How do you feed yourself?
I’m not talking about feeding yourself food. This is about feeding yourself personally and professionally. When boarding a plane, we hear:
“…in the event of loss of cabin pressure to put on our oxygen mask before assisting others.”
This advice also applies to feeding ourselves.
Literature to feed the soul and work
Reading has always been a part of my life. As I grew older, browsing library shelves for attention grabbing books was my thing. While I still relish library visits, internet shares influence my reads.
While there are many ways to feed our needs, this post focuses on two: reading and supervision.
What to read?
- Read a variety of styles, genres. Gravitate towards non-fiction? Explore fiction that relates to topics or places of interest. In the same way, if you gravitate towards fiction, read related non-fiction.
- If you find an author or series that draws you in, go for it.
- Have a mix which informs your profession and your personal life.
- Read books related to your interests. For example, if cooking is your thing you might enjoy:
- Christmas Caramel Murder by Joanne Fluke
- Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell
- Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
Sources of influence
There are SO MANY ways to locate books. Here are a few of mine.
- Keep a list on Amazon. As a result, it recommends related books.
- Grab a few books from the library or book store shelves. Read a page or a paragraph and see what you think.
- Ask friends or people you admire what they are reading.
- Subscribe to a services that provides books. Next Big Idea Club is one example.
An example of what to read
Books informing both personal and professional life intrigue me. When written by a researcher and noted speaker, you’ve grabbed my attention. A book by Brene Brown? Of course, I’m checking it out!
Dare to Lead challenges readers to (re)define leadership. It lifts up the role of being curious and asking questions. In doing so, we can be more true to ourselves and our callings in all our roles.
Real life stories make concepts applicable. Exercises within the book and in online materials stretch the reader. While an audio version is available, buy a hard/paperback cover or electronic version. It make this a deeper dive.
Support to feed your life and work
Support can take many forms. It includes:
- Practical/Self-Support – Meeting our basic needs, practicing self-care all serve an important role. Having people hold us accountable is helpful. Sometimes, they can help us with that “oxygen mask”.
- Emotional/Psychological Support – Having people listen. Whether it is celebrating our successes or moving through our challenges, this is a key need.
- Personal/Professional Development – Another set of eyes can provide a fresh perspective. Feedback, places to improve and identifying needs for supervision fall in this area.
Starting points for support
In person support can be transformational. The diversity of this support can vary according to locale. Thanks to the internet, more options are available. Here are four board-certified music therapist to help you begin.
- For personal growth and development check out Faith Halverson-Ramos. She is also a transpersonal psychotherapist. Faith offers a range of services worth exploring.
- On the personal therapy/supervision side of the spectrum is Stephanie Bolton. Stephanie is a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery. Her schedule is flexible to accommodate needs.
- Offering private coaching and online services is Rachelle Morgan. Whether you are a music therapist working in eldercare, starting or growing a business, or have a related need, visit her page. Rachel is here to nurture your growth.
- Jona Jeffcoat offers a variety of services. For professional supervision specializing in developmental disabilities and mental health visit Infinity Music Therapy Services. Growing or developing a music therapy business? Visit MTBO Toolkit for details.
How will you feed yourself?
Keep on reading. Keep on seeking support. Let Session Cafe be a part of your support system. We offer a self-paced program for seeing beauty. This will enrich your life and your work. Our memberships provide you tons of senior living session starters. These make your session planning an easy part of your work.