Self-published and Self-sabotaged?

This post is, really, an apology post.

Wherrreeee have you been, you may have been wondering? Maybe not. Either way, I’ve got to say, I hoped to be way more consistent than I’ve been.

This entire journey sprouted from the decision to self publish my book Tattletales of a Speech Language Pathologist: the CFY’s Guide to Surviving the Skilled Nursing Facility. Well since then, I’ve also decided on a self-led organization, self-funded toy drive, self-teaching in a new job position, and self-sacrificing in as many areas of life as I can name in a moment. In the least amount of words, I have bitten off far more than I can chew.

When I say “self” I should clarify that I haven’t been completely alone on any journey, and I’ve been glad to accept advice and assistance where it’s been offered. My publishing journey has been made much more light and easy with the laughs and stories shared between myself and my editor and new friend Melissa. Friends have shared in my joy and bought my book.

Still, achieving work-life balance has been inevitably impossible since I decided to bring SLP to the forefront in all of these different kind of ways. If you’ve known me for some time, or if you’ve read my book, you know how important mental health is to me. That being said, I want all of the things I do by my “self” to equate with the amount of things I do for myself.

If there’s one thing I’m going to always do it’s to give the real… I’m a storyteller, so naturally I try to entertain along the way. I’m not going to pretend, however, that underneath the giggles and creative prose, that there’s not a single thing left that gives me pause.

Loving, living, and thriving in this field is a choice. Loving, living, and thriving with self is a must. So, finding the balance is really the daily goal.

While it seemed to me that this may be achieved as a series of solo tasks, the truth is that a solid community might be the best way to structure around self- goals and needs.

That being said, I count on you to make this journey as meaningful as it was once intended.

I have a few questions:

How would you describe the community you currently are or want to be a part of?

How is this community helping you care for your self?

What tactics have you learned to achieve balance between your job and your calling?

Feel free to comment below or message privately.

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