Every year I write a retrospective, reflecting on the achievements and lessons of the previous year (you can read my old ones on my blog here). 2022 was one of the biggest and most expansive years of my life, where I finally achieved a lifelong dream of releasing an album, along with other huge achievements such as: releasing my first music videos, getting back into performing live, performing with a backing track for the first time, and collaborating with some of my favourite musicians. I feel very lucky, and proud.

There’s a lot to reflect on, but before we start, I have a big announcement to share! So, settle down with a cuppa, and let’s get into it.

I’m delighted to share that I’ll be going on a tour of the UK in spring 2023, with dates in Cardiff, Bristol, London, Guernsey, Swansea, and Newport! Further details on the Bristol and Guernsey dates to follow soon.

This is only my second ever tour, and I’m very excited to be performing in some amazing venues across the UK. I’ll be performing songs from the album, and my album merch will be on sale. Ticket info can be found here – if you live in any of these cities, I’d love to see you there.



2022 has been an expansive and formative year, where I worked harder than I ever have in my life to achieve my goal of releasing my debut album. I feel like I’ve really levelled up as a musician in the last 12 months; I’m very proud of all I’ve achieved, and very grateful for the support of my friends, fans, and collaborators!

I’m still figuring out exactly what kind of musician I want to be, and trying to find a good balance between the stuff that energises me and the stuff that drains me, but the important thing is that I finally feel like I’m on the right path. With every passing year, I grow more into myself. There is no prime of life – it just keeps getting better.

This year was also emotionally challenging – growth is uncomfortable, learning as an adult is frustrating, turning down party invitations to spend your evenings doing admin is tough, and entering a callous, broken music industry for the first time is painful. I learned a lot about my needs, my boundaries, and my insecurities that I thought I’d recovered from (turns out there’s a lot of healing left to do). Behind every big achievement, there was a lot of fear and exhaustion. Although that has obviously been very painful, it’s also given me a map of where the sore points lie, so I can heal more fully, and go into album 2 better equipped with the tools to take care of myself as part of the process. Recovery and resilience is going to be a big focus in 2023, and I hope that songwriting will be a central part of that.

I try not to focus on the negatives too much though; I try to focus on the amazing things that happened – and there’s so much to celebrate!


In 2023, what I really want is to…

Choose, accept, and trust myself and my vision. Stop seeking acceptance or approval from others, especially from gatekeepers in my industry whose tastes don’t even align with my own. Continue regardless, and tell my own story for those who want to hear it (even if that’s only a small handful of people).

Release the hyper-critical voice in my head that judges myself more harshly than any critic ever could.

Befriend my difficult, painful emotions: disappointment, overwhelm, tiredness, jealousy, self-doubt, fear, anxiety. Embrace the painful stuff as the consequence of an open and passionate heart.

Open my heart, my mind, my voice. Be driven by my love of love, and love for myself, however tentative. As Jeanette Winterson put it, have “a salmon-like determination to swim upstream, however choppy upstream is, because this is your stream…”

Learn to love the process, with no expectation of being rewarded in any way. Building a music career is a Sisyphean task – you can work impossibly hard and still not get what you want, but you dust yourself off and try again. Some things are futile, but they’re still worth doing. I want to find the joy in pushing the boulder back up the mountain every day. (my song Monday Eyes is all about trying to come to terms with that. I’m still learning from my own songs, even after they’ve been written)

2022 was a year of achievement, and while in 2023 I will keep making and releasing music, I am making a commitment to slowing down, and doing important inner work. It’s about healing in so many ways.

A song for the new year…

Every New Year’s, I listen to the song ‘New Year’ by Regina Spektor – it’s a beautiful song about quietly celebrating the old year, and hoping looking forward to what the new year will bring. There’s always something to celebrate about each passing year, even if it’s just that we survived it.

“She’s just glad she gets to be around to see another spring come to this town”

What was there to celebrate in your 2022, and what are you looking forward to in 2023?


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