It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog and I thought I’d jump on in and give a big hello and recap!
As some of you may have noticed, I took a mini hiatus and put blogging on the backburner for the past few months. My heart is still 100% excited about this sweet little blog and I have exciting ideas launching soon – however, I reached a spot where it was important for me to step back in order to step into other areas of my life that were pressing for my attention.
For me that was finishing grad school strong and giving my all to my client load this summer. I’ve learned that endings are JUST as important as beginnings, and ending this chapter of grad school strong has been so fulfilling and important.
So where have I been and what have I been up to!?
First off. I graduated with my master’s in clinical psychology!
As many of you know, I have been in a cave of grad school the past two years where I have been working full time, while concurrently studying full time. Combine that with being married, moving houses, managing properties, blogging and adopting a puppy – my life has been a whirlwind! The past year of grad school I started my clinical hours and have been working insane full days at both sites. It’s been SUCH a rewarding process, yet hard too!! I have learned so much about myself and about others and have SO much joy in embarking on this profession.
Some of you know, but I never even thought I’d go to college. I didn’t take SAT’s; I didn’t even go to college right after high school. Instead I took time off and traveled. My undergrad career was quite the journey – with lots of detours and living in different countries, not to mention working my way through school to pay for my education. And…through it all…I persevered!! And through my time at grad school I completely bloomed and flourished, bringing me to where I am today. So very grateful.
Now, more than ever I am so confident and sure of this life I am living, the people in it and the impact I am making. Going to grad school I knew I would leave with a master’s degree, but I didn’t realize JUST how much it would change my life and the way I live it.
Becoming a therapist is a gift worth more than I can even articulate. I find so much joy in walking alongside people in the darkest moments, most intimate heartaches, through their deepest fears and through skillful techniques and theories am able to truly bring change and healing into some of the hardest and most delicate moments. It’s such an honor.
I graduated. But the chaos hasn’t ended there. I started a position as a Director at a nonprofit and have been utilizing my skillset and profession in that capacity. All, while juggling a client load and navigating the new terrain of life post-grad school.
My next big step is starting my private practice! Until then I am working towards my hours for licensure and taking preliminary steps towards my clinical exams.
It’s such a rewarding season, but through it I’ve been taking some time to pause and breathe.
And just throwing it out there. Breathing is SO much better in Hawaii. Am I right?! Haha.
So, Jonathan and I went to Hawaii!!
In Hawaii we got to celebrate the end of my grad school chapter and relish in quality time together. I am so insanely proud of hubby who has been working so hard as well, and it was pure bliss soaking up sunshine, sushi, poke, and soft white sandy beaches in Oahu. Here are some photos so you can see!
Another fun activity – has been having my in-laws visit from England! They were here for two weeks and I truly loved soaking up quality time with them.
I also hosted a TIU meetup and savored a girls weekend staycation. SO fun. So refreshing.
So, needless to say this season has been full and yet, so rewarding all at once. But because of it, I took this season of two months off to truly step back, to breathe, to appreciate, to remember, to reflect, to re-dream and to find inspiration in the now. I feel such a sense of accomplishment this year. Not just graduating with my masters, but also personally through a lot of life goals and dreams I’ve pursued. It’s such a rewarding feeling. And instead of instantly filling my plate with more resolutions or goals – I instead paused and found value in the successes I had reached. Soaking, savoring and appreciating the journey.
I’ve grown a lot this year. And it’s been an amazing experience. You know who else has also grown? Sweet Haddie girl. She’ll be 10 months old this month and is getting bigger and smarter than ever. I knew aussie’s were smart, but Hadleigh has grown into her manners in ways I never expected! Plus, add in how loving, gentle and caring she is and both Jonathan and I are feeling incredibly grateful to call her our first dog.
So, what can you expect reading my blog in the next season? Lots. I have a lot of ideas up my sleeves and things I cant wait to share with you all.
I’ll be bringing back my #WhatsInYourBasket and recipe ideas. I will be sprinkling in more psychology based articles. Alongside those I’ll be launching a series on goals, growth & gratitude at the end of this month. I also have some topics that have been simmering in my heart about friendships, about navigating new seasons and about saying goodbye to the things that hold you back. Really looking forward to sharing my heart and ALWAYS so so very grateful for each of you.
You each brighten my day. I appreciate every note, message and hello you’ve all sent me in my absence! It’s a creative and fun adventure blogging – and it’s SUCH a treat to have loyal, wonderful readers like you. And I feel honored to have you join this sweet little space called my blog where I get to share life with you all. What a gift.
Sending so much love and thanks for reading sweet friends!
Shine bright and love deep,