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As you look ahead to the coming months, what transitions are you anticipating? How are you setting yourself up for a supportive and positive experience? Do you know what resources are available? Are you one to plan ahead or figure it out in the moment?
My calendar is filled with classes, Mothers' Circles, prenatal and postpartum doula client visits, and more. All of this feels good, and yet there's no way I can do any of it without proper support. In order to feel well-prepared, there's a decent amount of preparation involved, not only to support my work but to support the needs of my family, as well.
How does this look? Well, part of feeling well-supported and prepared means knowing what is available. If I list out my challenges, then I take into consideration what resources are available. I also look at my whole self and address my emotional, physical, spiritual and mental needs. Taking time to consider my needs requires me to look deep at what's working and what's not working well. I celebrate the good and I consider how to support the changes that I may need to make.
Maybe for you, this includes making time to meditate, stretch your body, or sit with friends. Or maybe you need to be more gentle with your new role as "mom" or your growing body as you move closer to your baby's birth. Perhaps you are trying to continue all the responsibilities you carried before any of these new changes, and to get to a balanced place, you may need to reconsider what you can actually do today.
A lot of what I'm continuing to learn is the idea that whatever is happening now, is part of a phase. We sometimes look at where we are in life (i.e., our job, our hometown, our interests) as being constant. But those "constants" have more variability than we may be ready to admit. And sometimes these "constants" require us to take a step back and reevaluate whether it's still serving us well.
Taking a look at what we need, what resources are available to support those needs, and reevaluating who we are is part of your journey. You will know when you're ready for this, and you will know how often you have to revisit these questions.
Know that you are not alone in your challenges, and that you're not alone in your joys. Olive Tree Birthing's Mothers' Circles offer you an opportunity to find support and community. Contact me to learn more or to register.