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benbrand
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Re: 5 things I'm thinking today. . .

Post by benbrand » Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:56 pm

1. Got a distinction in my MSc, which I managed to execute whilst holding a full-time job. Whilst also trying to give myself a pat on the back and take a step and recognise that I have accomplished something, I can't help but have this niggling fatalistic voice in the back of my head telling me it will make little difference to my application this year. Sigh.

2. Started working as an online therapeutic companion/coach for people experiencing psychosis. I've had some difficult situations with a client which have made me feel quite insecure about my ability to help. This person has been particularly manipulative and quite snappy with me, which I'm noticing I'm becoming sensitive to. Supervision has been an incredibly useful tool this week.

3. I'm doing this Whole30 diet and have been really enjoying cooking this week. I do miss refined sugar/bread/cheese and have been having dreams where I'm swimming in pizza.

4. My partner's dad has been living with lung cancer for the past two years and unfortunately, his condition is deteriorating quite rapidly. I'm finding it difficult to support her as her sadness can manifest as frustration and shortness, which I react to.

5. The weather is picking up. I'm going to finish these 5 things on a good note! Going to the river this weekend to have some friend time and swim! Exclamation marks for all!

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lingua_franca
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Re: 5 things I'm thinking today. . .

Post by lingua_franca » Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:47 am

Congrats on the Distinction, benbrand. (Whether or not it makes a big difference on your application, it's still a difference to you!)

1.) I wish I could get my cat to understand the concept of a Saturday morning lie-in. She was indignant that breakfast did not appear at six a.m. as usual, and she parked herself on my face (very vocally) to make her feelings known. I need to get one of those bowls with the timers.
2.) I love my new job. It's the most rewarding but challenging thing I've done in a while. I'm teaching in a school for teenagers with social, emotional, and mental health difficulties. Last week I had a student I'd never met before who began the lesson curled up in a monosyllabic ball on the sofa. I wasn't sure if I handled the situation well, but I must have done, because they went to the head the next day to say how much they'd liked the lesson and to ask if they could do a full GCSE in the subject. I feel really touched.
3.) I'm busy redesigning my website. I will need to top up my income somehow, as I only teach three days a week, and I'd quite like to try self-employment. I'm a storyteller and I've occasionally been booked for workshops in the past, although I've never really marketed myself - it was all by word of mouth. I'm wondering if I could offer storytelling in mental health and SEN settings, and manage to get enough bookings to help me out. I feel a bit embarrassed to even try, as it seems like such an odd thing to do, especially in this financial climate. When there are so many funding cuts, who will pay to hear stories and to learn how to tell them? And there are so many famous storytellers out there. But I want to give it a go.
4.) My parents are visiting today. I need to identify where I'm taking them for lunch, because my dad is never going to eat the very oniony and garlicky concoction I made last night.
5.) I need to catch up on overdue emails. I must seem so rude to people, as I often take ages to reply, but for some reason getting through a mound of non-urgent emails is one admin task that I find really offputting.
"Suppose a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?"
"Suppose it didn't," said Pooh, after careful thought.
Piglet was comforted by this.
- A.A. Milne.

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Re: 5 things I'm thinking today. . .

Post by Victoriomantic » Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:34 am

lingua_franca wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:47 am
2.) I love my new job. It's the most rewarding but challenging thing I've done in a while. I'm teaching in a school for teenagers with social, emotional, and mental health difficulties. Last week I had a student I'd never met before who began the lesson curled up in a monosyllabic ball on the sofa. I wasn't sure if I handled the situation well, but I must have done, because they went to the head the next day to say how much they'd liked the lesson and to ask if they could do a full GCSE in the subject. I feel really touched.
3.) I'm busy redesigning my website. I will need to top up my income somehow, as I only teach three days a week, and I'd quite like to try self-employment. I'm a storyteller and I've occasionally been booked for workshops in the past, although I've never really marketed myself - it was all by word of mouth. I'm wondering if I could offer storytelling in mental health and SEN settings, and manage to get enough bookings to help me out. I feel a bit embarrassed to even try, as it seems like such an odd thing to do, especially in this financial climate. When there are so many funding cuts, who will pay to hear stories and to learn how to tell them? And there are so many famous storytellers out there. But I want to give it a go.
Both of those sound amazing lingua!

And super congrats on the Masters Ben!

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Re: 5 things I'm thinking today. . .

Post by MindfulPsych » Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:28 pm

1. The next step on the journey continues again... keeping it quite secretive this time. :D
2. Feeling quite positive about my work situation & how far I've actually come in the past year
3. I really want scrambled egg on toast when I get home..
4. The Bodyguard is getting so good... how are we almost at the end of the series already!?
5. :D

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