Today I did a new thing; especially for me.
Generally I am content existing in my own space. But since becoming a Doula I've had to challenge my comfort zone, and reach out to others in my professional community. This kind of thing is necessary for growing relationships with my peers, as well as getting comfortable around people I don't know. I mean, I've done lots of retail, so don't get me wrong, I know how to act around humans. But today was different.
I genuinely wanted to meet these wonderful birth workers in my area, and I really REALLY enjoyed it, even though I was nervous to do it. I made connections, and I think started a friendship (I hope!)
Being a Doula has challenged me in so many ways, and today's challenge was actually really refreshing, and not really a challenge at all. I'm a nice person, and worthy of meeting and creating relationships. That sneaky part of my self will often whisper to me "Marissa, you're too awkward, why would anyone want to meet you/receive your advances positively?" But we all have those inner whispers, laying out our insecurities in such an unappealing way.
I'm glad I pushed them aside and went today. Yay me. [:
Thank you, Bellingham community. Thank you.