In September I was invited to attend the Empowered Mama Workshop in exchange for my review of the Workshop and release of Lisa Druxman's newest book. All opinions are my own. Unsure of what the workshop was exactly, who Lisa was, and what FIT4MOM was about, I went anyway because I never turn down an opportunity to learn how to build my business while balancing our home life.
I left with so much more than I could have imagined. Not only were the speakers a wealth of knowledge, I also left with new friends. Friends who invited my family to their house for Thanksgiving. I went to a Workshop and left with a community.
Walking into the hotel, I wasn't sure if I was in the right room. Surrounded by mostly women dressed in athletic wear, I stuck out like a sore thumb. Later I learned that The Empowered Mama Workshop was running alongside a FIT4MOM owner and instructor training. It all started to make sense.
I found out that the mission of FIT4MOM was similar to my mission at Beauty in the Mess. FIT4MOM is dedicated to the Strength In Motherhood™. They provide classes and support for moms in every stage of motherhood through Fit4Baby's prenatal fitness classes, Stroller Strides, Body Back, and Our Village. They give women the opportunity to have a workout and support through a community that is flexible around motherhood.
During my time at the workshop, I was able to speak with so many amazing women. I learned the history of FIT4MOM and met not only the founder, Lisa Druxman but also the CEO, Ash Robinson.
The Empowered Mama Workshop
The workshop was the precursor to Lisa Druxman's newest book, The Empowered Mama: How to Reclaim Your Time and Yourself While Raising a Happy, Healthy Family. During the workshop, Lisa asked us a series of questions. They included questions like:
- Do you want your children to take care of themselves the way you do?
- Do you want them to eat like you do?
- Do you want them to exercise like you do?
- Do you want them to stress like you do?
Of course, the answer was a resounding “NO”. As moms, we want our kids to take care of themselves. We want them to take care of themselves, eat well, exercise, and not stress about things they can not change. But like an unknown author once said,
Some of my favorite parts of the workshop were when Lisa shared about her life. She got it. She knew exactly where I was in this season trying to balance work and family life.
At the Workshop, I was given tools that if used properly will help me take my business to the next level, while still caring for my family successfully.
I could not wait for the release of The Empowered Mama. While I knew that it would be similar to the Workshop, I expected it to be more in-depth and go deeper in a way that was impossible for a one day workshop.
The book did not disappoint.
First, it's GORGEOUS. The Quarto Publishing Group releases high-quality, beautifully illustrated books, and they did it again with this book. The illustrations and charts are beautiful. The cover and pages are just heavy enough, and the book feels great in your hands. I know they say don't judge a book by its cover, but I totally do and it has yet to fail me.
Lisa is going to make you dig in and get dirty. Life is messy. Chances are good you are reading it because you feel overwhelmed and out of balance. It's not a book you can simply read through. It's written more like a workbook. Lisa makes you work, and it's SO GOOD.
In each chapter, there are exercises to complete. Some of the exercises include: evaluating how you spend your time, creating a personal action plan, figuring out your MITs (or Most Important Things), how to retrain your brain, and so much more.
Inbetween each chapter is a Monthly Challenge which is part of A Year of Challenges section. Each challenge corresponds with the chapter, so they build on each other.
Who This Book is For
While The Empowered Mama is written for every mom, I think it's geared more towards the working mom who is trying to balance work and home life while being intentional with her family. All the ladies I met at the Workshop seemed to embody the work/life balance that everyone told me wasn't possible. Balance is possible when there is a give and take. First, take care of yourself so you are able to give to others. Secondly, if you're gone because of a busy work week when you come back, try and unplug, spending intentional time with your family to refill their love tanks. Always, hire help when you can. While it's possible to both run a successful business and have a happy, healthy family, we can't do it all on our own.