Tuesday, October 23, 2007

My Bubbles

Not too long ago I posted that I had decided to quit my job and change my career. It had become so obvious to me that, although I used to find great challenge and satisfaction in my job, things had changed and I needed to find a new direction. It became too difficult for me to split my devotions everyday between my job at home and my job at the office. Going to work became too much like an exercise in collecting a paycheck and I wasn't feeling very good about myself. SO, on the spur of the moment and with a healthy dose of optimism, I quit my job and decided to apply to the RDI certification program.

Yesterday I was accepted.

Today I have been breathing deeply with a mixture of anxiety and excitement. I'm on the verge of making an immense change and there is no way to know how things will go unless I jump in with both feet. But jumping has never come all that easily to me. Oh, and did I mention that I will need to be away from home for nearly two weeks in December? Two weeks? Nevermind all of the intellectual, emotional and financial challenges that are sure to lie ahead, my mind is having trouble wrapping itself around that one little point and a single distressing thought keeps floating to the surface: "What will they eat?!"

But in the midst of that bit of angst, I can't help but feel a second bubble of excitement that is floating just beneath the surface. I'm doing this. I'm following my gut. I'm not taking the safe, static, route. I've even allowed myself to do a little bit of dreaming on an even larger scale. And here it is, I'll share it with you; my dream for the future: I want to start a local non-profit organization with the hope that I can raise most, or all, of the funds needed to cover RDI services for families who need it most. In my experience, RDI is a lot cheaper than ABA, but it is also a lot less likely to be covered by any kind of insurance or included in any public school supported services, thus putting it out of reach for so many families. I'm pretty good at grant writing and I think I can be pretty persuasive about RDI. So, I'm going to start off in that direction and see where I'm led. I mean, if I'm going to change my whole life then I might as well go for the whole enchilada, don't you think? Or am I just totally crazy?


  1. Wow Christine! Thanks for finally sharing your secret plans!! I have NO DOUBT that you will be incredibly successful in this new adventure. What a perfect career choice.

    I'm so happy for you and we should all have a bubble of excitement once in awhile! Thanks for being an inspiration to the rest of us.

  2. Crazy? No way. You are awesome! And this is such a wonderful uplifting post. You are an inspiration. Don't ever stop!!!

  3. Christine,

    Big congratulatory hugs to you! I've not actively pursued RDI with our kiddo because it looks a lot like what we do at home anyway. But I really should learn more about RDI...which is one of the reasons I love reading your blog!

    I know you're excited and happy (and nervous?), and I am in awe of you! What a huge decision! What an amazing person you are! Please, keep us posted!

    Paige, Staunton

  4. That's terrific! Congratulations on being accepted to the RDI program. It takes a lot of courage to break out of the familiar and build on a dream. And what a great dream! We have yet to explore RDI but you're an inspiration.

  5. Congrats! You will be an amazing consultant. And I love your non-profit idea.

  6. Wow, congratulations!! What a wonderful idea!! You are very brave for following your heart. I wish you the best of luck.

  7. WOW! WOW! WOW! Christine, this gave me goosebumps! I am so excited for you! As for the food? It will work out. Pop *that* bubble and focus on the one just below the surface...let it lift you up!

    Ooh, I wish you lived near me!

  8. Yea! That sounds like a fabulous decision! Sure it is going to be a little scary at times (like your two weeks in December) but it is going to be amazing!

    Good for you for following your heart! You are going to make a difference in the lives of a lot of people!!!!

  9. That is so wonderful. Everything I read about RDI makes so much sense to me.

    As Niksmom said, I wish you lived close to me.

    (Isn't RDI based in Houston? You should stop by!)

  10. CONGRATULATIONS Christine! This is wonderful. I bet you'll do beautifully as an RDI consultant.

    I have been trying to work out a way to apply this program with my oldest. I don't know how this works, or what your fees are like, but perhaps you could e-mail me privately about this?


  11. Sorry ... I just re-read your post, and I realized you're not certified yet. (Caffeine ... need more caffeine to activate my comatose brain cells!)

    I'd still like to talk to you about my daughter sometime, if you can find the time.

    Your goals and dreams and wonderful ... and quite doable. I thoroughly admire what you're doing.

  12. You'll be so great!!! I am so excited for you!

  13. Fantastic - go make it happen!

  14. Congratulations, Christine! What can be more rewarding than having a job which helps other people using methods you can support with your whole heart!!!

    I noticed you were doing the association method, too. Are you still doing it? Were you doing the one taught at USM (Dubard)?

    We have been doing it for three years except for Unit 1. My daughter was a teen when we started and had a huge vocabulary, could read and write, etc. We went straight to the second unit of language. We are so excited because now she can string together words competently. More people can understand her without me acting as a translator. She is doing past tense right now and flying through it!!!!

    We are doing lone-ranger RDI, saving up money for a consultant down the road. We took our first baby steps in RDI back in March 2007 and I am thrilled with what it is doing for her quality of life. Her face is so much more expressive!


  15. Well, now that I'm catching up on my reading, it feels timely to say, WOO HOO. I'm so happy for you. This is wonderful news. And if the video you posted is any indication, you will be amazing.