With Mother's Day on the calendar this week, I would like to share some thoughts on my experience being a mother and a warrior.
1. Have fun learning together.
I started martial arts training with my oldest son when he was about 7 years old. We both quickly found we loved everything about it. It gave us an interest to share together and talk about, something in common. Each week we learned something new and progressed through our belts. Eventually we both successfully obtained our black belts within weeks of each other.
2. You are never too old
I would hope that I have set an example to my sons of the importance of being a life-long learner and keeping fit. Also that you are never too old to try something new and to not be afraid to take on the challenge. I am still training in martial arts and my boys regard this as quite normal.
3. Organisation is the key
If you are a mother then you are only too aware of the many demands on your time so much so that it is difficult to carve a couple of hours a week for yourself. Here organisation is the key. If you want to do a fitness class make it a priority and plan around it. If it is in the evenings and you are the main cook in your house, pre-plan and even pre-cook dinners so that everyone is eating well even though you are out. Make sure any tasks you need to finish are done before you go so you can make the most of your class with your mind able to simply focus on the task at hand.
4. Make a date with yourself each week
Make sure your family know how much you enjoy the class you are doing, share with them what you are learning. By doing something each week, you are growing, learning something new and different which helps to relieve stress, gives you change of environment and helps make you happier and more relaxed at work and at home.
It is always a balancing act and often it is not easy. At one point I gave up my own training as I could just not fit it around my children's activities which at that stage i felt were more important. But looking back on that time, I felt something was missing. I was not doing anything for myself. I was not growing, not learning, not challenging myself. When I returned to training a few years later, I immediately felt more complete. More competent and confident which flowed on to all other aspects of my life as well.
Are you challenging yourself? Are you growing and learning?
If not, start finding some time today. In the morning before everyone else is up. On the way home from work. On the weekend. Schedule some time twice a week to do some physical challenging activity to improve your fitness. Try something new and different. Find something that resonates with you, something you love to do.
Share your story in the comments below, we would love to hear from you.
Happy Mothers Day !!
Be awesome !