(This has got to be my most personal post so far. If you have not read any blog post from me, I’d recommend that you read this first…)
Here I am waking up to a slightly painful period cramps. I prayed and listened to my favourite Christy Nockels song (Already All I Need). Yesterday when my BBT (basal body temperature) dropped, I already knew that we didn’t make it this month [again]. I cried and talked to Him as I always do when I feel powerless.
During the Christmas holidays we had a long break and we of course had high hopes that last month was going to be our “victory” month. I was wrong – like all the rest of the hopeful previous months. Don’t get me wrong, we remain hopeful and faithful (and patient). As I said I cried (like a child asking help from her father). Then it hit me, this is actually a blessing, God is giving me more time to do preconception care (which I 100% believe in!). Yes, it’s already been months of preconception care but more months of prepping baby’s first home won’t do any harm at all!
Here’s the timeline of my conception last 2016 until today, I am sharing this for the first time as I feel I’d be able to share my next action steps if I give a detailed timeline of events.
- June 2016 – Had a D&C procedure
- July – September 2016 – Recovery period and prepped for our big move to Australia
- October 2016 – Settled in ; immediately started work ; enjoyed life with family
- January 2017 – Started our #TTC journey
- July 2017 – Discovered Marc Sklar and enrolled in MyFertilitySchool; also got Christa Orrechio book ; Started taking lots of supplements, BBT charting and using an ovulation kit.
(Note: From 2016 I have been switching to more whole foods and organic produce, and also making more efforts to eat healthily which I call #TheCravingShift way!)
- Sep 2017 – Started seeing an acupuncturist and taking Chinese herbs
(This is weekly and is on-going…)
Which takes us to NOW – January 2018
You may be asking what are my next steps? This article’s title says “Woman, You Have So Much Power Than You Know!” This is what I want to focus on now – read on if you want to know how I plan to make use of more prep time that God has given me 🙂
And I do hope you’ll be encouraged to think the same way about your ‘waiting’ period while #TTC. (Believe me, I’ll be the last person to say that going through the #TTC process is easy. My goal for this post is to show you that there’s so many positive things we can focus on while we go through this journey…)
1. Continue aiming for a healthier lifestyle. I cannot stress enough how our lifestyle changes will have lasting impact both to your health and baby’s health.
I wrote about my detox habits here. I do try my best to balance my hormones which I also wrote about previously. Of course, I’ll keep doing BBT charting, using an ovulation kit and acupuncture. I’ve seen (and felt) positive results from my acupuncture sessions.
I will also continue taking the supplements recommended in Christa Orrechio’s book. I am also glad that a friend told me about Nat Kringoudis ; she has a clinic in Melbourne and I will take a look at her online resources as well.
Of course if you chose to go the more traditional path of seeing an OB/GYN, continue consulting one so that you can regularly monitor your health during conception. You know your body best so follow what your instinct tells you.
Tip: Instead of thinking about all the foods you should avoid while #TTC, think of the many delicious whole foods that you actually can get to enjoy while aiming for an optimum health!
2. Enjoy the growth process at work/career, pursue passion projects (if you can) and get involved in church/community work.
As hard as it is to admit, I would sometimes find myself wanting less social interactions. I’m an introvert in the first place, but I think #TTC is similar to any difficult season in life when you try as much as possible to just be by yourself…Let’s honour this struggle and there’s completely nothing wrong with the “not being in the mood” to socialize.
What I personally believe in though is that when we make other people happy (and when we truly care about someone/something), we become happy as well. I have always been a huge believer of seeing the extraordinary in ordinary situations. We all have a chance to make other people smile if we only take the focus away from ourselves.
Work can be challenging for most of us, but we can totally treat our career/work as our ‘growth’ opportunity. Learning something new everyday keeps our brains healthy and we need this for our over-all well-being.
3. MAKE SOMETHING EVERYDAY
I truly believe that one of the best ways to craft a life you love is to do something creative everyday.
– Amy Tan
Finally this last part is what gets me the most excited about this post, and what I’m about to share…
I recently discovered Amy Tan –
Founder Amy Tan turned her sewing hobby into an award-winning hand-stitched T-shirt line featured in retail outlets worldwide, and developed a full-time business from her passion for scrapbooking. Fuelled by an adventurous spirit and a desire to make memory keeping accessible and fun, she has taught creative workshops on every continent except Antarctica, and her online classes and You Tube videos have inspired thousands of people around the world.
And I am also so excited to receive her book which I pre-ordered on BookDepository – it’s called “Craft a Life You Love: 25 Practices for Infusing Creativity, Fun & Intention into Your Every Day“
I have decided to make something everyday: be it as simple as a home-cooked meal, a blog post, an image I designed on Canva, or anything that lets me create and craft something!
I have always had a more analytical type of job – in my start up job currently, I am always implementing Facebook ads, gathering marketing insights, looking at excel sheets to organize our processes and learning whatever I can about the technical aspect of digital marketing.
Dedicating even just an hour a day to making something everyday will surely help me infuse my life with creativity, fun, and intention (Amy Tan’s very goal for writing her book).
If you are still here reading this post – I thank you for your time and I’d like to ask you to take a moment, breathe in & out and really be grateful for more prep time that God has given you!
If you are keen, you can also start “making something everyday” and join me as I share my daily “something” on my Instagram account. I am still thinking of a perfect hashtag to use for this project but you’ll know it soon enough!
Let me know if you have any questions, feel free to add them to the comment section below. I always love hearing from you – I’ll do my best to respond after work! I’ll see you in my next post 😉
Let us not stop moving forward,