I love Famous Footwear‘s new #StepForward initiative! Being a mom can be so so hard! But it’s also the best thing I’ve ever done. Nothing challenges growth like being a parent, and the longer that I am a parent the more I realize that many of the “hard” and “challenging” aspects of motherhood are brought on by my own actions. I’ve started to notice that there are certain habits that I have repeated over and over that cause me to be stressed out or unhappy. When I have chosen to take a Step Forward and work on eliminating these habits, there is a powerful joy and peace that enters my life. I was reading a blog post a few months ago about a mom who lost her toddler in a drowning accident, and it made me feel something I never want to forget. I thought to myself, “If one of my children died today, would I be happy with the kind of mom (and person) I was days, weeks or months prior?” I’m always going to have weaknesses and moments that I’m not proud of, but this reflection caused me to look at areas of my life I could greatly improve on, and to take a step forward to do so!My biggest issues for me have always been caused by my extreme fatigue. I have a number of health issues and an autoimmune disease that causes me to be really tired almost all of the time. I have a father who is dying from complications of diabetes, and after watching his struggles, I finally decided that I was going to do whatever it takes to get energy back and be more healthy. I’ve done plenty of diets, and I’ve given myself plenty of “restrictions” in the past, but they have never worked long term. This time I came up with a better plan! Instead of a “diet” I have started a lifestyle change that I plan to keep forever. Part of this for me, is waking each morning and making green smoothies packed with nutrition. They are my new breakfast and lunch. I’ve also started to try to exercise along with my clean eating. When a craving comes along, I never tell myself “no, I can’t have that,” but instead I have started telling myself “I might have some later, if I fill myself with nutrition first.” The funny thing, is that I rarely still feel those cravings if I have filled my body with nutrients. It’s the most amazing thing! And what’s more amazing is to feel the freedom that comes from breaking free of bad eating habits. It’s like I’m a new woman, a new wife, and a new mom. I wanted to jump up and down the first day that I went without a nap during the day. I didn’t even feel like I needed one. This has done more for me as a mother than anything else. It’s taken a lot of self-discipline, but the happiness that I feel as a mother is worth every sacrifice. I don’t ever want to go back to being the mom that is tired all of the time! And I don’t ever plan to. Stepping forward shoe credit goes to: Women’s Chuck Taylor All Star Shoreline Slip On Sneaker
Now it’s YOUR turn! What have you done that has been a successful step forward in life? Share on Instagram with hashtag #Stepforward
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