I am delighted to introduce you to Anita today! Yey! Anita has been happily married for 17 years and is mum to two gorgeous boys aged 9 and 13. Anita is the founder of True Tenacity and coaches women of all ages to live an empowered life. Her true passion is the volunteer coaching that she offers to teenage girls in her local school. Anita says the feeling she gets from knowing she has supported a young girl in making positive changes in her life is amazing.
What’s the best thing about being a mum? The unconditional love you get from your children. The feeling you get when they run into your arms and tell you that they love you is priceless. There are no words to describe the warm feeling you get when sitting on the sofa and having a cosy cuddle just when you need it the most.
How did you feel the moment your first child was born? My first experience of giving birth was traumatic to say the least. By the time my son was born I was totally exhausted and just wanted to pass out but then they put him on my chest and I instantly had an overwhelming sense of joy and love, and burst into tears.
What do you know now that you wish you’d known before you became a mum? How fast time flies by. People always used to tell me to make the most of the time I have with the boys because it goes so quick. I am now the one that tells people that. Also you can never take enough photos or video clips. If I could go back I would go crazy with the camera!
What do you do to take care of yourself? I love walking and swimming and try to fit one or the other in my daily routine. I also make sure that I have ‘me time’ away from the boys and hubby. In the evening I like to light some candles and sit down in the conservatory with a good personal development book and have an hour to myself. It makes a world of difference and sets me up nicely for bedtime.
What holds you back? Thinking that everything needs to be perfect before I move on to the next task. A friend of mine told me to start getting in the habit of saying ‘it’s good enough’ then move on. I am working on that at the moment.
Describe a beautiful moment in your life. One of the most beautiful moments in my life was when my husband and I got the keys to our first house. We had been renting since we got married so never really had a place that we could call our own. We had no furniture – we just had bedding, a kettle, some cutlery and a TV. I remember we ordered a Chinese takeaway and sat on the floor of the living room in each other’s arms and just looked around our surroundings with total joy. We finally did it – we had our own home.
What are you grateful for today? I am grateful for my loving husband who has always been a pillar of support throughout our marriage. I am truly thankful on a daily basis that I have been blessed with two gorgeous boys who I love dearly. I am thankful for all my family and friends who are part of the good times but who gather around us when we need them the most.