FINDING THE BALANCE BETWEEN MOTHERHOOD AND PADDLING

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Fifteen years ago, I left the corporate world to become a stay-at-home mom. My friends who’d made the same choice seemed content with the daily activities of raising a family, but I craved more. I felt like I'd lost a piece of myself somewhere, somehow.

So I reinvented myself as a personal trainer with a focus on cross-training outdoors and soon fell in love with both paddling and surfing during an adventure trip. My newfound passion became a big part of my business and I became a certified paddleboard instructor and guide.

I was gung-ho. My children, less so. When they were young, there were plenty of times when Chase, now 16, Sky, 12 and Gray, nine, watched from the sidelines as I came and went, unhappy that I was off to get on the water again. I felt guilty as I made my way out the door, but it wasn't just my kids' disappointment that left me feeling that way. The "it-must-be-nice" comments from friends and other moms stung, but the mental clearing and physical high I got from paddling or surfing was intoxicating. It was exactly what I needed to revive my sense of self…

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