Each month, I plan to do an update on my New Year’s Resolutions. Here’s how I did in July.

Exercise: I have been able to do some kind of exercise at least twice a week for the month of July. Several of those weeks we went to Power Yoga which really helped. We recently bought a Groupon for 10 hot yoga sessions, so I am looking forward to doing more of that. I have come to really enjoy yoga and I think we might be addicted.

I have now been doing Weight Watchers for approximately 10 weeks and have lost approximately 15 pounds. I have about 7 more to go. I am proud of myself for jumping back on the wagon right away. I am so ready to have my body back and to feel more in control of it!

Reading: I read two books during the month of July, though both were fairly easy reads. I am also still on track with my Bible reading.

Writing: I have been writing a ton lately. First of all, I am writing for Textbroker.com, which is a company that hires content writers. You work as much as you want and when you want. You don’t make all that much money but some of the topics are kind of fun. The articles I have written have had to do with resorts and timeshares, which requires some easy research about each of them. I also have written a ton on my blog. I took a 4 week online blogging class, moved my blog from blogger to WordPress (SEO options are much better and supposedly it is the best hosting to use if you want to do more with your blog), and started blogging regularly.

MT Business: I have added one piano student and another nursing home contract once a month. I am also working on preparing for a parenting class I am teaching in September in Henderson. Needless to say, I have been really busy and completely swamped. There are also some other music therapy opportunities that may be coming up but I will write about them once they actually happen.

House Projects: We haven’t done much with this just because things have been so crazy, though Eric and his dad built a gate for the pool so that Anya can’t get into it without us being there. We have also gotten a couple of estimates for a new roof so we are working on getting that figured out.

Finances: We did really well this month. We came in under budget every week in both our grocery and toiletry shopping and eating out. I was able to pay back the money we transferred last month to pay our bills, as well as put in a little more into that account. All the money we have saved so far, we have put into a separate account that is kind of our “fun” money (in other words, our vacation fund), but we also have another savings account that is for house projects and other “non-fun” stuff. The money we “paid back” and saved this month went into that account so that it is now an even number and easy to keep track of. In addition to that, we put money into Anya’s college fund. (Both of our children have college funds set up for them. We put a certain amount in each of them when they were born and add a certain amount to it every year on their birthdays.) So even though we didn’t save as much as I would have liked, we were able to put a substantial amount into Anya’s college fund, pay back the money we had previously transferred, and still save a little after that. Not bad!

Things have been really busy lately, but we are just trying to do our best to keep up with everything. Anya finished her dance class and seemed to really enjoy it. We are considering putting her in a gymnastics class in the future, but have decided to take a break from it for now. We have been so busy that we haven’t had a lot of time to spend in our pool, but we did get a few days that we got to enjoy it.

Anya riding her alligator in the pool.

Anya riding her alligator in the pool.

Felix in Tent

Felix hanging out in his tent.


  1. barbara worn says:

    Great post Rachel-I don’t know how you do it. You’re right up there with Martha Stewart’s output except you have two little ones and a husband besides!

    I’d love to know what you do at your nursing home sessions. I’m not exactly sure how music therapy works. Is there any kind of music therapy you could use for people who are depressed? It must be very rewarding.

    • Rachel says:

      I just stay super busy – I’m not good at sitting around so I probably do too many projects at once. But oh well.

      About music therapy…you can find a lot of information about it at http://www.musictherapy.org. I also have a website about my services at http://www.evansvillemusictherapy.com. It is an actual degree program that also requires a board certification in order to (ethically) provide services. It’s a very rewarding job. I also use it in mental health and when I work with people who have substance abuse issues. Feel free to message me if you have more questions! I love to talk about music therapy!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *