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Why do Costron Coaching’s services keep running?

It was simply not an option for us to not be there for our community. When we are all naturally feeling anxiety, grief, loss, fear, sadness during this time of uncertainty. So we chose to respond by launching online coaching services.

We are here to provide a space for connection, healing, love, light and hope to our existing clients as well as new clients across Canada and in or rural communities.

Check out this interview with Mackenzie on Costron Coaching’s response to COVID-19.

I am here. I see you. ~ 50% Off Coaching!

Costron Coaching. 50% Off. Business. Entrepreneur Coach. COVID-19 Support. Online.

Feeling the COVID-19 isolation woes? Needing support with your small business during this time of transition? Wanting to dive deeper into business/ creative areas within your company?

Attention: Therapists, Musicians, Health/ Wellness Professionals, Students and Interns. I am currently offering 50% off coaching sessions!!

No matter what your story is. Humanity has been impacted by a major life/work transition, and although it will pass, at this moment you are likely experiencing fear, sadness, grief, overwhelm, anxiety, and stress. Name what you are feeling and honour those difficult emotions.

I can absolutely attest to these feelings on a personal level with loved ones, as a choral musician and creative with Halifax Camerata Singers, as a business owner, leader and entrepreneur with Find Your Voice Music Therapy, and as a mentor, guide with Costron Coaching.

On the other side, I have witnessed immense courage, beauty and community as we are united now more then ever. It certainly has been a spectrum of feelings, an emotional rollercoaster if you will. And no matter where you are in this moment I want you to know that I am here and I see you. I am grateful right now to be offering with my vibrant community of creatives, therapists, artists and healers this discount. In hopes that this rate is accessible to you. If it’s not please reach out and we’ll figure something out!

Connect with me and book your online session at mackenzie@costroncoaching.com or 1-800-827-3120 ext. 101.

Light,

Mackenzie Costron, BMT, MTA, RCT
Owner and Founder of Costron Coaching
Certified Music Therapist and Registered Counselling Therapist at Find Your Voice Music Therapy
1-800-827-3120 ext. 101
mackenzie@costroncoaching.com

March Mindful Mindset

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Our thoughts are powerful and the feelings associated with these messages shape our identity – in business and in life.  

There’s lots to accomplish as an entrepreneur.  As visionaries we’re not short of creative ideas and dreaming about possibilities for the future.  Accompanied with the operations, planning, problem solving, and decision making side of the business shifting between these states can be a jarring.  

I personally find that when I am overwhelmed with my to do list the worst possible thing for me to do is hustle and work harder. (feeling me COVID-19 small business owners?!) I enter into “striving or proving mode” where I am constantly working to check off more on my list or in a continuous planning/ thinking about work state.  This doesn’t serve me well as I deeply value self, home, family and friend space.  

In “striving or proving mode” I’ve also noticed that messages associated with “not being enough” (Hello Brene Brown!  We love you.) become rampant… I won’t be successful if I don’t get that task done today… People won’t think highly of me if I don’t deliver… I can’t afford to get behind, they will judge me… I am worthless for not accomplishing this objective.  Whoa!!  That’s enough with the loaded, negative self messaging. 

Just as I speak with my clients, team and community about self love it’s important for me to actively practice mindfulness.  So that I can be the best person I can in my personal and professional life. 

1.  The first step is awareness of the “striving or proving mode” that can enter into your psyche.  The next step is for me is to consciously decide that these messages are not okay and that I am actively going to choose positivity, love, light and gratitude.  The hardest part (at least that I have found in recent months) is putting this actively into practice with loving patience.  Because hey, we all want results sooner rather then later!  I have learned that this process cannot be pressured and that trust leads the way with your healing work settling into your psyche. 

2.  I’ve learned through the years that setting up sacred space for me in the mornings is vital.  Currently I do journaling through Danielle Laporte’s Desire Map Program and light a candle for my daily intention.  Other people in my community have mentioned morning reading, stretching/ yoga, a balanced breakfast, a good cup of tea or coffee sets them up for the day. 

3.  Breaks!  I’ve definitely been tempted (many times!) to work through breaks because there’s just so much to do.  But when I am tired and brain fog sets in I find just a 10-15 minute break is important.  I usually do so by making tea and/or doing a short guided meditation.  When I’ve ignored this body signal and worked through a break I’ve noticed that I am less efficient. 

4.  When there’s a lot of your on your plate when and how do you stop?  Lately, I’ve physically been writing down when I am going to sign out of the office.  As business owners we often don’t have the luxury of concrete set hours.  But we do have the luxury of making intentional decisions of how long we would like to work.  To balance the passion of work with the meaningful aspects of our personal lives.  

We are all learning, growing, blooming. What are some mindfulness routines in your practice that work for you?  I truly believe we can learn from each other and thank you for beaming your love into this space! 

Gratitude, 
Mackenzie Costron, BMT, MTA, RCT
Owner and Founder of Costron Coaching
Certified Music Therapist and Registered Counselling Therapist at Find Your Voice Music Therapy
1-800-827-3120 ext. 101
mackenzie@costroncoaching.com

Leading with Love

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Fear of the unknown. Fear of overwhelm. Fear of not being enough. Fear of failure.  

As entrepreneurs and leaders it’s natural to experience fear.  We must trust ourselves to do the work of love so we can show up in our bodies and hearts as mindfully as possible.  It begins with our connection to self, then into the connection we have in our communities.   

CONNECTION to SELF

How are you speaking to yourself?  I find this question helps support an internal check in, as sometimes the messages coming from ourselves are loaded with pressure.  

Give yourself a break.  Let go of the negative self talk.  It’s not serving your heart.   

Is the hurt in your life creating moments of disconnection?  I find that when I am at my worst self (which always happens when my hurt is triggered) I become anxious, controlling, scared, structured, closed.  As Seane Corn, yoga instructor and activist, states, “Life happens.  We can’t change what is.  But we can change our perception to our experiences.”  Our default is the desire to push these uncomfortable feelings out as fast as possible or to shut down and ignore these feelings.  It’s tough work looking at these spaces within ourselves but so necessary to have true healing take place. 

You don’t have to do it alone if it doesn’t feel authentic to your process.  Reach out to a friend, research self care tools that feel good for you, book an appointment with a health/ wellness professional, sit in stillness and just breathe.  There are methods, resources, people to support you on this path of healing, growth and restoration.  

CONNECTION to COMMUNITY

I believe people are wired for love and connection.  Humanity thrives in this space. 

Shadow Self

Whether it’s concrete, tangible or subtle, intangible information, we feel the energy of others deeply.  In experiences where others in community are feeling negative emotions- grief, fear, anger, shame, hurt- we carry that energy in our bodies, consciously or not.  

Where does this energy come from?  Our society is immersed in narratives of power dynamics driving collective negativity and feelings of separation.  For generations these systems have been at play and for some we have not been consciously aware.  This negative energy has impacted humanity deeply and today we see cases of hurt and trauma in everyone’s stories. 

Light Self

In experiences where others in community are feeling positive emotions- joy, love, happiness- we can lead in self and community with more clarity, peace and gratitude. 

How do we find the love and light in our stories?  It’s our responsibility to be presently aware of how your energy is impacting the space in community.  Be accountable for what you can consciously see and the awareness that comes of from other people’s perspectives.  Be gentle with yourself on what’s in your unconscious and what you’re unable to currently see clearly. 

I believe that everyone is doing the best with the resources they have in the moment.  I wish you well on your journey with what perspectives and tools you currently have.  

The saying “everything happens for a reason” has such truth.  As in the joyful moments of our life we shine and in the difficult moments of our life we are invited into a space to learn.  To be the best version of us.  For ourselves and for community, in business and in life! 

You deserve the love.  Community deserves the love.

Blessings, 
Mackenzie Costron, BMT, MTA, RCT
Owner and Founder of Costron Coaching
Certified Music Therapist and Registered Counselling Therapist at Find Your Voice Music Therapy
1-800-827-3120 ext. 101
mackenzie@costroncoaching.com

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New Year. New Visions.

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Cheers to 2020!  The New Year for many brings a fresh start.  I personally feel a letting go and reset process at this time of year.  New perspectives, new notebooks, new connections, new adventures, new projects, new planners, new insights. 

As we venture into this new season I am excited to share that Costron Coaching has expanded its services to musicians, creatives, and health/ wellness entrepreneurs.  Through Costron Coaching’s connections I have noticed that there are many overlapping features between these professionals.  I value the various perspectives and experiences in business and leadership.  As well as our united connection of contributing to the health, wellness, and therapeutic aspects of our communities.  I find that learning from each other and being in united connection brings such power to our collective work!  Our work to fill our world with love, light, healing, strength and positivity.

My focus with Costron Coaching is to give you the practical tools and resources that feel authentic to your unique business story – whether you’re in it’s launch, development, growth phases.  Along with mindfulness and self love practices for you as the entrepreneur, because let’s get real, it’s an exciting and rewarding path that can sometimes get challenging.  Coaching sessions can occur in person, and through phone or video conference, with aim that these various methods of connection can promote accessibility for all. 

For those of you who don’t know me, here’s a little bit about my journey as a business owner and entrepreneur… When I was studying to become a Certified Music Therapist at Acadia University: Wolfville, Nova Scotia I began dreaming about owning my own music therapy company.  Through reflection, planning, educations sessions, and LOTS of support from my circle I launched Find Your Voice Music Therapy in Katarokwi/ Kingston, Ontario June 2014, which currently has a team of three Certified Music Therapists.  I then launched a 2nd Find Your Voice Music Therapy location in K’jipuktuk/ Halifax, Nova Scotia in July 2017.

We all don’t have the answers.  My hope is that Costron Coaching brings you the light you need on your business path.  I feel I deep sense of privilege being connected to many inspiring music therapists, musicians, creatives, and health professionals.  So much gratitude to you all! 

Shine on friends! 
Mackenzie Costron, BMT, MTA, RCT
Owner and Founder of Costron Coaching and Find Your Voice Music Therapy 
1-800-827-3120 ext. 101
mackenzie@costroncoaching.com 

Health into 2020!

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As an entrepreneur and business owner I look for natural moments in my schedule to review and reset for the next period ahead.  In December, it’s often about implementing practices so I am able to enter the New Year with clarity and inspiration. 

1. 2019 Reflection

For me its important to review the year- the good, the bad, the ugly.  To carve out space for what was working in 2019 and what was not working.  From there I consider how I can change my schedule to remove or gently alter my mindset with the unpleasant aspects.  As well as implementing aspects in my schedule that are grounding and exciting. 

When I feel overwhelmed, out of control, stressed as a music therapist/ counsellor/ business owner/ entrepreneur it leads to me having a negative mindset.  Which is absolutely not how I want to serve my team, clients, and community!  They don’t deserve that.  

Everyday I strive to commit myself to positivity and love when serving my community.  I believe that we all want to lead this way in life and it’s absolutely possible for all of us to get there with gentleness, love, support, and time. 

If it’s useful for you, here are some self-reflection questions from our friends at Miya Music Therapy that can support this process at the end of the year.  https://www.miyamusictherapy.com/post/10-sets-of-self-reflection-questions-to-ask-yourself-as-a-music-therapist-at-the-end-of-the-year

2. Client Satisfaction Surveys 

At this time of year I connect with our Find Your Voice Music Therapy clients for feedback on our services.  We use an online survey to check in with what is meaningful to them when working with us and also for information on any opportunities of growth in the New Year.  We are doing the music therapy work for the people in our communities and they deserve the best care possible!  This feedback is of utmost importance to us. 

3. 2020 Growth Implementation Plans 

Between connecting with my Find Your Voice Music Therapy team and self reflection I consider quarterly company growth and development projects for the New Year.  This is important to me and my team as we are passionate about increasing our scope and offering of our services in our community.  I am very excited to share Find Your Voice Music Therapy and Costron Coaching’s new developments in 2020! 

Do you have any end of year business wrap up practices that work with your company?  Would love to connect entrepreneur to entrepreneur and hear your story! 

With light and love,

Mackenzie Costron, BMT, MTA, RCT
Owner and Founder of Costron Coaching and Find Your Voice Music Therapy 
1-800-827-3120 ext. 101
mackenzie@costroncoaching.com 

Holidays Preferred State of Being

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With the holidays nearing it could bring a complex amount of emotions.  Feelings of joy, gratitude, excitement, peace, sadness, grief, loss, loneliness.  No matter if the holidays naturally nurture your preferred state of being, or not I invite you to think about how you would like to feel this holiday season.  

What words come up for your preferred feeling states?  

For me I think about the following… Celebration. Love. Light. Trust. Flow.  Pick 3 – 5 words that resonate with you!  

What word feels authentic to focus on this holiday season? 

I crave the stillness, quiet, and simplicity when I start my holiday vacation.  I believe that this is often due to the demands of running and developing my businesses.  It can be exhausting some days, weeks, or months for that matters.  If I have learned anything through these years it’s that a state of flow is necessary for me to balance the “entrepreneur grind” with refilling my well.  This is personally what I need to recharge and be able to show up in full heart and mind for my team and the people we serve.

When does this feeling naturally come up in your life?  What patterns do you notice? 

I notice that I am cultivating flow when I am connected to my body through movement,  creating art in community,  choosing present connection with loved ones, reading or listening to positive and grounding messages of affirmation, breathing with nature.  

Now that you’ve thought about how you want to feel and the events that naturally cultivate these feelings.  Let’s create an action plan for the holiday season!  Every day carve out the space to slot these events in.  I often schedule them in as a morning ritual, post work transition, or perhaps as a break in my work day.  This practice is conscious work that will support the importance of you!  For years, I believed that I didn’t have the time, or that it wouldn’t work when I was having low days.  But as I slowly integrated “me time” practices into my schedule I felt more grounded and able to provide service/ care to others.  

Difficult life events, someone else’s opinion, negative thoughts governed by stories of past trauma can easily sway how we actually want to feel through the holidays, and in life.  It’s a conscious choice to choose how we want to feel.  Where to authentically focus our energy.  With practice and ease I believe that we’ll have movement together towards a more loving, joyful and peaceful state of being. 

With light and love
Mackenzie Costron, BMT, MTA, RCT
Owner and Founder of Costron Coaching and Find Your Voice Music Therapy 
1-800-827-3120 ext. 101
mackenzie@costroncoaching.com 

Too Much. Too Soon. – Business Systems Strategies

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All entrepreneurs start with a dream.  With motives to create lasting community impact.  

The passion for the work and working for yourself often drives the launch phases of owning a business.  Then like all honeymoon phases, the high can come crashing down when one recognizing all the elements involved with running a company.  From conversation systems, appraisal systems, cash flow systems, bookkeeping systems, payroll systems, measurement systems… it’s a lot to process!  You launched this business with the passion to do the work.  But along with it comes endless administration, management and development that your training as a music therapist did not prepare you for.  

All healthy organizations have business systems, processes/ procedures, and strategic plans to ensure their company can function at its best capacity.  Not only will these systems impact the health of your business they will also, more importantly, impact YOUR health!  A well developed business system will keep you grounded in the present, moving forward to the future.  

Without a business system its easy to feel overwhelmed.  I’ve absolutely been there!!  Many times it’s left me in tears or wanting to quit.  I was not functioning at my best self and this not only impacts my work as a business owner, therapist, and coach but it also impacts my home life with my husband, family and friends. 

It wasn’t until after the first year development with Find Your Voice Music Therapy that I was encouraged by my business coach to develop a sharply-focused and inspiring business system.  Disclaimer: It so happens that I truly love organizing.  It’s one of my favourite things!  My family and close friends can vouch for the joy and satisfaction I get from this.  

Not sure where to begin?  Together we can figure out what your optimal day, month, year looks like.  Including the essential business tasks and responsibilities, where and when we can delegate so you get more space, how to create your ideal schedule so you continue to thrive at work and in life.  After all you work for yourself, and have the power to make changes to keep your business and owner heart at the centre of the process.  

With love and deep gratitude, 
Mackenzie Costron, BMT, MTA, RCT
Owner and Founder of Costron Coaching and Find Your Voice Music Therapy 
1-800-827-3120 ext. 101
mackenzie@costroncoaching.com 

Happy 1st Birthday Costron Coaching!

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I feel deeply blessed to be celebrating Costron Coaching’s 1st Anniversary. 

My passion for business in music therapy developed through insight on how business could impact music therapy awareness and advocacy.  There is great capacity for growth and development by launching additional music therapy practices, increasing job opportunities and enriching community knowledge so they can make informed choices about their healthcare. 

Although the path of private practice did seem like a lot of work, it also seemed incredibly rewarding.  An opportunity to connect in a meaningful way with my community and contribute to the development of music therapy in Canada.  In June 2014, I launched Find Your Voice Music Therapy in Katarokwi/ Kingston, ON as I knew there wasn’t an Accredited Music Therapist serving this area.  I quickly discovered through the launch phases that there weren’t many resources for music therapy entrepreneurs.  Those days were filled with many tears, a lot doubt, and uncertainly with how I was going to have the energy to sustain a music therapy practice.  Many people didn’t know what music therapy was and I had to keep explaining.  The beginning stages of finding work felt incredibly slow.  I had financial security stress with have low business revenue.  It felt hopeless and exhausting.  

I turned to business professionals including my own music therapy business mentor, as well as the internet for articles and videos.  This helped a great deal in shifting my perspective and shining light on my path.  The vulnerability of creating a sustainable brand, connected to your heart is deeply intense, and reflecting back I wouldn’t have it any other way.  The past years in business has taught me a lot both personally and professionally, and I am beyond grateful for these lessons.  

Costron Coaching was created so I could support aspiring entrepreneurs in creating their dream music therapy practice.  Just as my mentors did for me when I thought I couldn’t do it anymore.  It’s invited me to look back on my journey- the celebrations and the struggles- and create a coaching framework that not only provides practical resources in business but defines those resource for your authentic story and unique business objectives.  

My hope is that this brand will inspire, give courage, and shed light on one another.   I believe that as we lift each other up the profession of music therapy will flourish.  Here’s to another year of learning and connection with Costron Coaching! 

With love and deep gratitude, 
Mackenzie Costron, BMT, MTA, RCT
Owner and Founder of Costron Coaching and Find Your Voice Music Therapy 
1-800-827-3120 ext. 101
mackenzie@costroncoaching.com