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!

Reenergizing Your Blog

I get so many questions on how to start a blog. Many people feel like it’s difficult, time consuming, and just hard. They don’t know what to write about. And some even feel like it’s a chore trying to come up with new ideas. They start to post things that they think readers want to see versus what they actually like writing about. And in the end, they become burnt out and unsatisfied. Blogging is very much like cooking. You have to simmer the pot for awhile. And if you’re slow cooking a stew, it will take hours to cook. What do you do while your stew is cooking??! You wait. It’s the waiting game. Blogging doesn’t happen overnight. It happens over many years of consistently putting out content and trying.

So how do you reenergize your blog?? I really suggest writing content that you feel good about. Write about whatever you want. When you become a different person, people can tell. It just doesn’t resonate with people and you’ll lose viewers. Creating things that you care about is much more meaningful. It will make you feel inspired and the waiting game will not seem that long anymore. Let’s all keep cooking! Our blogs are going to be great 🙂

Update: What Have I Been Up To?

Hi everyone, I’ve been diving full term into teaching lately. And it’s been something I’ve been doing since last December. My schedule has been hectic. Every day is a busy day filled with tasks, errands, lessons, and chores. It’s been nice to find the time to write this post for all of you. I haven’t had much time lately. For the past two months, I have been working with my best students in completing their level 1 musicianship exams. They have been studying and practicing their songs diligently. That also means we had to cram in multiple lessons before their testing days. On top of that, I hosted my third recital! This recital was split into two different days. Parents could pick which day they wanted their child to perform. I organized it this way because I have too many students. And I didn’t want my students to sit through a three hour long performance. (that would be a nightmare haha)

Ohh, and what else is new? I’ve been leveling many of my students up in their lesson books. They have also cashed in on their star pages. The star pages track their progress and helps motivate them to keep working hard. I’ve also been introducing some of my more musical students to singing. This is something new to them but it would really enrich their lessons. They have been working on singing This is Me from The Greatest Showman. Another thing that I’ve been doing is introducing my students to Hanon, and getting them back on track with working on technique exercises and sight reading again. I’ve been working on performing more and my next performance is tomorrow actually! My interest has shifted more into performance and overcoming my fear of playing in front of large groups. I’m getting better at it now!

It’s been great! I’ve been so busy and I wouldn’t trade all the work for anything. Being a teacher is tough. You are definitely pushed to your limits on some days. And I definitely have not shared all of the stuff I’ve been doing these past months, but I am still here. Blogging is something that I love, and expect more blog posts soon 🙂

Is Blogging Even Worth it??

Short answer: Yes, if you are using it to push other products out. Long answer: It’s not so easy to explain.

When you start a blog, you have this great dream of becoming a huge blogger. You’re so excited to choose the name of your blog, start creating blog posts, and you’re pushing out content all the time. A month goes by, and you still have your momentum, but it’s starting to wane. And you’re finding yourself upset because your viewership wasn’t as strong as before. A couple weeks go by and you haven’t posted a blog post in awhile. You’re unmotivated… You’re thinking, “it’s just not working!” What do people even want to read? Why aren’t they reading my posts?

And then you ask yourself: is blogging even worth it?

First of all, ask yourself what your goals are. Blogging is a tool, people. You use it to supplement your other stuff. It shouldn’t be considered a business even though it takes so much of your time like a business does. And you have to actually like blogging!

Blogging is not something that you pick up as a whim. It takes SOOOOO much time to build. And it takes patience, effort, and a passion for blogging. Eventually, you will build something successful. You have to keep telling yourself that. As for now, stay calm. Don’t overwork yourself. Keep going and keep a smile on your face 🙂

What do you do when things are growing slowly

WaitinginHope_logo_F_webI haven’t found the secret to having tons of success. I know many people will visualize it as something that is unobtainable or impossible. And nothing is going to happen overnight. A thing that I always try to believe in is the ability to be resilient. When things are going completely wrong, I try to keep going. Trust me, it is not easy. However, if you choose to give up when things are becoming hard, I can’t say that that is the best choice.

For example, I used to have a student that was really quiet. They didn’t want to talk to me and their responses were always short. I thought that they were really shy, so I let them feel comfortable by not engaging in too much conversation. I focused on the lesson a lot more. It turns out that we weren’t a great fit as a teacher to student. The student eventually quit lessons and their mom chose to ghost me instead of coming to talk to me. At that time, I thought that everything was over. You have to remember: I only had 4 students. Therefore, losing a student was not easy. It was actually devastating because I was losing a part of my income. I thought about quitting teaching. After that, I spent a couple of days feeling really sad for myself. I thought that students would never like me and I was doing something wrong. However, that was hardly the case. I decided to keep going. And look at where I am now… I have about 36 lessons that I teach every week. It wasn’t fast and things didn’t grow very quickly. It was worth it however. I never knew that waiting could pay off, but it definitely did.