Whew! Almost didn’t make my scheduled friday posting! First, for the small handful of readers who enjoy my cat photos: here is sweet Yum Yum being tormented by Sabine, who is quickly becoming a relentless cat tormentor. Felines, you best be taking to higher ground!
Today I went into Manhattan to attend a seminar certifying me to train pre and postnatal clients. Let me tell you, after infertility and an obsessive pregnancy I could have taught most of the class. I was also one of only five students and by far the oldest of them all. No one else was married or had kids and by the end of the 8-hour session they were all shaking their heads saying this had been “the best birth control ever.” Oldness aside, I did learn a good bit about correcting diastasis recti and a handy pile of factoids about what exactly is and is not safe during pregnancy, all of which is good stuff to have in my bag of tricks should I ever actually do this for a living.
So where do I stand now? I’ve finished my schooling at the institute in Manhattan and am now studying for the NASM certification exam. I hope to take this in August before we leave on vacation so I can begin looking for clients in September. I’m still feeling a LOT of anxiety about this career path and am worried I will never be prepared enough. Much like journalism, the best way to learn is to just do it… and make a lot of mistakes. And probably lose some clients along the way. The difference between when I took my first journalism job and now, though, is that I am intimately aware of how much failure sucks. At the tender age of 22 I had not experienced crushing defeat so I charged ahead like the blind idiot all fresh college grads are.
I know this is a little on the mellow dramatic side. Yes, we always have the risk of failure but only true failures let that stand in their way. The worries are still there, though, and are dragging the process out. I’m sure I’ll get it figured out this summer, though, and hopefully be all set to get started in the fall. Right now I’ll try to focus on studying for the NASM exam and coming up with a business name… which is an entirely different challenge.
Any ideas for a business name? I was going to do Mother Nurture but I’ll be damned if a NYC doula business does not already have the name. Maybe Barbells and Bellies? Triceps and Trimesters? Pickles and Pecs? I kid, I KID! Seriously, though, if you have a stroke of genius, share it with me!
And now I’m off for my Friday glass of wine. I hope you all have a lovely weekend and look forward to catching up on your blogs tonight!