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It’s my birthday tomorrow and I’m excited

I can’t believe that I’m turning 28 tomorrow. It feels like so many years have gone by and time flies. I remember how I felt when I was younger. The world was completely different to me back when I was younger. As I’m getting older, I have a new respect for peace. I understand the need to feel secure and happy for myself. And that is the best gift that I can give myself today.

There are many things that I have also learned this year. Remember when I wrote about how I wanted a better relationship with my family? I wrote about how I stopped talking to them and then I decided to reconnect with them. It felt amazing to have my family back in my life again. And it suddenly stopped one day. I feel sad, but I know that it’s probably for the best. As my birthday is tomorrow, I noticed that none of them have asked me what I’m doing for my birthday. You would think that your own sister would try to take you to go somewhere or try to talk to you before the day/week of your birthday, but that is not the case. I’ve heard nothing from my sisters. And in some way, I’m kind of glad. I really want to be close to my family again, but I know that the amount of pain/exclusion that I will feel is not worth it. Maybe I am better doing my own thing without them.

Anyways, this week isn’t about them. It’s about myself and I will do my best to make me feel special this week. Thank you so much for reading. And as always, I truly appreciate your time and thoughts. I hope you’re having a wonderful day.

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Does Blogging Often Help Your Blog Gain Recognition?

For everyone that is looking for the short answer, the answer is yes.

If you are constantly updating your profile, your blog posts will arrive at the top of the new posts for the week. Your followers and new people will see it. This goes the same for posts that you make on Instagram or Facebook. I hope that this advice helps a lot of new bloggers. I remember searching for answers to this question when I began blogging many years ago. I saw many complicated answers. I wanted to answer the question in a simple way because it takes too long for many posts to answer this simple question. Best of luck to the new bloggers and I will see you in the next blog post!

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Update on my new course

Hi everyone! I have been missing in action in blogging for a little while. I have been workin hon creating and publishing my first piano course. And I’m excited to announce that I have finally published my first piano course. You can click here to access my course. It includes an introduction to myself, how to choose the correct piano for learning, how to practice correctly, and the basics to the piano. I can’t wait to begin marketing it more online. I am so excited to make more courses in the future. Thank you so much for always supporting me. I wouldn’t be able to be where I am without this blogging community.

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Thank you so much for all of the new followers 🙏 I am almost at 600 followers

Truly, with all of my heart, I am so thankful for this blogging community. I know that I have been inconsistent with posting on here, but I have never left this platform since I created this blog. Pocketfuloflearning means so much to me and I would never leave this blog. Even when I don’t post for weeks, I am still checking the notifications and updates for this blog. I have the WordPress app on the home screen of my phone. This matters to me and I am eternally grateful for all of the support that I have received.

Starting this blog from its first inception was a scary decision. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was about to make a decision that would change my life forever. I have met fellow bloggers that are so good at their craft and are the nicest people ever. I’m not even exaggerating. When I wrote my post about being estranged from my family, I was afraid of being judged for my decision. I realized that I had nothing to be afraid of because everyone ultimately supported me. It was the most difficult situation of my life and it broke me down seeing how everyone still continued to support me. I think it’s difficult to share my life so openly on here, but this community is different. There is so much support and love here that I don’t see on other platforms.

Life continues to surprise me. Year after year, I find that I’m still learning about myself. And I hope that you will continue to write on your own blog. Sharing my life and writing has been one of the best experiences that I’ve had. I hope to inspire others who may want to start a blog to begin writing.

Thank you again for all of the support. I know that I am constantly thanking my followers, but I would be nothing without you all. Thank you so much.

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Update On My Latest Student Issue With Piano Lessons

I have been trying to update everyone as much as I can. I feel that it is necessary because what happened to me can help prevent someone else from being taken advantage of. I told the parent that I paid for the exam fees. He paid me for half of the lesson payment and the exam fees. He still owes me the full payment for the missed lesson, but he refuses to pay for it. I gave him a payment due date. And he flipped out of control. He began threatening me by saying that he would find another piano teacher. I learned that he has began searching for another piano teacher. He posted on Facebook. Little does he know, he are actually friends on Facebook! I don’t know how he doesn’t know that. I saw his post about an hour ago. And it’s amusing to me that he would blatantly lie about me to everyone.

All in all, I am okay from the situation. I think that I made it out of the entire issue completely unscathed. He had given me the exam fee money that I had paid an advance for. And I can replace the time slot with a student that will pay much more for the time. I was charging them 50% of what I usually charge for the time. I was charging him $30 for an hour of lessons while I now I charge $60 for an hour. He paid me $15 and refused to pay me for the full hour of lessons that he missed. In summary, he only owes me $15, but he is not going to pay me the money.

If I have learned anything from this situation, I’ve learned that people will continue to look down upon you no matter what you do. I traveled to their home for lessons, gave free piano books for all the piano levels (seven books worth about $70), two recitals every year, free piano rehearsals that were also lessons, leniency for sick days, and I only charged them $15 for 30 minutes of lessons. The current rate for 30 minute lessons in our area is $30. I did all of this because I believed that we had a laid-back understanding/respect. I was wrong.

I will begin trying to come up with solutions on how to recuperate the time and money that I lost. I will be working hard on trying to make sure that my family and I will continue to be stable. Financial worries are stressful, but I’m so proud that I stood up for myself. For so long, I was afraid of taking a stand on what I believed was right for myself. I would like to thank my husband for giving me the strength to stand up for myself. I will be okay and I hope that anyone who is going through hardship knows that they will be okay also.

As always, thank you so much for reading. I truly appreciate it.