Well, we made it to the second quarter of the year! How did your first three months of 2018 look?! What changes have you made or had to adapt to entering the second quarter?
I’ll share first.
I gave birth to a strong, resilient and truly blessed baby on March 30, 2018. During the first three months of 2018, I kickstarted my coaching business and took on fourteen clients who allowed me to be a resource to them in their respective journeys. I did this while navigating my third trimester of pregnancy and preparing for the arrival of our first child. I admit there were times when I was unsure if I was doing the right thing; I was nervous about taking on clients while working full-time and preparing for this baby to get here. What a reward it’s been! I’m so happy I stepped out on faith and followed my heart. Coaching others has brought me such joy and fueled my heart with continuous passion and purpose.
Today, I’m a mom.
There is nothing in the world that could have prepared me for the change I’m experiencing. I’m exhausted, overwhelmed, emotional and in pain (primarily from breastfeeding and from some weird stuff my body is doing). I’m also overcome with unconditional love for our new family member and get random spurts of energy in the late hours of the night (and early hours of the morning!) when I hear the little noises coming from this tiny person. It sounds kind of romantic, but it’s hard. I have to take each day for what it is. Some days I have more energy and I can clean a little, while other days are not as “productive.” Productive, however, has a new meaning in my life. The first trimester of pregnancy slowed me down and taught me to prioritize wisely. As time went on, balance looked different for me with the new changes my body and mind were undergoing. Balance looks even more different now that our baby is here. On the days I don’t have a lot of energy, I have to be at peace with breastfeeding and showering being the most “productive” things I do. I AM at peace with that and I’m grateful that this experience is so challenging because it is humbling me and allowing me the opportunity to take each day as a new chance to be present.
Change is hard, but it isn’t impossible.
As I enter the second quarter of this year, I can share that BUILDING HABITS, DEVELOPING A DAILY PRACTICE, CELEBRATING MILESTONES, KEEPING UP THE MOMENTUM, and, the most basic concept, JUST GETTING STARTED can catapult you into change that is rewarding and fulfilling.
Coaching is that change for me.
Today, I was able to check in with my clients and get caught up on some work for their individual programs. One of my clients commended me for having given birth under two weeks ago and still committing to the responsibility I took on by checking in during this time. I don’t think my clients realize how my involvement in their journey helps me to find balance in my own journey. Coaching others is something that I do because I genuinely love it. I wouldn’t be a good mom if my only priority was to be a mom. Being a mom is one of my top priorities, but it isn’t the only hat I wear and getting some solid work done today really boosted my morale and helped me to feel much more normal in a time of drastic change.
Do what is right for you and if it doesn’t feel right, stop doing it.
This isn’t my personal blog, so I typically don’t get too deep into what I have going on. However, I share more today because I DO practice what I preach. The tips I posted since January are proving fruitful for me in ways that far exceed monetary compensation. I hope my example illustrates to you that honoring what is in your heart leads to breakthroughs you can and will experience by taking chances and making change. Only you know what is truly in your heart, so be honest with yourself and keep doing your best. Life throws curveballs every single day, but you don’t have to be frazzled by anything if you are staying true to yourself; it IS possible to be at peace during times of immense change.
If you’re unhappy with your first three months of 2018, fret not; you still have another nine to go! Do your best to make small adjustments to your daily routine. Focus on baby steps that intend to lead you toward a bigger goal, be it a career goal, a wellness goal, a relationship goal, a financial goal or anything outside of those examples. Rome wasn’t built in a day, right? Well, your future won’t be determined by what you do in one day. Rather, it will shape out to be a result of collective, consistent efforts made by you in order to produce change. Start small, stay focused, keep up the momentum and celebrate your milestones!
Have a great start to the second quarter! Make each day count and be sure to check back in within the next few weeks for more from me!