Where are you from and how long have you lived in Southwest Missouri?
I was born and raised in Springfield. I moved to Kirksville to attend Truman State for a few years and lived in San Diego while completing coursework for school, but always wanted to come back home, so here I am!
What is your favorite family activity in SWMO?
My family loves outdoors and though we don’t have much time for it these days, we use our time together to go hiking or on a long walk on the Springfield trails or the neighborhood.
In Springfield there are very few music therapy positions available. When I decided to move back to Springfield from California I knew that I wasn’t going to have many options on where to work and came to the conclusion that I would create my dream job. This included working at the hospital, teaching at the university, working with individual clients, providing workshops and classes as well as having my own private lesson studio. I knew I would never find a job to provide all of those things at once, so creating it on my own was the only option. Over the years I placed my focus where I wanted to work and began my private practice Musical Bridges Music Therapy in 2011. I am now to the point of looking into the hiring process and expanding further so I am so thrilled to have made my dream a reality.
How do you balance being a business owner and a mom?
Being a business owner and a mom is definitely not an easy task, but I am very fortunate that I can incorporate my work into playtime with my daughter which definitely helps out. I push her in the laundry basket filled with instruments back and forth across the house while I’m packing and she thinks it is the best thing ever! I’m big on multi-tasking 🙂 I can also practice new songs I have written with her to get the Toddler approval before I use it with clients. The biggest help is my amazing family who constantly watches her when both my husband and I are working which has been the biggest blessing.
The biggest challenge about being a working mom is not being able to spend as much time with my family as I would like to. With the growth of the business, I feel I may be able to bring on more help to lighten my load, but to give it your best you really have to work hard. Time and Balance are definitely hard to maintain.
Describe your typical day.
I’m not sure if I have a “typical” day. Each day of the week I do different things at different places. Once a week I spend most of my day at Drury University teaching the music therapy students, but you can also find me in music therapy sessions ranging from childhood to eldercare, early childhood development classes, with oncology patients at Mercy or downtown at the RareBreed. I definitely play the guitar, sing and work on the computer every day. Those are always constant. I never stop moving and I love the variety in my daily routine. It’s one of the reasons I love my job so much!
How do you relax at the end of the day?
When I’m not working up until bedtime…You can find me doing yoga in the front room or watching Netflix most likely. I need to end a stressful day with moments of peace with yoga, but other nights I just want to be lazy! I guess it just depends what kind of day it was! Though usually there’s no time to relax until sleep!
What’s something your friends might not know about you?
My friends probably have no idea that I have a spot on Louis Armstrong impression. I’m not sure if I’ve ever done it outside of a session or not!
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