I can barely believe that 5 years ago, I became a mom.
My entire world changed in an unbelievable, and amazing way.
I was no longer living for myself…. There was another little life that was - quite literally - reliant on me to survive.
I had a new, epic responsibility to this child… and to myself FOR him.
As I reflect back on the past 5 years (and cry tears of joy along the way), I am reminded of a few important lessons that motherhood has taught me:
𝟭) 𝗜𝗻 𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗕𝗘𝗦𝗧 𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝘆 𝘀𝗼𝗻, 𝗜 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗺𝘆𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳.
My kid loves playing - running, biking, climbing, and more… I’ve got to stay fit to keep up with him! And, if I want to do the same when he has kids, I’ve got to make sure my overall health stays in top shape.
𝟮) 𝗧𝗼𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗿𝗼𝘄 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗱𝗮𝘆.
I’ve made so many mistakes along the way, and I’ve had to learn not to carry them into the future. The lessons I’ve learned from my mistakes and missteps have been the best lessons of my life. Letting it go, and learning to move on has been one of the hardest challenges, but absolutely necessary.
𝟯) 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗿𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲.
The thought of a missed nap or a day with an upside-down schedule makes most parents cringe (myself definitely included). This is because our little ones take such comfort in having routine & structure throughout their day. I think somewhere along the way, we adults think we become immune to this… but we don’t! ALL humans do better with routine, and we owe it to ourselves to create it in our lives.
𝟰) 𝗗𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 & 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲.
I’ve heard so many people say “oh I can’t wait until my child can walk, talk, or be old enough to do ______ activity.” Those days will all come in due time, so our job is to enjoy the moment in front of us right now. Same goes for the journey of health & fitness. Don’t waste time longing for the day when you’ll be XXX lbs or XX size. Embrace where you are right at this moment.
𝟱) 𝗕𝗲 𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗱.
It’s the #1 lesson that we have instilled into our children. The world needs more kindness, plain and simple. And when you can be the source of that kindness, I promise you life will be better. Be kind to others. And be kind to yourself. Spread the kind of energy that makes people smile. Look at yourself in the mirror daily and pay yourself a kindness. Life is often hard, but it’s easier when you’re surrounded by kindness.
Big thanks to Chase for being the inspiration for this…. He’s taught me so much in 5 years, and I know that will blossom tenfold in the next 5 years to come!
- Coach Michelle