So in my experience...when you don’t know where to start, here is always a good place! In the spirit of new beginnings, I have decided that it’s time for me to stop flirting with the idea of writing a blog and instead, take the plunge and jump between the sheets.
I’ve always loved writing and I adore my job, so I’m pretty sure there is a match to be made, and now is the time to begin to nurture that relationship and ‘put my big girl pants on’ as Suzy Ashworth (founder of the Calm Birth School) says!
By this I mean, as a pretty experienced teacher of hypnobirthing, I wasn’t sure how much new insight I would gain, but the energy and freshness was screaming out to me and after a few exciting emails, I was super, duper excited (acutally pretty estatic) to be joining the calm birth school family and becoming one of the first teachers delivering this brilliant course on the ‘ground’.
As if this wasn’t enough excitement for my pre - birthday weekend, the unexpected happened when I found myself in a total whirlwind and thrust on to a really exciting, if not really challenging rollercoaster of self discovery.
It would seem I have just survived the first drop on the rollercoaster, but daily discoveries are coming thick and fast and it is a truly enlightening time, forcing me to face up to the areas I have been neglecting; the most useful realisation is how much I love nurturing and supporting others, but how little I have been nurturing myself.
This isn’t unfamiliar territory for me and is part of the norm often with helping professions, but this coupled with life and just being a parent by its very nature means that sometimes we can neglect ourselves.
This isn’t ‘news’ as such, but when it’s up in lights, beaming at me as I crawl in to bed at the end of the day, I know I have to look at it. I know I have to address it because I’m asking the same of others in both of my professions – so it’s absolutely time to starting singing the song, walking the walk, dancing the dance... you get the picture!
So in keeping with the theme, my first step to sorting this ‘neglect of self’ has been to give in to an hour, once a week where I climb in to a bath that is far too hot for small people and switch off. I’m sure if you are a parent, you know that climbing in to a lovely HOT bath...alone, is a task in itself – because often before I know it, before I can even protest, I find myself reaching for the cold tap as my little Flyn lunges himself over the side of the bath, nappy all askew and still wearing his socks.
So although it’s small, this has been a victory. It gives me time to reflect on the week, prepare myself for the next one and just breathe...long, slow breaths – the kind I teach in my classes.
And in light of these new beginnings and changes on the horizon, It’s where I have reflected a lot on what my courses offer and not just the new course material that I will now be teaching, but what I am actually bringing that is unique and valuable to my couples.
This is a whole other blog piece, but as a starting point, I know that fundamentally what sets my course aside from others is me. My approach is driven by where I’ve come from with my own experiences which are unique to me but that ignited a fire that burns in my belly fiercely and ignoring it was never an option!
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