JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

Caroling season

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So here we are – caroling season is in full gear. We had a few November gigs, but it’s always the first weekend of December that really kicks it off – it’s always our busiest weekend. Many companies have their holiday parties and quite a number of towns do their official tree lightings during this particular weekend.

This year, the first weekend was busier than ever. I guess I can’t be surprised over the business’s increased success this season – I really think all of our TV and radio appearances really helped last year. This season has the most bookings ever. Eight of us traveled up to Niagara Falls, Canada for the weekend for a big event at a casino there, while in the meantime, we had many groups performing here back at home.

I’m feeling that old familiar stress that hits me every year at this time. But my goal is to work through the stress better – to rise above it…. I’ll let ya know how that goes…. haha!

We have gigs almost every day this month, and many days have multiple gigs. I know this month will fly by!

And there are some awesome new ideas shaping up for next season – I’ll update you all on that later – but I’m really excited to see how these new ideas come to fruition! (Insert excited face here!)

So that’s an update for now. Another special shout out to my mom, Lynn Graf, for helping to sew all the new costumes that we needed this year!

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Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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