Hello, fellow harpists!
I kind of want to revive this area of the forum because this is exactly my lot in life. I work in regulatory and legislative affairs, which can be a bit stressful. My harp is my happy place, though I have to admit that I can be lazy about practicing when I come home mentally exhausted. Offering to play for friends and family gives me a deadline that forces me to practice, but it can also become stressful when the event rolls around! LOL! But, because I’m a harpist I offer to play for weddings as a gift for those I love. I haven’t had to buy a wedding gift in well over a decade 🙂
As a side note, my younger son plays the upright bass and we’ve started playing gigs together. It’s been a nice bonding experience that also keeps us practicing over his summer break 🙂