As many in my life know, I’ve been working toward some new goals this past year. I spent most of the year studying to become and IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Counselor) and I also fulfilled a dream of many years and completed the training to become a Reiki Master.
Yesterday, I received confirmation that I’d passed the IBCLC exam I wrote during the summer. I’m overjoyed to find out that my time and effort has payed off with a door opening in my life. The two breastfeeding conferences I attended this fall filled me with certainty that this is the path I’m meant to be on, and I’m excited to see where it takes me.
Yesterday, as I was almost literally floating around my house with glee, I started thinking about all the people who have played a role in my getting to this point. The list of those I want to thank goes on and on.
To start of there is La Leche League, and in particular Fiona Audy who not only helped me out during my shaky start with breastfeeding, but also invited me to become a LLL Leader back in 2005. LLL helped me to realize how passionate I am about impacting families and how vital in-person breastfeeding support is. The families who allowed me to help them over the years have taught me lessons I don’t think I could have learned elsewhere. When it came time to apply to become an IBCLC, the clinical hours LLL earned me made the dream of certification achievable.
The ladies in my study group were also a crucial piece of my journey. Between encouraging phone calls, late-night Skype study sessions, and the sense of working as a team, this group helped me to reach essential studying milestones. Behind all of us, Linda Crawford was our gentle and inspiring mentor who kept reminding us why we were working so hard.
I also found support online along the way. From one night of wondering aloud on Twitter if I should pursue this certification, words from Annie of PhD in Parenting and Fleur of Nurtured Child helped me to commit to the goal. Fleur was also an incredible resource along the way, answering questions for me as they came up.
Closer to home, I’ve had a support system that has blown me away. Ongoing words of encouragement from friends, and in particular from my “breast-geek” buddy Erie have meant the world to me.
The one person who deserves the biggest thanks, though, is my incredible husband Liam. Liam has been endlessly patient through the hours upon hours I’ve holed up in another room or off at a coffee shop with my books while he stays with the kids. He has been the constant voice in my ear reminding me I can do this, giving me space and encouragement as needed. As always, he has been the partner who has looked at me with eyes that welcomed me to step into my potential.
So now, with the IBCLC credential and the Reiki Master training under my belt, I’m shifting gears a big. I’m making the transition from My Nature Baby to Roots of Wellness Family Services, a business that will take me into this new phase in my work. I’m looking forward to adding lactation consultant services to my line of holistic and babywearing services, as well as more workshops and classes. (I’ll be kicking off the teaching side of things with a free series on flower essences over at Birth Source next month!)
Looking forward to seeing you all in my new adventure! :)