“Two roads diverged in a wood. And I, I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference.”-Robert Frost
A few weeks ago when I was interviewing Sarah for her latest blog post, she mentioned something that has been running over and over in m y head. She mentioned how she frequently asks her daughters “Where is your fork going today”?
There are few people who love Pinterest quotes more than I doJ (Who writes this stuff because I want to meet them, or as a writer, even be them for a day or two). But those words, “Where’s your fork going today?” struck a chord that few passages have ever touched.
If I’m being honest, my mind has been bombarded with petty roadblocks of why I can’t get to the gym this day or that day. Here are a few of my reasons. Do any of these resonate with you?
My family needs me at home today.
What will my 9-year old do?
My son has delays. Can he handle the playroom?
I’m behind on stuff at home.
Work is busy.
I could go on but I won’t waste your time, or mine for that matter. Here’s the thing: There will always be roadblocks. And there will always be an easier road to travel. Ultimately the choice is yours, and mine.
This week I had both kids at home with me and it would have been easier to throw in the towel. And then I took a moment, and stopped. I thought about where I wanted my fork to go. In that moment, I took a deep breath, threw on some yoga pants, grabbed my kids and headed to the studio. At KidFit drop off, I hastily explained my son’s situation, which was reciprocated with a smile and reassurance (which is huge, btw). Next, off to Zumba. I was the only one there. Bonus: Arturo is awesome and this girl got a Salsa lesson!
If there is one thing I hope you get from this message it’s this: You are braver than your battles. Get over your guilt and get out the door and live. Do it for you, do it for your kids, do it for your family. I promise your housework and deadlines will still be there when you come home. In the meantime, live a little-and get in a good workout while you’re at it!
*Very special thanks to Frankie Moore and Zoe Addeo who were absolutely fabulous with all the kiddos, and for watching out for Blake.
And a special thanks to Sarah for dishing your words of inspo!
Writer, marketer and mother of two, Susan Madden has a background working with the Fine Arts in Dallas, TX and Milwaukee, WI. Relatively new to the fitness industry, she enjoys sharing her experiences about this crazy beautiful life, the endless quest to find work-home balance and wellness from a novice perspective. She’s passionate about nature, everything music, seeking out little moments that make a lasting impact, and has a newfound appreciation for the benefits of a well- made green smoothie. Susan is a native of Whitefish Bay, WI and now resides in Mequon, WI with her husband Mike and children, Samantha and Blake.
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