This Consultant is now a Father!!

Screen Shot 2013-12-07 at 8.42.47 AMI haven’t blogged much over the last three months for good reason: I’m now a very happy father of two (yes, two!) boys. Our little one’s arrived early in September and I took a break from my consulting practice to be home with my wife and babies. I love being a dad! With support from both of our parents, friends and our larger community, we’re making the transition to parenthood and family. After multiple sleepless nights and a few weeks of nonstop, loud crying, we’re getting into a beautiful rhythm

full of play, sleep, feedings, burping and diaper changing (of which I’m now a master diaper changer!). There’s still plenty of crying…

Screen Shot 2013-12-07 at 8.37.55 AMWe love walking around our neighborhood of Echo Park and Elysian Park with our boys. They are alert, curious, smiling and a real joy to be with. They have distinct personalities already! While I continue to spend a good chunk of time at home raising our boys, I have kept busy since October consulting for multiple clients, including the following:

  • San Gabriel Mountains Forever Campaign Coalition Retreat
  • UCLA Landscape Program Instructor Retreat
  • Los Angeles Community Garden Council Board Retreat
  • Alcott Mental Health Services Staff/Board retreat
  • Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Pride Executive Board Retreat
  • Long Beach Alliance for Children with Asthma Staff Retreat
  • East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice Staff Campaign Planning Retreat
  • Partnership with S&G Endeavors to support strategic planning at Bike Texas
  • Newport Bay Conservancy symposium on watershed sustainability
  • Little Tokyo Services Center Planning Process (ongoing)

Screen Shot 2013-12-07 at 8.38.30 AMWhen I find some more time, I plan to blog more about some of these incredible experiences with clients (but in the meantime, I’m savoring the magical experience of being a new dad, which means less blogging). Check out my twitter account for photos from various retreats I led.

I’m grateful to have flexibility in my work to both serve organizations and also be very engaged as a father (you can find me every morning at around 3am and 6am helping out with feedings!). My body has adjusted, my heart is full of love greater than I could have imagined and my mind is full of new learnings. I’m very thankful this season.

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About Ron Milam

I work to build the capacity of organizations and collaborative change initiatives in Southern California through facilitation, training and coaching. I specialize in the areas of organization development, collaboration, strategic planning, team building, board development and fundraising. Since 2005, I have served over 145 organizations.
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