It’s been an eventful month at Music Therapy Connections! My co-owner Katey and I started a new season of the Creative Business Breakdown, went on our inaugural “boss vacation” to Clearwater Beach, and launched a brand new program for music therapy business owners. Whew…what a whirlwind!
For the first time in 9 years, I’m not spending the first weeks of November preparing to attend the AMTA national music therapy conference. I’ve been to every national conference since my first in 2009, and this would have been my 10th, but I made the very intentional decision to reach that milestone next year, instead.
Right around this time back in 2008, I hit “publish” on my very first blog post here at Listen & Learn Music. I was a brand new, bright-eyed music therapist, eager to share the songs I was writing and hoping to connect with other new professionals like myself.
About a year and a half ago, my proverbial plate was fuller than ever. I had a 3 year old, a one year old, students and clients numbering in the double digits, several classes, and two businesses.
It was around that same time that I learned about Ami Kunimura’s new ebook, Resilience Over Burnout: A Self-Care Guide for Music Therapists, and it was exactly the resource I needed in that season.
When my business partner Katey and I sat down to plan our next continuing music therapy education course, the topic was a no-brainer. We chose to focus on the items in our toolbox that we use every single day across the board, from our baby classes to our individual music therapy clients to our older adult groups.
Today I want to tell you a quick story about how I came dangerously close to burning out my very first summer as a music therapist.
As a brand new professional and the first-ever music therapist in a school for children with multiple disabilities, I felt an immense amount of pressure to make a good impression and be incredibly effective.