Woman on a Mission: Bethany Petch Singer & Song Writer
Who Is Bethany Petch?
A passionate, caring, fun-loving introvert who likes to play the role of an extrovert a little too often, and also happens to be a striving Canadian Pop/Soul Artist, Private Music Teacher, and Self Love Enthusiast.
What makes you smile?
Most things honestly! You'll more likely find me smiling or laughing than not.
What has your journey with loving yourself looked like?
It's been a long journey, and I'm very much still in the process of it, but it's been the most rewarding, life-changing thing I've ever put my energy into. It all started with the painful realization that I didn't actually love myself, and that hit me like a ton of bricks. I decided that if I was going to become the person I wanted to be, I would have to learn how to love myself where I am at first, and to realize that I am truly worth all of the work that it takes to become the best version of myself.
It's involved a lot of affirmations, trying to keep my talk about myself positive instead of negative (which I am still not always the best at, but I'm getting better!) and speaking truths over myself that contradict the lies I believe about myself. Also a lot of asking God the way that He sees me, and trying to actually believe him! AND, believing compliments from others when I hear them. I've learned that the more grace I give myself, the more grace I have for those around me too.
What inspires you to continue to pursue your dreams?
I think it goes hand in hand with learning to love myself. I am finally in a place where I truly see the gifts that I have, and where I actually believe that not only do I have what it takes to live these dreams out, but where I also believe that I deserve to be happy and to be living my fullest life. I've always been most inspired in moments where I see others walking in their calling, or in what they're passionate about, and I know that I am the only one that can make that happen for me.
What has been one of your biggest fears in your journey as a singer/songwriter, and how do you continue to push past those fears?
I've been so supported and encouraged in being a singer since as long as I can remember, surrounded by tons of musicians and people who would often tell me this is what I'm made to do and they are excited to see me go far - and that's super encouraging! But also terrifying! I've always known that I was afraid of failure, but I had a friend tell me earlier this year "You're amazing, and I think you know that but I think you're afraid of not living up to everything that's said of you." That was a pretty big realization for me. I often live in fear of not meeting people's expectations; believing that I might not actually have what it takes to be what all these people believe I can be and have spoken over me.
What if I don't measure up? So, I've been really trying to let go of those expectations, and put my energy into doing what I love because I love it and because I can't see myself doing anything else! And letting go of any picture I've had of what that looks like, believing that I am good enough to make this my full-time job, and what that looks like can have some flexibility, but I'm not willing to let other's expectations of what that looks like bare any weight anymore! Of course, I have good days and bad days with this, but it definitely ties in again to loving myself and believing I am worth it and I can't try to be who I think others want me to be.
Tell us about your campaign. How can people support you?
Well, my campaign actually finishes today, which is crazy! I am trying to raise money to finish my first full-length album. I've been recording it for the better part of a year, and am now ready to have it mixed and mastered, get some cool album artwork, and plan a marketing campaign and everything for the album. The only thing that is really holding me back right now is having the finances to make it all happen. I don't think you really realize how much money goes into making an album, especially a pop album until you start really planning it and doing it. And I am doing this on my own so that can feel pretty daunting at times!
So, I put this campaign out there to let all of the people who have been supportive and encouraging have the opportunity to support me financially to help make this happen. If people see this before the campaign is over, you can definitely support me by checking it out and contributing to the campaign if it feels like something you want to support. Other than that, people can follow me on my Facebook page and Instagram account, and sign up for my e-mail list on my website!
Those are small things that people can do that actually make a big difference in building a following online, which is where the music industry is today. Also, engaging on my social media posts; if you like something I share, let me know; like it, comment on it, or share it with your friends and family!
Where can people connect with you on social media?
Great question! I'm on most of the main platforms as Bethany Petch. You can check me out here:
Thanks, Bethany for opening up and sharing your heart with this community today. We can't wait to see where you go next with all your dreams and music career. Your gift is truly beautiful and this world needs what you carry. We are cheering you on here at Wildfire Women, keep going girl!!