New Year’s Resolutions-Kicking the habit!!

retro_congratulations_on_kicking_the_habit_card-r27aa9397e4dd4126b33ca8c2c3e455c1_xvua8_8byvr_324I know, I know…you think I am crazy.  It’s already the end of January and those of you who made your New Year’s resolution to exercise have already deserted the gym.  But you see, I am a little more pragmatic in my decision making. First, I had to decide whether or not I was even going to make a New Year’s resolution. Then, I had to decide on one. Lordy, too many decisions for me!!!!! So here I go- I’m putting it out there and hitting the enter key.  No turning back now. It’s the best thing to do when you are trying to kick any bad habit (ehhemm, insert your vice here_______) to ensure success.   My number one New Year’s resolution is to send out Christmas cards this year.  What you say?  That is Just. Plain. Weird….

But here is why.  I have this very, very, bad habit of buying (you name it types of) cards and then not sending them out.  I have even gotten so far as addressing all of the cards on my Christmas list and then not affixing a postage stamp and mailing. Then; just so that I can remind myself of how terrible I am at all of this Hallmark greeting stuff, I will save the evidence of my affliction. Please, please tell me that there are others out there that are as bad as I am!!!!  I need a support group!

In all seriousness, I really do want to take a few minutes to tell the people in my life that they are important to me. The written word on a beautiful card is such a wonderful way to do just that. Who wouldn’t want to reciprocate. Just look at one of the beauties I received last year. I can’t show the entire card because it was a tri-fold with pics on 8 sides. But here is the unique part…

Christmas Card 2013

Christmas Card 2013

My cards will look more like Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree but it’s the thought that counts, right? So; when the Christmas decorations come out with the 4th of July decorations, I will be on it!!! Maybe, just maybe, one of my organized friends can show me how to get my contacts to a usable place so that I can print labels? I have no clue how to do that.

So; come this time 2015, we can check back to see if I did indeed keep my New Year’s resolution….Or, If I need to seriously call the doctor mamma, and have my head examined for putting this out there!!!! Ya’ know, I am trying to kick a thirty year old bad habit 🙂

BTW, I just haven’t made it to the gym yet. But, when I do…physical-exercise-benefits-health
This is what I will look like:)

Inspiring a Midwife

Becoming a Midwife is a “calling”, similar to how one is called to a religious order.  I can look back on my life and know that God has placed me exactly where I am supposed to be.  Who I have become has been shaped by very loving parents, the teaching of the Benedictine Sisters, and my own children.

When my husband and I found out we were pregnant with our first child, I was working as an RN on a pediatric oncology unit.  Many of the nurses on my unit had chosen Nurse -Midwives for their own pregnancies and they suggested that I do the same.  It was through my pregnancies and the care of the Certified Nurse- Midwives at University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio that I felt compelled to give back to women the great gifts that I had been given.

Little did I know that my Caitlin, my first-born; would still be spurring me on, pushing me to do things in my career that I never imagined.  Just as she led me to midwifery in the beginning, she is leading me to unfamiliar territory, to sharing my story and my knowledge of midwifery, to writing this blog.  This year has been very eventful for me and my practice.  My partners and I moved our practice to The Christ Hospital in May of 2013 and opened our new offices in Crestview Hills, Ky. in July, 2013.  Caitlin, who is now 22 and recently graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, wrote a beautiful article on the opening of our new practice.  See it here.

Caitlin's graduation from NKU December 2013

Caitlin’s graduation from NKU December 2013

I am always amazed at how much my children have changed me, taught me, left their indelible print.   Looking at Caitlin and the woman she is becoming is like looking back and looking forward at the same time.  I admire her hard work, her courage, her ability to get things done.  Watching her twenty-something energy reminds me what it was like to feel I could accomplish anything, never considering an alternative notion.  I am so proud of her!  Therefore; I resolve to recapture the fearlessness of my youth and to stretch my boundaries.  No more sitting back with the comfortable knowledge that I have and feeling like it is enough.  I am moving on to writing, sharing, pushing the boundaries.  I hope that you enjoy the ride along with me!!

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