I also don’t look at training to punish my body, but to nurture it. To make it strong, fit and healthy. Not every session has to be 100% but by just showing up day in and day out, you will see the benefits of moving your body; mentally, physically and emotionally.
What inspired you to start sharing your thoughts, experiences, and tips online? Looking back now, is there anything you would change?
I am a natural over-sharer, I wear my heart on my sleeve and am inspired to share the bad times just as much as the good times because I know it will help someone somewhere feel less isolated or less inadequate. So to me, there is passion and purpose behind what I share. When it became a form of income, I have tried to maintain my values and authenticity by only taking on brands I genuinely love and would spend my own hard-earned money on. Now it has become my career; I consider myself so blessed that it is even an option and that I get to share my love and insights with people globally every day.
As for going back and changing anything, not really. Mistakes are an opportunity to learn and grow and that’s how I’ve used all of my stumbles. We are all human, we make mistakes it’s really about what we do from that experience, that shapes who we are.
Your two girls are absolutely gorgeous! How did you find the jump from having no children to one little one and then the jump from one to two?
Oh, I could just EAT THEM! The transition to becoming a mother was life-changing. We are reborn into a new life, new priorities, new depths of love and a new sense of purpose. It’s both magical and incredibly challenging. Nothing can prepare you for it but I absolutely loved becoming a mama. I found the baby stuff easier than the toddler stuff, which I have found most of my friends the opposite.
I found the most difficult part of 1 to 2 kids, is the fact that I desperately missed being present for Lexi (firstborn) I wanted to be the active mama I always was for her, when she asked me to play with her during my last month of pregnancy and I just couldn’t, I felt terrible; the #mumguilt was real. The period of time I wasn’t available to Lexi as much, continued as I had a C-Section for Lo which meant for the first few weeks at least, I wasn’t able to be as active and play that engaged role as I did before. My husband Clay really took the reins from me, I wouldn’t have been able to get through those times without his help.
I hadn’t seen or heard many mama’s struggle with this so I felt alone but after speaking about it on socials, it turned out that it was quite common. It was reassuring to hear so many mama’s explain that in due time, you can reconnect with your firstborn and in fact, they do NOT resent you for their sibling for the rest of their life, (which I had convinced myself she would definitely do.)
Instead, I gifted Lexi a baby sister that she absolutely adores. After a few months, I was back to mama bear, throwing her around and picking her up to give her a big bear hug, just with another little mate in tow. My greatest honor in life is being their mother. Despite all of the challenges being a mama is, you just wouldn’t change it, because all the hard parts are what makes the good parts so worth it.