Lifestyle,  parenting

Raising Strong Women: Lead By Example

I switched my workout time today from late evening to morning. This gave me the opportunity to talk to Doodlebug about why mommy makes time to exercise.

As a toddler she may not always understand why this special time is important. So, I break it down and tell her mommy exercises so I feel better.  And I exercise so I’m able to spend much more time with her, sister & Dada in the future.

She still tells me “no” sometimes. But I workout anyway.

And, 9 times out of ten, she joins in at some point.



You know, I originally started my fitness journey for me.  But by focusing on me, I am actually becoming the wife, mother, and woman I want my daughters to be.

So sometimes changing up my routine is a good thing!  When I workout at night, they are always in the bed.  But when I switch to a daytime workout, they always see me.

By doing this I am showing my girls growth, imperfection, and self-worth.  All which are EXTREMELY important.

And if I don’t show my daughters the way, who will?



There’s a saying,

                                 “Be The Good You Want To See In The World”

This could not be more true when it comes to raising our children.

I want to challenge you to be that example for your family, friend….or stranger!

How will you will you lead?

Are you doing this already?

Let me know in the comments.



  • Amber Douglas

    Yes! I needed this! I am so apprehensive about exercising in front of my daughter because I know how she may hinder. However, you make such a good point about how it’s setting an example of taking that time to exercise.

    • theBourbonCactus

      Hey, Amber! I am so glad this was helpful to you. Ya know, I used to be so embarrassed to exercise in front of my girls (and my husband). But I realized hiding or “waiting” to workout, only made the taboo subject of weight loss worse and taught my girls nothing.

  • Morayma

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Thank you so much for writing such a fantastic post….really hits home since I have a little girl of my own. I look forward to reading more from you! 🙂

  • Cailey

    I love this! It is so important to take care of yourself so that you can be the best mama for your little one. I also have a daughter and think that the best way to parent is to lead by example as well. You are doing a great job! Keep it up, I love your determination.

    • theBourbonCactus

      Thank you, Cailey! I definitely want my girls to make good decisions in life and “do as I say, not as I do” is not a good approach to teaching. So I’m really bettering myself, as well as the kids, by walking the walk.

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