2017 started full of celebrations and congratulations. I turned 30, celebrated in Saint Martin with some of my closest friends, got a promotion at work, and I am pregnant with my first child. I am elated about the my new beginnings.

Starting a new job, and being pregnant with my first child has been challenging, yet invigorating. I learned so much about myself in the past 5 months. My new role has taught me that I love to start new things, empower young people, and use my creativity to solve problems. The new program that I am coordinating allows me to be innovative while providing young people with the skills and training they need to be successful. It’s the perfect combination of what I love to do, and what I am good at doing. Despite how good I am at my job, being pregnant has added challenges that I was not prepared to face.

My pregnancy hasn’t been easy, but has been the most joyous time in my life. The bond I have with my unborn son and his father is unexplainable. I am fascinated with every step of the pregnancy process, even all the not so pleasant changes that are happening to my body. The biggest change is my excessive tiredness. During my first and now my third trimester, I can sleep 10 hours a day and still be tired. Always feeling tired has limited the amount of work I can get accomplished per day.

 
Since the beginning of 2017, I have made my pregnancy and my new job my main priorities. 
I realized I put my dreams and goals on the back burner.
 
Two years ago, I had a plan to quit my day job and run my small business full-time. Somewhere in between that time I let fear, lack of consistency, and a steady paycheck move me further and further away from my dreams. I have neglected Made By 5 and nowadays all my focus is on my new positions in life, “program coordinator” and mom.
 
As I embark on this journey of motherhood, I realize I have to prioritize and nurture my first baby, Made By 5.
 
It’s time for me to get my priorities in order. Motherhood and Made By 5.