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Babywearing Educator, Parent, Advocate

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July 2016

Getting Back on Track

Some days life is just completely overwhelming. Lately it’s felt like there is so much on my to do list that I can’t figure out where to start. To overcompensate, I do nothing. Procrastination via avoidance of all things productive. It’s not a great habit and tends to result in me feeling worse before I surrender to my to do list. There is always that point that I’ll hit where I’m tired of feeling unaccomplished and lazy. Luckily I’ve recently gotten pat that point. 

The other day I actually made it to the by and ran. Today we checked out a ranch for riding lessons for E, found a dog at the shelter we think will be a fantastic fit, and enjoyed time outside with the girls. I even worked on some very behind drawings. It feels really great doing something creative without any pressure again. The Babywearing conference was really great, but preparing for it was a bit draining. And I wasn’t even all that involved. I can’t imagine how the vendors, presenters, and hosts feel. 

Fingers crossed my motivation continues far into the future. Some day I will figure out how to keep life balanced and avoid the crests in productivity I seem to always hit. If nothing else, hopefully it lasts till Casey returns in a few weeks. It’d be nice for him not to stumble into the disaster I’ve called a living space as of recent. 

A  leaning her face into a stream of water from the sprinkler
A loved playing in the sprinkler

Atlanta is for Friends

Importance of Community 

The 2016 International Babywearing Conference is less than a week away. As I prepare for travel, finalize schedules, and plan meet ups with my internet friends, I am reminded of how amazing the community of friends I’ve built through Babywearing is. Babywearing, and its subsequent Facebook groups, has brought the most amazing people into my life. Whether they live locally or exists only in my screen, I know without a doubt I have people to support and assure me. 

Chatter groups put a lot of focus on equality for all through social justice awareness, unlearning normal but harmful language, and making a welcoming space for minorities. It’s not a smooth road and there is plenty of backlash. But my friends have shown me that change is possible. Through many long and deep conversations, I’ve watched friends open their eyes to the hardships of many and stand up as allies. Most starkingly wonderful is how many #blacklivesmatter posts have flooded my newsfeed. This affirms for me that I have found my place and it is filled with the most deserving people. 

Thank you my friends. I can’t wait to see those of you who live in the computer for real next week. 

jade  wearing A on her front in an elevator with two friends
Time with friends at Mommycon DC 2015

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