Ok, once I get past the mortification that I haven’t written a post in a whiiiiiile and you forgive me, we can proceed. Good? Good.

It’s really a travesty because so many wonderful, creative, and challenging moments have happened and collectively I and my students have learned SO MUCH. But to practice what I preach, I need to just make progress, so instead of waiting for the stars to align for me to have time to write, I’m just going to get it out there.

To start, here is a list of things that make me so thankful and proud to be a cellist and teacher of such precious people. (air kisses to you all.)

sprout notesMy String Sprouts classes keep me full of hope for the future. These families work so hard with their kiddos and just LOVE their kids. That’s the best.


Candace and Amy

Amy Barston came and worked with our cellists and I am so thankful to have her as a cello friend. We all need these, and her willingness to share her expertise and experience with friends and strangers is such a gift.



My Pipsticks subscription makes me so happy. And my students happy. And the other teachers happy that get random sheets of stickers because they make me think of them.


izzy and zuill

I have had students selected for multiple masterclasses with incredible artists, and I am beyond proud. To put yourself on display to show your strengths and weaknesses and then be dissected by a brilliant musician in front of a large audience takes guts and grit. And my students have both, which is rad.



And to the liquid that makes all of this possible: I am grateful for good coffee. Or even bad coffee. I’m just grateful.

pink coffee

>> photos by @creativecoffee, filters by a color story and afterlight


adventures in chicago

Ten years ago, an email changed the direction of my life and I wouldn’t change a single moment of it as I LOVE what I get to do each day. But I will say, if that email hadn’t come, you would still find me in Chicago. I adore this city.

For spring break, Cody and I decided to spend a week back in old stomping grounds, to visit and re-explore the city. Here are a few great moments from our adventure!

Top places to visit:

  • The Bean
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • William Harris Lee & Co.
  • Hamilton: the musical
  • Andersonville (our old area!)
  • Wrigley Stadium
  • Chicago Field Museum (dinosaurs!)

Chicago in marchHamilton entryChicago 17-1

Chicago 17-2Chicago 17-3Chicago 17-4Chicago march 3Chicago 17-5

And then sometimes, you just come across crazy things…

Chicago 17-6

>> photos by @creativecoffee, filters by a color story and afterligh

summer is speeding by…

Calendar…which means it is time for OCMI and registering for fall studio times! Studio families should have received an email from me to select your time for the fall if you have registered*, so please do so before July 19th!

*reserved lesson time is only valid once you have officially registered with the OCM office. If you have not done so, please do before you lose your spot!

It also means that it is time for the Coconut Latte! It’s like a tropical vacation in a cute mason jar.

Coconut latte

Monday, July 13, 2015


  • PT’s Flying Monkey Espresso
  • Whole Milk
  • Coconut Syrup
  • Sassiness from the barista


>> drinks from @accelerandoch photos by @creativecoffee, filters by afterlight, text from my favorite app ABeautifulMess App

drink of the day…iced chai!

Iced chai

Saturday, April 11, 2015


Our iced chai tea latte is something that we (and plenty of others) are very passionate about. It is an art form to create, but worth every spice-filled minute. Cinnamon, cardamom, and delicious tea – oh yea.


>>photos by @creativecoffee, filters by afterlight, text from my favorite app ABeautifulMess App

drink of the day…french press!

French press 2

Saturday, March 14, 2015


For this, you need the equipment of a french press – a way to fully immerse coarsely ground coffee for 4 minutes to perfection. This will giver you a fuller mouth-feel of the coffee and the beautiful coffee oils that appear with this type of brewing.


I do like our shop’s stainless steel press, as it not only looks great but keeps the coffee hotter than some of the glass presses you commonly see. Whats in your cup today?

Togo coffee

>>photos by @creativecoffee, filters by afterlight, text from my favorite app ABeautifulMess App

drink of the day…americano!

My favorite coffeeSo, I have this amazing husband, right? I do. We’ve had a lot of adventures in our life together, but one of the most challenging and exciting ones is that we own a coffeehouse > > Accelerando Coffee House! 

So to give you a glimpse into that part of my life, I thought I’d start a new feature: drink of the day! (To be clear, this may be my chosen drink for that moment, or a barista experimentation.)

Saturday, March 7, 2015 : americano


There’s nothing like a warm, robust cup of deliciousness in the morning (with a bit of sugar, because I’m me.) Comfort in a cup.


For more coffee awesomeness, visit!

>>photos by @creativecoffee, filters by afterlight, text from my favorite app ABeautifulMess App