Life has been busy lately. I'm working more hours, carting the children around to different activities and playing the single parent role as my husband travels for work. Its tough and at times, emotionally exhausting. I love that I'm able to lose myself in a workout. I don't work out with any music playing in my ears. I really use the time to explore my surrounding on a run, zone out on a swim or focus on not getting hit by cars on a bike ride! (I do live in Japan after all, where the roads can be tiny at times and the drivers, not so careful!)
I also use my workouts as a time for reflection of the day before, of the day to come, of something I'm struggling with professionally or personally. I do some of my best thinking and get some of my best ideas while working out. Its my own personal inspiration finder! Must be all that extra oxygen!
Lately its been finding ways to balance motherhood, marriage and work. Something I think all of us women, who get married and become mothers, struggle with at some point. There just never seem to be enough hours in the day or enough arms to juggle all three of those roles with finesse. So lately I've been watching and reading about other women I can aspire to. Women who acknowledge their failures, but have a plan in place to deal with them. Women who support other women. Women who are happy with who they are and what they're doing. Women who are healthy, confident, strong, empowered. And I've come to realiz e that those same qualities are the same ones I try to empower in my clients, in my Mommy Recess classes and in my business partnership with Usana Health Sciences.
Mommy Recess did not take off as I had hoped it would when I first started the classes in January. And I had thought about cancelling the classes, going back to the drawing board and creating something different. But I really believed in the classes. I really believed in giving moms an opportunity to workout with their children and other mothers. I really believe that when women help and support other women, everyone wins! And that when mothers workout and adopt healthy exercise and nutrition habits, the whole family wins! They feel better about themselves. They cook better meals for their family. They participate more in family activities and outings with their children. They sleep better, stress less, have more nutritious food options in their home. Society as a whole gets better, when women, when mothers are healthier, stronger, happier because they pass those same traits to their children, who then do the same and the tradition continues.
So Mommy Recess continues. And each week new moms come out to play. They find support, fellowship, new friendships, laughter and even get in a heart pumping, muscle strengthening workout along the way. The smiles on their faces and the faces of their children makes it worth it. The high fives from 2, 3 and 4 year olds who are just as thrilled to be running around and exercising with their mom, makes it worth it. The words of thanks from the moms who attend, makes it worth it.
As women, we tend to beat each other up a lot. We're very critical of each other. How someone dresses, talks, walks, what they do, what they don't do, who they hang out with, who they don't hang out with, etc. We judge each other for those things. I wish we could spend less time judging and more time supporting each other. Lifting each others spirit so we can be the best women we can be and therefore, the best mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, friends....
I've really enjoyed the soul searching I've done lately. The research into amazing women who are examples of what it means to be a strong, confident, successful, healthy, happy, peaceful woman. I know I'm on the right path. One that I firmly believe in....Helping women, especially moms, be the best women and mothers they can be through healthy living, exercise and nutrition. That they can be the strong, successful, powerful, confident, happy woman God intended them to be. That's my passion. That's my goal. That's a message I hope I pass on to my girls, to all my clients, to all my associates with Usana and to all the women and moms who come out to Mommy Recess each week.