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I got everything that I wanted

Hi everyone! I love using WordPress because it’s easy to write blog posts on here. I’ve been feeling so grateful for all of the good things that have been happening in my life. I recently went through some things with my family and I realized that I’m better without them in my life. I still care for them, but I don’t keep them as close as I used to.

My life went through a huge downhill spiral when they were heavily involved in my life. I had days where I thought I would go crazy. I didn’t know if I was too sensitive or if I just needed space, but I had so many bad days where I couldn’t even understand anything that was going on. There were many days like that. When you are upset constantly, it changes your view of yourself. And I am so glad that I have began the journey back to appreciating myself again.

I hated myself greatly. I lost my self-esteem and my will to do anything. My family would call me “dramatic,” but they only valued their own emotions. They didn’t value mine. And that is why I keep my distance with them.

I have learned so much about myself these past couple of months. I thought I was too weak to stand up for myself and to walk on my own. It turns out that I am so much stronger than I thought I was. Not only can I stand up for myself, but I can take care of myself perfectly fine.

My life has gone through a dramatic change. I’ve seen and experienced many blessings since I’ve made the change. I wish that I had done this sooner, but it’s better to do so late than never.

I got the recital venue that I wanted today. Not only am I going to have a vacation house, but I am going to have a recital venue also. I can’t wait. And I attribute this blessing to all of the positive changes that I have made. I feel like for the first time that I can finally breathe. I don’t have anymore negative thoughts about myself. I used to constantly look down on myself because I was hearing the comments from my family members. They told me that I am not liked, appreciated, respected, or capable. These are a plethora of items that they continued to tell me that I don’t have. I ended up hating myself. My health disintegrated into nothing and I was in ruin.

Today, I feel like I have finally achieved everything that I have always wanted. I have the career, the beautiful family that I’ve created on my own, the financial stability, friends, and everything else that I’ve always wanted. I am grateful for my beautiful husband. I am so lucky to have him in my life.

I now know that I am not a stupid girl. I know that my words and emotions do matter. If I want to have a wedding, I deserve to have the special day for myself. And I deserve to be able to choose what I want to do with my life.

Thank you to those who have been with me and have read my words. I read all of your messages. They make me feel better on the days where I desperately need to hear them. And they matter a lot to me every day.

Not only is blogging a viable tool for creating a business and making money, but I will not be diminished anymore by my family who believes that it is not important.

I hope that you have a great weekend. And thank you so much for reading this. I greatly appreciate it.

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Work Never Ends

Hi everyone 👋 It’s been awhile since my last blog post on here. I have been more active on my medium page, but I have never forgotten about this blog. Medium is great, however, this blog is the reason why I love writing. I will continue to write on here for the rest of my life. I enjoy every moment of writing on Pocketfuloflearning. And I hope that you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing.

Teaching has been a whirlwind of emotions. I feel like each week passes by very quickly. I’m always playing catch up and trying my best to keep up with everything. I’m grateful for all of the continued business though. Since the pandemic started, it has been tough for me to acquire new students. Now, I have a huge waitlist for new students. And I feel lucky every day for this blessing.

I know that I have mentioned that I cried when the pandemic began. I didn’t know how my lessons were going to survive the pandemic, but I learned that everything will work itself out. I grew triple the size since for my studio and life has been happily busy for me.

A lot of my work has been ongoing for my piano studio. I created a yelp page for my business and I also started posting on YouTube. The link to my YouTube channel is here. If you subscribe, watch, or like my videos, I would appreciate it so much. I’m a small creator on the internet. The numbers don’t matter to me as much because I enjoy playing the piano. And I want to share the joy of music with the world. It would mean the world to me for your support.

Thank you to everyone for continuing to support me on my blog. I hope that you’re having a wonderful day. I’ll see you in the next blog post!

If you want to read my most recent post on medium, you can click here. Medium is a great platform for new and experienced bloggers to branch out for their work. I will share more about medium and there are tons of posts on here that talk about medium. Thank you again!

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Happy New Years Everyone!

This year has been so great for us. It has brought a lot of happiness and some new lessons. I have grown so much in this year and more than I have in the previous year. It’s amazing to look back at how my life was before, and to compare it to where it is now. I’m so thankful for everything that I have. Every day of my life, I look at my beautiful little family that I’ve made and I feel the greatest happiness in my heart. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about how lucky I am to be with them.

The hardships this year has brought me to a new place in my life. With hardships, you will also experience new lessons. I learned that I can grown on my own. It’s okay to move away from those who are not good for you and to walk on your own instead. I wish I had done this sooner. I honestly don’t know why I was so hesitant to do this before, but it’s better late than never.

A new journey that I embarked on this year was growing my writing on medium. If you want to read my new article on medium, you can click here. I’m so surprised and extremely grateful that I have been able to grow so much on medium in such a short amount of time. Blogging has been my passion for so long. Medium feels like an extension to my writing. And I’m more happy than ever to be able to write on both platforms now.

I’ve written a lot about my journey on medium so far on here. And I’m definitely going to continue writing about my medium journey. For us bloggers, there are a lot more opportunities for us. I want to be able to share my experiences with others if they are also looking to expand their writing too. Therefore, you can read more about my thoughts on medium on this blog or you can click here to access all of my medium articles.

If you are not familiar with medium, it is a writing platform that allows writers of all levels to publish articles and to be able to make money from their writing. It doesn’t cost anything to join the program. I have found the program to be very rewarding. The money that I have earned from medium is 4-5 times as much as how much I make from word ads on WordPress.

If you have any questions, I would be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have about medium.

I don’t want to keep you too long on this blog post. It’s currently two hours away from the new year and I’m going to go spend it with my family. Happy new year and I hope that you have all the blessings this upcoming year!

I’ll see you in the new year!

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Morning Coffee Time for Teachers ☕️ | Talking About Burnout for Teachers

Good morning my fellow teachers! The morning is always the best time to begin preparing for your day. I have been lucky to create my own a schedule because I am a piano teacher. I know that other teachers have to wake up earlier than I do to get to their classrooms. Whichever kind of teacher you are, I hope that your morning goes well and that you are extra productive today! Most of all, I hope that your day runs smoothly. These two wishes are what I wish for my days every day. Not every day is good, but each morning is the start of a new day.

Today, I want to talk about burnout for teachers. Teachers have burnouts all the time. Our students don’t know this about us, but we are human. There are good days and there are bad days too. Most of all, there are days that I don’t enjoy teaching. It’s nothing related to my students, but I sometimes feel burnt out on teaching in general. I have to find ways to relax or else I almost break down.

As a teacher, I don’t treat my students badly if I am having a bad day. It’s not their fault and they definitely do not deserve a mean teacher. I have to hide my emotions from them. In my heart, I wish that I could take a short break from teaching for awhile. I need some time to myself. I have to not think about teaching for three or four hours at a time. After I take a break, I feel so much better. When you have a day like this, try to treat yourself to something nice or take a small break. Try not to be too hard on yourself. Burnout is real for teachers and it can be so hard. It’s difficult because we are almost always around our students. We cannot show them our frustrations.

Often, the weekends are the best time for me to try relaxing from the work week. I feel guilty taking this time away, but I need it. I try not to answer any messages or phone calls during the weekend. I need some space. Once I have this space, I notice that I am a much better teacher when I come back from the weekend.

As a teacher, be nice to yourself. You deserve a break and don’t overwork yourself. A happy teacher is a great teacher. Try to remember that you are only human and you will make mistakes! Making small mistakes doesn’t make you a bad teacher. We are all in the same boat and you are not alone. Take care of yourself and avoid burnout!

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How to start a piano studio

Starting a piano studio from scratch is a daunting task. It is easy to be discouraged when you find yourself not acquiring any new students. Do not give up! Everything that you are feeling is normal and it takes time to build a successful piano studio. Make sure that your mindset is in a good place because you do not want to build something with the mindset that this is a quick way to make money. Building a successful piano studio takes time and patience.

The first step to building a piano studio is to decide which piano method book that you are going to teach with. I recommend going to a music store and looking through the books to see which one fits your teaching style the best. The reason why I recommend doing this is because I wish that I would have went through and researched method books before I started teaching. The more familiar you are with the books, the easier piano teaching will be for you. Familiarity also brings credibility when you start acquiring piano students.

The next step is to start telling people that you are teaching. I recommend telling people around you like family and friends, but also post on social media everywhere. It’s not enough to post only once a month. The best method of remaining top of mind is to post once a week. I would also recommend creating a flyer because the best way to not have to repeat all of your studio details is to just hand out your flyer to all prospective clients.

My main advice is to build a strong presence on social media. Social media is a slow platform for advertising, but it has been the most effective for me. I’ve found that I can rely on it overtime. I don’t always get messages from new students every day. However, I will get messages once or twice a week. My logic is that if I am posting free advertising on a social media platform, the consistent income I receive from a student each week pays for it. I have also been known to buy $1/day ads. I’m not running ads currently, but they are super effective. If you want to rely on free advertising, post at the beginning of each week in Facebook groups and the first of each month. Use a scheduler to post to your facebook story three times a week during the most popular times. Most importantly, update your post frequently to show that you are managing your piano studio well.

Once you receive your first piano student, think about payment details. More specifically, let them know which form of payment is best (zelle, cash, PayPal, etc…) and when you want to be paid (each lesson, every other week, or the first of each month). All of these details are important to be clear about before starting lessons. Make sure you and your student are on the same page with expectations. Communication is the most important factor of building a successful piano studio.

The next step is to start your first lesson! This is the most exciting part of starting a piano studio. The nervousness of not knowing how your first lesson will be is normal. I was super nervous when I had my first lesson. I also had no idea how to teach. Afterwards, I found myself so exhausted from just a 30 minute lesson! Don’t let your new student know that this is your first lesson. Go to this lesson prepared with music books, pencils, and extra paper. All of your materials should be prepared in advance. If you want, you can gift your student some new materials that they can keep. It’s your first lesson with them and try to remember that they are also excited too! After the lesson, take some time to reflect on how you can improve on your teaching. If this is your first time teaching, try not to be too harsh on yourself. Remember that you are learning also and teaching takes practice to get better at. It is expected that you will have some hiccups in the first few lessons. Reflect each time on how you can improve your lessons and you will get better at teaching.

My last piece of advice is to consistently find ways to market/advertise your studio. I currently own my real estate business and I am always looking for new clients. Think of your studio as a bucket that you are consistently refilling with water. Not all students are going to be loyal and stay with you for many years. I think that long-term students are great, but they are also rare. Have expectations that you will say goodbye to some students, but also be sure to welcome the new students. I describe new students as a bundle of sunshine because they are so happy and eager to learn the piano. I can’t wait to be a part of their piano journey. It’s exciting and it brings me joy when other students eventually leave my piano studio. In summary, spend as much time as you can looking for new students. As you fill your time slots, the nervousness of losing students will be gone because your consistently replenishing your time slots with new students. Be sure to have fun and I wish you all the best of luck in starting your new piano studio!