This week before Mother’s Day is an exciting one on Tales of a Mountain Mama! We are eager to celebrate moms all week long. We’re honoring #marvelousmoms in the thick of it: stay-at-home-moms, working moms, entrepreneur moms, outdoorsy moms, beach moms, mountain mamas, and every type of mama in-between. We’re celebrating you. We all have our own story to tell about a special mother in our lives, whether she be your own mother, your sister, your friend, or a mother you’ve been blessed to know – please help us honor Mother’s Day by nominating a mother in your life! As a tribute to all mothers, we’re hosting a big giveaway with loads of prizes – don’t miss out on nominating a special mom in your life (and if they win, you will win the same prize!). Head over to the giveaway page to enter. As a part of our #marvelousmoms event, everyday we will showcase a mom who serves as inspiration to us!
Meet Amy: The Ultra-runner/Entrepreneur Mom
Amy, her husband, 2 –year old daughter and 2 big goofy dogs live at the base of the Teton Mountains in Victor, ID. Amy’s active & outdoors lifestyle began long before she had any choice in the matter. How cool is this picture?! Cheers to Amy’s parents for taking her backpacking into the Grand Canyon before she was 1. This spirit of adventure set the stage for Amy’s life. She says: “I credit my parents with raising me to love the outdoors. They backpacked me to the bottom of the Grand Canyon twice before I was 2 years old. They had me on skis as soon as I could walk. And, every vacation we’ve ever taken has involved some sort of outdoor activity – whether a hut-to-hut through South Africa or boogie boarding in Costa Rica. Growing up with this mindset makes outdoors and sharing the outdoors with my daughter almost second nature.” (Read more on this parental influence over here on Amy’s blog where she connects the dots between her upbringing and raising her own daughter.)
Amy says that running is “meditation in motion and that all of her best ideas come to her while she’s running. It’s safe to bet that her newly launched business, Garage Grown Gear, is the outcome of many long runs, and perhaps some thought-provoking hikes, ski trips and the like! Garage Grown Gear connects others with innovative, high-performing and “wildly cool” outdoor gear made my independent companies. This connection happens through an Online Magazine, Directory and an E-Commerce Store (coming soon!).
With this new and demanding piece of the puzzle added to Amy’s plate, we asked her how she does it – balance family life and a new business endeavor while maintaining her active lifestyle? Motivation is certainly not the obstacle, nor does the weather scare Amy and her family indoors. Time is the bigger obstacle. She has found a system that works, a schedule. For example, Amy may take Wednesday mornings to go for an early run while her husband goes Wednesday evening. Instead of a typical date night out to dinner or a movie, she and her husband set aside time to backcountry ski and mountain bike together. Amy gives us a great glimpse into her life in a guest post she wrote for Adventure-Inspired:
“So what’s the on-the-ground reality been like as I navigate family life, entrepreneurship and my commitment to spending time in the mountains? It’s admittedly stressful at times. My to-do list can easily spiral out of control and I often find it difficult to wind down at night. In response, I’ve had to learn to embrace schedules, get into a routine, and set limits. I’ve also had to learn to let it be okay when not everything gets done. And I often have to remind myself to breathe, deeply.”
Amy’s daughter is certainly not left out of the fun. Amy says, “I notice that my daughter is fed by the outdoors in the same way as my husband and myself. She’s happier, calmer and more focused after a day spent outside.” They recently took their daughter skiing for the first time and now she wants to take her skies everywhere! Like mother, like daughter. What a joy!
Amy leaves us with three pieces of wisdom to consider:
1) The hassles and hoops are worth it, because it makes it a habit, for us adults and for our kids. Read more on that here.
2) The more you do it, the easier it becomes
3) It’s worth investing in a Chariot and a good kid carrier backpack.
Thank you, Amy, for sharing your inspiring motherhood!
One more reminder to enter to win our big #marvelousmoms giveaways this week.
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Daily prizes will also be given out to our favorite #marvelousmoms stories so keep them coming (even if you’ve done the “required” ones for the big giveaways.) Feel free to tell more about the same mom or share some different photos! Feel free to email us at mountainmamatales(@)gmail(dot)com with any questions! © 2014, Tales of a Mountain Mama. All rights reserved. Republication, in part or entirety, requires a link back to this original post and permission from the author. Photo credit: Amy Hatch, used with permission.