Apr 18, 2012

Post university dreams coming true? Is my life over?

I joked the other day that my life is "over" on paper - I have the degree that I worked hard for, I have an amazing husband and an adorable child, I am married and own a house... and now I earn money doing something I love.

That little black spot is where I'm aiming! Read more at http://www.bionichippo.com/blog/2011/friday-fix-the-quick-and-dirty-guide-to-lifetime-job-happiness/

Which is NOT to say that you need this life. Or that it was what I aspired to. Or without those things that your life isn't complete. Please note the first two words of this post - I joked about this because someone asked me what I was up to this year.

But I also feel that I'm coming to an end. I am finishing my formal uber structured study. I feel like I have finally found what I want to do when I grow up. So now instead of seeking out another Bachelor's degree to go with the others I have (3 now, 1 with honours), I will instead insist that the next time I graduate it will be with a funny hat.

That would be for a PhD. Which I'm not going to pursue anytime soon ever if my husband has anything to say about it after the 8 years it took him to get his! Although, there are a few topics that I'd love to look more into. Using heat and seaweed for wound healing for example. Sterile water injections for pain relief. Hrmmm...

Apr 11, 2012

A trip to somewhere

It's funny but after 5 long years of study, my idea of travel still involves more learning. As part of my registration I need to maintain ongoing professional development but I also have an itch to scratch to travel and see family and friends. But for now I don't think that's going to happen and I have to share some more love for my dad who called me in January I think to confirm that we plan on being here in December so he could book us for Christmas. Yes, 11 months in advance.

I am going to the Homebirth Network's conference in June in Tasmania and am trying to work out whether we'll travel around a little then as well. Then there's a course in something that I'd like to go to in Melbourne, and maybe an online course as well?

In the meantime, I'm for bed - being on call and relied on means I can't pull all-nighters anymore! Although it is tempting to just... do... one more page of the website!

Apr 4, 2012

Build it and they will come...

So life continues apace. I work with women, I catch babies, I put plans into place for the future. For my business (Down to Birth) it is still a work in progress towards what I was planning. The more I do about it the more I realise I have to do for it to be a reality!

For now, I'm sounding out the local council for doing a breastfeeding clinic. And I'm on the hunt for a birth register. I am trying not to reinvent the wheel!

Apr 1, 2012

Wow what a ride!

I stepped up on stage on Friday and received my parchment. It wasn't until they called out my name ("And for the award of the Bachelor of Midwifery, Emma Karen Archer") did it FINALLY hit me that I'm finished my degree. I'm done with being a formal grinding student and am now F'REE!!!! of the ties that bind me.

We'll ignore the fact that I've already received an automatic email to tell me I'm done, and I've registered as a midwife, and have clients and caught babies and been paid already. It seems that having this piece of paper handed to me makes it all So Much more REAL.