Connection, Hopeful, Focus, Listen!
Hello Friends and Fans!
I am praying you are all healthy and moving forward!
It’s a new year at last! 2020 is GONE! “Good riddance!” you say? There were definitely some tough things about 2020… But there were actually some really cool things, too. I’ll bet you can think of a few. I super loved being able to go to conferences and lots of classes without buying a plane ticket! I loved watching church in my PJ’s and getting to hear worship teams from around the globe. How about you?
I loved taking walks with my husband and watching too much Netflix… Got obsessed with the Green Arrow, Flash, Super Girl and Legends of Tomorrow.
I liked doing livestreams on Facebook (Most of the time… when my technology was cooperating.) You can check out TONS of new videos of originals, covers, spirituals- even Christmas videos with my group The Harmony Jewels on Youtube.
So New Years Resolutions can be discouraging… I mean, who hasn’t promised to lose 10 lbs only to gain 5 and hate yourself? But I am a goal oriented person in general. I really liked this ideas some women friends of mine from church were throwing around. Instead of having New Years Resolutions, for 2021 they have chosen a few Watch Words. Words to give you direction in all you do.
2020 was a year of disconnection. We were told to stay home, quarantine, social distance… We tried to connect using zoom and Facebook, maybe Skype or Google Meet, but we craved in person interaction. I miss all the hugs I used to get in the fellowship at church!!!! So for 2021 I want to make Connection a major guiding principle. Even if it is online, I want to make an extra effort to have genuine connections with friends and family… and you, my fans, students, colleagues, fellow musicians and teachers. Will you join me in this?
Will you reply to this email or blog post? Just say “I got it!” If you can’t think of anything else to say. Let’s hear one another in 2021!
One way to connect is through livestreams! The first one I am doing in the new year is coming up:
***** Worship With Julie 2021 #1: Hopeful, Sunday evening January 17 at 7:30 pm on Facebook Live on my Artist Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/QueenOfSCAT/
Please come and sing a long or just hang out to listen! But don’t forget to add some hearts and put some stuff in the chat!
I am hopeful that this COVID-19 Pandemic disaster will end early in 2021! I am optimistic that we will be able to gather for church, concerts, sports events and dinners in our homes again VERY SOON! This will be a guiding principle for me in 2021.
I wrote a book in 2020: Vocal Training for Praise Singers. It will soon be at the printers and I have to learn how to promote a book! I want to speak at conventions, workshops and book signings. I want this new venture to go hand in hand with my mission as a Christian Artist now helping others to use their gifts. I have new music to record and release, too! And market. How will I accomplish all this while being the wife, mother and friend I need to be? FOCUS! But where does my ultimate focus need to be? I need to fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith! (Hebrews 12:2)
Finally, I need to listen. 2020 was a year we were forced to listen to the heartaches of many because of riots and protests and political campaigns. That was not always fun, but we all learned some things and I pray we are a better nation for it. But I am talking about a much more personal kind of listening. The scripture tells me to be quick to listen and slow to speak… I want to hear your heart, not just talk over it. That fits pretty well with the Connection watchword above.
It can also be so hard to be still and listen to God. I tend to go go go! The pandemic didn’t slow me down much. When I had less gigs, I did livestreams. When I had less students, I wrote a book. But I want to listen better to God’s direction and his great encouragement.
What are your Watch Words for 2021?
Leave me a comment, send me an email. Let’s Connect!
Can’t wait to connect with you in 2021! WWW.Julieksings.com