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What singing lessons have taught me about taking up space

As a Mum of four, coach and multiple business owner, I spend most of my days listening, nurturing, and getting things done. There’s not always a lot of room for, well, me.

This year, I decided to change that. I started thinking about what I could do as a hobby that was purely for myself. It didn’t have to be connected to any particular career aspirations or life goals, it just had to feel like it was just for me.

The more I thought about it, I decided singing lessons would be something I’d like to try, although the thought of it made my palms sweaty. But I was determined to step out of my comfort zone and discover more about myself as a person.

I’d always enjoyed singing as a young girl (didn’t we all dance and sing into the hairbrush as a teen?) and I signed up for singing lessons with the amazing Jayden who is seriously the most encouraging human ever.

Let me tell you, those first few lessons were rough. My inner critic was having a field day – who did I think I was, belting out tunes in a room, even if it was a soundproof shed. But Jayden kept pushing me to “take up space,” to embrace the sound of my own voice, wobbly notes and all.

And guess what? It’s been incredible.

Singing lessons have become more than just learning proper technique and focusing on my breathing. They’ve become a way to reconnect with my playful side, to let go of control and just have fun making weird noises (yes, weird noises are part of the curriculum).

More importantly, it’s shown my kids a different side of me. They see me learning something new, embracing challenges, and maybe even butchering a song or two. I’m not attached to the outcome and I know practice is progress. They’re learning that too. It’s a powerful message – that it’s okay to pursue your passions, no matter your age or skill level.

This weekend, I’m even doing a performance with Jayden’s other students! Nervous? Absolutely. But also excited to step outside my comfort zone and, well, take up some space.

So, I pose a challenge to you: how are you taking up space in your life? Are there dreams you’ve put on hold?

Maybe it’s time to dust them off and give them a go. You might be surprised at what you discover about yourself.

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