Usually at our end of term nights out I arrange a guest speaker to come along, but last November I thought I would say a few words instead. After all I train these girls every week so maybe they should get to know a bit more about me. Mamas Journeys has been operating for nearly 18 months and some days it still feels surreal. What was once just a vision, is now a reality. After having a baby, things change. Your body changes, your relationships change and priorities shift. 2017 was a massive year for me. It was when I separated from my husband, moved out of our family home and shortly after started back at work. My daughter was only 9 months old. Looking back now I don’t know how I did it but at the time, I just remember feeling like I could take on anything, what I wanted was so clear, like I had superpowers. Sure, I cried A LOT, like every single day and my hormones were all over the place but I dealt with it the best I could and above all else always put my daughter first. Have I had regrets? Of course, I have, it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions, but I came out the other side.
When my daughter was with her Dad of a weekend, I was so lonely, and it felt like a part of me was missing. I needed something to keep me busy, so I decided to study. From my experience I realised there was little awareness around safely returning to exercise (having encountered injury myself), so this is when I became a postnatal specialist. During the weeks and months that followed, I registered my business, created a website, was active on social media, wrote some blogs and started training friends – all while still working a corporate job. Fast forward 2.5 years and MJ has trained and connected over 100 women, fulfilling 2 of our core values which are health and connection. The other core value is happiness. Sometimes we search for happiness from external things, which can bring us joy or even love – which is what I feel like I have been doing a lot of my life. What I have learnt though, is true happiness comes from within and we can’t rely on anyone else to make us happy. It has taken me some time to get to this point and have endured heartache and pain along the way, but I wouldn’t be standing here today if I hadn’t.
So, girls, remember the grass isn’t always greener, we are all living different lives, sharing similar triumphs and tragedies. Please know we are here to support each other, don’t suffer in silence and ask for help if you need to. A sisterhood is very powerful, and I do believe women need each other. I often use the hashtag #wearemorethanjustfitness and it is so true, we really are. Thank you to everyone for your support, whether you have just joined us or been with us a while. Much love, Rachel xx