Self Care

Yourself: The Person you Forgot to Care For

I work with a lot of amazing people. Parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and (last but not least) administrators. They all lead stressful lives, organizing care and support for their loved ones, but who gives them support?

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting a father who (with his family) cares […]

By |September 8th, 2011|Blog|3 Comments

Three Cheers For Caregivers

I am dedicating this post to the fabulous people who take care of those who I am privileged enough to work with. You are wonderful and your dedication to going to extra mile for your loved one is phenomenal.

As some of you may know, I’ve been struggling the past few weeks with what seemed to […]

By |May 27th, 2011|Blog|0 Comments

How to use your Fear

Fear comes in all shapes and sizes and is unique in its presentation for each of us.

We have the common physiological responses to fear that we can’t control for, but how we respond psychologically to fear is something we do have a degree of control over. There are those who get a thrill out of […]

By |May 11th, 2011|Blog|6 Comments

Shagging at SER-AMTA

As some of you might have noticed from my previous two blog posts (Conferences and Speaking to Students: Scary!), I had the pleasure of spending last week amongst 200 colleagues and students at the South Eastern Region’s American Music Therapy Association Conference.

As I stated in another post, conference is a great time to learn and […]

By |April 5th, 2011|Blog|4 Comments

Bloom Where You’re Planted: Connections between Yoga and Music Therapy

Thoughts of bendy people. Deep breaths in and out. Uncomfortable positions and postures.

This is what many people–myself included before I took it up–think of when yoga is mentioned.

As I have grown as a therapist and yoga practitioner, I’ve found one concept that keeps recurring to me:

Bloom Where You Are Planted.

Bloom Where You’re Planted is a […]

By |March 24th, 2011|Blog|5 Comments

3 Tips for Finding Motivation in the Sludge

Unless you are Mrs. Beaver, you probably have days where it’s hard to look at your to-do list.

Today I realized that I have been in that slump for the past few weeks. I hadn’t felt motivated. I wanted to reach out, but I couldn’t get the work done. I know I am not the only […]

By |March 21st, 2011|Blog|3 Comments

Non Music Hobby Watch: Caving

Ever feel like you are swimming in Jell-O?

That’s how I felt all of last week! That weekend, my husband and a friend of ours drove to Tennessee to pick up a lot of old trash from a cave site and do some caving. Needless to say, coming back into Columbia at 2 AM seriously wrecked […]

By |February 21st, 2011|Blog|2 Comments

My Alone Time with Judy Simpson: How to Utilize your Resources

I have a confession to make. Let’s make it two confessions…

Confession One: The first two years of my professional existence didn’t involve my professional association, The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).

Confession Two: During this time, I fell into professional love with Judy Simpson who is the Director of Government Relations for AMTA.

What makes either of […]

By |February 17th, 2011|Blog|3 Comments

Hard Work and Harmony: the art of letting things happen

If you could put all of your parent’s teachings into one sentence, what would it be?

My dad’s was: Work hard for what you want and let nothing hold you back.

I always followed his advice, throwing myself into studies at school, finding a way to make things happen, and learning to be forward and assertive. However, […]

By |February 10th, 2011|Blog|11 Comments

Self Ownership- Owning what you do and loving yourself for it

I have made a very important discovery while building Key Changes. It may be one you made a long time ago, never had to make, or have yet to realize, but no matter where you are in the process, some attention to it is beneficial.

That discovery is the concept of self […]

By |November 2nd, 2010|Blog|3 Comments