TRAINING A MARTIAL ART AS A MAMA

BASICALLY EVERYTHING IS HARDER AS A MOM

Sleeping, eating, bathing, leaving the house, shopping, working out, losing weight, cooking meals, literally everything….including training a martial art. Training a martial art is hard…especially as a mom.

IT’S ESPECIALLY DIFFICULT TO TRAIN WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR KIDS IN TOW…

When I first started training a little over a year and a half ago, my husband was supposed to be giving me a “break” on Saturday mornings for me to train. It started off great! A quiet thirty minute drive there and two hours to myself on the mat learning new things: challenging my brain and my body.

I would LOVE some down time. I know it will come some day, but for now I just have to figure out how to keep my sanity while having three kids basically 24/7.

NEVER ALONE

But somehow during the last year and a half, it’s come down to the kids coming with me. First, I’m very grateful for the school I train at for allowing my kids to be there. My kids get to see me train, and while they don’t appreciate it now, I’m hopeful that someday when they grow up that they will be proud of their mama for training and working towards a goal. I also hope that it will inspire them to work towards goals of their own.

Our youngest receiving his first earned belt. So proud of him.

HOMESCHOOLING COMPLICATIONS

Since beginning homeschooling, it has become almost impossible for me to have any time away from them. (I’ll be doing an updated post on homeschooling soon. Stay tuned.) Mondays and Wednesdays have become training days where we arrive at the school before 4:00 pm and don’t leave until after 8:00 pm.

While I would love to have that down time from the kids, I’m hopeful that the time we spend together at the school will evoke fond memories of their childhood.

MOMS DON’T QUIT

I also share this with you to say, since becoming a mother almost 11 years ago I’ve realized that I can do really hard things. YOU can do hard things too. Don’t use motherhood as an excuse to put your dreams on hold. Moms always find a way to make things happen.

So what is it that you want to do? I decided to start training after a women’s self defense seminar at Pooler Karate. We just did one last weekend, but they run them frequently…keep an eye out for updates on my page as I try to share when they’re coming up. It’s a great way to get moving, have fun, and learn valuable and life saving skills. You might also realize you enjoy hitting and kicking things.🥰

Please share this with mamas you know who have been on the fence about doing something for themselves. Training a martial art as a mom is tough, but I promise you won’t be sorry you started.

Until next time…

-XO

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