"I want to do it because i want to do it."
- Amelia Earhart
I decided this summer to make my experience of motherhood visible. This was sort of a big deal, as I had 6 clinics scheduled back to back (Houston, Seattle, DC, Boston, NYC, and San Fran). During those clinics, in each location, I was also needing to be available for a multitude of important media and meetings, all parts ...
When I was 24, just a few months before I got pregnant with my first kiddo, I traveled to Ecuador to live with the Shuar tribe in the Amazon jungle for a couple of weeks. It was through a college course, designed to focus on non-Western modalities for healing.
I learned a lot.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. While the rest of the fitness world continues to workout because they’re hoping to birth their inner toned goddesses, I’ll be over here working out so that I don’t lose my sh*t.
When the whole world goes YAYYYYYYYYYYYY and Instagram pictures get all beachy and drinks get cold and ... guess what? You, dear momma, are like, “Um, wait. Dishes? Boogers? Interrupted sleep? Where’s my summer break?”
I always feel like summertime is a colorful ferris wheel ride of fun that never has a seat for me.
5 years into this here fitness business and, holy moly, nothing like growing up in public to make you want to crumble in any pursuit. "Failure is beautiful, blah blah blah blah," they say. Yeah yeah. It is. However, it still hurts like crazy. And I don't blame anyone for ever calling it quits when the going becomes a Groundhog Day of Failure Overload. But, I will say that one of the greatest gifts of still being here is that I've been able to witness firsthand some really powerful "myths versus truths" about the pursuit of human wellness. Here's 5 of the top ones. I hope they blow your mind a bit, as they have mine:
Aw, dang, these guys were such troopers for our first ever Can You Swing It episode! They are tough, they are strong, they were curious, and they were willing. I encourage you all to not forget how essential these members of our community are and how incredibly hard they work in unpredictable situations, often with little to no sleep. Three cheers to them.
Sometimes, late at night, when I’m weak-kneed and looking for a reason to abuse myself, I scroll through Facebook. And because of my industry, my feed is always either mom ads or fitness ads. And everytime I look at the fitness ads, I’m like WAIT, HOLD UP, how does this person have 1.3M views? Like, what? “She’s not even doing a squat well,” I think. “And, holy shit,” I say to myself, “those push-up things are a terrible idea for 99% of women.” Alas, though, she’s got her beautifully tanned tummy out, her glossy lips shining in the wind, and her punchy outfit loudly saying, “Nipple or Cheek May Appear, Keep Watching.”
So, a new little feature to MommaStrong land, based on the roots of why this program exists: That strength is about helping us do the scary sh*t in life. And, I'm not talking about bikinis like the rest of the fitness world. I'm talking about facing our personhood, facing our fears, facing our past, facing our weaknesses, facing our wildest dreams, facing our mortality, facing our humanity, and facing our children's porous and possible spirits every single day. ETC.
My sweet, amazing eldest child recently faced a terrible beast in the form of a long-distance 4th grade field trip to dig fossils. Now, obviously it's normal that a kid would be nervous with this sort of adventure, much of which we could also assume would be overshadowed by the excitement involved in a fossil dig AND a fancy bus ride AND a hotel room. However,