#1. Yes You Can
As a kid, I watched my mom juggle her work in Education, earn an advanced degree, start a catering business, raise two children, be there for friends, and care for her aging parents. Sounds simple in a list, but I saw how, when the stress was on, she dug deep and showed up for all of us. Rather than tear her down, every challenge seemed to strengthen her spirit and her trust that we could handle whatever came next.
That strength and fortitude taught me how to literally put one foot in front of the other. When my alarm goes off at 6am to go for a run or do my workout, and all I want to do is crawl back under the covers, she’s my inspiration.
#2. There’s Always a Way
On one of her catering jobs, moments before the event started, my mom got locked in a walk-in supply closet. Most people I know would freak out, cry, or eat everything inside. Instead, she took a deep breath, said a prayer, and looked for what she COULD do. The door wasn't budging when the knob broke off, so she made a MacGyver move and took off the hinges. Who would think of that? My Mom. That’s who.
This is probably one of the most valuable lessons she taught me. Focus on the solution, not the problem. If I spend all my energy focusing on the fat I want to lose or how hard it is to find time to work out, I would be the person sitting on the floor, crying in a 20 lb. box of cookies. Instead, I focus on the workout I can do and on the time I do have (even if it’s 10 minutes) and the results are amazing. This mentality inspired me through my first 26.2-mile marathon. People call me positive. I call it focusing on the solution.
#3. Lighten Up
Mom taught me that when things get rough, don’t take it all so seriously. When the furnace went, we gathered around the fireplace, rolled up newspapers to keep the flames going, and roasted marshmallows. Every summer, she made sure we were by the water, playing all day and night, until it was just us and the fireflies.
Struggling to get healthy can feel stressful. We put so much attention on our body shape and size. Yes, it can feel overwhelming to squeeze in work and family and responsibilities, but what about the fun? Moving and sweating can be a release from all the stress and allow us to feel happy and free. Even for a moment.
Mom still shows me how to trust, persevere, and laugh. Without her I never would have trusted enough to go with the flow and find my Groove.
I am so lucky to have such a special woman as my mom. What has your mom taught you that makes you a better you? Share in the comments below and don’t forget to tell her! Happy Mother’s Day!