You know how everyone always asks small children what they want to be when they grow up? I remember being asked that as wee one, and I remember my earliest answer was "a mom." I also remember being told that I couldn't be "just" a mom, that I had to have an actual job, so then I decided that I'd be the only other thing I knew of: a forester, like my Daddy. After that, I went through a phase where I wanted to be a first grade teacher, and that lasted until probably third grade. At that time, I decided that I actually wanted to be a veterinarian. My favorite show was Emergency Vets; I thought they had the COOLEST job ever, and I totally remember fighting with my brother over rights to the television during the time that show was scheduled. My vet dream lasted until ninth grade at which time I went through a brief period of indecision during which I felt exceedingly conflicted as to whether I should be an interior decorator or a marine biologist. Finally, I decided that my highest aspirations lay in becoming a nurse, and that's what I did. Never did I ever have any desire to start a business. It never even crossed my mind. It never sounded even remotely fun. Mostly, it sounded like a whole lot of work, and, after the whole lot of work that was nursing school, I didn't want to do a whole lot of work again.
But, guess what I'm doing now? Starting a business. And I'm really stinking excited about it!! I have so many dreams and goals for my little business (that will hopefully grow and flourish), and I hope that it will end up being a multi-faceted business. One day I want to be able to offer so much more than just my help as a post-partum doula. Eventually I want my business to include wedding planning, photography, labor and post-partum doula-ing, and lactation consulting. I know, that's pretty weird, but it's basically all of my favorite things all rolled into one business. :) Perfect! And I want it to be a ministry, too, meaning I go all over the world helping take care of mommas and babies. And if there's a momma anywhere who needs help but can't afford that help, I'm going to help her anyway, free of charge. Even better!
For now I'm working on the post-partum doula part of my business, and I've named it Little Arrows Postpartum Doula Services, or just Little Arrows. I thought picking a name was going to be a big deal, but it really just kind of came to me, and I jumped right in. It happened last weekend when I was trying to design business cards. I was just planning to put Amy Ledyard, Postpartum Doula on them until I came up with something I liked better, but one of the business card designs had little arrows on it. That was my favorite design, and then I remembered the verse in Psalms that says, "Children are like arrows in the hands of a skilled warrior," and BOOM! Little Arrows Postpartum Doula Services was born.
If you or someone you know is needing some help after having a baby, give me a call! I help with:
- Postpartum recovery care
- Newborn care
- Light housekeeping
- Running errands
- Meal preparation
- And more! Just ask, and I'll tell you if it's within my scope of practice or not!