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The One Year Mark

The studio is celebrating the one year mark, as of this past March!

Granted, I've been teaching lessons part-time since college, and teaching off and on over the past five years since my husband and I moved to Waukee, but I can officially say that this is my first year of full-time teaching.

I was not planning on full-time teaching, well, to be honest, ever. The goal was to teach lessons in college in order to pay my own way through school. Post-graduation, I would get the "dream job" to pay off my college debt and start saving for a house. Little did I know that the "dream job" was to be working from home and teaching music lessons to the next generation.

The past decade was spent working between an insurance firm and the state and federal government. All jobs involved helped prepare me for running my own business, but were rarely, if ever, flexible. The best boss that I ever had (one who was full of integrity and honesty) during that decade of work was only around one year before retiring. I knew then that there was something wrong if I was only ever truly happy one out of ten years of work. Something had to change.

So the plan in October 2016 was to work from home for a start up company while I slowly but surely built up my own business, the piano studio. I started out with 3 students. By March of 2018, I had grown to about 15 students. I was at this point planning to hang onto the "day job" for a few more months and then quit in fall of 2018 when the next school year began, but other plans had been made for me. The start up company ran out of money, and the company dissolved and I was laid off in the middle of March 2018.