Why NOT Start a Blog?
I LOVE being a psychotherapist and I love to write. I want to share the amazing things I learn each day in my therapy office to motivate and inspire others. I want to share the struggles I see to show people they are not alone in their anxiety, depression, or in their role as the parent of a difficult child. There are many reasons for me to start a blog. So, what has been holding me back? Obstacles based in my fear and anxiety.
What if no one reads it? What if they read it and don’t like it? What if I run out of things to say or don’t have time to keep up with it? What if it’s not good enough?These are just some of the questions running through my head when I think about taking on this new venture. Putting myself out there in this way will open me up to criticism and scrutiny. This is scary and makes me feel vulnerable.
One of my favorite social workers and authors Brene Brown writes about vulnerability. She says, “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” When I hear a client express vulnerability I want to applaud them as it is in their vulnerability that they will be able to make change. In their vulnerability they can conquer their goals, improve their relationships and, most importantly, build confidence in themselves. When we are vulnerable we may not always get the reward we want but, we will gain knowledge, growth and resilience.
Sometimes, as a therapist, the hardest thing to do is take your own advice. When my clients avoid reaching for their goals because of their fears, I encourage them to walk through their fears to reach their potential. We talk about the risks that come from taking on new challenges and the learning opportunities that will be there for them whether they find success or not. It is time for me to heed my own advice, or as my spin instructor always reminds me “if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”
In the posts to come I will write about my work with children, adults, families and groups. You will learn about my passion for incorporating sensory integration into my work. This passion comes from my own experiences as a mother and from my work with children who need non-traditional tools to help them find calm. There will be posts on mindfulness as I love learning new ways to practice being in the moment. As a parent and a therapist I am always seeking to find a work/life balance that incorporates self-care (time for me). I will share what has worked and sometimes what hasn’t to help others who are trying to find balance and ways to nurture themselves.
I am nervous for this new venture. There is no way to know if it will be successful. My fears, anxieties and excuses can be obstacles, or I can choose to walk through them and be vulnerable. I can be nervous but push forward with the knowledge that no matter what happens I will learn and grow from this experience. I will take on this challenge and I hope you will join me on this journey.