The most common sentiment that was shared with me throughout my pregnancy was how BIG of a change this foray into motherhood would be on my relatively selfish, undoubtedly career driven, type A (ish) human tendencies. To that I say ... you don't know what you don't know (thank god)!
Not only was my sleep rocked sideways, so was my ability to identify with the shell of myself that I left behind in my loft when I went to BC Women's Hospital to have my baby. Even though from this point on, I didn't identify with the old me, I also hadn't realized the potential of me that was to be birthed. After a very complicated delivery, I finally recovered enough to take a walk along the seawall in Vancouver with my brother. It was the first time that I spoke the words "I just don't even know who I am anymore". I mean, I went from Oscar's events and public speaking engagements, leading a marketing team, doing yoga 6x per week and reading the news (ya I did, the paper version) with my (hot)coffee on weekends to being at the beck and cry of this little human A L L T H E T I M E ? ! ? !
It took me some time (probably longer than I would like to admit), though I did discover some of my deepest passions and sense of purpose that lay dormant for years.
Enter sleep consulting.
I still have my feet firmly planted in Marketing/PR/Strategy and all that fun stuff, though a new passion emerged and that allowed me to give back to tired moms and dads and babes out there. I've been there, I get it, and I have never been happier doing what I do.
As for you? I wish that you
.... find your voice amidst the silence of the slow life with baby
... allow yourself the freedom to choose a different way of being
trust that what brought you here will take you there.