I made a really big decision last month. I decided, after a fulfilling 20+ year clinical career, to release my title as a licensed certified speech-language pathologist. I did not make this decision in haste. I’ve been pondering it since I left my last hospital job over 5 years ago.
Every couple years, when I would receive license renewal notices in the mail, I would feel burdened. I knew I did not plan to return to the field of speech therapy, but habit pushed me to jump through the many renewal hoops anyways.
I am proud of my work as a speech therapist. I have been employed in every type of setting from schools to hospitals to nursing homes to rehab centers. I have worked in the high-pressured Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and Neuro Intensive Care Unit as well as served on Traumatic Brain Injury, Infant Feeding, and Stroke Teams. I have even been the supervisor of an entire speech therapy department.
This year, my guidance clearly directed me to make a change. Dragging around the licensure and education requirements for a field to which I had no intention of returning was an energy drain. It was time to let it go.
For the past 4 weeks, since making my decision, I felt like I was holding my breath. I had to endure the barrage of reminder emails and notices (and also the insecure ego voice in my head) and then I would be home free. I endured. I’m free.
It is with a grateful heart that I close this chapter of my clinical professional work. Thank you universe for the many people I have met and served. The many lives I have touched and been touched by. The many opportunities I have had to learn from some of the best in their fields. And for the miraculous healing, recovery, and growth I have had the blessing to facilitate and witness among my patients.
My career as a speech-language pathologist has been everything I wanted and more. It is now complete.
My career as a professional intuitive channel is the joy and light that infuses every day with magic. Onwards, upwards, and beyond!
What about you? Is there something that you are ready to release that has been nagging at you for a while? Are you ready?
Stephanie Banks is a professional intuitive channel who uses her gifts to connect with all life, humans, plants, and animals.