What is your passion and mission in life?
My biggest passion is self exploration and my biggest mission is to be the best Mom and person I can be. I think it’s all too easy to lose touch with yourself and I have found the best way for me to learn more about myself is to get uncomfortable, which I find comfort in. This can be as simple as trying a new restaurant or as complex as traveling to a new country. The main thing is to get out of my comfort zone, to break the habit, break the rhythm. Something different can be so rewarding.
What was your biggest hardship and how did you overcome it?
With a career in fighting you might think my biggest hardships were the losses. In some ways they were, mainly for their highly publicized public nature. It’s hard to put everything you possibly have into a dream and come up short. It’s absolutely unimaginable to fail in front of the whole world watching and commenting. But perhaps it was leaving my ex that was my biggest personal struggle. It took years and a lot of heartache to convince myself I had the courage and willpower to walk away, not just walk away, but STAY away. My ex was was not a terrible man, but he really wasn’t right for me and he knew just how to pull on my heart strings to get me to stay every time I tried to leave. A wise man once told me, “You’re so afraid to hurt him that you will hurt yourself instead.” Eventually I made the right decision, the only decision, and I couldn’t be happier now.
How has this adversity affected pregnancy and raising children?
I truly believe every hardship and terrible time in your life is there so you can appreciate the good times. There is no good without bad and no concept of one without the other. I overcame plenty of hardships in MMA, probably one of the more notable times was late in the 5th round vs Holly Holm when I was down on the score cards and I came back with a submission win with less than 2 minutes to spare. Adversity is something I’ve welcomed because I know it makes me stronger and it’s the same concept for pregnancy and I’m sure motherhood as well. There’s no parenting manual so I just have to do my best day by day and let my daughter know that no matter what happens, she’s always loved.
How has Maeband helped you?
Maeband helped in more ways than one. The first thing was I really didn’t want to change my whole wardrobe because I was pregnant. I wanted to continue to feel and dress as I always had and Maeband gave me the freedom to wear my regular jeans throughout my whole pregnancy. As my belly grew, I bought one new pair of jeans one size larger and continued using my Maeband. I didn’t have to spend money on over-priced, ugly maternity jeans and I was SO happy about that.
Nextly, Maeband gives back by donating $1 from every sale to a charity that’s near to my heart. Children’s Heart Disease affects an estimated 1 million children just in the USA and I’m so happy to see the partnership between Maeband and the Jayden DeLuca Foundation.
You inspire us. How can we continue to follow your story and learn more about you?
A quote from my best friend, Cindy Dandois, I absolutely loved. I was having a hard day and she send me this not knowing how much it would touch my heart.
Usually when something brings you great sadness, it’s because it also brought you great joy. Try to hold onto the joy.
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