To PhD or not PhD
Since I graduated from my Masters in 2008, I have constantly toyed with the idea of starting a PhD. Throughout this time, I've known what topic I would study, and it has evolved and matured over time - but I have kept pushing it away.
My reasons for pushing it away? Not willing to commit, wanting to focus on my therapeutic practice - and not wanting to add more to my already full life. But the decision to not start a PhD does not deny my passion and urge to learn, research, write and share my knowledge!!
So what do I do? Well for now, I've come up with a solution. I won't end up being a Dr and I may not end up with the respect that one with a PhD receives in the world of health - but I think I'm ok with that.
I'm going to have a go at blogging. I have been blogging haphazardly for about 12 months now, but I want to give it a more serious experiment for awhile. I want to practice writing, learn how to improve my writing (maybe even learn a thing or two about grammar), refine my message on music therapy and mental health - and learn how to get my message out there. I'd like to post consistently (maybe once a week) and prioritise it as something that is important to me. Of course my blog writing will be more casual and less scientific than my academic writing - but I'd like the content to bridge the gap between scientific literature and the general public. I'm telling you via blogosphere so I can keep my word!
I'd love for you to join me on this ride...you might see a mix of:
Reviewing and sharing peer-reviewed journal articles that relates to mental health, music therapy and the brain - (in a way that makes sense)
Me trying to piece my ideas and thoughts together
General chat about the things, experiences, theories etc. that frame my music therapy practice
Some scientifically referenced posts and some opinion posts
Interviews with awesome therapists, researchers and people
I'd love for it to be interactive - though bare with me as I work out this blogging and writing thing.
Meanwhile, what would you like to read about here? Feel free to share any tips or suggestions :)