Thankful Thursday

Each Thursday in November, I will be publishing a post about something I am thankful for. Here is the first installment!

Of course I am thankful for all the usual suspects (my husband, my kids, having a nice home, food, water, etc.) I want to try to make these posts more specific, though, because that means I really have to think about the things in my life that I could not do without.

So for the first installment of this series, I am thankful to have found an awesome career in which I get to use music to help people. Music therapy is more than just a job or even a career. It all started when I was seven years old and started taking piano lessons. Since that day, every memory I have in my life is intertwined with music and it is definitely something I could not live without. Yes, I always made good grades and probably could have chosen a career that would have made me a lot more money, but I can’t imagine that it would be anywhere near as fulfilling as being a music therapist. You can read about how I found my calling here. Music has been, and always will be, one of the things that motivates me, comforts me, and moves me.


Anya Playing Tambourine

Anya playing the tambourine at one year old. Hopefully she will love music as much as I do!

Don’t forget to reply with what you are thankful for in the comments or link up your Thankful Thursday post below!


  1. I wish I was better at music, but I could see where it could be used to help others! My youngest sister is great at piano (it was her major), and she could not imagine life without a piano. I took lessons as a child but struggle with timing and coordination, so it was not fun. But I learned enough to read notes, and now I torture my own children by making them take piano lessons!

    • Rachel says:

      Someday they will appreciate that you made them take lessons. So many times, I hear adults say they wished they had kept going with lessons.

  2. Tammy says:

    I love this idea of music as therapy and what a wonderful job you have. My son is a music teacher and thats all he has ever wanted to do is help children learn about music. Its the universal language for sure.

    • Rachel says:

      It can be a really great job! I also have a music education degree but ended up never using it in a formal teaching situation (like a classroom). I think it’s really important to enjoy your job; life is too short to do something you don’t enjoy! Thanks for stopping by:)

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