This past year, I all my free time, I was trying to be diligent about figuring out what the heck I am good at. Where is my heart? What gets me excited? After much discussion, I decided to head back to school. On my heart? Women. Motherhood.
The first weekend in March I will be taking an intensive (read: semesters worth of information packed into 3 REALLY long days) course at Columbia University so that I can get licensed as a postpartum parent educator. This is just step one for me, but gets the ball rolling and allows me some career opportunities as I pursue my goal. I will also be working towards my certification as a lactation educator.
So what do I want to be when I grow up? I want to help parents, mostly mothers, feel successful in the most important job that they will ever do; raise their children. After I complete this course work, I would love to spend some time working at a crisis pregnancy center with young moms, helping them bring their new babies home and learning what they need to know to start their parenthood journey. Other than that, I am not really sure. I guess I will just take it year by year, class by class.
For now, I have a bit over a month to finish all my pre required reading and course work. After my class, I have until this new kid shows up to finish the rest. It is a huge undertaking, but I think I can get it done. I figure my chance of completing it BEFORE the new one arrives is MUCH greater that trying to get it done after he is here. My life doesn't seem like it is going to be slowing down in the foreseeable future, so I might as well start!