A little struggle never hurt nobody

Part of me should just leave my blog blank because I feel that the title tells it all. The past few months have been a bit of a struggle and readjustment with all the priorities in life that I've been juggling: motherhood, marriage, career, fitness, and blogging. It's so easy for us to say "HELL YES!" to everything that comes along the way because these things bring us joy in different ways.

But I'm here to admit that by saying YES to all the things, I broke my own cardinal rule of making sure I had my fitness and health a NUMBER 1 priority before others. Some of the examples of the rules I broke are:

  1. Not looking at work emails before a workout. 
  2. Not reserving a weekend in the month free to unplug, unwind, and spend it with the family.
  3. Saying yes to too many social networking events and gatherings. 
  4. Staying up WAAAAY past my bedtime. 
  5. Eating way too many treats and sipping on a little too many cocktails. 

It took this weekend to take a step back at it all to remind myself what was really my priority about this journey in the first place? MY HEALTH AND FITNESS. I spent well over two months trying to reprioritize my jigsaw puzzle called "balanced living" to see if I could find new ways to fuel my passion and the truth is I stopped fueling the things that make me truly happy and make me feel really centered which was waking up at 5AM to get my workout in before work, prepping every single meal I brought to work and while out and about, and spending my free time with my family. Don't get me wrong I love all the relationships and experiences that I've had over the past 2 months and I wouldn't change one second of it. But the relationship I was having with myself was suffering and control of it all was almost slipping out of my hands. 

This past 4th of July weekend I spent the time unplugging as much as I could from my phone and if you follow me on IG, then you'll notice that I've been a little quiet on the forefront about my daily ramblings. Mostly because work has been incredibly busy and I've been in and out of back to back meetings needing to focus more of my headspace with work rather than play. It felt really amazing to slip into my little Oasis called home. We didn't have any exciting events planned, photo sessions or weddings booked, and for one weekend this summer we found ourselves without an agenda. And it felt so incredibly amazing. 

Most people know me as a woman who keeps it authentic and real as a much as possible. Juggling my world isn't easy. It's down right difficult at times and there are seasons where my stress levels and sleeping patterns are so messed up because of all the the things on my plate I like to pile on. But like the title of this blog says, "a little struggle never hurt nobody" it truly does allow you to grow a little further, stretch a little higher, and learn more about what you are capable of doing each and every day. 

After this little reality gut check and a whole lot of conversations with my husband about working out and health priorities. I spent my 4th of July working out A LOT. I got all my weight training given to me by my fitness coach done, BBG, and cardio in because I placed it as the number 1 priority of the weekend. The hubs even took his first Soul Cycle class with me and my BBG sisters. All in all it was an incredible weekend and the biggest lesson learned is sometimes we have to get a little derailed from our path to know and understand how important it was to be on it in the first place. 

Joanne E

I’m a mother of two beautiful daughters and married to a man who completes me. I started my fitness journey as a way to heal my soul and launched my blog in hopes to continue to inspire and empower women to use fitness as a tool to heal depression and find their self worth. I strongly believe that each woman deserves to be in love with herself just as much as her man does. I have an obsession with reusable water bottles, I enjoy action movies, and I’m in love with burpees.