I never really saw myself as a blogger. “I’m way too busy for that, and anyway, I’m not even close to creative or thoughtful enough!!”…..this is the self-talk that has always gone through my mind when I think about blogging. I have never really got it- why do people take the time out of their every day to write about…..stuff? I don’t mean to be offensive in saying this- I actually was just ignorant. I had never really even followed a regular blog, or researched it so really just didn’t have the understanding to get it…..until now (perhaps?).
So introductions first. My name is Brooke, I’m 30 years old, I live in beautiful sunny Brisbane, Australia, and I am lucky enough to say that I just recently married the love of my life. I have a huge dog, a Rhodesian Ridgeback who no doubt will feature here a lot- she really is a big part of my life. I also work 4 days a week as a Clinical Psychologist in private practice- a job that, whilst can be challenging and at times very exhausting- I do feel very blessed to have. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies- but, on the good days, seeing change and growth in people who are often facing some pretty crappy circumstances can be pretty inspiring.
Nonetheless, it’s very easy to get bogged down in the daily grind of life……waking up early, going to work, thinking, talking and LISTENING a lot every day, and I mean a lot…..then coming home exhausted, trying to maintain some form of exercise and healthy living routine (some weeks I don’t succeed), spending time with my loves (husband AND dog), and then going to bed only to wake up again tomorrow and do it all over again. I’m sure most people can relate to just hanging out for the weekend to swing around again.
Over the past 12 months, however, my daily routine has seen a fun/stressful/crazy/intense addition…….. and we shall call that wedding planning!!! My husband and I enjoyed the most beautiful wedding day two and a half weeks ago- sunshine, family, friends, champagne, and lots of love floating around. Not to mention dancing into the early hours of the morning. It made all the craziness of wedding planning well and truly worth it. But what was interesting in the whole lead up to the wedding was that my now husband kept commenting on my creativity level, of which both he and I had not been previously aware. I didn’t realise how much the wedding planning was allowing me to channel my inner creative, between the designing of programs, the countless decisions about table settings and invite design (something I would have predicted I would have really never cared about but I did!), and my favourite part….the writing of the ceremony, the vows and my speech. I really did love the whole process, albeit stressful. Yes, everybody warned me “beware, you will have a come down after the wedding,” and sure, they weren’t wrong. I’m looking down the barrel of returning to work next week, and getting back into the daily grind…..something that seems much less appealing than the 3 week holiday I have just enjoyed, sleeping in until 11am everyday, with no where to be at any particular time.
But such is life, and upon reflecting on the last twelve months, what I have learnt about myself through this whole process is how excited I get when I have something creative to focus on. It keeps me stimulated, and also gives me a bit of an escape from the “normal” day to day routine. Equally- after taking a few weeks away from work to refresh and focus on other things, it has reminded me that I do love what I do- I love to help people, I love human connection, and I love seeing people take care of themselves and thrive (and also very much enjoy doing this myself). It can be easy sometimes to lose sight of this when close to burn out and in desperate need of time off. So………this brings me here, I suppose, to the birthplace of my blog- MissPsychLife.
My intention with this blog is to help share my thoughts and experiences, as well as some of my clinical knowledge, with the hope that it might promote in others a greater love of the simple things in life, as well as a greater degree of self-acceptance, self-care, self-growth, and overall, a greater level of self-love. That is my hope. But even if that doesn’t eventuate…..I am excited to just start this blog for myself, to channel my busy mind into something the is dear to me, and to remind myself of the importance of all of those things above.
So welcome to my blog….and if you have read this far, thank you :). There we have it. My first blog, written. Tick!