To empower means to make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights.  So, what does it mean to be an Empowered Mama and why do you want to be one?

Motherhood is a defining journey in our life. For many, it feels like a loss of self. It can be a spiral of overwhelm, martyrdom and exhaustion. But what if motherhood is actually a gift? It’s the key that unlocks your passion. Your purpose. Motherhood makes you raw to the world and on a mission to make it a better place. Motherhood makes you want to be better you so you can be a positive role model for your family. And you are.

Our children so rarely listen to us. But they do watch us. And eventually (not as soon as we would like), they do as we do. So let motherhood be your moment to figure out your values and put a line in the sand to live them. Let motherhood be the catalyst to get your your health in order. Let motherhood be your driver to design a life your love to live. There is strength in motherhood.

At FIT4MOM, our why is for women to find their strength in motherhood. Yes, that is physical strength. But it’s so much more. It’s the passion and fire that we gain from motherhood. Very often, it’s the purpose we find in mothernood.  But it’s also the strength we find when we come together as moms.

Your job as a mom is the most important job in the world. We are raising the next generation of leaders. We are raising the people who will make this world a better place. And to do this, they need you. They need you to actually put that oxygen mask on you first so that you have the energy to lead them. Your job as a mom is a leader. You are a leader in your family. In your community. Leaders take the time to learn. To Recharge. To Reconnect. To control their life. This is what it means to be an Empowered Mama.

I have had the chance to connect with thousands of moms. And I have rarely ever met a mom, no matter how successful, who doesn’t say that she is overwhelmed, stressed, full, crazy. Have you felt that way in the last month? The last week? The last day? Being stressed and overwhelmed is not a badge of honor.  It’s time that we start living as we one day want our children to live. You can’t wait. You can’t wait for your kids to grow up and get out of the house. Life is precious. You don’t want to look back and realize you neglected your health, your marriage, your SELF, because you were so busy. This is your life. And it’s a gift. It’s a gift you give to your family. To be healthy. To be happy. To be well.

The Dalai Lama said that “The future will be saved by the Western Woman”.  He is a very wise man. I think it will be saved by moms. Because moms are the ones who care most about this world and what it needs to be for their children, and their children’s children. Mama, it’s time for you to claim your rights. It’s time for you to reclaim your life and to live as an Empowered Mama.

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Lisa Druxman is the founder of FIT4MOM and the author of the new book, The Empowered Mama. She is a mom on a mission to raise healthy moms so they can raise healthy kids in a healthy world.