The clothes in this video & blog post were provided by Under Armour. All opinions are 100% that of my own.
I have been told (several times before) that I am not good enough.
Not pretty enough.
Not thin enough.
Not smart enough.
That I am just a mom. Just a silly girl.
But you know what?
They are wrong!
I am harnessing this sort of negative energy and focusing it on what I know to be true, which is: I Will What I Want.
I know that I am a great mom, a dedicated hard worker, and most importantly I know that I am good enough! And you know what else? YOU are good enough just the way you are, too! It is just silly to let others control our emotions, decisions, and feelings. We are the only ones who can control our destinies. I remind myself daily that I am in control of the way I think, the way I react, and also the way I persevere.
Another contributing factor to my own self-empowerment comes from breaking a sweat. There is just something about working out that clears my head and has me walking away afterwards standing a bit taller, a bit more confident, and a bit stronger.
I don't work out to be a certain size or to be the fastest at anything. It’s not about that. It’s that I have found something that makes me feel good.
I have been on my own fitness journey since November 2013. I started it not because I was told to, or because I felt that I had to lose weight to fit in with the beauty community or the other moms at the PTA meetings. I started because I wanted to. Whether it's getting in a morning gym session with Zumba or Spin class, or heck, even doing some simple yoga stretches, working out makes me feel good about me. And really that is what it is all about. I will myself to be happy, and so it shall be.
I have made a commitment to stay true to myself, and that is the best I can offer the world.
Under Armour has recently released a wonderful NEW campaign around this very topic. They even commissioned the gorgeous and talented Gisele Bundchen to participate in a social commentary project. How it worked was they released a video of the supermodel working out until complete exertion. They then harvested the positive and negative comments. In a second video released, we see Gisele doing another kick-butt workout, but this time the wall behind her becomes flooded with the previous comments that had been made.
I WILL myself to not just be a mom but a strong and confident role model.
Tell me in the comments below: what is your will for your life?
Or better yet, what is one thing you love about yourself?
And remember: don't let anyone keep you from being who you want to be.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Under Armour through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Under Armour, all opinions are my own.