The past year has been filled with disappointments. It seems that one important person after another has left my life, I mean some real key players, and for the first time, I’ve struggled with trusting the universe, and “everything happens for a reason”, and all of that sparkly stuff I’m known for believing in. I mean, my kids nicknamed me “Happy Bunny Rainbow Mom” a few years ago, and although I loved it, I don’t think it was meant to be a compliment. Ha! I was the queen of "cup half full" and it drove them crazy at times. It was kind of who I was, and I felt proud of it, actually. Unfortunately for me, over the past year, that part of me had faded away and I got stuck in survival mode.
My smile disappeared, and my Sweet Dreams were fading in more ways than one.
I found myself just barely making it through each day emotionally intact, so I could be the best mom that I could, the best teacher, and still work on getting my Sweet Dreams business off the ground. (Thank goodness I am good at putting on my happy face in public, that was a tool I used often.) Although I had zero births in 2014 (worst year ever), I continued to work hard on my business and it's foundation. I went to conferences, trainings, got certifications, networked, and even got a logo and created my website! DREAM was my word last year, and I dreamt about making Sweet Dreams come true for me, as well as the families I work with.
This year I needed something more proactive, and the word BELIEVE kept on worming its way into my heart. It wasn’t enough to dream, but I had to believe in myself, believe in my dream, and believe that my passion for helping women become mothers and couples become families would become more of a reality. You know what? No sooner than I believed, truly, that life was about to get better, a friend reached out to me and asked if I would be her birth doula! Honored, blessed, and so excited, I felt it starting; a shift in my universe. Soon another friend reached out, word of mouth referrals started, and do you know, this year I have been blessed with being at five births so far, and I have at least two on deck for this summer?!
My message for you is to BELIEVE. Believe in the power of your worth. Believe in the power of your dreams. Believe in the power of yourSELF. No matter what you wish for, and feel in your heart, know that your attitude and your intentions are felt by the universe. Whether it’s work, or parenting, or relationships, or pregnancy, or childbirth, or even writing a blog, just go for it!
Dreams can’t come true if you don’t dream them in the first place…allow yourself to believe in the power of you! (It would be so cool if Steve Perry started singing right now, "Don't Stop...Beleeeeeeeeeiving...")
So Sweet Dreamers, my inspirational word last year was dream. This year it's believe. What's YOUR inspirational word?
Did you choose your word, or did your word choose you? If you don't have one yet, it's not too late! Go for it! Let us know, maybe you will inspire someone else with your thoughts.