Don’t let your circumstances define your destiny

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.

Motherhood

Being a mom is hard work. This blog is really great at putting things into perspective and adding a little humor. I found true joy recently as a mom when I stopped comparing myself to other moms and accepted who I am. I still find inspiration in others moms and try to improve on my approach (yelling less, more patients, etc.) but don’t measure my worth against them. I am a very unique individual and mom and my boys would have it no other way. Michelle is my friend and one of the many moms that inspires me to be better. Her blog is great!

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Motherhood….

  • it ain’t for the faint of heart
  • it is often thankless
  • it is beautiful (and it is a mess)
  • is not the same for everyone – it comes dressed up in different clothes, is achieved through many different methods and definitely doesn’t fit into some mold or come from a cookie cutter
  • it is the hardest and best job you’ll ever have (unless your job is giving away someone else’s money to help worthy causes and then it might be a tie)
  • it is so many things and is so simple all at once

The list could go on and no doubt, having just passed Mother’s Day, your own ideas and feelings about motherhood are fresh in your mind. Here’s what I’ve been thinking.

a) I don’t always know what I’m doing. It sucks that there is not a how-to manual or a choose-your-own-adventure style manual (e.g., “If your…

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Happy Mother’s Day

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!

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My youngest Bryson who is 9

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My middle son Colten who is 12

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My oldest who is turning 18! Yikes, this momma is scared.

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I push myself hard to set an example for my boys. You can do or be whatever you want if you work for it.

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I love it when my kids join my workouts!

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April 2016 Competition