Its Raining ,its Pouring but not on my Path of Sunshine #Positivity

The rain is non-stop , the sky is grey , the wind is blowing and it could make me feel blue. Still,today as I sit at my laptop ; I feel happy with sunshine in my life. The happiness of sunshine comes from within as I recognise my life as it is. I have a great life , wonderful sons , supportive husband , friends that I cherish and I am fulfilled .What a great feeling that is…

Yet, the path I walk on to midwifery is a challenge as it can feel so overwhelming. The feelings evoked by others, the time that passes so quickly with deadlines looming, the childcare arrangements that need to fit to an off duty and the balancing act of my life. I suppose you could say it is like todays weather , some days it is raining and grey when you feel like you have taken on too much. Those days are the days when the training to become a midwife seems too hard and the responsibility can feel like a great weight. Those days can feel long …

Then there is the feeling I have today in the warm surrounded by my family with the sunshine provided by their laughter and positivity. I liken that to a day in training whereby you care , embrace and show compassion for the woman birthing her baby. You witness the joy, love in the room and know you are home. By that I mean the place of a midwife , to be “with woman”.

So on a grey day when the rain is pouring I know I need to remember how I feel today about my life and I will stay on the sunshine path ~ Positivity.

Today, I

Midwifery Identity with a little help from my Friends

When you meet a person that “gets you”, that you can say what you think and share your emotions.  You need to tell them…

At the end of my 1st yr in midwifery I felt alone , not physically but in my ideas and my enthusiasm. My fellow cohort member Rachel chatted with me and we connected. She was that person I had been looking for. She got “me” and I “got” her. We shared ideas and opinions. We debated our views and challenged each other to think “outside the box”. We attended a study day together , on that day we decided to join up to become the “lone nuts”. We had watched the leadership clip and Sheena Byrom had spoke about making change.We wanted to do that. The facebook page “Normal Birth for Lone nuts” was birthed!!!. The “lone nut” wants to create a movement so we did. We passionately believed in women abilities to birth and wanted to share this positivity with all women. To reduce the fear of birth with pictures , research and art which had the potential to create positivity around physiological birth.

The page is growing , it has 800 likes. It is blossoming …. as Rachel and I grow into our midwifery identity.

The people I interact with each day on twitter “get” me . I have a voice that has been described as “gentle” , “open-hearted” and “protonic” by the wonderful twitter community that has embraced me. I feel like I am part of a family and for that I am truly thankful as I know I will not be alone anymore. My twitterbuddies  have supported positivity and NBFLN  which makes my heart soar. I am so glad that we can call them friends and that our enthusiasm is so welcomed. So to Deirdre Munro , Sally Goodwin and Jenny Clarke I say ” Thank you for the warmth , kindness , support that you have provided for this nut to grow “.

Acornic Midwife ? Is that really me ?

What I need to grow – learning everyday #listening

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One day I will tell you all about #Normalbirthforlonenuts and how it came to be but today I  want to talk about  #Acornic. The Acornic midwife was a funny nickname given to me on twitter by Deirdre Munro (@DeirdreMunro). I remember when I saw it on twitter for the first time and laughed. It was obviously a link to Normal birth for lone nuts and our new logo. The logo in question is an acorn with a baby inside it. Yet, today I had a #InoMo (Innovationmoment ) when Deirdre again referred to me as an #Acornicmidwife.

The acorn as we all know is the seed of the oak tree, and we think of the saying .

“From Little Acorns do Big Oaks Grow

But what about the Acorn ?

It will need to be strong to reach it’s potential,  to meet the challenges it takes to grow and belief that…

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Twitter the Energy Bulb of My Positivity.

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Cordy Positivity is my twitter name but as I told you in my first ever blog I have times of negativity. I know that I need to be positive for my mental wellbeing and  have mechanisms in my life that enable this. Yet, I believe that the darkness that comes with deep sadness can turn off the light when life gets complicated. To train to be a midwife is more than I imagined.  It was the light I wanted and the path that I wanted to be on with all my being but it can be too much. The emotions you feel for other’s , the learning that can be overwhelming and the commitment invested in becoming the midwife you want to be. I think that when I joined twitter back in October 2014 I was seeking positivity to enable the energy of my light.

I think Twitter became my energy bulb , a light that you switch on and it gets…

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Positive beginnings.

positivity tested today…. need some ‘me time’ .

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To say I got my ticket for the roller coaster that is positivity from my life events is maybe too sentimental and almost silly . Yet I believe that is how I became a positive person. Now I am not declaring that I see everything in a positive way and react with positivity in every situation but I feel that being positive is vital to my well-being. After the loss of my baby and the passing of my dad I had no positivity . I walked the path of grief and got very lost. As I write this I think back to that time when I was so confused. When positive things happened to the people around me I did not feel, I looked at them and smiled then I congratulated them on their joy. I knew my life was negative. I did not want to accept my broken life…

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Ingredients I need …

I was thinking about #couragebutter that @JennytheM spreads on twitter and the other ingredients I need in my daily breakfast of “self-belief “.  Ok.. Its “out of the box” but just imagine with me ……

The table I sit at is #twitter , it is accessible and is placed in the morning light- in my house it is on my phone and next to my bed everyday as I awake.

The chair I sit in is @corden1326 , she is holding me up.

The bread I eat is #compassionbread , it is shared with all I come into contact with.

The butter I spread is of course #couragebutter , this is being brave and having a voice.

The jam is  #positivityjam , it can sweeten the day.

Now my drink of choice does depend – reflects my #twittermentors .

@JennytheM –  she is #honeyopen-heartedtea , kind , soothing and healing.

@DeirdreMunro –  she is #EBPcoffee , firing up the neurones on the research , being protonic and innovative .

@SageFemmeSB – She is #nurtureTea , supporting , embracing and positive.

@sally5881 – she is #inspirationalOJ , bright, funny and smiley .

@flowerpower66 – she is #kindnessmilk , caring , sharing and wholehearted.

So, I have the ingredients for a great day everyday when I go to #twitter … cant wait for tomorrow….

Twitter the Energy Bulb of My Positivity.

Cordy Positivity is my twitter name but as I told you in my first ever blog I have times of negativity. I know that I need to be positive for my mental wellbeing and  have mechanisms in my life that enable this. Yet, I believe that the darkness that comes with deep sadness can turn off the light when life gets complicated. To train to be a midwife is more than I imagined.  It was the light I wanted and the path that I wanted to be on with all my being but it can be too much. The emotions you feel for other’s , the learning that can be overwhelming and the commitment invested in becoming the midwife you want to be. I think that when I joined twitter back in October 2014 I was seeking positivity to enable the energy of my light.

I think Twitter became my energy bulb , a light that you switch on and it gets brighter and brighter. I connected to people , midwives that I found inspirational and “tweeted” positive meme. In January 2014 when my life was brimming with work , university and family commitments I could feel the power cut that is negativity getting to my fuse box (brain). I asked for support from the midwives on twitter when I tweeted . They replied with beautiful meme, words of care and compassion. I decided that to keep the light bright I would tweet “one line a day” ( sometimes this became 2 or 3 or 4 !!!). The wonderful community of #globalvillagemidwives and #wemidwives retweeted and supported my challenge. I tweeted every morning around 7am on weekdays  and a little later on weekends but EVERYDAY. It became a lovely way to create positivity , share positivity and embrace positivity.

I know it has worked , I really have become Cordy Positivity as I have been able to use it in many situations. I have connected to supportive midwives with the tweets and know the positive energy helps others to keep their light on. I feel happy that such a simple act can brighten someone’s day as it does mine.

So, 10 weeks ago  #challenge2015positivity was turned on  and now 70 days switched on by the energy bulb that is twitter it gets brighter each day. Come join the #positivity @corden1326.