We all have those sessions… days… (weeks?!) where progress is slow, we’re tired, and our best just doesn’t seem to be enough. Most SLPs I know pour their heart and soul into their kiddos. Sometimes it’s difficult to remember that we are therapists, not magicians. It feels like there is always something more we can do. This may or may not be true, but one thing is certain… we are our toughest critics.
WELL. Present Lindsey decided to give future Lindsey a gift. She decided to start a warm fuzzy journal.
“What in the tarnation is a ‘warm fuzzy’?”
So glad you asked!
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A warm fuzzy is a little reminder that you are worthy of love and praise. This tradition has been in my life for YEARS. Every summer on my church mission trip, students would spend the week writing warm fuzzies to each other. We each got a bag filled with warm fuzzy notes at the end of the week. These notes could be about times we were spotted being kind, or about some other positive attribute we possessed. The purpose was to show love and appreciation for one another.
Well who better to appreciate you than YOU? All those little moments that make the blood, sweat, and tears that go into being a passionate SLP are now written in my Warm Fuzzy Journal. My WFJ, if you will.
That cute thing my little bitty said yesterday? In my WFJ. That kind, heart-felt email of thanks sent to me by a patient’s mother? In my WFJ. That day my student finally graduated after months of hard work? In my WFJ.
On days when future Lindsey needs a pick-me-up, she can reach for a glass of wine and her WFJ. It contains moments that are too precious to risk forgetting. They are the moments that drive my entire career. I became a Speech Therapist because I care to a fault. Sound familiar? : )
What do you like to do for self-care and self-appreciation? Please share! And please let me know how your very own Warm Fuzzy Journal turns out, should you decide to join me!