I’ve been dropping hints and trying to keep you as updated as possible, but there never seems to be enough hours in the day for sitting down peacefully to write properly… So here I am, with a coffee and a moment to spare. Strike whilst the iron is hot I say!
First things first, not only have I gone part-time with my job throughout May, I’ve actually handed my notice in. Whilst I LOVE the role, and I’m thrilled that part-time is working out for me this month, because I was taken on as a trainee, progressing in the long-term to promotion sadly isn’t viable on part time hours. Not only that but sat behind my computer getting to grips with working life again, I missed Izzy. Deep down I was worried about missing time with her, longing to cherish special moments again. I really questioned why I was doing something else other than being with her. Don’t be fooled, it’s not all honky dory, I find motherhood hard, the most challenging thing I’ve ever done on so many levels, but I can’t get over the nagging feeling that our time is now. Right here. This-is-it. With Kyle away I also wondered what it must be like for her, me working and her Daddy away too. I want to be there for her, so I made the decision to let my job go and put her first. My last working day is Wednesday 25th May. There is definitely a market researcher in me and I’m certain that I’ll return to research in some way later down the line when my time naturally becomes more ‘free’. I will continue to look for part-time work so if you see anything up my street do give me a nudge. I will once again be available for 1-2-1 consultations, workshops and more on a regular basis, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from week commencing 30th May are free so do let me know if I can help you/someone you know (I hope to get an online booking facility up and running to make this easier, watch this space).
Training staff at the JR
Once I’d made the decision to leave my job, something else actually landed in my lap. That old saying of “when one door closes, another one opens” just happened (thank you universe!). So the second thing in the pipeline is that the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford have finally got their funding through for me to train staff on their neonatal ward. All my hard work has paid off and I am thrilled to be supporting, teaching and enabling these staff to promote skin-to-skin with the families and babies on their ward through the use of slings. Don’t be fooled… although my Facebook page and online presence might be minimal I am working incredibly hard to prepare for this 1 day training at the beginning June. I’ll be working with a professional photographer on the day so I’ll be sure to share the experience as soon as I can. If you or anyone you know is interested in my Baby Carrying for Healthcare Professionals course, feel free to share the details.
Training individuals to set up/support their local sling library
Next up is news that I have now also launched (in collaboration with Trageschule UK) a Babywearing Advocacy/Peer Support course. This training is designed specifically for those who want to set up/continue to support/start supporting their local sling library. This course is part online (x 4 2 hour sessions delivered by Olga Nguyen, focussing on the key communication skills when working with families within the realm of babywearing) and part in person (1 day in Oxfordshire delivered by me, dedicated to the practical skills and techniques of teaching to use a stretchy wrap and woven wrap as well as group work looking into the nuts and bolts of running a sling library). The first course was launched last week with the online sessions starting on 18th June; time is tight to get the 10 participants we need for it to go ahead (deadline Wednesday 18th May). If you want to join us on this wonderful course you can book online now.
Non-violent communication (NVC) foundation training
More I hear you cry? Oh yes… Having experienced the benefits of connecting with people through empathy and compassion during my Trageschule UK training with Olga Nguyen and also having experienced it as a ‘talking therapy’ 1-2-1, I know how this simple and effective ‘language for life’ has helped me day-to-day and in my work. A tool for promoting connection and kindness during even the most challenging of situations I have been inspired and intrigued to learn more about understanding my own feelings/needs and those of others to help me live a more honest reality and to connect better with those I love. If you want to find out more about NVC, have a look here. So, this coming weekend I’ll be taking part in a Foundation Course in Oxford as I seek to find new ways of expressing myself, connecting compassionately with myself and listening to others. I’m very much looking forward to some adult time and having a chance to journey inwards.
In other news…
My next ‘proper’ blog is under way and will be published very soon plus I’m working with an old University friend and videographer to shoot a promotional video for use on my website (we hope to start filming in June). I’m already cringing at the prospect of seeing/hearing myself on screen!
So there you have it, a little update and insight into where I’m at and what you can expect from wearthemwithlove in the coming weeks.