You know, it's funny, I have a blog about balancing my life and lately I haven't written about what I'm balancing or how I'm balancing or really even written at all. In fact, that was kind of a poorly written sentence but I'm going with it because it feels right.
I haven't felt like I've had the time or energy to commit to this space, but I'm realizing now that I wasn't making time for it. I miss blogging. I miss sharing my thoughts, favorite products, how I get things done and just having an outlet for me. Making time for something you love it totally worth it. I make time for my workouts, so now I'm making time again for my blog! Since I kind of feel like I'm starting over for the new year, I thought today would be the perfect time to reintroduce myself, my blog, my life and my goals!
If you're new around here or just happened to pop in, I'm Amy! Please stick around and stay a while. Leave a comment or hop over to my Instagram. I love new friends and like minded people in my life! I'm a 31 year old follower of Jesus, wife to JP, mom to Chloe (3.5), Brody (4 months), Maggie (8 yo lab/shephard mix) and Moose (5.5 yo lab/terrier mix), fitness professional, running enthusiast, travel nut, Disney and Harry Potter nerd and lover of wine. I think that about sums it up in a nutshell.
I've been a mother of two kids for 4.5 months now and balancing life with them is no joke. People said it was challenging going from one kid to two kids and I really get it. Some days are HARD and EXHAUSTING. But so many more days are HAPPY and EXCITING. I'm lucky to stay home with them as my full time job now. Chloe is a vibrant, strong-willed, shy 3.5 year old and Brody is a sweet, smiley, squishy 4 month old. Chloe absolutely adores Brody though it took her a few weeks to warm up to him and understand the idea of him. The good thing is that she always wants to have him around and she said that we don't have to send him back to the hospital. He can stay!
I used to be a full time fitness professional working with others in personal training and group exercise. I stepped back a little when Chloe was born and worked 2.5 days a week and then eventually 1 day a week when we moved out to the suburbs. I sadly left my gym just two weeks before giving birth to Brody because driving into downtown was exhausting and it would be hard to have JP watch both kids while working from home. I still have my certifications and hope to get back into it one day, but for now I'm enjoying my break. My first step to get back into fitness is to start subbing classes at some local gyms. I'm not sure when I'll start, but I'll let y'all know when I do!
Balancing Health & Fitness
Speaking of being a fitness professional, I love health and fitness! I'm one of those weirdos that actually likes working out and running. I love sharing my workouts and what I'm doing to stay fit. (You can find lots of motivation on my Insta!) I'm far from a perfect body, but I feel good in my own skin. It's all about balancing working out and eating. Moderation is key y'all! I'm a firm believer in dessert, but I also love vegetables. See balance! But seriously, dessert is my favorite meal of the day. #sweettooth
I'm a runner and started running in 2009 just because I wanted to run a half marathon with some girl friends. It seemed like an awesome challenge. I ran my first one and I've been hooked ever since. I've run 24 half marathons (it'll be 25 after Sunday!), 2 30Ks, 2 full marathons and dozens of other distance races! Disney races are by far my favorite and I'm toying with the idea of running Dopey in 2020. I may be crazy! Aside from running, I love working out and setting a great example for my daughter. I finally decided to give BeachBody a try after having Brody and I've been loving it! I can workout from home and Chloe even does it with me. I'm hoping to start a new program after my races these next couple of months!
I LOVE to travel. You'll definitely find lots of fun and hopefully helpful travel posts along the way if you stick around here. Every year I do an annual girls trip to Disney World which is actually coming up next month! (So be prepared to see lots of Disney love.) I also enjoy, yes I said enjoy, traveling with my husband AND kids. Chloe has been overseas 3 times for a total of 7 weeks abroad in her short life. She'll be adding another 2 weeks later this year and Brody will have his first international flight when we head to...you'll have to stick around to see!
As of right now, I have 5 trips planned with a couple of weekend getaways this year! First up is a weekend bachelorette getaway in a couple of weeks. My first trip away from Brody, so stay tuned to see the shenanigans and how it goes!
Lately blogging hasn't been a priority. I was kind of frustrated with trying to switch platforms and editing pictures and coming up with new content that people actually cared about. I took a step back. Then I realized I missed it. What I miss is having a place to share my thoughts and what's on my brain. This space will be far from perfect and I'm not trying to become the next huge blogger that makes a full time income. I just want a place to be me. Hopefully people like reading about me being me, and get something out of it!
So I'm here to stay. I'm here to try and balance all of the craziness of being a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, blogger, runner and all the other hats I wear. I hope you'll stick around and follow with me on this journey of life. I can't promise much, but I hope to inspire and make friends along the way!
Leave a comment telling me a little something about yourself and let's be friends!