As you may have noticed, I’ve been writing more in these last few weeks than I have in several years. I’ve also been taking a stab at developing a YouTube Channel (You can find all four of my videos there).
Because of the long gap in my writing schedule, I thought I’d share what happened in my life these last few years, and how it’s clarified where I’d like to go with my writing.
Dreams can come true all at once
I received my Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from the University of Calgary in 2008. That was the fulfullment of my first dream. Then, in the spring of 2010, I moved back to Ontario. I started blogging in 2011 as a way to market myself and attract clients to my private practice.
I really enjoyed the feeling of sharing my ideas and thoughts with people from all over the world. But as my practice became busier, I started abandoning the writing process.
Then more dreams starting coming true. In the summer of 2013, I met an incredible woman, and 14-months later, we were married. I remember telling her about my goal to return to my writing and find ways to share my ideas with as many people as possible.
That’s when Dr. Richie in 60, my YouTube channel, was born (Thanks, Sabrina ;). It would take a few years before I found the time and courage to start it, though.
Then in 2016, a couple of dreams came true at once. Sabrina gave birth to amazing twin girls. As any parent will tell you, everything in life changes when you have a child, especially with two. I was ambitious (and perhaps unrealistic) about continuing with writing while my newborns slept, but all I wanted to do was sleep myself.
Counselling and Supervising
After my wife went back to work in September 2017, I transitioned into being a part-time stay-at-home dad. For one year, I worked on my practice twice per week and ran my own version of Daddy Daycare three-days per week.
Amazingly during this time, my practice continued to grow and services expanded. I opened up an office in Whitby, Ontario and started managing other clinicians delivering services under my direction.
Writing on Balance
Because of fatherhood, I’ve developed a deeper understanding of the challenges people face when trying to live a more balanced life. This has led to an “a-ha” moment for me.
So, what’s my ‘a-ha’ moment?
I’ve decided on a new direction for my writing. I’m going to write about work-life balance. I’ll gather research from the field of psychology and sociology, share personal experiences, and teach people how they can apply it to create more harmony and balance across the many areas of life: work, relationships, physical health, hobbies, mental health, and spirituality.
With all that’s been happening in my life, I’ve been reflecting on a writing schedule that’s more realistic and ‘balanced’ for me. So, here’s my goal for the rest of 2018 and 2019:
- Blog posts on Psychology For Growth will be published twice per month.
Dr. Richie in 60 videos will be published weekly. Not all of the videos will be related to blog posts, but most will.
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That’s about it for now. Looking forward to staying connected!