I see you…the mom that craves change. You’re not ALONE.
Time is just flying by with all the New Year, “new you” momentum that is being captured here at Fit Catholic Mom, and what a great start it’s off to because women want to make things new, and live out their vocations with zest and self-care.
Here’s a powerful recent comment from a woman I train:
I'm learning so much and growing in my faith and fitness a tiny bit every day. I know I will face setbacks and stumbling blocks in the future; however, today I feel my armor is stronger than it's been since literally high school athletics. I have no idea if the future will hold more races, or what have you, but I am now believing that it could be possible for me. I reached out to my friend (fallen away Catholic, avid gardener) and offered to help her with her garden in exchange for some of the spoils, some hard work and conversation. You've given me, and continue to give me so many ideas. I am in awe of you, but I am also so much more aware of my potential BECAUSE of you.
-Beth, mother of 10
I also want you to realize your potential with methodical steps that are easy and attractive to you. They should be as unique as you are: your people, your place, your passions.
The last thing you should be thinking is that you need to make changes and then start looking for that “celery diet” or decide to head to the gym 20 min. away for an hour and a half a day.
Likely, these efforts will leave you feeling like you went Easy + 10 in your quest for better living. Will you sustain it?
“To begin is for everyone, to persevere is for saints.” -St. Jose Maria Escriva
If you’re so done looking into worldly methods and the racket of it's 'do this and do that,' and are missing real a integration of spirit and flesh, then let’s jump tracks and teach you truly Catholic means to discover how much you love yourself, your life and your loved ones.
Simple + significant…sustained. That's the goal to achieve the life altering change you crave.
I am happy to help you reach this place and thrive, but first, drop the busyness, excuses or fear and begin to say yes to yourself by booking a free call with me.
Today’s the day,
Would you like to love yourself through the coming holidays? Would you like to be free of the regret and remorse of how you spent your time and money?
I know you’d love to feel like you have really high energy levels, enthusiasm on demand, and truth in action coursing through your heart and home to get into a New Year.
This is a beautiful time…the Advent of what’s to come!
Most of us are truly battling the darkness in these many weeks of winter. We are struggling to fit in all the daylight activities as they are scrunched in tighter by the setting of the sun, which literally sucks the warmth away with it.
Living just south of the Canadian border has our sun setting currently in the 3 o’clock hour!!! This shifts my workouts, work and even my energies. I am less out on the land and more in the home.
I have to get more creative and do things like bring my road bike into the living room and mount it on the stationary trainer just to log some endurance cardio while watching or schooling the kids at the same time.
Pssst. Can I tell you something? I actually love this because then I can take in full length homilies and podcasts after kids are in bed…alone, just me on a bike.
I need to anticipate and plan well for this darkness to take over or I don't have even the remotest chance of success within it. I have to engineer my time and my home to accompany my desires. Do I always win at this? No.
Confesson: I sometimes succumb to making my house so clean and cozy that I will miss my opportunities to succeed at the above. We all have to know when to say no to something good to grab onto something great.
We all need to hate the habits which lead us off path. We need to disdain the acedia of our lives which has us chasing uselessly at stuff that is not of progress or for (His) presence, but madness and mania.
I want to love my human, allowing all kinds of light into what remains to be my dark and untamed places. I want to pad with straw my heart’s manger better this season, and make sure my primary objective is to prepare a place for my innocent and precious Savior...coming to me daily.
I believe we can do this.
I believe we should want this.
I believe he’s asking us to.
Sport is that awesome tool of excellence which really helps us to elevate and achieve more than comfort and indifference lend to us.
We flex the same mental muscles to be faithful at anything! We work it from deep inside and find conviction that something really matters and we start stepping forward into it.
I want to help you beat back the excuses so you can hate (less) your humanand begin to spiritually and physically love yourself showing the discipline and direction to crave and craft the life you imagined!
P.S. I am here to help you in a totally Catholic and creative way.
NO GYMS - NO SITTERS - NO CALORIE COUNTS - NO WASTED EFFORTS!!
Let’s chat a plan about YOUR life so you can put to death the habits holding you hostage and be truly free and new in your blessed lifestyle of faith and fitness.
In the fullness of time,
Make the call...and BOOK the call!
Toys! :( Your kids don’t need more of these and you don’t want them either!!!
You’re often overwhelmed in your house which has fallen into a costly and time consuming chaos. There are toys underfoot, clutter in every corner, kids fighting over plastic junk, and you’re totally over it.
You’re stressed out sister!
You spend your precious time being a negotiator of who-gets-what and for how long, I mean, you’re a professional volunteer toy referee!
Great! That’s just great, in fact, I bet your planning to complicate that even more this Christmas aren't you.
I dare you to think outside the box...
I dare you to “experience” Christmas and not just buy it!
What could you DO with your family that would be memorable and special?
- a hay ride and Christmas carols ending at a remote restaurant?
- to sled, ski or walk through the darkened night streets popping envelopes into mailboxes containing a charitable donation made to perfect strangers?
- a get away to soak in some hot springs to drink hot cocoa, play cards, have a prayerful family reconciliation evening and learn to snowshoe?
- some beach camping walking up and down drawing the scenes of the nativity in the sands of Mexico while praying the Rosary and spending time with the poor?
There’s a 1,000 ways or more to celebrate Christmas that don’t involve unwrapping more junk you don’t need or want.
The average American family will spend $700 at retail stores in the next few weeks. For many, that’s $700 they don’t even really have. Yuck!
Save that time and save that money.
Invest in building the culture of your crew.
Prioritize the performance of the people in your pack!
Go have an experience!
Lastly, they need a set of happy, healthy and holy parents who invest in what profoundly grows that in themselves! Promise yourself you’ll unwrap the gift of greater fitness, freedom and connection with your loved ones over the next month and beyond.
Break the mold! You won’t regret it for a minute.
I’d love to help you invest in yourself and make the changes your sick and tired of putting off. Start this valuable process by processing your reality with me on a free consultation. Book a slot now!
Engage and Enliven! Christmas can be a rebirth for you too!
In Christ the coming light,
I shouldn’t have to do this!
You shouldn’t have to do this.
No woman should have to do this…
….look in the mirror and feel hated by herself.
While you might mourn the loss of your figure, are saddened by a stagnant faith, or are generally lacking vocational zest, don’t hate. Nothing good comes of it.
While you wish you had more time, stable amounts of extra money, and a way better genetic inheritance, don’t hate. Nothing good comes of it.
While you resent how much your house, your spouse and your children need you, don’t hate. Nothing good comes of spilling your precious energies into that.
Love yourself the most when you don’t want to.
Love yourself when he’s intimate with you.
Love yourself when the errands make you raw.
Love yourself when relatives rake you over hot coals.
Love yourself when you sin and have to repent again.
Love yourself daily and work, work, work on it.
Promise Him this!
Your thoughts direct your actions, which dictate your future.
Life is going to rage and you’re in the way…still. Get out of the way of yourself and love the reality that you CAN change.
You can be fortified for every good work for you were called according to his great purposes.
I want to help you craft a life that you can truly love and SUSTAIN. I want to help you help yourself to a more radical freedom inside you.
Women under my direction do this on a daily basis. Here’s the kind of things they say:
“Rebecca, I cannot begin to tell you how much our conversation changed my whole outlook. You are a special person and I'm so glad I found you (though I have to stop stalkerishly wishing we lived closer...) I was really moved by your thoughts about me and when I'm feeling good about myself I know those things to be true. God made me to be strong--body/mind/spirit--I know deep down He did. I just have to do my part with the pillars. I feel like I can do this after speaking with you… I realized I need to be the best version of myself most of the time for these extraordinary human beings that God in His infinite wisdom put in my life. I am strong. I am loved. I can do this.”
S. Brown from Pennsylvania
Looking forward to helping you get serious about loving yourself again and being the version of YOU that your beautiful vocation deserves.
Book a free breakthrough session with me today!
Sincerely in Christ,
You love to see transformation! You are attracted to healthy and affirming changes.
You watch people flip houses, loose 50 lbs. and gain a new form or quit a long held vice and embrace more freedom. You celebrate, and you envy them.
You scroll through newsfeeds of people and note their awesome progress but do nothing more for yourself.
Somehow you’ve avoided the need for your own overhaul!
You flip through channels looking for a facelift on a house which is sorely outdated and lacking attractiveness, and yet, you don’t realize your desire to see all thing made new doesn’t ever get to cross the yellow taped off spaces of your own body or spirit.
So you’re into change, but NOT really.
Will this work for you much longer? Will you regret that you saw others putting one foot in front of the other toward newness, health and holiness, but were just an observer until it was too late?
I think you need to re-think what change means to YOU! If it’s good for others, it must be good for you also. No double standards.
You’re better than that!
Today’s the day. Don’t accept another 24 hours of your own shallow excuses. I think you’ll love your before and after!
“I was an exhausted, negative thinking, 50 year old mama who felt more like a victim than a survivor. It was extremely difficult to be a light to my family, when I just couldn't seem to shake the negative patterns that I let slip into my life.
By God's grace, I found the W.I.S.E. Gals Intensity Course. The program helped me to set new priorities in my life and develop new habits. The message of hope and God's love throughout the entire program have been so motivating. Physically my thinking is clearer and my energy level has increased, which allows me to be more aware of the needs of my husband and children. My body is stronger.
I would give my whole-hearted recommendation to this Course. It has changed my life and it can change yours too! It is up to you! Thanks so much Rebecca!”
Getting after it with you,
Let me peel back the curtain in your mind on a free call (book it!) so you get ultra clear on what can be changed in your life. I have nothing but respect and understanding for all things busy, tired, and frustrated Catholic mom. I work with them every single day.
Oh, those summer days with the clean house windows wide open and the sweet breeze moving gently through while the kids play busily outside for hours and you get some space to do your thing…whatever thing, but YOUR thing.
Has the last month seen you loose steam on reading, writing, making, exercising, adventuring and connecting with others?
Right now, I feel the death of that summer space which rang louder with freedom. Now it’s all hands to the plow at all hours to get kids moved through a school day, chores done, house tidied, people fed, farm serviced, events attended, and more.
It’s like we have half as much time and twice as much to do! I know this isn’t unique to my household either. It’s the craziness of flipping routines around, but someones gotta do it.
Fair enough, some of these things naturally die off in this transition of priorities like getting to go to the lake nearly every day to take a dip, or having friends over for so many hours of delicious playtime, but as much as some things changes, other things have to remain the same.
I’m talking to you mom. Straight to you. Are you taking care of yourself the way you ought to?
Are you getting in your “me minutes?”
There is something incorrectly conceived in the mind of women that it is selfish to make time for themselves, but those are the mom’s I have the pleasure of chatting with to help rearrange their thinking and priorities.
It’s actually very selfish of a woman, especially a mother to not take care of herself. She cannot possibly do that if she won’t stop taking care of everyone else for a minute.
Ladies, stop right there if a gym membership, a baby sitter and a perfect body just popped into your head.
That’s not it…exactly.
I’m talking about things as simple as finding a place on the floor to stretch daily and read from the Word of God, that morning coffee enjoyed on the porch swing alone, the shower behind the securely locked door or the evening run as the dinner cooks away and the sun gently sets.
It’s time for you to get your “me minutes” in isn’t it? You need it and your family needs you to…unless you like parenting from a place of illness, frustration and resentment :/
Today isn’t just another day, it’s a precious gift waiting for you to unwrap it and get excited. It’s the present after all!
Today you can finally stop saying, “one day” and get the tools to say, “DAY ONE!”
I’m not here to push you past your point of breaking, loosing and failure. I’m here to mentor you into motion and to help you find your forward in such a sustainable and graceful way.
Book a call with me today and let’s chat your personal plan for how to make this finally happen.
Let’s do this! It’s your health, your happiness, and your holiness on the line.
In Christ our life,
Every woman has a dream. Every woman has the life she imagines. She populates the thought of it with holy silence, attentive prayer, an able body, a timeless, pure mind and achievements through actions.
She also has the life she actually lives with more than her fair share of reality- heaping doses of life’s minutia to claw her down and hold her in place.
All one needs to do is look at her dishes and laundry. Over and over and over again, the potential means of her sanctification, but usually just her continued frustration. She doesn’t need freed from the mundane. She shouldn’t seek separation from the monotony.
What she is really desiring is a heaping dose of perspective, the perspective that it’s all worth it: every dish, every load, every working hour, every assignment, each wiped bum and every minute of lost sleep.
Somehow, her faith in God shows her that all these losses of personal time and self are gains of eternity and other, and so it all sits right again for a minute.
But what if her rut is so deep that she isn’t even imagining her better life? What if she is so spent and run utterly on fumes that she might cease serving and caring, loving and living with devotion and dreams?
It happens. It happens a lot. I can happen to you and can happen to me.
She needs the practical feedback that she’s moving forward, climbing and notching out progress toward her eternal goal.
Don’t you think though that each day is laced with ruts, crevasses and caverns in which to become fully entrapped and resent your motherhood? The Father of Lies starts cranking the pity party machine to make you spiteful and self-sabotaging just as soon as your eyes open each day.
Just today, my kids have been bonkers. Literally, driving me a bit crazy and I am getting no where fully realizing I could cave and eat horribly (actually there’s no junk in the house so that would be hard), lay down and wallow in my bed ignoring them in a negative emotional state or dive into the shallow waters of social media and numb myself up for a while.
Nah! No way am I going to soften and cave and so I tell myself:
Rise up woman!
Claim your place!
Rise up mother!
Get gritty and courageous!
Rise daughter of the King!
Gather your strength and engineer your goals.
Be realistic and get resourceful.
“Find your forward” or forever wish you had,
Every day women book a slot to chat with me to get clearer on what they have to work with or what is working against them. I can help steer you and cheer you on. You are not alone. Not a bit. I would love to hear your voice and pray with you offering you what I know on a call in the near future. You can begin again to finally and fully uncover the life you imagine. Book a free chat and let’s get you out of that rut forever!
You wake up and think that maybe today will be different. Surely it must! The streak of disappointment and discontent has to end somewhere…or does it?
You think that it’s time the clouds of family life will part and the sun will shine bright on a ton of undistracted, perfectly connected progress for you.
You feel like there’s no where to go down any further in your lack of production; producing the good fruits of the Christian life in body and soul.
You feel thwarted and trapped.
Another day unravels the minute it begins, AGAIN!!
You’re at this point already sipping on sugar and caffeine, snapping at children, burdened beyond belief just to make a few calls, hustle kids to another activity and pay bills which bring your balance near the red.
But, it’s designed by you.
After all, you’re the adult!
No one told you to stress out doing more kid activities, to buy more addictive, artificially colored and flavored foods, to turn on the television and hook the kids into something so maybe they won’t fight and to bury yourself in the shallows of social media.
You chose to.
No one is the adult in your home more than you. If you aren’t going to call the shots which cultivate truth, beatify and goodness for your family in body and soul, who will?
It’s time you take a good hard look in the mirror and decide that there’s another way forward.
There’s more truth to uncover and live.
Every single choice is holding you in a place of just surviving or scaling you up to thriving.
IT’S THAT SIMPLE.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10
You are being taken for your joy.
Your zest is being stollen daily.
Your ability to live well is dying off.
Do something about that today before it’s too late.
For abundance and life,
I will coach you for free on what may be the most important call you'll ever make. Book a chat here.
You come back from the class, the group or the conference. You are a CHANGED WOMAN.
You see it all so clearly: how things were, and how they now will be.
Everything you do is infused with your new inspiration: the way you rise in the morning, how you tackle the dishes and the routine that will revolutionize the kids hitting the hay.
And then, one of your kids knocks a full glass of juice to the floor.
You feel a sharp pang of the old frustrated and impatient you, but in an act of the will you take it with power and poise.
Then you remember that the baby is fussy, teething and nursing to no end. There is a flash of annoyance and the familiar feeling of a trap, but you feel your new power and swallow it quickly down as if it won’t add up and consume you.
But then, a deeper blade: you hear in your husband’s voice some condemnation for why things aren’t in order. Things are undone or never undertaken and you’ve managed nothing of greatness on the day, much less a shower.
And the unspoken word says "So, you’re a changed woman, huh? I’ve heard it all before. We both know you’ll be back to your old mess soon, so trash that fantasy that you were going to wear a cape and accomplish anything!
Add so the cycle of would-be transformation plays out again and again.
And each time you’re brought shocked and reeling back to your old reality…
Each time you hit the end of the tether you thought you’d broken…
You’re tempted to believe that maybe your true place is here in the mud after all. Maybe motherhood is just so messy that you should wallow and sulk.
Something shrivels inside and the callous around you thickens.
But know this: you, there in the mud isn’t proof of failure, or some indicator of your "true place in the world."
You've just failed (so far) to anchor that transformation properly.
You must consummate the feeling of transformation with the acts of transformation and you need true FORMATION to learn to gracefully do that.
At any age and any stage you can stand on the mountain and rise up from the pit.
I live it and love it and will show YOU, yes you, HOW!
I sure hope you’re not hating.
I sure hope you know by now how to hold your tongue.
I sure hope you banish your nasty thoughts.
I sure hope you keep your cruelty in check.
What if I told you that a lot of Catholic women can’t do this yet? What!! Isn’t this crucial to being virtuous and making progress spiritually?
Well, it is, but a lot of women withhold some ground in this regard as if it were to sacred to touch.
That ground is YOU sister! You HATE on yourself!
You don’t let your attained virtue get close enough or penetrate YOU, as if you’re somehow outside of your own system of virtue.
You apply the rules of love to others, but you’re your own version of UNWORTHY.
Yep, so the hater in you is gonna hate.
What if there was a way to free you up from this cycle and power you forward to feelings of overwhelming gratitude and love for YOU?
It all reminds me of my nephew who just visited over lunch and said he hates cherry BBQ sauce.
I asked him if he loves cherries? “Yes,” he replied.
I asked him if he likes BBQ sauce? “Yes,” he replied.
“Then how do you know you wouldn’t like cherry BBQ sauce since you haven’t tried it?”
Well, most of you haven’t tried the award-winning combination of selflessness and self-care.
They do, in fact, go together!
You can be both selfless and care about yourself.
I work with moms everyday to help unlock the mystery of them showing up for themselves spiritually, physically and nutritionally.
This has ramifications because the hate is converted to love, self-love in a right and ordered sense as derived from an all good and loving God in whose image YOU are created.
I cannot tell you how powerful it is when you stop hating…on yourself!
“For freedom did Christ set us free: stand fast therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage.” Gal. 5:1
In His loving grip,
P.S. Book a strategy call with me NOW, so you can break the bars of the self hating bondage. You deserve better and you are better than this. Let mercy flow unto yourself…NOW!
Who me? Yes, you!