My Support System
If I had half a penny for every person that asks me “How do you do it all?” or “Where do you find the time?” or my favorite “Do you sleep?!”
I have always known that I was born to be busy. Sitting still doesn’t feel normal to me. If I had a way that my body could function on 3 hours or less, I’d be pretty happy about it. Truth be told the real reason that I am able to do it all is my husband. He is the wind beneath my wings.
He is not the only one, there are so many people that I am so blessed to have in my life that lift me up daily, talk to me when I need it, and stand firmly in my corner. However, my husband has been my number one fan and motivator for 16 years and counting.
No one told me when I started running about the amount of time training took. I mean, yes, I agreed to train for a half marathon but on paper I didn’t realize that more miles equals more time, especially for me who is the opposite of speedy gonzalez. Add to that travelling to fun race routes like the Brooklyn Bridge and the FDR Drive and I am out of the house for at least 4 hours for training.
During this half marathon training journey my husband has never once complained about the time it takes, the GEAR I have purchased, or the races I have registered for. No complaints, at all. I often wonder if I was in his position, would I be so understanding–so supportive? I honestly don’t know. (Those kids drive me cray cray. I literally count the minutes until he comes home from work in the evenings!)
As a mother, a entrepreneur, and a member of the workforce, there isn’t very much time in the day for doing what you want. My husband allows me to be whatever I want. When I told him how badly I wanted to be a zumba instructor the minute I came home from Fitbloggin 2012, he told me to find a class and register. That night. And I did. When I told him about my half marathon dream he was shocked, because me–a non runner–committing to a half marathon was not normal. He told me to go for it, do it, make it happen.
I am so grateful for him because without getting into the real, I have certain family members that have lately refused to support me in my personal endeavors. I realized recently that I had to stop begging for them to care and focus all my energy on the people who do care. My husband, my friends, and of course this amazing blogging community that has somehow become my virtual (and real life) family.
There is nothing like feeling like you can fly. I sometimes struggle with my confidence and my husband is always there to fill in the gaps. I wouldn’t be able to do all the fun stuff I do if he wasn’t one million percent #TeamNellie. A lot of men are insanely insecure and can’t handle a woman that goes after her dreams. He not only supports but he is truly a collaborator on every project I do. He wants to see me succeed on every turn and that kind of support is truly invaluable.
To accomplish anything (especially as a mother), you need a strong support system. Whether its friends, a visionary husband, a great mother, a fantastic sister, a friend that is always there when you need her–or all of the above. Doing it all alone is impossible. Team work definitely makes the dream work.
Don’t forget this Sunday I am running my first official 10k race at Women’s Health Magazine’s Run 10 Feed 10 and I am being Sponsored by BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK. If you will be out there be sure to look for me I will be wearing a Chocolate Milk Tech Shirt and visor :). I am running crazy early (7am!) and if you follow me on Twitter and/or personal Facebook you should be able to keep up with my progress LIVE. There will be LOTS of Instagram flicks too. Full recap coming next week. Until then have a great weekend!