From the editor

 

 

I recently hosted a weekend retreat for some of my musician friends. Fall is a great time for a retreat. My country home is a perfect place for such a retreat. For the weekend, all we did was eat, laugh and make music. It was awesome. This is the second year I've hosted such an event. (More pics are below)

I'm finally able to get back into music. Last year's retreat was my official "getting back into music" weekend. I had purposefully put it on the proverbial back burner when I was working on my master's degree. Between taking an overload of classes, working 20 hours a week as a graduate assistant and 20 more hours as an intern, it was just too much. But now that my life has settled just a little, I'm able to put the music back on the front burner. I am writing music again, performing individually and with friends, and singing with purpose.

I'm also back in school. I'm training to be a music therapist. It's the most amazing combination of my two passions: counseling and music! I'm also learning to play guitar. I have to be "proficient" in order to get my board certification as a music therapist. What's neat is that I've always wanted to learn guitar but didn't think I could. Now I have the push to actually learn, and  I have learned a few songs already. I'm pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoy playing the guitar.

I am now at the point in my life that I feel I am exactly where I need to be, and I'm doing exactly what I've been called to do. I enjoy my full time job as a counselor immensely, and I'm able to continue publishing this magazine while also pursuing my musical interests. Life is great!

~Martha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Singing is something I love to do. Music is a permanent part of my life.

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