Authenticity- the million dollar word in the blogging community.
If you’ve been reading my blog or following my Instagram for awhile now, you know that I’m a pretty open book. I definitely strive to be authentic and relatable vs aspirational because, let’s be real, I couldn’t pull off the whole “effortless chic” thing for 2 seconds. Plus, I prefer writing about relationships, body image, finances, and a whole list of other things that are wrought with challenges. I find opening up about these struggles to be kind of therapeutic, and it’s how I connect with other humans. In short, this blog allows me to write about challenging topics while connecting with amazing women going through similar things.
That being said, you may have noticed a trend, especially with Instagram stories or any “live” content. I’m much more active with blog-related things from Friday-Monday than I am during prime work week. I think this naturally happens for a lot of people just because of the weekly grind. The thing that stands in the way for me? My job. I’ve mentioned it here and there, but I work in the healthcare field. I’m a pediatric occupational therapist which, in the most simple terms, means I spend my days working with kids and their families to help them function at their highest potential. My job relies a lot on honesty, communication, and trust- and it’s something I just can’t talk about here no matter how much I like discussing my personal life.
I’ve thought of writing a post simply explaining what occupational therapy is for those who are curious (it’s a really cool field!). However, I get really nervous about the intersection of personal life and work life. Social media has made the lines between personal and professional even tricker, and I have quite a few Facebook friends who are actually parents of kids I worked with at previous jobs.
The policies and procedures for this kind of stuff can vary between work environments, but HIPAA is a healthcare privacy act that universally protects client confidentiality. While I’m confident that I don’t overstep those boundaries, I think discussing work in any public forum in general is tricky. We all have days where we feel tired, unmotivated, or just generally “blah,” but we don’t necessarily want to hear those sentiments coming from a person who’s taking care of our kids. I can’t even imagine how awful I’d feel if a parent heard me say I was feeling really tired that day or misconstrued something I said before they entrusted me with their child.
I wish I could share more work stuff because it’s a great job and my kids are the best, but, for now, that will be one area I don’t talk about much. That being said, email me if you ever have any questions or are curious about what occupational therapy entails! I could nerd out for awhile and tell you all the things.
As always, thank you for following along even for the mundane stuff like favorite turtlenecks and coffee shops. I believe that having this creative outlet actually leads me to perform better in my day job, and it’s amazing to have met so many amazing women on top of that. I (finally) fixed my email list subscription so enter your info if you’d like to connect more!