Be Brave, Get Stronger: On Falling Back and Moving Forward

Be Brave, Get Stronger: On Falling Back and Moving Forward

I hope you're doing something to stretch your own courage muscles this month in honour of September. It's so exhilarating to terrify yourself every once in a while. That powerful feeling of personal accomplishment you'll get will spill over into other areas of your life.

It's almost officially Fall.
 
We used to be little girls getting ready for Back to School at this time of year. Remember that return-to-reality feeling? I recall a mixture of excitement and dread, but underneath that, a willingness to fall back into a routine in order to move forward.
 
I don't look forward to packing my kids' lunches or racing against the school bell next week, but I sort of envy them the yearly fresh start that is Back to School. Back to their community of school friends. Back to a more reasonable sleep and meal schedule. (I may also secretly envy the shiny new school supplies.)
 
Now that we're grown ups, we have fewer yearly opportunities for change and renewal commanding us to come out and be brave. Yes, we tell our kids, even we still have to steel ourselves sometimes for those things that are hard to do, like regularly working out, presenting ideas at work, or trying something new. And what of the transformation of woman into mother? Haven't we mothers courageously leapt the biggest leap and hoped for the best? I think so, and I believe we're stronger for it.
 
Some women of my acquaintance are going back to school as mature students this year. Some are heading back out into the workforce after mat leave, or starting at new positions. I think of my own mother, who was a stay-at-home-mom for 23 years, and then went out to work in Real Estate at age 45 when I was 14, and my youngest sister was in JK. How she found the guts to do that, I still can't figure out.
 
I hope you're doing something to stretch your own courage muscles this month in honour of September. It's so exhilarating to terrify yourself every once in a while. That powerful feeling of personal accomplishment you'll get will spill over into other areas of your life.
 
We've got two new classes for you this season: Ready to Birth, and Baby Sign Language with My SmartHands. Our Mom & Baby Yoga classes are moving from the park back into the studio as we anticipate less-dependable weather gloriousness. We have a HypnoBirthing session starting on September 9th for people birthing later this Fall (like myself) or in early Winter.
 
For those of you already on the other side of your travails, we have Pelvic Floor & Core Rehab: the perfect class for getting your pelvic floor stability back. Can't commit to a 7-week session? Try the 2-hour intensive workshop with the same instructor. Just want to figure out how to free up your hands now that you're a new mom? Join one of our free Babywearing Workshops this month.
 
Maybe you'll even treat yourself to a new sports bra, and feel like a little girl with a new pencil case again.

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