Do you think about what your dreams are? I admit I hadn't thought about my dreams much until last year when I attended a Power of Moms retreat (you can read about that here) and we had a "dream night" where we talked about our dreams and passions. We talked about how often as Moms we put ourselves totally on the back burner because we are taking care of everyone else's needs. Being a Mom is one of my lifelong dreams and I love it (most of the time). In fact when asked what my dreams are, it took me a while to be able to answer anything other than being a Mom.
I'm not talking about being selfish, I'm talking about dreaming in a very balanced way, not in a neglect our families for our own interests type of thing, but in filling our own reservoirs so we can be a more fulfilled person for our family. Taking care of the person inside the Mommy is essential!
For years and years I have loved studying family dynamics. I have a degree in Marriage and Family studies with an emphasis on early childhood. I love reading books about family structure, disciplining kids etc. It is fascinating to me. For a couple of years when Dave was at BYU I taught some child development and preschool administration classes at what was then UVSC. Another of my passions is teaching, I love it.
So when I went to my first Power of Moms retreat nearly two years ago and had a major paradigm shift in my Mothering I knew I needed to be a part of this organization. Their philosophies align with my beliefs. Then I found out that I could become one of their "trainers" and teach these things myself. I knew that was one of my dreams and passions.
It has taken a while due to life circumstances, but I am about to fulfill that dream! I am going to Albuquerque next month as one of the presenters at a Power of Moms retreat! I will be teaching with Tiffany Sowby who is the director of trainers. This will be my "apprentice" retreat and then I will be looking to do some "mini retreats" locally. I am nervous, but so excited. I have an awesome husband who is so supportive of me and keeps saying, "Go for it!"
If you know of anyone in the ABQ area, please encourage them to attend this retreat. They are life changing and empowering! You can get more information here.
Me with April Perry (left) co-founder of Power of Moms and Tiffany Sowby (middle) at the Vegas retreat last spring.