How do you rate your year in 2013?

Howdy folks,

So it is nearing the end of the year and it is time to reflect on the past year. I have been thinking of my own year recently, analysing, rating, finding the good, the bad and the damn ugly sometimes! Then i came across a post from Jamie Stevens who is a very prominent DJ/Producer in the EDM world. And lives in Melbourne. It went something like this:

“So it’s come to that time of year to reflect on all that’s happened. ’13 was a massive year for me both creatively and personally. Such a positive year to build on and into ’14 which is poised to be an absolute pearler. I predicted ’13 would be really special and it was! I released my collaboration with John Digweed and Nick Muir, my EP on microCastle, and now finalising so much original music ready for release and it’s a great feeling. I’ve had some amazing support for my music from some lovely people, but more importantly seen my wonderful friendships grow. And then Ive seen my amazing friends blossom, find love and focus on making their dreams a reality. So many of them truly flourished….”

I thought it was a really upfront and personal account of his year. Its great to see career electronic musicians happy and be able to make a living in a highly compeditive industry. Saying that, everything is highly compeditive these days so lets not kid ourselves here. I remember meeting Jamie Stevens on 2008, and he was committed to the cause. It sounds like 2013 was the year of the harvest for him. He has many years of sewing the seads, of doing and creating, of completing the job and although already his results have come before him, this year he has again taken his opportunity, where others have not. He has not rested on his laurels. To me this shows the value of hard work and committment to a cause, surrounded by a good network of support and love.

So many people say they want to be successful but do not demonstrate such committment. They get in the comfort zone. I have been one of them. But once you decide what you want, I believe full commitment is the only way to make your dreams a reality. And that is knowing what you want. And going all out to get it. The process should not bother you, it’s actually just deciding what you want. And going into action. The rest will take care of itself.

So how would you rate your year? I hear you saying the same of me. Well it has been an interesting year for me. I recently asked my boxing intructor how he rated his year. He gae it 9/10. I asked him, what is the secret? He said finding what you love: in your personal life and professional life. It was a really good analogy. He said he could earn more money doing something different but why would he? He has found his purpose. It is generally agreed you will be better at something you love doing. So eventually you will make good money out of it because you will excell.

I can be a hard marker. I am usually harder on myself than anyone else. Its really hard to give yourself a global mark on your performance as there are so many intricacies. I have enjoyed starting my blog and keeping you all updated, hoping to provide some value to your life along the way. I have enjoyed making my mixes and especially being on the radio in Orlando through FSEDM. A big thanks to Ed Chapkowski for that. I have been on with the likes of Armin Van Buuren and Darin Epsilon. Thanks to Temenuga for that. I have enjoyed riding my bike and got myself fit. Thanks to Russ, Shane, Grant and all the boys for that. I thank my parents for the great support they have shown me and allowing me to do things i could not have done without them. Do I want more? Sure. But hapiness begins with being grateful for what we have first. Apparently Oprah writes down 5 things every night she is grateful for before bed. Focus on what you have got, not what you haven’t.

And for music? Well I DJed a lot more at the start of the year than the end of the year. I wanted to focus a little more on production. I finished about 10 songs this year. I have not foscussed enough on distributing these to relevant parties. I have a couple of releases due out next year, one with my friend and music mentor Adrian Butinar. He again has helped me raise the level of my productions as i hope i have helped him in other areas of life. I honestly don’t think i have put one new synth on my computer and have tried to focus on learning what i have got. There is no silver bullet to success. Most people are interested in the event, the finished product i.e the song. They don’t realise the often tedious process that goes on for years to practise a craft. That’s why you have to love what you do.

So i am looking forward to 2014. I have been blessed with the great company of friends this year and i feel truely blessed. My friendships have truely flourished, and to be involved in a process of immersion with these people, well it is what life is made of. Memories. I hope to spend more time with my family and continue to build and mend relationships there. I have realised it is the company of family and friends that do really matter. Without them and their support and love, the world can truely be a dark and lonely place. And thanks to my dog Lola as well.

Let me kow how your year went for you in the comments below.

E xx

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