Apparently October is AAC Awareness Month. Isn't this a great little picture/message?! Yes, just say Hello. It's a good start!
So, Hello! I've had some people ask how I'm doing now that things are settling in a bit with the fall. I hesitate to really say, for a number of reasons.
I remember when I was at my last job, and was chatting with someone who used to work there. She was enthusiastically sharing that she didn't regret leaving for a minute and was really glad she made the leap to something new. I recall feeling a bit personally insulted or defensive or something, even though I had plans to resign and start this new business venture! So I don't want to be too enthusiastic and offend my dearly loved previous coworkers!
Also, the parts of my career that have never been fun for me (aka paperwork, mounds and mounds of paperwork) didn't disappear with a new job! And October is heavy on the paperwork in this profession, ugh! This blog entry should actually be called 'procrastinating from writing more IPP goals on a holiday weekend'.
But I will say that this life change - resigning from public health after 16 years, and starting a private practice has been the perfect move for me at this time in my story. I just love it. So much. Every day. I've made some mistakes and there are things I'm already behind on, but I just love that it is more of a reflection of who I am, or at least I can see the potential for that. I love thinking of ideas of what I might try next year when my schedule is a bit more open (with both my kids in school full-time). I feel so very fortunate to have a half-time contract for this year with the age of kids I love to work with, and getting to do lots of hand-on things with some of my favourite little ones in the city. The coworkers that come with that contract are the absolute best. Truly. It is fun to slowly explore a little one-to-one therapy outside of the schools as well. Things are moving at a good pace for me - enough to keep it exciting but so far not enough to be overwhelming or having to turn a bunch of people away.
So, I'm thankful and settling in and really enjoying life, if you were one of those who was wondering! Thanks for caring.
I will leave you with this thought that is an encouragement for me this evening...
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.