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Creation Nation: Youth Work

youth work, children playing, bubbles

Tenth time starting a program for a new school year, sixth time creating systems and building relationships with the same team, fifth year pursuing life with the same partner and first year enjoying it all alongside my daughter.

When Harper Rose was born I thought it may be the end of my life as a youth worker.

I was fortunate enough to be able to spend six glorious months with my baby and help her adjust to this ‘brave new world’. To my surprise on the fifth month, I began checking my work email. I thought it was mere curiosity, but upon deeper reflection, I realized that I was feeling a bit incomplete. It was my realization that I was not ready to be the best stay-at-home mom in the world, I was ready to be the best working mom in the world! The need to continue my role in youth work was stronger than I had imagined, the pull to pursue greatness with my team was significant and the hope for a better future was still within my reach. It dawned on me that I had a responsibility to work hard to create a better future for my daughter by persisting in youth work, with the idea that we are all interconnected and we have the power to uplift, inspire and encourage each other to create change in this world.

Embracing the desire to continue youth work has helped me maintain my family as a priority. Therefore maintaining a level of peace at the fact that I am all; a mother, a partner, a sister, a daughter, a friend and a youth worker.

This morning I had a Garden of Life Raw Meal Shake.

Harper Rose

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