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Motivational Mom of the Month - Sara Will

It's April, y'all! March felt like the looooongest month ever and I take back all the bad things I said about January. Our Village (and the world) has seen a lot of changes these past couple of weeks but our mamas have been rolling with the punches and have stayed as connected as ever!

This is no April Fools joke when I say this mama we are showcasing today is motivational! I planned to showcase her this month specifically to highlight the Super Hero Run that we were doing in support of her daughter, Millie. Of course, with everything going on, the race has been cancelled but the sentiments are still there.

Join me in getting to know a little bit more about our Motivational Mom of the Month, Sara Will!

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

I think I saw something in all the stuff I came home with from the hospital after having Henry. Which was almost 6 years ago!

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

It’s always there for me when I have needed it. It’s were I got my footing as a first time Mom. It was where I came when I had a miscarriage when we were trying for baby #2. Then when I got pregnant again (which happened by the end of the body back transformation session I started because I had had the miscarriage). Then in the darkest of my days when our youngest was diagnosed and hospitalized with a heart defect at 3 months old and the journey that followed. This community has always built me back up. Mentally. Physically. Personally.

Who are you a mom to?

Henry who is 5 and Millie who is 2

What is your favorite thing about being a mom?

Loving my kids. Kissing them till they push me away.

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

I always think this is a funny question... I’ll take them all on! Bring it.

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

I love eating the rainbow. The more colors I can put on my plate the happier I am.

How do you practice self-care?

I take baths. Right after I put the kids down for bed its pretty much the first thing I do.

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

I grew up here! Chesterfield more specifically. Went to the art school at VCU. Lived in the city as a young adult. Then got married and pregnant and we moved to the suburbs again in Short pump.

How did becoming a mother change you?

Sigh this is a hard question for me. Being a Mom to a child with CHD has changed me the most. I came very close to loosing her. To be honest there was a moment when I thought I did. It was the worst feeling I have ever felt. I can’t really describe it other than I couldn't breath but I was also sobbing and screaming at the same time. Since then I look at the world with more beauty than I ever have. I can get lost in one perfect insignificant moment. And I am beyond grateful for every moment. Even the hard ones. I am a lucky to see the world the way I do.

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

The Crown.

How did you meet your husband?

At Phil’s! Which is now The Continental at Libbie and Grove. It was a Thursday night. I had just worked out at the gym and went to a friends house after to just sit around their fire pit (I didn’t shower or change) a couple drinks in my friend wanted to sing karaoke so she dragged me to Phil’s with her and her boyfriend. My husband and I were sitting at our tables next to each other and we both stood up at the same time and kinda bumped each other. He asked if I wanted to sit down at his table so I did. We talked and he asked me for my number. I gave it to him. I figured if he was gonna ask me out with no makeup and stinky from the gym it could only go up from there!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A Marine biologist! (I get motion sick lol)

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

I loved cats when I was really little. So I would guess I would wonder why I only have two and would go get more!

Sara, I LOVE your answer to take on both the horse sized duck and the duck sized horse! If anyone could take on both, it'd be you! I also love your perspective on how to look at life. We could all use that reminder and focus on cherishing the little things. Keep kissing those babies until they push you away and keep rocking your FIT4MOM workouts!

Thanks for sharing Sara!

-megan