People often ask why would an occupational therapist with an established role in a reputable company, a worry-free regular income, a pension, private health care insurance, and many travel opportunities, up sticks and start her own business? And actually, when put like that, it does seem crazy - my practical self still gives off to me!
The truth is, I'd always thought I'd like to run my own business, but for many years, I didn't really feel confident enough - my critical self told me I hadn't enough OT experience, practical resources, or business acumen - and I believed it.
I'm not sure what changed, or when. But gradually, I realised I had two (mostly) grown-up daughters; I was granny to two beautiful granddaughters, I had racked up over 20 years of OT experience, and had worked in a business setting for 12 years. I asked myself if I still didn't feel ready, when would I consider myself able for it? The answer was now, or most probably, never.
And so, Red Robin Therapy began. When I was researching all things robin-related for my business name, I found this about my favourite little birds:
The robin redbreast is a bird of Spring, a time of new growth and new beginnings. It flies into our lives on the winds of change asking us to weed our personal gardens and plant new seeds for our future. Rebirth and renewal require changes in all areas of life that have become stagnant and outdated. The robin redbreast teaches us to how to make these changes with joy in our hearts. Its song is a happy one reminding us to let go of our personal drama and learn to laugh with life. If this medicine is underdeveloped those with this totem are continually challenged by the prospects of change. Difficulties arise and emotional discord can surface. Learning how to release our attachments to the old is one of the life lessons the redbreast helps us master.
So, as 2017 nears its end and I reflect on a year of tremendous personal and professional change, I am grateful and proud.
I'm grateful for the opportunity to learn new things - blogging to name just one topic! I'm grateful for the incredible number of new connections I've made in a relatively short space of time, and for the number of 'old' connections who have lent a helping hand, voice or ear when I have needed it.
Mainly though, I am proud to have met the most incredible children and families.
I can't wait to see what 2018 brings.
In the meantime, have the happiest of Christmases, and the most peaceful of New Years!
Clare is an occupational therapist, a lifter of weights, a grandmother, a lover of dogs, pygmy goats, donkey, chickens and, of course, robins.