Find and Pursue Your Passion!

by Dagmar Bleasdale on February 26, 2009

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I just came back from “Mom’s’ Night Out – Women Who Make a Difference,” an event organized by Beth Feldman from Rolemommy.com.

It was wonderfully inspiring to hear Lee Woodruff talk about her journey after her husband Bob suffered a brain injury in Iraq, Alison Tepper Singer’s advocacy for autism that grew out of her daughter being diagnoses as autistic, and Lauren Candela-Katz’s involvement in fundraising.

All of them, including Beth, stressed that they are doing what they are passionate about, and the importance of giving back.

I know I’m doing what I’m supposed to do at this time of my life: write about my experience of being a mother.

I never could have known how much being a mom changed everything for me, how passionate I would become about breastfeeding, natural childbirth, attachment parenting, and how much I want other moms to profit from my experiences as a mom.

A week ago I talked to my brother in Berlin via Skype. He is a programmer and Web designer and helped me tremendously with my blog. (He knows how to add those pesky meta codes! He just started a website called pongmuseum, and it is so successful, he has already been interviewed by the BBC! Impressive!)

When I was telling him that I was blogging about breastfeeding, he started laughing. He said, labeling myself as a breastfeeding mom of a toddler made me sound like a cow!

I didn’t take Oliver’s comment personally, but it really stuck with me. Should I not make breastfeeding such an emphasis on my blog?

I run a charity project where I give free clothes and toys to struggling mothers-to-be/mothers, and I always try to tell them about the benefits of breastfeeding and the great resources that are available, like the La Leche League.

Now I was wondering, was I proselytizing to them? Is it my business to steer them away from formula feeding? So I thought about it, and in my heart of heart I know this is true: knowing about all the benefits of breastfeeding, for mother and child, I HAVE to write about it; my passion for it is a huge reason why I blog.

I think it’s tragic if a baby doesn’t get breastfed, I really do, because I know that almost every mom can breastfeed if she gets the correct encouragement and support.

I want every mother to experience that special bond you have with your baby and the pride you feel being able to give your child this amazing gift of the perfect nourishment and comfort.

You don’t have to nurse your baby for over two years like I am — every day, every month you breastfeed helps you and your baby.

Yet so many women don’t try breastfeeding or give up, and I want to be their resource and supporter. In addition to that, I want other moms to benefit from all the other things I experience and write about on this journey through mommyhood.

There are plenty of interesting posts for non-breastfeeding moms on my blog. Aside from my charity project, I feel like this is how I give back, like Lee, Beth, Alison, and Lauren.

I’m opinionated, frugal, and a breastfeeding and attachment parenting advocate, and I’m proud to write about what I am passionate about. I encourage all of you to follow your passion as well — it is so energizing and rewarding.

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Joan Durham July 4, 2009 at 6:58 PM

Dear Dagmar,

I am extremely touched by your post and to the extent that I am able to influence, I will RT your posts on Twitter. I am a LLL leader alum and Postpartum Doula also passionate about breastfeeding. For me, being an LLL leader when my boys were young satisfied my passion. I then had years of working and not realizing how important to our true inner being it is to follow a passion. I am so extremely grateful to now find that I can do so in my profession!!! :)

While there are certainly other things that give me joy and I am even passionate about some other issues there isn’t another one that is any more powerful. I hope that you receive all the support that will allow you to continue your work and reinforces your strong passion. Barbara Sher is an important mentor to me and has written and spoken about the significance of “doing what you love as you owe it to yourself and to the world.” You have a great passion AND you have the talent to write about it!!!

WarmLLLy,
Joan

P.S. I love hearing about Germany – your visits, your family, etc. While myself now a g’mother & born in NYC, my mother (102) was raised in Berlin and lived there until coming to the US in 1934. My father was from Manheim.

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Cascia @ Healthy Moms February 27, 2009 at 12:42 AM

I just found your blog on entrecard. I really enjoyed reading this post.

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