Days 10-16, Organizing Life

January 10th: I started the week by revisiting the kitchen and reorganizing our pantry. First, I removed everything from the shelves and lazy susan. After wiping down the shelves, I sorted through the contents to condense items as much as possible, I threw out a couple things, made a grocery list of things that are running low, and restocked the shelves.

January 11th: Today I tidied up our storage area under the kitchen sink. It was already it pretty good shape, so I added a couple items to our grocery list, refilled all of our soap containers, and condensed other cleaning supplies.

January 12th: Now that winter recitals are complete, I’ve been collecting a ton of music from my flute choirs. After organizing all the music, I refiled it on my bookshelves. This is quite the process, because all of my music is organized by genre and alphabetized by composer last name. There were stacks and stacks of music that I collected, so it also required shifting things around on the shelves to get everything to fit in the proper order.

January 13th: In order to complete today’s goal, I cleaned and reorganized our coat closet. I emptied all of our jacket pockets, washed all of my scarves and a couple of our jackets. Once things were nice and clean, I hung up all of my scarves and arranged our jackets by season.

January 14th: This morning I washed all of our bedding and blankets around the house. Obviously this is a pretty regular task, but our guest bed doesn’t get used very often, except by our cats who tend to leave an extra layer of fur for our guests. It’s nice to just freshen things up once in a while, especially if we are expecting company.

January 15th: On Friday morning I clean the entire house and wash all of our laundry. It takes a couple hours, but it’s nice to start the weekend with a clean house!

January 16th: This morning I reorganized our bathroom cabinets. They were already pretty organized, but I went through all of our medicines to throw away anything that had expired and added needed items to our grocery list.

Goodbye 2015, Bring on 2016!

Happy New Year, loyal readers! Thank you for following our journey this year! We hope that through our successes and failures, you’ve considered pursuing your own goals in 2016. The final touches have been made and my October goal of building a website is finally complete! It might have taken 90 days instead of 30, but I probably would have made excuses and never pursued the goal at all if it weren’t for Gals With Goals, Brooke as my cheerleader and the encouragement of all of our readers and supporters. After a lot of listening, practice, reviewing how to use our zoom recorder and best recording practices, 2-3 hours of recording, over 100 tracks to listen to and choose from, learning a new recording program called Audacity, and uploading everything to my SoundCloud account for the whole world to hear, I’ve finally finished my December goal of making a recording! If you would like to hear my recording of Marin Marais, Les Folies D’Espagne, visit my website at www.angelaheckmueller.com! 😉

Flutistically speaking, 2015 was an absolute rollercoaster for me. I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie of my quartet and other chamber groups, had successes and failures in the audition arena, felt so much joy and pride watching my students grow and develop, hit rock bottom because of criticism from colleagues, talked myself out of putting my flute in it’s case for good, and received the positive feedback and validation I needed to remind myself that I am a good flute player, I’m on the right track, and I do have what it takes to rise above musician politics and be successful. Special thanks to Brooke for making me put myself out there and record again. I’m hoping to do more recording projects in 2016. And of course, special thanks to my loving and supportive husband, Joe Joe, for standing by my side throughout this Gals With Goals journey!

2015 went by in a flash, and it’s hard to believe that 2016 is already here! Brooke and I both completed our 12 goals and are healthier and happier for it! We did it! What are your goals for 2016? It’s never too late to take this journey with us! Here’s to 2016 and 12 new goals! Cheers!

My Goals for 2016:

January: Indoor House Projects

February: Mindfulness and Meditation

March: Website Updates & Related Projects

April: Couch to 5k

May: Outdoor House Projects

June: Play Irish Flute

July: Learn about Photography & Photoshop

August: Explore Essential Oils

September: TBD by Brooke

October: Create a Flute App

November: Learn the Flute Parts for The Nutcracker

December: Bake New Christmas Cookies and Candies

Meowy Flutin’ Christmas!

Meowy Flutin’ Christmas! Tee Hee! 😉 December has been an absolute whirlwind with the holidays quickly approaching. I’ve finally ordered and mailed our Christmas cards, finished our shopping, wrapped all of our gifts with the assistance of Santa’s Little Destroyers…I mean Helpers, and completed my first round of holiday baking.

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My flute choir performed two out of three holiday performances, we attended the Nutcracker where we ran into two of our sweet little students, and we attended multiple holiday parties.

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We’ve been working on our websites. Yes, I said we! Joe made his own, beat me to the finish line, and is now helping me finish mine! Guys With Goals 2016? We have a couple days of work left, a rehearsal or two (million), too many holiday parties to keep track of, and several gigs. I’ll be judging recordings for a flute competition in the next couple of days and there’s something else I’m forgetting…oh yeah, I need to learn a new piece of music and make a recording in 11 days! BAHAHAH! (Brooke, note to self….lets choose really easy goals for December 2016!) 😉

I chose a solo flute piece that has been on my “wish list” for way too long,”Les Folies d’Espagne” by Marin Marais (1656-1728). The piece originally appeared in Marais’ Pieces de violes, Book II (1701), and he intended it to be accessible to a number of instruments, including the flute. Maris’ Folies is a set of thirty-two variations on the famous Folia theme. There are variations in rhythm, melodic contour, ornamentation, articulation, and even dynamics. The main melody is a very popular sarabande of it’s time. Folia meant “mad” or “empty-headed” and was associated with a fast and noisy Spanish dance. The style traveled to the court of Louis XIV, where it was adapted by French composers. The Folia known to the French as “folie(s) d’Espagne” became slow and dignified with a framework that consists of a melodic line over a harmonic accompaniment.

I’m recording the 1956 Barenreiter edition for solo flute edited by Hans-Peter Schmitz, which offers twenty-five variations. In the future, I could use two accompanied versions. (Leduc, 1978 and Zimmermann, 1983) These editions vary in number of variations, presence and absence of accompaniment, choice of key, as well as other subtleties. Many composers have used the famous sarabande melody called folia as the basis for cycles of variations (Folies d’Espagne). Hans-Peter Schmitz’ arrangement for flute agrees with the flexible scoring and performance practice of the first half of the 18th century. Stayed tuned for my final post of 2015 and a recording of Marais’ “Les Folies d’Espagne”! Meowy Flutin’ Christmas to all, and to all a good night! (Okay, I’ll stop saying Meowy Flutin’ Christmas!) 😉

Recording in Progress…

When Brooke and I came up with our idea for Gals With Goals in the fall of 2014, we decided that we would pick out our own goals for January through November and pick each other’s 12th goal for December. With my obsession of listening to Podcasts, experiencing Brooke’s TedTalks, and her book, there was no doubt in my mind about having Brooke share one of her stories with The Moth. Brooke has challenged me to record this month! Of course I’m freaking out and overthinking every detail of what to record, when to record, where to record, who to record with, etc. I have several projects ideas lined up with Joe and Michael, but there’s no way we would be able to complete them this month with the holidays and all of our other obligations. I’ve decided to record a solo flute piece so that I don’t have to worry about coordinating with other people and their schedules. This recording will be used as an additional demo on my Sound Cloud account. (https://soundcloud.com/angela-renee-heck/sets/recordings-dr-angela-heck)

 

For those of you who are interested in recording, here’s what you need to know about recording demos!

1) Recorded demos act as a type of business card and are great professional tools strategically used to jumpstart and/or advance your career.

2) These recordings are an investment in the future, not necessarily a source of income.

3) Showcase your musical ability with at least 3-4 works or movements of contrasting time periods, musical styles, and genres.

4) Highlight your strengths, range of technique, and interpretive skills.

5) Grab your listener’s attention by starting with your best recording and order your selections to create an interesting progression.

6) Use your demo to apply for grants, competitions, festivals, orchestral auditions, teaching jobs, residencies, and booking concerts.

7) Demos can include studio recordings and live performances. Examples of live performance are often preferred in most application scenarios. Your adrenalin can give live performances recordings a nice edge that you won’t necessarily hear in a studio recording.

8) Record repertoire you’ve polished, performed several times, and that is appropriate for your demo needs.

9) Demonstrate your own unique voice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serving Others, Days 22-30

Sunday, November 22nd: This afternoon the Michelle Tuesday Music School’s Advanced Flute Choir performed at the Gahanna Holiday Lights Celebration at Gahanna Mifflin Presbyterian Church. It’s always fun to perform and give back to our community!

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Monday, November 23rd: Today I made a donation to The Water Project, a non-profit organization unlocking human potential by providing reliable water projects to communities in sub-Saharan Africa who suffer needlessly from a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation. The Water Project has been helping communities gain access to clean, safe water by providing training, expertise and financial support for water project construction through their staff and implementing partners. Here are 10 ways clean water can change the world: 1) Improve water supply, sanitation & hygiene 2) Reduce death & disease 3) Increase healthy food 4) Reduce conflict 5) Gender equality 6) Increase school attendance 7) Improve impoverished communities 8) Reduce pollution 9) Protect biodiversity 10) Climate change impact. (http://thewaterproject.org/10-ways-clean-water-changes-the-world)

Tuesday, November 24th: One of our fellow SSO member’s husband, Tim, was recently diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. Today I visited their gofundme page that their children created and made a donation to contribute to the cost of Tim’s treatment. https://www.gofundme.com/6jaakn2s

Wednesday, November 25th: The Capital Chamber Orchestra, (CCO) is a fully professional per- service orchestra serving the greater Washington DC with 25% of the ticket proceeds being donated to music for underprivileged youth. The charity provides instruments to homeless students, students at risk and students who would love to play an instrument if they only had the monetary means. CCO believes in a strong educational outreach program and is committed to serving our youth. The CCO is based at the Historic Church of the Epiphany in the heart of DC and plans to be a touring ensemble in the future. They fully believe that this is an excellent model for orchestras as we move further into the 21st century. They are currently running a crowdsourcing campaign until December 30, (the end of tax season) at http://igg.me/at/Capital-Chamber-Orchestra. You can make an impact, not only on the Capital Chamber Orchestra, but perhaps more importantly on our society as a whole by making a donation and/or sharing this link with your contacts.

Thursday, November 26th: Today’s donation went to Seeds of Hope, Inc., which addresses the needs of the homeless population in and around Ross County, Ohio. It does so by offering, but not limiting itself to emergency sheltering, transitional housing and a faith-based mentoring program. Case Management Staff, utilizing the Housing First Model, work with the client to develop a service plan to address their housing crisis. This includes individualized attention to address factors that led to their homelessness, and barriers that prevent them from obtaining and retaining stable affordable housing. In addition to working with clients to help address the housing crisis, Seeds of Hope Mentors are assigned to each individual in order to provide encouragement and navigational support on a long-term basis.

Friday, November 27th: Joe and I have been in Boston all week for a little Thanksgiving vacation. As we were checking in at the airport, I noticed that someone left their wallet at the currency exchange booth. I turned in the wallet to airport security so they could make an announcement and find the owner. Here’s to good Karma!

Saturday, November 28th: I got an email recently from Ohio University Alumni Affairs asking if I would like to send a finals week goodie bag to my favorite bobcat. I decided to order the finals week gift bag and ship it to the OU flute studio to wish them luck on their juries and final exams. Go Bobcats!

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Sunday, November 29th: Today I made a donation to The Salvation Army, an organization that provides support for adults through rehabilitation, veteran’s affairs, prison ministries, elderly services, as well as child and family services for hunger relief, housing & homeless services, Christmas assistance, and youth camps and recreation programs.

Monday, November 30th: Joe and I recently started buying a super healthy food for our kitties, but of course it was after I had already purchased a bunch of other kinds of food for them. Rather than just throwing it all out, I gave it to a coworker for her new kitten. Hopefully that will save her some money on her grocery bill for a while.

I did it! 30 days of serving others. My schedule is so crazy so it was difficult to do more “hands on” service, but when you do what you can with the time and resources you have, it goes a long way.

Serving Others, Days 15-21

Sunday, November 15th: On Sunday morning I performed at Peace Lutheran Church in Gahanna for two reflective services as part of the Path to Peace series. Afterward I taught all of my flute students as per my usual Sunday schedule.

Monday, November 16th: This morning I made two meals for the week from my new vegan cookbook, The Oh She Glows Cookbook. After work Joe took some of the soup I made over to his parent’s house for dinner along with banana bread I had made a couple days ago.

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Tuesday, November 17th: After my workout this morning, I made blueberry muffins that I will be sharing with my stylist today at Michael Garcias and tomorrow with my ODU students.

Wednesday, November 18th: I shared blueberry muffins with my ODU students this morning and they were so grateful! Every college student needs a home cooked meal or snack to get them through a busy semester!

Thursday, November 19th: This evening after work I went to Laura’s for an Ava Anderson and Thirty-One party. My Ava Anderson order will provide a Plumpy’Nut nutritional packet to a malnourished child, through their partner and good friend, Edesia Global Nutrition Solutions. Watch the video below to see how this packet is saving lives around the world.

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Friday, November 20th: Brooke and I met this morning at Philco Diner in the Short North. I bought her breakfast and then we headed across town for TEDxColumbus for some really inspirational speakers.

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Saturday, November 21st: I met up with Brooke again this morning so that I could help her with her monthly Meals on Wheels route. After we picked up all of the food, we visited about 12 people on the east side of Columbus to deliver their meal for the day. From start to finish, the route only took about 2 hours with easy grab-and-go packaging and thorough instructions. Watch the video below and consider volunteering for a route in your neighborhood!

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Serving Others, Days 8-14

Sunday, November 8th: This morning the Michelle Tuesday Music School’s flute choir played at our church for our Sunday morning service. They have done this in the past, and the congregation absolutely loves hearing them again and again.

Monday, November 9th: Today I donated gloves, scarves, and hats to the Good Neighbors of Central Ohio (Neighbors Engaged in Giving the Homeless Better Opportunities, Respect and Strength). This organization provides opportunities for groups and individuals who represent each aspect of our community to work side by side demonstrating that we need good neighbors to our often forgotten community members: the homeless. The Good Neighbors are hosting a picnic for the homeless community of Columbus to provide a day of fun, food, and entertainment for their guests. In addition to an entertaining day, homeless families are provided wth much needed clothing, personal care items, as well as shoes, toys, blankets, and travel bags in preparation for winter.

Tuesday, November 10th: Today I made a donation to GRIN (Gahanna Residents In Need), a community wide, faith based organization committed to helping the residents of the Gahanna-Jefferson school district in a time of need. GRIN offers a variety of services, such as a food pantry, clothing, rent/utility assistance, summer lunch club, school supply drive, holiday assistance, as well as other services. (http://www.grin4gahanna.org/)

Wednesday, November 11th: This morning I made baked goods for my students at Ohio Dominican University, but then my students cancelled their lessons. I guess I’ll try again next week! Joe and I also made our monthly contribution to NPR today.

Thursday, November 12th: Today I made a donation to the Malala Fund, a foundation started by Pakistani activist for female education and youngest Nobel Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai. The Malala Fund enables girls to complete 12 years of safe, quality education so that they can achieve their potential and be positive change-makers in their families and communities. The fund works with partners all over the world helping to empower girls and amplify their voices; they invest in local education leaders and programs; they advocate for more resources for education and safe schools for every child.

Friday, November 13th: This evening we invited the Roeth family over for dinner. They have us over to their house all the time so it was nice to treat them to dinner at our place. Joe even gave Audrey and Violet a cello lesson! 😉

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Saturday, November 14th: This afternoon I’ll play for a wedding with Kana and Joe at the Columbus Museum of Art for one of Kana’s friends. I also made gift bags for the homeless that I plan to keep in my car to hand out. Each bag consists of items such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc.

Serving Others, Days 1-7

As Thanksgiving approaches, I figure what better goal for the month of November then to spend 30 days serving others. With that being said, I must be completely honest. I’m a pretty selfish person. However, I’d like to think that in order to be at my best for others, I’ve got to take care of myself first. My typical day consists of waking up early to work out, planning and preparing healthy meals to keep us healthy, packing Joe’s lunch before work, snuggling with two really cute kitties, and teaching and performing via multiple service jobs. We do what we can to serve our community by supporting local organizations through yearly membership and monthly sustaining contributions. Throughout the month of November, I’ll try to service others each day in a different way and share it with you in my blog posts. A little bit of kindness can really go a long way, so this month I will encourage our readers to “Pay It Forward.” Do something nice for someone and encourage them to pay it forward by doing something nice for someone else. Send me a Facebook message letting me know what you did to serve others and I’ll write about in my blog. Although this month will be a difficult one, it will undoubtedly be the most rewarding.

Sunday, November 1st: This morning Joe and I had the pleasure of playing three services at Peace Lutheran Church for All Saints Sunday. This is always a tough service, because the church community remembers family and friends they’ve lost. Hopefully our music brings a little peace and comfort to those grieving the passing of a loved one. After the last service I headed over to Music & Arts to teach my students. I have one student in particular who is obsessed with video games so I did a little research and brought him some video game music to work on for fun.

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Monday, November 2nd & Tuesday, November 3rd: On Monday and Tuesday I tried to focus my attention on my students. I gave each of them a post-Halloween treat and brought in some special music for a few of my students who have been working really hard and needed a new challenge. Joe and I also performed our civic duty and voted in today’s election.

Wednesday, November 4th: Joe and I both “Feel the Bern” so we started making monthly donations to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and will continue to do so through the primaries and the election! 😉

Thursday, November 5th: This morning I made banana applesauce bread and blueberry muffins for the staff at MTMS. I even picked the blueberries myself over the summer! 😉 Everyone enjoyed having a sweet treat to hold them over before dinner.

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Friday, November 6th: This morning a made a clothing and home goods donation to Volunteers of America (AMVETS). Volunteers of America helps more than 20,000 people in Ohio and nearly 2 million people across the country through thousands of human services programs, including housing and healthcare. Every couple of weeks I get this card in the mail with the next pick-up date. All you do is bag the items for donation and leave them on your front porch with this card for pick-up. It’s super easy and benefits a good cause.

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Saturday, November 7th: This morning I surprised a student by helping her pick out a piccolo. (an early Christmas present from her parents) I met them at Music & Arts to try instruments in order to find the best fit for her. I also covered for a teacher at MTMS who woke up sick. In the afternoon, Joe and I are rehearsing with Kana for her friend’s wedding next weekend.

If you haven’t seen this on Facebook yet, grab a tissue and prepare to be moved.

Building a Website, Days 16-23

Friday, October 16th: Today’s project was revising my CV to make sure it is completely up-to-date. I need to update the section on festivals that I’ve attended and participated in. That will take a lot of research, but luckily I save all of my program books so I’ll be able to figure it out. This morning my second formal dress arrived for my photo session. It fits really well, but I’ll need to schedule some alterations for length of course. Short people problems…

Saturday, October 17th: I’m a regular on Facebook, but that’s about as far as I go when it comes to social media. In order to get with the times, I created an Instagram account today and added my first photo. Welcome to the 21st century, Angela!

Sunday, October 18th: I continued my quest into the world of social networking by creating a twitter account. I’ll need to sit with a friend to get the 411 before I send my first tweet. Brooke, can you teach me about tweets and hashtags?!?

Monday, October 19th-Friday, October 23rd: I’ve received a couple more responses this week with teaching testimonials, so I added those to all of my other website materials in preparation for the launch of the site. I’ve spent a lot of time this week researching different website design sites, such as web.com, Wix, Weebly, Google Sites, Go Daddy, WordPress, Squarespace, etc. I’m having a really hard time finding a sleek and simple design without a lot of bells and whistles, but I think I’ve narrowed it down to two choices. There is a template on Weebly that I really like for its simplicity and clean design. My concern is that it doesn’t leave a lot of room for images. (http://www.weebly.com/themes/) Another template that I really like is on Wix, which will allow me to use larger images, but the template looks like it’s going to be more complicated to use. I guess I won’t really know until I attempt to build the site!

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Building a Website, Days 9-15

Friday, October 9th: After a birthday lunch with Laura, Audrey, and Violet I stopped by Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack before work to do a little dress shopping for new headshots. In-store shopping was a total failure because they didn’t have the selection that was available online. I’m going to keep looking and probably end up taking a chance and ordering something online.

Saturday, October 10th: This evening I ended up submitting two online orders for headshot/future recital dresses. I also wrote my full biography for the website. I have several versions of my bio for various things, but for the website I need a comprehensive bio.

Sunday, October 11th: In between my lessons today, I kept reading The Savvy Musician for more helpful tips. In the evening I copied and reformatted my dissertation abstract to include on my website. The Savvy Musician has been so helpful in solidifying the image I want to convey with my site. I hope to build a site that is traditional, sophisticated, professional, yet personable and fun and user-friendly for my students. Clarifying the goals of the website is also at the front of my mind. I want the site to have a clear purpose and make sure visitors are engaged and have a reason to return by providing free information, helpful forums, tips for practicing effectively, marketing music, a community for flutists, etc. My goals is to also attract new clients and increase name recognition.

Monday, October 12th: This morning I made a pdf copy of the Flute Talk magazine article I wrote back in 2008. Now I just need to double check copyright laws to see if I am allowed to include it on my site to share with my students.

Tuesday, October 13th: Today’s project was working on my discography page. Sadly, I’ve only done two recordings that I can remember, but that will soon change thanks to Brooke’s December challenge! 😉

Wednesday, October 14th: One page on my website will focus specifically on teaching. I emailed my flute students and parents today for testimonials to post on the website. One of my dresses arrived in the mail today and it fits great! All I need to do is schedule an appointment to have it altered for length.

Thursday, October 15th: Emails from students and parents who are eager to write testimonials for my website are pouring in! I also scheduled headshots for Joe and I over Thanksgiving break, which means my site with hopefully launch at the beginning of December. In the meantime, I’ll keep working on daily projects to make sure that I can launch the website the second I have completed photographs. I knew that being a musician would require discipline, vision, and creativity, but I can’t say I was fully prepared to be a businesswoman who markets products, builds a brand, on top of performing and attracting an audience.