Sitting by the Gulf of Mexico with my youngest daughter after completing my last Lamaze seminar of 2017, I realized just how many places my job has taken me in one year. In the moment, I was so wrapped up in my work that I never stopped to realize how fortunate I was to have a job that allowed me to travel to some of the most beautiful places on Earth, meet people from all over the world, participate in important research projects, and in advocacy work on Capitol Hill. I’ve been able to do things with this little career in childbirth that I never would have imagined.
As I reflect on this past year, it occurs to me that having a job with rewarding benefits that cannot be measured in monetary value is quite special. Yes, I get paid to do my job. But I’ve also had so many experiences and opportunities that were simply priceless.
I know far too many people who work extremely hard for an employer who would replace them next week if they left. The reward is the very-much-needed-consistent-paycheck at the end of the week. I did the same for the first 20 years of my adult life until I had what people refer to as “a calling”. Ever since I answered that call, I have been rewarded in many ways. I’d like to share some of my adventures, so I’ve decided to write a series of blog posts entitled, “Where Does Your Job Take You?”. Stay tuned!
Life is an adventure. Let’s enjoy it.
Wendy Trees Shiffer, MS, FACCE, LCCE is a mother and maternal-fetal health educator. She is the founder and program director for Family Trees Birth Programs serving childbirth professionals and new parents.