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Balance

Balancing school and a slowly growing singing career is very difficult.  There is external pressure to invest in both, and there are precious few moments where the two pursuits overlap.  It is a constant battle – live for the moment, or live for the future?

By Aline Fouard

Luckily for me, lately, it has come down to the same thing ever time I am feeling the crunch – Go to a practise room and WORK.  This is one of the only activities that consistently overlaps with both succeeding in my degree program and succeeding in my future career.

Even more luckily for me, the time I spend in the practise room is also the time that I feel the most serene, the most productive, and the most inspired.

Nostalgia

Wherever I am in fall, it always makes me nostalgic – either nostalgic in advance of the time when I will actually need to be nostalgic, or the real nostalgia.  Today, it was nostalgia in advance.

It surprises me how fast Montreal has become a home.  I live in the Mile End neighborhood, which happens to be a 15-minute bike ride from McGill, and a 10-minute bike ride from the Jean Talon market.  There is something special about an automne bike ride to the market, coming back loaded down with massive squash, colorful carrots, the last figs of the season, the first local apples of the season.  It is something that I will miss.

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