My Musical Journey

Over the past couple years, I have been singing on and off with an incredible band, Fun DMC.  A few months ago, the opportunity arose to sing with this great group of guys permanently.  It is such an incredible outlet for me and with the most fantastic people,  so I simply could not say no.  In a recent blog post on our band page, I told the full story of my musical journey.  I’ve never shared this much of my journey in one place so I wanted to share it here as well.  1185791_10151862830637603_1500039738_n13466481_10154259409702603_3691998275008884681_n

My story covers everything from my first encounters in music, participating in every choir I could throughout school, and my most recent endeavors as a music therapist and business owner.

Check it out HERE

Leave a comment or send me a message.I’d love to here more about your musical journey as well!!  – Katey

Welcome 2017

Welcome 2017.  I’m so glad you are here.

The past year has flown by and was filled with it’s fair share of ups and downs.  We recapped some of the big business details in our most recent podcast episode of the Creative Business Breakdown but as for a personal recap let’s just say it’s been a very expensive year.  We’ve had some major repair issues with our semi-new (to us) OLD home, some great travels, and to top it all off my beautiful sister got married.  We’ve had some incredible adventures with some mishaps along the way, but ended the year in the best way possible by spending the last week with our friends and family celebrating the holidays and happy events.

We rang in the new year a little differently this year.  For the past few months I’ve been singing full time with a band made up of some of my favorite people, Fun DMC.  I am so thankful for each and every one of them (and their families) and love having the opportunity to perform so frequently.  So, of course, singing with a band meant performing for an awesome crowd on New Year’s Eve.

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I’ve spent some time reflecting on what I want 2017 to look like.  2016 was a huge year of making important and very personal decisions/choices.  In 2016, I made the choice to engage in self-care regularly and put my needs first.  I made the choice to love myself and those around me more fully.  I made the choice to not give into so much of the anxiety I’ve dealt with in the past and live a more happy life overall.

Those weren’t choices made in a single moment, but little decisions I’ve reinforced over and over again throughout the year in an attempt to lead a happier, more fulfilling life.   Those choice have been life-changing.

In 2017, I plan to continue making those positive choices, but also with the intention of wasting less and being more.  By that I mean wasting less time, energy, money, resources, etc. and being more present, engaged, hands-on, and in the moment.

My resolution for 2017 isn’t one based in calorie counting (thank goodness because we definitely enjoyed some mac ‘n’ cheese and fried chicken last night) or the number of times I’m going to the gym or completing any task, but instead is a resolution regarding mindfulness.   I want to be more aware of how I’m feeling, what’s going on around me, and where I really need to be focusing my attention instead of simply being swept up in checking social media, instantly responding to emails or texts, or simply going through the motions of each day.

I want to bring focus back on to what matters most in my life without feeling any hesitation, reservations, guilt, regret, or remorse.  Basically, I’m incorporating more joy in my daily diet.

If you have any ideas of how I can physically track this goal or ways in which you are being more mindful in the new year, I’d love to hear more.

Happy New Year!

Today’s The Day… for Shifting Gears and Changing Directions.

August 14th has held a strange significance for the past few years.  Two years ago, I had may last day driving to clients’ homes and announced my merger with Music Therapy Connections and the formation of an LLC with Rachel Rambach. Last year, I had my last day in our first set of studios and finished packing up everything to move into our new offices.  Today, I celebrate one year in our new space and share with you some changes that will be happening on this site.

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Life has taken a few dramatic turns over the past few years. When I moved to central Illinois (where there were no music therapy jobs and I was leaving everything and basically everyone I knew behind), I established On A Good Note as my own music therapy private practice.  This website was initially created with sole intention of drumming up business.  It has since seen several evolutions during which I’ve moved from wanting to simply gain new clients, to sharing songs, ideas, music therapy interventions, self-care tips, and more.   As of late, the blog and website have felt like more of a space where I can create and share other more unique, in-depth, and definitely more personal content.  I haven’t needed to share about lessons or therapy because we have our business page (musictherapyconnections.org) for that.  I haven’t shared as many MT or teaching resources because we have our new resource site (lead.listenlearnmusic.com) as well.  However, I’ve enjoyed the move into this new personal space so much, that the website it getting an overhaul!

Now don’t panic!!  All the things you are used to seeing aren’t going away.  I’m still sharing TONS of music therapy resources and songs, just on  lead.listenlernmusic.com and our Music Therapy Connections website and facebook page.  I urge you to check them out and follow our weekly blogs and videos as they are dedicated solely to music therapy, business, teaching, and professional growth.

If you’ve been hanging out on my site for more of the behind the scenes look at entrepreneurial life, self-care, creativity, projects, lifestyle, wellness, and all-around more personal side of things, then you will be seeing much more of that!

There is always so much happening in life and in the world around that I will be sharing some of the best and most positive or insightful things with you that I can. You may also be seeing some guest appearances and content from some of my favorite people in this world. So please, stay tuned and follow along on the journey as things unfold. It’s going to be a wonderful ride!

For now: find your happy place, lead with your heart, etc. etc. etc.

Can’t wait to share more soon! -Katey

Self-Care: Check-in

At the moment, I feel pretty great.  I’ve slept in the past two mornings.  I’m currently sitting at my kitchen island with no makeup on, drinking fresh homemade lemon ginger tea.  I’ve actually gotten to see and spend time with my husband the past two days (which is incredibly rare because of our conflicting work schedules).  Not to mention, I’ve been “catching up” on some things that have taken a back seat recently. I feel pretty awesome at the moment.  I’ve found my chill.  My Happy Place.

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But the past couple weeks (let’s all be honest here… the past couple months really) I’ve been a mess.  I’ve been so caught up in the hustle of every day life and work. I haven’t been sleeping well.  I’ve been stressing excessively about everything going on both at work and at home (all good stuff, promise! just lots of it). And  my body has been sending me huge flashing signs that things aren’t right.  I’ve been feeling sick, tired, and achy but all without being actually sick.

I’ve been in a not so great place both mentally and physically.  

Last weekend was a huge turning point.  I had the most incredible opportunity to stop everything, travel to another state, spend time with incredible people, eat awesome food, get a little spoiled, enjoy amazing scenery, laugh, and just relax.

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The best part???  I didn’t open my computer, check my email, or return any phone calls (except to my amazing husband at home) for THREE DAYS!  3 DAYS!

Rachel and I even went live on facebook on our way home to talk about how we need to invest more in self-care because she and I had never gone three days without talking about work.

Since getting home on Monday afternoon, I’ve done my best to stay in that positive place and keep going with the self-care.  For me that means getting a good night’s sleep.  Going for a run.  Getting a massage, occasionally.  Stopping to spend time with my mom.  Having dinner with people I love. Taking time to put on my makeup and dress nicely when leaving the house. Listening to a podcast. Making tea.  Lazing on the couch. Etc.

The phrase “sleep begets sleep” has come up a lot in conversation the past couple months and I think it can translate really nicely to self-care.  Self-care begets self-care.  It is a practice, a habit, a mindset, and a routine.  Self-care does not always come easy to me, so I have to practice.  Some weeks, I do better than others.  But I know the more I practice taking care of myself the easier it will come and the better off I will be for it in the end.  It has never been more clear to me that “you cannot take care of others until you take care of yourself.”   Resting, treating my body well, and tuning into my overall well-being help me to really hustle when I need to and to be more present and helpful for others.

How do you engage in self-care?

Handling the Hard Parts of Owning a Business

Don’t get me wrong for even one second.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE what I do. In fact, I wrote a whole post about it recently on our Leaders Blog.    I sincerely believe I have the best/coolest/most rewarding job on the face of the planet.  And really, who could argue with this cuteness? Music Class With Katey

But that’s where the conversation usually ends with most people who also think they have the “best/coolest/most rewarding job”.  Most business owners I know won’t openly divulge the icky, not-so-fun parts of what they do, which is terribly unfair.  Business ownership is often put on a tall, shiny pedestal without so much as a mention of how that pedestal was built, how it stays standing and polished, and what it takes to stay there living the perceived awesome entrepreneurial life.

Want the honest to goodness truth??  It takes a lot of hard work and grit. We are talking serious determination. Long hours. Unpaid work. Tons of trial AND error. Revisions like you wouldn’t believe. And so on and so on…

There are things I have dealt with as a business owner that I never thought I would encounter in my life, let alone before I was 30.  I have had to learn so many things outside my general scope of knowledge and way outside comfort zone (website building anyone).  I am challenged and encounter something new nearly every day.  I have had to learn to rely on other people in my life who love me (especially my incredibly supportive husband, amazing family, and outstanding business partner, thank you all!!) and learn to accept help… which is really hard for me.  I have had to accept that there are serious growing pains that come with trying to grow my business that also seriously affect my personal budget.  I have had to learn that there are very few things I have complete control of and that I have to trust the people and processes I am surrounded by.  I have had to have some serious moments and really tough conversations with people.  I have had to put on my big girl pants and become a real boss in both my personal and professional life.

Yes, those are the some of the hard parts and I don’t anticipate them to just going away.  Every day that I am a business owner, I fully expect to be challenged.  I understand, acknowledge, and accept that some days are going to be really rough and more often than not there is nothing I can do to change those things that occur.

The one thing I can control is my response. How I cope. How I react. How I handle myself in stressful situations. And how I learn and grow along the way.Running for the Win

Today, was tough. I felt anxious and upset when I was walking through my front door.  My first instinct was to curl up in a ball and cry. My second was to run. So, I ran.  I employed a couple of my favorite self-care strategies and went for it. I listened to a podcast that I knew would be motivating and a pushed myself to run faster!   When I got home, I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders and like I could move forward with what I needed to get done.

Getting to the point: There will be hard days, tough situations, and challenging moments. I handle them with lots of support from my friends and family, engaging in serious self-care strategies that work for me, taking time for reflection and rest, and acknowledging that all of the hard work I have put in has helped build something incredible that will simply keep growing every day because I love what I do.