This has been coming.
It’s long over due.
Ever since the birth of my 3rd child it’s become increasingly challenging to be on call as a birth doula. Since the birth of my 3rd child, I’ve been evaluating how, where and who I spend my time with – personally and professionally. It feels like there is a tremendous shift when the 3rd child comes, perhaps it’s just me. I have been doing my best to cultivate healthy boundaries for myself in my life in all areas. That means I’ve had to limit the amount of doula clients since Silas was born, I’ve eliminated a few toxic relationships, I’ve been more cautious about the clients I take as a doula, I’ve said no to being involved in organizations that would require regular meetings and I’ve given myself the freedom to not be at every event regarding birth, doulas and midwifery. Birth work can be ever so consuming at times. This deep burning passion consumes the minds and hearts of birth workers, it drives us to serve women and their families – sometimes even at the expense of our own families. Finding balance as a birth worker is one of the greatest challenges we face I believe.
Each passing day I believe this to be more true, the days are long and the years are short. I don’t want the next few years to pass by too quickly. I have to honor my season of this season of motherhood I’m in.
Additionally, the last two years my herbal business has grown in ways I never anticipated. It’s super exciting and love the challenges it brings. I have two fabulous assistants that I thoroughly enjoy working together with and I expect my team will grow. In the next two years I have goals and plans to expand and enrich my herbal products, also to start offering herbal consultations (local & virtually), teach classes and host webinars.
I will still be offering placenta encapsulation, not limiting the clients I serve. I will still take limited prenatal doula and postpartum doula clients as well. My desire is to focus on providing a quality experience, therefore to do so I will have to limit the quantity of clients.
While I’m a pretty busy gal, you might be surprised to learn my husband is even busier than I am. He is the busiest person I know! He is an elementary teacher of 21 years. He teaches full-time, plus teaches adult education part-time, he is pursuing his Master’s degree, he is in a bluegrass band that has weekly band practice and plays a few times a month AND lastly seasonally he mows lawns for a few elderly people. Pretty crazy right?! So the little time he is home with our family, I want to be there.
I intend for my hiatus to last just about 2 years, until Silas is in school all day. I never fathomed I would be in this place, so it’s hard to say what my life will be like in 2 years. One thing I hope that changes is Silas finally stops waking up at night! Not kidding, I’ve dubbed him as “Silas the Sleepless Sadist”. I digress, I don’t know where Euphoric Herbals will be then or how it will have grown. Nor can I fully anticipate what my new venture, Handmade Hustle Academy, will bring in 2015 and the following year afterward. I’m beyond stoked about this project and helping other handmade artisans like myself grow their businesses.
Life is full of change and I believe change is good.
P.S. If you are seeking a birth doula check out the Lighthouse Birth Collective!