lot of thought into my "resolutions" or goals for the New Year and haven't really got a chance to post them here yet. So here goes:
This is the top priority for me this year. Over the holiday break I had some super conversations with family and friends which helped me to hear so much more loudly and clearly my calling as an artist, particularly in the area of song. Do me a favor: if/when you see me or talk with me, ask me how this is going! It helps to have a gentle prodding as often as possible.
2) the KITCHEN SINK
I moved to NYC to get involved with Trinity Grace Church, I wanted to learn about church planting. I plan to use the info/resources/"contactos" I gather here to plant a church in Chicago. God has shown me a vague picture of what He plans for me there (see post from Jan 11), but I'm hoping it will come into clearer focus over this year. I plan to get more involved in/with (a) the DIY music scene in NYC, (b) homeless ministry around the city including starting a Food Not Bombs chapter for uptown Manhattan, and (c) my church community as we join God in the renewal of all things!
3) FINANCIAL FREEDOM
I'd made it my goal - though it seemed rather far-fetched at the time - to be debt free by the end of the year. As I mentioned earlier in the post, I will likely have all my debts paid down by June. This is very exciting! It means I will have to busk at least about 15 hours a week, which is pretty grueling. But it's also fun, challenging, and helping me to hone my crafts of performing and songwriting (which, remember, is my #1 priority!).
It's been a rough year so far, but I've been very blessed! Looking forward to see how the rest of it shapes up!