Early in my career gaining training and earning CEU’s (Continuing Educational Units) was something I always looked forward to doing. Getting away with a friend and learning evidenced based practices was so much fun. Moving forward in my career paired with dining out, live music and sometimes dancing depending on the site of the training.
That was before kids. This year, I took the opportunity to advance my career and knowledge base with some Lindamood Bell training. It involved some small traveling and being away from my kids for the first time for 4 nights. Yikes! Who am I to be alone without two littles and a dog surrounding me? It’s been awhile and not only did I have anxieties about leaving my littles, furry one and better half BUT am I still the same competent, independent, adventure seeker women I use to be prior to family life?
Turns out, I am. How lucky am I to be in a profession that mandates continued learning? Otherwise I may have never benefited of rediscovering thy SELF and my ability to be totally on my own. It’s so important to know for sure that you can take care of yourself before you can fully take care of your family and your community. Coming back, I have a lot more to offer my family and community from attending this workshop. Like other care taking women it’s in our nature to take care of others first and it’s hard work to take the time out voluntarily for thy self. Hence, why I get up at 4:45 am to get in the gym.
The workshop was in itself, amazing and I just started practicing using it to see how kids respond. It’s awesome to see how engaged and eager they are to continue once you introduce the program. My guys at home did great and were excited to see a refreshed mama once again at home. Time away from my better half, well always makes you show your appreciation a little more than you usually have time for, uh hum. If you find yourself not finding your SELF, take a trip by yourself. It’s good for your mind, your soul and your family. They need to know that you can take care of yourself too.
When in doubt, go strong mama’s!