Decluttering

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about decluttering my life in all aspects.

  • I’m trying to organize my garb closet/prop room so that things are easily accessible and no one is screaming on the morning that we’re heading to the Maryland Renaissance Festival, “Where is my hat? Where are my leggings? Why can I never find anything?” (Needless to say, this is not me, because I would’ve been looking for them the night before, not the morning of.) But I also want them to look good and I want to look at my things and see different options, not just “Oh well, I don’t know where this is, so therefore I’ll wear this instead.”
  • I’ve given away a bunch of jewelry and clothing that no longer suited me and I’m trying to determine what my style is. I don’t want anything that’s too fussy (at least not for every day – fussy is fine for special occasions). Right now I’m looking at streamlined and simple. Kind of a uniform.
  • And as far as my teaching is going, I’ve decided not to teach classes, at least this year. I just don’t want to have to grade papers, take attendance, and worry about classroom management. I only want to teach voice and do my own singing. And I really want to teach voice primarily at home, which is why I left Oldfields (keeping my HCC job, though).
  • Speaking of singing, I’m thinking of cutting back on some of the singing that doesn’t bring me joy. Kind of like the Marie Kondo’s Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up book. I enjoy my church job, Concert Artists, temple job, and hopefully I’ll enjoy returning to WNO this year, but I’m not sure I really want to do run-outs of gigs that aren’t that rewarding to me.
  • I want to pursue more teaching things like workshops, and take advantage of attending more workshops as well. 
It’s nice to be able to pick and choose things, and I am aware that right now I am very lucky to be in “feast” mode, especially after the 10 years of “famine” I struggled with while in Milwaukee. 

Published by Mezzoid Voice Studio

Christine Thomas-O'Meally, a mezzo soprano and voice teacher currently based in the Baltimore-DC area, has performed everything from the motets of J.S. Bach to the melodies of Irving Berlin to the minimalism of Philip Glass. As an opera singer and actress, she has appeared with companies such as Charm City Players, Spotlighters Theatre, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, Opera North, the Washington Savoyards, In Tandem Theatre, Windfall Theater, The Young Victorian Theater of Baltimore, and Skylight Opera Theatre. She created the role of The Woman in Red in Dominick Argento’s Dream of Valentino in its world premiere with the Washington Opera and Mary Pickersgill in O'er the Ramparts at its world premiere during the Bicentennial of Battle of Baltimore at the Community College of Baltimore County. Other roles include Mrs. Paroo in Music Man, Mother Abbess in Sound of Music, Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, both Hansel and the Witch in Hansel & Gretel, and many roles in Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. Her performance as the Housekeeper in Man of La Mancha was honored with a WATCH award nomination. Ms. Thomas-O'Meally received an M.M. in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. She regularly attends master classes and workshops in both performance and vocal pedagogy, and is certified in all three Levels of Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method. Her students have performed on national and international tours of Broadway productions, at prestigious conservatories, and in regional theater throughout the country.

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