Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020.
Writing blogs really isn't my thing and to be fair neither is social media. Its something that I really haven't given as much (or any if I am honest) attention to as I should have.
2020 is going to be the year, I am going to be better!! With that in mind, wanting to start the year off fresh I thought I would (very briefly) summarise 2019. I promise I am a much better Physio than I am writer, so bear with me.
2019 has been a huge year- both professionally and personally. I genuinely feel so incredibly lucky to work and be surrounded by such amazing people.
I hear of so often of other Physiotherapists feeling lost, tired and burnt out. And yes whilst the job definitely has its moments, I really couldn't imagine myself doing anything else.
This year I have had the opportunity to work with a lot of athletes, in particular Gymnasts -gymnastics has always been a huge passion of mine and I have loved being involved in the "gym world" again. Talking about different skills, routines and challenges with the girls makes it feel like just yesterday that I was training. I feel like I am in a unique position, now on the other side of the fence. I get to be their advocate and help to keep them fit and healthy so that they can achieve their goals. I would like to hope that I am able to have a positive influence on their careers just as they are on mine. I am challenged and forced think outside of the box to help these girls work towards achieving their goals.
Over the past couple of years Physiotherapy has also taken me in a direction that I hadn't expected- Paeds. On average I would say that over 50% of the people that I see in a week are children..... and I absolutely love it! From children with rolled ankles to hypermobility, cerebral palsy to autism and so many things in between. I have been forced to learn, grow and evolve as a therapist, working towards helping these little people overcome some of the challenges facing them.
I have also been able to implement something I have been wanting to do for years - start our golden oldies program. Its a seniors class that is on twice a week where we (Ben - my husband and I) put the participants through their paces, working to improve their strength, balance, coordination and proprioception- these amazing oldies have even been training Parkour! The classes always leave me with a huge smile on my face and it is a class that Ben and I have been able to develop and work together on.
I have also hired my first staff member- Carol, our remedial massage therapist and Pilates instructor. Carol initially trained in Brazil as a Physiotherapist but since moving to Australia has done further training in Pilates and massage. Carol is such a huge asset to our team and her massages are amazing!
And I suppose the biggest change of all - Ben and I opened our own gym (The Motion Academy). With Physio needing to expand we set out looking for a new premise, somewhere with treatment rooms but also enough space for functional rehab. Everything just seemed to fall into place when we found our space in Balcatta. We moved in during August/September and opened in October! It has been a huge few months- lots of hardwork, lots of hours- but to see our vision coming together (special mention to Hayley Coulee for the incredible art work on the wall!!) is really something pretty special. We have been so fortunate to have so much support from our incredible family and friends, whom without it really wouldn't have been possible.
Looking back, reflecting, it really has made me realise what a huge year it has been. So many ups and downs. The closing of old chapters and the opening of new ones. I guess with that in mind, it is on to 2020, a new year, a new decade and I can't wait to see what it has in store for us.