Our muse: Shanice Hedger
Shanice Hedger is a singer and performer. She was a semi-finalist at the Final One and Miss Universe Singapore. We speak to her about her passion, hobbies, and how she embodies mindfulness in her day-to-day.
If you could describe yourself in one sentence, what would it be?
I think I’m very much a “if you don’t do it, you’ll never grow” kind of person.
How did you discover your love for singing and when?
It started in school! I joined the school choir back when I was 8 years old. About a year in, we were training for an inter-school choral competition and was given the chance to do a solo. I did the solos even though I was scared and had low confidence then. But a few solos later (I got to sing lots of hymns during mass) I forgot about the nerves enough to fall in love with it. I would take CDs from my parents to play on my mini boom box, write down the lyrics I heard and sing along to learn songs (this was like pre-googling-lyrics okay, lol). I joined the talent shows, joined a performing troupe and just fell deeper in love with performing
What does ‘being mindful’ mean to you?
This is a tough one! I would say being myself, being away from social media and people, and just being alone with my thoughts – to process, plan, re-evaluating, set goals, make certain decisions and reflect.
Tell me what a good day to you looks like (eg. Coffee, runs, yoga, reading, singing etc.)
A good day would be waking up early, having a good breakfast – scrambled eggs, avocado, tomatoes and toast. I love being able to put on a face mask, head for a run, clean my makeup brushes, listen to music, spend time with the people I love. I also love working on my projects like my personal vlogs or music! To end the night, I’d choose to have a nice dinner and movie time with my family.
On a day-to-day basis, what are some of your favourite mindful routines?
I’m definitely a homebody and so I recharge by being alone in my room, spring-cleaning, playing my favourite songs, and sing to them. I also love doodling on my iPad or playing around with Garageband. Doing these things help me disconnect in a healthy way from the world and realigns my spirit to face the world again. And probably like everyone else, when I’m in the shower, I have the best conversations with myself.
The collection is inspired by the mindful routines we love and the choice we make each day to show up for and be present, even when it’s hard. We want to convey that personal choice; the choice to be glad in the midst of difficult seasons and to say “It is Well”. What does this mean to you? Is there an experience you’ve been through where this might apply?
For me, the choice to say, “you know what, it is well” doesn’t only apply to big, life-changing events. Even the small lows in each day can sometimes be hard for me to ignore. But choosing to see the positive in everything, and using that good energy to deal with the lows is something I hold dear to my heart.
What is something that you’ve learnt through your trials and seasons?
Just because something doesn’t turn out the way you envisioned it, doesn’t mean it’s a failure. It’s taken me a while to realise this, but however the journey might be, it is still a journey - no matter the outcome.
What is something that you’d like to share with someone that’s just getting started with pursuing their dreams?
Well, your journey isn’t going to be like anybody else’s. Be proud of every little victory and know that there’s something to take away even from the lowest points. If it makes you happy, nothing real is actually standing in your way.