Sunday, September 16, 2018

FACLP 2018- What's in Your Tool Box?

And just like that another FACLP Conference is in the books... 

I love FACLP. 
I love conferences. 
I love child life. 
I love feeling revitalized. 
I love networking with people of like minds. 
What about you? 

This year's FACLP theme was "What's in your Tool Box?" My first thought was... "Well that doesn't really apply to me anymore, does it?" 

But as always, conference has a way of putting things into perspective for me. 

My Tool Box is my Tool Box. Not yours. It's mine. I can have what I need in it to be the best I can be at whatever I might set out to accomplish. 

As is the case with many things in this world, it is easy to fall into the trap of comparison. It's easy for me to quickly assume that as a CCLS, my tool box should contain things such as "5 years working in Children's Hospital of ABC" or "Extensive experience in the ICU setting working with XYC population." 

But as in other areas of life, my tool box looks different... and it's about time I own it with pride. It's time for me to start giving back to the child life community with my unique skill set instead of being ashamed of my tool box. 

My Tool Box contains items such as 

I am a Child Life Specialist. No, I don't work in a hospital. I might never work in a hospital again. Or maybe I will? Who's to say where my tool box might take me next? But what I do know for sure- My tool box is my tool box, and no one can take it from me. 

Remember that iconic quote from The Princess Diaries? 

So why do we give others the power to make us feel like our tool box is inferior to theirs? 

It's your tool box! Own it!

So what's in your tool box? 
How different is yours than mine? 
How similar is it? 
Where has your child life journey taken you? 
Let us know in the comments!