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Having a baby has a way of putting life into a new perspective for you. Your priorities change. Your motivations evolve. Your dreams elevate.
I’m not sure if either of you will choose to have children, though I hope you do! And I pray I get to meet them, watch them grow, and watch you grow in your new identities.
I can’t say that I wouldn’t be where I am today without you two, but I can say that I wouldn’t be who I am.
Pre-children, I figured that when I actually had a child, I’d be a working mom, juggling all the things, and climbing the ladder in my career as a public health pharmacist. In my mind, I would’ve added a Master of Public Health to my Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Doctor of Pharmacy. I would’ve been a full-time employee at the CDC. I might’ve even finally made my way into the Public Health Service, where I would happily retire after 20 years.
But becoming a mom forced me to learn more about myself and inspired me to dream bigger. I realized I no longer wanted to squeeze myself into a singular mold. Instead, I wanted to explore all the gifts God had given me—maybe not all at once, but each eventually in my lifetime.
I have the same hopes for you—that your life will be colorful and dynamic, rather than monotone and robotic. Now don’t get me wrong, I have no regrets about pursuing my degrees. It gave me the foundation I needed to be able to stand on my own two feet before venturing into the unknown.
But the unknown has resulted in some beautiful experiences, like my podcast The LaziMILLENNIAL Lounge and my company StockRose. (By the way, StockRose is a combination of the names of the two streets I grew up on.)
Before this part of my letters, I shared all about becoming a mom. In the next part of this series, I’ll share more about my experience being a working mom and transitioning into being a mom who’s also a full-time business owner. (Spoiler alert: It’s not for the faint of heart.)
To be continued…