Being different is a gift

I've always known I was different from a very young age. My views on life always had a perspective from someone who's been a bit wiser and more experienced with life. That sort of feeling when people tell you "You have an old soul..." and you're like hmmmm...okay. That's interesting.  


Looking back it came as no surprise that having kids at a very young age was something I was destined for. However, at 20 years old, finding out I was pregnant was definitely NOT my life plan.

Motherhood is frightening. It changes your lifestyle, your outlook in life, and takes over nearly ever facet of how you operate every single day — including that sacred alone time. But being a mother has taught me how to be a better leader and it has shown me how to deal with the relentless and unreasonable demands of life in the most graceful and reasonable way. It has taught me empathy and patience for others, but most importantly patience and empathy for myself.

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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.