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Putting Family First is Not a Professional Disadvantage

Life is not about what is simple. Life is not about what is easy. Life is instead about what happens between the simplicity, when you are tested and challenged. When you question everything you thought to be true. When you question whether or not you are worthy of the graces that surround you. I have many blessings in my life. A family I love and cherish. A passion for writing that keeps me feeling fulfilled and special. Friends who make me laugh and keep me grounded, even if we don’t see each other as much as I would like. A husband who knows how to push my buttons, yet can melt me with a single look. Children who are healthy and smart and amazingly funny. So why want more? Why ask for something else? Why have the drive to create more? More work, more responsibility, more stress… For me, it’s not because I want it all – I gave up on this fallacy a long time ago. It’s because I know I have more to give. More of my heart and more of my mind. I struggled for a long time, thinking about what I was going “to do” with my life. I’ve owned and operated a home-based daycare for nearly 10 years. I chose to do this after my second son was born. I couldn’t bear not to be home with him, but I needed to make an income. This decision, while scary, made perfect sense at the time. It was a means to an end. And I discovered I was good at caring for and teaching little ones. I love caring for other people’s children as much as being with my own kids. I enjoy being welcomed into their secret society. I have witnessed so many moments. Moments that parents trust me to share. But, after many years I started to secretly long for that elusive more. More to push me. More to help me discover how I can help others. I had an idea to create a place where parents are given the support and space they need to discover their more. A place where children are cared for and entertained in one room while their parents have time to focus on their work and grow their dreams for themselves. … [Read More...]

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