Our beautiful bodies.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

About a week ago I had the yuckiest cold I've had in quite a while and boy let me tell ya, it was not fun! Kennedy Lou had it as well and eventually Cole and numerous other family members had it. However, as I was starting to get better I realized just how grateful I am for a healthy, capable and  fully functioning body. 

I grew up being very active and therefore had a really strong, toned and lean body, for the most part. I was also a life guard and loved to be outside, therefore I usually had a good tan too. Now knowing how damaging some of the tanning methods I used are, I'm a lot more cautious about that. 

Getting pregnant and having Kennedy was such a miraculous thing for my body to do, but it definitely presented its challenges. I had a hard time breathing well since I do have asthma and since I had a little tiny human shoving all of my organs close together. But I also started to feel really self-conscious about my body since I had never dealt with weight issues in my life. Obviously I knew gaining weight was a good thing because that meant baby girl was growing and my body was also doing some growing to better sustain her life, but that wasn't really what was at the forefront of my mind. And the fact that no one really ever tells you what your body is like or all the things you go through after having a baby either, so that was a bit of a shock to me. 

Over the past year and a half or so I have been really hard on myself and the way my body looks compared to the way it did before. But having been sick recently and realizing just how blessed I am to have the body I do, really changed the way I have been thinking about how my body looks. 

I may not be in the best shape of my life, but I have changed and become stronger is so many ways because of what that sweet little girl of mine has taught me. I have also been really focusing on eating better because when I eat better I feel so much better and I've been working out more than I was before, which is so invigorating. (In case you were wondering, my new found love is an aerobics class known as barre. I have loved pilates for quite sometime and barre is closely related to pilates with a dance/ballet influence to it). 

A few years ago I would have been doing these things so I could look better and be more "hot," but now I do them because I know it's good for me physically, mentally and emotionally as a woman, wife and mom. And I feel that it's so important to take care of this body I have been gifted with; I want it to be a healthy, safe and fully functioning vessel to bring more lives into this world as well as continue to sustain and nourish them as individuals and my family as a whole. I only have one life in this 5'2" body of mine and I want it to last as long as it can!

Do me a favor, will ya? Stop thinking badly about your body. That's not good for you. If you're not happy about your appearance, change what you're doing! I'd love to help you out if you want to contact me about where you can start. But don't make the changes because you want to be "hot" but rather, make the change because you want to feel better as an entire person. We need to learn to see the beauty in each of our bodies and how much they're capable of doing.

My favorite job.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

This past weekend I was blessed to hear some very wonderful and inspiring messages during the Women's Conference, which is put on by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for all women and girls ages 8 and up. One of the things that stuck out most to me during one of the talks given was the following quote:

"We eagerly teach our children to aim high in this life. We want to make sure that our daughters know that they have the potential to achieve and be whatever they can imagine. We hope they will love learning, be educated, talented and maybe even become the next Marie Curie or Eliza R. Snow. Do we also teach our sons and daughters there is no greater honor, no more elevated title, and no more important role in this life than that of mother or father? I would hope that as we encourage our children to reach for the very best in this life that we also teach them to honor and exalt the roles that mothers and fathers play in Heavenly Father’s plan."

I am so grateful for the education I have received, the training and education I am currently receiving, AND the many more things I aspire to learn more about in this life. I find it vital for girls and women to become educated and I take pride in the fact that there are just as many girls/women graduating from college and getting advanced degrees as there are men and in some circumstances, the females are outnumbering the males in these endeavors. I do not doubt that this is something my children will learn from my example. However, will they learn from my example that my most favorite job, biggest responsibility, greatest passion, love and endeavor is their health and well-being? Will they see just how important my family is to me as I sweep the floor multiple times a day (since I don't like the feeling of the crumbs on my bare feet), wipe their tiny, cute, snotty noses, get up with them in the late hours of the night to comfort and nourish their bodies and souls and pray my guts out just about everyday for help to raise them right? I firmly believe that they will, in some way or another see my love for them through my acts of service to them, but the quote that I have shared really struck a chord with me. It made me realize that my husband and each of my children need to know without a doubt how much I love and care for them and that my thoughts, actions, intentions and who I am as a person needs to show that.

I love my chosen career and the aspirations I have to further it. But I also love being a mom to this sweet little girl of mine and the little ones that are yet to join our family, as well as the man that stands by my side and loves, supports and encourages me in all that I do. 

My most favorite job position and title is that of being a mother.There won't be any raises or bonuses in this career. There won't be as many "job well done" chats with my boss and there won't be anyone to vote for me as employee of the month. But what I have learned thus far being a mom and the changes I have gone through to try and be a better mom each new day is priceless.