Thank Me Later.

Over the year’s I have developed a passion for reading. Last year, when I was in the grocery store, I stumbled across a book called “Girl, Stop Apologizing” by Rachel Hollis. From the moment I started reading her book, I fell in love with what she was saying. I enjoyed how much she broke everything down, that I started following her on IG and subscribed to her podcast. Crazy, I know!

With the COVID-19 pandemic going on, I finally found time to continue reading the book. If you follow any of my social media pages, you know I am working extremely hard on my mental, spiritual, and physical health. It has actually become a top priority for me. While reading, there was something that stuck out to me, and I’d like to share it with you today.

“Be the kind of woman you want to be. Be the kind of woman who is proud to be herself. Be the kind of woman who has so much love inside her that she won’t be tempted to change herself in order to get love from others. Be the kind of woman who focuses more on being intrested than on other people thinking she’s intresting. Be the kind of woman who laughs loudly and often. Be the kind of woman who is generous, no matter how much money is in your bank account; you have a wealth of resources to offer others. Be the kind of woman who spends a lifetime learing, because knowldge is power and those who think they know it all are often the dumbest among us. Be the kind of woman both your eleven-year-old self and your ninety-nine-year old self would be proud of. Be the kind of woman who shows up for her life. Be the kind of woman who understands that she was made for more. Be the kind of woman who believes that she is capable of doing amazing things in this world. Be the kind of woman whose own dreams make her nervous, and then go ahead and do them anyway. Be the kind of woman who never asks permission to be herself” (pg. 94, 2019).

When I read those words, I immediately had tears in my eyes. I aspire to be a woman who lives life on her terms and to the fullest. I aspire to be a woman who inspires their daughter to be uniquely them. I aspire to encourage other women that they can indeed make their dreams a reality if they have faith and work hard enough. You see, I am setting out to be the best version of Chelsea, and it starts with a made-up mind.

So, I hope you carefully read Rachel Hollis’s words. I hope you meditate on what she wrote and then apply it to your life. We only get one chance at this thing. So, why not live your best damn life?

As always, until next time.

XOXOXO

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You Matter, Too.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication in 2015. Recently, I graduated with a Master of Science degree in Marketing in January of this year. In between receiving both degrees, I explored the possibility of becoming a teacher. To my surprise, I actually enjoy teaching. I had a full-time teaching job at one point, but due to certain circumstances, I had to walk away from it.

Fast forward to the summer Chlo was conceived, I was a substitute teacher part-time. I had plenty of opportunities that had become available during that time. However, I wasn’t ready to step into that field yet. When I found out I was pregnant with Chlo, I started panicking and took the first job that was offered to me. I started out with Morley as an Advisor in 2017 and later was offered the Social Community Manager position in 2019. The last position I had with them allowed me to work from home and it provided me the ability to be at home with my kid fulltime.

I love every moment I’m with my kid. However, I knew this current position wasn’t something I wanted to do forever. I allowed myself to stay stuck in a situation because I told myself that “good mothers” stayed home with their child. I allowed the negativity to consume my mind to the point where I was stressed out every day, I was yelling way more than usual, my performance was slacking tremendously at work, and I was just in a funk. I completed my graduate program in January and I was still fueling my mind with negative talk. I started praying and nothing changed. One day, one of my good friends gave me a pep talk. This wasn’t her typically things will work itself out pep talks either. This pep talk came straight from God, but he used her to deliver the message to me. She told me that every mother is different and Chlo doesn’t need a perfect mom, she just needs me. She proceeded to tell me that working and following my dreams doesn’t make me a “bad mom”. However, it made me a mom that Chlo loves and would grow to appreciate.

While I am very thankful for the experience I had at my previous job, it was time to go. I know for a fact that teaching and writing is my calling, among other things. I knew for a fact that I couldn’t allow the fear of not being a “good mother” stop me from pursuing my dreams. Chlo will love me regardless, as I take very good care of her and I love her unconditionally. I make it my goal to spend as much time with my kid as I can, despite what’s going on with me. Pursuing a job outside of the home doesn’t make me a “bad mom”. In fact, it allows us to spend some time apart, which is healthy.

Although, the schools are closed at this moment. I refuse to give up on my dreams of becoming a teacher and a writer fulltime. In fact, I’m working on a few projects as we speak. I decided to look at this time as a way for me to get my mind together. In addition to that, I get to spend more time with Chlo at home before she has to go to daycare on a daily basis.

I want each of my moms in the world to know that it doesn’t make you a “bad mom” for working outside of the home. It doesn’t make you a “bad mom” for wanting or having a life outside of your child. Before you and I became mothers, we were people who had our own life to live. It’s so easy to get swept up in being a mother! However, I am here to tell you not to forget about you. You deserve your dreams to become your reality too.

Until next time,

XoXoXo.

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Strong by Zumba

I became a Strong by Zumba instructor in September of last year. It was one of my biggest accomplishments in fitness because I legit had to work out for 8 hours! When I say I wanted to walk out every hour, but I didn’t.  I stuck out the entire 8 hours and I received my certification. However, that was the easy part. The challenging part is actually showing up for you all. Let’s be clear here. I love working out with you all, whether it’s in person or online. However, having an active toddler, building a business, working, and life in general, it all becomes a lot. I’d hate to not show up for you all 100%, so I make it my mission to either go big or don’t go at all.

I will admit that I have been slacking, but I have been doing my best to get back into it. With this pandemic, we’re currently having, I figured no time was better than to start things back up. If you’ve been following my journey, then you know that fitness and eating better has always been apart of my life. However, I decided to stop half-assing it and give it my all.

With the live videos, I do on Facebook Live, I workout with whoever tunes out to a 30 minute Strong by Zumba video. Classes can be 1 hour or 30 minutes. For the sake of the next two weeks, I’ll be doing 30-minute classes virtually. I play this video with one of the Strong by Zumba master trainers and workout with you guys online. Now, I will admit. The workouts can be intensive and you most definitely might want to quit. However, you can get through it!

I believe that with every challenge comes great reward. So, here is my official invitation to you to join me live on Facebook @ Chelsea Thomas or on our fitness page @Fitness_With_Chels_And_Chlo. I will go live around 11:45 a.m or 12 noon (really depends on Chlo mood).

For sneak peek purposes, I have included what you can expect to work out with me live! I hope to see you virtually 🙂

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Chill Day

Yesterday was a chill day for Chlo, and we decided to throw on some sweatpants and a sweatshirt. I didn’t want to put a ton of twist in her hair, because it was just one of those days. However, I wanted to do something simple and cute. We decided to do a bun and a twist in the back, along with adding an orange barrette.

We got her outfit from Marshalls, I believe. It was no more than $20.00. I’ll get better with telling you guys the exact stores we shop at and the price for things, I promise. Anyways, the hoop earrings, are mines of course. Chlo wanted to wear them, I just wanted to make sure her ears were still pierced.

So, here you have Chlo look for the day!

 

 

Let us know what you guys think.

 

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