I received one of the most fantastic phone calls today [while on the way to get my daughter from preschool] from my attorney! My paperwork came back from the government that my "second child" aka Shine Fertility was officially a non-profit organization. Whoot whoot - I was ecstatic!!! I told my daughter (the motivation for this whole endeavor) that mommy's "work" finally was official, and in her cute little 3 yr old self way said "Mommy, I am so proud of you!", which made me smile even bigger [and realize that she IS listening to us when we tell her the same ;)].
This had been a long time coming. I started this whole transformation from community group to big fancy non profit organization almost a year ago. It has been a whirlwind of information, learning curves, and piles of paperwork, but the goal has been achieved, now the REAL work begins!
I feel like this journey to non profit has been similar to my journey through infertility.
Infertility had it's share of the same times of feeling overwhelmed, questioning would I make it through, but through it all I kept my eyes on the end goal.
Infertility = get pregnant
Non Profit = an avenue to support, provide education, and advocate for awareness to all affected by fertility issues.
I still remember the last most important phone call I received from my doctor saying "you are pregnant". I was in a state of pure joy - felt like I was on cloud nine!
Infertility is a lot of work, it is a lot of blood, sweat, and tears [and shots] along the way. But all worth it once the goal has been achieved. And like my community, then the REAL work begins.
Getting pregnant was the start of a NEW journey to motherhood, much like being a non profit organization will be a new journey for Shine.
Both had and will have it's moments of anxiety, nerves, and moments of happiness, success.
All the struggles of infertility, and parenthood are worth it when you see a smile on your child's face and see them run to you when you walk in the door, and exclaim "I love you!".
As has been all the struggles of getting my community off and running, when a member tells me they are pregnant after their long journey, and then shares with me a picture of their baby, I get teary and reminded of why I am doing this.
This is where the next journey starts! Shine: a light of fertility - I am excited for this new journey!!!
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