Today is a pretty momentous day around here. Not only is it the last day of the spring semester for my studio, but it signifies the end of my first year of full-time private practice. The fastest and most exciting year of my life thus far, to be sure!
Just one year ago, I was finishing up my fourth and final year at The Hope Institute and getting ready to jump into the scary world of self-employment. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I was prepared to work harder than I ever had in my life to ensure that I was making the right decision and could indeed be successful.
I’ve learned so much in the past 12 months — about running a business, pushing myself to the limit, and finding balance. I’ve grown as a music therapist and studio teacher, and I’ve learned to concentrate on my strengths rather than dwell on my weaknesses.
Though I’ve missed my former students and coworkers since leaving Hope, there hasn’t been one day when I’ve regretted taking the leap. I’ve had the opportunity to work with so many wonderful families and pursue projects that I couldn’t have otherwise, and my plans are only to continue doing lots more of both.
After today’s music therapy sessions and lessons, my students and I will enjoy a 2-week break before beginning the summer session. I’m looking forward to taking some time off to relax, hang out by the pool, and have a little birthday vacation in Austin. But I also have a long work-related “to do” list just waiting to be tackled…it’s all about balance, as I’ve learned!
I want to say thank you to everyone who has encouraged and supported me along the way this past year. It’s been a BIG one, and I’m so grateful to have so many wonderful people who care enough to accompany me on this wonderful and wacky journey.