Monday Musing ~ The Rent We Pay…

“Service is the rent we pay for living. It is not something to do in your spare time; it is the very purpose of life.” ~ Marion Wright Edelman

A number of years ago, I felt like I had burned myself out. My job was rewarding yet emotionally draining.  Outside of work I was putting in long nights, working on various projects including a start-up non-profit, and a direct selling business. I volunteered at health fairs and spoke at various women’s seminars.  I moved MULTIPLE times (more than I could keep up with) and quite frankly I felt like I never had time for myself.  I was always ripping and running and driving long distances for meetings and events. I decided to take a break from it all and slowly, one by one, each activity ceased. Since I was  no longer practicing as a midwife, I decided to do some travel nursing and that was great for awhile. I saw new places. Made some decent money and had some fun.

Then a couple of years ago I began to feel like something was missing.  My “selfish” period as I called it lasted a lot longer than I initially planned and I realized I needed to be doing something else with my life. At my core I knew if I was not participating in doing something socially conscious I would always feel like I was not really living, like I was skating by or in some way falling short.

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.: ~ Jackie Robinson

Slowly with the start of my blog two years ago I began to give back again.  While I initially started my blog for selfish reasons, I quickly realized from the comments and feedback I received that I was helping many women.  I received emails and had many phone conversations with women filled with personal questions/concerns.  I believe I was able to give timely advice, support and encouragement to help them create a more empowering birthing experience.

I am often asked by friends/family… “Do you get paid for your blog” Huh?? Ummmmmm not so much.  I write because I want to and because I hope that I am helping someone. This is how my re-entry into service began.  Yes, I know…. A very small beginning but wait… it gets better.

In October, during the last ICTC Black Midwives and Healers Conference, I agreed to become the new South East Regional Representative.  Only after I agreed to take on this volunteer position did I learn that the position requires a THREE year commitment.  I also learned that the next ICTC conference/leadership summit will be held in October in Biloxi, MS.  Since Mississippi is in my region, I will be directly and actively involved in planning this summit. I was caught off guard and thought perhaps I had bitten off more than I could handle.

The new year started and my position became official and after participating in a couple of conference calls and exchanging a large number of emails, I have to say I am happy that I made the commitment. I am proud to be associated with this group of women from around the country who are committed to eliminating perinatal disparities through community activism and grass roots work.  I am excited to be joining forces with powerful women, who are spirit filled, and committed to change.  I am motivated and look forward to not only giving and working, but growing, learning, creating, and engaging. This is certainly a full time commitment one that I pray I am able to live up to.

You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.”  ~ Winston Churchill

PLEASE if you reside in any of the following twelve states and you are committed to the mission of ICTC  join us.  I want to make the SE Region the absolute BEST!!  {TN, KY, VA, WV NC, SC, AK, LA, MS, AL, GA & FL} Together as always we can Birth Something Beautiful!

In Birth and Love
Nicole

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6 responses to “Monday Musing ~ The Rent We Pay…

  1. Sister Nicole,
    I am sure I could be of some assistance and look forward to seeing you in MS.

    Sister Mandisa

  2. congrats sis! i am a member of ictc and can’t wait to connect with you at the next conference. keep writing!!!

  3. Thank you ladies! I’m trying and your support and encouragement means so much!!

  4. You’re doing awesome already Sis! (((HUGS)))
    ~Divine

  5. Wonderful! Good luck with everything. :)

  6. Yes Sistar Nicole, I am with you let me know how I can be of service even though I am in Missouri

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