We are so excited to be welcoming Body Well to FIT4MOM Grand Rapids! We have never believed moms need to get their "body back" after pregnancy which is why FIT4MOM is evolving our Body Back program and changing the name to Body Well. Wellness comes in all shapes and sizes; at all ages and stages of motherhood. Nourishing your maternal mental and physical health is more important than ever. At FIT4MOM, we celebrate moms' sense of self-worth,...more
To our FIT4MOM community and mamahood sisterhood,
Our nation has seen an awakening in recent months due to the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor along with many others. I find myself in an awakening as well.
These last few months have been a hard time. I have taken the time to reflect and feel all the feels. I have realized that my life until now has been seen through stained glasses. I have been given...more
In the spring of 2009, I was sitting in the library studying for my finals. Typical of a college senior, I was finding it hard to focus on my work knowing that in a few short weeks I would be graduating and moving on to the next phase of my life. The hangup for me, however, was that I wasn’t quite sure what that next phase entailed. I would be graduating with an exercise science degree, which could lead me in many different directions. I...more
“Do you ever feel sad and mad and happy and frustrated all at the same time, Mama?”
My eight (and a half) year old posed this question to me sometime during the first couple weeks of this whole situation our state/country/world finds itself currently in. I’ve always felt he was a bit of an old soul with his ability to recognize his own and other people’s emotions fairly quickly.
“Absolutely, buddy,” I responded. “I feel that way...more
So...this has been an interesting end of winter/start of spring, huh? Does anyone else kind of feel like this is a dream (nightmare?) or a movie or something other than our real lives? Are we living in an alternate reality? I am certainly full of more questions than answers these days, unless your question is, "Do you think self-isolation and social distancing is a good thing right now?" is which case I have a solid answer: YES.
As a child, did you ever look at adults and think they just had it all figured out and that their lives must be so easy because they are making all the decisions? Man, oh man. How wrong is that? It's laughable, right? I mean, don't get me wrong. There are certainly perks to adulthood (eating dessert whenever I want is top of the list, of course). But it's definitely not this fantasy dream land. You don't hit a certain age and BAM!...more
It feels like there are two times of year where there is an extra desire to clean up our act--beginning of the calendar year and beginning of the school year. "Cleaning up your act" could mean literally cleaning your house or could mean establishing some healthier habits or...who knows...everyone has their own ideas of what it takes to create a more positive life. This concept is also really fluid. Your current life stage and experiences...more
One year ago, I wrote a post titled, "One Year From Today". I reread it when preparing for this January 2020 post and I cried. First of all, of course I did. It's just part of who I am. Secondly, knowing now what I didn't know then...gosh, it is a bit crazy. 2019 hardened me in some ways and made me more fragile in others. It made me more skeptical, yet also...more
We broke tradition this year and for someone who is all about traditions, this was a big deal. But at the same time, it didn't feel like a big deal. It just felt right.
Yes, it's true. We purchased and put up our Christmas tree before Thanksgiving.
We love Christmas---the anticipation! the decorations! the traditions!---and I will always be an advocate for Thanksgiving having its moment before Christmas celebrations move in. But...more
A blogger I follow was talking the other day about the importance of your home feeling like a sanctuary or, at the very least, having somewhere within your home feel like a sanctuary. (This particular blogger is undergoing massive renovations in their home, so they selected their kitchen and their kids' bedrooms as their "sanctuary".) I love reading about stuff like this because it helps me put into words how I want my home to feel to my...more
Ever have a moment where you are fully aware that you are exactly where you need to be at that exact time in life?
My mind calls those moments "Church moments". Why? Well, it's when I sense God in an unexpected way or setting. Or maybe not even unexpected but in places that aren't your stereotype "places of worship" (aka a church building). I know we have all had these types of moments, though I know not everyone's beliefs would...more
For the first time in a long time, the arrival of the fall season was so exciting to me. I mean, I was literally on my front door step on September 1 at 9am hanging up my new fall wreath and moving the mums to the front walkway from the back deck where they have been for the last month. My fall decor bins were pulled down from the garage storage shelves without even having to see the contents to know what was inside. Just slightly opening...more
I know the Bible says to not boast, but I'm totally going to brag about my new backyard right now. (We moved in mid-May and purchased at the end of March, so we had low expectations of what we would find.) It's an oasis, to say the least. I wish I could have you all over to experience it because, gosh, pictures don't do it justice, especially right now when all of the summer flowers are in bloom. The previous owners put so much time and...more
Is the glass half full or half empty?
Is 2019 already halfway over, so you should just forget about your ideas for the year or do you still have half of the year to accomplish many things?
Sometimes I feel like the last six months flew by, but then I remember all that has happened and I remember the days and weeks that felt like they were an eternity long. Time has a way of playing with our perspective, doesn't it? This year has...more
Have you ever heard someone talk about how we only have eighteen summers with our children? For the longest time, I hated reading this. It always struck me as so depressing and another one of those "enjoy your kids when they're little" guilt trips. And let's also just point out that we, God willing, have way more than eighteen summers with them, although I get that it won't be the same as when they are "little". (Am I allowed to call my...more
Last weekend, our pastor began by showing off an awesome Lego pirate ship--sails and colors and so detailed. He then reminded us of how that creation started: a bag filled with hundreds of individual pieces. A bag of chaos that eventually became order. He continued on to speak about work and the order than comes from that but my mind couldn't help applying that phrase, "order from chaos," to other aspects of my life.
We're moving in ten...more
"What word would you like to focus on for this upcoming year?" A month ago, I met up with friends for coffee and one of them posed this question. We proceeded to each write down our word on brown paper Panera coffee cup sleeves. Mine? Authenticity--a word that I feel encompasses many different areas of life. For me, authenticity means discovering who I am beyond mother/wife/friend and finding the courage to share whatever that may be....more
I've been working on getting out of my comfort zone lately. It hasn't been anything grandiose but I'm learning that the little things can lead to the bigger things. They might not actually lead to the bigger things but they lead to a sense of confidence in our ability to be able to accomplish the bigger things. Want to hear my baby steps so far?
- Using the voice feature on Voxer instead of typing every single thing...
Today was the day. I carried the empty bins from the basement up to the living room to start the task of de-Christmasing (not a word but should be) our house. It's somewhat of a sad job for me. I love Christmas and the extra magic that the season brings to life. I even love the anticipation of the season--once Halloween is done, BAM. Holiday fever sets in. And then we get to today. The family gatherings are done. The holiday traditions...more
It's no secret that this time of year is infamous for traditions. Whether it's going somewhere special to get a Christmas tree or eating certain holiday foods with family, very few of us go through the holidays without doing something that created a memory years ago. My childhood was filled with traditions and I happily entered married life & parenthood wanting to maintain some traditions and wanting to create new ones. One new...more
I'm a holiday nut. Seriously. I love holidays. I love decorating for each season. I love the opportunity to set a cozy mood in my home and love that my boys enjoy getting out the bins of decor and finding just the right spot for each item. It's one of those things that I never realized I would be thankful for. But I am. And I think that's true for a lot of us. So many of these random moments are where a truly grateful, thankful life is...more
Ah, fall. There’s just something so special about the return of sweatshirts and socks, jeans and scarves, comfy shoes and hot drinks. It’s not just a transition time for the weather, though. It’s a transition for so many of us. Moms with school-aged kids are tossed back into the school year that begs for us to be busy and involved and chaotic. (This can absolutely apply to moms with young children, too!) The options for activities are...more
Welcome to our FINAL Meet Our Village Monday of not only December (Christmas is next Monday!) but of 2017!! What?? Anyone else trying to figure out how time can fly by so quickly??? I'm excited to see what adventures FIT4MOM Grand Rapids has in the new year!
To round out our year, I'm excited to be featuring Katie Raymond today. Hope you all enjoy learning more about her today!
Happy December, everyone! A new month, a new week, and a new Monday to celebrate all of YOU! Today we are featuring the wonderful Emily Notenbaum. Enjoy learning more about her today!
How long have you been with FIT4MOM?
Since May 2017.
In what way(s) have you participated in FIT4MOM (Fit4Baby, Stroller Strides, Stroller Barre, BodyBack)?
Welcome back to Meet Our Village Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and perhaps even started prepping for Christmas over the weekend. My family and house are in full Christmas-mode--definitely spent the entire weekend decorating our house inside and out and then did our first of many drives around our neighborhood to check out Christmas lights. We LOVE this time of year!
One of the things I am forever thankful for is...more
Meet Our Village Monday: Meghan
It's Monday! Admittedly, Mondays are not my favorite day of the week but reading something fun and encouraging is always a great way to add some light to the beginning of my week. I hope these posts are a fun way to start the week and that you are enjoying learning more about our members via Meet Our Village Mondays!
Today I have the pleasure of featuring Meghan Holt. Enjoy!
Welcome to the first Monday of November! Should I also add that Thanksgiving is in seventeen days, Christmas is seven weeks from today, and 2018 begins eight weeks from today? You know...just giving you an idea of how FAST time flies!! ANYWAY, the holiday season is not the point of this post (but maybe there will be a holiday post coming....?). The point of this post is....Meet Our Village Monday!! I'm super excited to be featuring Stephanie...more
Welcome to the final Monday of October and another Meet Our Village Monday feature! It's so hard to believe that November is just a couple days away, isn't it?? Well, before we get overwhelmed that Christmas is less than two months away (yikes!), let's take some time to get to know more about the fantastic Becky Williams today! Enjoy!
How long have you been with FIT4MOM?
I have been with FIT4MOM for almost a year...more
Welcome to another week of Meet Our Village Monday! It's quite the rainy, fall day here in Michigan, so what could be better than snuggling up on the couch with some tea/coffee/hot chocolate & learning more about our community?? Today we have the pleasure of learning more about the wonderful Jessica Prusa. Enjoy!
How long have you been with FIT4MOM?
Since January 2017
It's time for a revival, everybody. A revival of an oldie but a goodie--one of my favorite features from the past. Oh, the suspense, right?? We're bringing back....Meet Our Village Monday! *praise hands* *fist bump* *applause* (Yes, I did just type that out. You laughed. Admit it.)
Many of you may be thinking, "What is Meet Our Village Monday and why are you so excited?" Meet Our Village Monday is a blog series that features all of YOU....more
Goodness. It's already been one whole month since I wrote about the looming event of my oldest heading off to kindergarten (which, not to gloss over it, but it went great! He did fine and I was sad but I DIDN'T CRY. WHAT? Obviously I must have been all out of tears).
Let me tell you. People, I am tired. Holy cow. This whole every day school thing is A LOT....and I'm not even the one going to school! Well, I take that back. I go to...more
It's two days away--the day that, if I'm being honest, I have dreaded since the day he was born. The day always seemed so far away. "I'm so glad that I have such a long time until then," I would think. Well...it's here. Once I realized how quickly the years were actually going, I tried so hard to slow down time. The day has arrived anyway. Yes, it's true. My oldest son starts kindergarten on Monday. There's an ache in my chest, in my heart,...more
There's something to be said about simplicity, isn't there? Slower, less demand, fewer moving pieces--I've found that it is something I greatly desire for my life and my family life. Too many activities and commitments=higher stress & less enjoyment for me. I keep a Google Calendar (What did I do before Google Calendar???? How did I keep my life organized???) and last year, I started to also post a weekly calendar in our kitchen where...more