To get all y’all up to speed here’s what has happened over the last 2 years in 200 words and no particular order:
-Got certified as a group fitness instructor and taught BootCamp style classes 2x’s per week
-Put our travel pants on and went to the Ozarks (with kids), Austin (no kids), and London (no kids).
-Became a runner (what the what?!).
-Ran my first half marathon and did not die
-Had a third baby girl (yes – we chose to have a third child who ended up being a girl).
-Got my zen on by becoming a member of a local yoga studio
-Did at least 500+ loads of laundry (that should be a Guinness world record right?!)
-Celebrated 12 years of marriage to the same person, whom I have also known for 18 years!
-Aquired the status of Aunt for the second time
-Changed a semi-truck worth of diapers (another Guinness record?!)
-Watched the Cubs play in the World Series
-Helped (very loose term) my parents move 15 minutes away
Beyond that, my goal continues to be keeping my 4 year old, 2 year old, and now 4 month old alive. Easy, peasy right?! Some days are tougher than others! 😳
Well, I am at it again! Not only am I a SAHM to 2 beautiful girls, President of my neighborhood association (next up -taking over the world!), and on a committee to bring a Spanish dual language program to the girls’ future elementary school, I decided to become a group fitness instructor. Now before you go all skeptical on me, keep in mind two things: I am a type A personality, therefore I literally do not know how to just do nothing. Plus, I genuinely want to make a positive impact on people’s lives.
When I told some friends and family members about my new endeavor, there were two typical responses – the first, and most common, was “don’t you have enough on your plate?”. I am the first to admit, there are days where I feel like I am busting at the seams running on 5 hours of sleep and trying to keep up with the girls and the house. Add anything else on those days and watch out for my infamous water works (in case you didn’t know, I’m a bit of a crier). The second and less common response was “that’s awesome!” followed by “what made you decide to do that?”. At first, my response was “I’m basically at workout class 4-5 days a week, why not get paid for it?” Sure – it will be nice to bring a little money in per month and be able to attend workout classes for free, but after some reflection there is a bigger driver of taking this leap.
I subscribe to “A Mighty Girl” feed on my Facebook account and have been since Little Miss was born. Wanting to raise a daughter (and now I have 2 daughters!) who is strong, independent, and kind among other things I knew I was going to need all the help and support I could get. This news feed is just a small tool in my toolbox. Each time I see a post, I am inspired by it and look forward to sharing them with the girls when they are a little older. Each post shares a story of a “Mighty Girl” who made a positive impact on something either in the past or present. As I read the stories, there is always a moment where someone inspired the “Mighty Girl” to push beyond their limits, break barriers, and make a positive impact on someone or something around them.
So why did I decide to take the leap and be a group fitness instructor? I want to inspire those around me. Wether it be the first-time mom who didn’t think they would be able complete a 5k, half marathon, and/or marathon soon after having their baby to the mom with three kids under 5 whose daily win is getting out the door to go to workout class. But even more than that, I want to inspire my girls. I want them to see that little things can produce great, big results. I want them to feel the joy of breaking down barriers and achieving goals. I want them to feel pride in improving something around them. In short, I want for them to be the “Mighty Girl” in their own life, whether they be the person who inspires or they are the person who is inspired.
As Dr. Suess says “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”