Motivational Mom of the Month - Sam Simpson

How is it already September!? I feel like I say that every month but, let's be real, how can it already be September!?!

The stress of the upcoming school year probably has us all over the place so let's take a minute to recenter and come back to something that's always a constant at FIT4MOM Richmond, our Motivational Mom of the Month! Please enjoy getting to know more about Sam!

How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?

After hearing about FIT4MOM from several friends, I met Natalie at a mom's group at Trinity preschool. She convinced me to try a stroller strides class and I kept coming back! And I just realized I started in January of this year, so if nothing else, 2020 brought me an amazing FIT4MOM village!

What do you love most about being part of this community?

This community meets you where you're at. You can ease in, you can be all in, you can share as little or as much as you want. These women support you no matter what.

Who are you a mom to?

I have two daughters. Sawyer is 3.5 years old and Parker is 2.

What is your favorite thing about being a mom?

Each of my girls is starting to get their own personality (and sometimes it scares me a little) but it's awesome too! They will always be my babies, but they aren't babies anymore!

Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or one hundred duck-sized horses?

Yikes... one horse-sized duck. There's only one so I like my chances.

How do you stay fit when you're not working out with FIT4MOM?

I run. It's not always pretty but it gets me moving.

How do you practice self-care?

Pre-pandemic I loved to get my nails done but lately my self-care has been eating peanut m&m's and watching Netflix.

Where did you grow up and how did you end up in Richmond?

I grew up in Virginia Beach and moved to Richmond after college. I had been long distance with my boyfriend (now husband) for 3 years and we decided to try living in the same zip code! It worked out... still here! :)

How did becoming a mother change you?

I want to say it gave me patience, but I'm still working on that. I've become more self-aware. My first couple of years as "mom" had me feeling like I was supposed to give up everything and only be mom to Sawyer and Parker. Putting my needs first is still a work in progress but I know that a happy and healthy momma is what my girls really need.

What is the last great book or television series you've read/watched?

I'm currently listening to Untamed by Glennon Doyle. And I'm watching Little Voice on Apple TV. I love Sara Bareilles and she wrote the music for the show and helped produce too.

How did you meet your husband?

In college, one of my girlfriends asked if I would go with her to an all boys college to visit a friend for the weekend. I said, "heck yes!" Met Josh, and the rest is history.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A professional singer.

If your five-year-old self suddenly found themselves inhabiting your current body, what would she do first?

Stay up late and eat all the sweet treats.

Sam, I LOVE how you described Our Village - it really does meet you where you are. So beautifully said. And I can totally relate to your current self-care...except add a bowl of ice cream :P We're glad you stayed in the 804 and we're glad you joined Our Village!