I have never shared my journey to get to motherhood before, but it was a long, bumpy road. A road filled with emotion, heartache, frustration, uncertainty and ultimately joy. Much Joy. Joy to the 3rd degree.
It’s no secret, but I am a bit older than most of the 20 something year old mom’s waiting for their kids in the car ride line at school. But that’s okay … I tell myself that my kids will keep me young... with or without a few gray hairs. And so it is for that reason, I do everything I can to make sure my future is healthy, active and overall I am living an amazing life, for myself and for my family.
And unlike my road to get to motherhood, this road that I travel for my future is a bit clearer, although often times, chaotic and crazy.
Here are my 3 "B’s" to ensuring a happy and healthy future.
Be Happy. Did you know that happier people live longer and tend to be healthier? Studies (like this one and this one)have shown that happier people have less risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease. I do my best each day to wake up with a happy heart and go to bed with a happier heart. I make a note of everything that I am grateful for. I say Thank You.
Be Healthy. Exercise is built into my lifestyle. A workout, whether it is at the gym or a walk in the park, is scheduled like any other appointment on the weekly calendar. Staying healthy also includes eating right… when I am not secretly grazing off my kids' dinner plates.
Balance-I am always seeking to find balance in my life. On the other side of motherhood and being a wife, is a passionate woman who likes to be creative. My energy may take me to a project, painting or gardening. When I am doing those things that I love doing, I am not spending time worrying or thinking about the other side (motherhood). I immerse myself in whatever I am doing... to be in that moment. I find that these moments and time focusing on myself, allow me to be a better mother, wife, and friend.
What decisions are you making now to live an abundantly happy life today and tomorrow? I want to know.
The chance to be a mom....and to be healthy
- Get Old is an initiative developed by Pfizer to challenge people of all ages to rethink what it means to Get Old and take a more active role in their health and quality of life at every age. Whether it’s through watching what you eat, physical exercise, spending time with family and friends or participating in an activity you’re passionate about -- each of us has the power to decide for ourselves how we want to Get Old. It’s not just about living longer, but living better.
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I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Pfizer and Get Old. I received compensation for this post. All opinions stated are my own.
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