Friday, June 27, 2014

From 10 to 100

Moving from lower Alabama to Charlottesville has been like going from 10 to 100 in terms of all there is to do. So far I haven't been able to keep up with my own mental list of all the places I want to explore and the things on my summer list and the many great spots we've been told we must see/do/visit. It's incredible to be in a place with so much culture and history, so many cool restaurants and thrift shops, yoga classes and hiking areas, churches and parks and book clubs and everything else under the sun.

I'm also just now feeling a little more ready to begin marketing myself as a pianist and teacher now that the pianos are tuned and my studio feels more and more put together each day and the chaos of moving is beginning to calm down. I'm both excited and nervous about this. Basically, I'm trying to run a small business and when I think about it that way, in the most realistic terms, it can feel pretty overwhelming. But then I think about kids and parents knocking at the door each week and the feeling I get after a really productive lesson and what a blessing it is to teach what I'm passionate about. I do feel much more prepared now than I did fresh out of grad school, two years ago, so I guess my teaching experiences in Alabama seasoned me more than I realized. I have a much better handle on the "business" aspect of running a piano studio out of my home, and having a bit of extra self-confidence is everything.

All of this to say: I feel so stimulated and encouraged and awakened by our new surroundings. There isn't enough time in the day to do all I want to do! I need to remember that getting to know a new city and finding my place in it is a slow, patient process and that I shouldn't rush it. I'll gradually get to know the nooks and crannies and holes-in-the-wall in this cute little town of mine, and it'll get to know me.

p.s. On today's schedule: head to the library near the historic downtown area for some good books, buy ink at Staples so I can print business cards and my studio policy, and figure out where the nearest post office is.

p.s.s. Above is a little sneak peek of my piano room. I'm thinking of recruiting my brother to take photos of our house when he visits in August so I can do a real "house tour" on my blog! His photos will be a million times better than mine. 


  1. Katie @ Loverly SheJune 27, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    So glad to hear you’re settling in well Kate! I’m sure everything will be great with your business too. Just think of all the families you will touch!

  2. I still can't get over the two pianos! you lucky duck :)

  3. Thanks for the vote of confidence! :)

  4. I am so lucky to have them! I don't take them for granted! :)

  5. You sound so happy and overwhelmed! I know just the feeling. It's funny that we are going through some of the same things but just in different corners of the world. We just moved too and am currently creating a studio policy for my piano studio, as well as getting it set up, etc. I had forgotten about business cards. I have a feeling that focusing on the families and music makes up for the not so fun business side of things.

  6. Happy and overwhelmed--you hit the nail on the head :) I'm so excited for you and think it's amazing we're going through some similar phases. I can't wait to hear more about your studio!


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