Dreams really do come true!! It may seem silly, but by starting a podcast are achieving a huge goal. This podcast is something we have been talking about for the past two years and we finally have the opportunity to get started.
Over the course of the last 4.5 years working together, we’ve made some huge decisions, handled several challenges, learned more than we could have ever imagined, and built something beyond both of our wildest dreams. But the success and journey hasn’t been free of mistakes or serious life lessons, of that you can be sure! We’ve been down in the trenches and are here now to tell you the 100% truth on how we’ve dealt with everything.
First, Our Story & Background – I like to think Rachel & I have an interesting and untraditional history. While Rachel began her career with a regular 9-5 job, her life quickly evolved into accidentally owning a thriving private practice. At the same time Rachel’s practice was growing to the point of becoming overwhelming, I happened to move to the Springfield, IL area to be with my now husband. With some encouragement I reached out to Rachel (the only other Music Therapist in the area) to let her know I would be looking for contracts in the area and didn’t want to step on her toes.
Rachel responded with the most thrilling email, she had a large waiting list of clients and wanted to meet in person to talk about working together. It was clear from our first meeting at Starbucks that it was a great fit. After spending two years working as a contractor and talking only online with Rachel, we met once again in person.
The meeting was meant as a social visit to just connect and touch base but turned into so much more! During that second Starbucks meeting, we set a HUGE series of dreams. We dreamt what we thought was impossible at the time. We talked about joining forces, opening a studio, creating a team, and growing our services. We talked about everything we wanted in the next 10 years.
Within six months of that meeting we found our first location, had created a new business plan, sat down with lawyers, created an LLC, formed a partnership, bought furniture, and so much MORE. We went into GO mode.
During our first year of business together we met most of our 5 year goals, had maxed out our individual client loads, and needed to reassess. Our second year meant a second much larger space, an intern, an expanded team, and even more diversity in our services. All of which has lead to where we are now.
Why are we podcasting – There are so many things we have learned over the past few years. It has been the most incredible experience but it hasn’t all been rainbows and sunshine. When I talk to other business owners, they often share only the best parts of their story, the photo-worthy, award-winning moments, all while leaving out the how and why of those successes. We want to share the unfiltered version. We want you to know you are not alone. We want to build you up and help you move through those tough situations. We’ve made mistakes that we are willing to share with you as a fellow creative and business owner.
Upcoming Episodes – Want to know what’s coming next? We’re going to be covering all the basses as we release a new episode each week. We will talk about how we handle self-doubt in all it’s forms, we’ll delve into the financial side of things, and we will talk about finding the right fit both for clients and team members.
Until next time, remember: You can do anything in time with patience and perseverance.
-Katey & Rachel