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.
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?
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!