Feature Friday: Joselyn Miller
Motherhood Strong is a fitness company designed specifically to help the prenatal mother prepare forlabor and delivery (whatever kind of delivery that is!)
Motherhood Strong is about fitness. But it’s also about fostering movement that supports everyday life and everyday mothering, It’s about small victories. I get excited when a client tells me that she is making the right steps to improve her mental health, and that exercise is now a part of that. I get excited when moms gets sweaty, supporting each other, and seeing improvement in their overall life! – Joselyn
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What made you want open Motherhood Strong ?
I started Motherhood Strong to become who I needed. I realized when I was pregnant with my eldest daughter that the advice I was getting in the gym of “just don’t do sit-ups” was not enough. I was having symptoms like incontinence, pelvic pain, and also just the aches and pains of pregnancy. Postpartum became even more humbling as I tried to keep up with my old fitness routine. After much learning, much studying, and a few certifications I knew that I had to help other moms navigate their own fitness journey while making babies.
What excites you the most about your work?
I am helping other moms! Motherhood Strong is about fitness. But it’s also about fostering movement that supports everyday life and everyday mothering, It’s about small victories, like a client that used to pee when she jumped and doesn’t anymore, or a client who is now strong enough to put her children into their beds without hurting her back or dropping them in. And it’s about friendships, supporting each other, and of course getting sweaty while we do it. I get excited when a client tells me that she is making the right steps to improve her mental health, and that exercise is now a part of that. Or that a mom struggling with pelvic organ prolapse is seeing improvement in symptoms when she pairs my programming with the care of a pelvic floor physical therapist and a urogynecologist. That is what is so exciting to me. Moms getting sweaty, supporting each other, and seeing improvement in their overall life!
What is your biggest challenge?
Time. I have both my girls home with me full time. I juggle creating a small business, mothering a two year old and an infant, programming classes and online training for clients, feeding the family, keeping up with the housework, spending quality time with my husband, working out myself (I probably work out less than my clients!), and also taking purposeful time to pray and devote to God. It’s. So. Hard. I’m constantly trying to find ways to use my time more efficiently, to better myself, my business, and better serve everyone in my life.
How do you find harmony or balance between being a mom and a business owner?
There is always the answer that I just do it all during nap time. And that’s true, but to be honest I’m really struggling with this. I’m not sure I have balance yet. But being a mom and business owner both fulfill me, and so I’ll keep working towards that!
Tell us about your family.
I married my husband Patrick in 2014. His mom was my boss, and she introduced us. We fell fast and hard for each other and were engaged 9 months after we met. We were babies when we got married, Patrick was 24 and I was 23. We weren’t planning on having kids until we were at least 30. Neither of us are 30… and we have two kids. God’s plans are funny. Maggie was born in October 2017, and Jane was born this May. Maggie is hilarious, she wears the goofiest outfits, has mastered her new scooter, and knows how to pee in the potty but mostly doesn’t. Jane is 5 months old and already so sweet. I can tell she is going to be a clown, and she cracks up at the silliest things (like our dogs walking past her). We have two french bulldogs, Louis (like Louie) and Gus. They love to run full force at the door and slam their bodies against the window at the mere hint of someone outside, they love to lick me, the baby, Maggie… nonstop, all the time. And they love to wrestle and snuggle. Our house is never quiet and never clean but always entertaining.
If you could pick anything, what would your super power be?
I would love to be able to control time. I have a terrible habit of cutting myself while I’m cooking, probably because I’m trying to chop veggies way too fast (because I”m always almost late!). It would be so cool to push “pause,” finish a task like chopping, and then continue on. Or to pause and take a picture in a moment where I couldn’t previously. Or to speed up times like when my kiddo is sick, or fast forward through traffic. And of course to make time slow down. Or to visit a time that was nice, like when the sun hits my toddler’s hair just right while she’s swinging or when my baby first learned to blow spit bubbles. Doesn’t every mama hope for that?
What one piece of advice do you have for a mom that needs your service?
Be patient with yourself. Our bodies are amazing. The ability to create another being is quite taxing, and it’s important to not only honor that during pregnancy but after. Moms don’t need pregnancy and postpartum specific exercises just to protect their growing baby, but to protect their changing body. Don’t be afraid to ask hard or “weird” questions. If something doesn’t seem right, get help. Whether that something is the way your abs feel or the pee in your pants or even just reassurance that the movements you are doing are “ok” for you and your baby. There is no one size fits all. All the online workout programs you can do in your living room are great. But being face to face with someone that can watch you breathe, give you breath strategy, find your strengths, your weaknesses, and challenge you and meet your specific needs as a mover… that’s a whole different ball game. And GRACE GRACE GRACE. Grace for your body that’s growing while you’re pregnant. Grace for your body postpartum that won’t ever be the same.