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New Year's Resolutions


2014 has been a difficult year for my family.  In June my husband was hospitalized for some heart problems.  In July, on his birthday, we were in a car accident.  I broke my wrist and hand and he broke his sternum and received an outrage seatbelt injury complete with bruising, swelling and awfulness.  Not even a month later he had a stroke. 
Due to this craziness, his already weak heart was further weakened.  On December 12 he had an ICD implanted.  This device serves as a defibrillator and a pace maker for my 42 year old hunky husband.  Unfortunately, the drama didn’t end there!  Last Monday he had emergency surgery to remove an abscess and old hematoma from the accident in July.  This left a HUGE (shockingly huge) hole in his abdomen. (Like 12 inches long and 4 inches deep.  Seriously.)
So, it has been a pretty drama filled year on the medical front.  I’ve missed lots of work and it looks like I may have to miss more to take care of the family.  This year we are going to focus on healing!  Eating better, taking superb care of ourselves and following doctors’ orders are top priorities for the new year.


I’m gonna level up!  I’m sure it is a similar story for some of you.  I didn’t complete my Orff or Kodaly levels right after college because I didn’t have the money.  Now that I have the money, I don’t have the time!  LOL.  Well, this summer I hope to change that.


I purchased 15 tubanos for my classroom this fall.  They are beautiful.  I love them.  I can’t wait to incorporate more hands on activities using these beautiful instruments.  I’ve already explored a few activities that I used to do on coffee can drums and wow…amazing.  If you have any tried and true activities, please let me know!


Some of my most popular products are those that I find the most tedious to make.  SHhhh!  Don’t tell!  I realize that this is the reason that others would rather buy them than make them.  I have a couple of those projects that I am going to tackle right away.  I love the finished project, so it is worth that extra push to get them finished.
I’m going to add more Composer of the Month kits including several female composers!  I’m also going to add a few more Exit Tickets to my stores as well.   Be sure to grab the bundle before the price goes up with the new additions!  If you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments or let me know on Facebook.

Just for Me

This year I resolve to eat to live NOT to live to eat!  I am emotional eater.  I am a stress eater.  We celebrate with food.  We mourn with food.  Heck, I think that I’m gonna celebrate posting this blog post with a big brownie.  *giggle*  So next year, I’m going to try and look at food differently.  Eat a little cleaner.  Plan a little healthier.  Substitute thing here and there.  Get into a new relationship with food.  I've already started healthier pinning.  Check it out here.
Do you make resolutions for the new year?  Feel free to share them in the comments.  I’m linking up with Mrs. Miracle’s Music Room for this New Year’s Resolutions Linky Party.  Join us!
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  1. Thanks for linking up, Tracy! You have had such a difficult year, here's to a MUCH better 2015! (And I can totally relate to not wanting to do the difficult products, I'm really trying to just do the work so others don't have to!) Have a GREAT New Year!

  2. I'm so jealous of your tubanos- those are next on my wishlist!!! I love doing drum circles, improvisation, and composition projects with them. Thanks for sharing your resolutions and Happy New Year!

    1. I am thrilled to have them! I think I love using them more than the kiddos!

  3. I understand the difficulties of health issue; I had 4 surgeries over the last year and a half and a number of complications so I can RELATE!!! Does your husband have or is using a wound vacuum? I used them after 3 of my surgeries and it was amazing! I know it's hard, and I am so glad that year is over, and we're gonna pray it's all over with!
    Glad to hear you are ready to "Level Up". I loved my level and master's classes and will go back to repeat level II Orff certification again someday; my favorite level!
    Aimee at http://ofortunaorff.blogspot.com

    1. Thanks Aimee! I had several abdominal things done about 5 or 6 years ago and no wound vac. He's using one and it is FABULOUS! I mean...as far as that kind of thing goes. His wound is gigantic so it is the best thing for him. I love how it keeps the wound together, clean and protected and really encourages healing. Poor guy is in a lot of pain, but the wound looks good so we are thankful.