I am so happy to be among the amazing SLP's that have been sharing a Day in their life! Thanks to Lyndsey for dreaming up this blog idea. It has been so much fun to get a glimpse into what these SLP's deal with each day!
As for me, my day is made up of MANY things. I'm sure we are all aware that Speech Therapists wear many hats and I am no exception to this. I am Mom, Wife, SLP, Business owner, Entrepreneur, Gardener, and all around health nut! Since I am on the west coast, my kids are actually still in school but only until tomorrow. We are all so excited and ready for summer!! This year has been the craziest yet and we are hoping for some fun in the sun and some lazy days!
Do I have a TYPICAL day? No, not really. My day usually starts at around 8:00 because that is the very latest I can get out of bed and still get everything done in the morning to get my son, B, off to school. I start my day off right with a glass of my Ionix (this stuff is PURE GOLD for the busy mama)
and then get B on the bus by 9 and head back to the house to start work. One of my goals of opening my own private practice was to have time to do the typical stay at home mom things like getting my son on and off the bus. I like being there to wish him a good day and to see how his day went when he comes home. The flexibility in that can not be beat.
I transition between my home office, our clinic office and my husbands office as needed throughout the day. I pretty much go where ever I am needed at the time and that is why I have to switch gears OFTEN through out the day. It definitely makes the day go by fast but unfortunately often makes the day feel like a blur so sticky notes are my best friend! If I don't write down something I am supposed to do then chances are it went right out the other ear.
I have a private practice where I manage about 10 therapists and because we have grown so big, I spend less and less time in the therapy room myself. Although I LOVE the business side of things I do miss the one on one with the kiddos! I am lucky in the fact that my therapists are pretty independent in the way they work so I don't have to micromanage them but dealing with the business stuff takes up plenty of my time so there is always something to do. I also am the entire Human Resources dept for my husbands business and manage payroll, new hires, client billing, etc. This also feels like a full-time job most weeks but my husband is a great partner and we really work together to make sure everything gets accomplished. In addition I have a few side ventures that I have started or are apart of an fortunately I love everything that I do however, if something did have to give on day; I am not sure which I would be able to let go of.
I try to jam pack as much as I can get done into the time between 9:15 and 4. At 4:15 my son is usually coming off the bus. I would love to say that at this point in life I have mastered the work/life balance but sadly that is just not true. It is a work in progress. When we get back to the house, I ask B about his day, get him a snack and send him outside or to the neighbors to play. I continue to work until about 5:30 when my husband gets home. We usually then teamwork dinner but these days we are cleansing so we grab our yummy shakes and we figure out something for the kids. After dinner I help B tackle homework, get things accomplished around the house and try to find some time to relax. My downtime usually consists of exploring Pinterest or coming up with ideas for Speech Therapy products.
My husband and I share bed time activities so either one of us is usually putting B to bed and reading him a book before he reads to us. This is still one of my favorite times of the day. We usually try to take some time just the two of us after B is in bed but sometimes we are still "putting out fires" or preparing for the next day. Some days are smooth, some are rough but in the end we balance things pretty well. I couldn't make it through without my hubby though. We truly are an amazing team!
Well, I hope you enjoyed a peek inside my day.
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