Limiting myself by saying what I cannot do is a practice I underwent far too often. “I can’t sing that high, I can’t figure this out, I can’t keep this up” – whenever I made up my mind that something was not going to happen, I accepted that thought as conclusive. I gave up the word ‘cannot’ to try and push my limits, finding that there’s a lot of truth to the clichéd ‘you can do anything you put your mind to’. By not allowing myself to bow out when things got tough, I learned a lot about my capabalities, especially as a singer and a student. With singing, I found that I’m a natural soul singer, a style which had intimidated me because of its powerful sound; while, as a student, it became quickly apparent that getting off your high horse and asking for help goes a long way.