Barbara Roberts, Homeopath

A Time for Reflection

At the beginning of the year I set myself a number of goals, and shared them with you here to make sure I was accountable. You can read the whole post here.

So let’s have a look at those goals and how I have done: 

Firstly, write a post every week – achieved, and sometimes more than once a week. This is my ongoing commitment to this page, and will remain a goal for 2024. Some posts take a long time to write, others flow quickly. The amount of research required varies, so when I have in depth one’s I usually need to follow up with something a bit lighter and quicker to write. 

Secondly, undertake my research project. This is a partial completion – ethics approval passed, the data collection is done, now it is analysis and then writing for publication. I’m happy with the progress on this and excited to publish and present next year.  

My third goal was work- life balance, and I felt like I needed to check in with my family about this one. I mostly kept to my set days, I took time off, but I also ended up working evenings to finish cases and dispense, or have meetings, and trying to work school holidays was hard. Something to keep working on. 

My final goal was about continuing education and staying up to date as a Homeopath. I have done at least one webinar or training every month, usually multiple each month. I regularly meet with my peer groups. I haven’t read homeopathic books cover to cover each month, and I definitely need to categorise my library, but I’m pretty comfortable with my level of continuing professional development. In addition I completed my Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching which I found really helpful in my work as a tutor for the College of Natural Health and Homeopathy. 

As well as reflecting on the goals above, I want to share the two main highlights of my year: 

Firstly, the changes I have seen in people who have come to see me – this is why I am a Homeopath. It is an honour and a privilege to be a part of your journey to health and wellbeing.

A secondly, the friends and colleagues I have, some of whom are new friendships this year. Being part of a community is so important and makes such a difference when I work alone in my study at home. 

I hope you have the chance to reflect on the highs and lows of your year, remember the good times and make plans to manage, or set boundaries for the bad times. 

This is the last post for me this year. On January 1st I will be posting my goals for 2024. Have a great week, and I will see you next year!

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