I’m a working mom. I have a full time job that pays for our needs. Sadly, I don’t bake lovely cookies with my children or home school them or plant beautiful things in the garden with them. Lacking the patience and calmness that most of my stay-at-home counterparts possess, I’ve always known that I was going to be a working mom. That’s not to say that I don’t try to spend quality time with my kids. In fact, my 8 hours away from them a day probably ensures that I can be my best self around them.
However, this lifestyle gives me great excuses for not taking better care of myself.
Oh, I had such a hard day, I’m too tired to do anything but veg in front of the TV until I crawl into bed.
Well, I didn’t really eat lunch, so that’s why I’m starving at 10:45 pm and need to hoover in all the leftover fried rice.
If I’m not at work, I’m dealing with the children. When can I possibly find time to work out?
Over the past couple of years, I’ve been trying to do better: eat better, sleep better, handle stress better… I care an awful lot about the physical and mental health of my kids, but find it hard to do the same for myself. It’s been difficult to have the where with all or head space to get with a program and then stick with it.
After we found our Shaolin Kung Fu class, I noticed that I would bring the kids there and then sit there for an hour and a half… I wasn’t working, nor was I spending quality time with the kids… So. When our Kung Fu instructor set up adult beginner Kung Fu classes for the same time… I no longer had any excuses not to do the work!
I found Kung Fu!