While there is nothing that makes me happier than being a mom, the responsibilities of motherhood have to be balanced with other things to have a healthy and happy life. I, like many moms, have struggled to make myself a priority. I have battled with feeling selfish and guilty when wanting to pursue my goals and dreams, as if I lost that right once I became a mother. I then came to realize that I am the example to my children and unless I want my children to give up on their dreams, I can’t give up on mine. Whatever your goals and aspirations are, I encourage you to step out of the shadows and go for it. By realizing your dreams and goals, not only will you be happier; you will be teaching others, including your loved ones, to live life to the fullest.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson
~Liza Hughes xox
I am probably one of the least spontaneous people you will ever meet...one of those people who have a plan for everything and think things through, and then over analyzes every possible scenario...you know, a control freak ;) ...but on this day, I said to myself, “what the heck I’m just gonna go with the flow.” In the last decade I’ve traveled to Vegas countless times for photoshoots and other fitness related work so I constantly receive travel alerts with flight deals but never have I received one like this. $118 round trip! What?! Yep. How could I not take advantage?
I cringe when I hear the way most women, including many of my clients, talk about themselves. My heart breaks when my clients send me baseline photos and progress photos, not because of the way they look, but because of the words they use to describe themselves. The subject line or email will include words like ‘gross’, ‘horrifying’, ‘disgusting’ and other negative and hurtful words you can think of. Some even take it a step further and include an apology to me for ‘having to look’ at their photos. The truth is that I get it. I was once one of you.
Laying on my bed thinking about this...
Some women reached out prior to my Lipstick and Lunges event asking if I would be ‘recording’ it or offering a live feed...the answer was no. Lipstick and Lunges, like my Devotion Series events, are events that must be experienced in person to receive the life enriching benefit. It is not something that can be packaged, or shown on a computer screen or any device. It’s special. It’s something I fail miserably at when trying to put into words or explain. You just have to be there.
When making positive changes to your daily habits, the ONLY way you will be successful for the long term is to view the changes as long term.
It seems like this should go without saying but unfortunately it cannot. It needs to be said...and often; just like a habit.
In my over 10 years of coaching experience, the women who have been successful in adopting a healthy lifestyle are the ones who treat it as such. They have learned and created a healthy balance with nutrition, exercise, time management, family time, 'me time', and most importantly they've accepted that a healthy plan has no end date.