April’s Journey to Fertility: Week Twenty Eight
Posted by: April on Dec 09, 2009 in News

Fertility SymbolApril is a CNY Fertility Center patient and has been on her journey to fertility for approximately two and a half years. April will share candid stories and a unique perspective on the fertility challenges many women and couples face.

Week Twenty Eight: Making Yourself a Priority
Several weeks ago Kristen Magnacca held a Love and Infertility Workshop. Kristen and I have met in person two times and she has given me two half hour coaching lessons over the phone. Usually, I feel much more focused and confident that my fertility challenges will work out after speaking with or listening to her. During the November teleconference Kristen directly asked me the question, “What are you doing everyday for you?”

Like all “new” endeavors, I did exceptionally well with Kristen’s tips on how to survive infertility after I first heard her speak. One of Kristen’s top suggestions is for women facing fertility challenges to spend time each day doing something only for them.  For a while I was writing my gratitude list and/or walking everyday. However, summer faded away and the pace of life became much more hectic. I began working full-time again and the cold weather set in (a weak excuse for not walking regularly, I know!).Oftentimes however, the more spiritual priorities of my life fall off of my to-do list. Then the guilt creeps in. I should have gone to yoga…I should have written my gratitude list…We haven’t gone to church in weeks…I didn’t do the MAYA abdominal massage today…I really should have taken the dog for a walk today – even he was upset by my lack of motivation! Of course, the list could go on for pages.

In reality though, there is no need to feel guilty about any of what I do or do not do. I just need to find the balance, and if I do not get to do something that personally lifts my spirits each day, then maybe I can work on finding something small to do tomorrow and then work toward something to integrate as the week or month goes on. Personally, November and December are busy months, and I am sure most of you can relate. We have several holidays and family birthdays. As we draw closer to the holiday school break, I try to push my English classes to the end of whatever novel/play we are currently reading. My expectations certainly need to be flexible, but I also need to make taking care of my own well-being a priority.

Today, I have one small thing I would like to do for  my own personal enjoyment, and it will only take me thirty minutes; I want to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas. And off I go… I have the program paused so I can give my article one final edit and then I plan to settle in to watch one of my favorite Christmas specials. As for tomorrow, there is no pressure, but I do hope to take a few moments to spend some time doing something I want to do.

What can you do today, this week or this month to energize your spirit or to simply give yourself a well-deserved break from this busy time of year?

Encouraging Blessings to You!
April all Year



Below are links to April’s past articles in case you missed any of them:

Week twenty seven: The truth is…

Week twenty six: Making a Plan

Week twenty five: Attitude of Gratitude

Week twenty four: Giving

Week twenty three: De-cluttering

Week twenty two: The Voice from Within

Week twenty one: Marital Bliss Part II

Week twenty: Marital bliss and infertility

Week nineteen: The changing seasons

Week eighteen: Grand Opening

Week seventeen: Trust your place

Week sixteen: Labels

Week fifteen: Keeping the faith

Week fourteen: Keep at it

Week thirteen: Maya Abdominal Massage

Week twelve: Acupuncture

Week eleven: A little bit at a time

Week ten: Well-timed reminders

Week nine: Summertime

Week eight: Resiliency

Week seven: Tiny miracles

Week six: Bahama Mama

Week five: The right path for us

Week four: Our fertility treatment “break”

Week three: Deliberate choices

Week two: This moment

Week one: My story

One response to “April’s Journey to Fertility: Week Twenty Eight”

  1. Kristen Magnacca says:

    April! Bravo!
    Thank you so much for sharing!
    We all seem to “should” on ourselves don’t we? Balance and awareness are works in progress and we’re all doing our best at every given time.

    I too love Charlie Brown’s Christmas and will watch it as our “Friday movie night” thanks for the suggestion!
    God Bless, Kristen

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