S.L.A.M.er of the Month-June
I have always been an active person. Growing up, my parents made sure that outdoor activities and sports were a part of my life. High school was full of softball and cheerleading, as well as many other extracurricular activities. In college I joined the military and spent 14 years in the Army National Guard. At that point, fitness became a necessity added to my joy of exercising. As life happens, so does “busy-ness”. Between teaching, my husband’s and my own military responsibilities, working towards masters degree s, growing and raising our family from two to seven, PCSing, among many other lingering excuses, my fitness took a back seat. As running and exercise were my stress relievers and time was limited, it became difficult to feel like I was effectively being a wife, mom, educator, friend, and much less just “me”. And then…we PCSd to Fort Leavenworth. For the year, I planned to be a SAHM and with it came the opportunity to take the reigns on life and all the opportunities that it had to offer. One of those opportunities just so happened to be SLAM Leavenworth and with it, one of the best experiences the year could offer! I reached out to Meghan Argo to find out if pregnant mamas could join and if children of all ages were welcome and she responded with an ecstatic YES!! Her energy and excitement with bringing Stroller Strong Moms to Fort Leavenworth was so contagious that I had to find out what it was all about. In these far-too-short and too few months, SLAM has brought so many priceless things to my life: I have found a workout group that has reignited my passion for prioritizing my fitness by testing my abilities and challenging me with new, varied, and intense workouts every day. (Bonus: I can share and model this passion with my stroller babes!) Through these workouts and other SLAM functions, I have found friendships that will last the test of time and distance. I have found a group of women that lift each other higher through their words, their encouragement, and simply their presence (during workouts, middle of the night baby feedings, weekend/weekday hangouts, Meriweathers dates, etc.) SLAM and these women have helped me find “me” again which is powerful in itself. I am beyond thankful that Meghan brought SSM to Leavenworth and that I took that leap and became a SLAM Leavenworth OG! #lifechanging
Although I’ll be moving on from SLAM Leavenworth, I am excited to take my experiences to use as a base for building another family of SLAM mamas! SLAM Sanford is coming soon!!