Life Update

Hey guys! So, this is definitely going to be one of those cliché life update posts. I feel like it’s an inevitable post when you haven’t blogged in a good 10 months. So if you don’t already know what’s going on in our lives, let me break it down for you. I’m just going to hit the highlights. It may not be super exciting to read but I feel it’s necessary after being gone for so long.

May 2015 (which is probably the last time I blogged) I finished up my practicum with DaVita Dialysis Center and graduated from the OU MSW(Master of Social Work) Advanced Standing Program. I graduated on a Saturday and started my very first full-time job at Deaconess Hospital in OKC the next Monday. I was really eager to get out into the professional world. I obtained my LMSW, which is the masters level social work license, currently working on my LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), this license will give me the ability to provide therapy, diagnose mental disorders, and provide a more hands on experience with clients, helping them on a deeper level. I get a lot of questions from people who aren’t super familiar with what social work is or what we do so I want to clarify that a little bit. Currently, I’m doing psychosocial assessment, crisis intervention, linking patients with appropriate resources, and coordination of care.What this looks like on a typical day, is constantly changing. That is one thing I’ve loved about hospital social work, my days are never the same and they’re never boring. Daily I’m helping patients and families adjust to illnesses and new diagnoses, I’m locating inpatient psychiatric beds for homicidal/suicidal patients, I’m finding patients shelter, clothing, or their next meal, I’m facilitating adoptions, and sometimes for our elderly patients, I’m visiting with them just so they can know they’re not alone. Luckily, I share the social work responsibilities with an amazing social worker, mentor, and friend, so I’m not taking it on by myself.

Side note: When I originally started this blog, I had this vision that it would be this cool balance of fashion and social work (which classes to take, the best social work programs, heartwarming client success stories, etc.) But it became more about the clothes, as I was unsure how to protect the confidentiality of the clients I serve, while talking about my work. However, I think after almost a year of professional experience, I’m learning the appropriate/safe ways to do that. Okay that’s a long side-note but I just wanted to clarify why the word therapist is even included in the name of my blog. One of the core components of social work practice is confidentiality, so I knew I couldn’t talk social work on here until I became comfortable enough to know I was doing it in the right way. Fast forward a couple of months from starting my job, I was driving from Norman to NW OKC every morning at 6 a.m. to get to work by 7:30. If you know me, you know mornings are not at all my thing and this was a struggle. Not to mention I got in my very first wreck on the drive home one day. After that, Billy and I decided to move closer to my job to decrease my driving time. We found a cute, quiet community in west Edmond and decided to go for it. We moved in August 2015. So far, we really like Edmond, but we miss Norman. The atmosphere on game day, the family and friends we have there are really hard to beat.

In September we met our best friends in our favorite place, Crested Butte, CO for a little getaway. I think that’s the only travelling we’ve done. We’re currently in the process of planning a beach trip. This past November, Billy started a new job, which he loves. He works at a local bank, all of his coworkers are young, still in college or fresh out of college men. So he’s working in a new industry and building new friendships. I’m so happy for him. We are expecting a new niece and new nephew. Both of Billy’s SIL’s are pregnant, so it’s a really exciting time. We celebrated the holidays in Tish with the Gilbert and Reinhart families then in Norman with my mom.

We’re looking forward to continuing to settle into our strides professionally and personally. We’ll be celebrating our 5th anniversary in February with Thunder tickets (shout out to my dad for the Christmas gift). I’m going to work to share more social work and fashion on here and move towards the vision I originally had for this space. I hope you guys stick around and follow along!

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