Baby's first steps
Bye Bye Baby
He’s been stumbling around for a few months now – nervously pulling himself up on the nearest chair, table, fellow human – knees wobbling, eyes focused, mouth smiling. But a few weeks ago my Tom, my youngest boy, finally found firm ground and took off walking for the first time.
You know the feeling, it begins with such immense joy at seeing your little one walking around the house on those tiny feet you helped him grow. And then it dawns on you – there goes my baby, in a way. It signals the end of babyhood and heralds in the beginning of an exciting new chapter with a tottering toddler. And something tells me Tom’s toddler times will come at us faster than they did with my eldest, Jed. Why? The big brother factor. Tom adores Jed and watches his every move – he’s been studying him from day dot and as a result I have no doubt he’ll be running, jumping, falling down, and hopping back up again with an eagerness and enthusiasm so strong I wish we could bottle it.
So right now I’m packing away baby mats and play gyms, swing chairs and the jolly jumper… nothing is holding this kid back from here on in. Instead I’ll focus my attention to softening sharp corners, making sure shelves and TVs are bolted to walls (because yes, there will be climbing) and teaching Tom the fine art of going down stairs on his bum, one at a time.
And the best part of all of this is the very fact that I can be here, for every milestone moment. The life I’ve created hasn’t come about by accident, I’ve carefully crafted every little bit of it and I count myself one very lucky lady. Lucky to have the opportunity to watch my family, and my business, grow at the same time. And while my community’s prime goal is to help women everywhere find their true life’s purpose and ultimately end up leading more fulfilled lives, it’s also enabled me to build the very foundations for a future filled with joy, happiness and laughter with my family. Watching my boys grow not only fuels my fire, but in fact offers up a constant source of inspiration for the core issues we’ll be tackling at our self-leadership courses and retreats.
Each milestone forces me to dig a little deeper and explore the meaning of ‘purpose’, what that really means to me and how my circle of influence has a direct impact on the steps I choose to take next. It also enables me to practice mindfulness on a daily basis, particularly living with gratitude and giving our closest relationships the care, attention and nourishment they so dearly deserve. Because this future I’m building doesn’t just belong to me, but to my boys too, and it’s one that offers me the flexibility to be there for them, every knee-wobbling step of the way.