21 April 2014

A new chapter.

As Mothers, we tend to put our children needs ahead of our own. Don't we? I mean it makes perfect sense, and I think that for the most part, it is necessary -- while they're little anyway.

But lately, I've been feeling drained. Not physically drained, but more so emotionally and mentally. I feel like there is so much I want to be accomplishing, but all of it gets put on the back burner so that I can be home with my kids and give them the attention they need.

But I think at some point, we have to start paying attention to our own well being and makes sure that we are making ourselves a priority.


As most of you probably know, I've been trying to create a fitness routine that works for me. I go to a local gym near me, 4-5 days a week. 3 of those days, I take a high level cardio class called Rizzmic, and the other 2 days I do weight training and strength exercises. I've talked a little bit about Rizzmic before on my blog, but it's a fairly new fitness program that incorporates American style dances into the workout. Picture Zumba, but instead of the latin music, you're dancing to country, hip hop, jazz, disco, jive, hula... you name it. It's amazing. I first started taking Rizzmic classes last year and immediately fell in love. The creators of it live just down the street from me and I've gotten to know them over the past year and can see their passion for it, and it's really inspiring. Currently, it's only being taught in Washington State, but they are doing their best to broaden the reach of this fitness program.

So I've decided to do something kinda crazy. This coming weekend, I'm taking the Rizzmic Instructor Training course to become certified to TEACH it. I'm still a little bit in shock that I'm actually going to do this, because really, I hardly have enough time as it is to be a Mom, run a business & a blog, and workout 5 days a week. BUT, this is just something I've really wanted to do, so dang it, I'm going to do it. I'm not sure how good of an instructor I will make, but I do know that I love to dance, and I love to share that with others. I'm just ready for a new chapter in my life.

And it feels really good to make myself a priority, and do something for ME. Wish me luck :)

19 comments:

Jessica Entingh said...

Good luck!! That sounds super fun, actually. Get it girl! :)
Jessica @ Kate & Trudy

Becky G said...

That sounds so fun! I wish I made more time to work out. Go, girl!

Becky @bybmg
bybmg.blogspot.com

Discovery Street said...

That's awesome Mandy! What a fun new adventure!

Fran said...

how awesome Mandy!! You'll be fantastic :)

MeaganMusing said...

Good for you! What a fun new challenge! :)

Kelly said...

You go girl! That's awesome!!

Leah D said...

Yay! Congrats and good for you Mama!

Karri said...

good for you! i think that its incredibly important to put ourselves first in order to be the best mom we can be.

Jess Beer said...

That's amazing and so exciting! Love the idea of the class and if it was in VA, I'd totally take it!

Sarah [NurseLovesFarmer.com] said...

Good for you, Mandy! It's so important to have things that we do just for ourselves!

Hayley! said...

This is awesome and I would totally take a class with you! :)

Ariel @ Dreams To Do said...

Seriously so excited for you! I've always been a big proponent of continuing to follow dreams and pursue interests even if you are a mom (that's what inspired my blog). Sometimes it's hard to not feel selfish for wanting to take time for ourselves, but it's so good for our children in the long run, too! You will be an inspiration to them. Totally coming to take a class from you some day! :)

Ashley said...

I have been dealing with similar feelings and have been searching for ways to fulfill that yearning inside of me. I think it is amazing that you are taking a step to push yourself. Good luck with your test....you are going to rock it!

Nicki said...

That sounds like the best exercise program ever!! What a great outlet. Good luck!

Julie S. said...

How awesome! That sounds like SO much fun!

jack!e @ The Wife Life said...

ahh so exciting! Good luck!! I would be horrible at it! I love to dance... but that doesn't mean I'm good at it! ;)

Pamela Macdonald said...

how wonderful, mandy! so happy for you and that you're taking the time to pursue something you enjoy being a part of and want to do. i know you'll be amazing!

Jesse Blair-French said...

I'm a new reader and am loving your blog! So cool that you're going for it! Good luck! :)

Tara said...

How awesome! Can you come to MN and teach! :) hehe. But seriously Rizzmic sounds so awesome! I would love that way more than zumba!

ps- did you find it overwhelming at first when you started at the gym? I started the gym in March,and I am having a hard time going more than 3 times a week, and it overwhelms me if I do... WHATS WITH THAT!?