After having our daughter, my husband and I thought it was the best option for me to stay home and take care of her. And now, a year later, I can’t imagine ever doing things differently. I’ve gotten to experience just about every single moment of her life with her and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. I didn’t have to miss any of her “firsts” like smiling, rolling over, crawling, talking, walking….you name it, I’ve witnessed it all and it’s been amazing!
I never thought I would be the type that would want to be a stay at home mom because I am the type of person that has to be busy and on the go constantly. However, I have learned that staying home with a baby is not for the faint of heart. Yet amidst all of the diaper changes, feedings, lack of sleep, attempting to eat and shower, house chores, errands, laundry, working out and just general playing with and entertaining the baby I decided it was a great idea to open my own business. This is simply because I am a masochist and enjoy having too much on my plate (lol, just kidding….or am I?).
Honestly, here’s the breakdown….I quit my job to raise my child because I didn’t want someone else doing that for me and there’s no amount of money that would have made it worth leaving my baby everyday. With that being said, it’s clear that I like to work and keep busy and I loved the idea of having something that I can do that I am truly passionate about….fitness & fitness nutrition. I never wanted to feel like I lost my purpose in the mix of becoming a mom (even though being a mom is a wonderful purpose and I don’t discredit that at all), but opening my business gave me that little something extra for myself every single day. It gave me a personal goal, something to look forward to and a way to share my passion with others while still taking care of my family. I needed that.
This whole process of starting a business had been an option in the back of my mind for a long time (I always wanted to work for myself), but I didn’t quit my job with the plan to open a business right away. I thought maybe I could make it happen someday. Well someday came a lot sooner than expected. When Aria was 3 months old, I decided to take an online training course to become a Certified Fitness Trainer. This was mainly because I needed to complete continuing education to renew my Specialist in Fitness Nutrition Certification. About one month after becoming a trainer, I just went for it and started setting up my own business as an Online Personal Trainer.
The past 12 months has been the most rewarding time of my life. I’ve been humbled by everything I’ve experienced from becoming a mother to becoming a business owner. I’ve had wonderful support from my husband every step of the way and I feel beyond blessed that he works so hard so that I can stay home with our daughter because I know that not everyone has that option. His support has allowed me to create a balance of doing something I love while taking care of the people I love and I couldn’t be more thankful. Things don’t always work out the way we think they will, sometimes they work out better than we could have expected.