What If I Fall?
‘What if I fall?’
‘Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?’
~ Erin Hanson
Okay, real talk. I just gave birth to my second child about a month ago. Life is currently crazy in the most amazing, love filled, want to cry at times kind of way. We are now a family of four. Holy crow, somebody pinch me. I am constantly looking at these two little humans of ours in total awe thinking to myself, these are our children. How we raise them, the experiences we give them, the morals and values we instill will shape who they become. Real life parenthood right here, right now.
As a mother, there is nothing more that I want to give my children than for them to see their full potential. To be fully aware that they truly can achieve great things with hard work and dedication. Children are products of their environment, they learn from example and I want to be a role model that they look up to who inspires them to become the best version of themselves.
Having just had a baby, I literally feel that my body is in a perfect place to rediscover its potential and ability. Is this going to take a lot of time and work? Yes. Will there be set backs and struggles? Absolutely. Do I feel completely excited and motivated to get back to lifting weights, riding bikes, getting on my yoga mat, picking heavy things up and putting them back down just because? You better believe it.
For some of us it’s about rediscovering potential, for others it’s about finding it. Wherever you are in your journey, I have one piece of advice I’d love to share: Enjoy the process. Figure out what lights you up, gets you going and gives you something to look forward to. This will play a huge role in long term success and goal crushing. Do things because you want to, instead of feeling forced to, you know? Remember that it takes about three months to create a habit, and that sticking with your choices might just lead you to discover what really fires you up. The special thing that makes you say “Yep, this is my jam.”
We all hold this potential within, but it takes a little commitment to discover it. Unsure where to begin? No problem. Living in a town that is bursting with support and community makes it relatively easy to start the journey. Fernie WOW (Women on Wheels), the Guides Hut group rides, Stag Leap running club, or group classes at Soar Studios, to name a few.
For myself, this journey of rediscovery begins with acceptance and self-love. Resting when possible, fuelling my body with healthy food, and taking time to ease back into strength training. How are you starting yours?
This month I challenge you to:
- Get 7-9 hours of sleep per night when possible.
- Get your heart rate up for a minimum 30 min/day.
- Try a new physical activity.
“Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking your potential.” Winston Churchill.