Finding Balance and Making Time for Yourself | ‘The Empowered Mama’ by Lisa Druxman

Disclosure: I received this book for free from Lisa Druxman.  My opinions are my own and I was not paid or required to write this review.

Spring is upon us and with Spring many think about a time for new beginnings, as do I.  With the flowers blooming, days getting longer, berry season soon upon us, and the weather warming up I start to feel more energized and ready to make more positive changes in life.

Lisa’s book was sent to me late last year and I browsed through it quickly but never had the time to really sit down and read it.  The Empowered Mama is all about finding time for yourself, ways to “make time” (I quote this because we all have the same amount of time in a day, it’s really so precious and not something you can make more of!)  As you go through this book you are also given the okay to say no to others and yes to yourself.  

The irony of all of this is that I wouldn’t even allow myself the time to sit and read this book, as I felt selfish doing so.  Once I picked it up I felt connected to it and the possibilities of what it could do for me.

Lisa’s story about Stroller Strides is also so inspiring.  Lisa started a small stroller exercise group in her community after having her first child, and after dreading going back to work after maternity leave she started Stroller Strides. Stroller Strides grew over the years and added Fit4Baby (prenatal classes) and Body Back (classes for any stage of motherhood).  All of the classes now make up the FIT4MOM brand, and there are over 1,500+ FIT4MOM class locations today.  I was also able to try a Stroller Strides class when my son was about 4 months old and I can’t wait to share more about that experience below too.

Lisa’s book, The Empowered Mama, is a “practical and interactive workbook full of simple, powerful tools to help moms reconnect with themselves on the journey through motherhood.”

As a Mom of two I am finding that I am more stressed and taking care of myself less.  In turn I am being less present with my family and modeling behavior that I don’t want to. Lisa’s intro really spoke to me and I am sure it will to others. I recommend the book just for this section alone!

In the intro Lisa says “Moms are catalysts for change. They are the model for the rest of the family. They are the foundation for healthy habits. The good news is that when mom takes care of herself, eats better, and exercises more—her family does, too.”

The book is broken up into 12 chapters, and one I really loved were Chapter 3, Make More Time, with a section on Prioritizing.

Prioritizing is a big thing for me, and something I am working on getting better at.  I told a friend recently something similar to what Lisa wrote, that we all have the same amount of time in a day, and what we chose to do with it is our decision.

Many times I find myself buried under a list of to-dos and many of them don’t include what I “want to-do.”  Lisa has a great work session in the book for thinking about what you actually want to do and what is most important for you.  This may include taking a walk, writing in a journal, reading a book…  something that involves taking care of yourself and giving yourself time to do these things in a day.

One of the ways I like to take care of myself is through exercise and I have started to allow myself to make this a priority in my day.  Whether this means going for a walk, doing pushups and squats in the living room or taking an exercise class I fit in exercise everyday.

When my son was about 4 months old I took a Stroller Strides class with him and really enjoyed being able to take him along to such an engaging class.  

I met up with a local group, the FIT4MOM SF Peninsula group, for a 60-minute workout that was comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration.  During the class we also entertain the littles with songs and activities and they just enjoy watching their Mamas move!

My awesome instructors were Michele and Andrea, and they were both Moms who were great with helping out with the children during the class.   I left class feeling connected to other Moms, more energized and didn’t feel guilting taking this time for me.  Despite his lack of smile below, my son had a good time as well! 

As I finish reading The Empowered Mama book I reflect back on how much I have learned and the steps to help me find balance and time to myself.  

As a Mom how do you find time for yourself, your children, your business, your home — and all the other 1 million things that we are responsible for on a day-to-day basis?  Please comment with your best tips for balancing your life and making time for yourself.

Disclosure: I received this book for free from Lisa Druxman.  My opinions are my own and I was not paid or required to write this review.

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