The smell of pancakes on the griddle, the sound of music in the air, and the sight of a Mom who busts out in dance, song and even burpees on Saturday morning. That is what a lot of our weekend mornings look like.
My hope is that my mid-pancake-flipping burpees to hip hop music, living room grunting to finish intense workouts, and waking up to Mommy reading before the sun comes up and rambling life lesson spiels in response to simple questions has a profound positive impact on our boys. I don’t just want them to say “my Mom told me what to do”, I want them to say “she SHOWED me what to do to live a rich life. She loved herself so much that it spilled over into others and spilled into me!”
I never imagined myself as a fitness coach or a “boy mom” and these two roles have intertwined in so many fun and lovely ways. One of the first personal development books that I read as a new coach was called “The Compound Effect”, by Darren Hardy. In his book he spoke about his struggles to find his “perfect woman”. He listed the qualities of the “perfect” woman for him and asked himself if “She” would actually want him. His conclusion was, no. So what did he do? He worked on himself. When he worked on himself, he attracted this woman, now his wife. I want these boys to know that working on themselves is key to creating the life that they want. I want my boys to know that these bodies, these vessels that God has given us, are precious. These bodies contain two special things; our minds and our spirits. That when we take care of and strengthen our vessels life shows its full richness. I want them to be able to look at themselves and feel as if they deserve the best, because they do. I want them to love themselves so much that it spills into all they do. I want their expectations for their life to be elevated and for them to never settle for less than their dreams. I want them to press into challenges and encourage others through struggles. I want them to step out of their comfort zones daily. I want them to realize that they don’t have to conform to something because it’s “just the way things are”. I want them to see the power of choice in every situation. I want them to crave learning. I want them to know that I have their back NO MATTER WHAT!
Coaching is a daily magnifier of these principles. Through coaching these ideals have been further woven into the life of this boy Mom, and I am better for it. We are better for it! I want them to see that I painted a picture and let God “write his story on my heart” while I painted it, as Francesca Battistelli sings.
I pray that one day they will break out in mid-pancake-flipping burpees and make their kids crack up by telling them that they learned it from Granny. If there is one lesson, one nugget that I hope they can take from their childhood, I pray they would see love. I pray that one day the scattered puzzle pieces of watching their Mom live will come together and they will see that the center of it all is love. Self-love, love for others, and love for our Creator who made us in his perfect image.
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