30 Things – My Dream Job

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Tonight I’m tackling #7 – What is your dream job and why?

(Again, you can find the original 30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me post HERE!)

I think for me, this changes every few years. When I was in high school all I wanted to do was lead a youth group and and worship, that was EVERYTHING to me. Then I met my husband, and if you’ve ever been part of a youth group… a really great youth group, you may have noticed that the spouse of the Youth Pastor is almost always very involved with the ministry program. My husband, my sweet, wonderful husband… he’s not cut out for a life around teenagers all the time. That’s just not his thing, so with falling in love with him, my dreams changed. (And before we get all huffy and say, “no man should change your dreams!”, HE didn’t change my dreams, I changed my dreams because God brought this wonderful man into my life!)

Anyways, after we got married and prior to us having kids I went back to school with the dream of becoming a teacher! I was super excited about it, took some introductory courses at the community college where I was getting my AA… and then I got pregnant with Boogie. Things changed. After having her, we couldn’t imagine putting her into public school, we couldn’t imagine placing her in an environment where she is 1 of 30 children or where she will be tested and tested and tested to use her as a statistic in her school district. No thanks. So, my dreams changed.

It’s been 3 1/2 years since I gave birth to sweet Boogie, and during that time I’ve dreamed of many careers for my future, and if I’m being completely honest, I’ve been rotating between three specific jobs over and over and over. So I’m going to share all three.

In the forefront of my mind my dream job would be to become a birth doula. A birth doula is there to support the momma (and her spouse or family!) during her labor, the birth of her child, and for postpartum care (granted, some doulas only are there for labor and birth and then there are separate doulas for postpartum…. but I would want to be available for both). I LOVE giving birth. My birth experience with Boogie wasn’t what I dreamt it would be, but the miracle of her coming into the world was AMAZING. Then Bubby’s birth was just… it was breathtaking (and I kind of mean that literally… that was intense!). I would love the chance to be there for other mommas during the miracle of their sweet baby’s birth. Too help educate them on natural labor and birth, to educate them on breastfeeding and MORE!

Second, another dream of mine is to be a lactation consultant. My biggest dilemma with this, is that if I really wanted to impact a lot of people, I would need to go to school to be an RN first. That’s a lot of schooling, and a lot of time away from my babies if I decide to pursue that career. It would be well worth it, but if this is the path I choose, it would have to be when my children are much older and much more self-sufficient. There is so much bad information out there about breastfeeding, and so many uneducated nurses who work with labor and deliver and mother baby units, not because they MEAN to give out bad information, but most of the time that’s NOT something they really learn about or focus on when they go to school. I want the chance to really make an impact on new moms and moms to be. The county we live in especially needs more lactation consultants, for our one hospital there are TWO, and then ONE for the WIC office. There aren’t any classes or educational outreach programs, there aren’t any peer groups… it’s ridiculous! So yea… another dream of mine.

Lastly, this dream is a little more far-fetched, I don’t know if I could ever afford to do something like this but it would be AMAZING. I’d love to open up a children’s shop. Just something small that carries organic, natural products for children and families, cloth diapers (though we have personally stopped cloth diapering… that’s a whole different story though and I can’t tell you I’m happy about it), woven wraps, soft structured carriers, mommy necklaces, wooden toys, clothing… maybe even a small consignment area for clothing. I’d want to have babywearing classes, birth classes, breastfeeding classes, cloth diapering classes, play groups… all kinds of amazing things to reach out to the community. It’s a risky endeavor though… and my community probably wouldn’t embrace something like that. Our hometown would though!

So there you have it… maybe not answered entirely correctly, but those are my dream jobs!

30 Things – 10 Things I Would Tell My 16 Year-Old Self

 

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Yes… that is Mustard Seed Mommy in high school. I was a band geek! I think I was actually 15 in this pic, but close enough! So today, I’m tackling #4 on my list from the 30 Things My Children Should Know About Me… here we go!

4. List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.

  • Things aren’t always going to be easy, most of the time they’re going to be really hard… but keep pushing forward, because the end result is absolutely breath-taking.
  • You will get through your associates degree… it’s going to be hard as heck, but someday you’ll have your degree!
  • Learn to sew with your mom, someday you’ll regret never learning!
  • Never stop writing, keep pouring out those lyrics and poems.
  • Keep your brother close, some day he’s going to face a lot of challenges, keep an eye out for him.
  • Motherhood is going to be the most amazing experience of your life, enjoy every moment and every change in your body as you go through pregnancy, breastfeeding and mommyhood!
  • Always keep Christ first and foremost in your life, He is the reason you will get through the hard times.
  • Some of your high school friends aren’t going to stick around, cherish the ones that DO.
  • Save…. save your money… stop spending!
  • That quiet, tall, dark and handsome boy you meet your Senior year… yea, he’s the one. He’s going to be the most amazing husband and father to your children you could ever ask for!

 

 

 

30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me

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I found this awesome link up on Baby Making Machine and thought this would be a fun thing to try for the next 30 days. Every day I will cross one of these items off my list (and link to the post where you can find my answer to the question). You can link up on Baby Making Machine’s post HERE.

I hope to someday take my posts (minus the review/giveaway/sponsored posts) and create books for my kids… how neat would that be as a keepsake of their childhood?

So… here’s the list! I’ll start this evening with one and link back to it. You’ll know which ones I’ve done by the item being crossed out!

THE LIST:

1. List 20 random facts about yourself.

2. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears

3. Describe your relationship with your spouse.

4. List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.

5. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?

6. If you could have three wishes, what would you wish for?

7. What is your dream job, and why?

8. What are 5 passions you have?

9. List 10 people who have influenced you and describe how.

10. Describe your most embarrassing moment.

11. Describe 10 pet peeves you have.

12. Describe a typical day in your current life.

13. What’s the hardest part of growing up?

14. Describe 5 weaknesses and strengths you have.

15. Describe when you knew your spouse was the one or how you fell in love.

16. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?

17. What is the thing you most wish you were great at?

18. What do you think your spouse loves most about you?

19. How did you feel the moment you became a parent?

20. Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.

21. Describe your relationship with your parents.

22. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?

23. What’s your favorite holiday and why?

24. What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about parenthood?

25. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?

26. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?

27. What is your favorite part of your body and why?

28. What’s your favorite quality in your spouse?

29. What are your hopes and dreams for your prosperity?

30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.