Mom to David (18 months) and a baby girl due in June!
Photos by Molliner Photography
Where do you work and what do you do? Tell us a bit about it.What are some of your goals with it?
I am a self-employed Personal Trainer and Seint Beauty artist. I have worked in the fitness industry for 7 years and worked as a personal trainer for 5 years. I train clients in their homes or on Zoom and offer meal prep as an additional service. My goal for my training business is to open a gym for busy moms. As a Seint Beauty artist, I offer women a color match so the shades they use actually match their skin and undertones and offer practical application tips. I originally started using Seint products after I had my son because brands like MAC, Tarte and Bare Minerals were irritating my skin.
Seint offers products that were gentle on my skin and were a great form of self-care for me. I became an artist because I genuinely love the product and wanted to be able to offer busy moms a simple solution to their makeup routine.
What is your most rewarding part of being a mom?
I love getting to watch my son’s personality form and having the opportunity to experience such a bonding relationship. It is so fun witnessing my son be curious about the world and try new things for the first time. I find it easy to overlook certain things in life. Watching my son’s reaction to seeing a new animal, hearing a loud car engine, or trying a popsicle for the first time have all been experiences that have helped me slow down and enjoy the little things.
What is the hardest part of being a mom?
The simultaneous feelings and desires. I’ll simultaneously feel joy and grief at each new stage. My son will learn something new and become more independent and I’ll be excited because it’s great! But it also hits me that he’s not a baby anymore and is only going to get more independent moving forward. I also love working, but have a very strong desire to stay home with my kids. Learning to balance emotions and lifestyle can be difficult.
What gets you up in the morning?
At the moment, nausea. But when I’m not pregnant, I like to workout and have some time to myself before everyone wakes up. It’s a great way for me to go over my plan for the day and start off with a win since I’ll have already accomplished something tough before 7 a.m.
What makes you laugh?
My husband, Austin. We spent a lot of time with my family while we dated and one of my younger sisters (7 years old at the time) would say she always knew where we were because she could hear the lovebirds laughing from the other room. Our marriage has been the same. He’s great.
What has been the biggest life lesson that you have learned being a parent?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned being a parent has been that parenting is much less about controlling my child and much more about controlling myself. When my toddler is having a meltdown, he doesn’t need me to join his chaos, he needs me to share my calm. By exercising control over myself, I’m much more likely to recognize the difference between when my child has a need I can meet or simply the need for me to take a step back.
What is your parenting mantra?
You have to be present to win.
How do you balance it all?
I have a detailed planner to help me balance my work, home and social life. It is so helpful to have everything in one spot and not have to worry I’m going to forget something. That being said, I do set a strict schedule for how much I’ll work because there are certain things that I don’t want to miss. I train most of my clients early in the morning before my son wakes up so I can be the one to get him up and spend time with him for a few hours before I get back to work. I go back to work during his nap and am done by the time he wakes up. This is a great schedule for me because I am able to get a lot done and work without any distractions but also be fully present while I’m with my son.
How do you relate to other #bossmoms?
I think most moms are #bossmoms! Being a mom can be super tough and sacrificial, but also so rewarding. I have seen so many women have a crazy amount of motivation to pursue their dreams while having kids. I relate to the struggle of balancing a busy schedule and fitting in time for self-care all while making sure my family is thriving. I have been inspired by so many of the moms I’ve seen and hope that I can one day do that for someone else.
Share a funny parenting story that all parents can relate to:
When my son was about 6 months old, we were going to get some pictures done. I was so excited for these pictures because we all had outfits that looked great together and they would be our first family pictures. Well, in all my excitement, I somehow forgot to put pants on my son. When we got to the location and I got him out of his car seat, my heart dropped when I realized I had only put on his button down shirt. I ended up having pants and shoes in his diaper bag, but it wasn’t the outfit I had so looked forward to. Since then, I triple check his outfit before we leave the house.
What is some advice you have for other #bossmoms trying to balance it all?
Don’t feel guilty for prioritizing self-care, asking for help or setting boundaries. Life can be overwhelming on its own without the feeling that we need to hold it together for the entire family. It’s ok to not be ok. It’s ok to need time alone away from the kids. When we take time for ourselves to refill our tank, we are able to offer our best selves.
If you could have any superpower to help parent your kids, what would it be?
Time travel. Sometimes I wish I could just jump forward to see how things are going to turn out to see if there is something I could do better now.
What is your go-to meal at home that you cook?
Filet mignon, garlic mashed potatoes and green beans are a regular when I’m not pregnant.
What are some fun activities you like to do in your free time?
I love to paint, play the piano, go to the beach, play beach volleyball and salsa dance.
What do you do for YOU on a weekly basis?
I have a weekly night where I put on a face mask, grab a drink, and relax on the couch with music or The Office playing.
FAVORITE STARBUCKS DRINK – Espresso Con Panna
FAVORITE GAINESVILLE RESTAURANT – Cilantro Tacos
FAVORITE MOVIE – Remember the Titans
FANTASY DINNER PARTY GUESTS? Terri Savelle Foy, Beyoncé, Simone Biles, Tim Tebow
FAVORITE STORE – Hobby Lobby
GO-TO FRAGRANCE – Anything vanilla
FAVORITE THING TO EAT? Filet mignon
SOUNDTRACK PLAYING IN YOUR HOME? I thank God by Maverick City Music
FAVORITE THING TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS? Dance party