Hi there. My name is Erik. I’m a speech-language pathologist that works with school-aged children who have various communication difficulties. It took me a long time to get this SLP blog up and running, but it’s now live and I couldn’t be happier.
One simple idea . . . start an SLP blog.
Back in 2008 when I finally graduated with my Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology, an SLP acquaintance asked me a very valid question, “So what’s next for you?” With a half smile, I genuinely said that I had been thinking about starting my very own SLP blog. She looked at me surprised and then spoke about how a few years ago, she too told herself that she was going to start an SLP blog. So I asked her, “Well, what are you waiting for?” The response I got from her was, “Meh, someday I’ll start one. Someday.”
No more somedays. No more!
Have you ever heard yourself say,“Someday I’m going to (insert amazing goal here),” but before you know it, years go by and you have not even scratched the surface? Well, that was me! I didn’t think it could happen to me, but it did! Like I said, I wanted to start an SLP blog as soon as I graduated back in 2008, but I didn’t. Just like so many before me, I too got bit by the someday bug. I ended up saying the same thing that my SLP acquaintance said, “Meh, someday I’ll start one. Someday.”
The year is now 2011 and it’s time for me to wake up.
The word someday is a heavy anchor that will keep your hopes and dreams held hostage at the dock. I’m done. No more somedays for me. From here on out, I’m making a very conscious (and very public) effort to eliminate someday from my vocabulary. It’s time for my SLP blog to break free from that someday anchor and start to sail into the vast ocean where ANYTHING is possible.
So, what about YOU?
Everyone has something they want to do. Yeah, even you. Nothing worthwhile is ever easy. Making this SLP blog wasn’t easy, but I did it. So, what is that thing YOU want to do? Do you want to learn a new language? Do you want to run a marathon? Do you want to start your very own SLP blog like me? Well, get started!
But how can I get started?!
Here’s my rule of thumb: plan small. Remember, Rome was not built in a day, and your project doesn’t have to, either. Your project may take time, and that’s fine. To make your project more manageable, create a list of small steps with specific due dates. For example, it was WAY easier for me to get started with “write 1 post before next Tuesday”than “create my SLP blog sometime this year.” Repeating this over and over again gave me the feeling of progress and before I knew it, my SLP blog was ready to go live!
Some final thoughts . . .
Whatever you’re thinking about achieving or creating, embrace the fact that you have big plans and understand that simply dreaming up your idea is half the battle. I’m proud of my SLP blog and I look forward to posting tons of original speech therapy ideas on it for the world to see.
In closing . . .
Thank you for joining me on this SLP blog and I hope that you and I can become good friends in the future. I promise you that I’ll consistently post a variety of speech therapy related blog posts on here – speech therapy ideas, speech therapy humor, speech therapy motivation, and everything in between. I promise to post quality and not fluff. I know that you’re a busy professional and I respect you, so I mean it when I say that I’ll never post anything just for the sake of posting. Only the good stuff will go on this SLP blog because that’s what you deserve.