This Chica is Learning to Play the Violin

It all started with a free Amazon Prime trial and a week of of work during the Christmas holiday season.

Today was day 2 of violin classes. I signed up for a 2 month class and have my cute lil violin in it’s case. Walking around town with it makes me feel musical despite the fact that I can barely keep my fingers in their proper place.

And yet here I am, holding on to the last part of my 30s and taking up an instrument that I should have learned eons ago. I was never that kid into playing instruments, for many reasons.

One I didn’t have the resources growing up to spend endless hours in practice. That cost money AND time. As someone who was constantly in babysitting mode for a younger brother, there was way more scarcity around time than money.

Two, I didn’t grow up with those kind of parental units. I would have had to show the interest, initiative and talent if I was going to be that kid playing an instrument. I recall being interested in playing the piano and learning how to play once from a neighbor. But since talent comes with practice and I was not the second coming of Beethoven, that interest became a distant memory.

I was inspired by the new year and by binging the Amazon web series “Mozart in the Jungle.” I vowed to take on new adventures and after buying a bunch of books, yarn and oracle cards I wanted to take on a different kind of challenge. Now I’m thinking about how to move my arm from my elbows and wondering if I need to hit the gym to work on my arms.

I keep hearing about “self-care” but always thought it looked like spa days with hot oil massages and someone named Helga straightening out your back. Right now, self-care looks like me walking with a violin case and listening to classical music, a major stray from Nicky Jam and Plan B.

Hopefully, soon enough, I’ll have some musical snippets to show for all my training. Once a Type A personality always a neurotic perfectionist Type A personality. =)



Vicky Ayala

My name is Vicky & I am a brand strategist & visual storyteller. By day, I work with multi-passionate entrepreneurs to organize their creative genius into a memorable brand experience with engaging design, authentic storytelling and strategic online marketing. When I'm not conjuring brand magic, you can find me musing about the entrepreneurial journey which includes everything from finding the perfect chai latte to plotting my domestic move to Miami.