2014: Hopes and Dreams

Well, here’s my obligatory “what-I-hope-to-accomplish-next-year” blog.

I started writing this on the 31st, and am just now getting around to finishing it… mostly because I’ve already got my 2014 engines pumping with gas.

So without further interruption…

2013 has been QUITE the year.

If you would like an even more concise view of what my year has been like, please read my previous post about my 26th birthday here: https://shannonallenmusic.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/26/

I’ve learned a lot about myself this year.

I’ve learned a lot about the world this year.

It’s funny to reflect back on my time in Ohio, then Cincinnati, then Boston and realize how much I’ve truly changed every time I’ve moved to a new city and how I’ve matured as a human being.

I just took a look around my cluttery room with two big windows that overlook 9th Ave in Hell’s Kitchen and thought to myself, “DAMMIT Shan Baby you are so lucky to live here!”

And I am.

So here are my hopes and dreams for 2014.

1. Record my second album

SHIT: If I have to keep writing in this blog about how the “album is on its way,” or “I can’t wait to record this,” I’m going to start punching babies. This album WILL get recorded THIS year, and I’m not going to let others dictate whether or not it can happen.

It’s happening.


I’ve already started assembling an entire new band of players and I’ve been very upfront about the fact that I want ZERO bullshit. If any bullshit shall occur, they’re out.


I’m getting the band back together!! WOOOOOO HOOOO! Let’s GO!

2. Continue my career in acting

Now that I’m SAG-AFTRA, I’m going to start getting absolutely serious about making myself a better actor. Not that I ever WASN’T serious about this, but I feel as though the new year can only bring me new opportunities, but also tougher competition among my peers.

I have a few friends who have written roles for me in new shows. I have friends who write scripts for me to practice. I see auditions for countless student films and indie projects. All of these things are amazing little gems that I can collect and turn into not only resume highlights, but also put some serious experience under my belt.

I don’t want to half-ass anything. If I’m going to be an actress/singer/performer I’m going to do it RIGHT.

3. Stop letting others dictate my feelings

I know my worth. Others who choose not to see it or respect it, DO NO deserve my time.

4. Start making money

I know this might seem shallow, but I need money. I’m essentially living below the poverty line.

5. Expand my horizons

I want to explore all the different corners of New York City. There are so many things I have yet to discover and so many places I want to go. I’ve started creating a list of different restaurants, galleries, parks, etc that I want/need to explore this year.

6. Let go

I’m never going to stop working my ass off, but I’m also going to try to let things happen to me.

7. Become the FITTEST person I can be…

Whether that means losing 20 pounds, LOOKING like I’ve lost 20 pounds, or hell… staying the same weight and looking exactly the same.

I’m not going to concern myself with pound and ounces… I want to FEEL good.

I want to look the best I can look.

I want to get validation from MYSELF instead of others.

I want to get rid of my body dysmorphia for GOOD.

8. Be of sound mind and sound soul

This one explains itself.

I think this is a pretty solid list, and although I could probably expound on each and everyone one of these goals/hopes, I don’t think I need to.

I’m going to let 2014 wreak havoc on me for better or for worse.


Shannon Rose Allen


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