Hello I’m back :)

I apologize so much for not being on here and I know there’s a lot to explain. Ever since the quarantine started, I’ve had zero inspiration to be productive and the only thing I’ve been doing is trying to keep my piano studio together. I know there is no excuse for such a long hiatus, but that is honestly what I’ve been going through. I hope you all are okay during this time and are staying safe. I hope to post more content on here and look out for more blog posts!

An Update on my Life

Hi everyone 👋 I’m back from a short break. I’ve been sick from the flu and I’m actually still recovering from the flu. I haven’t been doing much of anything besides watching movies and resting. I’m trying to get back on the working train and start working again, but I’ve been afraid. I’m afraid to overextend myself and to work too hard when I know my body needs to heal; that is mainly why I’ve been cooped up in my house for a couple of days. I also know how my body reacts to stress and being overworked. I’m not the type of person that can work when I’m sick.

I have been working on my blog though. It’s easier to do because it’s on my phone and it’s one of the only work related things I’ve done in the past couple of days besides going to teach one lesson. It’s been nice to work on my blog and give it the attention it needs. I’ve been obsessed with mommy blogs because I want to be a mommy blogger in the future. Motivational blogs are also my favorite.

I’m probably not going to write too much. I’m going to return back to my resting after writing this. I’ve been watching movies on Netflix. Olympus has fallen has been my absolute favorite movie so far. I also watched the other two movies In the series. I even watched Anger Management with Adam Sandler. I really hope I feel better tomorrow because I have my lsat class tomorrow. And I have a couple of lessons to go to. I’m also meeting my friend to hang out tomorrow. I’ll talk to you guys later!

How much time should you take to work on your blog?

The answer is up to you. You have to know how much time you can invest. Not many people have time to blog. And that’s okay. I know that I don’t always spend a lot of time on my blog. Instead of working on my blog for a couple hours per day, I’ll work on it every day for a couple minutes at a time. I’m not perfect. You don’t have to be. You will not always be able to work on your blogs for hours and hours at a time.

I will say that blogging is a total investment rather than a daily investment. You can write a blog post today and post it on the same day; that blog post will stay there forever. And you can reap the rewards from it long after you post it. When you reach about 200 blog posts, your blog should have enough content to entertain your audience for a long time. Also when you update your content and add more blog posts, you’ll have more posts that can attract views. I think that this is the smartest use of time. I know many YouTubers that utilize this same strategy.

The main takeaway is to continue working on your blog when you can. When you reach 200 blog posts, your blog will be in a good place to continue gaining views. Good luck on your blogging journey and keep blogging 👍

Just woke up

I’m going back to sleep again after I write this post, but you guys are the best. Thank you for showing so much support for my blogs. I’m so thankful to have my blogs and the WordPress community! 👏

Daily Life

I find my life so interesting because I’m constantly working and studying. Life is always busy for me. I find that I don’t always get to make it to events or that I usually have to arrive late. And that’s ok for now because I know the reward of achieving my goals will be worth it. I didn’t even drink any coffee today and I still made it through the day. I know I will be even more busy later when I’m back in school. And that’s ok with me too. I have accepted that life will be challenging for the next couple of years. I understand that I am only one person and I can’t handle everything, but why can’t I? I know I am more than capable. I actually can’t wait to be more busy. I want to be achieving and doing things that are productive. My entire life is one big cycle of working really hard every single day. It is satisfying for me.

My phone is always full of text messages and my list of things to do is never ending. I also have my calendar that is full of activities/tasks for me to do. I’m grateful for being able to reach for my dreams. And I’m lucky to know what I want from my life.

Blogging has always been a part of my goals for the future; that’s why I continue to keep blogging. I’ve been blogging for a year and a half now. And I’m so proud of myself for sticking with it. These blogs are a part of my life. I love blogging.

My life is hectic, but with this new year coming, I hope to be happy. I want my life to be drama free. I want to spend the rest of my life with my husband creating our little family together. I ultimately want to spend the rest of my life with him by my side. I hope to see us walking side by side together and I can’t wait to see him achieve his goals too. Thank you for an amazing platform to share my thoughts freely. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a group that has been so accepting of me. I like how no one judges you condescendingly here. And I am thankful to have my blogs. I hope everyone has a great New Years and a happy holidays! See you in the new year!

Side note: I haven’t written this much in a long time. I’ve never had so much to say on a topic, but I’m inspired today!

You’ll Be Okay

I’m in a couple blogging groups on Facebook and I’ve noticed the trend that many people are extremely worried about their blog. I see that they have many goals they would like to achieve and they are at a loss at how to achieve them.

I don’t consider myself a pro at blogging, but I know that all the things you can do for your blog don’t happen in one day. There are many options for increasing traffic to your blog. And there are options to monetize your blog. I thought I would share my advice with everyone and with anyone that may be worried about their blog. It’s okay to make mistakes. If you worry too much about creating the perfect blog post, you’ll never post anything. You just have to start diving in the deep waters and start swimming. My number one advice is to take things slow… one day at a time. You can’t accomplish everything in one day. Know that creating blog posts should be your prime concern. And if you write about what you care about the most, your passion will resonate in your blog.

Don’t worry about views or traffic. Just enjoy blogging and everything will fall into place 🙂

Why You Should Work Multiple Jobs and Have Many Streams of Income

I’ve learned the hard way that having a backup or multiple streams of income is better than relying on one. I’m a piano teacher and I have many students that I teach weekly. Therefore, if one student quits, I have the safety of still having the rest of my students. I doubt that they would all leave me at the same time, so I think i’m pretty safe for now. And if one student quits, I would be on the lookout to fill that spot. I am also blogging on the side. I have four blogs that I’m currently building up. And they take almost all of my free time. I believe in having multiple streams of income. I remember the days where I only had one student and it was devastating when that one student quit. I also remember the days where I was flat out broke and had no money. It’s not that money is everything, but I can’t afford to have zero income right now. And I think it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Why do I have four blogs? Well, in the future, i’m hoping to monetize all of them. I know that blogging takes a long time, so i’m in no rush to do this. I think that it’s better to have lots of backups rather than relying on just one blog.

The reason why I brought this topic up was to discuss how it feels when one of my students decides to quit. It’s a horrible feeling, and the stress of having to fill that spot is even more horrible. And if I was solely relying on that student’s lesson fee for my income, I would be at a loss. Don’t do this. Make sure that if your boat sinks, you have another way of staying afloat.

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Can you learn the piano by yourself?

Yes, you can learn the piano by yourself. However, it is best to have a teacher by your side to guide you through the difficult stages of learning the piano. There are techniques such as fluid hand motion and technical issues that you can’t solve by yourself. Imagine if you tried to learn how to fix your sink and you spent hours googling how to do it. You could have just hired a plumber to come fix it and they could have done it in 30 minutes.

I know that this isn’t what people want to hear. It’s not what I would want to hear if I was a beginner, but I don’t want to lie to you. I don’t want to sell you a piano course that doesn’t guarantee that you will learn the piano. I don’t want to sell you a product that might work. I actually want to give you advice that will save you time and money. You can’t do everything yourself. I’ve seen many students fail at learning the piano by themselves. Please don’t listen to all the advertising gibberish online. You need to find a piano teacher that can physically be right next to you and to guide you through this process. Don’t waste your money on anything else. I’ve seen many instances where it doesn’t work.

I hope this helps you and let me know if there are anymore topics that you want me to discuss.

How are my incentive programs going??

Incentive programs:

When you use incentives (candy, prizes, or small promises) to motivate your students to accomplish goals

Hi! Yes, I’m back again writing another blog post. And I have no shame posting multiple blog posts in a day. It’s my blog and I do what I want! In my opinion, incentive programs are definitely worth using. Some teachers are against it like, “they’re too expensive…” or “the motivation should be the music” or “I’m a good teacher and I don’t need that, haven’t used that ever in my 100 years of teaching.”

That’s good for you guys. There’s no right way of teaching, but each teacher has the freedom to customize their studio the way they want. As long as you are keeping up with everything each week, you do you!

For me, I use three different incentives. And I never really explain what they are unless I’m talking to my teaching friends. The reason I’m using three incentive programs is because it’s summer time. And I want to reward those students who are still taking lessons consistently over the summer 🙂 Summer should be fun also, so I like to spice it up and give them more fun things to do.

1. Star Page

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The one I use above to the right is the first star page I give to my students. It has less stars so it’s easier for them to complete. Students earn a star when they work on a song, complete a song in the book, or work on a work page. They use a marker to color in a star. Once they color all the stars, they earn a prize! And it’s usually a very nice surprise when I come to their next lesson with their prize. It’s not too difficult for them to complete even the one on the left. I like it because they have to work hard for it and learn to try the songs that they don’t like. But I also like it because it takes them about 2-3 months to complete it. I don’t want to be spending money every single week giving out prizes consecutively. Here are what my prize bags look like. I’ve given out more prizes than this but I didn’t take a picture every single time. Oops!

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I like to decorate these a lot because it makes them look even more special! This incentive is very effective. If I had to choose, I would implement this one first and keep it. Students are also mucho motivated by this. Don’t tell them what surprise they’re getting! Leave them in suspense.

2. Small motivational erasers

smiles-wedge-erasersThese are not the exact ones I use. I didn’t take a picture of the ones I use, but these will do. I give one to each student per lesson. There are a lot of designs in mine, so I tell them that they can collect a new one each time. I haven’t shown them what they all look like, so it’s also a surprise to see what they are getting each week. This is a small token of my appreciation for them. They are helping me out by giving me business, and I really appreciate that. It’s something small, I get about 10 erasers for $1, but it has a huge meaning behind it. This incentive has been very effective so far. Students love it!

3. Gumball Machine
clipart-gumball-machine-picturesque-bubble-gum-learnfree-me-remarkable-emptyThis is my last incentive I recently added. I can’t take all the credit for this one because I got the idea from a teacher friend. Students will color one gumball each time as a practice chart. I am the judge on whether or not they practiced enough. The song has to be played better than last week. There are 100 gumballs, so this one also takes awhile to complete. As a joke, I like to tell them that the prize is… 5 cents! Haha it’s not, but it’s still funny to see their reactions. I know that this one is going to be difficult to implement, but it’s so new that I don’t have any results to share yet.

 

If you guys have any other ideas on incentives, please let me know 🙂 If you liked my ideas, please like and share this blog post!

Cheers!