Let’s talk local and community for a minute.
Last night I had a great evening attending the Fraser Valley Boss Ladies networking event and ended up sitting beside a sweet woman who not only makes the most ADORABLE pies In A Jar but is also the creator of Loving Local in Chilliwack, BC. She creates events/markets that bring vendors, live music, food trucks and so much more together. I told her that she was awesome and how big of an undertaking that must be! But honestly, I love her idea of bring local people together to create a community of support and empowerment. For business and personally. She wrote this on her page:
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success ~ Henry Ford
I love this as it relates so much to building up your village around birth and raising children together. I’m not talking communal living here, although how sweet would that be?! I mean having people around you who build you up daily, pouring into your life and you into theirs. They sit with you over coffee and listen to your struggles, they help you discover the answers, and shine joy back into you. They come alongside as your children grow to be beautiful role models and help guide them through the harder times. Did you have this growing up? Aunts and Uncles perhaps, or maybe family friends? It made all the difference in my life… especially as a teenager, but you know what? That village was created long before I became a teenager with the trust and love already established. I want this for my children.
Pregnancy is tough. Birth is tough. Raising children is tough. It’s time to build your village.
If you don’t already have people in your “village”, I want to challenge you today to reach out. Build relationships by joining groups (online and in real life), talking to your neighbors and creating a space in your home that is open for others to come in. It starts with you. Go and be local.
Also, check out Loving Local’s event in August called “Made In The Valley”. I will definitely be there!
-Amanda, Owner & Doula
Fraser Valley’s Premier Doula Group providing everything you need for your BEST birth and postpartum!