I have mixed emotions about leaving 2019 behind. It was a great year on so many levels both personally and professionally, but it was also a year filled with more “hustle” and less “self-care” than I’d like to admit.
My word for 2019 was CREATE, and that I did. My big goal for the year was to write a book, and I accomplished that goal with over a month to spare. Writing Innovative Income for Music Therapists was anything but easy, though, and when I reflect on the past year, the difficulty of that process is at the forefront.
Well, Christmas has passed and the New Year is almost here. To my fellow music therapists out there: Congrats! You’ve almost made it through the holiday season!
The holidays bring so much joy, cheer, excitement, and fun; they always provide for an interesting music-making experience. This is my first holiday season as a music therapist, and I’ve noticed just a few things:
The switch from fall to winter can be very unclear, especially living in the Midwest. I know that when I was a student, I considered the season to be winter as soon as the first snowfall began. However, that is not always true! In fact, some of our schools here in Springfield have already had snow days this year, and it’s still technically fall until December 21st.
It’s truly felt like winter for several weeks. The season will soon be in full swing, and we need to be ready for it!
Years ago, watching my students perform in our annual Music Therapy Connections recital, I remember thinking, “Someday that will be my own kids up there.”
Parker was a toddler and Mia Belle was an infant at the time, so the idea of them performing in a recital seemed like light years into the future. I didn’t quite understand back then how fast time goes by when you are a parent, but now I can fully appreciate that fact.
Welcome! I’m Rachel Rambach, board-certified music therapist and creator of Listen & Learn Music — educational songs and musical materials for children. I love sharing my work with you, along with my behind-the-scenes creative process, adventures in business ownership, and life as a mom of two little ones.
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