August 1998 I was a scared 17 year old that just brought home an infant on oxygen and an apnea monitor after watching him struggle for his life in the NICU. He was 88 days old when I finally cared for him on my own. Was I prepared? Nope. Was I scared? Hell yes. Did I let my circumstances define me and determine our future? Nope. I pushed through college part time, lived at home for awhile, worked and bought us our first home at the age of 21. (With my parents co-sign of course). Shortly after that I met my husband, and the best stepdad, graduated with my bachelor’s degree and had 2 more boys.
August 2017 I am the proud mother of an intelligent, confident and healthy 19 year old young man that is starting his adult life at Saginaw Valley State University! All I ever wanted was for him to be healthy and have opportunities that I did not. Today is the first step towards him accomplishing more than I ever did. He is moving out and going away to college!! The only thing standing between him and whatever he wants to accomplish is himself.
Today I woke up happy and thankful. God has blessed me with a beautiful healthy family and I am grateful for that. I love being a mom! My boys make my life complete.
I recently found myself consumed with work, my fitness competition and myself. I was too busy to play with my kids or help them search for a college. The idea of volunteering at school stressed me out because I just didn’t have time. All I ever said to my boys was “no, I’m too busy” or “I don’t have time for that!” Thanks to my hardworking husband and a close friend that pushed me to explore Beachbody Coaching, I found a career that can allow the flexibility to finally just start being a mom and wife. I am going to cook my kids breakfast, visit colleges, go to the pool on a weekday, read at their school, drive them to sports camps all summer and just plain be there! I have only 2 weeks left at my full-time job as an engineering group leader and I could not be more thrilled. My passion for fitness and helping others is my new career and I plan on working only 20 hours per week from home. I currently work 40+ hours with a 1 hour commute each way. My current schedule has me leaving the house by 5am and returning at 5pm M-F. ONLY 10 MORE DAYS OF THAT!! Thank you Beachbody for this amazing career that allows my to live my life by design! HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! This mamma is happy and I just wanted to share.
I wish all the moms out there a wonderful day! God bless you and your family. Take time to just enjoy your kids today and do something you enjoy. Smile more! Live more! Love life!
My youngest Bryson who is 9
My middle son Colten who is 12
My oldest who is turning 18! Yikes, this momma is scared.
I push myself hard to set an example for my boys. You can do or be whatever you want if you work for it.
I love it when my kids join my workouts!
April 2016 Competition