If there is one common theme I see consistently in the mamapreneurs I encounter, it’s that they are constantly stretched too thin. But when you’re trying to manage a household, a business, and a life, how could you not be? I get it.
On the flip side, there is one truth when it comes to living your best life and optimizing your business (yes, your business…): prioritizing your health when it comes to the choices you make each day. Those choices will add up to the life you live, and the habits you build will be the best indicator of your future. The sum of your steps determine your journey, and you have the power to decide whether you’re going to feel great while on this journey, or whether you’ll be slogging through.
I can’t speak for anyone else, but the moment I started taking better care of myself, everything else leveled up. I hear moms talk about how busy they are (the most common answer to the question, “How are you?” these days is “Oh I’m SOOOOO busy…”) and this is usually shared through a caffeinated haze on the run to the next thing. That’s been my life too.
I understand; I honestly do. I just entered the realm of school-aged mommyhood, and boy is it a misnomer to say you get a ton of time back when your kids start school. I can confidently say I have less…
The difference now is that I prioritize things differently. Actually, scratch that… I actually have priorities that go beyond the day-to-day things that are required of me: get up, get ready, get the kids to school, work, cook dinner, clean up, get ready for bed, sleep. Things that filled in ALL the gaps in my days were social media and TV. That’s it. What the eff was I doing with my life?
Inspired by my hubby, I started reading more about fitness, crossfit, and strength training for women. I started working at it and little by little I felt more alive, stronger, capable, and my head was clear. Once upon a time I was an athlete at a Pac 10 (now Pac 12) school, and I still hold records at my high school. I know what hard work looks and feels like. It’s not easy but it feels great in the long run. Why I ever moved away from it I’m not sure, but my love for fitness has come back tenfold, not only because I just love it, but because I see how it truly affects all of life. And I’m here to tell you, eating well and building strength is hands down the best business hack out there.
Why do you think all the big name entrepreneurs out there are hitting the gym or out for walks in their SnapChats and Instagram feeds? Would you agree that perhaps they are on to something?
Look, I know you’re working hard. Mama, I get it. I know you’re already stretched thin, and if someone asks you to take on ONE MORE THING you’re going to lose it. I’m not going to ask you to do anything, but I am going to suggest that you take a hard look at how you are spending any extra time you have and whether it’s helping you build the life that you want. I’m going to suggest that you take small steps in the right direction to bump your health higher up on your list of priorities until it settles in at the top. Not at the expense of anything else, mind you; but because it has become a natural extension of who you are: a woman who values her health, treats her body as the temple it is, is teaching her children the value of self-care, and as a result is running her business like the rock star that she is!
Making this change will require a mindset shift, so for those of you who are ready, start here:
For one week, keep a journal of everything you do and how much time you spend on each item. I recommend using a small notebook that you can take with you wherever you go.
Account for all 24 hours in your day. And be honest with how you are spending your time. No one else will see this except for you.
At the end of the week, cross off the things that are not priorities and add up the time that gives you back.
How much time will you have left to shift into the things you say are important to you but you aren’t currently making the time for?