sing for self love (september update)

“A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.” — Madonna

Summer projects have slowed down, and I have been soul-searching. I find that much of my yearly goal-setting takes place in the fall and winter—there’s something about cooler days that leaves me reflective and thoughtful. Whatever it is, I’ve been doing a lot of necessary “input” lately.

Part of this process is getting clear about what I ultimately want. Here’s a list of what feels good to me right now:

  1. To play roles and sing songs that tell a story of authenticity and autonomy.

  2. To work with other artists who are interested in moving society forward and challenge the status quo.

  3. To make enough money (via art) to eventually pay off my student debts, and live comfortably.

  4. To remain on land where I feel most grounded, and never feel more than a spitting distance from those I love.

I’ve got a couple of video projects and studio gigs in the upcoming months, but in the meantime, going back to square one and asking myself the hard questions has been a necessary exercise. I’m excited to share the future creative ideas that come from doing this.

P.S. I’ve been doing an Instagram challenge called #SINGFORSELFLOVE (created by fellow actor friend and badass human Kerri George) where for 30 days in my story, I post a video singing a cut of whatever song feels good to me that day. Follow me at @sarahkleist to snag a front row seat to this, and check out my story highlights for past songs. I’m on day 21 and I’ve learned so much about myself (and my voice)!