2 years in 200 words

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! ūüė≥

Taking the leap

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.”