I first met City Momma at a SADS Conference in May 2011. Her name was Allison Cleland. She wasn’t married and there was no entourage in tow. She was the stylish and inspiring speaker wearing hot pink heels! I was the determined parent learning all I could about inherited cardiac arrhythmias.
At the time my 14 year old daughter had been recently diagnosed with the same heart condition as Allison and the two of them had matching implanted cardio defibrillators. I reached out to her for support and we kept in touch over email, Facebook, a few phone calls and even an in person meet up!I followed her life from afar, getting inspired for what a life with ARVC could be... joyful, fun and amazing!!
After my daughter came home from Sick Kids (before connecting with Allison) I began the ultimate health quest. To not only nourish my family with healthy food, but to nourish their hearts and soul with positivity, gratitude, ridiculous LOVE and FUN!
Slowly, after a few pity parties and a few glasses...I’ll be honest, bottles of wine - I began taking small steps in the direction of building better health for my family one ingredient at a time. I researched food and heart health and even got certified in culinary nutrition!
As the Momma Bear I led this health movement in the household by adopting a diet rich in happiness, a positive attitude, and real, feel good food to keep our bodies healthy, immune system strong and our minds resilient. My hubby joined in willingly. Our 16 year old son had some resistance and our daughter- well she just rolled with it.
I start each day with a grateful heart and a hot cup of coffee. I look for the positive and laugh as much as possible! I eat healthy most of the time and opt for home cooked meals over fast food. I’m a fan of the 80/20 lifestyle and I aim for at least 3 workouts a week. When you are in the throes of adulthood, career and/or motherhood you think you’ll find your joy later, when you have more time, tomorrow, next week... once the house is paid, after this project is done, when the kids are older...
Speaking as a 49 year old the concept of time is much more palpable these days. The time really is now. As cliche as that might sound. My advice to you 30 somethings reading this - Be kind to yourself! Don’t say things to yourself that you wouldn’t say to someone you love. You all know what I’m talking about. We can say the meanest things to ourselves sometimes. Stop it. Skip the cardio and lift some weights! You’ll feel strong AF. Master a few great recipes that you’d feel proud to share. Even if it’s just a veggie tray! (my personal favourite to bring to events). Enjoy the little things because they will actually end up being the big things later on. Write them down in a journal. You think you’ll remember but trust me on this - you don’t. Sigh.. Wear your pretty jewelry and your fancy outfit even if it’s just to the grocery store. You’ll feel fab when you run into an ex! This has happened to me! Lead by example. The people in your life, especially little ones watch far more closely than you think.
Thanks City Momma for inviting me to be a part of this incredible little online community of stylish and fun women! You’ve made something special here!!