Whoop, whoop! It’s Anthea! Lovely Anthea is married with 2 children. She is a coach and trainer and expert in LinkedIn as a tool for business growth. She is passionate about helping small and medium sized businesses to find, connect and engage with customers to bring profit to their businesses. You can contact Anthea here.

What’s the best thing about being a mum? I feel blessed to have healthy children in the first instance.  As a mom who had her first child at the age of 36, the best thing is watching my children develop into their own characters, my children inspire me even during times when I have not felt so inspired. They also make me strive harder to achieve my goals; my achievements have a new focus, to present new opportunities for them.

 How did you feel the moment your first child was born? Filled with lots of pleasure and rather overwhelmed that I had given birth without much difficulty to a beautiful, healthy girl.  You here a lot of stories about women having a hard time during child birth.  I was fortunate that I have been into sports for a long time so drew on those techniques and the experience.

 What do you know now that you wish you’d known before you became a mum? On the funny side, I never realised that parents may have to eat the food that their children initially say they would like to eat.  “Would you like lasagne for dinner?” I am asking a 7 year old and a 5 year old.  “Yes, I want lasagne” I have asked them this before we’ve left for school.  In the evening, when they get in from After School Club, “Are you ready for lasagne?  No mom, I would like spaghetti, or I would like cereal.”

Could this be the reason that parents may be overweight and/or then having to spend more time getting fit?

To combat too much wastage, I sometimes wait until they get home and then cook, or I make sure I do pasta or noodle dish as I know they will eat that, and make sure that there is cereal and milk.  On the odd occasion they won’t eat what has been cooked I can’t win them all.

What do you do to take care of yourself? I try and do some running as this is my number 1 sport, currently I’m not as consistent as I used to be.  Last year,  I did train for and complete the Great North Run and I have completed the Insanity DVD’s.  I would like to get back to more consistent training. To compromise, I have a Fitbit and try to get my 10,000 steps in to keep the weight down and try and stay away from biscuits.

What holds you back? I try not to let things hold me back, sometimes it can be my own energy which holds me back. My mood can hold me back at times, which is why I need to return to more regular training.

 Describe a beautiful moment in your life. It has to be our wedding day. After 10 years together being able to fly to Barbados with family and friends and solidify our love for each other in a gorgeous destination, at the time I could not have asked for any more.  That beautiful moment has blessed me with a fantastic husband who was a fabulous boyfriend.  From that moment, there have been many more beautiful moments, the birth of our children and so much more.

 What are you grateful for today? I am grateful for my family network and supportive friends. I am also grateful for my husband supporting my move into the business world and my children who are adapting to the changes now that I have moved into business.  When I view what is going on around the world and people’s lives being cut short from disasters or medical issues, sometimes I just have to stop and be grateful for still being here and being able to enjoy the day as it unfolds.  There is just so much to be grateful for.

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