Saturday, June 14, 2008

Empower the Mothers

This has been a period of ups and downs. Because I am an optimistic person by nature, I have pulled myself out of the downs in such a way that I am stronger and more able to face the next "down" when it comes. I have no time to breathe, but I am not suffocating. I had to let the blog go the past couple of days, because I needed to prepare my speech for the NHS 2008 Conference that begins on Thursday.

I am going alone. Somehow, I know that THAT is the way it is supposed to be. I booked my train ticket today - I'll be travelling eight hours, changing trains four times (throw in a bus ride, too) and staying in a hole of a hotel room with a twin bed and a bathroom in the hall. I have always been the adventurous type. *grin* (not *smile* - *grin* there's a subtle difference there)

Why bother?

*600 medical professionals*

If twenty of those 600 listen to my message of EMPOWERING the MOTHERS, and those twenty treat 100 patients each, making that extra effort to listen to, trust and provide important resources to those mothers, then I will have helped 2000 children in a small way. I'm really hoping to reach at least twenty of those professionals.

I'm going for pants, but I'm thinking sandals with RED nailpolish. One mother on the Circle told me not to wear a shirt with prints...I have never worn a print in my life - I'm all about SOLID.

While writing my speech, I was sitting in a cafe alone, listening to "Winning Women" (Rhianna)on my iPod. I felt damned motivated.

Forty minutes ago, I finally figured out how to create a slideshow using Power Point...alone.

Tonight, after the kidlings go to bed, I will stand in front of the mirror and spend some quality time with Me, Myself and I practicing this speech, because I need to really, really make it a good one.

Despite my ups and downs, I have NEVER felt STRONGER than I do right now. After all of the shit I have been through, and what I am going through now, I am learning to EMPOWER myself.


VBnBama said...

oooo, nice post! I'm so excited and you are so right, even if one person from that audience who treats 100 people....oh, the thoughts of how many people (moms) will be affected by him/her. Think of how we all spend time educating may be giving birth to more powerful moms on Thurs w/out knowing it. Those professionals will get more on Thurs than they found in their books, I'll just betcha. Can't wait for details!

Unknown said...

Val...LOVE the photo, spectacular! Thank you...Jodi

Valerie said...

Those professional can't help but be moved by your speech. You speak from your heart and they will be in tears! You have a whole group of moms and adults who back you!

So let it rip!

Christian and Lily's Mommy said...

I am so excited for you! You are going to be fantastic, and you have the best mindset going in as well. As far as the hotel room goes, just think of it like...camping :)

So proud of you!

Anonymous said...

If you wear sandals and the red nail polish, you'll have to work on your tan bath.

Make us to get the tequila the night before you go to bed, girl.


Good Luck!

White Ghost

Unknown said...

Thanksssss...never been camping, but "there's a first time for everything" and as long as there's a plug for my flatiron, I'll be just fine:)Jodi