So, what is inspire :: real life?
The mission: to inspire. Real food. Real workouts. Real ideas. Real parenting. On a budget. Inspiring a REAL life.
Essentially it’s an outlet for me to connect to other families, mom’s mainly, that might need some inspiration in the balance of life. Every family has to juggle so many things in a given week, from school/daycare drop-off and pick-up … to meal planning… grocery shopping … kids extracurricular activities … cleaning the house … laundry … walking the dog … breakfast … lunch … dinner … let’s face it, no matter who you are, it’s insane. All. The. Time.
We all run out of ideas on what to make for dinner, and I mean, come on, ordering pizza is SO easy and freaking delicious. But, as good as it is, it might leave you feeling bad for feeding your kids pizza. Or even though it’s easy, it might be part of what is standing in between you and that fitness/weight goal. My point is not that you shouldn’t eat pizza, I believe in enjoying life and if you want pizza, eat pizza. Instead, the point is that these “easy fixes” can quickly plant themselves in our lives as a normal practice. That’s what I want to help with; food that’s healthy, easy, and affordable. Fresh ingredients. Real food.
“I can’t workout, I don’t have time.” … “I can’t afford a gym membership.”… “I don’t have any fitness equipment.”…”I’m home with my kids all day.” … I hear you, and I’m in the same boat. But, I believe to be the best versions of ourselves, we all NEED some time to work on us. Endorphins are an amazing, attitude changing, FREE drug. Do you want the rest of your day to feel easier? WORKOUT. It can truly change your outlook on life and make the crazy seem possible. I know it’s hard to make time, I know being interrupted 5 times during a workout is frustrating, I know that you don’t want to get up at 5am to fit it in before work …. I totally get it, because I feel the same way. We need support. That’s what I want to help with; support and workouts that are quick, easy, and practical. Real workouts.
If you know me, you know I like to be the CMO (chief motivation officer). Words are my thing. I like quotes. I like philosophical stories. I like things that make you go ‘hmmm.’ So, again, that’s what this is all about. Motivation. Real ideas.
“Am I doing the right thing?” … “Do I yell too much?” …”Am I a bad mom?” Gosh, we really put ourselves through the ringer as parents, don’t we? Parenting is such a touchy subject and I don’t hope to ever tell anyone how to parent, that’s a territory we all have to navigate and discover on our own. But, I do think we can be a little hard on ourselves and sometimes hearing that you’re not the only one questioning yourself, or going through something, can really make you feel more human. That’s all I care to accomplish here; to make sure we all know we’re doing our best and no one is perfect. Real parenting.
The ultimate goal is to be real. I’m not going to post perfect pictures of food and tell you how easy it is. Because, well, it’s not. I’m not going to tell you that being a stay-at-home-mom is easy, because it’s not. I’m not going to tell you that I have it all together, because I don’t. I am going to share my journey with you. The good. The bad. The beauty. And the ugly. If you’ve read my blog before, you already know that I’m a pretty honest, heart-on-my-sleeve, kinda girl.
If there is anything I’ve learned in this life so far, it’s that when you do the things you love and you share them with the world, good things happen. So, here’s me combining my love for food, fitness, and family with my love for helping others in an effort to… inspire :: real life.