I just want to take this time, also, to say thank you for all of the kind feedback on my body image post. It was humbling to get so many kind and encouraging comments. I won't get too sappy, but it really, really made my day. Thank you.
Well folks, tomorrow morning, bright and frickin' early, I will be on my way to Arizona for my first audition! I had a small freak out in my lesson on Tuesday, but since then (thanks to my teacher who is essentially a goddess of clarinet and life lessons, praise and amen) I've been calm, quietly confident, and practicing steadily.
Wish me luck! I'm excited. And most importantly, I'm ready.