{CBB 38} The Power of Everyday Self-Care

Episode 38: The Power of Everyday Self-Care | Creative Business Breakdown Podcast

When the topic of “self-care” comes up, things like pedicures and bubble baths usually come to mind. And while we love those indulgences from time to time, the most effective self-care is the kind that you can incorporate into your everyday routine.

In Episode 38 of the Creative Business Breakdown, we’re talking about how we’re practicing self-care on a regular basis in this season, and the effect that it’s having on both our personal and professional lives.

  

A whole roundup of self-care centered resources went out to members of the Music Therapy CEO Project on February 1st, and there’s still time to get those materials for yourself! Click here to learn more and reap the benefits of membership.

{CBB 37} When It Feels Like January 74th

Episode 37: When It Feels Like January 74th | Creative Business Breakdown Podcast

Is it just us, or has this month seemed to last…FOREVER?! The first month of 2019 has been quite the rollercoaster, with plenty of ups, downs and in betweens both personally and professionally.

In Episode 37 of the Creative Business Breakdown podcast, we’re talking about how we’ve celebrated the highs, faced the challenges, and just kept moving forward throughout this very long month.

  

As we finally reach the end of January, we are looking forward to sharing new resources with members of the Music Therapy CEO Project on February 1st. Join us and up your game when it comes to self-care, profit planning, and making progress on all those goals you set for 2019.

{CBB 36} How We’re Holding Ourselves Accountable

Episode 36: How We're Holding Ourselves Accountable | Creative Business Breakdown Podcast

A few days into 2019, we are still feeling super EXCITED (one of the words from our mantra!)and motivated when it comes to the goals we’ve set for ourselves, both personally and professionally.

In Episode 36, we are sharing how things are going so far, and the various ways in which we are holding ourselves accountable for the big goals we’re working to achieve this year.


 

Get our goal setting and tracking resources (and much more) by joining the Music Therapy CEO Project for just $12/month. All of the details are right here.

{CBB 35} Goal Setting for the New Year

Episode 35: Goal Setting for the New Year | Creative Business Breakdown Podcast

Happy New Year! We hope 2019 is off to an amazing start for you. We spent the second day of this new year setting business goals based on our new mantra (which we shared in Episode 34), and this year’s goal setting day looked and felt a little different than years’ past.

So in Episode 35 of the podcast, we are sharing how we approached the creation of our 2019 goals, how they are related to our mantra, what we learned through this process, and some other surprises that came up along the way.


 

If you would like to learn more about our mantra creation and goal setting processes, this is a perfect time to become a member of the Music Therapy CEO Project. Get all of the details right here!

{CBB 34} Our Mantra for 2019

Episode 34: Our Mantra for 2019 | Creative Business Breakdown Podcast

2018 is almost over! We’ve been very intentional about how we have spent the last couple weeks of this year, and we had a fun chat all about that for the podcast.

This episode is airing during the week between Christmas and New Year, when we’re in full-on prep mode for 2019. Before the ball drops, we wanted to share how we are wrapping up 2018 and getting ready for a fresh start.

In Episode 34, we are also sharing our mantra for 2019. We’ve been creating mantras to guide our business for the past 4 years, and they have proven to be incredibly effective in helping us streamline our work and mindset. We are SO excited about our mantra for the new year! Listen in to find out what it is.


 

Do you set a mantra at the beginning of the new year? If so, we would LOVE to hear what it is! Drop us an email or message us on social media to let us know. And don’t forget to check out the Music Therapy CEO Project, because for the month of January we are sharing some awesome resources about goal-setting and mantra creation.

We wish you the happiest New Year, and can’t wait to continue growing and creating with you in 2019!

Until next time,
Rachel & Katey

{CBB 33} 2018: Our Year in Review

Episode 33 - 2018: Our Year in Review | Creative Business Breakdown Podcast

Each year, we create a mantra for our business. 2018 was no exception, and our mantra for this year was “Expansion, Flow and Joy”. These 3 words played a huge role in all of the decisions we made, projects we pursued, and culture we cultivated at Music Therapy Connections.

As we near the end of 2018, we wanted to reflect on how the impact all 3 of these words had on every aspect of our business throughout the year. Listen to Episode 33 and find out how we expanded, flowed, and found joy in 2018.

In this episode, we also share how our mantras from years past continue to have a positive effect on us both personally and professionally. We’re looking forward to sharing our 2019 mantra with you in the next episode!

Until then,
Rachel & Katey

{CBB 32} Finishing Out the Year Strong and Prepping for 2019

After Thanksgiving, the remainder of the year usually feels like a race to the finish line. It’s a month filled with events like our big winter recital, company Christmas party, last class session of the year, and all the other things that come with the holiday season.

Keeping our heads in the game — AND keeping our team motivated — is no easy task. We would rather be curled up in front of the fire watching Hallmark movies than planning our marketing strategy for January, mapping out content for an entire year, and having business meetings as usual during these final weeks. 

But we know that putting in the work now will help set us up for a strong start to 2019, so in Episode 32 of the podcast, we’re talking all about how we do just that.

Listen in for tips on how to stay motivated at work during the holidays, how you can plan ahead for January, and how you can make the most of this season even while being focused and productive.



In this episode, we talk about the Music Therapy CEO Project: our new monthly subscription that provides you with the resources and tools to help improve your CEO mindset and move to the next level of business ownership.

For just $12/month, you’ll receive MT CEO materials (including videos, worksheets, sample documents, and much more) in your email inbox on the 1st of each month. Join us now and set yourself up for an amazing start to 2019!

See you inside,
Rachel & Katey

{CBB 31} Our Boss Vacation (And Why You Should Take One, Too)

Episode 31: Our Boss Vacation (And Why You Should Take One, Too)

It’s truly amazing what a few days away can do for two business owners with a whole lot on their plates. Our boss vacation couldn’t have come at a better time, and spending it on the beach in Florida was the perfect way to disconnect from our daily lives, focus on completing our new project, spend some quality time together, and above all, enjoy some R&R.

As we discussed in previous episodes, this trip has been on our list of goals since we first became business partners back in 2014. It took 4 years to actually go through with booking it, but our inaugural boss vacation was worth the wait and will most likely become an annual occurrence!

In this episode, we’re spilling the beans on exactly how we spent our time in Clearwater Beach. We also talk about the planning process, how we made it happen financially, and the effect it had on us both personally and professionally. If you are thinking about taking a boss vacation yourself (and we think you should!), then hopefully this episode will provide you with the extra motivation to go for it.

We’re ALSO giving you the full scoop on the Music Therapy CEO Project, our brand-new program which combines a 5-credit CMTE course with an entire year of guidance and resources for music therapy business owners. We couldn’t be more excited about this new offering, and we’re looking forward to really diving in with our participants after enrollment closes on Friday.

If you have been thinking about enrolling, or want all the details, go ahead and click here for everything you need to know about the MT CEO Project. If you have questions, feel free to leave a comment here, contact us via social media, or send an email to info@musictherapyconnections.org. We can’t wait to see you inside!

Until then,
Rachel & Katey

{CBB 30} How Our Business Runs When We’re Away

Episode 30: How Our Business Runs When We're Away | Creative Business Breakdown Podcast

As we get ready to head to Florida for our “boss vacation” later this week, we can’t help but celebrate the fact that we are both able to physically step away from our business at the same time…while it continues to run without us!

This definitely wasn’t always the case, though, as we discuss on the podcast this week. For years and years, our business was only profitable when we were personally working with students, clients and groups. Katey and I were the only service providers (in addition to doing everything else in our business), so every sick day, holiday, or vacation day meant taking a financial hit.

The first big turning point was in 2015, at which point we had brought on our first part-time team members. In the episode, we talk about how it felt to both be away from the business at the same time while services continued to be provided in our studio. It was an amazing experience!

Since then, we have taken massive action and put systems into place so that we can take time away from MTC (often at the same time) while our team members keep the ship not only afloat, but THRIVING, in our absence.

We are so looking forward to sharing our boss vacation experience with you later this week! Make sure to follow us on Instagram for updates throughout the trip. No doubt, we’ll come back with plenty of material to share in future podcast episodes!

Until next time,
Rachel & Katey

{CBB 29} Why We’re Not Going to Conference

CBB Episode 29 - Why We're Not Going to Conference | Creative Business Breakdown

It’s been several months since we last recorded an episode of the CBB podcast, and it feels so good to be back! Thank you so much for your patience as we waited for the right time to return, as we’ve been going through lots of changes and growth in our business.

This seemed like the perfect opportunity to release a new episode, since it’s conference time in the world of music therapy. And for the last many years, the two of us have been amongst the 1,000+ music therapists in attendance at AMTA national conference. This year, however, we will not be heading to Dallas with our colleagues from all over the country.

We did not make that decision lightly, as conference is always such a valuable and enjoyable experience. But based on the needs of our business in this particular season, and taking into account our current goals, we’re sitting it out this time around.

We wish everyone who is attending #AMTA18 an amazing conference, and look forward to hearing all about it! In this episode, we talk about what we’ll be doing instead, and why we are so excited about our alternative plans.

It definitely feels strange not to be preparing and loading up our exhibit booth materials this month, and we have to admit that there is a little bit of FOMO going on as we see social media posts popping up related to #AMTA18. But, we are confident in our decision and looking forward to what is in store for us.

Are YOU attending conference this year? Why or why not? Let us know, and fill us in on what you’ve been up to in your business this fall. You can leave a comment on this blog post, or head over to our Instagram and continue the conversation there.

Until next time,
Rachel & Katey