I find it hard to believe that it is now halfway through January as I am writing my first blog of 2013. I have had a very therapeutic break over Christmas and New Year. I made sure that I surrounded myself with the people who help me keep perspective, who make me laugh and who make a difference in my life. I have taken time to reflect on my own priorities, on who I am and what I’m really about; both personally and professionally. And I have made a positive choice to address my major personality flaw.
I would like to introduce you to my superhero alter ego. Do you know her? The girl who seems unaware of how many hours are actually in a day. Who resembles a human tornado as she passes through the office. Who places unrealistic expectations on herself and can often be found literally or metaphorically tearing her hair out. I know her very well.
In 2013 I resolve to accept that I am not a superhero – not least of all because I really cannot carry off the pants over the tights look! I cannot do it all by myself, and more importantly nobody expects me to except me. I am good at coming up with ideas and trying something new, and can generally persuade others to come on the journey with me so long as I stop for long enough to actually involve them.
So my desire for 2013 is to see this Mental Health SLT blog evolve from a place to document my own thoughts and experiences into a forum for anyone who wishes to blog about Speech and Language Therapy in Mental Health. So watch out if I work with you already – you’re probably on my list!