In short, I’ve been self-employed for many years as a private practice speech-language pathologist (with a specialty in voice and larynx disorders) and singing teacher. Balancing the desire to care for my clients with the vagaries of the health insurance climate was always dicey. Late last year, a staff member left and the search for a replacement revealed that maintaining an independent practice is simply not sustainable. Thus the chaos that ensued.
The short version of the story has me now working once again at the medical center where I took my specialty training, only this time in a combined clinical and leadership role. I still teach singing as well a couple of days a week. Its been a radical reworking of my entire routine, but sometimes that is radically necessary.
Over time, there will be small pieces of my misadventures that I’m sure will be interesting to write about. For now, just starting to write at all is enough. I’ll continue – or should I say be better at – applying every day Buddhism by taking the pressure off of myself to be profound or lengthy (decreased attachment) and hopefully in that spirit will find the courage and energy to post more.
I won’t call it a New Year’s resolution. That’s too much pressure. Instead I’ll call it New Year Hope that there will be some break from the turbulence and the opportunity to experience a period of relative calm.
Happy New Year everyone!