With 37 weeks left in the year, I have set myself a challenge of writing one blog a week. Knowing and doing can be 2 completely polarising concepts. I recently wrote to a colleague from Excuseville the reasons I had for not writing are too many to list, and the longer I delay the longer I remain stalled. With the above in mind, I will ‘No Matter What’ this! No matter what is going on each week, I will submit a blog.
There, and with that intention set – I begin.
There are a number of topics that interest me: Current affairs, Podcasts, Art, Literature, Film, Education, Science, Psychology, Spirituality, Criminal Justice, Sport, Travel, Relationships and the great unknown. My aim: to share insight and awarenesses (Awareni? I have a penchant for silly made up words too, be warned you may find more Opoku-Forfiehisms as I continue.)
With the idea of ‘Excuseville’ in mind the aim to produce a blog weekly will be beset by obstacles (a few are listed below). It’s a little challenge (a game) I have set for myself to achieve.
Currently I hold a full time role at Together as a project manager, teach at University of Greenwich twice a week, run a private counselling practice meeting clients either in parks for walk and talk therapy, online or face to face contact, I also support a number of counsellors/life coaches with their businesses as a supervisor, occasionally I also deliver guest lectures at the University of East London for their Forensic Psychology students. On a quarterly basis my time is consumed with marking and reviewing student’s progress on various courses at Greenwich including Introduction to Counselling and the Year 1 and Year 2 MSc in Therapeutic Counselling. These are my yeah but’s. Offering reason enough not to write. However no matter what…
The amusing aspect for me is how all of the busyness began: teaching, counselling, lecturing, supervising and managing. There is a saying that ‘One should be careful what one wishes for, as you might just get it!’ A few years ago an ardent and heartfelt request was presented from my longest standing supporter, my life partner. “You need to HUSTLE!” she said. The message was much more poignant and punchier than mentioned here. The main point being that the world was moving quickly and if I did not get up and get going I would be left behind. And so I did and haven’t looked back since!
The second experience that kick started the multi-layered HUSTLE was being invited to evaluate my experiences whilst a student at University of Greenwich. I can remember stating that the training to becoming a counsellor was not for the feint of heart. I was amongst a group of 1st – 3rd year MSc students and alumni from previous years. The comment feint of heart received nods and wistful smiles of recognition. Becoming a counsellor was tough, being a counsellor was tougher still but had rewards that many other professions don’t experience.
The following year I was invited to share with 3rd students my counselling journey, this was my first speaking to a large group of people I did not know and I enjoyed the experience immensely. In September I began my first season teaching at University of Greenwich holding the experiential group (The process group). I have written about supporting 1st year students a number of times my teaching as a visiting lecturer began from here as did HUSTLE.
All of my writing going forward will be on some of the subjects shared at the top of this post, however change may occur here to.