Being a mother is synonymous to "jack of all trades". We love, we feed, we play, we clean, we share, and we are always working. Whether we are being paid or not, we are all working hard, 24/7. We all find ways to get through the day with a smile on, not always succeeding, but we always try. We all struggle balancing being a mother, a partner, a friend, and we all sometimes forget to balance in ourselves.
My last day of employment was September 18th, 2015 and I started my journey as a stay at home mother. It was exceptionally hard. I could barely balance being a mother and a partner. I needed something to help me feel more complete. We all need a thing. Whether it's writing, exercising, or crafting, it has to be something you are doing because you want to. I tried various outlets before I went to a Stroller Strides class. I didn't know the first day if it was what I needed, but I knew by the end of the week. I was sore, but I was starting to feel like a real person again, not just a mother.
I have met so many women from different backgrounds, with different goals, and different lifestyles, yet I still feel connected to them. We are figuring it out together. We are there for each other. I spend an hour with other mom's who encourage me to push myself, and as we sit there to meditate (Body Back) or to take our 3 deep breaths (Stroller Strides), I think of how we are truly lucky to have these options for healthy outlets. Our kids also benefit from Stroller Strides by being able to play with other kids and cultivating friendships.
I don't know if my thing is exercise. I don't know if it is socializing. I don't know if it is creating crafts for our kids to show off. I do know I have found something in this community that has helped me have a better balance to my life.