A garden is the living intersection of intention and action.
I haven't always been consistent with the business side of being a doula. I plan and create weekly to-do lists, but life gets in the way and unexpected things come up so I push things to the side. It takes a lot to run a business. especially when you are the owner, manager, marketing firm and contractor all in one. Not to mention the other responsibilities I have. Right now, I like being hands on with all things pertaining to my business, but one day (soon) I know I will need to make some investments and hire other professionals so my business can run more efficiently as it grows.
There have been times when I was overwhelmed and I wanted to give up. I have questioned why I took this leap to work for myself, but never have I regretted my decision, No matter how many times I have heard the word no, I will always hear another yes. I just have to be consistent.
I recently made the decision to commit the next six months of my life to doing more when it comes to my business. I need to plant daily seeds to ensure my business grows into what I first envisioned. The truth is, I want to do BIG things! I have BIG dreams! And now is the time to put myself out there and make it happen! I have waited long enough. And you probably have too.
If you're a doula (new or veteran) and you're discouraged or in a "slump", please don't quit. We need you. Families need you. The healthcare system needs you. You just have to make the commitment to be consistent. Whether you write a blog post, follow up with potential clients, assemble welcome packets or connect with other doulas, you can make big changes through small tasks-it really adds up! Need some encouragement? Call Randy Patterson at the ProDoula office and I promise she will light a fire under you!
Food for Thought: What season are you in? A season of planting seeds and growing? Or flowering? No matter which season you're in, keep planting those seeds. Just one tiny seed a day will ensure continuous flowers.