I don't know about you... but I love/hate change... My journey to launching MFTGuide.com began in July of 2005 when I failed my licensing exam by one point. It was one of the harder days I have experienced. And yet, it has become a springboard for some of my proudest accomplishments.
Launching the free online study group for MFT exams, and then later expanding it to include LCSW exams has been amazing. Initially it was developed as a lifeline for me as I was trying to understand what had happened, but later, it became a lifeline to others when my exam was randomly overturned and I got to say I passed and failed on the first try. There are 917 members on the yahoo group today!
I have adored my coaching of pre-licensed, newly licensed, and established therapists through the MFTGuide site.
I reconnected with my love of writing, and have spent many hours on my soapbox talking about how our therapy culture, professional organizations, and schools can better prepare and support pre-licensed folks through the licensure process.
It is amazing to go to an event and meet people who know me- even though I have never met them! And it about brings me to tears to find out that blogs I wrote years ago are still touching people's lives today... Partly it makes me happy that I can support others... Partly I get frustrated that the same issues are present!
In the past year, I like all of you, have had to evaluate all of the projects I have been involved in, and really make decisions about what I can realistically do really, really well.
It is becoming clear to me, that while I adore working with prelicensed folks- to do this really well would take a level of energy and fight that probably wouldn't create healthy balance in my life.
(I only started charging for coaching after realizing I had been spending 20-30 hours a week for a LONG time in the online study group and realized that I was taking a lot of time away from my family in service to this passion).
I also want to practice what I preach to pre-licensed and licensed folks. You don't have to be all things to all people. And, sometimes you have to say no to really good things, in order to say yes to your path.
So what does all of this mean? To be completely honest, I don't really know. I just know that the last time I updated this blog was almost exactly a year ago. I don't want to see this site and all that it provides to people whither away and die, I don't want to take it down and have one less resource out there, and I don't want to hand it over to somebody who I don't completely trust to do something amazing with it.
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have suggestions. I won't promise to respond to everyone who emails. And, no, I won't "give" this site to you. I need to find someone who is really committed to this, has the resources to make it into more of a resource than it is now, and that has the staying power needed to be great. (I've seen far too many flash in the pans in my relatively short time doing this work).
What hard career decisions have y'all had to make so far?