About the Blog... And the Mom, Motherhood, Uncategorized

About the BLOG…and the MOM

img_0004imageHello and thank you for stopping by!
I am so excited to share this Blog with you and hope to help you learn something and enjoy reading the given information!
My ultimate goal is to INSPIRE…
-To reach your health and fitness goals
-To know that being a mom is never easy…and there is support
-To know that being a working mom is OK!
-To reach out of your comfort zone and try new things
-TO BE A BETTER YOU than you ever thought possible!

I love helping others and providing valuable, competent information. I love working out, eating right, and using my creativity to help others SMILE.
It has taken me many years to have this particular outlook, but I can finally be at a place in my life where I only choose to focus on the positive side of EVERY thing I encounter. Life is too short to be pessimistic and the key to ULTIMATE HAPPINESS truly has proven to be behind optimism….
Each day will introduce new challenges, obstacles, and hardship…But when we have a positive goal and outcome in mind, anything can be overcome!
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Just to give you a brief idea about me… I’m currently a wife to my amazing husband and the mother of two adorable (yes, I am bias!) boys. I am a Health and Physical Education Teacher, as well as an Online Educator. I have a true passion for health and wellness, love being active and eating healthy, love doing crafty projects, and ADORE my family and friends. I am always seeking new adventures and hope that sharing my journey through this blog can help inspire others to reach out of their comfort zone, try something new, and aspire to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
I plan on writing about my life as a working mom, a health and fitness-driven mom and general person (I want to post valuable information for non-moms, too), a craft guru, and anything that interests me.
I love educating, inspiring, and helping others and hope to deliver valuable and exciting information to my readers!
If there is ever a particular topic you would like me to write about… PLEASE SHARE!
My ultimate goal is to create a welcoming, educational, and fun space for my readers to come to!
I hope you enjoy and thank you for stopping by!
Stay healthy!
Tara

About the Blog... And the Mom, Motherhood, Uncategorized

A working mom’s daily struggle

When I was a little girl, I always had high hopes and dreams to have a booming career; to be independent and make something of myself. I remember being around 8-years-old and telling myself that I would never give up on my dreams…. Even though I didn’t really know what my dreams were at that point in my life. 

I just always knew that there was a professional purpose for me in life. From the time I began working at the age of 15, I could never settle and continued to seek for better jobs with more potential and better pay, of course!  During the summer between my sophomore and junior year of high school, I went through an 8-week course that trained me to take the exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. I studied and practiced my skills and passed the exam!

At only 16 1/2-years-old, I began working in a nursing home on their 3-11 work shifts as a CNA

I remember being so proud of myself… Of what doors I was opening up for myself… And for the financial security I could have!

Some might say I was a workaholic. I loved being independent and knowing that I was able to buy the nice shoes and clothes I wanted.

That mindset continued on, and maybe grew even stronger, as I continued to evolve my goals and dreams….

Fast forward a few years later…

As I attended Slippery Rock University, I did not live the average college student’s lifestyle.  Rather than “cruising through life” and worrying about nothing besides my studies, I worked a full-time job bartending at my step-sister’s bar, which happened to be in Pittsburgh and over an hour away from my school! 

I quickly learned what time management was and taught myself a strict schedule that involved little sleep, much coffee, much studying, and of course… A whole lot of work and dedication!

I graduated with high honors with a degree in Health and Physical Education and defeated all of crazy odds that were against me.  Once again, I could truly say that I was so proud of what I accomplished…independently.  

I landed a full-time teaching job a month after graduation…. I know, again, another HUGE pride-booster! For those that don’t know, finding a teaching job in Pennsylvania is just as common as hitting the lottery…. So I guess I could say, “CHA CHING?!”

After having my first son, I still wasn’t professionally satisfied, so I decided to attend an online Graduate School program to earn my Master’s Degree in Educational Development and Strategies.  All while planning a wedding (we bought a house when I became pregnant with our son and put the wedding off until later in our lives together)!  I graduated a week before our wedding with a 4.0 GPA.  Again, I was very proud of myself and what I was able to accomplish.

I am, by no means, trying to brag.  Only make it clear how hard I have worked and how much pride I have found in my professional accomplishments…because I did it all on my own.

Fast forward a few more years…

Now that you know the background, this part should make more sense. I am now a mother of two AMAZING boys.  As you may have read in my previous posts, they are my reason for living each day. I cannot imagine not being “mom”… Which is why I find every Monday-Friday to be the hardest, most emotional days of my life. I struggle continually to come to a reasonable choice of whether or not all that hard work and dedication that brought me to the amazing career I now have was even worth it?

I can honestly say that I LOVE my job; I love my co-workers, my students, am so passionate about what I teach…. And yet I still find every day a complete struggle to be there… Away from the two little people that mean more than anything in the world to me.  

I just keep telling myself that in a few years, when my youngest son, Adam (now 18-months-old) goes to school, it will be easier and that I am making a difference in so many children’s lives and am giving my children a more financially-stable life.  I try to remind myself that I would like to be a role model for my sons; of what type of woman they deserve…

But is that the truth?  I still struggle to find the answer…

I truly envy stay-at-home moms.  Not because they “don’t work”…because I truly think that a dedicated mother does MORE work when she is home with her children.  But, because I would give anything to freeze my career and be able to spend these early years of their lives with them.  I envy the moms that can have daily playdates, or even just stay in their PJ’s and cuddle on the couch on rainy days.  I envy the moms that can take their children to and from preschool, take them to a nice lunch, or to just have those extra few hours together each day.

After 5 years of being a working mom, I still don’t know if it’s the right choice. I do know a few things, though. I know that I will always try to be the best mom I can be; no matter how tired I am at the end of the day. I know that I am eternally grateful to have the career that I have because it enables me to help provide for our family. And I know that I am so grateful for Summer break…. Because I get a small sample of what it’s like to live my ultimate dream of being home with my children.

And with all of that, it’s still a CONSTANT STRUGGLE

Stay Healthy,

Tara