I feel like this entire thing has been a constant challenge. Challenges arise, then disappear, and just when you think you’re safe, a new one comes up. My current challenge has been solidifying my sound and figuring out what my “battle cry” or mission statement really is - that is, what I’m trying to communicate with all these songs. Another challenge is learning to treat my work more critically and objectively - aka learning how to self-edit and improve. The way I deal with challenges like these is to be very practical: keep a schedule, stay organized, write consistently (even when I’m not inspired), be on time, and most importantly, just show up. I find that it’s best if I keep my emotions out of it after they’ve hit the page.
My inspirations as a little girl went from Ariel in "The Little Mermaid" to Alanis Morrissette to Britney Spears to Green Day. Today, I feel most inspired and driven by all the women in pop music. Artists like Katy Perry, Hayley Williams, Ellie Goulding, Florence Welch, Marina Diamandis, Taylor Swift, Foxes, Robyn, Lana del Ray, CHVRCHES, Purity Ring, and so many more make me feel optimistic. Very grateful that they have paved the way.