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 Danielle: SUP (stand up paddle) Mom
Danielle is a wife and stay-at-home-mom of 3 beautiful girls: Haylee 7, Sydney 5, and Finley (almost!) 4. Four years ago, Danielle and her husband Taylor took an adventurous leap of faith and opened up a stand up paddleboard shop in Bonita Springs, FL called Sweetwater. After 4 years of Taylor working everyday at the shop (and somehow managing another full-time job!) Sweetwater has expanded and the business is flourishing with new opportunities on the horizon.
As a member of this successful team, Danielle knows hard work well; whether she works alongside Taylor at the shop, or holds up the fort on the home front, Danielle demonstrates the love of self-service to her family. Danielle says it well, “I cannot express enough how important it is to teach our kids that family comes first!” When the family has a day together, they enjoy paddle-boarding as a family: “The girls all know how to stand up and paddle by themselves on their own boards with small paddles, but I love when we take them out and they sit on the boards with us. They have front row seating to any dolphins that like to come over and play. Having a dolphin come about 3 feet from our board is a sight that never gets old!” They like to explore as a family and go on what they call “old Florida” adventures where they can visit untouched areas in nature and learn about what Florida looked like years ago. (And those of you who plan to visit south Florida may want to check out a few of their favorite places: Rookery Bay and the Shy Wolf Sanctuary.)
This wise mama realizes the importance of taking a break in order to find balance and recharge! Danielle says, “Last year I worked hard on balancing my life, I learned that it is okay not to get everything done in one day…I’m not the best at it and it is hard to balance everything but I am a better mom because I work on it everyday.” Danielle has high aspirations for herself as a mother: homemade everything, being present to her family, and somehow keeping peace as an individual.
I think all moms can relate to that tug-of-war battle! “If you are a calm mom, you will have calm kids (most days anyway!),” she says. She also holds dear to her faith as it brings peace, “I can never go through my day without having set aside some time for God. I pass along any stress to him and I just breathe.”
One method to finding calm amidst the crazy for Danielle is exercise! Like many of us who fight the lazy thoughts, Danielle rises to the occasion because she sees how staying active helps her de-stress – that is her motivator as she strives for calm. She takes exercise a step further by offering to others as well – a Moms’-Morning-Out SUP meetup group at Sweetwater, “this group motivates me to get out because it is a set class and the moms are counting on me to take them out…once I’m out there my mind is renewed by the calming and peaceful surroundings of a beautiful day and the spectacular outdoors.” Sign us up!
We leave you with Danielle’s words of wisdom for families and individuals who are trying to balance their busy schedule and stay active:
“Practice patience!!! I also practiced patience this last year and have found more patience in the way I speak to my family along with more positive things to say to them. I now see it in the way they speak too. It is soooooo easy to get frustrated and get upset at the little things but you take a step back BEFORE you let the frustration overwhelm you, you will be able to overcome a busy minute, hour, or day. Allow people to help you, never feel defeated if you ask for help, and if you had a tough day – know that tomorrow you can start anew!”
One last reminder to enter to win our big #marvelousmoms giveaways this week. Find the full details here: https://talesofamountainmama.com/marvelousmoms
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!
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