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 🙂

Does Having an Editorial Calendar Work?

I’ve been struggling to think of blog ideas on a daily basis and the reason why I think this is happening is because I don’t have an editorial calendar. I take blogging day by day. And there aren’t set goals I want to accomplish each week. I think I might feel intimidated if I have goals to accomplish every week, but I think it’s good to have an idea of what to expect from yourself. We all have to be held accountable somehow.

I’m not sure if I should integrate this into my already cluttered google calendar. And it seems silly to set aside times to write. I know that I will end up feeling too pressured to write, and I won’t end up doing it. For me, is a calendar really worth it?

The running list of blog ideas seems more like something I’ll do. I’ve noticed that I’ll have some blog ideas, and I’ll quickly forget it if I don’t write it down. They are short bursts of inspiration throughout my day. Once I forget it, I have trouble trying to remember it.

I think that instead of having an editorial calendar, I’m going to make a list of blog post ideas. I’m going to spend time brainstorming every day before I write. And then hopefully I won’t feel so lost when it comes to choosing a topic to write about.

Blogging is a process and we are all learning what works best for ourselves. I’m looking forward to expanding my blog and putting more work into it. I’ve worked so hard so far on my blogs, but I know I can do better.

A day in the life of a piano teacher 🍎 🍏

I find myself really busy all the time. There are a million things on my todo list and honestly, there’s not enough time in the day to get everything done. For me, I always make sure that all of my students are progressing. And that takes a lot of attention and decision making every day.

Today, I started out with a doctors appointment. I cleaned out my teaching bag yesterday night so I have a clean start for this new week. I also answered some text messages from parents. I almost always get texts every day from parents either to reschedule or cancel a lesson. Before lessons, I spend time answering all these texts for the day. I then start packing my teaching bag. I carry a lot of materials with me when I go to teach. It’s a big deal to really stock up on materials because my students use it up very fast. After that, I usually almost always bring a big bottle of water and a coffee for the day. Then, I’m out the door.

For me, I use google calendar for all of my scheduling. I know I’ve written a separate blog post about google calendar before, but if you guys want me to write another one, I can explain more about how I use it. Google calendar is my lifeline. It’s where I store ALL of my information on lessons and addresses. I also store personal events and reminders for every aspect of my life on there. It’s kind of like a planner, but more catered to my style of planning. I also share my calendar with my boyfriend so he can see what I have to do for the day. He also shares his calendar with me. I glance at my calendar for the day and I see how my day is going to be.

I travel to each of my students’ homes to teach. It’s convenient for me because I don’t want to teach from my own home. And they like the convenience of it. Each student has lesson books and technical exercise books I’ve chosen for them. We go through the lesson by me watching them play. And I give feedback. At times, I’ll have to teach a concept and they just listen. I have four lessons today. That’s quite a large load for me on a typical day. I average about 4-5 lessons a day.

I don’t know how today’s going to go because I haven’t started my lessons yet. But I hope it’s going to be a good day 🤞 I hope everyone is having a good Monday!

An Organized Calendar is EVERYTHING

It’s that time again in which I am grateful that I have my calendar. I have tried everything from planners to calendars on my phone. And what I’ve been discovering is that Google Calendar is the BEST calendar that i’ve ever used. It’s functional and it has so many customizations (which is great for someone like me). I’ll list a couple of things you can do with Google Calendar:

1. Color code different events

This makes it easier to see which lessons you have to travel to and which ones are in your piano studio 🙂

2. Put very specific time slots and keep them the same every week

3. Show weekly spreads or three day spreads

This allows you to see a couple days in advance and you’re also able to plan out the next day

4. Move your lessons for a specific week if that student is only moving their time for ONE week

And you can keep the same time slots for every week the same!

5. Remind you when your lessons are coming up

There are two reminders that you can use and I don’t use this feature, but it is handy

6. The app is accessible on your phone very easily

There are so many features, but I feel like the best way to see how the calendar works is through pictures:

I am so thankful that I have my calendar. I’ve been using a calendar since I started college. If there were more customizations, I would be all over it! Let me know what your favorite calendar application is!!

Ten Tips to Keeping Your Business Afloat

If I had to give ten tips to new business owners, I would definitely recommend these. These tips can apply to piano teachers or website creators 🙂

1. Always keep upgrading

If you use the same system for years, it’s time to make a change. I know not everyone likes a change and it may feel incredibly overwhelming. Don’t think of it as a change, but think of it as an advancement. I’ve been slowly changing my teaching methods and I’m trying out a bunch of new methods. Change can be good and it’s nice to see new things!

2. Double book everything

I’ve posted about this before in my previous post about ghosting (piano teachers edition). And this is very important. I didn’t know everyone was doing this, but double booking your clients ensures that you will always have business. Make sure that you are always advertising, so the influx of clients never stops.

3. Hire an assistant

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This may seem like a luxury, but hear me out. An assistant is another helping hand. They can manage your social media for you or they can complete other tasks. Let yourself relax. On your days off, have your assistant work. Tasks are still being completed, but you can say that you’re working seven days a week!

4. Keep a planner

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If you haven’t checked out my planner blog, you can read it here. I always keep a planner and it’s incredibly satisfying knowing that everything is organized. I know exactly what to expect out of my day. I can also schedule in any additional activities if I need to. A planner is a must for any business owner.

5. Take two days off

I know that most of us want to keep working and our minds are constantly racing to produce more content. However, a break is absolutely necessary for any hardworking business owner. We need to clear our minds. I’ve realized that owning a business comes with a never-ending list of tasks to complete. Therefore, our jobs are never done. We need the time to cool off and come back with a clear mind. Trust me.

6. Don’t overload on the spending

Think about it. We are trying to make money, so why spend more than we make? It’s tempting to purchase all of the shiny upgrades you see, but it’s better to save. There are hundreds of ways to advertise for free. And social media is a free platform to advertise also. Utilize what you have before you start spending money on something that you might not even need.

7. Keep advertising and promoting

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People are constantly checking social media. When you post something, the post may be bumped down right away. Therefore, you have to keep posting. If people cannot tell that you are alive on social media, the amount of traffic that you get will slowly start to disappear.

8. Keep the fire going

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When you start the fire, don’t let it die out. Keep adding sticks and wood to let the fire keep burning. If you stop for a month, don’t be surprised when you lose a large chunk of your income. I’m not saying that you have to constantly add to the fire, but adding a piece of firewood every other day will allow you to see consistent results.

9. Make sure that you have goals

I know that we are told not to make huge goals that we can’t accomplish, but I’ve been told to make some goals. You should always be reaching for more. If you aren’t striving for progress, it can be easy to give up.

10. Think long-term

When you are setting your prices, think about what you are expecting long-term. Are students really going to be happy paying expensive prices for a couple of years? Are you really going to sustain yourself by ONLY blogging? If you are moving out, think about how much income you are going to have to make. Plan ahead and think about what’s going to happen in the future. How are you going to sustain yourself with your business? If you want to start a blog, you have to do it now. Viewers don’t just appear overnight. It takes months to start a blog and to build traffic. Before you quit your day job, consider these factors carefully.

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