These photos are taped to my bathroom mirror because this is the only way I see their smile before my day begins, otherwise they are all fast asleep while mom sneaks off before the sun rises to begin her hustle.
Real talk: there are some moments where I wish things were slightly different in my life. Moments where I didn't wake up before 5am to go work out before work. Days where my commute to work didn't rob an hour each way from time I could spend with my family. And some days I simply wish for a few more hours in the day so I don't feel overwhelmed to cram all of it in a 24 hour span. This isn't how I pictured my life with my family, I physically want to be with them more. Despite all my wishes and desires and wants, this is how my life fits. It's an intricate puzzle that fits so perfectly for our lives. It's all about perspective and the positivity you can bring to the situation at hand. And although this may not be ideal for most people, this is my imperfectly perfect real life. I've learned to embrace my commute as my time of reflection and life learning through audiobooks and podcasts. The time spent is an opportunity for me to look at the day ahead, get my mind right, and get ready to hustle hard throughout my day. I'm a manager at VSCO, so most of my time is spent in meetings, strategizing with my teams, and thinking of creative ways to elevate the VSCO community for both the curation team and support. My time in the car on the way home is where I can begin to detach my mind from the hustle and bustle and really just get ready for the mom/wife mode.
Fitness has played such an incredible role for me in my life. It's my me time, it's my decompression from the crazy work week, it's my centered moment from all the craziness! Without it I would be completely unable to focus my attention on all other areas in life that need me, especially my family. Fitness allows me to disconnect from all my other obligations so I can focus on me. Exercise allows me to physically and mentally challenge myself with something I thought I was incapable of doing before. Every workout is a moment for me to grow and everyday that I give my self the chance to grow I'm building the confidence I need in my every day life.