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November 25, 2013

Feeling Grateful – Always

bigstock-Gratitude-22724237Post Contributed By: Amy L. Svensson M.A., CCC-SLP

It is Thanksgiving and a perfect time for me to write this post.  Let me preface this post, however, by letting you know that I am grateful every single day, not just this time of year.  Not a day goes by that I do not stop and savor… stop and reflect on what the past 38 years have entailed.  I am not only grateful for the tribulations, but also for the trials too.  It is those trials that have made me who I am today and allowed me to grow into the person I have become.  There will be more trials, but I know they too will allow me to grow.  Silver linings and positive thinking is the only way I roll.

When my husband and I first moved here in 2007 with our 3-year old daughter and I being 11 weeks pregnant with our son, I was putting my heels in with every look at a house and was half-smiling at each new adventure that came my way.  We just moved back to the US from a one-year assignment in Sweden.  All I yearned for was all things familiar.   No dice.  I wanted to get back to speech pathology and helping children after over a year off.   I did not know where to start except on the WA State Licensure site where Susan Cohn posted an ad for needing a SLP.  I immediately e-mailed her to connect.  I put myself out there once again.  We had e-mail correspondence for a few weeks and then I went into early labor.  My interview was postponed for obvious reasons.  In May of 2008 I stumbled into 710 NW Juniper Building with spit-up on a dress I dug out from my closet archives and I think I even had a run in my nylons –sigh.  Apparently I made a good impression  though because Susan eased me into a super flex schedule and waited 3 more months to have me see patients.  I was not ready to leave my babies quite yet, not even for a few hours a week.  One of the interview questions Susan asked me was “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”  What a loaded question.

First and foremost, I thank Susan Cohn for seeing me right there and then, spit-up and all, for the person I am.  To have her trust me and allow me to keep her name with the practice is an honor and an absolute privilege.  She spent her life (and countless time that should have been spent with her family) building her practice. It is my goal to keep the integrity and wonderful reputation  she built at the forefront.  I am so grateful and I hope she knows that.

I want to thank all of the therapists and my staff for their dedication and passion for our field and the practice; more importantly for being part of our team.  It is an absolute honor to be in all of their company.  Amy Smith, Jessie Kellogg-Smith, and Toddie Downs, words can’t even begin to tell them how grateful I am that they have stuck with me after being colleagues prior to the Merger & Acquisition.  Change is NEVER easy and I am so grateful they trusted me.

In no particular order, other than alphabetically, I want to thank each therapist and tell you why they are so appreciated by me ~

Amy Smith:  She is a light in a room when it is dark.  She has this calm about her.  She is creative and brings with her care and compassion.   She is always eager.

Courtney Martin:  Courtney is always smiling.  She is so positive and always sees the best in everything.

Danielle Nelson: She is so willing to learn and ask questions.  She is even keeled and has such a beautiful way with the children and parents.  She is sensitive.

 Diane Bowlin:  Diane is one amazing person!  She is my bookkeeper and assists with billing.  Words can’t begin to tell you how appreciative I am of her.  She is so thorough and communicative.

Jessie Kellogg-Smith:  Jessie brings such wonderful experience to her portfolio.  She is our bilingual therapist.  She is so witty, but I don’t think she knows how witty she is.

 Lisa Dagg:  She is fun and light-hearted.  She is so knowledgeable and creative.  She always sees the best in all and always sees both sides and the gray areas too.

Sarah Oarbeascoa:  Sarah is ambitious and a self-starter.  She goes above and beyond what is expected.  She is an amazing listener.  Her follow-through is off the charts. She is organized!

Toddie Downs:  She is smart and a wonderful teacher.  She is so willing to learn and help teach others.  She is the technology queen in the practice. She comes with such brilliance.  She is a great listener.

I am happily grateful for all that surrounds me.  I feel such gratitude to have been given the opportunity to meet and work with such an amazing team.  Our world is inundated with such negativity so it is my hope that you read this and find positive.  Thank someone in your life who has made a difference in your life.

At the time of purchasing her practice, Susan gave me a paperweight that read ‘Most things are difficult before they are easy.”  How true that is.  That is my mantra every single day.  DREAM BIG and always be grateful no matter what obstacles are in your way!! ~A

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