Four Year Blog Anniversary: Life Musings

Four Year Blog Anniversary: Life Musings

This morning Facebook reminded me that four years ago, on January 15th in 2014, I shared my second blog post. 

It was a blurb about what I was doing in the studio: Winter Studio Games

I had my snowmen card ready for lessons that week, and my weekend plans included teaching group lessons to make up for the lessons missed due to your typical western Pennsylvania winter weather. 

In 2014, I was averaging 4-5 blog posts a week. They weren’t epic posts; just little glimpses into the life of a piano and voice teacher. Occasionally I’d share a worksheet or game idea. I remember spending SO many hours each week working on graphics and crafting files. It was simply a labor of love. A labor of creativity.

As time passed, blog posts got longer. I felt the need to say and share really important things every time I made a post. It needed to be epic. It needed to be perfect. It needed to be social-media-share-worthy. 

(And you can probably imagine, that kind of self-pressure can really build up!)

Today there are 360 blog posts on the site. Yep… you could read one a day for an entire year, and still have a couple left over.

And then things changed. 

Compared to previous years, the blog was rather quiet in 2017. (Yes, 51 posts qualifies as “quiet” in the piano/voice blogging world.) 

Some really big “life things” happened in late 2016.  On Thanksgiving that year, my husband lost his father after a swift 8 week battle with cancer. The day after that, we became caretakers to his mother, who in a devastating blow, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. My husband also became the sole caretaker of the 60 acre family farm, landlord to 9 renters, and Vice President of the family business. 

To say that it was adjustment would be a gross understatement. 

Yes. This is very different than my normal posts.  I haven’t made many personal posts over the years, but today I felt the urge… I hope you’ll bear with me. 

Today I wanted to say a huge thank you to the piano and voice teachers who have reached out over the past year. I’m so grateful for your love and support, and I keep you in my thoughts daily, as I know you too are going through major life adjustments.

Sometimes life will throw things at you that will totally change everything. Priorities will change. Perspective will change. Hobbies or interests might get pushed to the back-burner. Business models will change.

When your in the midst of those changes, it can feel really, really uncomfortable. But just remember — in your most difficult or darkest of days, “it won’t always be like this.” Change is constant. Tomorrow will be different. 

What will 2018 look like on my blog?

I’m not sure yet. After 13 months of limited writing, I sincerely hope to get back into the swing of things. Perhaps that means going back to simpler posts and blurbs. Less can be more, right? 

We’ll see where it goes. 

Just know this: Even if I’m quiet here, I’m always rooting for you, my piano and voice teacher friends.  

Thanks for reading, and as always… stay tuned. 

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  • by Bridey Posted January 16, 2018 4:18 am

    <3 I always enjoy reading whatever you post!

    This reminds me of one of my favourite sayings: This too shall pass.
    Here's to an easier 2018!

    • by Sara Campbell Posted January 17, 2018 5:05 pm

      Thank you, Bridey! You are absolutely right: this too shall pass. <3

  • by Joy Posted January 16, 2018 2:38 pm

    Truth! I relate, as I’m sure many of us do, to life changing shape and our priorities necessarily shifting as a result. I, too, have experienced varying levels of blog output across various seasons of life. Tis the rhythm of life – pun intended. Let’s resolve to enjoy the music. Thanks for speaking this, Sara. Happy 2018 to you!

    • by Sara Campbell Posted January 17, 2018 5:07 pm

      Thank you, Joy! Yes — let’s resolve to enjoy the music of life. Sometimes it’s major, and sometimes it’s minor… but it can always be beautiful. Thank you <3

  • by Amy Posted January 18, 2018 3:40 am

    I love it when bloggers open up beyond just the “teacher talk!” The truth is there is so much more to our life that aFFECTS and impacts what we do. IT FEELS GOOD TO CONNECT WITH EACH OTHER IN THAT RAW, VULNERABLE WAY. I SIMILARLY WROTE A FAIRLY OPEN, personal newsletter at the end of last year to my readers. Thank you so much for sharing! Seasons of life come and go and we just figure it out as we best we can in the moment. 🙂 (P.S. for some reason when I’m typing this comment it’s showing as all caps – if it gets printed like that on your website, it wasn’t intended!)

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