By December, I have to have completed 30 hours of continuing education to maintain my national certification as a Speech-Language Pathologist. I’ve had several years to complete this, but since I’ve not worked since before Carson was born and conferences are quite expensive, I have NO hours completed.
Every few weeks when I get my national orgazination‘s newspaper, I suddenly remember those incomplete hours, panic, then get distracted by the dishwasher or screaming children and promptly forget all about it until a few weeks later when I get the mail, and there sits my national organization’s newspaper.
Before the kids were born, I always said I’d go back to work once the kids were in school. I’d work in a school and be gone the same hours they would be gone, it would be easy! There are two more years before Carson and Ella will be in school five days a week and I’m not really sure I even want to work as an SLP again. I’m not really sure I want to work at a traditional job, away from home, having to take sick days and do laundry in the evenings.
I can’t decide if I should get those continuing education hours completed just in case. What if I make the wrong decision and regret not maintaining my certification? I would feel guilty for the potential waste of my hard-earned and expensive (thanks Mom and Dad!) Master’s Degree.
Last February I attended Blissdom in Nashville and left there completely inspired to start my own business. I told everyone who would listen that I was starting a business. As soon as I got home, I bought the domain name for my business, set up a twitter account, made lists, and spoke with a few contacts. I started doing some research regarding business set-up, legal issues, and business accounting procedures. Reality set in that my really great idea would take work, it would take money, and I became overwhelmed and scared.
I have done nothing to see my business come to fruition since those few weeks after Blissdom. Voices of self-doubt have filled my head. “You could never really do this, you know. You have no business sense. You’ll fail.”
I don’t know what it is that I want to do, other than I know that I want to do something with my future. Even when my kids are in school, I’ll always be a mother and have those responsibilities to fulfill, but I know that I want to do more. It’s just that knowing all the work that will go into getting those 30 hours to maintain my certification or starting my business has left me paralyzed and unable to even get started.
Blog Nosh Magazine is currently hosting a carnival, Celebrate the Heart and Art of Motherhood. The carnival was inspired by the founder of Pepperidge Farm, Margaret Rudkin, who faced her son’s food allergies and started a business as a result. I’ve read every post submitted and I’ve been inspired all over again that I really could start a business or maybe even think out of the box in terms of continuing as an SLP. Maybe I could even overcome my fears enough and do something with my love of photography. There are so many things that I could do, because like all the carnival writers, I’m creative and industrious, determined and bright.
I need your help and inspiration. I hope you’ll consider writing your own post for Blog Nosh Magazine’s carnival and tell me what lit your fire and inspired you. So many of you out there reading, I know that you’ve somehow managed to weave motherhood and work together, some of you have started businesses, donated your time. I know you have done wonderful things. Come on people, light my fire. (Please excuse the cheesy Doors reference, I couldn’t resist.)