The end of another year : KBR Mom and social worker
Kristin Beckstrom Radcliffe, MSW, LCSW

The end of another year

by Kristin Beckstrom Radcliffe on 12/30/15

As 2015 draws to a close, I find myself pondering yet another year of this business baby of my own. Sure, the end of the year brings the painful tasks of finances in preparation for tax time; but, it also allows me time to reflect on highs and lows for my clients, take a long hard look at myself to see what I may be able to do differently (both at work and at home), and look toward another year of being invited into the raw emotional lives of my clients. 

For everyone who has allowed me to be part of their journey, I express humble gratitude and thanks. I am human and by no means perfect, but you all sought my counsel, listened to my words and taught  me more than I could ever express. Of course, there were those not so fabulous moments where I may have been cussed out, rejected and criticized, but I welcome those too. If having those moments means my clients are more able to be and live their authentic selves, then I will take that hit! Here's to a new year of roller coaster moments; I am ever thankful I get to do this. 
For my family, I know that this job can take it's toll on me and that, in turn, can take a toll on you. Sugar Plum, Little Man and My favorite retiree- I am most grateful for you. 

As we look toward a new year, let me leave you with a few thoughts. Words of wisdom that are not necessarily my own, but ones that I hope can inspire, empower and mean even a little something to all of you. 

"I want to be around people that do things. I don't want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people who dream, and support, and do things." ~ Amy Poehler

"If you can't think of anything nice to say, you're not thinking hard enough" ~Kid President

"Hope will never be silent." ~ Harvey Milk

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Breaking your leg can take you out of a few games, but depression can take you out of life." ~ A client

"Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." ~ Albus Dumbledore

May 2016 be as amazing, challenging, enlightening, frustrating, and exhilarating as every year before. 

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