Monday, January 5, 2015

Day 9 - LES BROWN - Self Commitment

Wow,Les Brown is such a great motivational speaker! Just listening to this speech has made me think about making a true commitment to this gardening blog of writing on a more consistent basis, and I also want to commit to myself that I will stretch my mind, and my spirit with future endeavors in my life.

As a person, who is a wife, mother of five and a former child care provider, I know I love taking care of people, watching them grow and helping to just plain educate when I can, and today besides committing myself to this blog, I want to commit myself to fulfill my dream of becoming a Doula.

I've spent many years being a committed wife, mother,and child care provider-- now I fee the time is right to step out and do something new. I haven't been a child care provider in 4 years;I decided to step away from a particular client(hated to do it,but it needed to be done),and thought I'd take a break to expand on my hobbies (which I did), and to spend more time with my kids. Believe it or not, just because you're running an at home business doesn't mean that you're going to be at every soccer game, Girl Scouts group meetings or just taking your kids to that Friday night $1 movie that all of y'all planned on seeing. Well, maybe some people who work from home could, but when I was a child care provider, there were some after school  activities and organizations that my children couldn't participate in because a client would be late or needed extended hours for whatever reasons at the last minute.

So, as you can see, things can get pretty unpredictable in that line of work at times, and when you have your own children who want to do after school stuff and can't because I'm making money.....and my client is relying on me for child care, then sometimes your kids can't do certain thing, so when I had to part ways with a client,I decided to focus on supporting the activities my children wanted to do.

My kids got involved with the scouting,soccer, chorus, a running group and many other clubs, and I also  found myself being able to attend a lot more field trips. I've always been involved with their education and tried to participate at the school as much as I could;however, not having the responsibility of another person's child on my shoulders while I'm trying to be fully engaged with my child's passions and hobbies has been a relief for me over these past 4 years.

Now that my children are older: one a freshman in college,two in high school(freshman and sophomore), a 7th grader, and a 5th grader, I think it's time for me to make a commitment to myself to finally try something a little bit different(work wise),that will combine my passions of working with young families, being frugal,health and green living all together. So today, I make a commitment to work towards becoming a birth and postpartum doula.

I want to help empower women about birth and their bodies(and be that support, if they don't have any), and I'd love to help my clients settle in as new parents to one child or help them through the process of moving from one child to two. I want to help show a young family how they can live off of one income (if they so choose);I would love to teach a new mom how to wrap her baby, how to keep her breast from becoming engorged, and how to eat healthy without breaking the bank.

At the start of the New Year, I didn't make any New Year's Resolutions because sometimes I don't do them at all and other times I start it, but don't finish it through the year.So, here  I am today ready to say, I SELF COMMIT! I commit to my career goals in the future and I commit to this blog, 

What will  you be committing to this year and why?

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