Working Mama

Today marks one month since I officially started my new job ! Yay!

It feels great. It’s been a long and stressful journey but I am extremely thankful, appreciative of the opportunity that came my way and proud of myself for not giving up. I have now officially joined the #workingmama group and LORD it is HARD! I have gained so much respect for all these women out there that juggle between their careers, marriage/relationships, motherhood and self-care because it is a lot to handle!

Thank you, for believing in me. Thank God for teaching me patience and resilience. Last year I prayed for more strength and the challenges and hardships I have faced thus far definitely proved me that I am capable to overcome anything.

We can accomplish it all

I admit it, I still feel lost. I often doubt myself and my abilities to overcome this new challenge but that’s something we can all relate to. Truth be told, I am grateful i was able to stay at home for the first 10 months of my daughter’s life. The bond we have created, beyond sharing the same body for almost a year, is so strong and filled with love and awe that I can never regret this break.

The past four weeks have been quite challenging. The three of us had to readjust our routines, find and establish one that would work with our different schedules. For the first time ever we considered and hired a nanny to complement daycare. We’re still trying to figure it out and there sure isn’t a one solution-fits-all for situations like these.

As far as my personal goals, I am focusing my energy into establishing a career plan that will allow me to remain active and engaged in all the different parts that make me a WOMAN! I do question my decision daily to go to work while I would rather stay home with my baby. I am scared of missing out; scared not to be there when she needs me.

Anybody can be a role model

I received lots of encouragement and love from my friends and family starting this new journey. This made me realize that I had become a role model. To think that I have younger ladies in my circle telling me that I inspire them made me embrace my journey even more. While I don’t necessarily see myself as a leader in that sense, I am honored to have empowered them to pursue all of their dreams without limitations.

It is crucial for young girls and women to thrive at any levels of their lives. Walking away from the status quo and believing they can become whomever they want is something I want my daughter to believe and abide by ! You can have a successful career as well as a family and anything else that fuels us.

Regardless of your age or status, you can become a role model. Most importantly, we should always surround ourselves with people who push us; people that force us to get out of our comfort zones and embrace adversity as a push rather than a setback.

You make your own rules

I am African, Black, a Wife, a Mother and an aspiring Executive woman. My gender nor my culture or religion do not limit or define me. I am strong, successful and beautiful. This is my manifesto, my testimony. May this show you all what WE women are capable of everything  and we shall always go after we desire most!

The road to success is paved with many challenges and obstacles. The best ally we should always have is ourselves. A support system is good but easily becomes ineffective when we ourselves lack the drive and desire to realize our dreams.

Dream on. Keep at it and trust God.

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Back on Tracks

Last week marked the beginning of two important things: my 3rd semester in my PR program at NYU and, my return to the GYM. While the first happened quite smoothly, I must admit the comeback to the latter was not so easy and that is all my fault.

I had been slacking from my almost religious workout routine since October so it is only fair that I would be struggling after three months or so. As part of my resolution to become the best version of myself this year, I want to get my sh*t together and get back on tracks with my weight and fitness goals: losing 10 lbs/5 kgs & toning up my body.

With a fully loaded semester – 4 full-time classes – I am aware that it will be challenging and that I might want to give up on multiple occasions but, I will just have to work harder. Fitness helped me overcome and alleviate a lot of the pain and stress I faced last year after losing my best friend and, I do hope to integrate it fully to my routine this time. This time, I am lucky to have the guidance and tips from my hubby who will be extremely resourceful  into meeting my goals. He’s going to be a real a** but that will be necessary cause I need a pusher to get me started.

Here is what my new routine will consist of:

  • 3 workouts per week targeting
    • endurance/cardio
    • legs
    • upper body
    • core
  • 1 yoga session to improve my flexibility and alleviate the soreness from my workouts

Meanwhile, I have slowly started reducing my calories intake, focusing on lean proteins, lots of fruits and veggies (which are already part of my diet) and, consuming more water. Let’s be clear, Rome was not built in one day so I am not rushing myself into it. I want to enjoy every step of the process while making sure I do not lose my husband when he becomes a bully at the gym (sigh).

I will be posting updates soon about my exact routine and diet but you can check my Instagram story for the latest news. Wish me luck, I will need it!

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