A YEAR OF CREATIVITY FOR SINGER/SONGWRITER, CHRISTY KLOTZ!!!
We totally get your TikTok reference, Christy!!
Hi Christy! Thanks for being here today!
Hey! Thanks for having me.
What was the single best thing that happened this past year?
Ironically, for my little family of two (well, three including our pup), 2019 was a much rougher year than 2020. We had to go through a lot of personal trials that really wore us down. So this year, while we were mourning with the world, we were also celebrating our individual victories. I was able to overcome a lot of problems with anxiety, and he was able to work through his own things as well. I finally got the courage to start putting out my own music and released 5 singles. I also wrote and illustrated a book of poems called Perspectives: poems to a dear friend, and started a podcast called Minty Dreams. It was a year of a lot of creativity and more peace within our four walls, though we were very much attuned to the chaos and tragedy persisting in the world around us.
What was the single most challenging thing that happened this past year?
It’s been challenging to deal with all the 2020 absurdities. It’s tragic to see so many lives lost and to witness racial injustice. It was exhausting to go through the election season. I think it’s going to take a long time for us all to process this year. The isolation also started to get to me. I miss seeing people, and hugging them, and having many things to do.
If 2020 was a song what would the title be?
“Oh no - Oh no - Oh no no no no no” - If you’re a TikTok person, I hope you get my reference.
What was the biggest thing you learned this past year?
I learned how to identify and express my feelings. It sounds cheesy but in our house, we actually name our top three feelings and describe everything about them - how intensely we feel it, where we feel it in our bodies, how we want to (or did) react to them, what the consequences were of that if we have ever felt that way before, and what we need. My inner world has become a lot clearer and more peaceful, and our marriage has become much more emotionally intimate. It’s a vulnerable process, but it’s so good.
What activities would you like to add to your routine to help manage stress this year?
I would like to get outside more and get off social media 2 days/week. Getting outside is a big mood booster! And in this isolating time, I don’t do it enough. In terms of social media, just the other day I was telling my husband how I felt behind and discouraged. He encouraged me to delete TikTok and Instagram for the weekend. I did it, and I already feel so much better. Social media is a slow grind for me. It gradually chips away at my mood, and if I’m being honest, my confidence. I love it as a tool to connect with people and share artistry, but I want to be careful that I’m not spending my life serving it, and that I’m present in my real-life off-screen.
What advice would you like to give yourself as you begin the New Year?
Be patient and keep trusting God. I know God has good plans for my life, plans to prosper and not to harm, plans to give us hope and a future. And much of our joy comes from truly believing that, and having faith. Yet, it can be easy, for me at least, to overthink pretty much everything. I am telling myself to keep working, keep trusting, and let God do the rest.
If you could throw yourself a "themed" party, what would the theme be?
I used to hate costume parties because I thought they were so much work and kind of a waste of money. I don’t know why, but this year, I suddenly found the whole idea so fun. We actually dressed up for Halloween and had a blast. So I guess I would do a themed party where everyone has to come as their favorite celebrity couple, and hopefully, we’d get some good laughs.
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