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Meaning in the Mundane

Groceries. Cooking. House Cleaning. Laundry. Packing. Oil Change / Tire Rotation. Gift Purchasing. Blair. Blair. Blair. Keep The Business Running. This week has been nothing short of one to-do list segment after another, as we are both working while preparing for an extended trip to Colorado for a family wedding. On paper, all of these tasks appear to be what can be known as "hard-core adulting," a millennial quip to detail the drudgery that is known as adulthood responsibility. And trust me, getting Blair to the vet this morning for her nail trim was no small feat. Blair decided to plant herself in front of the vet office, refusing to move and coordinating her body to ensure that there was

Oh, the places a piano will go!

The past two Septembers were filled with packing and planning for some very fun and special trips. In 2016, we celebrated our anniversary with a cruise from Athens to Rome. In 2017, we made an extended road trip from Iowa to Prince Edward Island. Both trips were nothing short of amazing, and I think they rank as our top two vacations we've taken during our marriage. During this week, Ben and I have been talking a lot about those two trips and pulling out pictures, which then brought us back to recalling all of our fun vacations and adventures we've had over the years. Interestingly enough, a lot of these trips included me finding a piano in which to play. So for this week's blog post, I give

Welcome to Fairyland

Our music room has truly been a work in progress since we purchased our home in 2011. Interestingly enough, it took us about halfway through the house shopping process when Ben and I entered a home that had a dedicated music room with a Steinway grand to realize that we, too, wanted a music room. To give you an idea of our humble beginnings with this room, here is what the room looked like with our home's previous owners. Clearly, we had our work cut out for us. This is how the room looked two days into moving into our home, August 2011. In October 2011, the "rescue piano," as we so fondly called it, arrived on the back of my dad's trailer. After a dramatic move, it arrived in the home. When

Reflections and Updates

Five years ago was when I decided to start, or at least attempt, a launch at opening a piano studio. I had just left a terrible, horrible job (that story is reserved for another blog post), and part of the healing process included a restoration of music in my life. For the first three years of this business, I treated the studio more as a side hustle, if you will. I worked either part or full time for other employers and took some evenings to teach a small amount of students. It was in late 2016, however, when I decided that it was time to mark the beginnings of a transition and make a significant effort into becoming a fully self-sustaining operation. At that point, I was starting only with

 

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