Friday, September 6, 2013

One is enough.

Aside from the difficult task of making time to sit down and write in this blog, has been the dilemma of "Is this blog even worth the trouble?" "Is anyone reading?" "Is this helpful to anyone?"

And those questions have been answered tonight after I opened my email box. Several emails from new BSWs and BSW students inquiring about my experience and requesting more posts has restored my energy.

It goes back to the saying that I can't influence all but if I can influence one, that's all that matters (or something like that.)

That one reader could begin the ripple effect.

Until our next visit,


Sunday, February 10, 2013


Well I'm not even going to address why I have been absent from this blog (but certainly not Twitter ) except that I've been blogging in my head and finally have made it back here. Honestly, I've been feverishly working since the other worker that does this work with me left the agency. Glorious 13 cases all to myself and no one (other than my supervisor) to vent with! (That was a sarcastic statement in case you didn't catch it. lol)

So much to catch up on but my brain is honestly fried after this week so here are snippets:

*After 3 years in the field, experienced my first client-yelling-at-me phone call. Yeah- it shakes you up no matter what.
*Had a few weeks of I-know-what-I'm-doing then it quickly went back to shit-I-don't-know-why-I-am-employed.
*Struggled with the decision to go back to graduate school but decided to wait another year as the husband finishes his schooling.
*Discovered a new documenting routine so I'm not so behind on my reports.

In my next post, I hope to address some of the questions in the blog post I received.

Until our next visit,


Monday, June 4, 2012

Just met a dad from MTV's show Teen Mom

Okay. Not really. I didn't actually meet a dad featured on the actual MTV but I might as well have.

One of my new cases is with a young dad (19 years old) and a young mom (17 years old) who are no longer together but share a 1 year old together. And boy all the drama from that MTV show from the name calling to the short skirts and makeup definitely made me feel like I was watching tv. Whewww. Oh and all this was only from the one meeting I've had with them so far. They are going to be...interesting and different to work with. Most of my clients are older (early 20's to 30's) who are single moms and no longer involved with baby daddy.

The only positive thing I'm finding is that at least in this case I can use my youthful age to my advantage to hopefully build a trusting relationship with them. That's gotta come in handy one day right?

In other news, I see I have 8 questions to be answered from the last post! Who-hoo! This is a success and I am not being sarcastic. I was seriously expecting...1 or none. But thanks! I will get to them soon!

Until our next visit,


Thursday, May 17, 2012

What do you want to know?

Motivated by some comments/questions on here and on Twitter, I think it would be interesting to do some question & answers about being a new social worker.

So shoot. Do you have anything you want to ask this newbie?

And don't you all overload me at once ;)

Until our next visit, New BSW

Silence/Self-Care in Progress

I wanted to start out this looong overdue blog post with an apology for being so quiet lately here but...then I thought about it and I've decided not to apologize. I'm not sorry for not writing because I needed to "do me" (as many of the clients I work with put it.) I've been drowning in the work and have been out of balance. So I've been taking some time off for some self-care (Lucky magazine anyone?) and to re-prioritize.

In the meantime, my iPhone is still attached to my hands so catch up with me on Twitter!

I want to hear about how all of you balance work and life? How do you care for yourself so you can do that for your clients?

Until our next visit, New BSW

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The reason.

This is the reason why I chose to be and stay as an underpaid and overworked social worker.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Sharpening needed!

Just as a surgeon or barber needs their tools to be sanitized and sharpen, this social worker needs maintance on her body, soul, & brain.

Self care, people.

Until our next visit,