This is not rocket science, but I’m going to say it anyway. Most things that are great are not easy.
For one, let’s take getting married. My life was easier in a lot of ways before I was married. I had one person to worry about. My money was my money. My time was my time. I did what I wanted without checking with anyone else.
Next up, let’s take having a child. My life was easier before I had Connor. I had a lot more time in each day and significantly less worry. I didn’t have the extra bills of daycare, baby food, diapers, formula, etc. If I wanted to sit on the couch all night after work or meet friends for dinner I was free to do so. Now my nights are filled with feeding Connor, playtime, bathing him, giving him his bottle, tucking him into bed and getting both of our things ready for the next day.
Lastly, let’s take working out, specifically training for the RKC. It is certainly easier to sleep in than it is to use my mornings to train. It’s easier to set my alarm for 6:30am instead of 5:00am. It’s easier to take it slow on the Arc Trainer or swing some light kettlebells than it is to constantly push myself to get stronger and be better at each exercise.
Simply put, I’m striving for a life that is great, not a life that is easy. I want to be a better me. I want to be the best person I can be and for me that includes being a great wife and an awesome mom. (I’m not perfect at either of these jobs yet…I’m a work in progress and always will be!) Being the best me also includes being a personal trainer and kettlebell instructor so I can share my passion for fitness and nutrition, helping others become healthier by working with them on their nutrition and exercise habits.
In order for marriage to work (and make my life better) we have to work at it. Every. Single. Day. We have to continuously learn how to respect each other and support each other. We have to learn how to work together on things like making money and most importantly, caring for our son. I mentioned that when I was single my time was my time and my money was my money. Well…that is good and easy, but it’s also awesome having two incomes so we can afford things like a mortgage. It’s also nice to have someone to spend my time with!
Since having Connor my life is so much busier and more stressful, but it’s also filled with so much more love. I can’t imagine my life without this special little guy in it and I can’t imagine not being able to watch him grow up. I can’t wait to see what type of child and eventually what type of man he becomes. Actually, scratch that, I can wait awhile…stay young sweet baby!!
I didn’t have to sign up for the RKC, nevermind sign up for the RKC being held 10 months after my son was born. I didn’t have to take my HKC in September, just 3 months after having giving birth. However, I loved the idea of having a challenge as a great way to get back into shape after having a baby without focusing solely on my weight and/or fitting into my clothes. I’m now stronger than I have ever been in my life and very happy with where my body is at physically. Pretty great, right? Not easy, but great. Hopefully I’ll stay healthy and continue getting stronger and working on my form over the next 2 months so that I can pass my RKC! That will be pretty great too.
What in your life is great, but not easy?