Answered Prayers: Opening My Own Music Studio Amidst The Chaosby Ellen DuBois on 02/10/17
Pictured above: A tour of my new music studio.
At the beginning of December, 2016, I found out the music studio where I taught piano was closing on December 23rd. I felt a myriad of emotions: surprised, not-so-surprised, numb and a sense of floundering. What was I going to do?
Those thoughts were soon replaced by ones of even deeper concern on December 17th, when my father took a fall and ended up in the hospital.
Oh, and Christmas was coming.
Before my father's fall and subsequent hip and femur replacement, I knew I had to come up with a plan, or a place, to continue teaching. There was the option of going to another studio, but I knew it wasn't right for me. If I had to teach out of my home, at least temporarily, I would. However, it would be difficult with the dog barking through each lesson. I thought about teaching on the road, like my mother did years ago, but it didn't seem practical. How could I fit all my students in with the added commute?
Fast forward. I finished out my teaching days at the music studio, spent a great deal of time at the hospital with my father (from the 17th on), wrapped up my Christmas shopping, had feelers out there for a new and affordable place and prayed, prayed, prayed. I honestly didn't know how I'd find and set up a teaching studio by the time Christmas vacation was over for my students. I only knew I had to. I promised them and myself there wouldn't be a gap between their vacation ending and piano lessons resuming.
My fiance's very good friend, (a great guy), knew someone who would provide me the space. And...I could afford it. Dear God, was this real? It felt like a miracle. I believe it was. Divine intervention, if you will.
In a two week time frame my fiance, his friend, another friend and my nephew all transformed what was a space filled with old equipment, office furniture, papers, dust, dirt, you name it, into the music studio I have today. Of course I helped, too. But the heavy duty "stuff" wasn't done by me. The credit goes to them and most importantly, to God. He answered my prayers in a most wonderful, unexpected way. I have more space than I ever thought possible and with that comes so much possibility!
So, thank you to God, my fiance, his friend Kenny, Bob, my nephew Lou. Thanks to the wonderful man who provided the space and to his beautiful wife. Thanks to the people who have the space on the second floor for being so kind, helpful and welcoming. Wow. Just thinking about it fills me up.
On January 3, 2017, two years to the day since my mother's passing, I taught my first students in my new location. I had what I needed: a space, a piano, my students and me. It was important to teach on the anniversary of my mother's passing because she was such an incredible teacher herself, at the same music studio. I know she would have wanted me to continue on. With her regular nudging from Heaven, I found the will, the drive and the strength to get it done. When my father is ready, there is a piano and a room waiting for him to teach in.
So, when life seems overwhelming, hold on to your faith and your vision. There were times I felt so lost and worried. But, it all worked out and now I see so many opportunities for growth. I envision many more kids taking music lessons and having more teachers available to provide them. I want to reach out and help children who want lessons but may not be able to afford them to get them. There's so much I want to do and will do, in time.
Does it mean working towards making it happen? Yes. Does it mean people will come into my life that I never expected to and help make some dreams come true? Yes. Thank God for that and I plan on being that unexpected person for someone else who needs a helping hand. It all comes full circle. Prayers get answered.
Ellen DuBois: I'm the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Host of MiscarriageHelp.com. I've also been published with Blue Mountain Arts, and am a contributing author to several books including: Soul Matters for Teens, Sisters, (Blue Mountain Arts gift book), Conquering Panic and Anxiety Disorders- Success Stories, Strategies and other Good News, Romancing the Soul, More God Allows U-Turns. Additionally, I'm also known as "Miss Ellen"- a piano teacher to students from 5 to tween and beyond-
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