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Turn, Turn, Turn: A Season for Change

by Kimberly on May 11, 2010 · 20 comments

Today I share with you a major announcement. Even though I’ve known about this for a month, I’ve had to wait to tell you about it. In truth, this announcement won’t really affect you, but it’s a major change in my life and I’m excited to share it with you.

I’m moving.

My husband, currently Director of Bands at Colorado State University, accepted a position as Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Central Missouri (UCM). The university is in Warrensburg, Missouri, about 60 miles southeast of Kansas City. So in about a month, we’ll be moving from sunny, mountainous Fort Collins to good ‘ole midwestern Missouri.

So what will I be doing?

  1. First, the only hard part about this (professionally) is that I’m in the process of closing my clinical practice in Fort Collins. I’ve told all my clients and am not excited about having to say good-bye to everyone. But it’s part of the journey. On the plus side (hopefully for you), I’ll get to share, both here and on my podcast this month, the different options I had for closing my practice and how I decided to handle this change. Hopefully, this knowledge and experience will benefit you.
  2. I may or may not open a practice in Warrensburg. If I do, I’ll keep it small. Because…I’m going back to school! In fall 2011, I’ll start working on my doctorate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. It’ll be a commute, but it’s the right time and perfect opportunity (especially considering that there are only a handful of places in the country to work on a music therapy doctorate and I’ll be living an hour away from one of them). I can’t wait!
  3. Do you ever look back on your life in amazement at how certain events just line up? That happened to me this spring. Not two days after my husband was offered this job, I was offered an exciting opportunity: the chance to work with our national certification organization, assisting with their regulatory affairs efforts. Remember when I wrote about attending an Advocacy workshop last month? I’ll be helping with those types of advocacy and state recognition efforts on a national level.
  4. Finally, I’ll definitely keep working on the Music Therapy Maven. Actually, hopefully this change will allow me not only to keep up this blog, but to expand it for you! I have different ideas and plans in mind, so stay tuned!

Now here’s a fun little tidbit (okay, maybe just for me…but whatever): I’ve actually been to Warrensburg. Four times. I marched in my high school marching band for four years and we had one major competition every year. Guess where it was held?

Warrensburg, Missouri 🙂

If you have any suggestions or advice for me on moving (especially an entire household!), I’m all ears. Please leave a comment below and join the conversation!

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Kellee Coviak May 11, 2010 at 9:46 am

Wow, that’s a lot of life changes! Congratulations and best of luck!

Carolyn May 11, 2010 at 10:02 am

Hi Kimberly,

I wish you the best of luck in your move and new personal and professional endeavors!

Carolyn

Lillieth Grand May 11, 2010 at 11:45 am

Congratulations!!! That is definately exciting! When I left my private practice in Southern California, I sold it to another music therapist. It’s just a thought, but you have already established something wonderful and another music therapist might be looking for just such an opportunity to go into private practice. Best of luck!!!

Carol Ann May 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Congratulations on all the changes! Sounds wonderful! Keep us posted.

Susan Bock May 12, 2010 at 7:13 am

Hi Kimberly! My husband and I met at UCM (CMSU at the time). I went for 2 yrs. with mostly music classes (which led me to finishing my MT degree 5 yrs ago), then we got married and I worked for the Univ. as a secretary (while my husband finished his masters) for 3 yrs. before moving to Illinois.
Warrensburg is a nice small town! I had family living there too when I was at school in the 70s. and it felt like home. And Kansas City is a great town – the opportunity for a doctorate is perfect for you!
I am so happy for your new opportunities! UCM is a great school with a great music reputation. I grew up in Jefferson City, so I’m a “show-me” state gal!
Yes, I am always amazed when things fall into place that we quite hadn’t planned for but that take us a step further toward our potential. Exciting!!!
Thank you for Music Therapy Maven and the wonderful info you pass along to us.

Rachel May 12, 2010 at 8:41 pm

yay!! Congrats!!!!!

Makenzie May 12, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Hi Kimberly,
A suggestion to help the moving process- have some of your husband’s future students help! I recently graduated from college and one summer when we got a new band director, we went to his house and helped him get all of the boxes off of the moving truck and into the house. It only took a few hours! As thanks, the new band director grilled out and fed us. The faculty at his new university should be able to suggest a few student leaders who can rally some troops. It was a nice way to meet the new faculty member and get some free food! Good Luck

Kimberly May 12, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Thanks for the tip! I know my husband did that when he moved out here–so hopefully we’ll have the same luck in Warrensburg! ~Kimberly

Kimberly May 12, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Thanks, Suzy! Must say–I’m very impressed! Hope to meet you in person soon 🙂 ~Kimberly

Kimberly May 12, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Small world! Thanks for sharing your story, Susan:) ~Kimberly

Kimberly May 12, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Thanks, Lillieth! That’s definitely an option I considered. I’ll be sharing later what I decided to do. Appreciate your feedback. I wonder if there’s a forum to share for you to share YOUR story? Others would find it be very useful:) ~Kimberly

Amanda @geekdetails May 13, 2010 at 7:48 am

Welcome to the neighborhood. Warrensburg is lovely. The farmer’s market just opened (it’s open Saturday mornings and wednesday evenings) and they have great produce. There are some fantastic old houses here too. I heart mine, it’s 90 years old and lovely. It’s a pretty area though. I think you’ll like it 🙂

Emily O. May 15, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Good luck with all the changes, Kimberly, and congratulations on starting your Ph.D. @ UMKC. I got my Master’s there and took some fabulous classes from great profs. Since you’ll be commuting to KC, you might also want to join KC Metro Music Therapists (http://www.kcmmt.org/)- they’ve done some really neat CMTEs lately in addition to general networking activities. Welcome to Missouri!

Kimberly May 17, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Thanks, Emily! I know of KCMMT and will definitely be joining you all when I arrive. The group has put on some awesome CMTE trainings! ~Kimberly

Kimberly May 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm

I’m sure I will–thanks, Amanda! And can’t wait to check out the farmer’s market. Yum! ~Kimberly

Daniel Tague May 24, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Wow! What a big change, but it sounds like you are taking it in stride! Congratulations to you and I am sure we will all benefit from all the extra time you will have to blog! 🙂 As a KU grad I know how great the Kansas City area is! You will love it!
.-= Daniel Tague´s last blog ..What’s In a Name? (Part 2) =-.

Kimberly May 25, 2010 at 10:36 am

Thank you, Daniel! And that’s very kind about the blogging comment:) I actually am hoping to expand the blog a bit next year. We’ll see…;D ~Kimberly

Whitney Ostercamp October 13, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I was just browsing over some of your older posts, and SOMEHOW missed this one! Congrats!! UMKC is delightful, and I am so excited that we will have such a wonderful therapist in Kansas City. You’ll be an asset to the program, and to the city!

Kimberly October 19, 2010 at 10:40 am

Thank you, Whitney! I am getting more and more excited about next year–esp. as I prepare my application 🙂 ~Kimberly

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