What does “having it all” mean to you? "Having it all" means feeling like my whole self is present. This is constantly changing for me since the birth of my daughter. My hope is that I can aware of the parts of me that are unfulfilled and try to keep them somewhat filled during this period of life that is so full.
What about your work changed when you became a mom? My financial responsibilities have changed significantly since the birth of our daughter and this has greatly impacted my work. I feel that I must prioritize paid work over artistic endeavors with the limited amount of time that I have. I also feel pulled to finding work that is during the day so that I can maximize the amount of time that I have with daughter – this means fewer evening rehearsals or performances. I have not had the time or energy to push forward big projects the way I did in the past.
How has the juggle of your priorities changed over the years? I'm not sure that my priorities have changed, but more that I have less time. The time I spend now with my family used to be spent writing music. They are both things I love, so in some ways it feels alright, but I do feel that I am missing a part of me when I am not composing.
Three words that describe me: Adventurous. Curious. Playful.
Portrait by Vivian Johnson