"This was just a way of connecting with people," Baca says.
And it worked.
"I got told over and over again, usually several times a week, by different people that I inspired them, and to me, that really kept me going," she explains.
Playing every day wasn't exactly a stretch. Baca normally performs at about three open mics a week and practices her music every day. But actually performing for people made her a better player, she says.
This year, Baca — who is admittedly new to this resolution thing — has vowed to be creative as often as possible. When she was invited to a dinner party this week, she made a floral arrangement for the host. She restrung a broken necklace she would have otherwise taken to a jeweler, and wants to experiment more in her cooking. She admits it's a less-ambitious resolution than last year's, but she's looking for something more low-key.
"Last year was a leap year, so there’s an extra day in there," she says.