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After a typical hectic morning with my wee one, I drop her off in the gym child care and put in my ear buds.  The bass starts in and I feel like a different person.  I leave all my other brain-stuff aside and go about a serious workout.

Some days it’s harder than others to set the “other stuff” aside.  Some days I’ve had a tough parenting moment,  I’m replaying a conversation with my husband or my to-do list won’t stop popping into my head.  It’s these days that I call on my alter-ego.

My alter-ego isn’t some psych diagnosis waiting to happen, but rather the way I call upon the most bad ass parts of myself.  I call mine “Naomi” (a family name I didn’t get).  Calling this “other person” I become during my best workouts by name makes it easier for me to find the strongest parts of myself when I need to.

When I’ve had the kind of day or week or month that makes it hard to get into my groove I put on Naomi and hit it hard anyway.  This also comes in handy in my life when I have moments where I need to be stronger than I am feeling.  Should I find myself in one of those life moments that I feel too small to handle, I ask myself “what would Naomi do,” remind myself I’m a bad ass and proceed accordingly.

You may now think I’m a loon.  I’m okay with that.  But it’s worth a try.  You don’t have to name your bad ass.  The point is it’s YOU.  The strongest moments of your life were all you, and you always have that strength.  Rather you need it to get through a workout, get off the couch or face difficult times… always remember you have it in you.  And you may just want to give that bad ass part of you her own name, so you can call on her whenever you need.

You are a bad ass.

You are a bad ass.

You are a bad ass.

My bad ass is named Naomi.  Nice to meet ya.

xoxo, Mama

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