Remember It's a Season

Parenting is NO joke. Even if you think you're ready for it, there's no way to truly prepare yourself for being a parent and really no way to accurately describe it to someone who isn't a parent. One thing can be said for sure though: the highs are high and the lows can be low and sometimes the highs and lows can occur in the same day (or maybe even the same hour).

Recently we've been having those tough days. Those days where you're checking the clock to see how much closer it is to bedtime because everyone, including me, needed sleep. Those are the days where I take more deep breaths and close my eyes, and pray for patience constantly. 

On this day nothing in particular went wrong, but my kiddo was just having a tough day so for her, nothing was going right. We had a tough day. This was one of those days where instead of working out during naptime, I chose to take a quiet moment to myself, read my devotional and meditate. It was exactly what I needed.

The afternoon was not any better, and that was no surprise so when bedtime finally came, I was SPENT. All I could do was hug my kiddo because that's what she needed and as I was hugging her, I began to ask her what made her so upset ALL DAY LONG. I know she's not old enough yet to really articulate those kinds of emotions, but I needed to say it for me.

So here I am telling my little girl that I wish she could tell me what was bothering her because I wanted to help her feel better since she was obviously upset and I said "Because Baby Girl you really pushed every single one of Mommy's buttons today".

I wasn't expecting a response. At all really, I was just expecting her to stay quiet but no, not my kiddo. She replied to me by saying "Yea I did Mama."

Just like that I remembered that life is not so serious and sometimes it's ok to have bad days and laugh about them when it's all over.

This is Me

Allow me to introduce myself: I’m Lisa. I’m a hard working, fun-loving, honest girl who loves her family and God, and every single aspect of health and wellbeing. The more I grow, the more I learn about myself, the more I appreciate what it means to me, to take care of myself. While what I need to feel like my best isn’t what I needed 10 years ago, 5 years ago or even last week, I listen to what I need and try my best to give it to myself everyday.

My dedication to my health is something that won’t change. When I was a young woman, I made the decision to enlist in the military, go to ROTC and get my college degree. Unfortunately, I ended up extremely hurt as a result of a training exercise and unable to walk for the better part of a year. I am not here to talk to you about the military or even politics, I want you to know this about my past so you know how it impacts my present.

So to continue, let me tell you, there is nothing more humbling than being a 19 year old woman and needing your mommy to help you get to the bathroom, and nothing to make you more grateful to your parents and everything they do for you.

But when you go from being this super active, running miles every week type of teenager to being completely bedridden (thank goodness Grey’s Anatomy was released that year, that was SO helpful), you appreciate the ability to move that much more. Seriously, I remember asking my mom for free weights so I could do upper body exercises in bed.

Without getting into the nitty gritty of that part of my life, because we would be here for like 10 hours, the biggest takeaways for me and huge things for you to know about me, is that I live my life from a place of letting my heart lead with gratitude. I saw at a young age in a very drastic way how quickly life can change. How resilient life can make you and how sometimes you have to adapt and overcome for plans that aren’t going to go your way. I know I am by far not alone in this sort of thing happening. Life can give us some obstacles that we think we really can’t overcome and then we do and we’re stronger for it.

I am so grateful for the life I live, the blessings I have received, and most importantly for the ability to move. Life is this beautiful thing, and I wake up every day grateful that I get to experience it, but even more grateful that my body can do the crazy things I ask it to do.  So I move everyday, in some way, and I give my body my absolute best in terms of love, nutrition and self care, and I attempt to do the same for my family. I hope that through this platform and the opportunity that I have to share my story and my knowledge with you, that I might give you my best and teach you how to give yourself your best as well.