New Year, New Blog Giveaway

When I turned 32 late last year I adopted a rhyming motto for myself: thirty-two, a new you and an updated blog design and logo were just part of the changes.

After years of brushing off social media, I have sneakily joined in. To celebrate, I’m giving you three chances to win awesome prizes from some of the most talented SLP’s around (each pack is valued at nearly $50!) just by liking or following my new Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and TpT pages – and if you already have, then entering is even easier!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I’ve had quite a crazy and unique SLP journey, so I thought I’d share where I’ve come from and shed a little bit of light about my “Adventures in Speech Pathology”.

  1. I am an Aussie and currently living back home, but have lived in 4 different countries.
  2. I moved to Manchester, England when I was 19 for a one year university exchange. People called me ‘Rachael’ instead of ‘Rebecca’ and I felt too rude to correct them so I wasn’t known by my real name (I am much more assertive now!). I had a goal to go to at least 1 new country every month… Goal completed!
  3. I took a year off after completing my Masters degree to go backpacking around Asia and Europe. The most beautiful language I heard on my travels was Mongolian, my favourite place was Tibet, the biggest challenge was doing a 10 day meditation course where I wasn’t allowed to speak or communicate to anyone and the most life-changing moment was a 14 day trek in the Nepalese Himalayas.
  4. I accepted my first job as a sole clinician in a little outback Australian town. I was actually so keen to get a job that I didn’t even know the place I was going, I just said ‘yes’ and looked it up on Google maps later!  I didn’t have a car so rode a glorious bike (with streamers and a big horn) everywhere.
  5. I  had a toss up between working in Bangladesh or Samoa on a year-long  volunteer assignment with the Australian government and was thankful that I chose Samoa as I fell in love with an American Peace Corp Volunteer. I had no TV and accessed the internet for 30 minutes every two weeks. It was a simple, but beautiful life working in a school for people with disabilities.
  6. I made the decision to move to the USA to follow my island romance and once again was happy to accept a job ANYWHERE to get into the country. I ended up being a school-based SLP near Tacoma in Washington State for two years. I made it a mission to say “G’day” to everyone and teach some Aussie slang. I started this blog because I didn’t know anyone and was bored! I got engaged on my Mt. Rainier, my favourite place in the US.
  7. I went back to Samoa to get married with 40 friends and family for a few weeks and pretty much organised the whole wedding in the four days leading up to the big day. I took a break from blogging (as some of you already know) as my life was going in a million different directions.
  8. I moved 5 times in 18 months before I put my foot down and bought a house in Newcastle (a few hours north of Sydney), Australia. I had a little girl called Adelaide in 2015 who I call my ‘Ausmerican’. I was supposed to get my blog up and running while on maternity leave… but it took longer than expected.
  9. I now work at a lovely private practice that is a mixture of clinic and school visits. I have a huuuuge passion for articulation, phonology and Social Thinking®. My goal is to create year round resources that you can use in whatever country you find yourself in and despite the season!

 

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on email
Email

related posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Hi, I'm Rebecca.
I encourage SLPs to feel more confident treating speech sound disorders, and make faster progress with their students.

SEARCH MY BLOG