I often think about my career path. The different schools, research, jobs, people, relationships, all led me to do something that I love. Although I was not doing this right out of college, I was teaching about science, so I guess, in a way, I did start out lucky. Being able now to teach about a topic that is near and dear to my heart just makes my job that much better. The beauty of what I do is that I get to solve problems for people. I get to help make their lives better and improve the quality of those in need. Seeing it from beginning to end is so rewarding. I am in love with the theme of this month, BE PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR CAREER! If you can achieve this, happiness will truly ensue.
There are many approaches to assisting in having a "great day". Taking time in the morning to plan your day, using essential oils for a targeted benefit, exercising, something that is just for you. These self- care tools will help you to focus on work because you will have filled your cup. Making different self-care strategies part of your day will help you to take the next steps in your career. Focus, a healthy mind, a healthy body will give you the foundation to be successful.
Jennifer and I are passionate about what we do. I am not going to lie and say that I was not shocked when I heard what little dementia training is required within facilities and the like. There is so much to know. There is so much that can be done. There is so much that we can do to help in their journey. We hope that one day, the system will not be flawed. We, like you, want what is best for our patients and loved ones. We are a society that is always evolving and learning. We know better now and should do better. That is what my job represents! And, I love it.
Take what you do and love it! Make your mark. Whatever you are doing, be the best at it. Why not? You never know where an opportunity will show up. We are so much better for those around us when we take pride and put energy into what we do. I believe that putting positive vibes, if you will, out there will bring them right back to you. We are in a profession, or in a situation that has led us to help. We can bring so much to the table by showing up for ourselves first. You chose your career. What can you do to be the best at it? Can you take a class, read a book, or get more involved?
I try to jump on webinars, listen to podcasts, read books, read magazines; I like to find new and up-to-date information on everything that we teach about. Continuing education is key to success and learning new efforts in our fields. It is our responsibility to be educated and knowledgeable about what we do. Take pride in it. Take time for more of it. Give yourself the opportunities to up your game. The benefits are tremendous. Believe me, I am living proof that you can love what you do and it pays off.
-- Jessica Ryan