Getting Down to Business(es)
The past two weeks have been so busy! I totally forgot to blog last week since I had been in a training all week and I was just hanging out by the pool with the fam for the weekend.
Starting July 6, I met up with Cheryl, my Birth Boot Camp Trainer, at her hotel in downtown Austin. Even though we mainly just saw the inside of her suite, it was such a nice change of scenery from my house. Over the next 3 days, we discussed all things birth and how to teach a couple about the journey they are about to embark upon together. It was amazing! I felt so comfortable being with her and she was such a great trainer. On the last day she told me I had been her first trainee! I would have never known, she was so organized and confident. We met up with some other BBC doulas and CBEs from the area and had lunch before I had to ... take the dreaded test. I hate tests. I get myself all worked up and worried. However, in Cheryl's room, she made me totally comfortable and reassured me that with all my experience, I'd do fine. All I kept thinking was that I had done the study guide so long ago!! The test ws 100 questions and I had 3 hours to complete. All in all, it took me 45 minutes to finish and about another 45 to recheck my answers. Being the nerd that I am, I wrote down all the ones I was sure I had missed so I could ask about them after I hit SUBMIT. It was such a nice feeling to get that *YOU PASSED* text. While I was waiting for Danny to come pick me up, we just sat and chatted like old friends. Cheryl is so much more than a trainer to me now. She has been my "how do I homeschool if I need to" helper and her stories still float around my house ("I am an old old man" haha). I am such a lucky lady that I have been allowed into such a wonderful group of women. Birth Boot Camp is definitely the Gold Standard for companies to work with.
Yesterday, I did a full day orientation with GALS (Giving Austin Labor Support) to be a volunteer doula for women who need extra help and can't afford it. I am excited to give back to my community because every woman absolutely deserves to have support. I've signed up for Implicit Bias training and I'm ready to break down some walls.
And to top it all off, when I got off the Zoom meeting, I had mail! I love good mail days. I got a BOX AND AN ENVELOPE! oooo!! So, I ripped into the box like an animal (don't judge) and my business cards came!! I am so official now! The envelope had brochures and stickers and Chow Charts. For several minutes, I just looked at all my stuff. It's all so beautiful and high quality. I am ready. I was made for this!