I finally had a chance to watch “The Post” a few weeks ago. Given that I check The Washington Post’s online site at least 5 times a day, I can’t believe it took me so long to watch it. After it was over, I found myself completely hyped up, thinking to myself, “We must save the free press!” This is pretty typical of me. I get easily excited about social justice issues.
There are a lot of reasons why I decided to go back into consulting after having been away from it for so long. One reason that explains why consulting is such a good fit for me is because I get so excited by the missions that each of my clients are trying to achieve, and the visions for which they strive. All of my clients – regardless of what sector they are in – are doing good work. They’ve engaged me because they need additional support, or an evaluation of their impact, or to develop a new tool. I can always see the potential – to do more, to do better, to grow, and to measure.
The down side to that excitement is the lack of focus. Yes, I’m doing good and I love that. But it’s challenging to make a big impact when you’re touching a little bit of everything. Recently, I finally realized what I really want to focus on: behavioral health. I’ve had a chance to work on a number of projects in this space, and it is both professionally and personally fulfilling. The needs are so great: raising awareness of services available, decreasing stigma, measuring change and impact, identifying the right legislative measures, etc. The list goes on and on. And I want to be involved in all of it. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to a point where I solely focus on behavioral health, because there are so many things that excite me. However, I still want to put it out there to the universe. And if you’re in the behavioral health field, you can expect to hear from me soon.